Nagaland Public Service Commission is also termed as NPSC. The state of Nagaland conducts the civil services examination NPSC to recruit prospective candidates to administrative positions of the government of Nagaland.
Desirous candidates who are interested to apply for the Nagaland PSC exam should first check their eligibility criteria and apply for the exam before the deadline.
Here in this article, we present all necessary details related to the NPSC 2020 examination like important exam dates, online application form procedure, payment of application fees, conditions and eligibility criteria, detailed exam pattern, brief syllabus, vacancies, results, cut off, essential preparation tips and the recommended list of most important books to refer. The official website of the commission is http://www.npsc.co.in
NPSC 2020 Eligibility Criteria
The complete eligibility criteria for students to qualify for the NPSC exam are given in detail in this section. Candidates are advised to check all necessary criteria before applying for the exam. Not satisfying any requirements would lead to the disqualification of the candidature at any stage of the exam. The important eligibility criteria are as given below:
- All Citizens of India/ Indian nationals are eligible to apply for NPSC civil services 2020 exam.
- Any Graduation/degree from a recognized university of India or equivalent qualification.
- Any equivalent degree or 3 year qualification equivalent to graduation is also applicable.
- The general age criteria prescribed is that candidates should be between 21 to 30 years as on 01-01-2020.
For reserved category candidates, age relaxation norms are applicable (which will also be notified on the official portal of NPSC).
- For SC/ST candidates, age relaxation is 5 years.
- For those candidates who are desirous of entering NPSC civil services cadre but presently serving in another government position, the age relaxation is equal to the number of years they still have in their service. (The maximum number of years in service should not exceed 5 years).
Number of attempts
- There is no specified limit by the commission on the number of attempts a candidate can make; the only condition is they have to strictly adhere to the upper age limit as specified by the commission.
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NPSC Exam Pattern 2020
The NPSC civil services examination 2020 consists of three stages of the exam. They are the prelims, mains, and the interview/personality test/viva voce round. In the following section, we take up each stage of the exam and describe them in detail.
Prelims Exam Pattern
- Objective type of examination.
- Multiple choice questions only.
- Answers have to be correctly indicated on an OMR sheet.
- The preliminary examination is conducted for a maximum of 200 marks.
- Negative marking is applicable, and 1/3rd of the marks will be deducted for selecting the wrong answer.
- The mains exam consists of 3 papers.
- Each paper carries a maximum of 200 marks.
- General English, General Studies 1, and General Studies 2 are the three papers of the examination.
- The first and third papers are descriptive.
- The second paper is an objective type of exam with multiple-choice questions.
- Negative marking is applicable for the second paper only. 1/3rd of the marks will be deducted for selecting the wrong answer.
- After the main exam round, the commission will decide the cut off marks for the exam based on a number of factors.
- These factors include the number of candidates applied, the number of candidates appeared for the exam, toughness levels, etc.
- After the cut off marks are set, all those candidates who stand above the prescribed cut off marks will be called in for the interview round.
- Here, the candidate will be screened by a panel of interviewers based on his personality, suitability to the services, interpersonal skills, etc.
The syllabus for each stage of the exam is completely different. Candidates are advised to have complete knowledge of the syllabus before they start preparing for the exam. They should strictly adhere to the exam pattern and prescribed syllabus for the exam:
- Science and technology-based questions.
- Indian history.
- History and culture of Nagaland.
- Geographical data of India.
- Indian constitution, politics and administration.
- India’s struggle for independence.
- Latest news and general aptitude questions.
- For General English, essay based questions on any two common choices of topics that are currently favorable in social/political/economic/ current affairs section will be asked.
- For General studies 1, study on modern Indian history, various data based on statistical analysis, all details pertaining to the state of Nagaland including history, geography, economic and social features, science as we perceive in everyday lives, etc.
- For general studies 2 paper, detailed studies on Indian administration, constitution, rules and regulations, politics and laws, policies, economic structure and functioning of India, financial growth and fiscal policies, Nagaland administrational structure, and organization, etc.
- There is no fixed syllabus for the interview round.
- Candidates can be asked any question about the demographics/cultural. Social/ political/ economic spheres of the state of Nagaland.
- They may be asked questions pertaining to their skills.
- They may be questioned on their area of study at the graduation level too.
NPSC Admit card 2020
The admit card is a very important and necessary document for the candidates to carry with them to the examination. It contains all details pertaining to the candidate like his name, reference id, exam venue, duration, etc. Not bringing the admit card to the exam hall may lead to the disqualification of the candidate from attempting the exam. Also, candidates should take a photocopy of the same to retain with them at all times during the exam.
Steps to download admit card from NPSC website
- Candidates are to visit the official website of NPSC.
- Check for the link that indicates the provision to download the admit card for NPSC.
- Enter all valid details requested for the purpose.
- If all details are valid, the admit card shall be displayed.
- Candidates are kindly requested to save a copy or download the document or take a print copy of the same.
- If a candidate finds any incorrect data appearing in the admit card or in case of any discrepancy in the details, they are advised to immediately contact the concerned personnel from the commission mentioned in the official site.
NPSC 2020 Application Form
There is only one mode of applying for the NPSC civil services exam, and that is through the online mode. The commission will entertain no other modes of application. Also, candidates have to send only one application per candidate, and the commission may reject multiple applications. Follow these steps to send the online application:
- Get to the homepage of the official NPSC website.
- Check for the relevant examination link.
- Click on the online application form for the exam.
- The application form consists of part 1 and part 2.
- In part 1 of the application, fill in all relevant personal information as requested.
- Submit part 1 and obtain a reference id.
- Get to part 2 of the application.
- Part of the application needs candidates to submit relevant documents like uploading photos, scanned signature, etc.
- Also, pay exam fees in this section.
- Kindly cross-check all details twice as they can’t be changed after submission.
- Fees for General category, OBC, SC/ST, female candidates, Physically challenged candidates will be updated shortly.
Fees to be paid for the exam can be remitted in two ways – offline/ online modes:
- In the offline Mode, candidates are requested to pay the prescribed fee at any recognized SBI bank branches and get a challan document as an acknowledgment. Enter the same challan number in the ONLINE application form.
- In the online mode, candidates can directly pay the exam fee through internet banking/ credit or debit cards, etc.
- Any other mode of fee payment via Cash/Demand Draft/Cheque will strictly not be entertained by the commission.
- Recruitment to the various services of NPSC civil services is dependent on the candidate’s performance in the prelims, mains, and the viva-voce rounds,
- The preliminary examination is only a qualifying exam.
- Those candidates who score above qualifying marks will be allowed to attempt the mains exam.
- The marks scored in the mains exam plus the interview round marks will be considered for preparing the final rank list.
- Also note, candidates who score only above the cut off marks will be allowed to go to the next round- the interview process.
- Marks scored in the prelims will not be considered while preparing the final rank list.
Preparation tips for NPSC civil services exam 2020
Any exam requires very good preparation beforehand. NPSC civil services exam 2020 requires candidates to prepare at least five months before the exam for at least 8 to 9 hours of rigorous preparation every day. Here are a few useful tips and tricks that will help candidates sail through the exam with higher scores:
- The syllabus is clear, crisp, and concise. Study each topic in detail and do not miss out on any topic from the syllabus.
- Be careful and confident while marking your answers on OMR sheets.
- Make sure your answer matches with the choice selected on the OMR sheet.
- Practice multiple choice questions beforehand to avoid getting negative scores.
- Keep tabs on your time limits. Do not spend too much time on a single question.
- Balance all topics in the question paper.
- Understand the question completely and clearly before choosing their answers.
- Do not get entangled with unrelated and unknown topics; they could cause more confusion than help you with your studies.
- Select questions based on their ease and your confidence in answering them. Maintain a fair share of easy and tough questions.
- You could choose the correct answer by eliminating the possible wrong answers and finally arriving at the correct solution to the given question.
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