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[Studyplan] UPPCS Preliminary Exam Paper 2: Aptitude, Maths, Reasoning,

Decision Making, English, Hindi, free studymaterial & previous papers


Aptitude: UPSC vs UP-PCS 1.
UPPCS 2012 Aptitude Paper topic wise breakup 2.
Reasoning
#1: Chart based 1.
#2: Sequence Series 2.
#3: High level reasoning 3.
3.
Maths +DI
Maths internal breakup 2012s paper 1.
Approach to Mathematics 2.
Data interpretation (DI) internal breakup 2012s paper 3.
4.
Hindi 5.
English 6.
Interpersonal skills, Communication, Decision Making
UPSC (CSAT) vs UP-PCS: Decision Making Qs. 1.
Approach: D.M, Comm., Interpersonal, Conflict Res 2.
7.
Appendix1: Decision Making Qs. asked in UP PCS 2012 (Paper II)
Interpersonal relations: 5Qs 1.
Communication theory related 2.
Conflict resolution 3.
Decision making 4.
8.
Appendix II Free Study material UP PCS
Essential softwares (Free) 1.
Maths +DI 2.
Hindi grammar (Foundation course from IGNOU) 3.
Decision Making, Interpersonal relations 4.
9.
Appendix III: Question papers of UP PCS 2012 Prelims exam 10.
First lets compare the UPPCSs aptitude paper with UPSCs CSAT (preliminary)
aptitude paper.
Original papers of 2012s exam (Both GS and aptitude) given in appendix III @bottom
of this article.
UPSC CSAT/IAS-Prelims UP-PCS (Uttar Pradesh)
Since
when?
Been conducting aptitude paper
since 2011. So far three papers
conducted
Since 2012. Only one paper
conducted so far (as of May-30-2013)
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2011 1.
2012 2.
2013 3.
Total Qs. 80 Qs 100 Qs
Hindi?
Doesnt have exclusive
comprehension / grammar Qs
from Hindi.
It has exclusive questions from both
Hindi and English grammar and
comprehension.In fact more questions
from Hindi
Grammar-comprehension compared
to English.
Reasoning
Reasoning mostly centered on
high level reasoning (syllogism,
logical connectives etc.)+sitting
arrangement.
Mostly low level reasoning: Sequence,
series, odd pair, missing number,
direction based test etc.
Nonverbal reasoning (image
based questions) =asked.
Not yet, Except one dice question.
Maths
Difficulty-complexity of math
problems higher than UP-PCS
Less than UPSC.
Trigonometry, coordinate-
geometry, logarithms not asked
same
Doesnt ask direct qs. from basic
maths (e.g. surds-indices etc)
Asked.for example find value of
(2+root2) +1/(2+root2) +1/(2-root2)
Prior to introduction of CSAT
(2011), the permutation-
combination probability (PCP)
used to be hot topic under
preliminary GS. But since 2011,
these questions are almost
vanished.
No Qs. from permutation-
combination probability although hard
to predict whether theyll ask it in
upcoming years or not!
DI
Direct question from definition /
theory of statistics=Not asked.
Asked.for example:
The best way for representing total
Expenditure incurred by an industry
under different heads is
Bar diagram A.
Frequency polygon B.
Pie-chart C.
Histogram D.
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Decision
Making
Official syllabus says
Interpersonal skills including
communication skillsBut asks
only situation based / role playing
type Decision Making questions.
They dont ask direct questions
from definition /theory
Official syllabus says
Interpersonal skills including
communication skills
1.
Decision making and problem
solving
2.
Most questions are directly from
definition and theories of
communication, Decision Making,
conflict resolution etc. (for more Qs,
look at appendix-I given @bottom of
this article).
Topic
Question asked in 2012s
Paper
Comment
Reasoning
Logical reasoning
and analytical
ability.
19
The serious players of SSC/LIC
/IBPS/SBI-PO should not have
much problem
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here.(=comment#1) Maths
Elementary
Mathematics up to
Class X level-
Arithmetic, Algebra,
Geometry and
Statistics.
30
LanguageTotal 37 Qs.
Comprehension
(Hindi +English)
15
Only 3Qs from English passage
and 12 Qs. from Hindi
passages=total 15 Qs.
General English
upto Class X level.
10 Same as comment#1
General Hindi upto
Class X level.
12
Im from Gujarati Madhyam so
not much to comment
hahaha.But yes, do solve Class
10 Hindi digest/grammar book
for UP State board exam (or
atleast the IGNOUs Hindi
foundation material given
@bottom).
Decision
MakingCommunication
Interpersonal relation
Total 14 Qs.
Interpersonal skills
including
communication
skills.
13
Most questions based on pub.ad
and HRM theory
Org.behaviour 1.
motivation 2.
decision making 3.
communication 4.
Decision making
and problem solving.
1 Only one role playing question.
Total 100
Lets start looking at every section
sitting arrangement 5
Direction based Test 2
Sequence, series, odd pair, missing number 6
clock calendar 2
dice 1
High level reasoning
Assertion reasoning
statement conclusion etc.
3
total 19
Since they only conducted one paper, we cant theyll continue the same pattern, they
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might add/exclude some of ^these topics. For example they might add non-verbal
reasoning, syllogism or logical connective next time. Anyways, the minimum
preparation should be
Sr.No Topic
RS Aggarwal
Chapter No.
1. Direction Sense Test. 8
2. Sitting arrangement: circular 6
3. Sitting arrangement: rectangle 6
4.
Sitting arrangement: table based e.g. lecture schedules,
job-car-cloth color, building-car-newspaper etc.
6
5. Blood relations 5,6
6. Ranking (not all Qs but persons standing in line etc.) 12
Problem/challenge: in bank/LIC/SSC type exam, they give you one case about
sitting arrangement and 3-5 questions would follow based on that single case. That
means if you can crack one case, you can get 3-5 marks easily. But here in UP PCS,
theyre asking only 1 question per case=lot time consumed. So keep an eye on the
watch, dont get stuck in one question for long.
Sr.No Topic RS Aggarwal Chapter No.
1. Analogy 2
2. Oddmen out 3 (chapter title is Classification)
Topic RS Aggarwal Chapter No.
Statement
assumptions
Section II, Ch.2
Syllogism
Section II, Ch.1(+methods explained in
www.Mrunal.org/aptitude)
Logical connectives Shortcut formulas given here click me
If you have MK Pandeys reasoning book (part of your SBI PO/CAT/CSAT
preparation) I suggest you utilize it as well for High level reasoning (assumption,
reasoning, strengthen weaken argument etc) and sitting arrangement type
question.
After this whatever do remaining reasoning topics as per your time e.g.
symbols-math operations, inequalities, data sufficiency, dice, clock, calendar etc.
If you had serious prepared for the recent SSC/LIC/ SBI-Po, then just brush up the
theory and formulas, practice few questions from each category. This section should
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not pose much problem.
Basic maths and algebra
surds indices 1
Linear eq (finding age of father son etc.) 5
Number theory (LCM, HCF etc) 2
STD based
Time n Work 2
Time, speed distance 1
% based
Compound interest 1
Profit loss 1
Avg.
averages 4
ratio-allegations 1
Geometry
geometry (Theory) 1
Mensuration (area volume perimeter) 2
Misc. Arithmetic progression 1
total 22
First, You must get rid of any inferiority complex or fear of maths that youve.
If you dont prepare it, someone else will and then he gets in merit list and you
just keep filling up application forms for next exam cycle. The world of
competitive exams is merciless.
Plenty people they keep appearing and re-appearing in LIC, IBPS, SSC lekin
kidhar bhi number nahi lagtaa. Why? because in most cases, they keep running
away from their fear (maths).
Their approach to maths=firefighting approach=before the exam, they just read
sums from some book, mugup a few formulas and think theyre done with maths.
Right Approach: clear basic theory / concept from NCERT Maths textbooks (free
download links @bottom) and from Mrunal.org/aptitude
Then maximum practice from whatever Quantitative aptitude book youve: RS
Agarwal, Sarvesh Kumar, Rajesh Verma, M.Tyra etc.
Merely reading sums from some math books or merely mugging up formulas
without practice=sureshot strategy for failure.
Topic Subtopics How to approach
Number
theory
Divisibility, remaindersLCM
and HCF
Unknown numbers from
given conditiofor
Fractions-comparisions.
my article explaining the concept of HCF,
LCM click meNCERT Class 7 Chap 2, 9
(fraction)
NCERT Class 10 Chap 1 (divisibility)
Finally practice sums from your Quantitative
aptitude book.
Basic Simplification (BODMAS) NCERT Class 8 Chap 1
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Maths
Surds, indices
NCERT Class 8 Chap 12Then NCERT
Class 9 Chap 1
Roots, squares, Cubes Basics from NCERT Class 8 Chap 6 and 7.
Algebra
Linear equation
Mothers age was x and daughters
age..3 mangos and 5 bananas purchased
for
X+1/2x+3=3/8 then find X.
^This type of stuff. J ust practice and youll
get a hang of it.
Basics given in NCERT Class 8 Chap 2 and
9.
Then NCERT Class 9 Chap 4
Lastly NCERT Class 10 Chap 3.
Quadratic equations,
Polynomials
Usually not asked in class 1 / 2 officers
exam. so ignore.But if you want to prepare
then
NCERT Class 8 Chap 14
And then NCERT Class 9 Chap 2
Lastly NCERT Class 10 Chap 4
Avg and
Ratios
Wine-Water mixture
(Alligations)
Can be solved without formula. read this
article click me
Simple Average Lolz.
Ratio-Proportion-variations
For ratio-proportion NCERT Class 8 Chap
13.
Partnership
Can be solved without formula. read this
article, click me
STD
Time speed distanceTrains,
platforms
Boats-streams
Time and Work
Pipes and Cisterns
All of them can be solved with just one
Universal STD formula. Explained in
various articles of Mrunal.org/aptitude
Geometry
Angles, sides, bisectors,
circles etc
In State PSC Class 1 / Class 2 officers
exam very few questions from this arena.
dont put too much time here.NCERT Class
9 Chap 6, 7, 8 and 10. Quantitative aptitude
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book.
Mensuration (area and
volume).
Basics explained in NCERT Class 8 Chap 3,
11.Then NCERT Class 9 Chap 9, 12, 13.
Lastly NCERT Class 10 Chap 13
Trigonometry
Usually not asked in State service exams. so
ignore.
%
Basic % (increase, decrease
in consumption, population)
NCERT Class 8 Chap 8.
Data-interpretation (DI)
Approach separately explained after few
paragraphs.
Profit, loss, discount,
marked price.
Can be easily solved without mugging up
any formula IF you read following article
click me.
Simple and compound
interest rate
Can be solved without mugging up any
formula IF you read following article click
me
Misc.
Progression: Arithmetic+
Geometric
you just have to plug in the values in
formulas. Basics of Arithmetic progression
explained in NCERT Class 10 Chap 5.for
Geometric progression, class 11s NCERT
chapter 9.
Logerithms
Usually not asked in State service exams. So
ignore.
Coordinate Geometry
Usually not asked in State service exams. So
ignore.
PermutationCombination
Probability
in old times (90s era) this used to be hot
topic for both UPSC and State service
exams. but nowadays usually ignored. But
again, they too can be solved without
mugging up formulas: go through various
articles on Mrunal.org/aptitude
theory/definition based 2
pie chart 2
Venn diagram 4
8
Solve DI questions from old papers of SSC (both Tier 1 and 2).
Some of these MCQs were based on theory / definitions related to statistics and
graphs. For that, study class 11 NCERT statistics book (especially ch3,4 and 5).
(free download link @Bottom)
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Comprehension (3 passages, 4 Qs each) 12
synonym, antonym 4
Sandhi 2
Vyanjan type 1
Idioms and phrases 1
sentence rules (grammar theory, Dhvani Vyavastha etc) 4
24
Do the class 10 guide/digest/grammar book from UP State education board. If
youve nothing, use IGNOUs foundation course. (free download link @bottom)
for practicing comprehension passages, grammar questions, use the old papers of
Compulsory Hindi from UPSC Mains exam. (free download links @bottom)
Breakup of UP-PSC 2012 paper
Comprehension (English) 3
synonym, antonym 3
sentence transformation 2
active passive 1
direct indirect 1
Fill in the blanks 1
Spelling 1
Idioms and phrases 1
Total 13
The approach/strategy for English remains one and same like explained in
SSC-CGL article click me
for practice of comprehension, synonym/antonym, active-passive etc. solve a few
previous papers for SSC-CGL (both tier I and tier II).
Internal breakup for 2012s paper
Interpersonal relations 5
communication theory 4
conflict resolution 2
Decision Making
theory based (2Q) 1.
role playing (1Q) 2.
3
Total 14
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Original questions from 2012s UPPCS paper are given in the appendix 1 @the bottom
of this article.
UPSC CSAT/IAS-Prelims UP-PCS
Official syllabus says Interpersonal skills
including communication skills
Official syllabus says
Interpersonal skills including
communication skills
1.
Decision making and
problem solving
2.
Under this topic, All questions are situation based
/ role playing questions e.g. if you in abc
position/situation then what will you do under xyz
circumstances/conditions?
Only one such role playing
question was asked
No direct questions from definitions/theories of
communication, leadership, motivation,
interpersonal relation etc.
Most questions were from
definitions of communication,
interpersonal relations, conflict
resolution etc.
Another point to observe is: UPSC already had taken 2011s aptitude paper before
Uttar Pradesh did it in 2012. So, people in UP PCS did know what type of stuff
UPSC (IAS) asks under Decision Making problem solving and interpersonal skills
yet theyre running on a different line (asking MCQs from definitions and
theories)
Meaning it seems to be UP PCSs conscious decision not to follow UPSC (IAS)s
path for MCQs.
For theory / definition based question, go through the selective PDF files provided
@bottom (they are from IGNOUs various courses on Public Administration,
HRM etc). Donot read each file word by word, just go through important terms /
definitions / summary of theories. You just have to tick MCQs, dont have to write
descriptive answers.
For role playing / situation based questions, see the last two years Decision
Making questions from CSAT (UPSC prelims) +their official answers discussed in
following articles
2012s question and answers click me
2011s Question and answer click me
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Which one of the following is not an interpersonal role?
Figurehead a.
Leader b.
Liaison c.
Boss d.
1.
The one who makes short-term adjustments and long-term structural changes to
maintain the equilibrium is called
Disseminator a.
Resource allocator b.
Disturbance handler c.
Negotiator d.
2.
Which one of the following refers to the need to associate with others?
Need for inclusion a.
Need for individuation b.
Need for control c.
Need for affection d.
3.
Which one of the following is the reason for displaying the positive personal signal
of leaning forward?
Concentration a.
Extreme confidence b.
Taking time to think c.
Relaxation d.
4.
Consider the following statements 5.
Assertion (A): Interpersonal roles relate to a persons behavior that focuses on
interpersonal contact.
Reason (R): Such roles are derived directly from the authority and status.
Select correct answer
Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) correctly explains (A) A.
Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A) B.
(A) is true, but (R) is false C.
(A) is false, (R) is true D.
Which one of the following is a receivers weakness type of barrier to
communication?
Ambiguity a.
Jargon b.
Time c.
Prejudice d.
1.
Which one of the following is not a characteristic of empathic listening?
Putting oneself in the position of a speaker a.
2.
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Being evaluative b.
Observing body language c.
Focusing both on feeling and content of the message d.
principle of KISS in communication stands for
Keep it stylish and subtle a.
Keep it safe and shaded b.
Keep it sincere and secret c.
Keep it short and simple d.
3.
Match the following 4.
Barriers to Communication Types of Barriers
Vocabulary A.
Distance B.
Haste C.
Noise D.
Structural 1.
Situational 2.
Circumstantial 3.
Language 4.
Answer codes
Q (a) (b) (c) (d)
(A) 4 3 2 1
(B) 3 2 1 4
(C) 2 3 4 1
(D) 4 1 3 2
In conflict resolution which one of the following explains the emphasizing of areas
of agreement and deemphasizing areas of difference over conflictual issues ?
Withdrawal a.
Smoothing b.
Compromising c.
Confrontation d.
1.
Which one of the following is known as the avoiding style of conflict resolution?
Satisfying your own needs at the expense of others a.
Satisfying others needs while neglecting your own b.
Neglecting interest of both parties by postponing a decision c.
Asking both parties to make sacrifices d.
2.
Theory based Qs.
A manager who is helping a customer return some articles that he purchased
earlier is dealing with a
Programmed decision a.
Non-programmed decision b.
1.
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Uncertainty c.
Bounded rationality d.
Decision making based on the use of subjective experience, self-confidence and
self-motivation to process information data refers to:
Intuitive decision making a.
Rational decision making b.
Bounded rationality approach c.
Administrative decision making d.
2.
Role Playing Qs.
1. You are a Deputy Secretary in a Ministry and dealing with the appointment of
Assistants. On the basis of a written examination, 10 candidates have been short-listed
for the two posts. Based on their educational and previous work experience you have to
make your recommendation in order of preference. A senior official in the Ministry
asks you to recommend the name of a candidate Y amongst the first two choices. What
will you do?
Bring the matter to the knowledge of your immediate superior officer and do as he
verbally directs
A.
Comply to the request of the senior officer who approached you and recommend
the name of his candidate in the top two despite knowing that he is not among the
best two
B.
Examine the profile of all ten candidates and take decision on merits even if it
means that candidate Y is eventually selected
C.
See to it that the candidate Y is not selected at all by placing him down in the
preference.
D.
Essential softwares (Free)
7-zip (for extracting .7z
files)
1. http://www.softpedia.com/get/Compression-tools/7-
Zip.shtml
Foxit PDF reader (for
reading PDF files)
2. http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/PDF
/Foxit-PDF-Reader.shtml
Maths + DI
Mathematics Class 8 Download
Mathematics Class 9 Download
Mathematics Class 10 Download
Mathematics Class 11 (Only Venn Diagrams, AP, GP) Download
Mathematics Class 11 (Statistics) important chapters=3,4 and 5 Download
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Hindi grammar (Foundation course from IGNOU)
Click ME to download Hindi material
Decision Making, Interpersonal relations
Click ME to download the material
^You need 7-zip program to extract it.
Donot read each file word by word, just go through important terms / definitions /
summary of theories. You just have to tick MCQs, dont have to write descriptive
answers.
Appendix III: Question papers of UP PCS 2012 Prelims exam
Paper 1 General Studies: Click ME 1.
Paper 2 Aptitude: Click ME 2.
And as always, thanks Mr.csl80 for providing inputs.
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