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SSC: Assistants Grade Examination

The Assistants' Grade Examination is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for recruitment to:

  1. Grade IV (Assistant) of the General Cadre of the Indian Foreign Services (B).
  2. Grade II (Cypher Assistant) of Cypher Cadre of Indian Foreign Service Branch (B);
  3. Assistants' Grade of the Railway Board Secretariat Service
  4. (i) Assistants' Grade of the Central Secretariat Service
    (ii) Assistants' Grade of the Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service; and
    (iii) Posts of Assistants in other Departments / Organizations and the Attached Offices of the Government of India, not participating in IFS (B)/Railway Board Secretariat Service/ Central Secretariat Service/Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services.

Eligibility

Age: A candidate must have attained the age of 20 years and must not have attained the age of 25 years on the first day of the August of the previous year. The upper age limit may be relaxed in respect of scheduled caste, scheduled tribes, other backward classes and such other categories of persons as may, from time to time, be notified in this behalf by the government of India, to the extent and subject to the conditions notified in respect of each category. The upper age limit is also relaxed to 30 years in respect of LDCs/UDCs, Stenographers Grade 'D' and Grade III with not less than 3 years continuous and regular service in various departments/offices of Government of India.

Educational Qualifications: Degree from a recognised University or equivalent

Application

The Staff Selection Commission (S.S.C.) conducts the Assistants' Grade Examination, once a year in two stages. The Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) for selection of candidates for the Main Examination, is held in the month of January. The Assistants' Grade Main Examination is held in the month of July. Blank application forms and other particulars are published in the Employment News, usually in the month of September of the previous year. The last date for submission of applications is usually the first week of October of the previous year.

Selection

Plan of Examination: The exam consists of two stages (a) Preliminary Examination and (b) Main Examination

(a) Preliminary Examination (objective type):

The preliminary examination will be of a test for selection of candidates for the main examination and would comprise the following subjects:

S.No.Test
No. of questions
Marks
Duration
1
2
3
4
 
Reasoning Ability
General Awareness
Arithmetic
Language Paper English or Hindi

Total

75
75
75
75

300
 
75
75
75
75

300
 
3 hrs

 

Note: (i) The papers in all the subjects will be of objective type (Multiple choice type)

(ii) Question papers in Reasoning Ability, General Awareness and Arithmetic will be set both in English and Hindi.
(iii) Part (iv) Language paper will be of qualifying nature and the marks secured by the candidates in this part will not be counted for the preparation of the list of candidates to be called for the main examination. 
(iv) The aggregate marks secured in Part (i), (ii) and (iii) will be taken for preparation of the list of candidates to be called for Main Examination.
(v) The Commission have the discretion to fix minimum qualifying standard in any of the four parts of the Preliminary Examination.

(b) Main Examination (Conventional Type): The Main Examination will consist of the following papers:

PaperTest
Marks
Duration


1


2

Language Comprehension
(a) General English
(b) Communication/Writing Skill

Arithmetic

Total

 
50
150

100

300

 

3 hrs

2 hrs

Note:

  1. The question papers for the Main Examination will be of Conventional (Essay) Type.
  2. In Paper I, Part (a) of Main Examination will be compulsory for all the candidates. However, this will be of a qualifying nature. The marks secured in this part will not be counted for preparation of the final selection list. The Commission have the discretion to fix a qualifying standard in this part.
  3. Candidates will have the option to answer Paper I Part (b) (Communication/Writing Skill) and Paper II (Arithmetic) either in Hindi or in English.
  4. Scripts of Paper I Part (b) (Communication/Writing Skill) and Paper II (Arithmetic) will be evaluated of only those candidates who secure minimum qualifying standard in Part (a) of Paper I of the Main Examination.

Syllabus

Preliminary Examination (objective type)

Reasoning Ability: Questions in the Test of Reasoning Ability will be Non-Verbal and Verbal both. Of the 75 items, 25 items will be of Non-Verbal based on Classification, Analogy and Series, etc. The remaining 50 items will be of Verbal Type based on Letter/Number series, Letter/Number/Word Analogy, Number/Letter/Word Classification, Coding and Decoding, Problem Solving/Finding the Rule, Spatial Orientation/Special Visualisation, Statement Conclusion/Syllogistic Reasoning.

General Awareness: Questions in this test will aim at measuring knowledge of current events besides knowledge of General Science/Social Science and their application to the society. This test will also include questions on Sports, Culture, History, Geography, General Polity, etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

Arithmetic: This test will include questions on problems relating to Number Systems, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Averages, Estimation, Use of Tables and Graphs, Mensuration, Time and Distance, Ratio and Time etc.

Language Test: Questions in this test will be based on error recognition, fill in the blanks (using Verbs, Prepositions, Articles, etc.), vocabulary, spellings, sequence of sentences in a paragraph, sequence of words in a sentence, cloze passage and comprehension passages, etc. Synonyms and antonyms will be asked in the context of the given passage.

Main Examination (Conventional Type)

Paper I: Language Comprehension

(a) General English: In addition to the testing of candidates understanding of the English Language and its correct usage, his writing ability would also be tested. A question on paragraph writing/report writing. etc. may also be included.

(b) Communication/Writing Skill: In addition to the testing of candidates ability to understand correct English/Hindi Language, his comprehension and writing ability would also be tested. Questions on Precise, Short Essay, Letter Writing etc., would also be included.

Paper II: Arithmetic

Simplifications involving Decimal Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Average, Profit and Loss, Discount, Simple and Compound Interest, Graphical Representation of Data, Reading of Linear Graphs and Tabulation of Data.

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SSC: Combined Graduate Preliminary Exam

Clerks Grade Exam is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for recruitment to the posts of clerks for the following groups of services/offices:

Group 'X'

  • Indian Foreign Service (B) Grade VI
  • Railway Board Secretariat Clerical Service Grade II
  • Central Secretariat Clerical Service- Lower Division Grade
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Clerical Service-Lower Division Grade
  • Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
  • President's Secretariat

Group 'Y'

  • Equivalent/comparable posts in Subordinate offices of Government of India located throughout India
  • Offices of the Controller and Auditor General of India, Accountants General (Audit) and Accountants General (Accounts and Estt.) in various States
  • Controller General of Defence Accounts
  • Central Vigilance Commission
  • Equivalent/comparable posts in other Department s and Attached Offices of Government of India not mentioned in Group 'X'
  • Equivalent/comparable posts in the offices of Public Sector undertakings, Autonomous Bodies, etc. like Employees State Insurance Corporation. etc.
  • Delhi Administration
  • Municipal Corporation of Delhi
  • New Delhi Municipal Corporation
  • Delhi University

Eligibility

Age limits: 18 to 25 years on the 1st August of the year of examination. Upper age limit relaxable for scheduled castes/scheduled tribes, etc.

Educational Qualification: Matriculation or equivalent.

Application

The Staff Selection Commission conducts the Clerks Grade examination once in a year, generally in the month of September. Blank application forms and other particulars are published in the Employment News in the month of April. The last date for the submission of application is usually the third week of May every year.

Selection

Plan of Examination: The examination shall consist of two parts. Part I- Written Examination and Part II- Typewriting Test for those candidates who attain such minimum standards in the written test as may be fixed by the commission in their discretion.

Written Examination: The subjects of written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks for each subject will be as follows:

S. No.Test
Max. Marks
Duration
1
2
3
4
General Intelligence and Clerical Aptitude
English Language
Numerical Aptitude
General Awareness
 
50
50
50
50
2 hrs

Note: (i) The questions in all the four tests will be Objective -Multiple Choice Type

(ii) Candidates will be required to qualify in each of the tests separately.

Type Writing Test: Only those candidates who qualify in the written examination will be eligible for type writing test. It shall consist of one paper of 'Running Matter' of 10 minutes duration.

Syllabus

General Intelligence and Clerical Aptitude: It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test will include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualisation, problem-solving, analysis, judgement, decision-making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate's ability to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationships, arithmetical computations and other analytical functions.

Clerical Aptitude is designed to test candidates perceptual accuracy and aptitude. This is the ability to notice similarities and differences between pairs of names and numbers. Questions in clerical aptitude will also assess in addition to perceptual accuracy and aptitude, ability to handle office routine work, like filing, abbreviating, indexing etc.

English Language: Questions in this test will be set to assess the knowledge of English Language, its vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, synonyms, antonyms etc. There will also be questions on comprehension of a passage.

Numerical Aptitude: Questions will be designed to test the ability of arithmetical computation of whole numbers, decimals and fractions and relationship between numbers. The questions would be based on arithmetical concepts and relationship between numbers and not on complicated arithmetical computation.

General Awareness: Questions will be designed to test the ability of the candidates general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test the knowledge of current affairs and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. An elementary knowledge of computers will also be ascertained. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries, especially those information which are related to history, geography, culture, economic scenario, polity and scientific research.

Note: Only those candidates who qualify in all the four tests would be eligible to be considered for being called for the 'type-writing tests'. The commission will have full discretion to fix the minimum qualifying marks in each of the four tests.

Type Writing Test: It shall consist of one paper of 'Running Matter' of 10 minutes duration. The type-writing test will be a qualifying test only.

Only such candidates as qualify in the type writing test with a speed of not less than 30 words per minute in English or not less than 25 words per minute in Hindi will be eligible for being recommended for appointment as Lower Division Clerks in the Central Secretariat and its attached/subordinate offices etc.

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