Friday, 1 February 2013


A four-day week for the good of the country?

The Gambia has shortened the work week, making Friday a day of rest. Is this the perfect pattern for a working week?

Gambia's 4 day work week

A four-day week for the good of the country?

The Gambia has shortened the work week, making Friday a day of rest. Is this the perfect pattern for a working week?

Thursday, 31 January 2013

                         SBI Recruitment of Probationary Officers

On-line Registration-    30.01.2013 to 23.02.2013
On-line Payment of fees- 30.01.2013 to 23.02.2013
Off-line Payment of fees- 01.02.2013 to 28.02.2013
Date of Written Examination- 28.04.2013

Applications are invited from eligible Indian citizens for appointment as Probationary officers (POs) in State Bank of India. Candidates selected are liable to be posted anywhere in India.
Vacancies: Vacancies for OH/VH category candidates are reserved horizontally. Vacancies including reserved vacancies are provisional and may vary according to the requirements of Bank.

Vacancies for POs in SBI 2013 recruitment

Post Probationary Officers
Vacancies- 1500. Vacancies are provisional and may vary according to the requirements of the Bank.
Vacancies : SC - 225, ST – 112, OBC – 405 and GEN – 758 = Total 1500
Vacancies (Pwd) – VH – 22 And  OH 22 = Total 44
Vacancies for OH & VH category candidates are reserved horizontally. Vacancies including reserved vacancies are provisional and may vary according to the requirements of Bank.
Eligible candidates desirous of applying for both the posts should register single on-line application by depositing fees only once
There will be a common written examination for both the posts. Candidates have an option to apply for both the posts while registering on-line application.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility Criteria : (AS ON 01.01.2013)
(A) Essential Academic Qualifications:
Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as
such by the Central Government.
(B) Age Limit: As on 01.01.2013
Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.01.2013 i.e candidates must have been born not
earlier than 02.01.1983 and not later than 01.01.1992 (both days inclusive)
Relaxation in the Upper Age Limit to Reserved category candidates
Upper age is relaxable by
(i) 3 years in the case of OBC candidates.
(ii) 5 years in the case of : (a) SC/ST candidates. (b) Ex-servicemen (including Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service Commissioned Officers) who have rendered at least five years continuous Military Service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or /on account of physical disability or have been released/discharged on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service or on invalidment (c) Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu and Kashmir between 1st January, 1980 and 31st December, 1989.
iii) 10 years for VH/OH (Gen); 13 years for VH/OH (OBC) and 15 years for VH/OH (SC/ST) candidates.
Note : Cumulative Age Relaxation Will Not Be Available Either Under The Above Items Or In Combination With Any Other Items. More Details can be seen in the advertisement

Selection procedure

Selection procedure:
(a) Phase-I: Written Examination (250 marks) consisting of Objective Tests and Descriptive Test.
(i) Objective Tests (200 marks): The Objective Tests with 2 hour duration will consists of 4 Sections with 50 marks each as follows:
(a) Test of English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc)
(b) Test of General Awareness, Marketing and Computers
(c) Test of Data Analysis and Interpretation
(d) Test of Reasoning (High Level)
The candidates are required to qualify in the Objective Tests by securing passing marks, in each of the tests, to be decided by the Bank on the basis of the performance of all the competing candidates taken together in each test to a minimum required level for each category.
(ii) Descriptive Test (50 marks): The Descriptive Test with 1 hour duration will be of “Test of English Language (comprehension, short prĂ©cis, letter writing & essay)”.
The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.
Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests as stated above in (i).
(b) Phase-II: Group Discussion (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks)
The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be   arranged in descending order in each category and the candidates in the order of merit, subject to 3 times
the number of vacancies in each category, will be called for Group Discussion and Interview. The  qualifying marks in Group Discussion & Interview will be as decided by the Bank.

(c) Final Selection:
The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-I and Phase-II separately.
Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks maximum) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Discussion & Interview (out of 50 marks maximum) are converted to out
of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Written Test and Group Discussion & Interview out of 100 for each category. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked
candidates in each category.
Results of the candidates who have qualified for Phase II and thereafter, the list of candidates finally selected will be available on the Bank’s website. Final select list will be published in Employment News/
Rozgar Samachar.
Written examination will be held at following centres, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Bangalore, Gulbarga, Hubli, Mysore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur (Ganjam), Cuttack, Sambalpur, Ambala, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Jammu, Ludhiana, Patiala, Palampur, Shimla, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Puducherry, Tiruchirapalli, Nungambakkam, Agartala, Aizwal, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Imphal, Dispur, Itanagar, Kohima, Shillong, Silchar, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Asansol, Gangtok, Kolkata, Port Blair, Siliguri, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Hazratganj, Varanasi, Agra, Ajmer, Dehradun, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Meerut, Nainital, New Delhi, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji (Goa), Pune, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Ranchi, Kochi, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thampanoor, Thiruvananthapuram
PAY: The starting basic pay is Rs 16,900/- (with 4 increments) in the scale of Rs 14500-600/7-18700-700/
2-20100-800/7-25700 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale I. The official will also be eligible for D.A., H.R.A & C.C.A as per rules in force from time to time. The compensation per annum at Mumbai is Rs.8,00,000/- plus. The break-up of monthly compensation is as under:
Cash Component Rs. 30, 370/-
Bank’s contribution to PF & Pension Scheme Rs. 4,673/-
Housing (Lease Rental) Rs. 29,500/-
Perquisites (Conveyance, Newspapers, Entertainment allowance, House & Furniture Maintenance etc. Rs. 4,130/-
In addition, the Officers are also entitled to other benefits like –
(i) Medical Aid for self (100%) and for family (75%)
(ii) Home Travel Concession/Leave Fare Concession
(iii) Concessional Interest Rates for Housing/Car/Personal Loans
The salary scales are under revision with effect from November 2012.
Career Path
The Probationary Officers will be on probation of two years during which they will be given intensive training and towards end of their probation / training period, they will be subjected to a screening process.

While those Officers who achieve the predetermined standards may be confirmed and given placement in
the next higher grade i.e. Officer Middle Management Grade Scale II, others who qualify the test but fail to achieve the standards set for placement in Middle Management Grade Scale II, will be confirmed as Officer Junior Management Scale Grade I. The services of those Officers who fail to qualify in this process will be terminated.
Bank provides immense opportunities for growth in the Bank including opportunities for postings abroad.
The attractive promotion policy of the Bank provides an opportunity to the meritorious and exceptionally brilliant officers to reach the Top Management Grade in a reasonably quick time.
Sr. No.              Category                      Total
1.                     SC / ST / PWD              Rs. 50/- (Intimation Charges only)
2.                     General and Others        Rs. 200/- (App. fee including intimation charges)
Fee / Postal charges once paid will NOT be refunded on any account nor can it be held in reserve for any
other examination or selection.

How to apply

Guidelines for filling online application:
Candidates will be required to register themselves online first through Bank's website or After which candidates are required to pay the requisite application fee through one of the following mode-
(i) Offline mode (the system will generate a cash voucher/ challan form pre-printed with the candidate's details which will be required to be presented at any State Bank of India branch counter with the requisite fee. On payment of the requisite fee through computer generated challan form, registration of the online application will be complete).

(ii) Online mode (the payment can be made by using debit card/ credit card/ Internet Banking).
Pre-requisites for Applying Online Candidates should have valid email ID which should be kept active till the declaration of results. It will help him/her in getting call letter/interview advices etc. by email.
Option- I : payment of fee (offline):
i) Candidates should first scan their photograph and signature as detailed under guidelines for scanning the photograph and signature.
ii) Candidates to visit Bank’s website or and open the appropriate Online Application Format, available in the 'Recruitment link'.
iii) Fill the application carefully. Once the application is filled in completely, candidate should submit the
data. In the event of candidate not able to fill the data in one go, he can save the data already entered. When the data is saved, a provisional registration number and password will be generated by the system and displayed on the screen. Candidate should note down the registration number and password. They can re-open the saved data using registration number and password and edit the particulars, if needed. This facility will be available for three times only. Once the application is filled in completely, candidate should submit the data and take a printout of the system generated fee payment challan immediately. No change/ edit will be allowed thereafter. The registration at this stage is provisional.
iv) Fee Payment: Fee will be accepted from 2nd working day after registration and can be made within three working days at any branch of State Bank of India. System generated fee payment challan will be used for depositing fee. Once fee is paid, the registration process is completed.
v) Candidate will receive registration confirmation by SMS/e-mail after three working days from the date
of payment of fees. Please ensure to furnish correct Mobile number / email address to receive the registration confirmation.
vi) Three days after fee payment, candidates will also have a provision to reprint the submitted application containing fee details. The printout of the application form and fee receipt should be retained with the candidate. It will have to be submitted at the time of interview, if called for.
No fee payment challan will be generated. Fee payment will have to be made online through payment
gateway available thereat.
II. After ensuring the correctness of the particulars of the application form, candidates are required to pay fees through the payment gateway integrated with the application, following the instructions available on the screen. No change/edit will be allowed thereafter.
III. The payment can be made by using debit card/ credit card/ Internet Banking by providing information
as asked on the screen. Transaction charges for online payment, if any, will be borne by the candidates.
IV. On successful completion of the transaction, e-receipt and application form will be generated; which
may be printed for record.
V. If the online transaction is not successfully completed, please register again and make payment online.
Note: There is also a provision to reprint the e-Receipt and Application form containing fee details, at later
The printout of the application form is not to be sent to the Bank.
Guidelines For Scanning The Photograph & Signature
Before applying online a candidate will be required to have a scanned (digital) image of his/her photograph and signature as per the specifications given in Annexture-I.
Your online application will not be registered unless you upload your photo and signature as specified.
On uploading your photo and signature, as specified, your online application will be provisionally registered.
a. In case the face in the photograph or signature is unclear, the candidate’s application may be rejected.
b. Candidates are advised to take a printout of their system generated online application forms after submitting.
c. In case the photograph or signature is unclear, the candidate may edit his application and re-upload his
photograph or signature.
d. On-line registration of application & fee payment will be available from 30.01.2013 to 23.02.2013. Last
date for cash deposit will be 28.02.2013 for offline registration.
e. Candidates serving in Govt./Quasi Govt. offices, Public Sector undertakings including Nationalised Banks and Financial Institutions are advised to submit 'No Objection Certificate' from their employer at the time of interview, failing which their candidature may not be considered and travelling expenses, if any, otherwise admissible, will not be paid.
f. In case of selection, candidates will be required to produce proper discharge certificate from the employer at the time of taking up the appointment.
g. Caste certificate issued by Competent Authority on format prescribed by the Government of India to be
submitted by the SC/ST candidates, if called for interview.
h. Candidates belonging to OBC category but coming under the 'CREAMY LAYER' are not entitled to OBC reservation. They should indicate their category as 'GEN' or 'GEN PH' as applicable.
i. A declaration to be submitted in the prescribed format by candidates seeking reservation under OBC
category that he/she does not belong to the creamy layer as on 23.02.2013.
The OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-creamy layer’ clause, issued during the period 01.04.2012 to
31.03.2013, should be submitted by such candidates, if called for interview.
J) call letters for written examination:
The candidates should download their call letter and an “acquaint yourself” booklet by entering their registration number and password / date of birth, after 08.04.2013 from the Bank’s website.
Note: The candidates must bring one photo identity proof such as passport/Adhar/PAN Card/Driving Licence/Voter’s Card/Bank Passbook with duly attested Photograph/Identity Card issued by School or College/Gazetted Officer in the official letterhead in original as well as a self attested Photocopy thereof. The photocopy of Identity proof should be submitted along with call letter to the invigilators in the examination hall, failing which or if identity of candidates is in doubt the candidate will not be permitted to appear for the test.
k) Action Against Candidates Found Guilty Of Misconduct:
Candidates are cautioned that they should not furnish any particulars that are false, tampered/ fabricated and they should not suppress any material information while filling up the application form.
At the time of written examination/interview, if a candidate is (or has been) found guilty of:
(i) using unfair means during the examination or (ii) impersonating or procuring impersonation by any person or (iii) misbehaving in the examination hall or (iv) resorting to any irregular or improper means in connection with his/her candidature for selection or (v) obtaining support for his/her candidature by any unfair means, such a candidate may, in addition to rendering himself/herself liable to criminal prosecution, will also be liable :
a) to be disqualified from the examination for which he/she is a candidate
b) to be debarred, either permanently or for a specified period, from any examination or recruitment
conducted by Bank.
Note: The Bank would be analysing the responses of a candidate with other appeared candidates to detect patterns of similarity. On the basis of such an analysis, if it is found that the responses have been shared and scores obtained are not genuine / valid, the Bank reserves the rights to cancel his/her candidature.
l) Use Of Mobile Phones, Pagers, Calculator Or Any Such Devices:
(a) Mobile phones, pagers or any other communication devices are not allowed inside the premises where the examination is being conducted. Any infringement of these instructions shall entail cancellation of candidature and disciplinary action including ban from future examinations.
(b) Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned item including mobile phones/ pagers to the venue of the examination, as arrangement for safekeeping cannot be assured.
(c) Candidates are not permitted to use or have in possession of calculators in examination premises.
m) General Information:
(i) Candidates should satisfy themselves about their eligibility for the post applied for. The Bank would admit to the written test all the candidates applying for the posts with the requisite fee on the basis of the information furnished in the online application and shall determine their eligibility only at the time of interview.
(ii) Candidates are advised in their own interest to apply online much before the closing date and not to wait till the last date for depositing the fee to avoid the possibility of disconnection / inability / failure to log on to the website on account of heavy load on internet or website jam.
(iii) SBI does not assume any responsibility for the candidates not being able to submit their applications within the last date on account of aforesaid reasons or for any other reason beyond the control of SBI.
(v) Candidates are advised to keep their e-mail ID alive for receiving advices, viz. call letters/ Interview advices etc.
(vi) Appointment of selected candidates is subject to his /her being declared medically fit as per the requirement of the Bank concerned.
(viii) Any legal proceedings in respect of any matter of claim or dispute arising out of this advertisement
and/or an application in response thereto can be instituted only in Mumbai and courts/tribunals/ forums at Mumbai only shall have sole and exclusive jurisdiction to try any cause/dispute.

Central Recruitment & Promotion Deptt.
Tulsiani Chambers,
1st Floor,(West Wing),
212, Free Press Journal Marg,
Nariman Point, Mumbai-400 021.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Facebook Graph Search: It's like asking friends out loud.

Bill Boorman Work4 Labs ProfileThought Leader Guest Blogger
Bill Boorman

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By now you will have read many times that Facebook has announced the launch of social search on the open graph. I have been able to grab a sneak peak of a beta version to get a few ideas of what this might really mean to users like us.

I've always felt that the real battle of the internet was not between LinkedIn and Facebook, but between Google and everybody else for users’ eyes. Users’ eyes are critical, because when a channel has our eyes, then it can serve content and ads to us based on our historical behavior. The more time in channel, the more opportunity to serve content, and the better the channel gets to know us.

The other big point around social search is developing a circle of trust: who do we want to make recommendations to us or provide us with information? When I want to do something or buy something, and I don't have a solution or provider in mind, I want to ask a circle of trusted sources or friends what they recommend or what they like. I only want to step outside this circle and ask everyone if I draw a blank, and that rarely happens. It rarely happens because my network of friends are a bit like me. They've asked the question before, and they’ve reached their own conclusion.

When I was in Berlin recently I experienced this first hand. My friend Lars Schmidt, the talent acquisition director for NPR, had been to Berlin before me, and had left a few comments and likes on attractions via TripAdvisor. I'm quite a lot like Lars in taste; if he likes a restaurant or a museum, I probably will as well. When I was planning my days, every time I saw Lars had commented, I checked what he had to say, and I added three attractions based on his review.

Let’s consider how this works on a wider scale across Facebook. When I want to know something, find something, or do something, I can check what my friends have had to say on the topic, the place, or the service/product. I can see what content they shared on the topic. I can go to them directly if I want a bit more information, which is very powerful.

Let’s look at where the results come from: only my friends (not all of Facebook) and only the content or interactions they have chosen to show me. This is brilliant because most of my connections are in my inner circle. The ones I'm closest to show me everything, and the ones from whom I am more distant are open about less content. The closer and more open the relationship, the more I tend to trust the response. It is speculation on my part, but knowing the way that Facebook works, it wouldn't surprise me to see a weighting of results based on relevance to the query AND relationship based on the EdgeRank ranking, giving me results according to who I have the strongest relationship with (most trust in), rather than the best match for my search terms. Interesting stuff!

What is interesting is that Facebook has gone for natural language search and applied semantics. This means that rather than typing in keywords or boolean searches to try and get the best results, I ask Facebook a question as if it were a person. It is just like asking my friends a question out loud. Instead of entering: “Coffee, San Francisco” to find the best coffee locally, I ask my friends who might have some experience of drinking coffee in down town San Fran: “Where is the best place to get a coffee in San Francisco?” or “Where is the nearest......”

In the past, I would have posted this question directly to my Timeline and then sat back hoping someone saw and answered my request. I might have been tired and thirsty by the time a reply came back. Now the same request gives me instant access to all the places my friends have checked into, liked, or commented on, and that match my question, instantly.

When there are no matches, I have the backup of results from a Bing search. I'm glad Facebook chose to go with Bing because the results are always different from Google's. (That is why I always search both search engines when I'm looking for possible candidates.) I have other options to fall back on if none of my friends have said anything about coffee in San Fran.

I'm going to be really interested in how this works out for recruiting and sourcing. If I ask a technical question about Ruby on Rails programming (or any other discipline), the results of who is sharing or commenting on Ruby on Rails content will probably lead me to the right people already in my network. It's going to be great for crowdsourcing when I want to view the sentiment on just about anything from my network. Ask a related question, see what they are saying, liking, etc. It might end up being as simple as asking Facebook, “Who works at Dell as a Ruby on Rails developer?” and seeing what comes back.

It seems like we’re not just stumbling onto graph search’s potential for recruiting. I found the transcript of the press conference and Zuck said: "’Let’s say we’re trying to find engineers at Google who are friends of engineers at Facebook.’ He typed in the query and found, not surprisingly, that there were lots of people who met those criteria." That seems like a pretty sound endorsement for using Facebook to recruit!

Check out a video of graph search in action:

This is a great development for users, and I'm excited to see how it pans out. If I can get the answers to the questions I want to ask in Facebook where I spend most of my online time, will I spend less time asking Google and going anywhere on the web? Probably!

What do you think?

Monday, 28 January 2013


Joint CSIR-UGC test for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Eligibility for Lectureship (NET) jUNE 2013


Important dates
Date of CSIR UGC NET examination: 23rd June, 2013 (Sunday)
Application Form: The CSIR UGC NET JRF 2013 application form and information bulletin for this test will be available in the designated branches of Indian Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce from 05th February, 2013 to 01st March, 2013

The candidate may apply either through application form available in the aforesaid bank branches or online on website between 05th February, 2013 to 01st March, 2013

The candidate applying online will be required to deposit the requisite examination fee through bank challan in any of the Indian Bank branches through out the country

Information bulletin with detailed information, validity period/joining date, instructions for online application and bank challan proforma are available on website
The last date for receipt of duly completed OMR application or duly completed hard copy of online submitted application form, with the required enclosures to the Sr Controller of Examinations, Examination Unit, HRDG, CSIR, Complex, Opp Institute of Hotel Management, Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi-110012 is 07th March, 2013 (for remote areas 13th March, 2013)

The final result of Joint CSIR-UGC test for Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship, National Eligibility Test (NET) Will be declared by CSIR
Roll numbers of successful candidates shall be available on CSIR HRDG website

A candidate may apply either for ‘JRF + Lectureship’ both or for ‘Lectureship (LS) only’ He/She may indicate his/her preference in the O.M.R. Application Form/Online Application, as the case may be. CSIR may consider candidates applying for ‘JRF + LS’ for ‘Lectureship only’ depending on  number of fellowships available and performance in the test subject to the condition that they fulfill the laid down eligibility criterion. If a candidate is found to be over-age for JRF (NET) he/she will automatically be considered for Lectureship (NET) only.
Two separate merit lists, one comprising the candidates qualifying for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF – NET) and the second of those candidates qualifying the Eligibility Test for Lectureship (NET), will be made on the basis of their performance in the above Test. Candidates qualifying for JRF (NET), will also be eligible for Lectureship (NET). The candidates qualifying for Lectureship will be eligible for recruitment as Lecturers as well as for JRF-ship in a Scheme/Project, if otherwise suitable as per the eligible criteria of that Scheme/Project. However, they will not be eligible for Regular JRF-NET Fellowship. They will be eligible to pursue Ph.D. programme with or without any fellowship other than JRF-NET. Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF (NET) will receive fellowship either from CSIR or UGC as per their assignment or from the Schemes with which they may find association. The candidates declared eligible for Junior Research Fellowship under UGC scheme will be governed by UGC rules/regulations in this regard.
The final result of this Single MCQ test may be declared sometime shortly and fellowship to successful candidates could be awarded soon.

Subjects of the test


CSIR-UGC NET Exam for Science stream is conducted by CSIR in the following areas: -

1. Chemical Sciences
2. Earth Sciences
3. Life Sciences
4. Mathematical Sciences
5. Physical Sciences
6. Engineering Sciences

The CSIR UGC NET pattern for the Single Paper MCQ test shall be as given below:-

v The MCQ test paper of each subject shall carry a maximum of 200 marks.
v The exam shall be for duration of three hours.
v The question paper shall be divided in three parts See Syllabus given Below


Education Qualification

M.Sc. or Equivalent degree under the subjects mentioned in para 2.1 above, with minimum 55% marks for General & OBC candidates; 50% for SC/ST candidates, Physically and Visually Handicapped candidates and Ph.D. degree holders who had passed Master's degree prior to _____

A candidate can also apply for the Test under RA (Result Awaited) category, if he/she is appearing or has appeared in his/her final year (Last Semester where Semester system is there) of M.Sc. OR equivalent Degree Examination in subjects mentioned in para 2.1 above during the academic Session 2011-2012. Such candidates will have to submit the attestation format (given at the reverse of the application form) duly certified by the Head of the Deptt./Institute over his/her signature and rubber stamp (with address and name) from where the candidate is appearing or has appeared in the final year(Last Semester where Semester system is there) M.Sc. or equivalent degree examination. However, such candidates shall be admitted to the Test provisionally. They shall only be considered eligible for JRF-(NET)/LS-(NET), if they are able to produce the proof of having passed the
Master’s Degree examination in the relevant or related subject with the requisite percentage of marks and within the stipulated time frame.

Age limit and relaxation


For JRF (NET): Minimum 19 Years and maximum 28 years as on _______ (upper age limit may be relaxed up to 5 years as in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC(Non Creamy Layer), Physically handicapped/Visually handicapped and female applicants).

For LS (NET): Minimum 19 years, as on ______. No upper age limit.

Date the CSIR UGC Test June 2013

23rd June 2013 (Sunday)


 The question paper shall be divided into three parts, (A,B & C) as per syllabus & Scheme of Exam.

# Part 'A' shall be common to all subjects. This part shall contain questions pertaining to General Science, Quantitative Reasoning & Analysis and Research Aptitude.

# Part 'B' shall contain subject-related conventional Multiple Choice questions (MCQs), generally covering the topics given in the syllabus.

# Part 'C' shall contain higher value questions that may test the candidate's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. The questions shall be of analytical nature where a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to arrive at the solution to the given scientific problem.

# A negative marking for wrong answers, wherever required, shall be applicable as per scheme of Exam.

Syllabus & Scheme of Exam of single Paper is given in the Information Bulletin for this test at Annexure „A‟ and may also be seen at CSIR website:

Examination centres

The test will be held at 26 centres spread all over India, as specified below: Bangalore, Bhavnagar, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Guntur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Karaikudi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Nagpur, Pilani, Pune, Raipur Roorkee, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur and Varanasi.
A candidate may opt for any of the above centres. No request for change of centre would ordinarily be granted
A candidate may opt for any of the above centres. No request for change of centre would ordinarily be granted. However, a request in writing for change of Centre may be entertained on merits, if received in this unit If sufficient number of candidates do not opt for any of the above Centres, that particular Centre may stand deleted from the above list OR otherwise also, the concerned candidates may be allotted another Centre nearest to their place of residence, at the discretion of CSIR. No TA/DA will be admissible to any candidate for attending the test, in any circumstances.

How to apply

CSIR UGCNET Application Forms

Application Form: The application form and information bulletin for this test will be available in the designated branches of Indian Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce from 05th February, 2013 to 01st March, 2013

The candidate applying online will be required to deposit the requisite examination fee through bank challan in any of the Indian bank branches throughout the country
Interested & eligible candidates may apply for this test Online through a link available at CSIR, HRDG website: In order to apply Online the candidates are required to download Bank challan Performa from the above website and then deposit the requisite examination fee in any of the Indian Bank branches throughout the country. The examination fee for the Online application is same as mentioned in Para-5.1.1 above. Candidates after successfully submitting application online are required to take print out of the Application Form, paste his/her recent black & white photograph, put his/her signature at the required space, attach requisite certificates and send alongwith CSIR marked copy of fee deposited Bank Challan in an envelope to Sr. Controller of Examinations, Human Resource Development Group, Examination Unit, CSIR Complex, Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi-110012 so as to reach on or before ____________

Online applications without hard copy or bank challan receipt or incomplete in any respect will be summarily rejected. Before applying Online, candidates are advised to go through detailed notification available at CSIR, HRDG website.

Examination fee paid along with the Information Bulletin or through Bank Challan for a particular examination will neither be adjusted for any subsequent examination nor refunded under any circumstances.Candidates should also check all the columns of Bank Challan, online application, which are to be filled in properly to avoid cancellation of application, Please note that Fee submitted by any other mode like money order, demand draft, IPO etc. will be summarily rejected.
CSIR Fellowships/Associateships are tenable in Universities/IITs/Post-Graduate Colleges/Govt Research Establishments including those of CSIR, R&D establishments of recognized public or private sector, industrial firms and other recognized institutions. However, CSIR reserves the right to determine the place best suited to provide necessary facilities in the area of science and technology in which the awardee is to specialize
The CSIR Fellowships/Associatships are tenable in India. Only bonafide Indian citizens, residing in India are eligible for the award of research Fellowship/Associateships. The programme is aimed at National Human Resource Development for S&T
The award of CSIR Fellowship/Associateships is for fixed tenure and does not imply any assurance or guarantee for subsequent employment by CSIR to the beneficiary. The authority to award/terminate vests with CSIR. The awardee shall not lay claim to permanent absorption in CSIR, after the expiry of Fellowship/Associateship
Subject of Research: Preference is given to a subject/topic of research relevant to the research programmes of CSIR laboratories and nationally important S&T areas

CSIR Junior Research Fellowship (JRF): A certain number of JRFs are awarded each year by CSIR to those holding MSc or equivalent degree, with minimum 55% marks after qualifying the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by CSIR twice in a year
Application procedure: Applications for JRF are invited twice a year through press advertisement on all India basis in the prescribed application form. The completed application form may be submitted to the Controller of Examinations, Examination Unit, CSIR Complex, Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi-110012
Age limit: The upper age limit for JRF shall be 28 years, which is relaxed upto 5 years in the case of candidates belonging to SC/ST, Women, PwD and OBC applicants
Selection procedure: The selection for award of JRF shall be made on the basis of a competitive written test called the National Eligibility Test (NET), conducted by CSIR at national level and consisting of two papers
Paper one is objective type consisting of Part (A) general nature and part (B) is subject type. It tests the mental ability and broad awareness of scientific knowledge at the rudimentary level. The second paper is to be selected from the amongst (1) Chemical Sciences (2) Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences (3) Life Sciences, (4) Mathematical Sciences and (5) Physical Sciences
The second paper requires short descriptive answers to questions. Usually examinations are held for a day on the third Sunday in June and December, each year
The candidates who qualify in the test are informed individually after the result is finalized. The Fellowship is awarded on receipt of necessary details of the qualifying degree examination, place of work, research topic, the name of supervisor and the concurrence of the Institution to provide all the necessary facilities. The validity of the offer of this award will be one year. The candidate is expected to register for Ph.D degree within a period of one year from the date of joining
Stipend and Tenure: The stipend of a JRF selected through the all India test will be Rs 12,000/ p.m. for a period of 2 years. In addition, annual contingent grant of Rs 20,000/- per fellow will be provided to  the University/Institution (To be updated)
On completion of two years as JRF, the stipend may be increased to Rs 14,000/- p.m. for the 3rd and subsequent year, on the basis of assessment of Fellows’ research progress/achievements through interview by an Expert Committee consisting of the Guide, Head of the Department and External Member from outside the University/Institution who is an expert in the relevant field, not below the rank of Professor/Associate Professor. As far as possible the External Member should be the chairman of 3 members committee. Where the guide happens to be the Head of the Department, the Dean, Faculty of Science or any senior member of the Department may be associated as the third member of the committee. On up gradation, the designation of JRF will be changed to SRF (NET). In the event of the committee not recommending up gradation the candidate will continue as JRF with a stipend of Rs 12,000/- p.m. for the 3rd year or his fellowship may be terminated depending upon the decision of the committee. The progress of research work of JRF will be assessed again at the end of 3rd year for such up gradation
It is expected that Fellows will have published work to their credit by the end of 3rd year. This shall form an important quantitative and qualitative criterion for judging the progress made by the candidate. If the work of JRF is still not found satisfactory for up gradation, the fellowship will be terminated. Extension of tenure of SRF (NET) for the 4th year will be on the basis of the progress report and recommendation of the guide. The 5th year extension as SRF (NET) is permissible on the recommendation of three members assessment committee and progress report duly supported by publications in the form of reprints/ preprints/ manuscripts of the paper published, accepted or communicated for publication
The total tenure as JRF plus SRF (NET) will not exceed five years. This will include the tenure of Fellowship awarded by UGC/DST/ICMR/ICAR etc or any other funding agency/Institution. The order for continuation at the same rate of stipend as SRF (NET), continuation at the same rate of stipend as JRF or otherwise will be issued by the EMR division of HRDG, CSIR. Extension may not also be granted if the fellow does not acknowledge support of CSIR in his research publication


Staff Selection Commission

 has come up with exam for all unemployed graduates willing to work in govt sector/offices.

Date of Exam: 14th April, 2013; 21st April, 2013
Closing Date: 15th February, 2013
Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2013
F.No. 3/10/2012–P&P, Staff Selection Commission will hold Combined Graduate Level (Tier-I) Examination, 2013 on 14th April, 2013, Sunday; 21st April, 2013, Sunday and if necessary, on subsequent Saturdays/Sundays, in different batches, for selecting candidates for Tier-II examination for filling up different categories of posts in various Ministries/Departments/Organisations
Combined Graduate Level (Tier-II) Examination, 2013 will be held on 20th July, 2013 (Paper-III) and 21st July, 2013 (Paper-I/II)
Final selection through the Combined Graduate Level Examination to specific categories of posts would be subject to receipt of intimation of confirmed number of vacancies from the concerned Indenting Ministries/ Department/Office/Cadres before declaration of results
Commission will be holding Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2013 for recruitment to different posts for which graduation from a recognized university is the minimum educational qualification
The examination will comprise of two tiers of written objective type examination followed by Computer Proficiency Test/ Interview/Skill test, wherever applicable as per the scheme of examination and a descriptive/on-line test of qualifying nature for candidates shortlisted for interview/skill test/document verification
Nationality/Citizenship: A candidate must be either (a) a citizen of India, or (b) a subject of Nepal, or (c) a subject of Bhutan, or (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 01st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt of India. A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment will be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Govt of India
Age Limit (as on 01st January, 2013)
Inspector of Income Tax/ Inspector (Central Excise)/ Inspector (Preventive Officer)/ Inspector (Examiner)/ Inspector of Posts/ Assistant Enforcement Officer/Inspector (CBN) Compiler/ Divisional Accountant/ Auditors/ UDCs /Tax Assistants/ Junior Accountant and Accountant /Sub-Inspector (CBN): 18-27 years (he/she must have been born not earlier than 02nd January, 1986 and not later than 01st January, 1995)
Statistical Investigator Gr-II: Not exceeding 26 years (he/she must have been born not earlier than 02nd January, 1987)
Assistant/Sub Inspector in CBI: 20-27 years (he/she must have been born not earlier than 02nd January, 1986 and not later than 01st January, 1993)
Upper Age Relaxation; SC/ST 5 years; OBC 3 years; PH 10 years, PH-OBC 13 years, PH-SC/ST 15 years; Ex-Servicemen (General)-03 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age, Ex-Servicemen (OBC)-06 years, Ex-Servicemen (SC/ST) 08 years; Central Govt Civilian Employees (Group B) General 05 years, (OBC) 08 years, SC/ST 10 years; Central Govt Civilian Employees (Group C) (General)-upto 40 years of age, OBC- upto 43 years of age, SC/ST-upto 45 years of age; Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir (General) 5 years, (OBC) 8 years, SC/ST 10 years; Widows/divorced women/women judicially separated and who are not remarried (General)-upto 35 years of age, OBC-upto 38 years of age, SC/ST-upto 40 years of age;
Educational Qualifications (as on 01st January, 2013)
Compiler: Bachelor’s degree from any recognized university with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as compulsory or elective subject
Statistical Investigator Grade-II: Bachelor’s degree with Statistics as one of the main subjects; or bachelor’s degree with Mathematics (with Statistics as a papers studied in one year/two years/all three years as the case may be) as one of the main subjects; or bachelor’s degree with Economics (with Statistics as a paper studied in one year/two years/all the three years as the case may be) as one of the main subjects; or bachelor’s degree with Commerce (with Statistics as a paper studied in one year/two years/all the three years as the case may be) as one of the main subjects
All Other Posts: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or equivalent
For Posts of Assistants (CSS), Computer Proficiency has also been prescribed as an essential qualification
Degree obtained through open universities/distance education mode needs to be recognized by Distance Education Council, IGNOU
All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for appearing at the Interview/Skill Test/ Computer Proficiency Test will be required to produce the relevant certificates such as mark sheets for all the three years of graduation/provisional certificate/certificate of graduation in original as proof of having acquired the minimum educational qualification on or before the 01st January, 2013, failing which the candidature of such candidates will be cancelled by the Commission
Exam Centres: Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Agra, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Meerut, Varanasi, Allahabad, Patna, Lucknow, Kolkata, Midnapur, Port Blair, Sambalpur, Gangtok, Jalpaiguri, Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Ranchi, Keonjhargarh, Chinsurah, Siliguri, Berhampore, Barasat, Malda, Bangalore, Gulbarga, Mangalore, Dharwar, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode (Calicut), Delhi, Jaipur, Kota, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Alwar, Sriganganagar, Dehradun, Haldwani, Almora, Srinagar (Uttarakhand), Guwahati (Dispur), Itanagar, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Silchar, Imphal, Shillong, Aizwal, Kohima, Agartala, Churachandpur, Hyderabad, Guntur, Kurnool, Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Coimbatore, Chennai, Madurai, Puducherry, Tirunelveli, Tiruchirapalli, Vishakhapatnam, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Nagpur, Panaji, Pune, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot,Nashik, Amravati, Surat, Ambikapur, Indore, Jabalpur, Jagdalpur, Chindwara, Chattarpur, Guna, Mandsaur, Jhabua, Khandwa, Rewa, Raipur, Bhopal, Gwalior, Bilaspur, Jalandhar, Leh, Chandigarh, Jammu, Srinagar (J&K), Shimla, Bhathinda, Hamirpur, Anantnag, Baramula, Rajouri, Kargil, Dodda, Amritsar, Patiala

How to apply

The application must be submitted only in the prescribed format on–line or on paper/off-line
The examination is being held for multiple posts with different qualifications and other requirements
The candidate is required to indicate his posts-wise and state wise preference very carefully
On line application facility will be available from 19th January, 2013 to 13th February, 2013, 05.00 p.m. for Part-I Registration and upto 15th February, 2013, 05.00 p.m. for Part-II Registration
Online submission of the application may be made at website,
The filling of online application contains two parts Part-I Registration, Part-II Registration
Application fee is Rs 100/- (Rs one hundred only)
All women candidates and candidates belonging to SC/ST/PH/Ex-Servicemen eligible for reservation are exempted from paying application fee
For paper/offline applications, candidates should pay the fee by means of Central Recruitment Fee Stamps (CRFS) only available at all Departmental Post Offices of the country
The candidates submitting their applications online should pay the requisite fee only through State Bank of India Challan or on-line account with SBI
Fee once paid will not be refunded under any circumstance
Applications should be addressed to the Regional/Sub-Regional Offices of the Commission
Regional Director (CR), Staff Selection Commission, 21-23, Lowther Road, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh-211002
Regional Director (ER), Staff Selection Commission, 1st MSO Building, (8th Floor) 234/4, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, Kolkata, West Bengal-700020
Regional Director (KKR), Staff Selection Commission, 1st Floor, ‘E’ Wing, Kendriya Sadan, Koramangala, Bangalore, Karnataka-560034
Regional Director (NR), Staff Selection Commission, Block No-12, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110504
Regional Director (NER), Staff Selection Commission, Housefed Complex, West End Block, Last Gate, Beltola Basistha Road, Dispur, Guwahati, Assam-781006
Regional Director (SR), Staff Selection Commission, EVK Sampath Building, 2nd Floor, College Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu-600006
Regional Director (WR), Staff Selection Commission, 1st Floor, South Wing, Pratishta Bhawan, 101 MK Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra-400020
Dy Director (MPR), Staff Selection Commission, Nishant Vila F. Jalvihar Colony, Raipur, Chhatisgarh-492001
Dy Director (NWR), Staff Selection Commission, Block No. 3, Ground Floor, Kendriya Sadan, Sector-9, Chandigarh-160017
Last date of closing: 15th February, 2013
Candidates residing in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir, Lahaul and Spiti District and Pangi Sub Division of Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and candidates residing abroad: 22nd February, 2013

Sunday, 27 January 2013

FIRST EVER BLOG BY ME...........................Looking forward for something great and interesting.