Wednesday 26 February 2014

Notification for Direct Recruitment of Postal/Sorting Assistant Exam (PA/SA) 2013-2014

Notification for Direct recruitment of Postal/Sorting Assistant for the year 2013-2014 is out. Centralised notification has been published by Recruitment Division of Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology vide their letter No. F. No. A-34012/10/2014-DE dated 21-02-2014. Last Recruitment for PA/SA was called during August 2012 for filling up the vacancies for 2011 and 2012. Examination was held in different phases during April 2013 to September 2013 and results were published during October-December 2013. Now this notification is for filling up the vacancies for 2013 and 2014.

The detailed notification read as follows:

Applications are invited from the eligible applicants for filling up of posts of Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants/Postal Assistants (Savings Bank Control organization)/Postal Assistants (Foreign Post Organization)/Postal Assistants (Returned Letter Offices)/Postal Assistants (Mail Motor Services) And Postal Assistants (Circle And Regional Offices) for the year 2013-2014 in 22 Postal Circles in the Country in the Pay Band 5200-20200 with 2400 Grade Pay + other admissible allowances for the years 2013-2014.

Age limit: 18-27 years:
(a) For General Category (Unreserved Applicants ) the applicable relaxation is provided to persons belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PH/Ex-servicemen Candidates as per the extant orders. The age limit will be as on 27/03/2014

Educational Qualification:- (1) 10+2 standard or 12th class pass from a recognized university or Board of School Education or Board of Secondary Education with English as a compulsory subject (excluding vocational streams).
(2) The applicants should have studied local language of the State or Union Territory of the concerned Postal Circle or in Hindi as a subject at least in Matriculation level or equivalent.

Selection Process:

The candidates for the Postal Assistant posts are selected through Paper-1 (Objective type) and Paper-2 (Skill Test).
Paper-1 details:

General Knowledge
English Language, Grammar
Reasoning and analytical ability

Examination Time: 2 hours

Total questions: 100 for 100 marks

No Negative marking is there.

Candidates should remember that no weightage is given for intermediate marks. The 10+2 marks are considered only to call the candidates for aptitude test.

How much marks a candidate should score in order to qualify for the Postal Assistant jobs?

1. General candidates should get 40% marks i.e. 10 marks in each subject.
2. SC / ST 33% marks. (8 marks in each subject)

3. OBC candidates 38% marks. (9 marks in each subject)
Computer and Typing Test:

This test is conducted for the candidates who qualify in the written examination. This test for 30 minutes in which 15 minutes are for typing and 15 minutes for data entry work. Candidate should type 450 words essay in English or 350 words essay in Hindi in the prescribed time. Typing speed should be 30 per minute. Typing test and Data entry work test for postal assistant posts are conducted on computer keyboard only.

Syllabus and Preparation techniques:

In Indian postal department there is an opportunity to join as postal assistant without facing any interview after passing in written test. So you have to take care in every aspect and practice to score high. For this you need a perfect plan. Taking into consideration your strong and weak points plan to allot sufficient time to each subject. Try to get over the basics of all subjects.

1. General Knowledge: there are History, Geography, Economics, General Politics, Indian Constitution, Science, Environment and Current Affairs are in it.

Preparation: to score high in general knowledge you have to get grip over the last 5 months current affairs. For this read English and local news papers. Prepare notes on important events. By doing this slowly you will get a clear understanding about current affairs. To grasp History, Geography and Politics read text books from class VI to Intermediate (10+2). Practice bit banks and raise your practice as the exam gets closer. Doing this will help in saving your time during exam and reduce your tension. Revise your preparation from time to time.

2. Mathematics: Number System, Simplification, Decimals, Correction, Simple and Compound Interest, Percentage, Average, Profit and Loss, Discount, Time and work and time & distance are in it.

Preparation: If you want to score good marks in mathematics, you have to understand the basic principles of Maths. Remember tables up to 25. If you understand the basic principles of Mathematics you can easily solve even the big math. It is better to practice math from 6th class to 10th class and repeat them over and over.

3. English: Prepositions, Adverbs, Conjunctions, Direct speech, In-direct speech, Singular and Plural, Antonyms and Synonyms are in it.
Preparation: Local language medium students often worry and fear about English. But as thequestion paper is prepared keeping all language students in mind. So if you practice a little bit high you can easily answer this paper. All you have to do just understand the basic elements. Practice as much model papers as high.

4. Reasoning & analytical ability: Coding, De-coding, Blood relations, Letter sequences, seating arrangements, statements and conclusions, cause and effect will be in it.

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