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ICCR Recruitment 2020: Exam Pattern and Syllabus for various Posts

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Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has invited applications for recruitment to the post of Assistant Programme Officer, Assistant, Sr Stenographer, Stenographer, LDC, Programme Officer. In this article we are going to discuss exam pattern and syllabus for various post of ICCR.

Exam Pattern for the Post of Programme Officer, Assistant Programme Officer, Assistant

Tier I (Computer Based Examination)

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime
English Language, Grammar & Comprehension

30

60

180 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude & Numerical Ability

45

90

General Intelligence & Reasoning

45

90

General Awareness including Finance & Accounting

60

120

Tier II  Computer Proficiency Test
Duration: 60 Minutes
Maximum Marks: 100 Marks

Exam Pattern for the Post of Sr Stenographer, Stenographer, Lower Division Clerk(LDC)

Tier I (Computer Based Examination)

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime
English Language, Grammar & Comprehension

30

60

120 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude & Numerical Ability

30

60

General Intelligence & Reasoning

30

60

General Awareness

30

60

Tier II  Skill Test/ Typing Test with knowledge of computer

 

Syllabus for the Post of Programme Officer

English Language, Grammar & Comprehension: Questions in this component will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on the spot the error, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/ detecting misspelled 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.

Quantitative Aptitude & Numerical 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 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 Parallelepiped, 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.

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, judgment, 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 including Finance, Accounting & Statistics: 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 neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.

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 organizations Accounts, Receipts and Payments, and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.

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.

Economic Reforms in India: Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment.

Money and Banking:
Monetary/ Fiscal policy- Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/RRB/Payment Banks.

Statistics
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; the 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 correlations (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 variables (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 F statistic,
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.

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Syllabus for the Post of Assistant Programme Officer, Assistant

English Language, Grammar & Comprehension: Questions in this component will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on the spot the error, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/ detecting misspelled 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.

Quantitative Aptitude & Numerical 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 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 Parallelepiped, 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.

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, judgment, 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 including Finance, Accounting & Statistics: 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 neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.

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 organizations Accounts, Receipts and Payments, and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.

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.

Economic Reforms in India: Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment.

Money and Banking:
Monetary/ Fiscal policy- Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/RRB/Payment Banks.

Syllabus for the Post of Sr Stenographer, Stenographer, Lower Division Clerk(LDC)

English Language & Grammar: Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/ Detecting misspelled 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.

General Intelligence & Reasoning: It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test will include questions on Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Trends, Figural Analogy, Space Orientation, Semantic Classification, Venn Diagrams, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Drawing inferences, Figural Classification, Punched Hole/Pattern-Folding & Unfolding, Semantic Series, Figural Pattern-Folding and Completion, Number Series, Embedded Figures, Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Emotional
Intelligence, Word Building, Social Intelligence, Coding and De-coding, Other subTopics, if any Numerical operations.

Quantitative Aptitude & Numerical Ability:
Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.

Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Allegation, Time and distance, Time and work.

Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary Surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations.

Geometry: Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts: 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.

Mensuration: Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with Triangular or Square Base.

Trigonometry: Trigonometry, Trigonometric Ratios, Complementary Angles, Height and Distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like Sin2 + Cos2 =1, etc.,

Statistical Charts: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency Polygon, BarDiagram, Pie-chart.

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 neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.

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