Deshbandhu College Professional Assistant Syllabus
Deshbandhu College Professional Assistant Syllabus


Syllabus for Professional Assistant @ Deshbandhu College

The following shall be the scheme of Examination. Components of written test and its syllabus for recruitment to the post of Professional Assistant by direct recruitment:

Paper -I (MCQ)Library Aptitude, General Awareness, etc. (150 questions)Time: 2 hrs.*Max. Marks:300 marks(150 questions)
 Paper – II Library System etc.Time: 3 hrs.*Max. Marks:  150 marks
 Skill Test Skills pertaining to the subject matter of the concerned post would be assessed through a skill test to be conducted by the concerned department/institution under the direct supervision of the University Librarian, Deputy Librarian, College Librarian / or equivalent rank. The skill test shall be conducted in a manner to check the practical knowledge of the candidate in handling various processes associated with the Library’s functioningTime: 1 hrs. The test will be 50 marks. To qualify the candidate should obtain 25 marks. This will however be only qualifying in nature.
Total Marks (300+150) 450 marks

*15 minutes extra per hour would be given to the Visually Handicapped and Cerebral Palsy

Paper – I
DURATION: 2 hours

(i)Library Aptitude#50100
(ii)General Awareness2550
(iii)Reasoning Ability2550
(iv)Mathematical Ability2550
(v)Test of Language English or Hindi2550

Detailed Syllabus for Paper I:

(i) Library Aptitude: Questions will be designed to test the knowledge and awareness of Library Information Science and recent development in the field of Library Science. The questions may be from all the spheres of library science. (#The candidate has to secure 50% marks in section (i) of this paper, 5% relaxation will be provided for SC/ST/OBC/PwD)

(ii) General Awareness: Questions will be designed to test the ability of the candidate’s General Awareness of the environment and its relevance to society. The questions will also be designed to test knowledge of the current events and of such matters of everyday observation as may be expected of an educated person. The test will include questions relating to India and her neighboring countries, especially pertaining to History, Indian Polity & Constitution, Art & Culture, Geography, Economics, General Policy, Science & Scientific Research, National/International Organizations /Institutions, events, etc.

(iii) Reasoning Ability: The syllabus of General Intelligence includes questions of both verbal and non-verbal types. The test may include questions on analogies, similarities, differences, space visualization, problem-solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship, concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series, etc.

(iv) Mathematical Ability: The test of Arithmetical and Numerical Ability will cover Number systems including questions on Simplification, Decimals, Fractions, L.C.M., H.C.F., Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Average, Profit & Loss, Discount, Simple & Compound Interest, Mensuration, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Tables & Graphs, etc.

(v) Test of Language English or Test of Language Hindi: In addition to the testing of the candidate’s understanding of the English or Hindi Languages, its Vocabulary, Grammar, Sentence Structure, Synonyms, Antonyms, correct usage, etc. would also be tested.

Detailed Syllabus Paper – II:

The questions will be designed to test the ability of the candidate’s knowledge and awareness on Library and Information Science and recent development in the field and on the following subjects.

Section 1 – MCQ: 100 marks (50 questions)
Knowledge and application of Library and  Information Science Procedures, rules & Regulations.

Section 2 – Descriptive:  50 marks (5 questions)
Knowledge of Computers with special reference to knowledge of Library Software Packages of  Word Processing, Data Analysis Packages.

Skill Test:

The skill test shall be qualifying in nature and no additional credits for the same shall be allocated. The skill test shall be conducted in a manner to check the practical knowledge of the candidate in handling various processes associated with the Library’s functioning.

The candidates may be tested for his/her skills in:

  • Search in electronic databases (online)
  • Knowledge of specialized, open source application software for libraries like Digital Library Software, etc.
  • Knowledge of any Indian/Foreign language as opted by the candidate from the list given below: Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannad, Odiya, Bengali, Assamese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Spanish and Russian.

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