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March 14, 2015
Prep materials for CMS 2015 Exam: Pattern, Papers & Books

Prep materials for CMS 2015 Exam: Pattern, Papers & Books

How to prepare for CMS 2015 Exam
This blog article has been posted as a sequel to my previous blog post tilled: UPSC CMS Exam 2015 Notification, which introduces you to Combined Medical Services (CMS) exam and how to apply for it.

This blog post intends to provide you the study materials for CMS exam – the sample papers and books for preparation of CMS exam. The syllabus for CMS exam has been posted in a separate blog article titled: CMS (Combined Medical Services) 2015 Exam syllabus.

But before that let us know the exam pattern/scheme of CMS exam.

CMS Exam Pattern:
Selection process for CMS exam consists of a 500 mark Written test, followed by a 100 mark personality test. The CMS Written test is a Computer Based Test - that is you have to answer it in computer screen. It consists of two papers, each of 250 marks and 2 hour duration.

Following table tells you clearly number of questions/marks asked in each of the test sections of both of the CMS exam papers:
CMS Exam Pattern
As you can find from above, each question in the CMS exam weighs 2.083 mark (i.e. 250 marks/120 questions). There is negative marking in CMS exam – 1/3rd of mark for each wrong answer. So your guess answers should be wise ones!

You can also find above that “General Medicine” section in Paper-I & “Gynaecology & Obstetrics” section in Paper-II bears the majority of marks – 160 each – close to 60% in each paper. So you can know from the same where to put emphasis while preparing for the CMS exam.

CMS Exam Previous Years Papers:
After knowing the pattern of CMS (Combined Medical Services) Exam, you naturally would like to find some sample/previous years papers of this exam. I had searched on the net and could locate following ACTUAL papers of Combined Medical Services Exam from 2009 to 2012.

You can click below to download these previous years papers of CMS exam:

Prep./Guide Book for CMS Exam 2015:

Guide Book to prepare for CMS Exam 2015While above sample papers can serve only as eye openers, your real preparation for CMS exam should be based on your college days knowledge combined with following guide/prep books for Combined Medical Services Exam.

These books are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below, from Flipkart.com which offers huge discounts up to 25%, apart from free home delivery if the order exceeds Rs 500/=.:

Comprehensive Guide to Combined Medical Services: UPSC Simplified; Author: Prakash Nayak, Rajeev Kumar; Publisher: Elsevier
Cover Price: Rs. 995/= ; List Price: Rs. 746; Discount: Rs. 249/= (25% Off)
This book has an excellent collection of last 15 years papers.

Combined Medical Services UPSC Solved 2012: (Papers 1 and 2) Author: Sunita Sahu, Rajeev Kumar
Publisher: Elsevier
Cover Price: Rs. 145/= ; List Price: Rs. 128; Discount: Rs. 17/= (11% Off)

CBS Combined Medical Services UPSC Entrance Examination; Publisher: CBS
MRP: Rs. 769; Offer Price: Rs. 569; Discount: Rs. 200 (26%)
This book has an excellent collection of more than 20 years papers. All papers are subject-wise and year-wise arranged. Answers are given below along with detailed explanations at the end.

Hope with above study materials for Combined Medical Services Exam, you can crack the exam confidently. I would be on the lookout for more preparation materials for CMS exam (the sample papers and books) and post the same as and when I spot them. So please keep visiting this blog!

UPSC CMS Exam 2015 Notification Published : Online Form Available

UPSC CMS Exam 2015 Notification Published : Online Form Available

Download Notification for UPSC CMS Exam 2015UPSC Combined Medical Services (CMS) Exam 2015 Notification has been published just today and along with it, submission of Online Application Form has also began. If you are an MBBS or appearing in the final exam,  you can apply for these prestigious medical jobs. As per the notification, last date to apply online for CMS Exam 2015 is 10th April, 2015 and the exam would be held on 28th June, 2015. This notification has been published in major national/regional dailies including Employment News dated 14th March. 
You can click here to download the UPSC CMS Exam 2015 Notification.

This blog post aims to help you apply for this exam while another blog article titled: UPSC CMS 2015 Exam pattern, Sample papers & books would give you the study materials for this exam.

Total no. of posts through CMS 2015 Exam:
There are a total of 1402 vacancy which are going to be filled through this exam. You can find the department-wise vacancy in the table below:
Number of vacancy in CMS Exam 2015


UPSC CMS Exam Eligibility:
Eligibilities for appearing in UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam is as below:
Age Eligibility: (as on 01.01.2015)
Max 32 years. You DOB should not be earlier than 2nd January, 1983.. Relaxations exist as per Govt. rule.

Educational Qualification Eligibility:
You must have passed the final MBBS Examination (Written as well as practical).
Final year students can also apply and appear in the exam, provided they can provide the proof of passing the final MBBS Exam (both theory and practical)  when the written test result of UPSC CMS Exam 2015 is declared in the month of September/October, 2015.

Important dates:
Exam notification and Online submission of CMS 2015 form starts: 14th March, 2015.
Last date for submission of  CMS 2015 online form: 10th April, 2015. (till 11.59 p.m)
Date of CMS Exam 2015: 28th June, 2015.
Likely date for CMS 2015 result: September/October, 2015.

Exam Centers:
UPSC CMS Exam 2015 is going to be held in following 41 cities/towns:
Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizwal, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Delhi, Dharwad, Dispur, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Thapuram, Thiruvanadehradun, Tirupati, Udaipur, Vishakhapatnam.

UPSC CMS Exam 2015 Online form:
You can apply for UPSC CMS Exam 2015 only Online.  There is no CMS Exam Offline Application Form.
Click here to find the UPSC CMS Exam 2015 Online form.
Application form for UPSC CMS Exam 2015


How to apply online for CMS exam 2015 has been given very clearly in section :Appendix-II: Instructions To The Candidates For Filling Online Application" in page-4 of the Notification. Admit Card for UPSC CMS Exam 2015 would be available for download three weeks prior to exam i.e. from around 7th June, 2015.

Hope above information on UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam 2015 helps you to apply for the exam confidently.  My blog post titled: UPSC CMS 2015 Exam pattern, Sample papers & books helps you to prepare for CMS exam. So please visit the same!

Engineering Services Exam (IES) 2015 Exam Date and Notification

Engineering Services Exam (IES) 2015 Exam Date and Notification

IES 2015 Exam NotificationNotification for Engineering Services Exam (IES) 2015 has been published by UPSC today for a total vacancy of 475 positions. Submission of online application form has also started from today. Last date to submit the form/online registration is 10th April, 2015 and the three-day IES 2015 would be held from  12th to 14th June, 2015.
You can click here to Download the IES 2015 Exam Notification. I had found that UPSC site has slowed down because of network congestion and therefore have uploaded the same in Box. Click here to download the same. It is a huge file: 13.332 MB.

Close to 500 engineering graduates are recruited every year through this highly competitive exam, as it is considered a Crème de la crème engineering job in India. Therefore, like every year, I am posting below the information on IES 2015, so that the aspirants can orient their preparation for this exam. This article tells you in a nutshell what are the eligibility required and how to apply. It also gives you important insights into how competitive this exam is.

Towards the end of the article I have also posted the "IES exam prep materials".

Before we go further, let us find what is IES exam.

What is IES exam?
Engineering Services Exam (commonly called as Indian Engineering Services (IES) exam) is a premier competitive examination conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission), for selecting approx. 500 engineers for Government of India’s engineering organizations, such as Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE), Central Engineering Service (CES), Military Engineering Services (MES) etc. The exam is conducted for the branches of Civil. Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics Engineering every year in the month of May/June, the notification for which comes out in the month of February/March.

Central Govt. Departments in which you get a job through IES Exam:
Departments for Civil Engineering
(i) Indian Railway Service of Engineers.
(ii) Indian Railway Stores Services.
(iii) Central Engineering Service.
(iv) Indian Defence Service of Engineers.
(v) Indian Ordance Factories Services. AWM/JTS
(vi) Central Engineering Service (Roads) Group-A.
(vii) Astt. Executive Engineer (Civil) P & T Building Works Gr. ‘A’ Service.
(viii) Assistant Executive Engineer (QS & C) in Military Engineer Service (MES) Surveyor Cadre.

Departments for Mechanical Engineering
(i) Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers.
(ii) Indian Railway Stores Service.
(iii) Central Power Engineering Service Group ‘A’.
(iv) Indian Ordnance Factories Service. AWM/JTS.
(v) Indian Naval Armament Service.
(vi) Assistant Executive Engineer Group 'A' in the corps of EME, Ministry of Defence.
(vii) Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service.
(viii) Indian Defence Service of Engineers.

Departments for Electrical Engineering
(i) Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers.
(ii) Indian Railway Stores Service.
(iii) Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service.
(iv) Indian Naval Armament Service.
(v) Indian Ordnance Factories Service. AWM/JTS.
(vi) Central Power Engineering Service.
(vii) Indian Defence Service of Engineers.
(viii) Assistant Executive Engineer Gr. ‘A’ in Corps of EME, Min of Defence.

Departments for Electronics And Telecommunication Engineering
(i) Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers.
(ii) Indian Railway Stores Service.
(iii) Indian Naval Armament Service.
(iv) Assistant Executive Engineer Group ‘A’ in the Corps of E.M.E., Ministry of Defence
(v) Central Power Engg. Service, Group 'A' (Electronics and Telecommunication Engg. Service).
(vi) Indian Inspection Service (Asst. Dir. Grade-I)
(vii) Indian Telecommunication Service Gr. 'A'.
(viii) Junior Telecom Officer (General Central Service Group 'B' Gazetted Non- Ministerial).

How competitive is IES exam?
The popularity of this exam can be gauged from the following analysis, compiled from UPSC Annual Reports for IES Exam 2003 to IES Exam 2011:
Number of candidates appearing in IES exam
As you can see from above, only two to four persons per thousand who applies for IES exam, cuts the grade and becomes an IES officer. Thus the popularity of IES exam can be compared to another cream services of Government of India – IAS (Civil Services) exam.

You can find from above IES exam statistics that only 30% - 40% people (in column "Appeared") who applies for IES exam, actually appears in the IES exam. Also majority of the screening is done at the Written test - less than 10% of those who writes the exam are called for interview. However, once you are called for the interview, chances of being finally selected is pretty good- as high as 50%!

IES Exam Vacancy 2015:
There are 475 vacancy in IES 2015 as given in the notification. But branch-wise vacancy is not given as of now. You can have some idea from the number of vacancies in last eight exams as given below. Just for you, I have compiled the branch-wise vacancies in IES exam from IES-2003 to IES-2010.compiled from UPSC Annual Reports
Branch-wise vacancies in IES Exam 2015
Roughly about 40% Civil, 26% Mechanical, 17% Electrical & 18% Electronics is the branch-wise vacancies.

Exam Centres:
Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwad, Dispur, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat, Kochi (Cochin), Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Udaipur And Vishakhapatnam.

IES Exam 2015 Important dates:
Date of notification & Online submission of form starts: 14th March, 2015.
Last date for submission of IES 2015 Online form: 10th April, 2015 till 11.59 PM.
Date of IES 2015 exam: 12.06.2015 (3 days exam).

IES 2015 Eligibility:
Age Eligibility: (on the 1st January, 2015)
You need to be between 21 years to 30 years.
(DOB not earlier than 2nd January, 1985 and not later than 1st January, 1994.)
Age relaxations exist as per Govt. rules.

Academic Qualification Eligibility:
You must be a graduate in Engineering from a recognized university.
Even Final year students can also appear in IES exam, provided he/she can provide the proof of passing the exam when IES exam (Written) result comes out, which is around December 2015.

IES Exam 2015 Online Form:
You have to apply through only through online form. 
There is no offline application form.
The application form would be available in this Online UPSC website from 14th March to 15th April,2015.

IES exam study materials:
If you are serious about appearing for this exam, you may be interested to go through following previous blog posts, which gives you the study materials for preparation of IES exam:

I would try to provide more info on IES exam as and when I spot them. Please keep visiting me!
March 10, 2015
SSC CGL 2015 Exam Pattern, Sample Papers & Prep Books

SSC CGL 2015 Exam Pattern, Sample Papers & Prep Books

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Papers BooksCombined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam is conducted by SSC every year in July to recruit about 10,000 graduates in various central govt departments as Inspector (Central Excise/ Income Tax/Post), Auditor, Accountant, UDCs, Tax Assistants etc Where to find the prep materials for CGL exam? This is the focus of this article, which aims to provide you the sample/previous years exam papers & prep books for CGL exam, along with a discussion on the exam pattern & syllabus for the same. 

If you do not know what is CGL exam and would like to know about it, please visit my previous blog post titled: SSC CGL Exam 2015 Notification, Forms & Eligibility, which introduces you to the exam and tells you how to apply for it.

First, let us start with the discussion on SSC CGL exam pattern.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern:
SSC CGL exam is a 3-tier selection process - the Tier-I is called as SSC Prelims & Tier-II called as Mains. Both of them are written exams. While the Tier-III is Interview & Skill test for those who are shortlisted based on exam performance in Tier-I & II..


SSC CGL Tier-I Pattern:
SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Pattern
The format/exam pattern of  SSC CGL Tier-I (i.e. Prelims) is common for all posts. It has 200 question, each weighing 1 mark, thus total marks is 200. It has to be answered in 2 hours. It has four exam sections, with 50 questions each. You can find the pattern/format of the CGL exam, with section-wise distribution of marks in the table at right. There is negative mark: 0.25 for each wrong answer.


SSC CGL Tier-II Pattern:
The format/exam pattern of  SSC CGL Tier-II (i.e. Mains) is also common for all posts, except following two: Statistical Investigator Grade-II & Compiler. Only for these two posts, there is an additional paper (Paper-III) of 200 marks on Statistics in CGL Tier-II exam.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Tier-II
For all posts other than two above, the exam pattern of SSC CGL Tier-II is as given at left.

There is negative mark: 0.50 for each wrong answer in Paper-I & 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-II (i.e. 1/4th of the mark allotted to each question).

For Statistical Investigator Grade-II & Compiler posts, the exam pattern of CGL Tier-II is as given below:
SSC GL Exam Pattern Tier-II for Statistical Investigator Compiler
There is negative mark: 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-III

SSC CGL Tier-III Pattern:
As said above, Tier-III stage of SSC CGL exam consists of Interview & Skill test.
However, there is no Interview for  Auditor, Accountant, UDCs, Tax Assistant & Compiler. For all other posts, Interview consists of 100 marks.

Also, the Skill test will be conducted for only following two posts in Tier-III:
1.0 Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) for post of Assistant in CSS only
2.0 Data Entry Skill  Test at  Speed of 8000 key depression per hour for Tax Assistant

Thus, with above exam pattern of SSC CGL Exam Tier-I, Tier-II & Tier-III, total marks for merit list of SSC CGL exam Tier-wise, post-wise is as below:
SSC CGL Exam Marks Tier-wise post-wise

SSC CGL Exam Sample Papers/Previous years papers:
I am giving below some downloadable Previous years SSC CGL exam papers. You should use these papers only as eye openers - to know what types of questions are asked in each test section of SSC CGL exam. To prepare in-depth for Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam, you should rely on books as they are authentic and gives you exhaustive information.

Download SSC CGL Tier-I Exam 2010 Paper: This is the actual question paper by indianshout.com. There are total 200 questions, containing all four test sections.

Download SSC CGL TIer-I Exam 2002 (Test of Reasoning) Solved Paper: 50 solved questions by OneStopIAS.com
Download SSC CGL TIer-II Exam 2010 (English) Solved Paper: 40 solved questions by VidyaVision.com.

SSC CGL Exam Prep Books:
SSC CGL Exam Prep BooksI am giving below names of prep/guide book for SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam. This book list has been compiled after going through the reader feedback from various forums.

These  books are available in most of the good book stores. But in case you do not find them, you can order them online by clicking the links below from Flipkart, which offers huge discounts (Upto 31%) apart from free home delivery if the order exceeds Rs. 300/=. What’s more, you can pay through numerous payment options- Credit Card/Net Banking/DD as well as Cash-On-Delivery (i.e. you pay only when you receive the book at your doorstep)

SSC Combined Graduate Level Guide (Tier-I, Tier-II & Tier-III) by R. Gupta's Publisher:RPH
List Price: Rs. 395; Offer Price: Rs. 264; Discount: Rs. 131 (33%)

SSC Combined Graduate Level Previous Years' Papers With Practice Test Papers (Solved) by R. Gupta's Publisher: RPH
List Price: Rs. 310; Offer Price: Rs. 207; Discount: Rs. 103 (33%)

SSC Combined Graduate Level (Tier-I & II) by Ashok Mehta, Manish Arora, A. L. Gulati; Publisher: New Light
List Price: Rs. 425; Offer Price: Rs. 404; Discount: Rs. 21 (5%)

Prep Books for SSC CGL Exam in Hindi:
SSC CGL: Sanyukt Snatak Stariya Chayan Pariksha Tier - 1 Evum Tier - 2 (Hindi) by Unique Publications
List Price: Rs. 325; Offer Price: Rs. 309; Discount: Rs. 16 (5%)

SSC Kramchari Chayan Aayog Sanyukt Snatak Star: Previous Year Question Paper (Solved) Practice Test Papers (Solved) (Hindi) by R. Gupta's Publisher:RPH
List Price: Rs. 310; Offer Price: Rs. 207; Discount: Rs. 103 (33%)

That's it! Hope with prep material for SSC CGL Exam- Sample/Previous years Papers & Prep Books you  can prepare for the exam easily and crack the exam. Best wishes!

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