Department of Posts, Govt. of India takes the written exam for selection on Postal Assistant. View Exam Model Papers & Exam Patterns or format to get idea about the examination.
For selection of Postal Assistants, written exam is setup by Department of Posts, Govt. of India from time to time. As every year, now Department of Posts has issued recruitment notification for 812 Postal Assistants and 186 Sorting Assistants.
Let you know the exam pattern/format of Postal Assistants exam before to the sources of the study materials.
Following is the Postal Assistants exam pattern:
In Department of Post, the selection process for these positions consists of a 100 marks weightage system, with break-up as below:
- 40% weightage for Class-12th %age.
- 50% weightage for Aptitude test.
- 10% weightage for Computer Typing test.
For example, if candidate had scored 75% in Class-12th, then the merit marks candidate score is 30 (i.e.75/100 x 40). If candidate had scored 80 (out of total 100 marks) in Aptitude test, the merit marks candidate would score is 40 (i.e.50/100 x 80). And if candidate had scored 7 (out of total 10 marks) in Computer Typing test, the merit marks candidate would score is 0.7 (i.e.10/100 x 7).
Therefore, the score of 70.7 would be counted for you with above combination in the Postal Assistants exam merit list. Following table clearly represent this scheme of Postal Assistants exam:
|Selection Stage||Weightage||Actual||Merit list|
|Class - 12th percentage||40||75||30|
|Apptitude Test - 100 mark||50||80||40|
|Computer Typing test - 10 mark||10||7||0.7|
Cut-off scores for Postal Assistants exam:
For the Postal Assistants exam, there is no cut-off prescribed and on the basis of relative performance of all the candidates the merit list would be prepared.
A merit list would be prepared on the basis of marks secured by all the candidates in the first stage screening (based on percentage candidate secured in Class-12th exam) and after that 10 times of the category-wise vacancy is selected to appear in the Postal Assistants exam Aptitude test. For example, there are 61 Postal Assistant vacancies for ST categories, 610 candidates would be called for Aptitude Test. On the basis of all three components as discussed above the final merit list would be prepared.
Pattern of Aptitude Test in Postal Assistants exam:
The Aptitude Test includes 50 multiple choice questions of 2 marks each and include questions on English, Mathematics, General Knowledge, Reasoning and Analytical ability. The duration of the test will be of 60 minutes.
Postal Assistants exam Computer Typing Test pattern:
For Postal Assistant, the computer test includes 5 marks each in the following two parts:
- Test of computer typing: You have to type a passage (of 450 words in English or 375 words in Hindi) within duration of 15 minutes. Minimum typing speed should be 30 w.p.m.
- Test of data entry knowledge: This test consists of data comprising of figures and letters to test the knowledge of data entry. This again has to be completed within duration of 15 minutes.
Sample papers for Postal Assistants exam:
If candidates are searching for Sample/Model/Previous years papers of Postal Assistants exam then it may not have got very good results.
With the help of fresherjobs4u.com webpage, candidates can find all the information about the jobs as well as two previous year exam papers of Postal Assistants exam.
As there are not too many good papers on net for the Postal Assistants exam, yet based on my experiences on recruitment exams, it would like to draw the resemblance between this exam and Data Entry Operator Exam conducted by SSC (Staff Selection Commission). Not only the test sections of the exams are similar, but even the minimum eligibility (Class-12th pass) of both the exams are also similar. Hence may be candidate can use these section-wise sample papers of SSC DEO exams to prepare for the Postal Assistants exam.
Practice material for Computer Typing Test in Postal Assistants exam:
Computer Typing Test although has a weightage of 10%, it can still make that big difference between those who makes the final cut and those who does not.
Candidate can judge their own Computer Typing/Data Entry skill from following two blog post, pointing you to the free websites for training:
- Data Entry Operators Skill Test: It introduces candidate to the skill test. (link)
- Test Your Data Entry Skill Online/Download software: It points candidate to those resources which helps them to test themselves. (link)
Guide Books for Postal Assistants exam:
Postal / Sorting Assistants Recruitment Test by Jain. Price: Rs. 90.
Postal Assistant Guide by RPH Editorial Board. Price: Rs. 90.
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