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PSUs Paper Pattern & Syllabus

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“what is the paper pattern for PSUs ?
what is the syllabus for PSUs ?
You all must have this kind of questions in your mind. Below article will solve this puzzle of yours. Just take a look.”

Nowadays many PSUs are recruiting through GATE score but still there are many PSUs & Govt. Organizations which are conducting their own exam for selecting Executive Trainees / Graduate Trainees / Management Trainees / Junior Engineer / Senior Engineer etc. at primary level such as DMRC, BEL, SAIL, BSNL, DRDO, ISRO, SSC, Indian Railways & many more. Their selection process generally consists of two stages written examination and then personal interview and/or group discussion.

Normally PSUs doesn’t reveal a particular syllabus and paper pattern for examinations. So candidates always be in confusion about paper pattern & syllabus for each exam they face. In order to keep this thing in mind we created this post. Here we will provide a general idea about paper pattern & syllabus for almost all PSUs exam preparation. 

Written Examination

1. Paper Structure

  (1)  Total Number of Questions   100-200
  (2)  Total Number of Technical Questions   80/120 (average)
  (3)  Total Number of Non-Technical Questions    40/120 (average)
  (4)  Time Allowed   2-3 hours
  (5)  Maximum Marks   100-400
  (6)  Negative Marking   0-50%
  (7)   Type of Examination   online/offline type
  (8)  Type of Questions   objective type (generally)

Candidates keep this in mind that Paper Structure of PSUs will be different for different-different PSUs. Depends upon their own criteria defined for a particular post.

During off-line examination each candidate have an OMR sheet along with question paper. Candidate have to fill circles in OMR sheet using boll point pen against each question which have four options (a, b, c & d) and only one of the given options is correct. For every correct answer candidate will be awarded with 1 mark (generally) and for each wrong answer 0 to 0.50 marks (generally) would be deducted from total marks scored by the candidate. Candidates are therefore advised to ensure adequate care before answering any question and also before filling any circle in OMR sheet. 

2. Exam dates

Exam dates for PSUs which are not recruiting through GATE are throughout the year but generally occurs in the month of May to September because PSUs want to include final year candidates too in their selection process. So this period is best for including final year students because their final exams just finished and they can apply to such vacancies and prepare for them.

3. Paper Pattern

Written examination of the PSUs which are not recruiting through GATE generally consists of the following sections :

 (1)  Technical Knowledge
 (2)  General English
 (3)  General Aptitude & Reasoning
 (4)  General Knowledge & Current Affairs

Common Syllabus for Written Examination of PSUs

1. Technical Knowledge

Syllabus for Technical Knowledge section generally followed by PSUs is the syllabus of either IES or GATE. So here we are requesting all aspirants which are preparing for PSUs follow IES syllabus for branches Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Electronics & Communication Engineering.

Must Check : IES 2016 Paper Pattern & Syllabus

Candidates with engineering branches which are not included in IES exam syllabus should follow GATE exam syllabus. These two exams are the most popular exams so generally question paper designer follow the syllabus of these two exams for engineering level examinations.

 Must Check : GATE 2017 Paper Pattern & Syllabus

Covering complete syllabus of  IES and/or GATE is more than sufficient for your selection in any PSU / Govt. Organization.

90% of the technical question asked in PSU examinations would be of basic in nature. So we are suggesting all aspirants preparing for any PSU or State / National level examination for both Diplomas in engineering and Degree in engineering level must first prepare basis of each subject. Most of the questions asked in examination are directly based on formula and basic definitions. Candidates may either follow their classroom notes / any coaching study material / self prepared notes but always try to summarize them so that you can revise quickly during last time of preparation. However PSUs asked basic questions but sometime you may face unpredictable questions. Don’t bother with them much, no one is going to solve 100% question of the paper. Instead of wasting your precise time during examination in such questions invest your time in other questions which you can solve easily and quickly.    

Syllabus for a particular PSU may differ from other PSU but the main theme of the syllabus would be same for a particular Branch of engineering.

2. General English

Here in below table we are listing few topics of General English which are generally asked in the technical examinations :

 (1)  Active & Passive Voice
 (2)  Direct & Indirect Speech
 (3)  Synonyms 
 (4)  Antonyms
 (5)   Comprehension Ability
 (6)  Sentence Completion 
 (7)   Idioms & Phrases
 (8)  One Word Substitution
 (9)  Sentence Improvement
 (10)  Spotting Error

Reference Books for General English :

S. No.Book Title AuthorFlipkartAmazon
1.High School English Grammar & Composition Wren & Martin Flipkart Amazon
2.Key To High School English Grammar & CompositionWren & Martin Flipkart Amazon
3.Objective English for Competitive ExaminationsHari Mohan Prasad , Uma Rani Sinha Flipkart Amazon
4.Objective General EnglishSP Bakshi Flipkart Amazon

3. General Aptitude & Reasoning

Here in below table we are listing few topics of General Aptitude & Reasoning which are generally asked in the technical examinations :

General Aptitude

 (1)  Numbers
 (2)  Average
 (3)  Percentage
 (4)  Profit & Loss
 (5)  Ratio & Proportion
 (6)  Time & Work
 (7)  Time & Distance
 (8)  Simple & Compound Interest
 (9)  Area & Volume
 (10)  Data Interpretation

Reference Books for General Aptitude :

S. No.Book Title AuthorFlipkartAmazon
1.Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive ExaminationsR. S. Aggarwal Flipkart Amazon
2.How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Common Admission TestArun Sharma Flipkart Amazon
3.Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT: Common Admission Test For Admission into IIMsSarvesh K Verma Flipkart Amazon

General Reasoning

 (1)  Series Completion
 (2)  Blood Relations
 (3)  Classification
 (4)  Puzzle Test
 (5)  Analogy
 (6)  Direction Sense Test
 (7)  Coding-Decoding
 (8)  Logical Venn Diagram
 (9)  Paper Cutting
 (10)  Cubes & Dices

Reference Books for General Reasoning :

S. No.Book Title AuthorFlipkartAmazon
1.A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningR. S. Aggarwal Flipkart Amazon
2.A New Approach to Reasoning : Verbal, Non - Verbal & AnalyticalArihant Publications Flipkart Amazon
3.General Mental Ability Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability MCQs 1000+QKalinjar Publication Flipkart Amazon

4. General Knowledge & Current Affairs

Here in below table we are listing few topics of General Knowledge & Current Affairs which are generally asked in the technical examinations :

General Knowledge

 (1)  Geography of India
 (2)  History of India
 (3)  Indian Polity
 (4)  Indian Economy
 (5)  Everyday Science
 (6)  General Science
 (7)  Environmental Science
 (8)  General Physics
 (9)  General Chemistry
 (10)  Life Science

Reference Books for General Knowledge :

S. No.Book Title AuthorFlipkartAmazon
1.General Studies 2016 for IES, PSUsMade Easy Publication Flipkart Amazon
2.General Knowledge 2016Arihant Publication Flipkart Amazon
3.General Knowledge 6th Edition Lucent Publication Flipkart Amazon
4.14000+ Objective Questions - General Studies 2016 EditionArihant Publication Flipkart Amazon
5.Lucent's Objective General Knowledge Lucent Publication Flipkart Amazon

Current Affairs

 (1)  Persons in News
 (2)  International Organizations
 (3)  Games & Events
 (4)  Awards & Honours
 (5)  Books & Authors 
 (6)  Science & Technology
 (7)  Defence & Security
 (8)  Economic Affairs
 (9)  National News
 (10)  International News

Reference Books for Current Affairs :

For Current Affairs you may follow Pratiyogita Darpan like monthly magazine.

Reference Books for Technical  Knowledge : Click Here

Prepare Non-Technical section on regular basis. This section will play an important role in your selection in any PSU / Govt. Organization. 

This post is specially designed for those candidates who don’t have any idea about paper pattern and syllabus of any PSU / Govt. Organization. This post will provide them some guidance about how to start preparation & what to prepare.

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