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CSIR CASE SO & ASO Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2024

Council of Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR) released an official notification for recruiting Section Officer and Assistant Section Officer posts. There are 444 vacancies. Candidates can get their postings by clearing the examination. Aspirants can check this article to know more about the exam pattern and syllabus.

CSIR CASE Selection Process

The Selection process will be as follows,

  • Written Examination (Paper- I, Paper- II, Paper- III)
  • Interview and Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)

Scheme of Examination

PaperSubjectMaximum MarksTime
Paper IGeneral Awareness100 objective-type questions of one mark each with a negative marking of 0.33 marks for every wrong answer English Language and Comprehension50 objective-type questions of one mark each with a negative marking of 0.33 marks for every wrong answer150 marks2 hours
Paper IIGeneral Intelligence, Reasoning and Mental Ability200 objective-type questions of one mark each with a negative marking of 0.33 marks for every wrong answer200 marks2.30 hours
Paper IIIEnglish / Hindi – Descriptive paperEssay, Precis and Letter or Application writing150 marks2 hours
InterviewInterview carrying 100 marks for the post of Section Officer only
CPTCPT carries 100 marks for the post of Assistant Section Officer only.
Paper I, Paper II and Paper III will be common and compulsory for all posts
  • All papers will be bilingual (English & Hindi) except English Language part of Paper – I which will be in English only

Syllabus and Break up of marks

Paper – I General Awareness and English Language and ComprehensionMarks & No. of Questions
General Awareness
1History of India and the Indian National Movement100 marks
2Constitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice
3Current Events of National and International Importance
English Language and Comprehension50 marks
2Do as directed (Active- passive, Direct- Indirect)
3Prepositions, fill in the blanks
4Synonyms / Antonyms
5Sentence Correction, Common Errors
6Punctuation, Idioms and Phrases
Paper II – General Intelligence and Reasoning AbilityMarks & No. of Questions
1General Intelligence, reasoning and Mental Ability25
2Arithmetical and Numerical Ability25
3General Science25
4Economic and Social Development and General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and climate change25
5Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude25
6Decision-making and Problem solving25
7Management Principles and Practices25
8National Geography25

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Pape III English / Hindi – Descriptive paperMarks
1Essay Writing (2 questions)100
2Precis Writing (1 question)30
3Letter/application Writing (1 question)20

Indicative Detailed Syllabus

Paper – I

General Awareness

(i) History of India & Indian National Movement

Sources of Indian History, The Harappan Civilization, The Mauryan, The Vedic, Post Mauryan period (200 BC-300 AD), Gupta & Post – Gupta period: Society, Economy & Polity, Chronology of Events in Medieval India, North India between 750-1200, The Sultans of Delhi, The Mughal Kings, The Marathas, The Saints of Medieval India, Indian in the Eighteenth Century, Rise of the Regional Powers, Economic Impact of The British, Indian Renaissance and Reform Movement, Early Uprisings Against The British, The Revolt of 1857, Nature and Causes For The Rise of National Movement, The Rise of Neo-Nationalists or Extremists, The Beginning of the Gandhian Era.

(i) Constitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice

• Indian Constitution – historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure

• Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein

• Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries

• Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions

• Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these

• Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies

• Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity

• Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

• Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

• Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections

• Health, Education, Human Resources

• Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders

• Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to

• Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures

• Issues relating to poverty and hunger

(iii)    Current event of National and International importance

National – National Issues, Indian Economy, Indian Polity, Judiciary, Environment, Science and Technology, States, Social Schemes, Sports News, Reports, Committee and Commission, Awards and Honours, Accident and calamities, First in India.

International –Important Summits and events, International Awards, First in the world, International leadership, International Reports, International committees and recommendations, Geographical events around the world.

English Language & Comprehension :

 Comprehension, do as directed (Active-Passive; Direct-Indirect etc.), Prepositions, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, sentence correction, common errors, punctuation, idioms & phrases etc.

Paper – II

 (i) General Intelligence & Reasoning and Mental Ability :

General Intelligence & Reasoning: It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test will include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discriminating observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate’s abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationship, arithmetical computation and other analytical functions.

General Mental Ability : Analogy, Classification, Series, Coding-Decoding, Blood relations, Direction Sense Test, Logical Venn Diagrams, Alphabet Test, Sitting Arrangements, Mathematical Operations, Arithmetical Reasoning, Inserting the Missing Character, Number, Ranking and Time Sequence Test, Eligibility Test.

(ii)    Arithmetical and Numerical Ability : Simplification, Decimals, Data Interpretation, Fractions, L.C.M., H.C.F., Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Average, Profit & Loss, Discount, Simple & Compound Interest, Mensuration, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Tables & Graphs etc.

(iii)   General Science : 1. Physics –Mechanics, heat, magnetism, Electricity, Light, sound,modern physics, 2. Chemistry – nature and composition of substances, atomic structure, radioactivity, isotopic isotope isotronic, chemical bond, Oxidation & Equipment, acid, ash and salt, Valency and Atomic Weight, General properties of gases, Merger, electrochemistry, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, inducement, fuel, periodic classification of elements, Latin names and chemical symbols of elements, metallurgical treatment, metals and their compounds, non-metals and their compounds, organic chemistry, Various such as alloy, fertilizer, cement etc.3. Biology –plant diseases, plant tissue, plant genetics, cell Biology, ecology, Pollution, health and nutrition, human physiology, classification of animal kingdom, branch of zoology, chief biologist. 4. Computer/IT – Basic knowledge and fundamentals about Computer, Word Processing, Spreadsheet, generation of Slides, Email etc.

(iv)  Economic & Social Development and General Issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change :

Economic growth and development – basic concept and definition of economy and economics, use and transfer of resources, distributive effects, macro and micro economic policy, micro-macro balance, distributive impact of economic policies, development versus growth, determinant of growth and development, concepts such as HPI/MPI, HDI, PQLI, GEM, GDI/GII, TAI, Green index, sustainable development, India’s ranking in the various indices.

General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change –

 Terms like climate change, ecosystem, sustainable development, natural disaster, etc. are regularly featured in the news. Environment topics can be interlinked with core concepts of other subjects like geography, biology, botany, zoology and also the economy. Environment can also overlap with policy and governance since many government schemes are linked towards preserving the natural resources and environment, conservation of flora and fauna, and reducing pollution, etc.

(v)  Ethics and Human Interface :Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

(vi)   Decision Making and Problem solving: Identify the problem, Identify the possible solutions, Select the best solution, Eliminate other solutions, Make the decision.

(vii)   Management Principles & Practices

Principles of management (Planning, organizing, Directing & Control etc.), Job analysis, Job description Job specification, Job design, Job change, Recruitment, Communication, Leadership, Motivation, Negotiations, Financial Management, Delegation, Working & Networking, Project Appraisal, Career Advancement, Procurement, Stores, Inventory Management, Facilities & Infrastructure Management

(viii)   National Geography: Basics of India, Physical features, River systems, Climate, Minerals and Industries, Agriculture, Natural vegetation and fauna, Economic infrastructure, Human Geography

 Paper III

English / Hindi – Descriptive Paper

  •  Essay writing (02 questions)
  • Precis writing (01 questions)
  •  Letter/Application writing (01 questions)

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