ASRB AO FAO Syllabus 2021 and Exam Pattern

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ASRB AO FAO Recruitment

Agriculture Scientists Recruitment Board has announced 65 vacancies for the post of Administrator Officer, and Finance and Accounts Officer. Eligible Candidates can apply online by official website of ASRB. The Online Recruitment Application will be started from 23.07.2021 (11.00 AM). The Last Date of Online Recruitment Application is 23.08.2021 (05.00 PM). Stay Connected for the latest updates.

ASRB AO FAO Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Administrative Officer and Finance and Accounts Officer Selection Process will be based on Tier I Objective Based Exam, Tier II Descriptive Exam followed by Tier III Interview round. Eligible Candidates can check the syllabus here we mentioned for both the posts. Details are given below –

ASRB AO FAO Exam Pattern in Detail

ASRB AO and FAO Exam will be held on 03.10.2021. The Recruitment Test will contain Tier I Exam, Tier II Exam followed by Tier III Exam (Interview). Here we are mentioning the detailed syllabus for the candidates.

Administrative Officer

Tier I (Exam)

  • Recruitment Exam Will be Objective Type.
  • The Exam will be of 200 Questions/ Marks.
  • Each Question Will be of 01 Mark.
  • The Time Duration of Examination will be 3 Hours.
  • Objective multiple choice paper containing the following Section:
SectionSubjectsQuestions
Section – AGeneral Knowledge50 Questions
Section – BGeneral Intelligence & Reasoning Ability50 Questions
Section – CArithmetical & Numerical Ability50 Questions
Section – DLanguage Comprehension (Hindi or English)50 Questions

Tier II (Descriptive Exam)

  • Recruitment Exam Will be Descriptive Type.
  • Recruitment Exam Will be Divided in 4 Paper.
  • The Exam will be of 600 Marks.
  • Each Paper will be of 3 Hours duration.
PaperSubjectsMaximum Marks
Paper-IGeneral Awareness of Development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and the World150 Marks
Paper-IIConstitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice150 Marks
Paper-IIIEssay Writing-I 75 Marks
Essay Writing-I 75 Marks
150 Marks
Paper-IVEthics, Integrity, Aptitude150 Marks
Total600 Marks

Tier III (Interview)

Structured Interview : 100 Marks

Final merit will be prepared based on the aggregate of marks (700 Marks) i.e. marks scored by the candidates in Tier-II Exam (out of maximum 600 Marks) as well as Structured Interview (out of maximum 100 Marks)

Structured Interview / Personality Test

The candidates who qualify in the written examination will be called for structured interview/ personality test. The marks allotted for interview/ personality test are 100. Interview Board has, therefore, to award marks to candidates out of 100 marks only. Keeping in view the functions and traits required to perform efficiently the duties attached to the post for which recruitment is being made, these 100 marks for interview/ personality test have been divided under the following seven heads:

1. (a) Essential Educational Qualifications (Total)
(i) 60% and above
(ii) 55% and above but below 60%
(b) Highest or Desirable Academic / Professional Qualification/ Experience
05 (Maximum)
05
04
05  
2. Extra Curricular Activities05
3. General Awareness/ General Knowledge10
4. In-depth knowledge of the subject studied20
5. Personality20
6. Working Knowledge of Computers20
7. Aptitude and Suitability15

Finance & Accounts Officer

Tier I Exam

  • Exam Will be Objective Type.
  • The Exam will be of 200 Questions/ Marks.
  • Each Question Will be of 01 Mark.
  • The Time Duration of Examination will be 3 Hours.
  • Objective multiple choice paper containing the following Section:
Section – AGeneral Knowledge50 Questions
Section – BGeneral Intelligence & Reasoning Ability50 Questions
Section – CArithmetical & Numerical Ability50 Questions
Section – DLanguage Comprehension (Hindi or English)50 Questions
ASRB AO FAO Syllabus

Tier II Descriptive Exam

  • Exam Will be Descriptive Type.
  • Exam Will be Divided in 4 Paper.
  • The Exam will be of 600 Marks.
  • Each Paper will be of 3 Hours duration.
PaperSubjectsMaximum Marks
Paper-IGeneral Awareness of Development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and the World150 Marks
Paper-IIConstitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice150 Marks
Paper-IIIEssay Writing100 Marks
Paper-IVCommerce & Business Economics200 Marks
Total600 Marks
ASRB AO FAO Syllabus

Tier III (Interview)

Structured Interview : 100 Marks

Final merit will be prepared based on the aggregate of marks (700 Marks) i.e. marks scored by the candidates in Tier-II Exam (out of maximum 600 Marks) as well as Structured Interview (out of maximum 100 Marks)

Structured Interview / Personality Test

The candidates who qualify in the written examination will be called for structured interview/ personality test. The marks allotted for interview/ personality test are 100. Interview Board has, therefore, to award marks to candidates out of 100 marks only. Keeping in view the functions and traits required to perform efficiently the duties attached to the post for which recruitment is being made, these 100 marks for interview/ personality test have been divided under the following seven heads:

1. (a) Essential Educational Qualifications (Total)
(i) 60% and above
(ii) 55% and above but below 60%
(b) Highest or Desirable Academic / Professional Qualification/ Experience
05 (Maximum)
05
04
05  
2. Extra Curricular Activities05
3. General Awareness/ General Knowledge10
4. In-depth knowledge of the subject studied20
5. Personality20
6. Working Knowledge of Computers20
7. Aptitude and Suitability15

ASRB AO FAO Syllabus in Detail

Syllabus will contain General Knowledge, General Intelligence and Reasoning Ability, Arithmetical and Numerical Ability and Language Comprehension Test. Here we are mentioning the syllabus and exam pattern in detail.

Administrative Officer Syllabus

Tier I (Objective Type)

SECTION – A : GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (50 Questions)

  1. Current events of national and international importance.
  2. History of India and Indian national movement, World History
  3. Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social and economic.
  4. Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  6. Agricultural and Geo-Cultural Development Issues, Human Rights, Social Conflicts, Disabilities etc.
  7. General Awareness specific to Structure & Functioning of ICAR.
  8. General Science and scientific research.

SECTION – B : GENERAL INTELLIGENCE AND REASONING ABILITY (50 Questions)

  1. Logical Reasoning and analytical Ability – Verbal and Non-Verbal (Analogies, Similarities, Differences, space visualization, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship, concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series).
  2. Decision making and Problem Solving.
  3. General Mental ability.

SECTION – C : ARITHMETICAL AND NUMERICAL ABILITY (50 Questions)

  1. Basic Numeracy (Number system, Simplification, Decimals, Fractions, L.C.M., H.C.F., Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Average, Profit & Loss, Discount, Simple and Compound interest, Mensuration, Time and work, Time and Distance) (Class X level)
  2. Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.) (Class X level).

SECTION – D : LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION (50 Questions)

HINDI or ENGLISH

  1. Comprehension of Language and Writing Ability
  2. Précis writing, Usage and Vocabulary, Short Essays, Translation
  3. Interpersonal Skills including communication skills

TIER – II Exam (Descriptive Type)

Paper – I
150 Marks

General awareness of Development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and World

  1. Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  2. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteen century until the present – significant events, personalities, issues.
  3. The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributions from different parts of the country.
  4. Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  5. History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc. – their forms and effect on the society.
  6. Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  7. Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and development issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
  8. Effects of globalization on Indian society.
  9. Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  10. Salient features of world’s physical geography.
  11. Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
  12. Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

Paper – II
150 Marks

Constitution of India, Polity , Governance, Social Justice

  1. Indian Constitution – historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  2. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  3. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressed mechanisms and institutions.
  4. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
  5. Parliament and State legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business. Power & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  6. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary – Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/ informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  7. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  8. Appointment to various Constitutional post, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
  9. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  10. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  11. Development processes and the development industry – the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  12. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  13. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/ Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  14. Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  15. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, egovernance – applications, models successes, limitations and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  16. Role of Civil services in democracy.
  17. Role of Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Agricultural Sector, its Importance and various Implications.

Paper – III
150 Marks

  1. Essay Writing – I (75 Marks)
  2. Essay Writing – II (75 Marks)

Essay: Candidates may be required to write essays on current international/ national events and other multiple topics like social, cultural, economic and political aspects about which a graduate level candidate is expected to be aware. They will be expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. An opinion may be given and candidate may have to submit his/ her arguments for and against the opinion and sum up in the end of his/ her views. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

Paper – IV
150 Marks

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

  1. Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  2. Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  3. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
  4. Emotional intelligence-concepts and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  5. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  6. Public/ Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  7. Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethic, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  8. Case studies on above issues.

Finance & Accounts Officer Syllabus

Tier I (Objective Type)

SECTION – A : GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (50 Questions)

  1. Current events of national and international importance.
  2. History of India and Indian national movement, World History
  3. Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social and economic.
  4. Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  6. Agricultural and Geo-Cultural Development Issues, Human Rights, Social Conflicts, Disabilities etc.
  7. General Awareness specific to Structure & Functioning of ICAR.
  8. General Science and scientific research.

SECTION – B : GENERAL INTELLIGENCE AND REASONING ABILITY (50 Questions)

  1. Logical Reasoning and analytical Ability – Verbal and Non-Verbal (Analogies, Similarities, Differences, space visualization, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship, concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series).
  2. Decision making and Problem Solving.
  3. General Mental ability.

SECTION – C : ARITHMETICAL AND NUMERICAL ABILITY (50 Questions)

  1. Basic Numeracy (Number system, Simplification, Decimals, Fractions, L.C.M., H.C.F., Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Average, Profit & Loss, Discount, Simple and Compound interest, Mensuration, Time and work, Time and Distance) (Class X level)
  2. Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.) (Class X level).

SECTION – D : LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION (50 Questions)

HINDI or ENGLISH

  1. Comprehension of Language and Writing Ability
  2. Précis writing, Usage and Vocabulary, Short Essays, Translation
  3. Interpersonal Skills including communication skills.

Tier II (Descriptive Type)

PAPER – I

General awareness of Development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and World

  1. Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  2. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteen century until the present – significant events, personalities, issues.
  3. The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributions from different parts of the country.
  4. Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  5. History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc. – their forms and effect on the society.
  6. Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  7. Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and development issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
  8. Effects of globalization on Indian society.
  9. Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  10. Salient features of world’s physical geography.
  11. Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
  12. Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

Paper – II
150 Marks

Constitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice

  1. Indian Constitution – historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  2. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  3. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressed mechanisms and institutions.
  4. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
  5. Parliament and State legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business. Power & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  6. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary – Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/ informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  7. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  8. Appointment to various Constitutional post, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
  9. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  10. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  11. Development processes and the development industry – the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  12. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  13. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/ Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  14. Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  15. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, egovernance – applications, models successes, limitations and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  16. Role of Civil services in democracy.
  17. Role of Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Agricultural Sector, its Importance and various Implications.

Paper – III
100 Marks

Essay Writing (100 Marks)

Essay: Candidates may be required to write essays on current international/ national events and other multiple topics like social, cultural, economic and political aspects about which a graduate level candidate is expected to be aware. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. An opinion may be given and candidate may have to submit his/ her arguments for and against the opinion and sum up in the end of his/ her views. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

Paper – IV
200 Marks

Commerce & Business Economics

This paper will cover the topics like Accounting, Financial Accounting, Auditing, Business Organization, Cost Accounting, Taxation, Financial Institutions, etc. commonly taught in the Degree Course of Indian Universities/ Institutes.

Financing/ Accounting

Accounting as a financial information system; Impact of behavioral sciences. Accounting Standards e.g., Accounting for Depreciation, Inventories, Research and Development Costs, Long-term Construction Contracts, Revenue Recognition, Fixed Assets, Contingencies, Foreign Exchange Transactions, Investments and Government Grants, Cash Flow Statement, Earnings per Share. Accounting for Share Capital Transactions including Bonus Shares, Right Shares. Employees Stock Option and Buy-Back of Securities. Preparation and Presentation of Company Final Accounts. Amalgamations, Absorption and Reconstruction of Companies.

Cost Accounting:

Nature and functions of cost accounting. Installation of Cost Accounting System. Cost Concepts related to Income Measurement, Profit Planning, Cost Control and Decision Making. Methods of Costing: Job Costing, Process Costing, Activity Based Costing. Volume-cost-Profit Relationship as a tool of Profit Planning. Incremental Analysis/ Differential Costing as a Tool of Pricing Decisions, Product Decisions, Make or Buy Decisions, Shut-Down Decisions etc. Techniques of Cost Control and Cost Reduction: Building as a Tool of Planning and Control. Standard Costing and Variance Analysis. Responsibility Accounting and Divisional Performance Measurement.

Taxation:

Income Tax: Definitions. Basis of charge; Incomes which do not form part of total income. Simple problems of Competition of Income (of individuals only) under various heads, i.e., Salaries, Income from House Property, Profits and Gains from Business or Profession, Capital Gains, Income from other sources, Income of other Persons included in Assessee’s Total income. Set-off and Carry forward of Loss. Deductions from Gross Total Income. Salient Features/ Provisions related to VAT and Services Tax.

Auditing

Company Audit: Audit related to Divisible Profits, Dividends, Special investigations, Tax audit. Audit of Banking, Insurance, Non-Profit Organization and Charitable Societies/ Trusts/ Organizations.

Foundation of Indian Business:

Spectrum of Business Activities, Manufacturing and service sectors. India’s experience of liberalization and globalization, Technological innovations and skill development. ‘Make in India’ Movement. Social Multinational Corporations and Indian transnational companies. Social responsibility and ethics. Emerging opportunities in business; Franchising, Outsourcing, and E-commerce

Business Enterprises

Sole Proprietorship, One Person Company, Joint Hindu Family Firm, Partnership firm, Joint Stock Company, Cooperative Society; Limited Liability Partnership. Choice of Form of Organisation. Entrepreneurial Process-Idea generation, Feasibility study. Basic considerations in setting up a Business Enterprise.

The process of Management

Planning; Decision-Making; Strategy Formulation. Organizing: Basic Considerations; Departmentation-Functional, Project, Matrix and Network; Delegation and Decentralization of Authority; Dynamics of group behavior. Leadership: Concept and Styles; Trait and Situational Theory of Leadership. Motivation: Concept and Importance; Maslow Need Hierarchy Theory; Herzberg Two Factors Theory, McGregor and Ouchi theory. Control: Concept and Process. Communication: Process and Barriers. Transactional Analysis (TA), Johari Window. Change Management: Resistance to change and strategies to manage change, conflict levels, causes and resolution. Functional and Dysfunctional aspects of conflict. Emerging issues in management.

Financial Markets and Institutions:

Indian Financial System: An Overview Money Markets: Participants, Structure and Instruments. Commercial Banks. Reforms in Banking Sector. Monetary and Credit Policy of RBI. RBI as a Regulator. Capital Market: Primary and Secondary Market. Financial Market Instruments and Innovative Debt Instruments; SEBI as a Regulator. Financial Services: Mutual Funds, Venture Capital, Credit rating Agencies, Insurance and IRDA.

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