University assistant exam – Eligibility, pattern, & syllabus

University assistant exam – Eligibility, pattern, & syllabus

The KPSC conducts the University Assistant Exam to recruit candidates against various posts in Kerala’s Universities. The exam is conducted in online mode.

Formerly, each university individually conducted the exam, but after 2016, the Kerala Public Service Commission – KPSC took over the process.

A University Assistant position is a part-time, non-permanent, contractual, unclassified position whereby institutions may employ individuals in non-teaching capacities restricted to a maximum of 19 hours of employment per week. 

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Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria to qualify for the University Assistant Exam are as follows:

  • A bachelors degree in any field from a recognised university or its equivalent
  • Candidate applying for the post must be above 18 years and below 36 years of age with relaxation given to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Communities.

Application Process for University Assistant Exam

Below is the application process for the University assistant exam:

  • KPSC invites applications through online mode only. The applicant must register themselves in One Time Registration Tulasi.
  • After Registration, the applicant has to log in to make a profile using the ID and Password.
  • Find the respective post and click on ‘Apply now. Fill in the online application form where the candidate has to put in their personal and academic details.
  • The last step to the application is to submit and download the form. 

Note: University Assistant exam is usually conducted in June. The notification and dates for the calendar year 2021 are yet to be released.     

Exam Pattern

Applicants who appear for Kerala PSC University Assistant Exam need to understand the exam pattern. It is necessary to know the weightage of each section to perform well in the comprehensive exam. Given below is the exam pattern of the exam: 

  • Total number of questions asked in the exam -100
  • Maximum marks- 100.
  • Each question carries one mark.
  • The medium of Exam – English
  • Duration of University Assistant Exam -1hr 15 mins
  • 0.33 marks deducted for every wrong answer
Subject NameMarks
Basic General Knowledge (Regional language Malayalam)10
Current Affairs, Facts about India,Renaissance of Kerala, General Science, Constitution of India and Civil Rights, Social welfare and IT & Cyber Law50
General English20
Quantitative Aptitude and Mental Ability &Reasoning20

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Syllabus of University Assistant Exam

For competitive exams like these, it is necessary to know the syllabus for the same. The table given below elaborates the essential topics for the University Assistant Exam: 

S.No.SubjectsTopics covered 
1Quantitative AptitudeLCM and HCF, Test of Divisibility, Ratio and Proportion,Simplification, Numbers,Interest, Time and Work,Time and Distance,Area and Volume, Trains,Clocks, Problems on Ages,etc.
2Mental Abilityand ReasoningMental Ability andReasoning, Sense of direction,Date and Calendar,Alphabetical Arrangement of words,Common sense test,Numbers series,Coding-Decoding,Odd one out,Analogy Logic,Dates and Calendar,etc.
3General ScienceOther basic facts in the field of Science, Common scientific facts
4Current AffairsNational and regionalevents, Cinema, Sports, literature, etc.
5Facts about IndiaPhysical features,Geographical facts,Climate-rivers, Soils,Economic andSocial Development,National Development,Poverty,Economy and Planning, Indian Historyfrom 1857-1947,National Movement, etc.
6Renaissance of KeralaRenaissance in Kerala,Brahmananda SwamiSivayogi,Ayya Vaikundar-PoikayilYohannan, Ayankali-Pandit Karuppa,Mannathu Padmanabhan,Dr Palpu, Kumaranasan,Vaikom Maulavi,Blessed Kuriakose AliasChavara
7Constitution of India and Civil rightsDirective Principles, Basic Features, Union Territories, General public service commission and its appointments, Legislature-State executive, Human rights, Human Rights Commission, Women Empowerment, Union Government, Legislature, Fundamental rights and duties, Directive principle, Union government, State Executives, Women’s Commission, Right to Information, Information Commission, Apex courts, Atrocities against Scheduled Caste and Schedule Tribes
8General EnglishGrammar Agreement ofSubject and Verb,Correct usage of Articles,Direct and Indirect Speech, Active and Passive Voice,Singular and Plural,Synonyms and Antonyms,Prepositions, Adjectives,Correction in Sentences,Vocabulary, Gender, Idioms, One-word Substitutes,Antonyms-Synonyms
9Social welfare schemes and measuresAntdyodaya Anna Yojana, Balika Smridhi Yojana, Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana, Samara Awaz Yojana, National Food For WorkProgramme, Bharath Nirman, Indira Awas Yojana, Prime Minister RozgarYojana, NREGA, Rural Landless Employment Guarantee Program, Integrated ChildDevelopment Scheme, etc
10Information Technology and Cyber LawsComputers, I.T.,Cyber Laws, etc.
11MalayalamLiterature and Grammar of Malayalam

How to Prepare for University Assistant Exam?

For any competitive exam, one needs to devise a proper strategy to keep in mind the strengths and weaknesses. Glance through the following tips to prepare for the University Assistant Exam:

  • Go through the syllabus and pattern thoroughly. If needed, keep the print out of the syllabus in front of you to not miss out on important topics.
  • Solve previous year question papers. This will help you identify the critical modules and will also improve your speed.
  • Devote at least 1.5-2 hours for those topics or areas you are weak in.
  • Give mock tests regularly.
  • Last but not least, revise what you have read every day.

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We have answered some questions related to this exam for your ease.

Q1. What do you understand by a university assistant?
Ans. An University Assistant role is a non-permanent, part-time, contractual, unstructured position in which persons may be engaged in non-teaching capacity for up to 19 hours each week.

Q2. What is the salary of a university assistant in Kerala?

Ans. Kerala PSC University Assistant Salary Scale is Rs. 30,000 per month (including all benefits and deductions).

Q2. Which is the next PSC exam in Kerala?

Ans. The Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC) has released the preliminary exam dates. As per the schedule released by the KPSC, the exam will be held on February 20, February 25, March 6, and March 13, 2021.

Q3. How many attempts are allowed for the PCS exam?

Ans. Now, candidates are allowed a maximum of four attempts if they are between 21 and 30 years. On the other hand, candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories have no limit on the number of attempts. They are also eligible to appear for the exam till 35 years of age.

This was our complete guide on the University Assistant exam of Kerala. We truly hope we were able to resolve any queries you might have had.

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