GDS to PA Exam Syllabus 2022 (Updated)

Pattern and Syllabus for appointment of PA (Postal Assistant)through Exam limited for GDS – GDS to PA Exam Syllabus 2022

Pattern of Exam

Serial NoDescriptionPaper IPaper IIPaper III
1.Competitive or QualifyingCompetitiveQualifyingQualifying
2.Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice QuestionsMultiple Choice Questionson Computer
3.Number of QuestionsAs per syllabusAs per syllabus
4.Maximum Marks100 in 2 parts5025
5.Duration120 minutes45 minutes15 minutes
6.Language of Question PapersBilingual i.e. Hindi or English (as well as in local language, as published under the provisions of Recruitment Rules, Where Hindi is not local language)Bilingual i.e. Hindi or English (as well as in local language, as published under the provisions of Recruitment Rules, Where Hindi is not local language)
7.Language of Answer PaperNot applicable as Multiple types questionsAs per question paper
8.Minimum Qualifying Marks (Subject to reservation policy of Government)(a) For SC/ST – 33%
(b) For OBC – 37%
(c) For Others – 40%
(a) For SC/ST – 33%
(b) For OBC – 37%
(c) For Others – 40%
(a) For SC/ST – 33%
(b) For OBC – 37%
(c) For Others – 40%

Syllabus for GDS to PA (Postal Assistant) Exam

Paper 1 (120 Minutes) Part A Total 50 Marks (Part A)

Post Office Guide Part I (Except telegraphic Money Order)10 Questions
Post Office Guide Part II (Except British and Irish Postal Order)10 Questions
Basic terminologies related to IT Modernization project of Department of Posts10 Questions
Products and Services : Mails, Banking and Remittances, Insurance, Stamps and Business
(Reference : IndiaPost Website)
10 Questions
(a) Postal Manual Part VI-Part 1
(b) Postal Manual Part 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 VII
(b) Foreign Post Manual
5 Questions

Part B (Maximum Marks 50)

General Awareness/Knowledge
Topics to be Covered (2 Questions from each topics)
Indian Geography
Civics
General Knowledge
Indian Culture & freedom struggle
Ethics and Morale study
10 Questions
Basic Arithmetic (Topic to be covered – 2 or 3 questions from each topic)
BODMAS (brackets, orders, division, multiplication, addition, subtraction)
Percentage
Profit and Loss
Simple Interest
Average
Time and Work
Time and Distance
Unitary method
20 Questions
Reasoning and Analytical Ability (Non-verbal/Pictorial)20 Questions

Paper II (45 Minutes) Total 50 Marks

Translation from English to local language Multiple Choice Questions
(10 English words closest meaning in local language to be identified)
15 Questions of 1 mark each
Translation from Local language to English Multiple Choice Questions
(10 Local Language words closest meaning in English to be identified)
15 Questions of 1 mark each
Letter writing in local language (1 to be attempted out of 3 options)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 for Data Entry for 15 Minutes on computer on the same day (Data entry of 1200 key depressions – 25 Marks

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