Annexure C: Competitive Examination limited to Postman / Mail Guard / MTS / GDS for appointment as Postal Assistant and Sorting Assistant

Annexure C: Competitive Examination limited to Postman / Mail Guard / MTS / GDS for
appointment as Postal Assistant and Sorting Assistant 
Annexure C 

Pattern and Syllabus of Competitive Examination limited to Postman Mail
Guard MTS GDS for Appointment as Postal Assistant and Sorting

I. Pattern of Examination:

Sl No




1. Competitive or Qualifying Competitive Qualifying Qualifying
2 Type of Question Multiple Choice Questions Multiple Choice Questions and Subjective On Computer
3 Number of Questions As per syllabus As per syllabus
4 Maximum Marks 100 in 2 Parts
5 Duration 120 Minutes 45 Minutes 15 minutes
6 Language of Question Paper Bilingual, i.e. Hindi and English (as well as in Local Language, as
published under the provisions of Recruitment Rules, where Hindi is not
a local language)
7 Language of Answer Paper Not Applicable as Multiple Choice Questions As per question paper
8 Minimum Qualifying Mark (Subject to reservation policy of Government) (a) For SC/ST •33% ineach Paper
(b) For OBC •37% in each Paper
(c) For Others•40% in each Paper

II. Criteria for Selection:-

Examination for Paper I and Paper II will be conducted in continuity.
Thereafter, Paper III, i.e. Data Entry Skill Test (DEST), will be conducted
separately on the same day. 

Only such candidates who qualify in each Paper, viz. Paper-I, PaperII and
Paper·III, shall be considered for final selection and their merit shall be
drawn in order of marks secured in Paper·I. Since Paper-II and Paper·III are
only qualifying, marks secured in Paper-II and Paper-III shall not be added to
marks secured in Paper I to decide merit. 
After arranging the candidates in order of merit as at (b) above, number of
candidates to be declared successful shall be equal to the number of vacancy in
each category.
In the event of any vacancy notified for recruitment remains unfilled only due
to non·joining of selected candidate, the next candidate in the merit list in
the same category shall be considered for appointment. However, appointment of
such candidate shall be only on the ground of refusal of promotion declining
offer of appointment and no wait list or approved panel shall be maintained.

III. Syllabus for Postal Assistant /Sorting Assistant Limited Departmental
Competitive Examination:

Paper-I (120 Minutes)
marks -50

[50 questions
of 1 mark each]

Post Office Guide Part I
Telegraphic Money Order)
10 questions

Post Office Guide Part II
British and Irish Postal order)
10 questions

Basic terminologies
to IT
Modernisation project of Department of Posts
10 questions
Products and-Services: Mails, Banking & Remittances, Insu rance,
Stamps and Business (Reference: India Post Website)
10 questions
a) Postal Manual Volume VI -Part I
b) Postal Manual Volume VI -Part III (chapter I and II)
c) Updated SB Orders issued by Directorate till 31st
December of the preceding year in which exam is being conducted
5 questions
a) Postal Manual Volume VII
 b) Foreign Post Manual
5 questions
marks – 50

[50 questions of 1 mark each]

General Awareness Knowledge 

Topics to be covered (2 questions from each topic):
a) Indian Geography
b) Civics
c) General knowledge
d) Indian culture & freedom struggle
e) Ethics and morale study
10 questions

Basic Arithmetic 

Topics to be covered (2 to 3 questions from each topic):
a) BODMAS {brackets, orders, division, multiplication, addition,
b) percentage
c) profit and loss
d) simple interest
e) Average
f’) Time and work
g) Time and distance
h) Unitary method
20 questions

Reasoning and Analytical Ability (Non Verbal / Pictorial)
20 questions

PAPER-II (45 Minutes) 
Maximum marks -50
Translation from English to local language Multiple choice
questions (10 English words of closest meanings in local
language to be identified)
15 questions 1 mark each
Translation from local language to English Multiple choice
questions (10 local language words closest meaning in English
words to be identified
15 questions of 1 mark each
Letter writing in local language (1 to be attempted out of 3
10 marks
Paragraph/ short essay in local language of 80 to 100 words (1
to be attempted out of 3 options}
10 marks

PAPER-III (15 Minutes)
Maximum marks – 25 [Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)]
Skill test of data entry for 15 minutes on computer on the same
[Data entry of 1200 key depressions (± 5%)]
25 marks

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