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UPSC Exam details:

Minimum Educational Qualifications

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Required for UPSC Civil Services Exam 

The candidate must hold a degree of any of universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions estd by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a university u/s 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification


Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination

All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination

The applications for the Main Examination will be called sometime in the month of October / November 2015

Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by Govt as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination

Candidates who have passed the final professional MBBS or any other medical examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the university/institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination

In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree

Number of Attempts Every candidate appearing at the examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination.

Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates who are otherwise eligible.

Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be nine

The relaxation will be available to the candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
Provided further that a physically handicapped will get as many attempts as are available to other non-physically handicapped candidates of his or her community, subject to the condition that a physically handicapped candidate belonging to the GeneralCategory shall be eligible for nine attempts

Necessary action to make Corresponding Changes in respective Rules/Regulations Pertaining to various services is being taken separately. The relaxation will be available to the physically handicapped candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.

Fee Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST/PH candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay fee of Rs 100/- (Rs hundred only) either by remitting the money in any branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India/ State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur/Sate Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/ Master Credit/Debit Card
Candidates admitted to the main examination will be required to pay a further fee of Rs 200/- (Rs two hundreds only)

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BANK Exam:

Revised IBPS Exam Pattern / Exam Structure

Banking aspirants who successfully register themselves under CWE PO/MT-V and CWE CLERK-V will be called for Preliminary Examinations. After the Preliminary exam, some of the candidates will be shortlisted for Main Examination on the basis of performance in the preliminary examination.

Candidates, who will successfully clear the Main examination, will be eligible to appear for the interview session.

Preliminary Examination will be of shorter duration with less number of questions whereas the Main Examination will be the detailed one. The marks obtained in the Preliminary examination will not be considered for preparing the final merit list and the marks obtained in the Main Examination will only be considered for short listing for interview.

The registration process will be through online mode only and there will be a single registration for both Preliminary and Main examination.

IBPS CWE-V Exam Pattern at Glance

Preliminary Examination


Sr No.

Section Names

No of Questions

Marks

Duration

1

Reasoning Ability Paper

35

35

01 hour

2

Quantitative Aptitude Paper

35

35

3

English Language Paper

30

30

 

 Total

100

100

 

 

Main Examination


Sr No.

(Objective) Test Name

Marks

Duration

1

Reasoning Test

50

2 hours

2

English Language Test

40

3

Numerical Ability Test

50

4

General Awareness Test

40

5

Computer Knowledge Test

20

 

Total Marks

200

 

Negative marking

There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Test. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. 

What are the most common interview questions?

IInterview Questions

Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up. Here's a list of the most common questions and a guide to the kind of answers your interviewer wants to hear:

 

1. Tell me about yourself

This is usually the opening question and, as first impressions are key, one of the most important. Keep your answer to under five minutes, beginning with an overview of your highest qualification then running through the jobs you’ve held so far in your career. You can follow the same structure of your CV, giving examples of achievements and the skills you’ve picked up along the way. Don't go into too much detail – your interviewer will probably take notes and ask for you to expand on any areas where they'd like more information. If you're interviewing for your first job since leaving education, focus on the areas of your studies you most enjoyed and how that has led to you wanting this particular role.


2. What are your strengths?

Pick the three biggest attributes that you think will get you the job and give examples of how you have used these strengths in a work situation. They could be tangible skills, such as proficiency in a particular computer language, or intangible skills such as good man-management. If you're not sure where to start, take a look at the job description. There is usually a section listing candidate requirements, which should give you an idea of what they are looking for.


3. What are your weaknesses?

The dreaded question, which is best handled by picking something that you have made positive steps to redress. For example, if your IT ability is not at the level it could be, state it as a weakness but tell the interviewer about training courses or time spent outside work hours you have used to improve your skills. Your initiative could actually be perceived as a strength. On no accounts say "I don’t have any weaknesses", your interviewer won't believe you, or "I have a tendency to work too hard", which is seen as avoiding the question.


4. Why should we hire you? or What can you do for us that other candidates can't?

What makes you special and where do your major strengths lie? You should be able to find out what they are looking for from the job description. "I have a unique combination of strong technical skills and the ability to build long-term customer relationships" is a good opening sentence, which can then lead onto a more specific example of something you have done so far in your career. State your biggest achievement and the benefit it made to the business, then finish with "Given the opportunity, I could bring this success to your company."


5. What are your goals? or Where do you see yourself in five years time?

It's best to talk about both short-term and long-term goals. Talk about the kind of job you'd eventually like to do and the various steps you will need to get there, relating this in some way back to the position you're interviewing for. Show the employer you have ambition, and that you have the determination to make the most of every job you have to get where you want to be.


6. Why do you want to work here?

The interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates you've given this some thought. If you've prepared for the interview properly, you should have a good inside knowledge of the company's values, mission statement, development plans and products. Use this information to describe how your goals and ambition matches their company ethos and how you would relish the opportunity to work for them. Never utter the phrase "I just need a job."


7. What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?

This is a great time to brag about yourself through someone else's words. Try to include one thing that shows your ability to do the job, one thing that shows your commitment to the work, and one thing that shows you are a good person to have in a team. For example, "My boss has told me that I am the best designer he has ever had. He knows he can always rely on me, and he likes my sense of humour."


8. What salary are you seeking?

You can prepare for this by knowing the value of someone with your skills. Try not to give any specific numbers in the heat of the moment – it could put you in a poor position when negotiating later on. Your interviewer will understand if you don't want to discuss this until you are offered the job. If they have provided a guideline salary with the job description, you could mention this and say it's around the same area you’re looking for.


Interviewers use this type of psychological question to see if you can think quickly. If you answer 'a bunny', you will make a soft, passive impression. If you answer 'a lion', you will be seen as aggressive. What type of personality will it take to get the job done?

 
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