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November 20, 2014
Indian Coast Guard Asst Commandant Exam 2015 Pattern, Syllabus, Sample Papers & Books

Indian Coast Guard Asst Commandant Exam 2015 Pattern, Syllabus, Sample Papers & Books

Indian Coast Guard Assistant Commandants Exam Papers BooksThis article of mine is intended to provide you the prep materials for Indian Coast Guard Assistant Commandants Exam - by pointing you to whatever prep materials are available on the net for the same. It follows from an earlier blog post titled: Indian Coast Guard Asst. Commandant Recruitment 2015 Notification & Forms which introduces you to the topic and how to apply for the same.

Let me begin that by saying you that resources available on the net for the Assistant Commandants exam is very scarce – specially with respect to the MAT (Mental Ability test) in the Preliminary Selection. In absence of authentic information on any exam, I always advise the aspirants to help of similar exams – for example in this case, you can refer to the Assistant Commandants exam for Central Police Forces conducted by UPSC.

First let us start with an analysis of the selection process for Assistant Commandants in Indian Coast Guard.

Exam Pattern/Syllabus for Assistant Commandants in Indian Coast Guard:
Selection Process for Assistant Commandant in Indian Coast Guard consists of a two stage selection - Preliminary Selection & Final Selection, followed by Medical exam. You can find the components of these two stages in the table given below:
Indian Coast Guard Asst Commandant Exam Pattern

You can find short description of the tests below:
MAT (Mental Ability test): MAT in Assistant Commandants exam consists of General Awareness & Test of Reasoning (Verbal & Non Verbal Reasoning).

PP&DT (Picture Perception & Discussion Test): In this test, a picture is shown to the candidates for a very brief period of time – say for only 30 seconds. You than have to write a story in about 4 minutes, based on what is your perception about the picture. Next, there will be a Group Discussion, in which each member of the group describes his story about the picture and try to arrive at a common story for the group.

Above two tests are in the Preliminary selection stage. You have to qualify in MAT and only than you can appear for PP&DT. And only if you can clear both of them, you would be called for Final selection stage, which consists of following tests:

Psychologist test: This consists of TAT, WAT, SRT & SD as described below.

Thematic Apperception Test (TAT): Also called as Picture Story writing. Similar to PP & DT, but here there is no discussion. Also, you will be shown about 12 slides, each only for about 30 seconds. You have to write a story on the picture being shown.

Word Association Test (WAT): Similar to TAT, about 60 words are shown in quick succession, each word lasting for only 15 seconds. You have to write the first thought which comes to your mind on seeing the word – it may be a sentence or a phrase.

Situation Reaction Test (SRT): Here some situational cases are given and you have to write what is your reaction in those situations – say you had gone on tour and have lost your purse – what would you do?

Self Description Test (SD): You have to describe yourself in a passage.

Since the selection process is so similar to the SSB Interview (conducted for selection of Indian armed forces), you can go through this exclusive blog post on SSB Interview & how to prepare.

Sample paper/Previous Years Papers for Coast Guard Asst. Commandants Exam:
Since only written part for the Coast Guard Asst. Commandants Exam is MAT, I had searched on net for sample papers specific to MAT of Coast Guard Asst. Commandants Exam. But could not find any. So you have to relay on books in your preparation for this exam. However, this sample paper of CPF Asst. Commandants Exam may be an eye opener.

Prep Books for Coast Guard Asst. Commandants Exam:
Prep Books for Coast Guard Asst. Commandants ExamSince materials available on the net for this exam is very scarce, you have to rely on books to prepare for the same. You can use following books to prepare for Coast Guard Assistant Commandants 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 upto 50%,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:

Books for MAT in Assistant Commandants exam:
General Intelligence Test/Mental Ability Test Publisher: RPH
List Price:Rs. 120 Offer Price:Rs. 84 Discount:Rs. 36 (30%)
Indian Coast Guard Assistant Commandant Exam Guide by R. Gupta's, Publisher: RPH
List Price: Rs. 120; Offer Price:Rs. 60 Discount: Rs. 60 (50%)

Books for individual test section of MAT in Assistant Commandants exam:
Lucent's General Knowledge by Vinay Karna etc.
List Price:Rs. 180 Offer Price:Rs. 122 Discount:Rs. 58 (32%)
How to Crack Test of Reasoning in all Competitive Exams: Contains More Than 2000 Solved Questions by Jaikishan, Premkishan; Publisher: Arihant
List Price:Rs. 185 Offer Price:Rs. 111 Discount:Rs. 74 (40%)

Books for Final selection phase in Assistant Commandants exam:
SSB Interviews and Psycho Intelligence Tests by RPH 
List Price:Rs. 110 Offer Price:Rs. 105 Discount:Rs. 5 (4%)
Modern SSB Interviews By Col. Kuldip S. Dosanjh Publisher: International
List Price:Rs. 295 Offer Price:Rs. 242 Discount:Rs. 53 (17%)

Hope with above prep materials for Indian Coast Guard Assistant Commandants Exam helps you to prepare for the exam easily. Best wishes!
Indian Coast Guard Assistant Commandant Exam 2015 Notification, Form & Eligibility

Indian Coast Guard Assistant Commandant Exam 2015 Notification, Form & Eligibility

Coast Guard Assistant Commandant Recruitment 2015Recruitment Notification 2015 has come out for the posts of Assistant Commandant  in Indian Coast Guard (ICG). Every year Coast Guard Assistant Commandant Exam is held twice and this is the 2nd batch of 2015 for which the recruitment is being done. As per the notification, online submission of application form is set to start from 22nd November 2014 and the last date to apply online for these Assistant Commandant positions in Coast Guard is 28th November 2014.
You can click here to download the Indian Coast Guard recruitment 2014 notification for Assistant Commandant.

This blog post articulates the important points – eligibility required, selection process and how to apply from the information provided in the notification, so that same can help not only current aspirants for this Indian Coast Guard job, but also for future aspirants. To help you prepare for Coast Guard Assistant Commandant exam, please go through my next blog article titled: Indian Coast Guard Assistant Commandant 2015 Exam Pattern, Sample Papers & Books.

First a small note on what is Indian Coast Guard:
Indian Coast Guard is one of the Indian Armed Forces, established formally on 18th August 1978. Its function is to protect India's maritime interests and maritime law enforcement with jurisdiction over both territorial and international waters.
It works in close cooperation with the Indian Navy, Department of Fisheries, Department of Revenue (Customs) and the Central and State police forces. ICG is usually headed by a naval officer of the rank of Vice-Admiral. You can find locations of  Indian Coast Guard offices in this organizational map.
You can also find more about Indian Coast Guard in this About us page as well as in Wiki.

Salary for Assistant Commandant in Coast Guard:
Pay scale offered for Assistant Commandant is Rs.15600-39100 with Grade Pay Rs. 5400. Total salary with this pay scale comes to approx. Rs. 45,000/- per month. In addition to this salary, there are also other benefits. Monthly CTC for an Assistant Commandant in Indian Coast Guard is Rs. 75000/- approx.

Eligibility for Assistant Commandant in Coast Guard
Age & Sex Eligibility:
You can find the age and sex eligibility for Assistant Commandant positions as given in the table below with eligible DOB:
Coast Guard Assistant Commandant Eligibility

Academic Qualification Eligibility:
For General Duty:
Min. 60% in graduation as well as a minimum aggregate of 60% marks in Math’s & Physics in class 12th or equivalent.

For General Duty (Pilot & Navigator or Observer):
Min. 60% in graduation as well as a minimum aggregate of 60% marks in Math’s & Physics in class 12th or equivalent.

For Technical (Mechanical & Electrical Branch):
(i) Engineering degree with 60% marks in aggregate or should have passed sections A and B of Institute of Engineers (India) examination in any of the discipline listed below with 60% marks.
 (a) Engineering Branch:  Naval architecture/ Mechanical/ Marine/ Automotive/ Mechatronics/ Industrial and Production/ Metallurgy/ Aeronautical/ Aerospace.
 (b) Electrical Branch: Electrical/ Electronics or Telecommunication or Instrumentation or Instrumentation and Control or Electronics and Communication or Power Engg. or Power Electronics
And
(ii) 60% marks in aggregate in Physics and Maths in 12th class. or Three year diploma course with an aggregate of 60%

For Pilots (Helicopter and fixed wing):
Min. 60% marks in aggregate in Class-XII and should possess current / valid Commercial Pilot license (CPL) approved by DGCA on the date of Preliminary Selection.

For General Duty (Women):
Min. 60% in graduation as well as a minimum aggregate of 60% marks in Math’s & Physics in class 12th or equivalent.

For Law:
Min. 60% in graduation in law (Three years degree in Law after graduation OR Five years after 10+2 examination).

On top of above, you should also posses the Physical Standards as given in section: “8. Medical Standards” in page-5 of the notification.

As you can see, these positions are for two branches of Indian Coast Guard - General Duty & Technical. What are the functions and duties of these two branches.

Functions and duties of General Duty & Technical branches in ICG:
General Duty officers:
General Duty officers of the Coast Guard are assigned operational tasks, including command of weapons systems, navigation systems, crews and vessels. Command of ships at sea can only be exercised by General Duty officers. Command of Coast Guard operations at sea, and the safety of crew and ships is the primary responsibility of these officers.

Technical officers:
Technical officers are responsible for operation of advanced technology and sensor systems on board Coast Guard vessels and aircraft, as well as on shore installations. They also command the maintenance wings of the force. Technical officers are usually required to have an Engineering background.

Selection Process for Assistant Commandant in Coast Guard
Selection Process for Assistant Commandant in Indian Coast Guard consists of a two stage selection - Preliminary Selection & Final Selection, followed by Medical exam. You can find the components of these two stages in the table given below:
Selection Process for Assistant Commandant in Coast Guard


Important dates for Coast Guard Exam 2015 for Assistant Commandant:
Start Date of submission of online form: 22nd November 2014.
Last date for submission of online form: 28th November 2014.
(for Law branch: 1st December  to 3rd December, 2014)
Print out of the filled application form: 5th to 12th December 2014.
(for Law branch: 15th to 19th December 2014).
Likely date of Coast Guard Assistant Commandant Exam 2015: Dec 2014 /Jan 2015.

Online Form for Coast Guard Exam 2015 for Assistant Commandants:
You can apply only online for Indian Coast Guard recruitment 2015 for Assistant Commandant. How to apply online is given very clearly in section “5. How to apply” in page-2 of the notification.
Click here to find the Indian Coast Guard Recruitment Exam 2015 Online Form.
Coast Guard AC Exam 2015 Online Form
Hope with above information you can apply confidently for Coast Guard recruitment 2015 for Assistant Commandant. How to prepare for the exam? Please find it in my next blog article titled: Indian Coast Guard Assistant Commandant Exam 2015 Pattern, Sample Papers & Books.
United India Insurance Assistant Recruitment 2014: Notification & Form

United India Insurance Assistant Recruitment 2014: Notification & Form

UIIC Assistant Recruitment 2014
United India Insurance Company (UIIC) Ltd had recently published an advertisement for recruitment of 684 Insurance Assistants – this comes close on the heels of a similar recruitment exercise by another Insurance company: New India Assurance. Are you a graduate or passed Class-XII with 60% marks? Then you may apply for this Insurance Assistants job. Last date to submit the form is 2nd December, 2014. UIIC Assistant Exam 2015 would be held in the 1st week of January, 2015.


How do you apply for this job? This article would help you do that with ease – it quotes the relevant information from the notification. If you want to prepare seriously for this exam, please visit my article titled: UIIC Assistant Exam 2015 Pattern, Papers & Books.

What is UIIC? A brief on the orgainsation:
United India Insurance Company Limited (UIIC) was incorporated as a company on 18 February 1938 and was nationalized in 1972. The present form of United India Insurance was a merger of 22 companies (12 Indian Insurance Companies, 4 Cooperative Insurance Societies and Indian operations of 5 Foreign Insurers, besides General Insurance operations of southern region of LIC).

With its Head Quarters at Chennai, it has 18300 work force spread across 1600 offices providing insurance cover to more than 1 Crore policy holders. It has variety of insurance products to provide insurance cover from bullock carts to satellites.
You can find more about United India Insurance Company Limited from this About Us page.

Number of Vacancy in United Insuarnce Assistant Recruitment 2014UIIC Insurance Assistant Vacancy 2014:
There are a total of 684 Assistant vacancies, Category-wise break up of these vacancies are as below:
SC: 95; ST: 61; OBC: 164; GEN: 364; TOT: 684.
You can also find the State-Wise, Category-wise break of the vacancy in the table at right. 

This State-Wise vacancy is very important. Why? It is because, for these Insurance Assistant jobs in United Insurance you have to apply for a particular state and also know the local official language of the state/UT.

Salary:
The United India Insurance is offering the Assistants approx salary of Rs. 17,000/- p.m in metros. The pay scale is. Rs.7640-440(1)-8080-480(2)-9040-540(5)-11740-625(2)-12990-760(3)-15270-790(2)-16850-840(5)-21050 with other admissible allowances.

United India Insurance Eligibility for Assistant:
Age Eligibility: (as on 30.06.2014)
Min: 18 years, Max: 28 years. 
DOB not earlier than 1st July, 1986 and not later than 30th June, 1996 (both days inclusive)
Age relaxations exist as per Govt. rule.

Academic Qualification Eligibility:
1.0 Graduation OR Minimum 60% marks in Class-XII or equivalent exam. (50% for Ex-servicemen, SC/ST & PwD)
2.0 Knowledge of regional language of the State of Recruitment is essential.

Qualifications should be from a recognized University / Institute.

Important Dates:
Start date for online form submission: 18.11.2014
Last date for online form submission: 02.12.2014
Date of United India Insurance Assistants exam 2015: 1st week of January, 2015.
Date for downloading call letters: 10 days prior to exam date.

UIIC Assistant Recruitment 2014 Online form:
You can apply for United India Insurance Assistant Recruitment 2014 only through online form.
How to apply for this United India Insurance recruitment exercise is given very clearly in section "HOW TO APPLY" from page-10 of the notification. It is also given in this exclusive How to apply page.
The online form would be available up to 2nd December, 2014.
On this page, click on link "Click here for New Registration" as shown below:
United Insurance Online form steps
 You would than get the Online application form as shown below:
United Insurance  Assistant Online form 2014

UIIC Assistant Exam 2015 Call Letter:
You have to download the Call Letter/Admit Card for UIIC Assistant Exam 2015 from this webpage. You will be intimated  through email/SMS for downloading Exam call letter for both the Screening & Main exam. To download the call letter, you have to use (i) Registration Number/Roll Number, (ii) Password/Date of Birth.
Date of downloading the call letter is 10 days prior to exam date. That's why you should check the above website from around last week of December, 2014 to download the call letter.

Hope above helps you to apply for Assistant positions in United India Insurance company. To prepare for the written exam, please visit my blog article titled: United India Insurance Assistant Exam 2015 Pattern, Sample papers & Books.
November 18, 2014
SBI Associate Bank Clerk Exam 2015 Pattern, Sample Papers & Books

SBI Associate Bank Clerk Exam 2015 Pattern, Sample Papers & Books

SBI  Clerk exam pattern, Sample papers & Books
This blog post is written in sequel to my previous blog article: SBI Advertises for 6425 Clerks in its five Associate Banks: The Form & Notification. The focus of the blog post is on how to prepare for the SBI Clerk exam: It at first tells you what is the selection process/exam pattern of the exam and than goes on to give you the sources where you can find the online sample papers/mock test for SBI Clerk exam.

Selection process of SBI Clerk exam:
SBI clerical exam selection process consists of two stages:
1.0 Written test.
2.0 Interview.
Final merit list is decided on the basis of marks scored in above two stages taken together.


Pattern of SBI Clerk written exam:
Written exam for SBI Clerks consists of Objective type questions in following five papers:
SBI  Clerk exam pattern1.0 General Awareness.
2.0 General English.
3.0 Quantitative Aptitude.
4.0 Reasoning Ability.
5.0 Marketing Aptitude / Computer Knowledge.

Each of the test sections has 40 questions, each question weighing 1 mark and this total 200 mark question paper SBI Clerk exam has to be answered in 2 Hours 15 Minutes.

There is negative marking: -0.25 mark for each wrong answers in these Objective tests.

You need to pass in each of the objective tests individually as well as score the minimum cut-off mark to be decided by SBI based on relative performance of all the candidates.

More detailed information about the written examination is available in the ‘Acquaint Yourself’ booklet, which you have to download from SBI recruitment website along with the call letter, scheduled to be made available form 7th January, 2015 onwards. How does this SBI Clerk exam ‘Acquaint Yourself’ booklet look like? You can have some idea by going through the booklet, which was released by SBI for the Clerical exam conducted on 27.05.2012 and 03.06.2012. Click here to download this SBI Clerk exam ‘Acquaint Yourself’ booklet.

How many candidates would be selected in this SBI Clerk exam?
There are a total of 6425 vacancies available in the SBI Clerical exam and three times this number will be called for interview subject to the candidates in each specific category scoring the minimum marks as given above. Thus you can expect very approximately 19 thousand candidates to be selected in the written test of SBI Clerical exam.

How can you be within these 19 thousand people? Read on..

SBI Clerk exam Papers:
Your first study material for the SBI Clerical exam should be the ‘Acquaint Yourself’ booklet as given above, which gives you some idea and kind of questions asked in the written exam.

Next prep materials should be the online papers available in various websites. Since you may be having limited time, I searched in the net to find these free online papers for the SBI Clerk exam. The findings are as follows:
Allinterview: It gives 130 model questions with answers.
Allexam: It gives 25 SBI Bank Clerk GK model questions with answers.
Upscportal: It gives you 20 Allahabad Bank model questions.
Upscportal: General Awareness sample Question Paper 2008: 40 Q
Edutalkindia: Numerical Ability/Maths samle Paper: 40 Q

SBI Clerk exam Prep Books:
While the above on-line Bank Clerical exam papers should be treated as eye-openers, you need to lay more emphasis on the preparatory books for the Bank Clerical exams. I found following list of books available on the net. The list below gives you the name of guide books for clerical exam of other banks too, apart from SBI Clerk exam. You can buy any of the books, as the clerical exam pattern is similar in all of the Public sector banks.

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 upto 38%, apart from free shipping/postage in India if the order exceeds Rs. 200/=. 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:

SBI Clerk exam Guide Books:
Prep Books for SBI Clerk examUltimate Guide For Bank Clerk CWE/SBI Examination by Disha Experts Publisher: Disha
List Price: Rs. 325; Offer Price: Rs. 202; Discount: Rs. 123 (38%)

TMH Complete Study Package For SBI (Clerk Grade Exam) by Sanjeev Joon Publisher:TMH
List Price: Rs. 260; Offer Price: Rs. 208; Discount: Rs. 52 (20%)

SBI Clerk Staff Recruitment Exam by R. Gupta's Publisher: RPH
List Price: Rs. 265; Offer Price: Rs. 212; Discount: Rs. 53 (20%)

SBI Clerk exam Mock Tests/Practice Sets:
Target Clerk Exam SBI And s (10 Mock Tests) by Disha Experts Publisher: Disha
List Price: Rs. 260; Offer Price: Rs. 208; Discount: Rs. 52 (20%)
SBI State Bank Of India: Clerk Solved Papers & 20 Practice Sets by Arihant Publisher: Arihant
List Price: Rs. 175; Offer Price: Rs. 163; Discount: Rs. 12 (7%)


SBI Bank Clerk exam Prep Books in Hindi:
SBI Bank Clerk exam Prep Books in HindiLakshya Clerk Exam SBI And s (10 Practice Papers) (Hindi) By Disha Experts
List Price: Rs. 225; Offer Price: Rs. 191; Discount: Rs. 34 (15%)

TMH SBI CLERK GRADE EXAMINATION (Hindi) by Joon S Publisher:TMH
List Price: Rs. 295; Offer Price: Rs. 251; Discount: Rs. 44 (15%)

Ramesh Popular SBI Clerk Staff: Bharti Pariksha (Hindi) by R Gupta Publisher:RPH
List Price: Rs. 285; Offer Price: Rs. 143; Discount: Rs. 142 (50%)

Competition Master stated in its July 2008 issue that with every passing time, Bank Clerical exams have become tougher and therefore to have an edge over other candidates, may be you need to make your preparations based on the Bank PO exams. Some exhaustive blog posts were made on this blog on SBI PO exam and many wrote back to me, thanking and saying that the quality and amount of information in these posts were excellent and it helped them qualify for SBI PO exam. The links for these SBI PO exam preparation materials are as follows:
SBI Bank PO Exam Sample Papers, Books & Exam Pattern

With above, I am confident that you would be able to qualify in the SBI Clerical written exam. But how should you prepare for the Interview of the SBI Clerical written exam?


Prep material for Interview of SBI Clerk exam:
Lets see what SBI Clerk exam notification says (in page-1: Section-3:Emoluments) about the requirements from you:

“The new recruits must have flair for marketing and will be required to make customer calls and provide banking services, advisory services and cross sell products etc. inside and outside Bank premises. The duties involve extensive outdoor traveling. Depending upon requirement, there will be flexible working hours and working in shifts.”

For Interview, click here to visit this article, which tells you what are the requirements an interviewer looks for in you. It also gives you an interesting YouTube video telling you how you can also analyze an interviewer and hence be prepared for it. And than it gives you a list of 99 interview questions, which are most repeated in every other interview! These questions helps you prepare yourself.

Bank Interview Prep BookYou can also buy the following book for bank interview questions. This book can be found in most of the good books stores. But however, if you do not find them, you can order them online from Flipkart.com by clicking the links below.

Guide To Bank Interviews (2011-12) By M. B. Sivaramakrishnan
List Price: Rs.150; Offer Price: Rs.120; Discount: Rs. 30 (20%)

How To Face Bank Interviews? By N.S. Toor Publisher: Skylark
Cover Price: Rs.200; Offer Price: Rs.160; Discount: Rs.40/= (20%)

Hope this blog post answers your all questions on the SBI Clerk exam. I would post more info on this Bank Clerical Exam. So just keep visiting. Also, you are requested to put your questions as comments below, so that another among you can answer it, if not I.


Best wishes for the SBI Clerk exam!

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