## General Intelligence:

• Semantic Analogy
• Symbolic/Number Analogy
• Figural Analogy
• Semantic Classification
• Symbolic/Number Classification
• Figural Classification
• Semantic Series
• Number Series
• Figural Series
• Problem Solving*
• Word Building
• Coding and de-coding
• Numerical operations
• Symbolic operations
• Trends
• Space Orientation
• Venn Diagrams
• Drawing inferences
• Punched hole/pattern-folding & unfolding
• Figural Pattern – folding and completion
• Indexing
• Data and City matching
• Classification of centre codes/roll numbers
• Small & Capital Letters/number-coding, decoding and classification
• Embedded figures
• Critical Thinking
• Emotional Intelligence
• Social Intelligence
• Other sub-topics, if any

## English Language :

• Spot the Error
• Fill in the Blanks
• Synonyms
• Antonyms
• Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words
• Idioms & Phrases
• One word substitution
• Improvement of Sentences
• Active/Passive Voice of Verbs
• Conversion into Direct/Indirect narration
• Shuffling of Sentence parts
• Shuffling of Sentences in a passage
• Cloze Passage
• Comprehension Passage
(* To be commensurate with the minimum prescribed educational qualifications (10th, 12th Graduate, Post-Graduate) for the post)

## Numerical Aptitude

ARITHMATIC

C.1.1 Number Systems:Computation of Whole Number
Decimal and Fractions
Relationship between numbers
C.1.2 Fundamental arithmetical operations:Percentages
Ratio and Proportion
Square roots
Averages
Interest (Simple and Compound)
Profit and Loss
Discount
Mixture and Alligation
Time and distance
Time and work
ALGEBRA:
C.2.1 Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra (and their simple applications) e.g. Formulas for (a+b)2,(a-b)2, (a+b)3 (a-b)3 , a3-b3, a3+b3, a2-b2; if a+b+c=0, then a3+b3+c3=3 abc etc. and Elementary surds (simple problems)
C.2.2 Graphs of Linear Equations.
C.3 GEOMETRY:
Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts:
C.3.1 Triangle and its various kinds of centres viz. Centroid, In-centre, Orthocentre, Circumcentre
C.3.2 Congruence and similarity of triangles
C.3.3 Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles.
C.4 MENSURATION:
C.4.2 Regular Polygons (sum of the internal angles of a polygon)
C.4.3 Circle
C.4.4 Right Prism
C.4.5 Right Circular Cone
C.4.6 Right Circular Cylinder
C.4.7 Sphere, Hemispheres
C.4.8 Rectangular Parallelepiped
C.4.9 Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base
C.5: TRIGONOMETRY:C.5.1 Trigonometry (for acute angles 0 with 0≤0≤90)
Trigonometric ratios
Standard Identities like sin20 + Cos20=1 etc.
C.5.2 Complementary Angles, Heights and Distances (simple problems only)
C.6 : STATISTICAL CHARTS :Use of Tables and Graphs:
C.6.1 Histogram
C.6.2 Frequency polygen
C.6.3 Bar-diagram
C.6.4 Pic-chart

## General Awareness:

Questions are designed to test the ability of the candidate‟s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions are also designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research.
NOTE-1: For VH candidates of 40% and above visual disability and opting for SCRIBES there will be no component of Maps/Graphs/Diagrams/Statistical Data in the General Intelligence & Reasoning / General Awareness Paper.
NOTE-2: The questions will be of the level to commensurate with Educational Qualification prescribed for the posts.

### Important tips for preparation of SSC-Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Examination (PA/SA Exam)

1. Collect the syllabus of the ssc exam. You can download it from the official website of SSC.

2. Get the ssc exam books of a better publication and also get the separate books for each of the section of ssc exam paper.

3. Make a time table of your study.

4. Study for at least 4 hrs a day for a year.

5. Study with full concentration and try to clear your basics of the topics.

6. Remember shortcuts of doing the questions and also create your own shortcuts to solve the problems faster.

7. You can also buy various books for learning shortcuts for solving problems for ssc exam.

8. Remember the shortcut techniques to solve the problem given the ssc exam paper faster. It will help solve the ssc exam paper quickly and you can solve more questions as it will improve your speed.

9. You need to work on your speed of solving problems. For that practice one previous year question paper daily to improve your speed putting yourself in the time limit.

10. Work more on your weaker sections and make them stronger with practice. Practice more and more because practice make a men perfect.

11. In the ssc paper, solve as many questions as you can but only do those which you know well. Don’t do those question which you are not sure about. Remember there is negative marking in the ssc exams.

12. If you got stuck on a particular question then move on to next one but don’t waste your precious time on particular question.

13. Always wear a watch while giving any type of paper as it will keep you updated with time.

14. Work on your quickness to solve problems and build speed of solving problem. Most of the aspirants fails in these tests because of the time limit.

15. Work harder with consistency will lead you to qualify this exam

## PA / SA Notification 2015

Staff Selection Commission has notified the Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Examination, 2015. The Staff Selection Commission will hold an examination for Recruitment of Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants, Data Entry Operators and Lower Divisional Clerks on Sundays 01.11.2015, 15.11.2015 and 22.11.2015. Further details are as follows:

Opening Date for Online Registration: 13 June 2015
Closing Date for Online Registration: 13 July 2015 (5:00PM)
Date of Examination: 1 November 2015, 15 November 2015 and 22 November 2015
Note: Candidates can also apply through Post.

Pay of the Posts:
Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant PB -1(Rs. 5200-20200) Grade Pay 2400
Data Entry Operator : Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay Rs. 2400
Data Entry Operator : Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay Rs. 1900
Lower Division Clerk: Pay Band -1 (Rs. 5200-20200), Grade Pay Rs. 1900

Vacancies: Tentatively the vacancies for the post of Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant, LDC and DEO are 3523, 2049 and 1006 respectively.

Educational Qualification ( As on 01.08.2015)
* Must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.
* Candidates who have not acquired but will acquire the educational qualification and acquire documentary evidence from the Board/University in support thereof as on 01.08.2015 will also be eligible.

Age Limit: 18-27 years as on 01.08.2015 (Candidates born not before 02-08-1988 and not later than 01-08-1997.) .Age relaxation as applicable for different categories.

How to apply:
Applications must be submitted only in the prescribed format (Annexure-I) On-line or by Post. Detailed instructions as in Annexure - II A or Annexure - II B, may be referred to for postal applications and on-line applications respectively.

Scheme of the Examination: The Examination will be conducted in three tiers as indicated below-
Tier -I -- Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
Tier -II -- Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
Tier -III -- Personality Test cum Interview/Computer Proficiency Test/Skill Test (wherever applicable)/Document Verification.

Please note: The Commission reserves the right to make changes in the scheme of examination such as conduct of Tier-I and Tier-II examination in on-line mode, treating Tier-I examination as only qualifying and not conducting personality test cum interview for some or all posts etc.

Application Fee:
--Rs. 100 (One hundred only)
Payment of application fee is exempted for all women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Physically Handicapped and
Ex-servicemen eligible for reservation, as per Government orders.
** For Paper or Off-Line Applications: Candidates should pay the fee by means of Central Recruitment Fee Stamps (CRFS) only.
** The candidates submitting application form online (computer based) should pay the fee of Rs 100 (Rupees one hundred only) by means of SBI Challan or Online payment through Net banking or any credit/debit cards only.

Scheme of Examination:
The examination will consist of a Written Examination and Skill Test for the post of Data Entry Operator and Written Test and Typing Test for the post of Postal
Assistant & Sorting Assistant (PA/SA) and Lower Division Clerk on Computer.

Written examination (Objective type):
Part I: General Intelligence (50 questions) - 50 Marks
Part II: English Language (Basic Knowledge) ( 50 questions ) - 50 Marks
Part III: Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) (50 questions) - 50 Marks
Part IV: General Awareness (50 questions) - 50 Marks

Total: 200 Marks
Total Duration /Timing: 2 Hours (10.00 A.M. to 12.00 Noon) or (2:00 PM to 4:00 PM)
Note: The proposal for online examination is under consideration of the Government of India and if approved examination may be held on-line.
There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

For more details check official notification from below link. In case of any doubts, feel free to ask us through comments, we will get back to you.

## Tuesday, June 9, 2015

### K V Chowdary appointed new CVC; Vijai Sharma named new chief information commissioner

K V Chowdary, former chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), has been appointed the new central vigilance commissioner. Vijai Sharma has been named the new chief information commissioner.

K V Chowdary is the first non-IAS to head the Central Vigilance Commission.

Chowdary and Sharma's appointments were finalized in June 1 meeting of the selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and comprising Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Jitendra Singh as well as Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge.

Chowdary, a 1978 batch Indian Revenue Service officer who is currently serving as advisor to the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team on black money, is the first non-IAS to head the Central Vigilance Commission.

Vijai Sharma is a 1974 batch IAS officer who superannuated as environment secretary. He has been serving in the commission as information commissioner since 2012. His appointment is in keeping with the pattern where the senior-most information commissioner has been appointed the chief.

In CVC, the term of central vigilance commissioner Pradeep Kumar had ended on September 28 last year, while vigilance commissioner J M Garg completed his tenure on September 7. Rajiv, a 1975 batch IPS officer, is the only vigilance commissioner at present. The posts of another VC and the CVC have been vacant for almost a year. Sources said the government had received about 135 applications for the CVC's posts.

The government has come under severe flak from the opposition for the vacant CIC and CVC posts in the last few months with Congress president Sonia Gandhi even raising the issue in Parliament recently.

The appointment of CVC was possible after the apex court earlier this month lifted a five-month-old stay imposed after an NGO approached the court alleging lack of transparency in appointment process. The SC had on December 17 last year asked the government to furnish details of the appointment procedure and not to appoint CVC or VC without its approval.

- The Times of India