Preparation Tips and Everything you need to know about the STAFF SELECTION COMMISSION COMBINED GRADUATE LEVEL EXAMINATION, 2017
Date of Tier I Examination: 05.08.2017-24.08.2017
Date of Tier II Examination: 10.11.2017-11.11.2017
Date of Tier III Examination: 21.01.2018
The Staff Selection Commission will hold the Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2017 (Tier-I) from 05.08.2017 to 24.08.2017 for selecting candidates for Tier-II examination for filling up different categories of posts in various Ministries/Departments/ Organisations. Subject to administrative / public exigencies, final selection through the Combined Graduate Level Examination to specific categories of posts would be according to the confirmed number of vacancies from the concerned Indenting Ministries/Department/Office/Cadres before declaration of results.
A candidate must be either:
(a) a citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka,East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar ), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Age limit: Varying on posts= 18-27 years
- 20-27 years
- 20-30 years
- upto 30 years and
- upto 32 years
Upper Age limit for ST/SC and OBCs are 5 years and 3 years respectively.
Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or equivalent.
Scheme of the Examination for Combined Graduate Level Examination:
The Examination will be conducted in four tiers as indicated below:
Tier-I : Computer Based Examination
A.General Intelligence/ Reasoning (25 questions carrying 50 marks)
B.General Awareness (25 questions carrying 50 marks)
C.Quantitative Aptitude (25 questions carrying 50 marks)
D.English Comprehension (25 questions carrying 50 marks)
Total duration for examination will be 60 minutes
Tier-II : Computer Based Examination
I. Quantitative Abilities (100 questions for 200 marks)
II. English Language & Comprehension (200 questions for 200 marks)
III Statistics (100 questions for 200 marks)
* Only for candidates who apply for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)
IV General Studies (Finance and Economics) (100 questions for 200 marks)
* Only for candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer (AAO)/Assistant Accounts Officer(AAO).
Total duration for examination will be 120 minutes
* There will be negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer in Tier-I. In respect of Tier-II, the negative marking system of 0.25 for each wrong answer in paper II (English Language &Comprehension) of Tier-II and 0.50 for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper III and Paper IV of Tier-II.
Tier-III : Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper)Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Essays/Precise/Letter/Applications)
Total marks for Descriptive paper will be 100 and the total duration for examination will be 60 minutes
Tier-IV : Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/Document Verification
Indicative Syllabus for Tier I Examination:
General Intelligence & Reasoning : It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis,judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series,non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc.The topics are, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Figural Analogy,Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification, Figural Classification,Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building,Coding & de-coding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/pattern –folding & un-folding, Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Indexing,Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/roll numbers,Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures,Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Other sub-topics, if any.
General Awareness: Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as maybe expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Geography,Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.
Quantitative Aptitude: The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be computation of whole numbers, decimals ,fractions and relationships between numbers,Percentage. Ratio & Proportion,Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss,Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time &Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle,common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons ,Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres,Rectangular Parallel piped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base,Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.
English Comprehension: Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested.
Indicative Syllabus for Tier-II Examination:
Quantitative Ability : The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be the computation of whole numbers, decimals ,fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage. Ratio & Proportion,Square roots, Averages, Interest,Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres,Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle,Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons , Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallel piped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances,Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.
Paper-II : English Language & Comprehension: Questions in this components will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on spot the error, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms,spelling/detecting mis-spelt words, idioms & phrases, one word substitution,improvement of sentences, active/passive voice of verbs, conversion into direct/indirect narration, shuffling of sentence parts, shuffling of sentences in a passage, cloze passage & comprehension passage.
Paper-III : Statistics for Junior Statistical Officer (JSO), Ministry of Statistics &Programme Implementation.Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data – Primary and Secondary data, Methods of data collection; Tabulation of data; Graphs and charts;Frequency distributions; Diagrammatic presentation of frequency distributions.Measures of Central Tendency- Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.Measures of Dispersion- Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their relationship; meaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis. Correlation and Regression – Scatter diagram; simple correlation coefficient;simple regression lines; Spearman’s rank correlation; Measures of association of attributes; Multiple regression; Multiple and partial correlation (For three variables only).Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability;Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes’theorem.Random Variable and Probability Distributions – Random variable; Probability functions; Expectation and Variance of a random variable; Higher moments of a random variable; Binomial , Poisson, Normal and Exponential distributions; Joint distribution of two random variable (discrete).Sampling Theory – Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistic,Sampling and non-sampling errors; Probability and non-probability sampling techniques(simple random sampling, stratified sampling, multistage sampling,multiphase sampling, cluster sampling, systematic sampling, purposive sampling,convenience sampling and quota sampling); Sampling distribution(statement only);Sample size decisions.Statistical Inference – Point estimation and interval estimation, Properties of a good estimator, Methods of estimation (Moments method, Maximum likelihood method, Least squares method), Testing of hypothesis, Basic concept of testing,Small sample and large sample tests, Tests based on Z, t, Chi-square and Fstatistic, Confidence intervals.Analysis of Variance – Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way classified data.Time Series Analysis – Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods. Index Numbers – Meaning of Index Numbers, Problems in the construction of index numbers, Types of index number, Different formulae, Base shifting and splicing of index numbers, Cost of living Index Numbers, Uses of Index Numbers.
Paper IV:General Studies (Finance and Economics) for the post of Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer in Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG.
Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks)
1. Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting.Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.Basic concepts of accounting: Single and double entry, Books of original Entry,Bank Reconciliation, Journal, ledgers, Trial Balance, Rectification of Errors,Manufacturing, Trading, Profit & loss Appropriation Accounts, Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure, Depreciation Accounting,Valuation of Inventories, Non-profit organisations Accounts, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.
Part B: Economics and Governance-(120 marks)
2. Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility
3. Finance Commission-Role and functions
4. Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics Definition, scope and nature of Economics, Methods of economic study and Central problems of an economy and Production possibilities curve
5. Theory of Demand and Supply Meaning and determinants of demand, Law of demand and Elasticity of demand,Price, income and cross elasticity; Theory of consumer’s behaviour-Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, Meaning and determinants of supply,Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply.
6. Theory of Production and cost Meaning and Factors of production; Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale.
7. Forms of Market and price determination in different markets Various forms of markets-Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly ad Price determination in these markets
8. Indian Economy Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectors-Role of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth;National Income of India-Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income Population-Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth Poverty and unemployment- Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication
9. Economic Reforms in India Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment
10. Money and Banking Monetary/ Fiscal policy- Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/RRB/Payment Banks Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003
11.Role of Information Technology in Governance
Skill Test: For the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax):Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) at 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on Computer.