UPSC Section Officers/ Stenographers Exam 2015 Selection Process, Pattern & Syllabus

UPSC Section Officers/ Stenographers Exam 2015 Selection Process

Exam Pattern & Syllabus

UPSC is going to conduct the Combined Section Officers/ Stenographers’ (Grade-B/ Grade-I) Exam 2015 in October for the recruitment of Steno and Section Officers. The last date for online application is 07th July. Read details here

Those, who are going to appear in this exam, can find selection process, exam pattern and detailed syllabus below.

UPSC Section Officers/ Stenographers Exam 2015 Selection Process

  1. Written Examination – 500 marks
  2. Shorthand test in Hindi or English at 100 wpm
  3. Evaluation of record of service – 100 marks

A written examination will be conducted for all applicants, who apply for this examination. The exam pattern is available below.

A shorthand test will be conducted to test the typing speed and skills of the candidates. The shorthand test in English/Hindi would comprise dictation test at the speed of 100 words per minute of ten minutes which the candidate will be required to transcribe in 40/55 minutes. All the candidates competing for Categories IV, V, VI, VII and IX will be required to take qualifying shorthand test at the time of the written examination.

Candidates selected after written and shorthand tests, will be called for service record evaluation based on which candidates will be assigned ranks. The examination pattern is given below.

UPSC Section Officers/ Stenographers Exam 2015 Pattern & Syllabus

Exam Pattern

  • Exam mode: Written
  • Max Marks: 500
  • Subjects: 3
    1. General Studies & General Knowledge of Constitution of India and Machinery of Government, Practice and Procedures in Parliament and Knowledge of RTI Act, 2005 (Objective) – 150 marks
    2. Procedure and Practice in the Govt. of India Secretariat and attached offices and General Financial and Service Rules duly taking into account the requirement of relevant categories of services (Objective) – 150 marks
    3. Noting and Drafting, Precis writing (Subjective) – 200 marks
  • Duration: 7 hrs (2+2+3)
  • Negative marking: -1/3 for each wrong answer

Exam Syllabus

PAPER – I

The paper will cover subjects of interest and importance in the present day. Questions will be set to test knowledge of the broad salient features of the Five Year Plans, Indian Economy and major Developmental Schemes as also intelligence awareness of current affairs both national and international. A broad knowledge of the following aspects will also be expected:
(i) The principles of the Constitution of India
(ii) Rules of procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
(iii) The organization of the machinery of the Govt. of India, Designation and allocation of subjects between Ministries, Departments and Attached & Subordinate Offices and their relation inter se.
(iv) RTI Act, 2005.

PAPER – II

This paper is intended to be intensive and detailed test in methods and procedure of work in the Government of India Secretariat and attached offices. Detailed knowledge of General Financial and Service Rules viz., Conduct Rules, Leave Rules, TA Rules etc. will be tested. A list of Reference Books (which are however not exhaustive) are recommended –

(for Category I, IV,VIII & IX)
1. Manual of office procedure (latest edition)
2. Notes on office procedure issued by the Institute of Secretarial Training and Management.
3. Handbook of orders regarding use of Hindi for official purpose of the Union issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. (for Category I & IV only)
4. Fundamental and Supplementary Rules (A.G.P.&T’s compilation, Chaudhury’s compilation, Swamy’s compilation).
5. The Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules.
6. The Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules.
7. The Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules.
8. Central Civil Service (Leave) Rules.
9. Compilation of the General Financial Rules, (Revised and Enlarged).
10. Delegation of Financial Power Rules.
11. Intelligence Bureau Standing Orders (for Category VIII only).

(for Category II & V)
1. Manual of office procedure (latest edition).
2. Notes on office procedure issued by the I.S.T.M.
3. Handbook of orders regarding use of Hindi for official purpose of the Union issued by the Min. of Home Affairs.
4. Fundamental and Supplementary Rules (A.G.P. & T’s compilation, Chaudhury’s compilation, Swamy’s compilation).
5. The Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules.
6. The Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules.
7. Compilation of the General Financial Rules (Revised and enlarged).
8. Delegation of Financial Power Rules.
9. Indian Foreign Service (PLCA) Rules.
10. Financial Powers of Government of India’s Representatives abroad.
11. Assisted Medical Attendance Schemes.
12. Indian Foreign Service (Conduct and Discipline) rules.

(for Category III & VII)
1. Manual of Office Procedure issued by the Min. of Railways (Railway Board).
2. Handbook of orders regarding use of Hindi for official purpose of the Union issued by the Min. of Home Affairs.
3. Indian Railway Admn. and Finance (excluding Chapters V, VI, VIII & IX).
4. Indian Railway Financial Code Vol. I (excluding Chapter II and VI).
5. Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol. I.
6. The Railway Services (Conduct) Rules, 1966.
7. The Railway Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rule, 1968.

(for Category VI)
1. Manual of office procedure (latest edition).
2. Notes on office procedure issued by the Institute of Secretarial Training and Management.
3. Handbook of orders regarding use of Hindi for official purpose of the Union issued by the Ministry of Home
Affairs.
4. Fundamental and Supplementary Rules (A.G.P.&T’s compilation, Chaudhury’s compilation, Swamy’s compilation).
5. The Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules.
6. The Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules.
7. The Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules.
8. Central Civil Service (Leave) Rules.
9. Financial Regulations Part I (Revised Edition).

PAPER – III

Candidates are required to prepare notes and drafts on specific problems and précis from a passage.

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