Top 10 Indian Recruitment Exams in 2019

Top 10 Indian Recruitment Exams in 2019

With the enormous exponential growth in population and lack of Infrastructure to employ youth, India is facing immense unemployment. That’s why for most people, Government Exams provides a golden opportunity to get a suitable job opportunity. Although as millions of people are unemployed, there is massive competition for a small number of vacancies. But if you are a serious aspirant and ready to put the right amount of efforts, getting a government job is possible!

Following are my Top 10 picks of Recruitment Exams:

10. SBI Clerk / Junior Associates (State Bank of India Clerk)

SBI Clerk is a national level clerical examination conducted by SBI itself by two phase recruitment process.

  1. Prelims: Reasoning Ability, Numerical Ability, English Language
  2. Mains: General/Financial Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude

Around 18 lakh people fight for around 10 k posts

  • Official Website
  • Application Starts: January
  • Educational Qualification: Graduation Degree
  • Examination Fees: Rs 600 for UR and OBC, Rs 100 for SC/ST/PwD/Ex-servicemen
  • Negative Marking: Yes
  • Qualification/Success rate: 0.7% approx.

9. CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test)

CTET is conducted by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) twice a year for the Selection of Primary and Elementary Teachers in Central Government Schools.

  1. Paper I (For Primary Teachers): Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I (compulsory), Language II (compulsory), Mathematics, Environmental Studies
  2. Paper II (For Elementary Teachers): Child Development and Pedagogy, Language I (compulsory), Language II (compulsory), Mathematics & Science, Social Studies/Social Sciences

Out of 10 lakh aspirants, just around 1 lakh are able to clear this exam.

  • CTET Official Website
  • Application Starts: August
  • Examination Fees (Paper I or Paper II): Rs 700 for UR and OBC, Rs 350 for SC/ST/PwD
  • Examination Fees (Paper I + Paper II): Rs 1200 for UR and OBC, Rs 600 for SC/ST/PwD
  • Negative Marking: Yes
  • Qualification/Success rate: 10% approx.
  • Mode of exam: Offline
  • Note: Validity Period of CTET certificate for appointment is 7 years from the date of declaration of its result for all categories.

8. UGC NTA NET (University Grants Commission – National Testing Agency – National Eligibility Test)

UGC is an organisation under the Ministry of Human Resource Development which is responsible for the coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of higher education in India. It also provides recognition to universities and disburses funds among them.

NTA is an Indian government agency, created in 2017 to conduct entrance examinations for higher education organisations.

NET is a test to determine eligibility for college and university level lecturership and for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals. It aims to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in teaching professions and research.

  1. Paper I: Reasoning ability, Comprehension, Divergent Thinking and General Awareness
  2. Paper II: Based on the subject selected by the candidate

Out of 12 lakh people who apply for UGC NET, approx 50 k qualifies whereas only around 5 k gets the JRF.

  • NTA Official Website
  • Application Starts: September
  • Examination Fees: Rs 800 for Generals, Rs 400 for OBC-NCL, Rs 200 for SC/ST/PwD/ Transgender
  • Educational Qualification: Master’s degree or equivalent
  • Negative Marking: Yes
  • Qualification/Success rate: 6% approx.

7. SSC CHSL (Staff Selection Commission Combined Higher Secondary Level)

SSC is an organisation under the government of India which recruits staff for various posts under different ministries and departments.

CHSL is the second most famous examination conducted by SSC after CGL. It is conducted on a yearly basis for the recruitment of various posts such as Postal/Sorting Assistants, Data Entry Operators, Lower Divisional Clerks and Court Clerks.

  1. Tier I: General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Comprehension
  2. Tier II: Letter/Application Writing, Essay Writing
  3. Tier III: Skill Test / Computer Proficiency Test

Out of 50 lakh applicants only around 25 lakh appear in Tier I, from which only 5 k gets the selection.

  • SSC Official Website
  • Eligibility: 12th Pass or equivalent
  • Application Fees: No fee for SC/ST/Female candidates, Other categories: ‎Rs. 100
  • Negative Marking: Yes
  • Qualification/Success rate: 0.2% approx.

6. NDA (National Defence Academy)

NDA, located in Pune, Maharashtra, is a Premier Indian Military Academy that trains young boys to become officers in the Indian Defence Forces (Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy).

NDA examination is conducted by UPSC twice a year (usually in April & September).

  1. Paper I: Mathematics
  2. Paper II: General Ability Test
  3. SSB Interview

Out of 5 lakh applicants, only 8-10 k are able to clear the examination, out of these approx 500 are able to get final selection.

  • UPSC Official Website
  • Application Starts: June & December
  • Application Fees: No fee for SC/ST candidates and wards of NCOs/ JCOs/ORs, Other categories: ‎Rs. 100
  • Eligibility: 12th Pass or appeared (For Navy & AF, PCM as subjects), Unmarried, Age Limit: 16.5 – 19.5 Years
  • Negative Marking: Yes
  • Examination Mode: Offline (Pen Paper Based)
  • Qualification/Success rate: 1.25% approx.

5. SBI PO (State Bank of India Probationary Officer)

SBI PO is conducted every year by Central Recruitment & Promotion Department Corporate Centre, Mumbai. SBI PO examination is conducted in three stages:

  1. Prelims: Objective [English Language, Numerical Ability, Reasoning Ability]
  2. Mains: Objective [Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General / Economy / Banking Awareness, English Language]
  3. GD & PI (Group Discussion & Personal Interview)

Number of aspirants for SBI PO is different every year (10-20 lakhs) but ultimately around 2 k gets the final selection to become a Probationary Officer.

  • SBI Official Website
  • Application Starts: April
  • Application Fees: Rs 100 for SC/ST/PwD, Other categories: ‎Rs. 600
  • Eligibility: Graduation Degree in any stream
  • Negative Marking: Yes
  • Qualification/Success rate: 0.13% approx.

4. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)

GATE is an online examination that basically tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science (CS, Mech, ECE, EEE, etc.). GATE is conducted jointly by the IISc (Indian Institute of Science) and seven IITs (Indian Institutes of Technologies) at Roorkee, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai and Mumbai.

  • GATE 2019 Official Website
  • Qualified GATE Aspirants either go for post graduation in engineering or work for various PSUs.
  • Note: GATE scores are valid for upto 3 years.
  • Qualification/Success rate: 10-12% approx.
  • Examination Mode: CBT
  • Application Starts: August
  • Exam Month: February
  • Application Fees: ‎Rs. 750 for SC/ST/PwD/Female, Other categories: ‎Rs. 1500

Out of 12 lakh applicants, only 1 lakh get lucky to clear this exam.

3. IBPS PO (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Probationary Officer)

IBPS is a recruitment organisation which aims to encourage the recruitment and placement of young graduates in public sector banks in India.

IBPS PO examination is conducted in three stages:

  1. Prelims: Reasoning Ability, Numerical Ability, English Language
  2. Mains: Reasoning and Computer, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Awareness, and Descriptive Test (Letter Writing and Essay Writing)
  3. Personal Interview

Out of 30 lakh people who apply for IBPS PO, only around 5k people gets selected, after the 3 phases

  • IBPS Official Website
  • Application Starts: August
  • Exam Month: October-November
  • Eligibility: Graduation Degree in any stream
  • Negative Marking: Yes
  • Qualification/Success rate: 0.17% approx.
  • Application Fees: Rs 100 for SC/ST/PwD, Other categories: ‎Rs. 600

2. SSC CGL (Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level)

SSC conducts CGL exam to recruit staff for various Group B and C posts under various ministries and departments of government of India.

Controversy: 2017 CGL Exam were allegedly leaked, which led to huge nationwide protests and because of these protests SSC recommenced a CBI inquiry on the matter. The matter went to Supreme Court. The final verdict on this may arrive on 13 December 2018.

CGL examination is conducted in four stages:

  1. Tier I (Prelims): Objective [General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Comprehension]
  2. Tier II (Mains): Objective [Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, Comprehension, Statistics, General Studies]
  3. Tier III (Descriptive): Offline Written
  4. Tier IV: DEST (Data Entry Skill Test) / CPT (Computer Proficiency Test)
  5. Note: For some of the posts, Medical Examination is also required.

Out of 30 lakh candidates who apply for CGL, only 50-60% appear for Tier I and at last only 5k people receive the final selection.

  • SSC Official Website
  • Application Starts: May
  • Eligibility: Graduation Degree in any stream
  • Application Fees: No Fees for SC/ST/PwD/Female/Ex-S, Other categories: ‎Rs. 100
  • Negative Marking: Yes
  • Qualification/Success rate: 0.33% approx.

1. UPSC CSE (Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Examination)

CSE is one of the toughest competitive examination in India which is conducted by UPSC for the recruitment of various Top Level Civil Service Posts the Government of India. Among the various Civil Service Posts IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IFS (Indian Foreign Service), IPS (Indian Police Service), IRS (Indian Revenue Service) are the most sought ones.

Most often than not people call CSE as IAS exam because most people aim to become IAS, although the chance to become IAS are slim. Many lucky people who clear CSE, further try their luck in the successive year to get better ranks, so that they can become IAS.

Most IAS comes from the states Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (although they serve in various states), although these states have the worst condition in terms of economy and literacy rate.

The examination is conducted in three stages:

  1. Prelims (Preliminary Examination): GS I, GS II (CSAT (Civil Service Aptitude Test))
  2. Mains (Main Examination): 9 Essay Type Papers (2 papers are of qualifying nature only)
  3. Personal Interview (Personality Test)

Every year among 10 lakh graduates who apply for CSE, 5 lakh attempts the Prelims, out of which only 15 k aspirants qualify for Mains. Among these only 2.5 k clears Mains and make it to interview out of which only 1 k reach to the final selection.

  • UPSC Official Website
  • Eligibility: Graduation Degree
  • Qualification/Success rate: 0.2% approx.
  • Application Starts: February
  • Application fees for Prelims: Rs 100 for General and OBC male candidates, No fee for SC/ST/PwD/Women candidates.
  • Application fees for Mains: Rs 200
  • Examination Mode: Offline

RRB (Railway Recruitment Board) Exams

Apart from the above mentioned exams, RRBs (which is monitored & evaluated by Railway Recruitment Control Board, under Ministry of Railways) also conducts examinations for the recruitment of Group C & D, NTPC and ALP & Technician categories. But the recruitment is uncertain and not on the yearly basis. Thus unlike the other exams which are conducted on half yearly or yearly bases, competition in any railway recruitment exam is high.

RRB Official Website

Abbreviations Used

PwD - Person with Disability
PI - Personal Interview
GS - General Studies
k - Thousand
Lakh - 0.1 million
SC - Scheduled Caste
ST - Scheduled Tribe
OBC - Other Backward Class
NCL - Non-Creamy Layer

Summary

So basically there are four main domains of recruitment exams i.e., Banking Sector, Government Sector, Armed Forces and Teaching Sector. My suggestion to you would be to select any one field, according to your interest and give your 100% in that field. Don’t ride on two or more boats, that’s not the right approach. Obviously, some of the jobs will provide you more salary and perks, but in the end, you must give priority to your interest.

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