SSC (Staff Selection Commission) updates

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) was set up mainly to recruit candidates into the lower sectors in varies departments of the Indian Government. The examination comprises of two tiers of written, objective examination followed by Computer proficiency/Interview/Skill test. The examination pattern varies based on the requirement and as per the scheme of examination.

SSC conducts various entrance examinations throughout the year. Find below some of the SSC entrance exams conducted:

1) Central Police Organization (CPO) exam: This examination recruits candidates into central Police organizations.
2) SSC Data Entry Operator (DEO) exam: This examination is carried out mainly to recruit candidates for various Data Entry Operator requirements.
3) SSC Combined Matric Level Examination: This exam is conducted mainly to recruit candidates as low division clerks and data entry operators.
4) Special Class Railway Apprentice SCRA Examination: This exam is carried out to recruit candidates into Mechanical Department of Indian Railways.
5) Statistical Investigator Examination: This examination is carried out to recruit candidates into the designation of Assistant Statistical Investigator and Statistical Inspector.

There are Other SSC Exams which are conducted and details are available in the official website. Candidates can submit paper application or online application and submit at Regional office of the Commission. Candidates may submit online application at  or Eligibility criteria differ based on the requirement and the examination.

SSC Entrance Exams Preparation

SSC preparation needs good guidance and well planned study strategy. Thousands of candidates apply every year and this makes the examination highly competitive in nature. SSC Entrance Exams Preparation needs good understanding of the requirement and the test pattern. Candidates can refer old question papers and follow the same pattern for preparation. There are many books written on SSC entrance exams, these books have proved to be very helpful. Find below some important tips for preparation:

1) Plan a good study strategy: Self assessment is very essential to know your strengths and weaknesses. Then plan a good study strategy and spend more time on weaker areas.
2) Improve your vocabulary and English grammar: This is one important section in all SSC exams and candidates should spend quality time to improve their language skills.
3) Refer old Question papers: Try to solve old question papers in each section. This will give you a clear idea of possible questions asked in each section.
4) Judge the style of learning: Candidates should choose books based on their style of learning and it is advisable to select the books which are referred by your mentors.
5) Take up mock tests after every section: It is very essential to know where you stand and what more needs to be done to improve your performance.

SSC preparation books

SSC preparation books are purely based on the various examinations conducted by the Staff selection Commission. These preparation books include details syllabus, test pattern, solved question papers, mock tests and good study strategy with useful tips for preparation. Most of these SSC preparation books are available in online book shops. Some of the well known books are listed below:

1) SSC CPO Sub – Inspectors Exam (Solved papers): This book is written and published by Upkar Prakashan and is very useful for candidate’s preparation for CPO exam.
2) SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination: This book is written by Sanjeev Joon and published by Tata McGraw Hill Education. The book includes details SSC syllabus, around 3000 solved questions, model practice papers and solved question papers.
3) CPO’s Constable (GD) Bharti Pariksha: This book is written and published by Expert compilations. The book contains previous years solved papers, objective type questions, 5 practice sets, etc.
4) Complete Guide for SSC: This book is written by Sanjeev Joon and published by Tata McGraw Hill Education. This book contains five sections, General Intelligence, English language, Numerical Aptitude and General Awareness.
5) SSC Steno Grade C & D Exam Eng: This book is written by Sanjeev Joon and published by Tata McGraw Hill Education.

UGC (University Grants Commission) Entrance Exams– Effective tips for Preparation

The University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) to determine candidates who are eligible for lectureship and to award them Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). This test is conducted only for Indian nationals and also to ensure minimum standards for candidates willing to take up teaching professions and research. This test is conducted in various branches like humanities (languages included), Electronic Science, Social Sciences, Forensic Science and Computer Science and Applications.
The council of scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conduct the UGC- CSIR NET for many other science subjects like Physical sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Earth Atmospheric Ocean & Planetary Sciences and life sciences. CSIR-UGC NET is conducted jointly with the UGC and this test is conducted twice a year. UGC Entrance Exams are conducted to identify the candidates for JRF and encourage them in research and development. CSIR-UGC NET and the test for Junior Research Fellowship is being conducted since 1984. This examination is conducted twice a year in the months of June and December. The notifications regarding the exam are published in the months of March and September in nationwide circulation and employment news.
NET for major science subjects are conducted jointly by CSIR and UGC and the concerned notifications are issued separately. UGC Entrance Exam application forms are available in the official website of UGC i.e.

UGC Entrance Exams Preparation

The UGC entrance exams are mainly conducted to identify the best students who can teach and also perform research. Thousands of candidates apply every year and this makes it a tougher exam. Candidates can follow these instructions for UGC Entrance Exams Preparation:

1) Thorough understanding of the subject: It is very essential to study the syllabus and sections covered in the examination.
2) Time management: Set yourself a time limit and practice accordingly.
3) Improve speed and also try to develop good handwriting and good speed.
4) Good introductions and conclusions are very necessary to answer the questions.
5) Prepare for critical and evaluate answers for each of the topics covered in the examination.

UGC Entrance Exams Preparation demands quality time and good determination. It is necessary that you refer good books for study and manage time. Speed and accuracy are very essential and this comes only with good preparation.

UGC Preparation Books

There are many UGC Preparation Books which are very helpful in preparation. These books include details syllabus, examination pattern, solved questions papers and mock tests. There are separate books published for various subjects and include details syllabus and study strategy. Some of the well known UGC Preparation Books are listed below:

1) UGC NET/SET: Management: This book is written by M. Shivani and is a excellent book for preparation.
2) UGC-NET Management Previous Years' Papers (Solved) (Paper I, II & III): This book is written by R Gupta and includes solved question papers for reference.
3) UGC NET/SET Management Guide (Paper II & III) Exam Guide: This book is written by P N Singh and is a good guide for candidates preparing for UGC- NET examination.
Management: For UGC-NET/SLET (Objective Type Questions): This book is published by the Atlantic Research Division and this book consists of objective type questions for practice.

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) – 2013 Complete Reference Online

XAT or the Xavier Aptitude Test is conducted on 6th January 2013(Sunday) and is conducted by XLRI as always. For more than 60 years XLRI has been conducting this test at all Indian level to select the best students suitable for management studies. There are more than 100 institutes which participate in XAT 2013. XAT is usually conducted on the first Sunday of January and is considered the toughest among all the management entrance tests.
A good XAT score will help you get admission into Xavier business schools and many other top MBA colleges in India. XAT scores are accepted by the best business schools like Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Indian institute of Finance, New Delhi and S P Jain institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.
XLRI announces various programmes through XAT 2013
1) Human Resource Management(HRM)
2) Business Management(BM)
3) General Management Programme(GMP)
4) Fellow Programme in Management(FPM)

Some important dates for XAT 2013

XAT Online Registration: August 20th to November 20th  2012
XLRI online registration: September 3rd to December 22nd, 2012
Receipt of completed XAT application form: 5th December 2012
XAT scorecard sent to the applicants: Jan 31st 2013

XAT 2013 Application Form

XAT application forms are available at . Candidates can visit this website and click “XAT Registration” to complete the procedure. The fee for XAT 2013 general applicant is 950/- (Rupees nine hundred and fifty only). Candidates can select online payment, cash payment or demand draft to pay the application and examination fees. After filling in the required details candidates have to upload photograph and signature, download the XAT confirmation page, send the confirmation page to XAT office and then download the Admit card for examination.

XAT 2013 Syllabus

XAT syllabus or pattern changes every year. XAT follows a different pattern and usually we find five options for every question. Questions include ‘Management Decision Making’ and case studies. XAT 2013 duration is of 3 hours and the examination is divided into 2 parts. The following are the sectors included in XAT 2013.
Part A: This consists of Quantitative ability, English Language ability, Logical Reasoning and Decision Making. This section is allotted 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Part B: This section comprises of essay writing and General Awareness. This section is allotted 40 minutes.

Colleges under XAT 2013

There are more than 100 colleges which participate in XAT 2013. Find below some of the well known colleges under XAT 3013.
1. Xavier Labour and Relations Institute
2. Xavier Institute of Management
3. Loyola Institute of Business Administration
4. Xavier Institute of Social Service
5. St. Joseph's College of Business Administration
6. Mount Carmel Institute of Management
7. St. Francis Institute of Management and Research (SFIMAR)
8. Loyola Academy
9. St. Berchmans College
10. Acharya School of Management
11. Marian Institute of Health Care Management
12. MIT Pune's, MIT School of Telecom Management
13. MIT School of Business
14. Invertis Institute of Management Studies
15. International School of Management Excellence
16. Asian School of Business Management
17. Disha Institute of Management and Technology
18. Gitam School of International Business
19. Indus Business Academy
20. Bhavan's Centre for Communication and Management

XAT 2013 Preparation Books

XAT Preparation Books

Thousands of candidates apply for XAT every year to get admission in the best business schools in India. XAT is highly competitive in nature and needs very good preparation. There are many books written on XAT preparation which include detailed syllabus, test pattern, solved question papers which have proved to be very helpful in preparation. Some of the well known XAT 2013 Preparation Books are listed below:
1) Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT): This book is written by Jesse Russell and Ronald Cohn and published by Book on Demand Ltd. The book contains high quality content and strategies which are helpful in XAT preparation.
2) Jabbing the XAT with Solved Papers (2006-2012): This book is written by R K Jha and published by Arihant publications. The book consists of trend analysis of last 6 years, XAT solved papers of last 7 years and five mock test papers.
3) Target New XAT 2013(Past papers 2005- 2012 + 5 Mock tests + General Awareness): This book is written and published by Disha publications. The book includes past papers, mock tests, vocabulary and General Knowledge.
4) XAT Simplifies (Past papers + Mock tests + Vocabulary + General Awareness): This book is written and published by Disha Experts and is an excellent book for XAT preparation. The book provides multiple benefits and solved papers which are very helpful.
5) XAT Xavier Aptitude Test Solved papers 2008-2012: This book is written by Gautam Puri and published by GK Publications Pvt Ltd. The book consists of solved papers from 2008- 2012.

XAT Results 2012

XAT Results 2012 are announced and are made available at XAT score card is mailed to the candidates and intimated personally.
Eligibility Criteria for XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) 2013 Entrance
The eligibility criterion for XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) 2013 is mentioned below:
1) Candidates must be graduates in any discipline and from a recognized institute.
2) The minimum aggregate in graduation is 50% for general category and 45% for SC/ST candidates.
3) Candidates who are appearing for final year exams or awaiting results can also apply for XAT.

Tips for XAT Entrance Exam Preparation

XAT is an MBA entrance test which primarily tests candidates on three main areas
1) Decision making
2) Capitalize on one’s strengths
3) Work under pressure and deadlines
The questions asked in the examination would test you in these three skills but in various forms.
1) Follow a good study strategy: It is necessary to plan a good strategy for preparation and spend quality time for preparation.
2) Divide Questions into different categories: It is essential that candidates divide the questions into varies categories and practice them individually.
3) Always be prepared for any changes in the paper pattern. XAT has always been very challenging and is considered as the toughest management test paper. So hard work and practice is necessary to clear XAT with a good score.
4) Time management: Practice time management and give preference to your strong point. Don’t focus only on one section and don’t take wild guesses. Beware of negative marking.
5) Refer XAT preparation books: There are many books available which give you all the required details. It is advisable to follow the latest edition of books which include the revised syllabus and test pattern.

Railway Requirement | Indian Railways and Other Related Entrance Exams

Indian railways are considered the largest railway network in the world and thousands of employees are recruited every year for the smooth functioning of this network. Indian railways is divided into zones which is further sub divided into divisions. Every division in the railways consists of technical and non technical departments, which forms the basic structure of this network. Technical departments include mechanical, civil, signaling and telecom, etc. The non technical team includes general services such as accounts, railway protection force, personnel management, security, traffic services etc.

Indian Railways and Other Related Entrance Exams  

All these departments have group A officers who belong to the highest level and group D to the lowest.

Group A: This group consists of officers who are recruited by the UPSC cell. UPSC conducts various examinations like Civil service examination to recruit officers to Indian railway traffic Service (IRTS) and Indian Railways Accounts Service (IRAS). UPSC also conducts Combined Engineering service examination to recruit Indian railway Service of Engineers (IRSE), Indian Railway Services of Signal Engineers (IRSSE), Indian Railway Store Service (IRSS and Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE).

Group B: Group C employees are directly promoted to group B based on experience and performance.

Group C and D: Group C and D posts include assistant station masters, drivers, motormen, guards, signal and mechanical inspectors. Group C employees are recruited through Railway Recruitment Board (RRB). This department has been functioning and the prime recruitment agency which recruits employees for Zonal railways, production units and other extra zonal units of the Indian Railways.

Indian Railways and Other Related Exams Preparation

There are mainly two important Indian Railways Entrance Examinations conducted by the UPSC to recruit officers for the railway sector. They are:

1) Civil services Examination
2) Combined Engineering services examination

Civil services Examination: This examination consists of two successive stages. Civil Services Preliminary examination (objective type) is mainly to select candidates for the main examination or can be considered the screening test. Main examination comprises of a written test followed by a personal interview. All the rounds are elimination rounds. Civil services examination is considered the toughest examinations in India. Thousands of candidates appear for the examination every year and just handful selected.  Civil services examinations needs good preparation and determination. Candidates who clear civil services examination are recruited as Group A officers in Indian railway accounts Service, Indian railway Personnel service, Indian railway Traffic service, etc.

Combined Engineering services examination: This examination is also conducted by the UPSC or the Union public service commission of India and is called Railway Technical examination. Candidates are recruited for four different categories mainly Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. IES examination comprises of two parts or sections. Part 1 is a written examination and consists of objective type questions and conventional papers. Part 2 consists of a personality test which carries 200 marks.

Indian Railways and Other Related Exams Preparation Books

There are many books written on these examinations. These books provide all the required information which is essential in preparation. Some of the well known Indian Railways and Other Related Exams Preparation Books are listed below:

1) Telecommunication Engineering Entrances:
2) Indian Railways Group”D” Recruitment Exam- 20 practice test papers:
3) RRB CC/TC Exam Solved Papers: .
4) Railway Psychological tests and Interviews:
5) Solved papers Indian Railways Non- Technical Grades Exams:

Junior Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers (JAIIB exam) complete details

The banking industry is facing an acute shortage of trained employees at all levels which has led to the requirement of JAIIB and CAIIB examinations. JAIIB examination aims at providing the basic knowledge in banking and financial services, customer relations, accountancy and banking technology which are necessary to carry out day to day banking operations.  Only candidates who have cleared JAIIB or the part 1 of Associate examination are eligible to appear for CAIIB examination.
This examination is open to all members working in the banking industry and minimum qualification to appear for the examination is matriculation and above. Candidates are allowed to attempt for the examination either in Hindi or English and should clearly fill in the choice of the medium while filling the application form. JAIIB examination is conducted under offline mode and in online mode at selected centers.

JAIIB Application form

JAIIB Application forms are available at the institute’s website Candidates can download the application form and fill them. Application forma are also available at the Institute’s Zonal offices, corporate offices and many other centers or offices. Duly filled application forms have to submitted at respective zonal offices at Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi and Kolkata.

JAIIB Syllabus

There are three main subjects covered under JAIIB examination.
1) Principles & Practices of Banking
2) Accounting & Finance for Bankers
3) Legal & Regulatory Aspects of Banking
Each question paper will contain 120 objective type, multiple choice questions carrying 100 marks and there will be no negative marking for wrong answers. Questions asked in JAIIB examination are mainly to test candidate’s knowledge, conceptual grasp, problem solving skills, Case analysis and Analytical or logical exposition. The duration of the examination will be of 2 hours. JAIIB examination will be conducted twice a year and the list of examination centers is provided in the application form. Detailed JAIIB Syllabus is available in the official website

JAIIB preparation books

JAIIB is one among the important examinations in the banking sector. Clearing this examination is necessary to climb the ladder in banking industry. IIFB has developed a course wear to cover the detailed syllabus for JAIIB examination. Candidates can refer these books for preparation. The books include detailed syllabus, recent changes in banking sector, rules and regulations, Circulars issued by the RBI and solved question papers for practice. Breif jaiib preparation Books

Indian Forest service (IFS) examination complete details

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Indian Forest service (IFS) Examination for recruitment to the Indian Forest service. This examination is held in accordance with the rules published by the ministry of environment and forests in the Gazette of India. IFS examination is conducted at various centers all over India. The requirement changes every year and number of vacancies are filled based on the results of the examination.

IFS eligibility criteria:
Indian citizens between the ages 21 to 30 years are eligible to take up IFS examination. The candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects namely botany, Chemistry, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics and Zoology. Even a bachelor’s degree in forestry and agriculture are eligible for IFS examination. Candidates shall be permitted four attempts at the examination and candidates must be physically fit  according to physical standards for admission to Indian forest service examination.

IFS Syllabus
IFS examination comprises of a written examination followed by a personal interview. The written test consists of six papers:
Brief IFS Syllabus

IFS Application form
IFS application forms are available in the official website Candidates are required to apply online using the above link. Detailed instructions for filling the application form are available in the website. Candidates should read the eligibility criteria before applying for IFS exam.

IFS examination centers
IFS examination is conducted at various examination centers all over India.
Brief IFS examination centers

IFS preparation books 

There are many books which help in preparation. IFS examination is one of the important examinations and thousands of candidates appear every year. This examination needs good preparation and great confidence. IFS preparation books include detailed syllabus, test pattern and solved question papers for reference. Some of the well known IFS preparation books are listed below:

CSIR – JRF preparation books Online

There are many books written on CSIR – JRF, which help in preparation. These books include details of the examination, test pattern, and syllabus and solved question papers for practice. There are specific books on every branch. Some of the well known CSIR – JRF preparation books are listed below:
1) UGC – CSIR JRF/NET: Life Science – This book is written by Singh and published by Trueman publications. This book is specific for candidates opting for Life Sciences.
2) UGC – CSIR JRF/NET Physical Science (Physics): This book is written and published by G K Publishers. The book includes detailed information of the examination.
3) CSIR UGC NET/JRF/SET Mathematical Science: This book is written by Alok Kumar and published by Upkar publications.

CSIR – JRF Examination Centers Details

CSIR – JRF examination is held at 26 various centers spread all over India. Candidates can opt for the center of their choice. Find below the list of examination centers:
Bangalore              Bhavnagar Bhopal
Bhubaneshwar      Chandigarh Chennai
Cochin              Delhi         Guntur
Guwahati              Hyderabad Imphal
Jammu              Jamshedpur Karaikudi
Kolkata              Lucknow Nagpur
Pilani              Pune        Raipur
Roorkee              Srinagar Varanasi

What is CSIR – JRF Syllabus

 CSIR – JRF Syllabus
 CSIR – JRF is purely based on the NET (National Eligibility Test) scores conducted by the CSIR in the following areas.
1)    Chemical Sciences
2)    Earth Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
3)    Life sciences
4)    Mathematical Sciences
5)    Physical sciences
CSIR – JRF is one single paper with multiple choice questions and test comprises of three parts
1)    Part A: General science and Research Aptitude- This section shall contain questions pertaining to general Aptitude which emphasize on logical reasoning, numerical ability, graphical analysis, Quantitative comparison, series formation, puzzles, etc.
2)    Part B: Conventional MCQ which mainly deals with the subject.
3)    Part C: Scientific concepts and its applications – This shall comprise of higher value questions that test candidate’s knowledge of scientific concepts and questions shall be of analytical nature. 
There is negative marking for wrong answers. Candidates who qualify the written test are informed individually.
CSIR – JRF Application form
CSIR – JRF Application forms can be submitted both online and offline. Candidates can request for application forms by post or download the application form from the official website All the details regarding filling of the application form are available in the official website. CSIR – JRF application forms are made available in various branches of Indian bank and oriental bank of commerce.
CSIR – JRF examination centers

Council of scientific and Industrial Research - Junior Research Fellowship (CSIR – JRF exam)

Council of scientific and Industrial Research Human Resource Development Group (Extramural Research Division) or the CSIR offers Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) every year for candidates who qualify the National Eligibility Test (NET) which is conducted by CSIR twice a year. CSIR – JRF exam is conducted twice a year June and December.

Education Qualification: B.Sc – 4 years program /BE/B.Tech/B.Pharm/MBBS/Integrated BS-MS/M.Sc or equivalent degree with at least 55% for general and 50% for other categories.

Age Limit: Only candidates below 28 years are eligible for CSIR – JRF exam. This is relaxed up to 5 years for other categories.
Candidates applying for CSIR – JRF exam should check out for eligibility criteria in detail before filling the application form.

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