Graduate Level Combined Examination-Main Examination (Group-A)

Basic Information regarding Exam
The Staff Selection Commission shall hold a Combined Main Examination for candidates who have been declared qualified in the Preliminary Examination. The nationality, age, qualifications, physical/medical standards are same as mentioned in Preliminary Examination details.

Examination Fee
Rs 60/- (Rupees Sixty Only). No fee for SC/ST/Ex-S/PH.

Plan of Examination

General Note about Examination Scheme
The Combined Main Examination will be of conventional type as per the scheme

Scheme and Subjects for the Main Examination for Recruitment to the
Posts of Assistant Grade/Inspectors of Central Excise/Income Tax, Sub-
Inspectors of CPO’s/CBI.
The Main Examination will consist of two parts- Part I: Written Examination and Part II; Personality Test
Part 1: Written Test

1 Paper I
Subjects – English
Duration – 2 Hours
Marks – 100

2 Paper II
Subjects – Language Comprehension (English)
Duration – 2 Hours
Marks – 100

3 Paper III
Subjects – Communication Skill and Writing Ability (Option to answer either in Hindi or in English)
Duration – 2 Hours
Marks – 200

4 Paper IV
Subjects – Arithmetic (Option to answer either in Hindi or in English)
Duration – 3 Hours
Marks – 200

5 Paper V
Subjects – General Studies {Option to answer ei:ther in Hindi or in English)
Duration – 3 Hours
Marks – 200

Optional Subjects and Syllabus
PAPER I: English Language (Conventional Type): In addition to the testing of candidate’s understanding of the English Language and its correct usage, his writing ability would also be tested. Questions on paragraph writing/report writing, etc. may be included.

PAPER II: Language Comprehension (English): The candidate’s ability to understand correct English, his comprehension and writing ability, etc., would be tested. Questions on short essay, precis, letter writing, etc., would also be included.

PAPER III: Communication Skill/Writing Ability: The candidate’s ability to understand correct English/Hindi, his comprehension and writing ability, etc., would be tested. Questions in short essay, precis, letter writing, etc. would also be included.

PAPER IV: Arithmetic: This paper will include questions on problems relating to number systems, computation of whole numbers, decimals and fractions and relationships between numbers, fundamental arithmetical operations, percentages, ratio and proportion, averages, interest, profit and loss, discount, use of tables and graphs, mensuration, time and distance, ratio and time, etc.

PAPER V: General Studies: Questions in this will include General Awareness as well as General Intelligence and Reasoning Ability.
(a) General Intelligence and Reasoning Ability: It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, spatial visualisation, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning, etc.

(b) General Awareness: Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidate’s 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 everyday observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity, Scientific Research, etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

Other Information Regarding Plan of Examination:
NOTE: The Examination will be Held in two shifts.

NOTE:
1. All the question papers for the Main Examination will be of Conventional Type.

2. All the question papers except that of paper I and paper II will be printed both in English and in Hindi. The Commission will have the full discretion to fix separate minimum qualifying marks in each of the papers and in the aggregate of all the papers separately for each Category of candidates (viz. SC/ST/OBC/PH/Ex-S/UR). Only those candidates who qualify in all the papers as well as in the aggregate would be eligible to be considered for being called for the Personality Test.

3. Paper I will be compulsory for all the candidates. However, this will be of qualifying nature only for the candidates who are opting for the post of Assistants, (for candidates who are opting for the post of Assistants, the marks secured in this paper will not be counted for preparation of the final select list. The Commission shall have the discretion to fix the qualifying standard in this paper. Scripts of the remaining papers will be evaluated only of those candidates who secure the minimum qualifying standard in paper I of the Main Examination).

4. Paper II will be compulsory for all the candidates except those opting for the post of Assistants.

5. Paper III will be compulsory for candidates opting for the post of Assistants only.
6. Paper IV and Paper V are compulsory for the candidates appearing for all the Categories.

Candidate will have the option to answer Paper III, Paper IV and Paper V either in Hindi or English. Medium opted in Preliminary Examination (Hindi or English) will remain the same in Main Examination.

Details Regarding Selection Procedure

Interivews Test/ Personality Test
The personality test will carry a maximum of 100 marks for all the posts/services.

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