Career Quips

Breaking News
Loading...

Welcome!

This blog provides you info on Entrance & Recruitment Exam and helps you to prepare for the same with analysis of the Exam Pattern and Syllabus, followed by Sample Online Papers and Prep Books.

It further provides you the information when the Exam Notification comes up...

Sharing=Caring

If you love this blog, please share it by using the share buttons at left! Some needy soul may love this piece of info!

Why read this blog?

In simple words: this blog saves your time!

Internet is full of fake sites which promises something and delivers nothing - killing your time. This blog separates the grain from the chaff..and points to that exact piece of info that you are searching for.

Information of each important exam (Entrance or Recruitment) is posted here, followed by Prep Materials for that exam – pointing you to the authentic sources.

That is why you should visit this blog regularly!

All Free? Really?

Yes. Prep materials provided for the Recruitment & Entrance Exam in this blog is absolutely free and you don't need even a free registration.

Revenue for maintaining this site is generated from the Online Advertising sources and that's why everything is free!


Recent Post

October 31, 2014
United Insurance Admin Officer Exam 2014: Pattern, Papers & Books

United Insurance Admin Officer Exam 2014: Pattern, Papers & Books

United India Insurance Admin Officer Exam 2014 Prep Materials
UIIC (United India Insurance Company) Ltd. Admin Officers Exam 2014 has been scheduled to be held on 28/29th December, 2014 and this blog post is being made to help you find the prep materials for this Insurance exam. It at first analyses the Exam Pattern and than provides you the Sample Papers and Books for UIIC Admin Officer Exam 2014.

If you have so far not applied for this recruitment, please visit my article titled:United India Insurance Admin Officer Recruitment 2014: Notification, Form & Eligibility, which introduces you to the United Insurance Admin Officer exam and tells you how to apply for the same. Last date to apply for the same is 18th November, 2014.

United Insurance Admin Officer Selection process:
United India Insurance Admin Officer Selection Process
Selection Procedure for United Insurance Admin Officer consists of three stages:
Stage 1: Screening test (Objective).
Stage 2: Main examination   (Objective) +  Descriptive Test.
Stage 3: Interview.

Both the Screening test and Main examinations are of Objective type (i.e. MCQ) paper. Also, both the tests are going to be held online.

From the Screening test, 10 times the vacancy (i.e. 10 x 323 = 3230) are short-listed for the UIIC Mains exam.

In the Mains exam, besides the Objective paper, there is a Descriptive test also. The Descriptive test consists of Essay /précis writing and Letter writing. However the Descriptive test is for qualifying purpose only - i.e. mark you score in this test is not counted for deciding merit list.

Three times the vacancy (i.e. 3 x 323 = 969) are short-listed from Mains exam for the UIIC Interview. The Final merit list is based on the marks you score in the Mains exam and the Interview.

Exam Pattern/Syllabus:
As you found above, you have to appear in two written exams before you get the UIIC Call letter for Interview: Screening test and Mains exam.While the pattern of United Insurance screening test is same for Generalist & Specialist, the pattern of Mains exam slightly differs. The same is given in detail below:

United Insurance Screening test 2014 Pattern
United India Insurance Admin Officer 2014 Exam Pattern (Screening)
There are 100 questions of 100 marks, which has to be answered in 1 hour. The three test sections are: English Language, Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and Reasoning Ability.
If you see the distribution of marks you would find that out of the three, English Language has least number of questions.

There is negative marking - one fourth marks for each wrong answer.


United India Insurance Admin Officer 2014 Mains Exam Pattern (Generalist):
United India Insurance Admin Officer 2014 Mains Exam Pattern (Generalist)
There are 200 questions of 200 marks, which has to be answered in 2 hour. The five test sections are: English Language, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Reasoning Ability,  General Awareness & Computer Literacy.

The General Awareness section will consist of questions with special reference to Financial Sector.

There is negative marking - one fourth marks for each wrong answer.


United India Insurance Admin Officer 2014 Mains Exam Pattern (Specialist):
United India Insurance Admin Officer 2014 Mains Exam Pattern (Specialist)There are 200 questions of 200 marks, which has to be answered in 2 hour. The five test sections are: English Language, Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Computer Literacy, Reasoning Ability,  General Awareness and Professional Knowledge test section which will be discipline-specific.

The General Awareness section will consist of questions with special reference to Financial Sector.

There is negative marking - one fourth marks for each wrong answer.

The Descriptive test consists of Essay /précis writing and Letter writing and it will consist of 2 questions, which has to be answered in 30 minutes.

Strategy to prepare for the exam:
As you can see above, the three test sections of Screening test is repeated in the Mains exam as well. Therefore once if you prepare for the Screening test well, your effort to prepare for Mains exam would be reduced. 

United Insurance Admin Officer exam sample online papers:
First thing that you would like to know while preparing for a United Insurance Admin Officer exam is where to find those online sample papers. I did some scouting for you on the net, but could not find any paper specific to United Insurance Admin Officer exam.

Also, as told above, United Insurance written exam pattern is very similar to the Bank PO exams. Therefore my previous blog posts on SBI PO Exam Pattern, Papers & Books should be useful to you to download sample papers section-wise for United Insurance written exam.

This exam pattern is also very similar to that of the LIC Asst. Admin Officers exam, as you can from my previous blog post titled: LIC AAO Exam Pattern, Sample papers & Books. Hence you can use those study materials to prepare for United Insurance Admin Officer Exam 2014.

The above sample/previous years papers for United Insurance Admin Officer exam can be used to know what type of questions are asked. However, for in-depth preparation you need to use the prep-books, which gives you more questions.

Prep books for United Insurance Admin Officer exam :
Insurance Admin Officer  Exam Book
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 35%,apart from free shipping/postage in India 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:

LIC AAO Exam Guide By RPH Editorial Board
List Price: Rs.440, Offer Price: Rs.286, Discount: Rs.154 (35%)

NICL (National Insurance Companies Ltd.)/GIC AO (Administrative Officer Exam) Practice Work Book; Publisher: Kiran
Price: Rs. 195

Complete Success Package LIC AAO: Assistant Administrative Officer Exam of Life Insurance Corporation of India; Publisher: ARIHANT
List Price: Rs.265, Offer Price: Rs.252, Discount: Rs. 13 (5%)

List Price: Rs.410, Offer Price: Rs.349, Discount: Rs. 61 (14%)


Prep Books for specific test-sections of New India Assurance Admin Officer Exam:
Buy the book according to the area of your weakness:
A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal
List Price: Rs.725/=; Offer Price: Rs.464/=; Discount: Rs. 261/= (36%)
List Price: Rs.410/=; Offer Price: Rs.246/=; Discount: Rs. 164 (40%)
List Price: Rs.235/=; Offer Price: Rs.169/=; Discount: Rs. 66/= (28%)
Text Book of Quickest Mathematics: Quantitative Aptitude & Numerical Ability Useful for all Competitive Exams by Kiran Prakashan
List Price: Rs.325/=; Offer Price: Rs.260/=; Discount: Rs. 65/= (20%)

United Insurance Admin Officer interview questions and preparation materials:
For those of you who qualify the written exam of the written exam, you would have to appear the United Insurance interview.

This blog has some excellent material to help you prepare for the United 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. 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.

Hope above information on study materials for United Insurance written exam as well as materials for United Insurance interview would help you in cracking the Admin Officers Exam. I would be on look out for more resources on the net for United Insurance written exam and would post the same, as soon as I come across them. Therefore keep visiting this blog!
Best wishes!
October 30, 2014
United India Insurance Admin Officer Recruitment 2014: Notification, Form & Eligibility

United India Insurance Admin Officer Recruitment 2014: Notification, Form & Eligibility

United India Insurance Admin Officer Recruitment 2014
United India Insurance Company (UIIC) Ltd has just yesterday advertised Recruitment Notification 2014 for 323 Administrative Officers. This recruitment is done for two categories of Admin Officers - Generalist (for which graduation from any discipline will do) and Specialist (for which graduation in specific discipline is required). As per the notification, submission of form has already began from yesterday (i.e. 29th October) and the last date to apply online is 18th November 2014. The UIIC Admin Officer Exam 2014 is scheduled to be held on 28th/29th December, 2014 (tentative).
You can click here to download the United India Insurance Admin Officer Recruitment 2014 Notification. Also please go through this FAQ page.

This blog post acts as an aid to you to help you apply for this recruitment exam by quoting the relevant information on Eligibility and Online Application Form from the notification. Another blog post titled: United India Insurance Admin Officer 2014 Exam Pattern, Papers & Books gives you the prep materials for this exam.

A small synopsis on United India Insurance:
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 Admin Officer Vacancies:
There are a total of 323 Admin officer vacancies, out of which 243 positions are for Generalist and 80 positions for Specialist. Category-wise break up of these vacancies are as below:
SC: 45; ST: 21; OBC: 87; UR: 170; TOT: 323.

Discipline-wise vacancies for Specialist posts are as below:
Finance 60; Auto-mobile Engineering: 10; Legal: 10; Total: 80.

Admin Officer Salary:
The United India Insurance is offering the Admin officers approx salary of Rs. 37,000/- p.m in pay scale of Rs.17240/-840(14)-29000-910(4)-32640 and other admissible allowances.

United India Insurance Eligibility for Admin Officer:
Age Eligibility: (as on 01.10.2014)
Min: 21 years, Max: 30 years. Age relaxations exist as per Govt. rule.

Academic Qualification Eligibility:
Admin Officer (Generalist): Graduation in any discipline OR any equivalent qualification;

Admin Officer (Specialist):
Finance: Chartered Accountant (ICAI)/Cost Accountant(ICWA)/MBA Finance /M.Com/B.Com.

Automobile Engineering: B.E/B.Tech in Automobile Engineering OR Graduate in Mechanical Engineering with Diploma (at least one year duration) in Automobile Engineering.

Legal: Degree in law or any equivalent qualification.

Qualifications should be from any recognised University / Institute.

Important Dates for United India Insurance Recruitment 2014:
Start date for online form submission: 29.10.2014
Last date for online form submission: 18.11.2014
Date of United India Insurance Admin Officers exam 2014 (Screening): Last week of December, 2014.
Date of United India Insurance Admin Officers exam 2014 (Mains): Third/Last week of January 2015.
Date for downloading call letters: 10 days prior to exam date (both Screening Test & Mains exam).

UIIC Admin Officer Recruitment 2014 Online form:
You can apply for United India Insurance Recruitment 2014 only through online form.
How to apply for this United India Insurance recruitment excercise is given very clearly in section "(11) 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 18th November, 2014.
You can click here to find the Online Application Form for UIIC Admin Officer Exam 2014.
United India Insurance Admin Officer Recruitment 2014 Online form

UIIC Admin Officer Exam 2014 Call Letter:
You have to download the Call Letter/Admit Card for UIIC Admin Officer Exam 2014 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. Thats why you should check the above website from mid-December, 2014 to download the call letter.

Hope above helps you to apply for Admin Officer positions in United India Insurance company. There are two written exam for these positions - Screening and Mains. How do you prepare for it? Find it in the blog article titled: United India Insurance Admin Officer Exam 2014 Pattern, Sample papers & Books

IOCL Recruitment through UGC-NET DEC ' 2014: Notification, Form & Eligibility

IOCL Recruitment through UGC-NET DEC ' 2014: Notification, Form & Eligibility

IOCL UGC-NET Dec 2014 RecruitmentIOCL is going for recruitment of Marketing & HR officers through UGC-NET December 2014 - this is again a trailblazing  effort by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) - it had pioneered recruitment through GATE in 2010 and since from than, more than 18 PSU have joined the GATE-Job bandwagon. To apply for these IOCL vacancies, you have to apply for UGC-NET Dec 2014 (scheduled to be held on 28th December, 2014), appear in the relevant discipline papers and qualify in the same.
You can Click here to download IOCL Recruitment through UGC-NET DEC ' 2014 Notification.

This blog post discusses about how to apply and get these IOCL jobs. Since there is no written exam for this recruitment process other than UGC NET, you can go through my previous article titled: UGC-NET December 2014 Sample Papers & Prep Books to prepare for the exam.  Towards the end of the article, you would also find the prep materials for IOCL Interview and GD.

IOCL Recruitment Process through UGC-NET Dec ' 2014:
As said above there is no written exam for the selection of of Marketing & HR officers, other than UGC-NET. You would be short-listed based on your net score and than called for GD & Interview. Final merit will be prepared considering the scores obtained by you in UGC-NET examination, GD/GT and PI.

But you have to secure following minimum marks in UGC-NET ( as decided by UGC) to qualify:
Cut-off marks for General category candidates:
Paper-I: 40(40%); Paper-II:  40(40%); Paper-I: 75(50%)
Cut-off marks for other than General category candidates (i.e. OBC/PwD/SC/ST):
Paper-I: 35(35%); Paper-II: 35(35%); Paper-III: 60(40%)
But please remember that above is the cut-off marks for UGC-NET only and IOCL would decided its own cut-off for short-listing the candidates for GD/PI.

UGC-NET Papers for  IOCL Recruitment:
You have to appear in following papers in UGC-NET Dec 2014, based on your qualification:
For Marketing Officer: Management (Subject Code 17)
For HR Officer: Labour Welfare/Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/ Labour and Social Welfare/Human Resource Management (Subject Code 55)

Salary Offered:
IOCL is offering for these positions of Marketing & HR officers salary in  pay-scale of Rs. .24,900-50,000/- with which the average Cost-to-Company (CTC) is Rs 11.00 lakh per annum approx.

Eligibility for IOCL UGC-NET Dec ' 2014 Recruitment:
Age Eligibility: (as on 30.6.2015)
For candidates with Engineering Degree(BE/ B. Tech): Max 30 years.
For candidates with non-Engineering Degree: Max 26 years.
Age relaxations exists as per Govt rule (OBC: 3 Years, SC/ST : 5 Years, PwD: 10 Years).

Thing to note:
While applying for UGC-NET, you will have following two options to apply:
i) to apply for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF): Max age 28 years
i) to apply for Assistant Professorship: No upper age limit.
Because IOCL has set 30 years as the max age,  you should choose ‘Assistant Professor’ while filling-in the UGC-NET Dec 2014 application form.

Academic Qualification Eligibility:
For Marketing Management:
i) 2 year full-time regular PGDM / MBA.
ii) Min 60% or Equivalent CGPA in the qualifying degree examination.

For Human Resource Management
i) 2 year full-time regular Post Graduate Diploma/Masters Degree in HR Management/ Personnel Management/ Industrial Relations/ Labour Welfare/ Social Work with specialization in Personnel Management & Labour Welfare.
ii) Min 60% or Equivalent CGPA in the qualifying degree examination.

The above minimum %age is relaxed to 55% for SC/ST/PwD candidates.
The qualifications should be from a recognized Indian University/Institute

Final year students of PGDM/MBA or equivalent studies may also apply. However, on selection, you have to submit the final mark-sheet/degree certificate by 31st July, 2015.

Important Dates:
Last date to apply for UGC-NET December 2014: 15th November, 2014
(Form submission already started and continuing from 15th October, 2014).

Start date for IOCL UGC-NET Dec 2014 Recruitment Form: 7th November, 2014
Last date for IOCL UGC-NET Dec 2014 Recruitment Form: 28th December,2014.

Date of UGC-NET Exam: 28th December,2014

IOCL UGC-NET Dec 2014 Recruitment Online Form:
You can find the IOCL Online form from 7th November, 2014 to 28th December,2014 as said above, in this recruitment webpage. While submitting the IOCL online form, you have to enter the "UGC-NET Registration No" and hence before you go to submit IOCL form, submit the UGC-NET 2014 form first. There is no need to send the hard-copy (or prinout) of the submitted form. There is also no application fee for IOCL form.

After clearing the UGC-NET and on being short-listed by IOCL, you have to appear in IOCL GD & Interview. How do you prepare for that? My following previous articles would help you in these preparations:

Prep Materials for the IOCL Interview: Please visit my blog article titled: Interview for Jobs. The article tells you what are the requirements an interviewer looks for in you. 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.

You should also be ready to face questions on "What is IOCL", as the interviewer would want to know how much interested you are for this job. So go through this About us page of IOCL as well as Wiki.

Prep Materials for the IOCL GD (Group Discussion): Please visit my blog article titled: Group Discussion for jobs, which tells you what are the essential qualities you need to have and how you can prepare for the same, along with a YouTube video of a mock-GD. Further this article tells you what are the different types of GD, along with example of GD topics.

I am sure with above information on IOCL UGC-NET Dec 2014 Recruitment, you can not only apply for the job confidently but also crack IOCL Interview very easily with the prep material presented.
Best wishes!
October 25, 2014
Know all the routes for a career in Indian Army

Know all the routes for a career in Indian Army

How to go for a career in Indian Army
I myself had studied in a Sainik School and just like all my friends, I wanted to go for a career in Indian defence as an Army Officer. That's why, I had appeared in NDA (National Defence Academy) in Class-XII. Although I had cleared UPSC NDA exam i.e. the written part, I could not clear the SSB Interview. From that time onwards, my dream of  joining Indian Army slowly ebbed away - ultimately, that dream remains unfulfilled and would remain forever so, because I am an old person now (46+)...

Now as I look back why I could not succeed in my ambition for an Indian Army career, I find that there was an absolute lack of information on what other routes were still available for joining Indian Army, even after failing in NDA... There was no one to guide, no one to tell us that there are exams like CDS (Combined Defence Services) Exam, which I could have opted after graduation. And since I did engineering, there were so many other avenues...

However, time has changed since than (I appeared in NDA in 1986 - good 28 years back) - now everything is available on the net. But I still feel that those information are not organised - I mean, the things can be made still better. That is why this blog article is being posted - it tells you through what all routes you can aspire to join Indian Army - even if one route is closed, there may be still some more, depending on the course of action you take. This blog post is dedicated to students of my Alma mater - Sainik School Goalpara and also other needy students..

Routes for a career in Indian Army for Men:
Exam Names for a career in Indian Army for Men

(**: these vacancies are informed only at the time of notification. Also, vacancies given above are indicative and may differ slightly with the actual number, which is known only at the time of notifications).

Name of Indian Army Entrance exams/Entry Scheme after Class-12:
As you see above, you have two routes:
A). NDA (National Defence Academy): Just Class-12 pass.
B). 10+2 TES (Technical Entry Scheme): Minimum 75% aggregate in PCM (Physics, Chemistry & Maths).

Name of Indian Army Entrance exams/Entry Scheme after Graduation:
There are four routes after graduation, depending on what degree you have taken:
Graduation in any subject, Graduation in Law, Graduation in Engineering, Graduation in Medical.

Routes with Graduation in any subject:
A). CDS (Combined Defence Services) Exam
Just a degree in any subject.
B). NCC Special Entry Scheme (Short Service Commission)
Graduate with 50% Aggregate marks + 2 Years service in NCC Senior Div. Army with minimum 'B' Grade in 'C' Certificate Exam.

Routes with Graduation in Law:
A). JAG (Judge Advocate General) Men:
LLB / LLM with 55% marks + Registered with Bar Council of India / State.

Routes with Graduation in Engineering:
A). UES (University Entry Scheme):
Pre Final year students of Engineering Degree Course. It is a Short Service Commission.
B). TGC (Technical Graduate Course) Engineers:
BE / B Tech final appearing & degree holders in notified streams of Engineers.
C).  SSC (Tech):
Engineering Degree in notified discipline.  It is a Short Service Commission (SSC).

Routes with Graduation in Medical:
A). Army Medical Corps (SSC):
You must have had cleared the MBBS in at most two attempts.

Name of Indian Army Entrance exams/Entry Scheme after Post-Graduation:
A). Army Education Corps (AEC) :
MA / M.Sc. in 1st or 2nd division in notified subjects.

Thus, as you see above, you have a plethora of choice to join the Indian Army. In fact, after graduation, the chances are more - for example, there are 425 vacancies in CDS (250 for IMA & 175 for OTA) compared to 195 in NDA and 85 in 10+2 TES for Indian Army. And if you had done any of law, engineering or medical degree, the chances only increases, as besides appearing for the Law, Engineering and Medical Indian Army exams, you can also appear for CDS exam.

Out of above exams, two are conducted by UPSC: NDA & CDS while the rest are conducted by Indian Army directly through ADG (Additional Directorate General) Recruiting / AG (Adjutant General's) Branch. Hence you have to look for the notifications in the respective websites.

I also keep posting informations not only about exam notifications, but also how to prepare for the exams. For instance some samples of the blog articles I had posted is given below:

SSC (Short Service Commission) Vs. Permanent Commission:
What is SSC? It might have confused you. Let me tell you what is it.

When you join Indian armed forces as a commissioned officer, you are expected to serve from the time of appointment till the age of retirement – 56 years and above, depending on which rank you retire at. This is called permanent commission.

On the other hand, Short Service Commission is a short term career option, which enables you to retire early from armed forces. For example, if you are going for SSC in Army Medical Corps you need to serve only 5 compulsory years. Beyond these 5 years – if you wish, you can retire or continue serving for another 9 years. Within these 5 years, after the completion of 2nd year of SSC service, you can apply for departmental permanent commission. Thus with SSC, you have an option to have a cake and eat it too!

Routes for a career in Indian Army for Women:
Compared to men, opportunities for a women to serve in Indian Army is a little limited. You can find the chart below which shows the career options for a women in Indian Army:
Exam Names for a career in Indian Army for Women
As you can see above with just Class-12 qualification, there is no entry mode for Women in Indian Army. Also, number of vacancies are less compared to men. It is because Indian Army opened up the career avenues for women not so long ago: Priya Jhingan was the first woman to join Indian Army on 21st September 1992.

That's all for now. Hope you liked it.
My intention of posting it was only to let you know that even if a door closes for you to join Indian Army, there are other doors open. Just keep your eyes open and Do not Loose heart!

I am updating this blog post with more info shortly. So please keep visiting and share it with your friends!
Best Wishes!

AddThis