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March 01, 2015
CSIR NET 2015 Syllabus, Sample papers & Books: Prep Materials

CSIR NET 2015 Syllabus, Sample papers & Books: Prep Materials

Prep Materials for CSIR UGC NET June 2015
This is the third and concluding blog article on CSIR-UGC NET 2015 and is aimed at providing you the Prep materials for CSIR NET - the Syllabus, Sample Papers and Prep Books.

Before going through the CSIR NET study materials given below, you first should know what is the exam pattern/format of the exam. So may be you would find my previous article titled: CSIR NET Exam Pattern/Question Pattern  useful to understand about the exam. Another article of mine titled: CSIR-UGC NET June 2015 Notification, Eligibility & Forms  tells you what are the eligibilities required and how to apply for CSIR NET exam.

Lets focus now on the topic of this post: Syllabus/Online papers/study materials for CSIR NET.

Download the Syllabus/Sample Paper of CSIR-UGC NET: (Specific to your subjects)
As you might have understood from CSIR NET Exam Pattern/Question Pattern, there is only a single paper of 200 marks in CSIR NET which has to be answered in 3 hours. Of the three parts in CSIR NET paper,  Part "A" is common while Part "B" & Part "C" is specific to your subjects.

General Aptitude:
Syllabus: Logical reasoning, graphical analysis, analytical and numerical ability, quantitative comparisons, series formation, puzzles, etc
Download the sample model Paper of CSIR-UGC NET (Part-A: General Aptitude).

Chemical Sciences:
Earth Sciences:

Life Sciences:

Mathematical Sciences:

Physical Sciences:
The above model papers of CSIR NET exam gives you a very good understanding about the type of questions asked. But however, for serious preparation, you have to use the prep books, some of which are given below.

Recommended books for CSIR-UGC NET:
CSIR NET Exam Prep Book
There are a lot of CSIR NET guide books available on the market. I am shortlisting them based on reader recommendations subject-wise below.

These books are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below, from which offers huge discounts upto 25%, apart from free home delivery if the order exceeds Rs. 500/=. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep:

Books for CSIR-UGC NET Life Sciences:
CSIR-UGC-NET Life Science: 25 Practice Sets (Part A, B & C) by R. Gupta's Publisher: RPH
MRP: Rs. 415; Offer Price: Rs. 291/-; Discount: Rs. 124/- (29%)

Trueman's UGC CSIR-NET Life Sciences; Author: Singh; Publisher: Trueman
MRP: Rs. 750; Offer Price: Rs. 600/-; Discount: Rs. 150/- (20%)

Books for CSIR-UGC NET Physical Sciences:
Trueman's UGC CSIR-NET Physical Sciences Publisher: TRUEMAN
MRP: Rs. 550; Offer Price: Rs. 484/-; Discount: Rs. 66/- (12%)

Books for CSIR-UGC NET Chemical Sciences:
Trueman's UGC-CSIR JRF/NET Chemical Sciences (Chemistry) Author: B. Roy, M. Gagan;
MRP: Rs. 550; Offer Price: Rs. 440/-; Discount: Rs. 110/- (20%)

The Pearson Guide to UGC-CSIR Chemical Sciences by Dr. Sanjay Singh Rawal; Publisher:Pearson
MRP: Rs. 450; Offer Price: Rs. 396/-; Discount: Rs. 54/- (12%)

Books for CSIR-UGC NET Mathematical Sciences:
Trueman's UGC CSIR-NET Mathematical Sciences; ; Author: Tripathi & Kushwaha Publisher: Trueman
MRP: Rs. 550; Offer Price: Rs. 445/-; Discount: Rs. 105/- (19%)

UGC CSIR NET / SET (JRF & LS) - Mathematical Sciences; Publisher: Arihant
MRP: Rs. 795; Offer Price: Rs. 515-; Discount: Rs. 280/- (35%)

Books for CSIR-UGC NET Earth Sciences:
Joint CSIR-UGC-NET Earth, Admospheric, Ocean And Planetary Sciences Guides by Kumar Surendra Publisher: RPH
MRP: Rs. 425; Offer Price: Rs. 374/-; Discount: Rs. 51/- (12%)

Books for CSIR-UGC NET Engineering Science:
CSIR-UGC (NET) Engineering Sciences Guide; Author: Mathur; Publisher: Ramesh (RPH)
MRP: Rs. 620; Offer Price: Rs. 434/-; Discount: Rs. 86/- (30%)

Prices of the books (and also discounts) are correct at the time of posting this info and may change.

Coaching Institutes offering courses in CSIR-UGC NET:
There are many institutes offering coaching for CSIR-UGC NET, but I would like to recommend Brilliant Tutorials for its past track record. It offers courses in all subjects except earth sciences.

Find more about it from the following link:

Hope above Prep materials (Syllabus/Online papers/Prep Books) of CSIR-UGC NET is helpful to you. I would keep on posting more info about CSIR-UGC NET in forthcoming issues. So keep visiting this blog!

February 25, 2015
Prep materials for SAIL MT Exam 2015; Syllabus, Pattern, Papers & Books

Prep materials for SAIL MT Exam 2015; Syllabus, Pattern, Papers & Books

Prep materials for SAIL MT Exam 2015
SAIL Recruitment Exam for  Management Trainee (MT) for the year 2015 has already been announced - it is going to be held on 10th May, 2015. Are you one of those MT job aspirants looking for the study materials for this exam? If yes, than this blog post, which has been popular among past examinees for so many years, is being updated just for you!

The article at first discusses about the pattern of exam as given in the notification and than points you to the sources for sample papers and prep books for SAIL Management Trainee (MT) Exam.

This blog post is a sequel to my previous blog article titled: SAIL MT Recruitment 2015 Advertisement: Download and Apply Online which informs you about the SAIL MT vacancy positions, the eligibility and also how to apply for the same.

SAIL MT Selection Process/ SAIL MT Exam Cut-off: 
Selection process for MT in SAIL consists of a written test, followed by GD and interview and the weigtage of this 3-tier MT selection process is Written exam: 75, GD: 10 & Interview:15.

SAIL MT exam consists of a 200 mark question paper which has to be answered in 2 hr-30 minutes, with the exam pattern as given below. There is no absolute cut-off mark for SAIL MT exam. But to qualify in the written exam, the minimum cut-off is 50 percentile - it means you have to score more than half of the candidates.

In addition, SAIL is going to shortlist candidates for GD/Interview in the ratio of 1:4 for each discipline, category wise. Thus if you clear the written test, you have a very good chance of getting the SAIL MT job as you have to compete against only 3 persons for each post.

Exam pattern/ Format of SAIL MT Exam 2015:
As per the recruitment notification, SAIL MT exam 2015 is going to consist of question paper on Domain knowledge (i.e. your subject of specialization) and Aptitude - each would contain 100 marks, to be answered in 75 minutes. Thus you have to answer this 200 marks question paper in 2 hr- 30 minutes.

SAIL MT exam pattern
You can find the test section-wise mark-distribution of SAIL MT question paper in the SAIL MT exam pattern as given in the table at left.

As you can see, there are equal weigtage for both the Domain knowledge and Aptitude tests. The sections in the SAIL MT Aptitude test are very similar to the ones asked in Bank MT/PO exams and hence you may use the Bank MT exam study materials to prepare for the SAIL MT exam for the Aptitude tests.

But how do you prepare for the "Domain knowledge test" of SAIL MT Exam?
For the MT (T), please rely on the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) Papers and Books.
I am not knowledgeable on MT (A) subjects and hence would refrain from advising you on this.

Sample paper/ Previous Years Exam Papers:
You would definitely be searching for those online sample papers, previous years SAIL exam papers to know about the exam. I did the searches for you on the net and could find only following SAIL papers:

SAIL paper 10 Feb, 2008 – It gives you exam experiences along with some sample questions.
SAIL paper on 3rd April, 2008 - It gives you exam experiences along with some sample questions.

However, as has been said before, all the exam sections (excepting the technical paper) of SAIL MT exam are same as that of the Bank PO exams and therefore kindly find herewith some sample papers of Bank PO exam in my previous blog post titled: SBI PO Exam pattern, Sample papers & Books.

Books for SAIL Management Trainee exam:
SAIL MT exam Prep BookI found following books good for preparation of for SAIL Management Trainee Exam. These books are available in most of the book stores. In case you do not find them, you can order them online by clicking the links below, from which offers huge discounts upto 30%apart from free postage  if the order exceeds Rs. 500/=. If you do not find the book exclusively for "SAIL", you can also take help of guide book for other PSU like NTPC/NHPC/IOC/HP etc.

List of these prep books for SAIL MT exam has been prepared based on reader feedback.

Prep Books for SAIL MT exam (Domain Knowledge):
SAIL MT (Technical) Mechanical Engineering Recruitment Exam Guide by GK Publications
MRP: Rs. 795, Offer Price: Rs. 252, Discount: Rs. 543 (68%).

SAIL MT (Technical) Computer Science Recruitment Exam Guide by GK Publications
MRP: Rs. 695, Offer Price: Rs. 89, Discount: Rs. 606 (87%).

SAIL MT (Technical) Electrical Engineering Recruitment Exam Guide by GK Publications
MRP: Rs. 695, Offer Price: Rs. 227, Discount: Rs. 468 (67%).

MRP: Rs. 695, Offer Price: Rs. 348, Discount: Rs. 347 (49%).

SAIL MT (Technical) Instrumentation Engineering Recruitment Exam Guide by GK Publications
MRP: Rs. 695, Offer Price: Rs. 227, Discount: Rs. 468 (67%).

SAIL MT (Technical) Civil Engineering Recruitment Exam Guide by GK Publications
MRP: Rs. 595, Offer Price: Rs. 204, Discount: Rs. 391 (65%).

SAIL MT (Admin) Finance Recruitment Exam Guide by GK Publications
MRP: Rs. 595, Offer Price: Rs. 240, Discount: Rs. 355 (65%).

Prep Books For SAIL SAIL MT Exam (Aptitude Test):
As you have seen, there are four test sections in the Aptitude test of SAIL exam. You can therefore buy the book according to your need for improvement from the list given below:

For QA:
List Price: Rs. 500, Offer Price: Rs. 326, Discount: Rs. 174 (34%).

For Verbal Ability:
A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal
List Price: Rs. 550, Offer Price: Rs. 385, Discount: Rs. 165 (30%).

For Test of Reasoning:
A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
List Price: Rs. 850, Offer Price: Rs. 595, Discount: Rs. 255 (30%).

For General Awareness:
Lucent's General Knowledge
MRP: Rs. 180, Offer Price: Rs. 126, Discount: Rs. 54 (30%).

Please not that above discounts on the MRP are what I found while posting this article and may change by the time you are reading it.  Also, I am sorry but I could not find any books for other and if you know of any such book for preparation of SAIL MT exam, I would love if you post them as comments below. 

Hope with above SAIL MT exam Prep materials, you would be able to crack the same with ease. Best wishes!

SAIL MT Recruitment 2015 Advertisement: Download and Apply Online

SAIL MT Recruitment 2015 Advertisement: Download and Apply Online

SAIL advertises for MT Recruitment 2015
SAIL (Steel Authority of India Ltd.) has just today published the advertisement for recruitment of Management Trainees (MT) for a total vacancy of 346 MT, out of which 246 are for MT (Technical) and 100 for MT (Admin). SAIL recruits MT every year this way – last year, the number of vacancies were 710.

While the MT (Technical) vacancies are for Engineering disciplines, MT (Admin) jobs are for HR, Materials, Marketing & Finance disciplines. Application form would be available from tomorrow i.e. 26th February and 18th March, 2015 would be the last date to submit the online form. SAIL MT Exam 2015 would be held on 10th May, 2015.

Please click here to download SAIL MT Recruitment 2015 Notification.

This article helps you to apply online for this recruitment by quoting the important info contained in the notification while the subsequent blog post: SAIL MT Exam 2015 Pattern, Syllabus, Papers and Books, you can find the study materials to prepare for the written test.

SAIL needs no introduction but a small synopsis would help you specially in Interview, in which, questions are always asked about how much you know about the organization you want to join.

What is SAIL:
Steel Authority of India Limited is a premier PSU (Public Sector Undertaking) - one of the seven Maharatna company of India. Formed on January 19, 1954 as Hindustan Steel Limited (HSL) and incorporated on January 24, 1973, it has traveled many miles to be among the top highest profit earning corporate of the country.
With a turnover of Rs. 51,866 crore and close to 1.0 lakh employees, it produces 13.5 million metric tons annually and is the 24th largest steel producer in the world.
You can refer this About us page of the SAIL website and also the Wiki for more info on SAIL as an organization.

Number of vacancy/post:
SAIL Management Trainee Vacancy 2014
There are a total of 346 vacancies. You can find the branch-wise, category-wise vacancy in the tables given.

Salary offered by SAIL:
SAIL offers the Management Trainee following salary/stipend:
Pay scale of Rs. 20600-3%-46500/-.

With this pay scale, CTC is Rs. 7.75 lakhs approx per year.

The training is for one year after which the Management Trainees are absorbed as Junior Managers in SAIL with same pay scale.

Selection Process for Management Trainee in SAIL 
The selection process consists of a Written test, followed by GD/Interview for those selected in the Written test. More on SAIL selection process along with the exam pattern and sample papers/books has been covered in the article posted to provide you the Prep materials for SAIL MT Exam 2015.

SAIL MT Eligibility Criteria:
Age : Max 30 years as on 01.02.2015 (i.e., DOB not earlier than 01.02.1985).

Academic Qualifications:
For MT (Tech): Minimum 65% aggregate marks (average of all semesters), in the relevant engineering disciplines as given in Page-1 of the notification. For Computer Science discipline, MCA (3 years full time) are also eligible. For SC/ST/PWD and Departmental Candidates, above minimum aggregate marks is 55% .

For MT (Admin) :
For HR, Marketing and Materials:
Bachelors’ degree in any discipline with 60% marks aggregate (50% for SC/ST candidates)  with at least two years full time MBA/PG Diploma in Management with 60% marks in:
Human Resources/Personnel Mgmt. &Industrial Relations/Personnel Mgmt./Masters in Human Resources & Organizational Development for HR discipline;
Marketing for Marketing discipline &
Production/Operations/Materials/Logistics & Supply Chain Mgmt. for Materials discipline.

HR, Marketing and Materials
Qualifications must be from a recognized University/Institute.

Exam centres:
SAIL written exam would be held in following 29 city/towns:
Agartala, Allahabad, Bangalore, Baroda, Bhilai, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Bokaro, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi (NCR), Durgapur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Ranchi, Rourkela, Salem, Trichy, Vijawada and Visakhapatnam.

SAIL MT Exam 2015 Online Form: 
You can apply only through Online Form. There is no offline application form.
How to apply online for SAIL MT Recruitment Exam 2015 is given in section "HOW TO APPLY" in page-5 of the notification. Also, go through this FAQ page, which I am sure would remove many of your doubts.

You would be able to find the the SAIL Online Application Form in this page.

Hurry the last date of online registration is 18th March, 2015! You can download the Admit Cards from 23rd April and the written exam would be conducted on 10th May, 2015.
Best Wishes!
February 24, 2015
Prep materials for OICL Admin Officer Exam 2015: Syllabus, Papers & Books

Prep materials for OICL Admin Officer Exam 2015: Syllabus, Papers & Books

OICL Admin Officer Exam 2015 Preparation
Oriental Insurance has scheduled the recruitment exam for selection of Admin Officer in May 2015. Are you one of those who would appear in this exam and therefore searching for the study materials? If yes, let me help you in your search by presenting whatever materials I could lay my hands on -  the Exam Pattern/ Syllabus, Sample Papers and Prep Books for Oriental Insurance Admin Officer Exam 2015.

This exam is being held for two categories of officers - Specialists and Generalists. Papers for both the Generalist and Specialist posts are same except that there is an additional test section of Specialist stream, to assess the technical & professional knowledge in the relevant discipline. Lets find this in the next paragraph.

Admin Officer Exam 2015 Syllabus/ Exam Pattern:
OICL in its notification has not specified any specific syllabus for this exam. This can be expected, as same is the case with other competitive exams. But it has given the pattern/ format of the exam very clearly with which you can prepare for the exam easily. The same is given below:

For Admin Officer (Generalist):
Exam Pattern for Generalist
There are five test sections - four of which would contain Objective type  questions where as the fifth section contain Descriptive type  questions. Duration is 2 hours for the four Objective sections and 45 minutes for the Descriptive section. 

Total marks in the exam is 200. You can find the pattern of Admin Officer (Generalists) Exam in the table as shown.

There are three questions in the English Language (Descriptive) paper, in which the question-wise mark-distribution is as below:
Essay: 15
Précis: 10
Comprehension: 15

For Admin Officer (Specialists):
Exam Pattern for Specialist
As said,  pattern of exam is same as above except there is an extra test section for technical & professional knowledge. The pattern of exam for Admin Officer (Specialists) is given in the table. This paper would be specific to your discipline.

There are hence six test section for Admin Officer (Specialists). As you can see, number of questions for the first four section has been reduced from 40 to 30 to accommodate the extra paper. Total marks remains same - 200 and also the duration of exam -  hours for the four Objective sections and 45 minutes for the Descriptive section.

Things to remember:
1.0 There is negative marks for wrong answers - 0.25 mark for each wrong answer.
2.0 You have to appear in both Objective and Descriptive questions online in the computer provided to you..
3.0 There will be cut-off for each test section as well as for the whole paper. Hence you have to qualify each sections as well as in aggregate. Oriental Insurance would decide upon the cut-off after analysing the relative performance of all the candidates.
4.0 Descriptive section would be evaluated only in respect of those candidates who qualify the objective test.

This exam pattern is exactly same as that of the National Insurance Admin Officer Exam and also similar to the IBPS CWE PO Exam. You can therefore use the Prep materials for these two exams for the OICL Admin Officer Exam.

Sample Papers for OICL Admin Officer Exam 2015:
I am giving below the links to some of the sample/model/previous years exam paper of Insurance Admin Officer Exam as I found on the net:
From You can click her to find these papers.
From You can click her to find these papers.
Sample paper for Test of Reasoning: You can check this previous blog post of mine titled: Test of Reasoning: Sample Question papers & Books, which not only tells you about the four types of Test of reasoning (Numerical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning & Diagrammatic Reasoning), but also gives you sample papers and books for the test of reasoning.

For the "Professional Knowledge Test" paper for Admin Officer (Specialist), please take help of your college days knowledge.

While the above sample papers can just act as eye openers, if you are serious about preparing for this Oriental Insurance Exam, you have to rely on books mentioned below.

OICL Admin Officer Exam Prep Books:
Books to prepare for OICL Admin Officer ExamI found following books on net for preparation for Insurance Administrative Officer Exam. They are available in most of the book stores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below, from which offers huge discounts upto 32%, apart from free shipping/postage if the order exceeds Rs. 500/=. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep:

O.I.C.L Oriental Insurance Company Limited A.O. Administrative Officer Recruitment Exam Guide; Publisher: G.K. Publications
List Price: Rs.320, Offer Price: Rs. 282, Discount: Rs. 38 (11%)

General Insurance Companies Administrative Officer Exam Guide; Publisher: Ramesh
List Price: Rs.370, Offer Price: Rs. 250, Discount: Rs. 120 (32%)

The New India Assurance Company Ltd. Generalist Administrative Officers Exam 2015; Publisher: G. K. Pub.
List Price: Rs.350, Offer Price: Rs. 245, Discount: Rs. 105 (30%)

List Price: Rs.370, Offer Price: Rs.296, Discount: Rs. 74 (20%)

Prep Books for specific test-sections of Oriental Insurance Admin Officer Exam:
Buy the book according to the area of your weakness:
List Price: Rs.235/=; Offer Price: Rs.169/=; Discount: Rs. 66/= (28%)
TMH Objective English For Competitive Examinations By Hari Prasad
List Price: Rs.410/=; Offer Price: Rs.246/=; Discount: Rs. 164 (40%)

Oriental Insurance interview questions and preparation materials:
Five times the number of vacancy for each discipline (i.e. total 1230) are going to be short-listed in the online exam and are going to be called for Interview. Suppose you qualify in this written test, how do you prepare yourselves for the interview?

This blog has some excellent material to help you prepare for the Oriental Insurance Interview with a list of Interview questions. Click here to visit this article, which tells you what are the requirements an interviewer looks for in you. 

Hope with above study materials you can easily clear the selection test. 
Best wishes!