Government Exams

Government jobs carry much prestige for those fortunate enough to obtain them. The reason being that it provides a sense of security and stability even post-retirement. Hence it is of little surprise that the competition for the government exams is quite fierce. Every year the Government of India conducts various exams to fill the posts in their administrative bodies.

Few make it. The reasons can vary from the lack of preparation to not knowing when the notifications are out. This article will give a general overview of the upcoming government exams in 2019 so that you can crack them with ease.

Table of Contents:

  1. UPSC IAS Exam
  2. Bank Exams
    1. RBI Exams
    2. SBI Exams
    3. IBPS Exams
  3. SSC Exams
    1. SSC CHSL
    2. SSC CGL
    3. SSC JE
    4. SSC GD

Upcoming Govt Exams

From this point on we will be providing a general overview of government exams this 2019, with information on the exam dates, exam pattern.

UPSC Civil Services Exam

Every year the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts the Civil Services Exam (IAS Exam) to recruit candidates who will go on to become officers in the IAS ((Indian Administrative Service), IPS (Indian Police Service), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and a host of other services. With the right approach and strategy, prospective candidates can crack this tough exam in the first attempt with marginal ease.

For this to happen it is essential to understand the IAS exam pattern, syllabus, exam dates and other significant details before starting the preparations. Here we present all the relevant details in brief for those aspiring to crack the exam.

IAS Exam Dates

IAS Exam Conducting Body

UPSC

Mode of IAS Exam

Offline

Number of times conducted

Once every year

Prescribed age limit

21-32 years (upper age relaxations for reserved candidates)

IAS Exam Prelims 2019

2nd June 2019

IAS Exam Mains 2019

Starts 20th September 2019

Serious aspirants should kick-start the preparation for UPSC 2020 as soon as possible as UPSC has already released the official calendar for 2020.

For the exam calendar, free study material, and the preparation strategy, aspirants should check our UPSC 2020 page.

IAS Exam Pattern

The IAS Exam is conducted in three stages:

  1. Stage I: Preliminary Examination (IAS Prelims)
  2. Stage II: Mains Examination (IAS Mains)
  3. Stage III: UPSC Personality Test (IAS Interview)

Stage I: IAS Exam -UPSC Prelims

Name of the Paper

Nature of the Paper

Duration of the Exam

Questions

Marks

IAS Exam Paper – I: General Studies

Merit Ranking

2 Hours

100

200

IAS Exam Paper – II: General Studies (CSAT)

Qualifying Nature

2 Hours

80

200

Stage II: IAS Exams – UPSC Mains

Paper

Subject

Duration

Total Marks

Paper A

Compulsory Indian Language

3 hours

300

Paper B

English

3 hours

300

Paper I

Essay

3 hours

250

Paper II

General Studies I

3 hours

250

Paper III

General Studies II

3 hours

250

Paper IV

General Studies III

3 hours

250

Paper V

General Studies IV

3 hours

250

Paper VI

Optional I

3 hours

250

Paper VII

Optional II

3 hours

250

Read/download the detailed UPSC Syllabus from the linked article.

Interview Round: This is the final round of the recruitment process and this is where most of the candidates fail. So prospective candidates are advised to take this round as seriously as possible because the selection panel will subject the interviewee to a pressure test and will also probe how much of a dynamic knowledge the candidate possesses. The marks gained in this round will count towards the final merit list of the candidate and only after passing this round will you be inducted for the IAS Training program.

Bank Exams

Bank Exams in India are routinely conducted mainly for recruitment of officers and clerks in the Banking sector. Banking is one of the niche careers to pursue in the field of commerce and accounts that are expanding rapidly. India has about 93 commercials and 27 public sector banks out of which 19 are nationalized and 6 are SBI and associate banks.

Now we will list out the various banking exams that a prospective candidate needs to be aware of.

RBI Exam

Through their recruitment exams, the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) selects personnel for the Assistant Posts in various offices of the RBI and also Grade B officers who are required to handle operations within the organization. Now let us have a look at the exam pattern, syllabus and dates of the two.

RBI Grade – B Recruitment Exam pattern

The RBI Exam Pattern is conducted in a phase of two which will be followed by an interview process.

The Phase I Exam Pattern is as follows:

Subject

Questions

No of Marks

General Awareness

80

80

Quantitative Aptitude

30

30

English Language

30

30

Reasoning

60

60

Total

200

200

The Phase II Exam Pattern is as follows:

Name of the Paper

Type of Paper

Duration

Marks

Paper I Economic and Social Issues

Objective Type

90

100

Paper II English

Descriptive Type

90

100

Paper III Finance and Management

Objective Type

90

100

Interview Round: This is the final round of the recruitment process and this is where most of the candidates fail. Candidates will be tested thoroughly on the core and optional subjects they have chosen. The performance in this round will be detrimental to the final merit listing and selection to the RBI cadre. The roll no of selected candidates will be uploaded on the official RBI website.

For a more detailed insight into the RBI Exam Pattern , visit this link

Dates for RBI Grade B Exam:

Events

Date

Official Notification of RBI Grade B 2019

1st Week of May 2019

Start Date of Online Registration and payment of Application Fee

1st Week of May 2019

Last Date of Online Registration and submission of Online Fee

4th Week of May 2019

Issue Date of RBI Grade B Exam Phase – I Admit Card 2019

1st Week of June 2019

Examination Date for Phase – I Exam

2nd Week of June 2019

Result Date of Phase – I

3rd Week of June 2019

Issue Date of Admit Card for Phase -II Exam

4th Week of June 2019

Examination Date for Phase – II Exam

1st Week of July 2019

Exam Result of Phase – II

2nd Week of July 2019

RBI Grade B Interview Date

August – October 2019

Final Result Declaration

November 2019

RBI Assistant Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for RBI Assistant is conducted two stages which are followed by a Language Skill/ Proficiency Test

The pattern for Stage I (Prelims) is as follows:

Sections

No of Marks

Maximum Marks

Duration

English Language

30

30

60 minutes

Numerical Ability

35

35

60 minutes

Reasoning Ability

35

35

60 minutes

Total

100

100

60 minutes

The pattern for Stage II (Mains) is as follows:

Sections

No of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

English Language

40

40

30 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

40

40

30 minutes

Reasoning Ability

40

40

30 minutes

Computer Knowledge

40

40

30 minutes

General Awareness

40

40

30 minutes

Total

200

200

135 minutes

Language Proficiency Test:

The last stage will be a Language Proficiency Test (LPT) for the candidate. Only those who have cleared the mains will have to appear for this test. The failure rate in this phase is quite high compared to other stages. The LPT will be conducted in the Official/ Local Language of the concerned state, hence do not take this round lightly.

For more detailed info about the the RBI Assistant Syllabus please visit the link.

Tentative Dates for RBI Assistant Exam

Events

Date

Online Application Form Start Date

October 2019

Online Application Form Last Date

November 2019

Preliminary Exam Date

November 2019

Result of Prelims

December 2019

Mains Exam Date

December 2019

The remaining exam dates will be updated as soon as the RBI announces them. Watch this space for more updates.

SBI Exams

The State Bank of India (SBI), one of India’s premier governmental banking institutions, conducts an annual recruitment exam to recruit candidates for the post of Probationary Officer (PO) and Clerk (Junior Associate). While on the outset their job profiles may look similar, their functions are quite different.

The PO is effectively a manager whose primary function is to keep an SBI branch function smoothly, while the Clerk is the face of the bank who is in charge of client relations and allied functions.

Now we will give a general overview of the Exam Patterns, Syllabus and Important dates for the recruitment exam for SBI PO and SBI Clerk.

SBI PO Exam Pattern

The recruitment process for the SBI PO exam is conducted in three phases i.e. Prelims, Mains and Interview. Candidates must clear each stage in order to move on to the next.

The Exam Pattern for SBI PO Prelims is as follows:

Name of Tests (Objective)

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

English Language

30

30

20 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

20 minutes

Reasoning Ability

35

35

20 minutes

Total

100

100

60 minutes ( )

To know more in detail about the SBI PO Prelims Exam visit the link

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern is as follows:

Name of Test

No of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

45

60

60 Minutes

Data Analysis & Interpretation

35

60

45 Minutes

General/Economy/Banking Awareness

40

40

35 Minutes

English

35

40

40 Minutes

Total

155

200

3 Hours

You can visit this link for a more detailed insight into the SBI PO Mains Exam by visiting this link

Interview Process

The Interview Process consists of a personal interview and a group discussion session where the candidates will face a panel of selectors, who will question the candidates on topics such as General Knowledge and current affairs related to the banking sector. Only by passing this round will ensure the candidate’s final selection in the SBI PO Exam. Keep in mind that the marks allotted for group Discussion are 20 and Interview is of 30.

Tentative Dates for SBI PO Prelims Exam:

Activity

Tentative Date

SBI PO 2019 Official Notification

April 1, 2019

SBI PO 2019 Online Registration

April 2, 2019

SBI PO 2019 Last Date of Application

April 22, 2019

SBI PO Prelims Call Letter Download

May 17 2019

SBI PO Prelims Exam Dates

8th, 9th, 15th & 16th June 2019

SBI PO Prelims Exam Results

July 2019 (1st Week)

Tentative Dates for SBI PO Mains Exam

Activity

Tentative Dates

SBI PO 2019 Official Notifications (Released)

April 1, 2019

SBI PO 2019 Online Registration

April 2 -22, 2019

Downloading of SBI PO Mains Admit Card

July 2019 (2nd Week)

SBI PO Mains Exam Date

July 20, 2019

SBI PO Mains Result Date

August (3rd Week)

SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern

Section

No of Questions

Total Marks

Duration

Reasoning Ability

35

35

20 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

20 Minutes

English Language

30

30

20 Minutes

Total

100

100

60 Minutes

Get more details on the syllabus of the SBI Clerk Prelims Exam, by clicking the link here

SBI Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

Section

No of Questions

Total Marks

Duration

General/ Financial Awareness

50

50

35 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

45 Minutes

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

50

60

45 Minutes

General English

40

40

35 Minutes

Total

190

200

160 minutes (cumulative)

A more detailed syllabus for the SBI Clerk Mains Exam is listed here

IBPS Exams

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is the conducting body that oversees the selection of employees for a large number of banks. For this purpose, they conduct a number of online bank exams. They are as follows:

  1. IBPS PO Exam: Also known as IBPS CWE (Common Written Examinations), IBPS PO Exam selects candidates for the post of probationary officers for various public sector banks as well as some insurance companies which are its members.
  2. IBPS Clerk Exam: The CWE clerical cadre is used by PSBS to select clerks who will handle the day to day functions of the PSB’s they work in.
  3. IBPS SO Exam: The Specialist Officer exam of the IBPS select candidates who will go on to carry out core administrative functions of the banks that they will represent.

4. IBPS RRB Exam: The CWE for Regional Rural Banks selects candidates for smaller

banks serving rural areas across the country. These include cooperative and public

sector banks

Now let us have a look at the exam pattern for each of the exams

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern:

Section

Number of Questions

Marks Allotted

Time Allotted

English Language

30

30

20 min

Numerical Ability

35

35

20 min

Reasoning Ability

35

35

20 min

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern :

Section

Number of Questions

Marks Allotted

Time Allotted

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

45

60

60 min

English Language

35

40

40 min

Data Analysis & Interpretation

35

60

45 min

General Awareness, Economy and Banking Awareness

40

40

35 min

English Language

2

25

30 min

IBPS PO Interview Pattern

The IBPS PO interview is conducted for those who clear the mains exam. The interview carries about 100 marks. The candidates have to secure at least 40 marks in the interview to be considered in the merit list, irrespective of their scores in the other stages. For candidates of the weaker sections of society, a concession of 5 marks is allowed.

Candidates successfully clearing these stages are selected as bankers and are invited to join one of the PSBs based on preference and position on the merit list.

If you would like to get more details on the prelims, mains and interview, visit our IBPS PO Exam Pattern page.

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern

Section

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Allotted

English

30

30

20 min

Numerical Ability

35

35

20 min

Reasoning Ability

35

35

20 min

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

Sections

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Allotted

General/ Financial Awareness

50

50

35 mins

General English

40

40

35 mins

Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude

50

60

45 mins

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

45 mins

To get more details on the IBPS Clerk Exam, visit the link given here.

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern

Subject

Maximum

Duration

English Language

25

40 minutes

Reasoning

50

40 minutes

General Awareness with Special Reference to the Banking Industry (For Law and Rajbhasha)

50

40 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude (For IBPS SO I.T officer, Agriculture, HR/Personnel and Marketing)

50

40 minutes

IBPS SO Main Exam Pattern

Subject

Maximum

Duration

Professional Knowledge(Objective for Law, I.T, HR, Marketing, Agriculture)

60

45 minutes

Professional Knowledge (Objective for Rajbhasha)

60

30 minutes

Professional Knowledge (Descriptive for Rajbhasha)

60

30 minutes

IBPS RRB Prelims Exam Pattern (Office Assistants)

Section

No of Qs

Max Marks

Duration

Reasoning

40

40

45 minutes (Composite)

Numerical Ability

40

40

45 minutes (Composite)

Total

80

80

IBPS RRB Mains Exam Pattern (Office Assistants)

Section

No of Qs

Max Marks

Duration

Reasoning

40

50

2 hours

Numerical Ability

40

50

2 hours

General Awareness

40

40

2 hours

English/ Hindi Language

40

40

2 hours

Computer Knowledge

40

20

2 hours

Total

200

200

IBPS RRB Prelims Exam Pattern (Scale I Officers)

Section

No of Questions

Max Marks

Durations

Reasoning

40

40

45 minutes (composite)

Quantitative Aptitude

40

40

45 minute (composite)

Total

80

80

IBPS RRB Mains Exam Pattern (Scale I Officers)

Sections

No of Questions

Max Marks

Duration

Reasoning

40

50

2 hours

Quantitative Aptitude

40

50

2 hours

General Awareness

40

40

2 hours

English/ Hindi Language

40

40

2 hours

Computer Knowledge

40

20

2 hours

Total

200

200

2 hours

IBPS RRB Single Stage Exam Pattern for General Banking Officers (Scale I)

Section

No of Questions

Max Marks

Duration (Composite)

Reasoning

40

50

2 hours

Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation

40

50

2 hours

Financial Awareness

40

40

2 hours

English / Hindi Language

40

40

2 hours

Computer Knowledge

40

20

2 hours

Total

200

200

*Note: Final selection will be based on the single exam score along with the final performance in the interview round

IBPS RRB Single Stage Exam Pattern for Specialist Cadres (Scale II)

Section

No of Question

Max Marks

Duration (Composite)

Reasoning

40

40

2 hours

Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation

40

40

2 hours

Financial Awareness

40

40

2 hours

English / Hindi Language

40

20

2 hours

Computer Knowledge

40

20

2 hours

Professional Knowledge

40

40

2 hours

Total

240

200

Note: Final selection will be based on the single exam score along with the final performance in the interview round.

IBPS RRB Single Stage Exam Pattern for Scale III Officers

Sections

No of Qs

Max Marks

Duration (Composite)

Reasoning

40

50

2 hours

Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation

40

50

2 hours

Financial Awareness

40

40

2 hours

English / Hindi Language

40

40

2 hours

Computer Knowledge

40

20

2 hours

Total

200

200

To know more important details of the IBPS Exams visit the link here

SSC Exams

To fill the various posts in ministries, departments and organisations of the Government of India

the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts many exams to recruit potential candidates. Established in 1975, the SSC has been instrumental in selecting staff for various Group B and Group C posts. Few important SSC Exams are given below:

  1. SSC CGL
  2. SSC CHSL
  3. SSC JE
  4. SSC GD

Now let us have a brief look at these various exams conducted by the SSC.

SSC CGL

The SSC conducts the SSC CGL exam annually to recruit candidates for various Group B and Group C posts. The recruitment is done in order to fill various vacancies in the departments, ministries and organisations of the Central Government.

Exam Pattern of SSC CGL Tier,1,2,3 and 4 are as follows:

Tier 1 Exam Pattern

Sections

No of Questions

Total Marks

Time (Cumulative)

General Intelligence and Reasoning

25

50

60 minutes

General Awareness

25

50

60 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

25

50

60 minutes

English Comprehension

25

50

60 minutes

Total

100

200

Tier II Exam Pattern

Section

No of Questions

Total Marks

Time Allotted

Quantitative Ability

100

200

2 hours

English Language and Comprehension

200

200

2 hours

Statistics

100

200

2 hours

General Studies

100

200

2 hours

Tier III Exam Pattern

Tier-III of SSC CGL exam is a descriptive exam to test the written skills of the candidates in the English and Hindi Language. The mode of this examination will be in offline mode and students are required to write essays, application, letters etc. in this exam. The exam carries about 100 marks and the time allotted for the same is 60 minutes. The time allotted for candidates belonging to PWD category is increased to 80 minutes.

Tier IV Exam Pattern

Tier – IV examination comprises of a couple of skill sets required for certain Government Posts all over the country.

  • DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): For the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax), Dest Exam through SSC CGL exam is conducted to check the typing speed of the candidate. The candidatures are given an article in English which they have to type on the designated computer. A candidate is required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes
  • CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): Word Processing, SpreadSheets and Generations of slides are three modules that are important for this exam and the commission demands a candidate to be proficient in it for the post of CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner).

SSC CHSL

The SSC conducts the CHSL exam every year for recruitment in various Ministries/Departments and organizations of the government of India. The SSC conducts the CHSL Exam for recruitment for various posts like:

  • Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants (PA/SA)
  • Data Entry Operator (DEO)
  • Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)
  • Court Clerk

The Pattern for SSC CHSL Exam 2019:

The recruitment exam is held via three tiers mentioned below:

  1. Tier 1: It is Computer – Based Written Exam (Objective Type)
  2. Tier 2: Written Exam (Descriptive Paper)
  3. Tier 3: Typing Test/Skill Test.

Section

Subject

No of Questions

Max Marks

Exam Duration

1

General Intelligence

25

50

60 minutes

2

General Awareness

25

50

60 minutes

3

Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)

25

50

60 minutes

4

English Language

25

50

60 minutes

Total

100

200

60 minutes

SSC JE 2019

In order to fill the Group – ‘B’ posts in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Quantity Surveying and Contract domain, the SSC conducts the annual examination for the recruitment of Junior Engineers (JE). The SSC JE exam is a competitive exam for Group ‘B’ (non-Gazetted) posts in Level- 6 administered by SSC under Government of India.

SSC JE Exam Dates

The important SSE JE exam dates are listed as below:

Name of Event

Date

Release of SSC JE Notification 2019

February 1, 2019

Last Date of SSC JE Registration

February 25, 2019 (5.00 P.M.)

Last Date of Online Fee Payment

February 27, 2019 (5.00 P.M.)

Last date for generation of offline Challan

February 27, 2019 (5.00 P.M.)

Last Date of Offline Fee Payment through Challan

February 28, 2019

Exam Date for Paper – I (Computer-based Exam)

September 23 – 27, 2019

Exam Date for Paper – II (Descriptive Test)

December 29, 2019

SSC JE Paper – I Pattern

Mode

Computer Based Test (Online Mode)

Subject

General Intelligence & Reasoning

General Awareness

Part – A General Engineering (Civil & Structural)

Part – B General Engineering (Electrical)

Part – C General Engineering (Mechanical)

Maximum Marks

200 Marks

Negative Marking

0.25 Marks

Duration & Timing (Date to be Intimidated later)

The morning shift will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The afternoon shift will be from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

SSC JE Paper – II Pattern

Sections

Maximum Marks

Duration

Part A – General Eng Civil and Structural)

300

2 hours

Part B- General Eng (Electrical)

2 hours

Part C – General Eng (mechanical

2 hours

SSC GD Exam

The SSC conducts recruitment programs every year to appoint candidates who can fill the various posts available in paramilitary organisations such as BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP, SSB, NIA, SSF and Rifleman in Assam Rifles. The SSC GD stands for Staff Selection Commission General Duty.

Part

Subject

No. Of

Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

A

General Intelligence &

Reasoning

25

25

120 Minutes

(Total)

B

General Knowledge & General Awareness

25

25

C

Elementary Mathematics

25

25

D

English/Hindi

25

25

Total

100

100

100

Physical Standard Test/ Physical Efficiency Test Pattern

The Physical Test of SSC GD is a very important phase for those candidates who want to apply for this exam

All candidates will have to undergo a physical endurance & measurement test. The Physical test doesn’t carry any marks but it is very crucial that you clear it. If you fail in the physical test then you won’t be able to clear the SSC GD Exam. The standards for both candidates are given below.

SSC GD Physical Standard:

  • Height – 170 cm.
  • Chest – 81 (Unexpanded), 85 (Expanded)
  • Race – 5 km in 24 minutes.
  • Long Jump – 14 feet (In three chances)
  • High Jump – 3’9’’ (In three chances)
  • SSC GD Physical Standards for Female Candidates
  • Height – 157 cm.
  • Chest – There is no chest measurement for female candidates.
  • Race – 1600 meters in 8.30 minutes.
  • Long Jump – 10 feet (In three chances)
  • High Jump – 3’ (In three chances)

As Government jobs are an attractive employment option in the modern economy, aspirants should prepare seriously for these examinations in order to crack them and ultimately beat the competition. A good way to start would brush up on knowledge old and new and also by focusing more on the syllabus. Based on this, candidates can start focussing on specific exam patterns for each government body and finish their preparation before the exam date. This would enable potential candidates to achieve their goals and embark on a highly enriching, successful and fulfilling career.

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