NPSC Civil Service Eligibility Criteria
Nagaland Public Service Commission’s (NPSC) Civil Service Exam eligibility details are as follows.
Age Limit: Candidates age limit between 21 to 30 years as on 01-01-2014.
Age Relaxation: The upper age is relaxable by :
(a). 5 (Five) years for SC/ ST Candidates.
(b). Age relaxation for serving Government Employees will be allowed the equal number of years they are in service, subject to a maximum of 5 (Five) years.
Educational Qualification: Candidates should possess Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline, including Divinity, from a Recognized University.
Note: Candidates who have appeared Bachelor’s Degree final and awaiting result are also eligible to apply.
NPSC Civil Service Exam Pattern:
Scheme of Examination: This exam will consists of 3 stages:
2. Main Examination
3. Interview/ Viva-voce
Preliminary Examination: The Preliminary examination will consist of paper of objective type (MCQ with OMR Answer Sheet) carrying a maximum of 200 marks. This Examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the preliminary examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the main examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the main examination shall be fixed as per provisions laid down in the recruitment rules.
Main Examination: The Main examination will consist of 3 (three) papers, each carries a maximum of 200 marks, namely:
(a) General Essay, Comprehension and Grammar.
(b) General Studies Paper-I in objective type (MCQ- with OMR Sheet) and
(c) General Studies Paper-II in descriptive form of short and long answer type.
Penalty for Wrong Answers: There will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question papers in both the Preliminary and Main Examinations. For each wrong answer given by the candidate, one third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
The number of candidates to be called for interview/ viva-voce shall be fixed by the Commission at their discretion or as per provisions laid down in the Recruitment Rules.
Selection Procedure: The candidates would be selected based on their performance in Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Interview/ Viva-voce.
Preliminary Examination: The preliminary examination will consists of one paper of objective type (MCQ with OMR Answer Sheet) carrying a maximum of 200 marks. This Examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the preliminary examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the main examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the main examination shall be fixed as per provisions laid down in the recruitment rules.
Main Examination: The candidates who qualify in preliminary examination will called for main examination. Main examination will be descriptive & MCQ type. Main examination will consist of three papers each paper will carry a maximum of 200 marks. The number of candidates to be called for interview / viva-voce shall be fixed by the Commission at their discretion or as per provisions laid down in the Recruitment Rules.
There will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question papers in both the Preliminary and Main Examinations. For each wrong answer given by the candidate, one third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
Interview: The Interview is intended to assess the overall intelligence and the personality of a candidate and also the aptitude and attitude relevant to the services opted for, rather than merely the range of their information and memory.
Syllabus for Preliminary Examination (MCQ):
The subjects to be covered will be as follows:
1. General Science: General appreciation and understanding of science, including matters of every day observation and experience as may be expected of a well educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline.
2. History: Broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic, political aspects, social and cultural heritage of India, emphasizing unity in diversity.
3. Nagaland: Social, cultural and heritage of its people.
4. Geography: Geography of India including the physical, social, economic, geography and on the main features of Indian agricultural and natural resources.
5. Indian Polity and Economy: Country’s political, Executive, Judicial System, Local Bodies, Rural and Community Development and Economic Planning in India.
6. Indian National Movement: Nature and character of the Nineteenth century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of independence.
7. General Mental Ability Test: Analysis of classified data, logical and behavioural reasoning, analogies, basic arithmetic, numerical ability and basic concept of computers.
8. Current events: Latest development on all the fields detailed above including science and technology and environmental awareness.
Basic Science including basic numeric (numbers and their relationships, orders of magnitude etc.), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.) shall be of class X level.
Syllabus for Main Examination (Descriptive & MCQ):
1. General Essay, Comprehension & Grammar:
(i). There will be two General Essay Questions from the following topics:
Crisis management, Social problems, Analysis and solutions.
Current events of national and international importance.
Current events relating to State of Nagaland.
2. General Studies Paper – I (MCQ):
(i) Modern history of India and Indian culture.
(ii) Current events of national and international importance.
(iii) Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams.
(iv) Basic and everyday science.
(v) Nagaland in all aspects. Modern history of India and Indian culture will cover the broad history of the country from about the middle of the nineteenth century (advent of European invasion) and would include questions on Gandhi and Nehru. Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams will include exercises to test the candidate’s ability to draw common sense conclusions from information presented in statistical, graphical and diagrammatical form and to point out deficiencies, limitations therein. Questions on basic and everyday science will cover matters of everyday observation and experiences of a modern man. General information on Nagaland will also be asked.
Paper – II (Descriptive)
(i) Indian polity and Public Administration.
(ii) Indian economy and geography.
(iii) Social problems and sensitive issues including environmental problems.
(iv) Nagaland-geography, society, culture and heritage.
(v) Administration in Nagaland.
- Indian polity and Public Administration will include questions on Constitution, administration and Political system in India.
- On Indian economy and geography, questions will be put on planning, physical, economic and social geography of India.
- Social problems and sensitive issues will include problems like child labour, HIV/AIDS, gender bias, minorities, SC/ST, illiteracy, poverty, employment etc. Global issues such as environmental problems will be covered.
- Nagaland-geography, society, culture and heritage and
- Nagaland administration will cover topics in general administration like organizational structure, local bodies, functions, control, social welfare oriented programmes, etc.
Paper-II will have different segments of questions ranging from 2 (two) marks to 20 (twenty) marks.