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THE stakes for the candidates appearing in competitive examinations are pretty high. Students take their first steps towards a job and a lucrative career in their area of interest through these exams.

Over the years, it has been found that in India, we have a system of exams particularly conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), which are conducted in a perceivably clean manner.

These exams have a simplified and automated application format and candidates usually use pre-coded answer sheets for objective examinations. In some, however, candidates have to appear for a multitude of examinations, many of them now with two tiers that include essay-type/subjective patterns. 

We focus on forthcoming exams being conducted by the UPSC and the SSC and also list out the career choices for eligible candidates. Review the list of examinations scheduled for 2010 (see box), followed by  important details for all exams.

The recruitment process by the UPSC, a Constitutional body with a mandate to recruit suitable candidates and offer advice to the Government, is done through one of these: direct recruitment, promotion; and deputation/absorption.

Direct recruitment is through two channels: One, through competitive examinations and two, through selection.

The first method has in its ambit the following competitive examinations: Civil Services (Preliminary & Mains); Engineering Services; Combined Medical Services; Indian Forest Services; Indian Economic Services; Indian Statistical Services; Combined Defence Services; Central Police Services for recruitment of Assistant Commandants; Departmental Exams for recruitment of Section Officers/Stenographers in Grade B & I; Geologist’s Exam and National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exams – the last two are conducted twice a year.

The Commission also conducts the Special Class Railway Apprentice Examination, which is held once in two years. There is a common application form along with an information brochure that is usually available at designated post offices across the country for Rs. 20. 

The second mode, through selection, is made for all Group ‘A’ and select Group ‘B’ posts in the central government. After the initial screening of the eligible candidates as per the specified criteria and rationally devised criteria (includes higher qualifications and experience than what is prescribed for respective posts), shortlisted candidates are called for an interview.

The SSC, on the other hand, is designated to make recruitment to (i) Group “B” posts in various Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and their attached andsubordinate offices in the specified pay scale, the maximum of which is Rs. 10,500 or below and (ii) all non-technical Group “C” posts in a similar manner.

Given the eligibility criteria and area of study, which we presume are similar for your exam pick, we list the related career choice in the government sector for your consideration. These government jobs have been advertised over the past one year and are likely to follow a cyclic pattern.  
 

Civil Services National Defence Academy
Indian Economic Service Central Police Forces
Indian Engineering Services  Railway Recruitment Board
Indian Forest Service Tax Assistant Exam & CGLE
Combined Medical services Job-specific PSUs
Combined Defence Services Geologists

Name of exam
 
Date of
notification
Deadline for applications
Examination date (Duration)
Minimum academic qualifications
Age limits
 
Combined Medical Services Examination 2010
05.09.2009
 
05.10.2009*
 
17.01.2010           (one day)
 
MBBS Degree with compulsory rotating internship
 
Below 32 years as on 01.01.2010
Combined Graduate Level Examination 2010 (Tier-I & Tier II)
 
30.01.2010
 
02.03.2010*
 
16.05.2010 (Tier – I; One day); Likely to be 31.07.2010 & 31.08.2010 (Tier – II)
 
A degree from a recognised university; Add on qualifications depend on the nature of vacancy, e.g. for Statistical Investigator, candidates must have graduation with statistics as a main subject. Additional skill tests depend on the nature of vacancy. For instance, Tax Assistants need to have a data entry speed of 8,000 key depressions per hour on the computer
20-27 years
 
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2010
02.01.2010
 
01.02.2010*
 
23.05.2010          (one day)
 
A degree from a recognised university or equivalent
 
21-30 years as on 01.08.2010
 
Engineering Services Examination 2010
 
30.01.2010
 
 02.03.2010*
 
26.06.2010      (Three days)
 
A degree in Engineering; MSc or its equivalent with Wireless Communications, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as special subject acceptable for certain Services/posts only
21-30 years as on 01.08.2010
 
Indian Forest Service Examination 2010
 
20.02.2010
 
22.03.2010*
 
10.07.2010       (Ten days)
 
Bachelor’s degree with at least one of these subjects: Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology or a degree in Agriculture/Forestry or Engineering
21-30 years as on 01.07.2010
 
National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (II) 2010
 
20.03.2010
 
19.04.2010
 
22.08.2010      (One day)
 
For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University
16  – 19 years as on 01.07.2011
 
 
 
 
 
(ii) For Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA and for 10+2 (Executive Branch) Course at Naval Academy: 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern with Physics & Mathematics
 
Combined Defence Services Examination (II) 2010
17.04.2010
 
17.05.2010
 
19.09.2010         (One day)
 
(i) For IMA and OTA:- Degree of a recognised university or equivalent
For IMA 19-24 years as on 01.07.2011
 
 
 
 
ii. For Naval Academy: BSc (with Physics & Mathematics) or BE
 
For NA 19 – 22 years as on 01.07.201
 
 
 
 
iii. For Air Force Academy- Degree of a recognised university (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or BE
 
For AFA 19-23 years as on 01.07.2011; for OTA: 19-25 years as on 01.07.2011
Central Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination 2010
15.05.2010
 
14.06.2010
 
24.10.2010        (One day)
 
A degree from a recognised university or equivalent
 
20-25 years as on 01.08.2010′
 
Civil Services (Main) Examination 2010
 
 
29.10.2010 (Twenty-one days)
A degree from a recognised university or equivalent
21-30 years as on 01.08.2010
Indian Economic/Statistical Service Examination 2010
 
05.06.2010
 
05.07.2010
 
04.12.2010        (Three days)
 
Postgraduate degree in Economics/Business Economics/ Econometrics for the IES and PG Degree in Statistics/ Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics for the ISS
21-30 years as on 01.01.2010
 
Geologists’ Examination 2010
12.06.2010
 
12.07.2010
 
04.12.2010        (Three days)
Master’s in Geology or Applied Geology or Marine Geology or equivalent
21-32 years as on 01.01.2010
Except for Defence Services Exams; upper age limits are relaxable in case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Other Backward Classes and certain other categories as notified by the Government
Female candidates are not eligible for the National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination
Candidates appearing at the qualifying examination are also eligible to compete subject to certain conditions
*Deadlines over

 

Job-specific PSU Exams
Every year PSUs conduct exams to induct personnel for their organisations in different functional areas usually as trainee. ONGC for instance conducted a competitive exam a few months back. 

Eligibility: Candidates below 30 years of age with applicable relaxation clause with first class (65% marks or above in UG/PG as the case may be (see table). Candidates need to be ICWA or CA pass after their graduation for traineeship in finance & accounts.

Fees: Rs. 500  and Rs. 100 for SC & ST and Physically challenged candidates.

About the Exam
Both Subjective and Objective, consisting of two papers on General Awareness and Subject Specialisation.
Those who qualify the written test are called for psychometric test and interview.
PSUs like IOC, NHPC and NTPC also conduct similar examinations. 

ONGC
Vacancy*
Minimum Education Qualification
Graduate Trainees (Engineering)
203
Engineering in respective discipline
Graduate Trainees (Chemistry)
25
PG in Chemistry/BE in Chemical Engg
Graduate Trainees (Geology)
18
PG in Geology
Graduate Trainees (Geophysics)
80
PG in Geophysics or Physics with Electronics

 

 

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