ASRB AO and F&AO Exam Detailed Syllabus

The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) will conduct a competitive examination for recruitment to the posts of Administrative Officer and Finance & Accounts Officer in Pay level 10 of 7th CPC Pay Matrix (Pre-revised PB-3 ₹ 15600 – 39100 + ₹ 5400 (Grade Pay).

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Important Dates:

 Submission of Online applications starts on 23.07.2021 
 Last date and time for receipt of online applications 23.08.2021 
 Last date and time for making online fee payment 23.03.2021 
 Date of online objective type examination 10.10.2021 
 Date of descriptive type examination – T2 To be notified later
 Date of Structured Interview/Personality Test To be notified 

Category wise vacancies:

Name of the Post

No of Vacancy

Number of Vacancy

Reservation for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities

Eligible category of PwBD

Functional Requirement

UR

EWS

SC

ST

OBC

AO

44

17

04

07

02

14

01- Cat. a

01- Cat. b

 

Total 02

a) B, LV

b) D, HH

S, ST, RW, C

F & AO

21

13

02

02

00

04

01- Cat. a

01- Cat. b

 

Total 02

a) B, LV

b) D, HH

S, ST, RW, C

Scheme of Examination for the post of Administrative Officers

1. Tier 1

  • Objective multiple choice
  • Number of Questions 200
  • marks per question 1
  • Negative marking – 1/3
  • Duration – 3 hrs
  • distribution of questions are as follow-
 Section A General Knowledge 50 Questions 
 Section B General Intelligence & Reasoning Ability  50 Questions 
 Section C Arithmetical & Numerical Ability  50 Questions 
 Section D Language Comprehension
Hindi or English 
50 Questions 
This paper will be qualifying in nature and marks scored in it will not be carried forward. The ASRB will be preparing a list of candidates to be qualified for the Tier 2 Examination, based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks, as may be determined by the Board and twenty top-scoring candidates for one vacancy shall be declared qualified for the Tier 2 exam from each category under which vacancies are available.

DETAILS OF SYLLABUS FOR THE EXAMINATION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (TIER 1)

SECTION – A: GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (50 Questions) 

• Current events of national and international importance. 
• History of India and Indian national movement, World History 
• Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social and economic. 
• Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc. 

• Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc. 
• Agricultural and Geo-Cultural Development Issues, Human Rights, Social Conflicts, Disabilities etc. 
• General Awareness specific to Structure & Functioning of ICAR. 
• General Science and scientific research. 

SECTION – B: GENERAL INTELLIGENCE AND REASONING ABILITY (50 Questions) 

• Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability – Verbal and Non-Verbal (Analogies, Similarities, Differences, space visualization, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship, concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series). 
• Decision making and Problem Solving.

• General Mental ability. 

SECTION – C: ARITHMETICAL AND NUMERICAL ABILITY (50 Questions) 

• Basic Numeracy (Number system, Simplification, Decimals, Fractions, L.C.M., H.C.F., Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Average, Profit & Loss, Discount, Simple and Compound interest, Mensuration, Time and Work, Time and Distance) (Class X level) 
• Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.) (Class X level) 

SECTION – D: LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION (50 Questions) HINDI or ENGLISH 

 • Comprehension of Language and Writing Ability 
 • Précis writing, Usage and Vocabulary, Short Essays, Translation 
 • Interpersonal Skills including communication skills.

Tier 2 exam (Descriptive) (each paper duration – 3 hrs)

Paper 1

General Awareness of Development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and the World

150 marks

Paper 2

Constitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice

150 marks

Paper 3

Essay Writing 1 (75 marks)

150 marks

Essay Writing 2 (75 marks)

Paper 4

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

150 Marks

Total of Written

600

DETAILS OF SYLLABUS FOR THE EXAMINATION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (TIER 2)

Paper 1
General Awareness of development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and world
  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteen century until the present – significant events, personalities, issues.
  • The freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • The history of the world will include events from the 18th century such as the industrial revolution, world wars, redraw of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc – their forms and effect on the society.
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Role fo women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and development issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
  • effects of globalization on Indian society.
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism and secularism.
  • salient features of the world’s physical geography.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian Sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary secondary and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
Paper 2
Constitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice
  • Indian Constitution – Historical Underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  • Separation of powers between various organs disputes redressed mechanisms and institutions.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
  • Parliament and State legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business. Power and privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • Structure, organization and functioning of the executive and the judiciary – Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the polity.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  • government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry – the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • Welfare Schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes, mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  • Issues relating to development and management of social sector/ Services relating to Health, education, Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance – applications, models successes, limitations and potential; citizen charters, transparency & accountability and Other measures.
  • Role of Civil services in a democracy.
  • Role of Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Agricultural Sector, its importance and various implications.
Paper 3
1. Essay Writing – 1 (75 marks)
2. Essay writing – 2 (75 marks)
Essay-
Candidates may be required to write essays on current international/ national events and other multiple topics like social, cultural, economic and political aspects about which a graduate-level candidate is expected to be aware. They will be expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely. An opinion may be given and the candidate may have to submit his/ her arguments for and against the opinion and sum up at the end of his/ her views. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.
Paper 4
Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; the role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws rules, regulations and conscience and sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  • Probity in governance: the concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to information, codes of Ethics, codes of conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  • Case studies on the above issues.

Scheme of Examination for the post of FINANCE & ACCOUNTS OFFICER

1. Tier 1

  • Objective multiple choice
  • Number of Questions 200
  • marks per question 1
  • Negative marking – 1/3
  • Duration – 3 hrs
  • distribution of questions are as follow-
 Section A General Knowledge 50 Questions 
 Section B General Intelligence & Reasoning Ability  50 Questions 
 Section C Arithmetical & Numerical Ability  50 Questions 
 Section D Language Comprehension
Hindi or English 
50 Questions 
This paper will be qualifying in nature and marks scored in it will not be carried forward. The ASRB will be preparing a list of candidates to be qualified for the Tier 2 Examination, based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks, as may be determined by the Board and twenty top-scoring candidates for one vacancy shall be declared qualified for the Tier 2 exam from each category under which vacancies are available.

DETAILS OF SYLLABUS

SECTION – A: GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (50 Questions) 

• Current events of national and international importance. 
• History of India and Indian national movement, World History 
• Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social and economic. 
• Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc. 

• Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc. 
• Agricultural and Geo-Cultural Development Issues, Human Rights, Social Conflicts, Disabilities etc. 
• General Awareness specific to Structure & Functioning of ICAR. 
• General Science and scientific research. 

SECTION – B: GENERAL INTELLIGENCE AND REASONING ABILITY (50 Questions) 

• Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability – Verbal and Non-Verbal (Analogies, Similarities, Differences, space visualization, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship, concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series). 
• Decision making and Problem Solving.

• General Mental ability. 

SECTION – C: ARITHMETICAL AND NUMERICAL ABILITY (50 Questions) 

• Basic Numeracy (Number system, Simplification, Decimals, Fractions, L.C.M., H.C.F., Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Average, Profit & Loss, Discount, Simple and Compound interest, Mensuration, Time and Work, Time and Distance) (Class X level) 
• Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.) (Class X level) 

SECTION – D: LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION (50 Questions) HINDI or ENGLISH 

 • Comprehension of Language and Writing Ability 
 • Précis writing, Usage and Vocabulary, Short Essays, Translation 
 • Interpersonal Skills including communication skills.

TIER 2

Paper 1

General Awareness of Development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and the World

150 marks

Paper 2

Constitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice

150 marks

Paper 3

Essay Writing

100 marks

Paper 4

Commerce and Business Economics

200 Marks

Total of Written

600

Details of syllabus

PAPER – I

General awareness of Development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural

Fields, History & Geography of India and World

• Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

• Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteen century until the present – significant events, personalities, issues.

• The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributions from different parts of the country.

• Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

• History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc. – their forms and effect on the society.

• Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

• Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and development issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

• Effects of globalization on Indian society.

• Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

• Salient features of world’s physical geography.

• Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).

• Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

PAPER – II

CONSTITUTION OF INDIA, POLITY, GOVERNANCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE

• Indian Constitution – historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

• Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

• Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressed mechanisms and institutions.

• Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.

• Parliament and State legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business. Power & privileges and issues arising out of these.

• Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary – Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/ informal associations and their role in the Polity.

• Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.

• Appointment to various Constitutional post, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

• Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.

• Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

• Development processes and the development industry – the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.

• Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

• Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/ Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

• Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

• Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e[1]governance – applications, models’ successes, limitations and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

• Role of Civil services in democracy.

• Role of Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Agricultural Sector, its Importance and various Implications.

PAPER – III

Essay Writing (100 Marks)

Essay: Candidates may be required to write essays on current international/ national events and other multiple topics like social, cultural, economic and political aspects about which a graduate level candidate is expected to be aware. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. An opinion may be given and candidate may have to submit his/ her arguments for and against the opinion and sum up in the end of his/ her views. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

PAPER – IV 200 MARKS

COMMERCE & BUSINESS ECONOMICS

This paper will cover the topics like Accounting, Financial Accounting, Auditing, Business Organization, Cost Accounting, Taxation, Financial Institutions, etc. commonly taught in the Degree Course of Indian Universities/ Institutes.

Financing/ Accounting:

Accounting as a financial information system; Impact of behavioural sciences. Accounting Standards e.g., Accounting for Depreciation, Inventories, Research and Development Costs, Long-term Construction Contracts, Revenue Recognition, Fixed Assets, Contingencies, Foreign Exchange Transactions, Investments and Government Grants, Cash Flow Statement, Earnings per Share. Accounting for Share Capital Transactions including Bonus Shares, Right Shares. Employees Stock Option and Buy-Back of Securities. Preparation and Presentation of Company Final Accounts. Amalgamations, Absorption and Reconstruction of Companies.

Cost Accounting:

Nature and functions of cost accounting. Installation of Cost Accounting System. Cost Concepts related to Income Measurement, Profit Planning, Cost Control and Decision Making. Methods of Costing: Job Costing, Process Costing, Activity Based Costing. Volume-cost-Profit Relationship as a tool of Profit Planning. Incremental Analysis/ Differential Costing as a Tool of Pricing Decisions, Product Decisions, Make or Buy Decisions, Shut-Down Decisions etc. Techniques of Cost Control and Cost Reduction: Building as a Tool of Planning and Control. Standard Costing and Variance Analysis. Responsibility Accounting and Divisional Performance Measurement.

Taxation:

Income Tax: Definitions. Basis of charge; Incomes which do not form part of total income. Simple problems of Competition of Income (of individuals only) under various heads, i.e., Salaries, Income from House Property, Profits and Gains from Business or Profession, Capital Gains, Income from other sources, Income of other Persons included in Assessee’s Total income. Set-off and Carry forward of Loss. Deductions from Gross Total Income. Salient Features/ Provisions related to VAT and Services Tax.

Auditing:

Company Audit: Audit related to Divisible Profits, Dividends, Special investigations, Tax audit. Audit of Banking, Insurance, Non-Profit Organization and Charitable Societies/ Trusts/ Organizations.

Foundation of Indian Business:

Spectrum of Business Activities, Manufacturing and service sectors. India’s experience of liberalization and globalization, Technological innovations and skill development. ‘Make in India’ Movement. Social Multinational Corporations and Indian transnational companies. Social responsibility and ethics. Emerging opportunities in business; Franchising, Outsourcing, and E-commerce.

Business Enterprises

Sole Proprietorship, One Person Company, Joint Hindu Family Firm, Partnership firm, Joint Stock Company, Cooperative Society; Limited Liability Partnership. Choice of Form of Organisation. Entrepreneurial Process-Idea generation, Feasibility study. Basic considerations in setting up a Business Enterprise.

The process of Management

Planning; Decision-Making; Strategy Formulation. Organizing: Basic Considerations; Departmentation-Functional, Project, Matrix and Network; Delegation and Decentralisation of Authority; Dynamics of group behaviour. Leadership: Concept and Styles; Trait and Situational Theory of Leadership. Motivation: Concept and Importance; Maslow Need Hierarchy Theory; Herzberg Two Factors Theory, McGregor and Ouchi theory. Control: Concept and Process. Communication: Process and Barriers. Transactional Analysis (TA), Johari Window. Change Management: Resistance to change and strategies to manage change, conflict levels, causes and resolution. Functional and Dysfunctional aspects of the conflict. Emerging issues in management.

Financial Markets and Institutions:

Indian Financial System: An Overview Money Markets: Participants, Structure and Instruments. Commercial Banks. Reforms in Banking Sector. Monetary and Credit Policy of RBI. RBI as a Regulator. Capital Market: Primary and Secondary Market. Financial Market Instruments and Innovative Debt Instruments; SEBI as a Regulator. Financial Services: Mutual Funds, Venture Capital, Credit rating Agencies, Insurance and IRDA.

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