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[Studyplan] CSIR Combined Administrative Service Exam (CASE): Booklist, Strategy, Studymaterial
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To those readers with Public Administration/ Management as their optional
subject in UPSC/RAS/PPSC/KAS etc. here is a good opportunity: CSIR
Administrative Officer Gr-I
Scheme of exam
CSIR Paper I
Reasoning (20 Qs)
Maths (20 Qs)
Constitution of India (20 Qs)
General Awareness
Paper II: CCS+HR+Management+PubAD
Topic #1: Central Civil Service (CCS)
Topic #2: HRM (40qs)
Topic#3: Management
Topic #4: PubAd
Unwanted Tips
Appendix: Free CSIR/CASE Study Material (Download Links)
General Awareness: NCERTs/NIOS
Download Material: CCS, HRM, PubAD
Previous papers and Cut offs

Scheme of exam

Any graduate can apply Click me for Age limit-Syllabus

Last date of application: 15 January 2013: Click ME to apply
Negative marking=Yes (Minus 0.25 marks per wrong question)
Descriptive paper or Essay =No.

Notification says, CSIR *may* fix separate minimum cut-off marks for each paper. Anyways lets check the topicwise booklist,


CSIR Paper I
Reasoning (20 Qs)
1. Do minimum 15 sums for all chapters from RS Agarwals book on A Modern Approach to Verbal and
Non Verbal Reasoning
2. Practice is essential because this paper will have 150 question and 150 minutes.
3. That means 1 minute for each question.
4. However many questions related to sitting-arrangement, blood-relations, data-interpretation etc can take
almost 15 to 20 minutes if you have not practiced them at home.

Maths (20 Qs)

1. First of all, read the art of aptitude CLICK ME
2. Second, learn how to solve maths without mugging up formulas. For that, go to Mrunal.org/aptitude, read
my earlier articles to understand the tricks and concepts related to Time-Speed-Distance-work, percentage,
profit loss, boats, pipes, stream, trains, permutation, combination and probability.
3. Third practice maximum questions from RS Agarwals book on Quantitative Aptitude OR Quantam CAT
by Sarvesh Kumar Verma(upto level 1) OR Fasttrack to Objective arithmetic (use any one book).
You may also consult NCERT Class 7 to 10 Mathematics textbooks for clearing basic concepts. They can be downloaded for free,
using http://www.ncert.nic.in/

Constitution of India (20 Qs)

Medium Book

Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth


Bharat Ki Rajyavyavastha by M.Laxmikanth

Two reasons why you should religiously mugup M.Laxmikanth:

1. CSIR notification explicitely mentions that 20 questions will come from Constitution of INDIA (in Paper I)
2. The Paper II, Topic #6 again has Public Administration and many of its topics ( Executive, parliament,
judiciary, PRI etc) have to be prepared from Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth.
How to efficiently read this book, has been explained here in a separate article: CLICK ME

After youve done reading Laxmikanth, solve all the MCQ questions given at the end of that book.

General Awareness (40 Qs)



General Science

NCERT Science Textbook Class 7 to 10


1. Convention science-tech: Mrunal.org/snt

2. environment related: Mrunal.org/enb
3. Newspaper, magazine.


1. NCERT Social Science Class 7 to 10

2. NCERT Geography Class 11, 12


1. NIOS PDF files

2. Mrunal.org/economy

General Polity

Lolz again mentioned. Anyways same Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth

Current Events

Newspaper. (Hindu or Indian Express).Monthly Current Affairs from Competitionmaster.com (Start from Jan
Please note:

1. The CSIR notification doesnt explicitly mention History. However just to be safe, also prepare History from NCERT
Textbook because indirectly it is General Awareness.
2. Download links for NCERT and NIOS material given @bottom of this article.
3. Newspaper= The Hindu OR IndianExpress (use any one). Dont waste time in Dainik Bhaskar, Times of India etc. How to use
newspaper for current affairs preparation =explained in separate article click me.
4. Newspaper = long term investment (for profile and opinion based questions in interview in all exams be it Bank or MBA.) So
dont think that newspaper reading is meant for IAS exam only.
Paper I: Part B English (50Qs)



Practice. Download old papers of IBPS, UGC etc.

Active, passive direct indirect etc

The English chapter of Any IBPS manual.
OR Compulsory English for Civil and Judicial Services by AP Bhardwaj
Synonym-antonym etc search google for lists.
OR dont prepare at all (if youre good at it).

Preposition, fill in the blanks

Synonym, antonyms
Sentence correction
Punctuation, idioms, phrases

Also follow the discussions on Pagalguy forums verbal section: http://www.pagalguy.com/forums/verbal-ability/

Paper II: CCS+Mgmt+HR + PubAD+CCS

This paper has 150 marks, 150 Qs, 150 minutes.

No. of

Central Civil Service (CCS) Rules,

Manuals etc.


PDF compilation given @bottom.

Human Resource Management (HR)



IGNOU BA, MA PDF files. Download given @bottom

Management (MBA) related


IGNOU MBA coursebook, but download not given @bottom.

Public Administration


Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth

Selective Study of IGNOU BA (Public Administraion): Download links
given at bottom.




Now lets check the topicwise approach

Topic #1: Central Civil Service (CCS)

This topic is related with actual / real-life working of an officer in Central Civil Services.Ive compiled the topicwise PDF files (links
Fundamental Rules (FRs) and Supplementary Rules (SRs)
These topics are related with personnel matters e.g. leave, promotion, disciplinary action etc matter applicable to officers in
Central Service.
Youve to do selective reading of only those topics/information that can be asked from Multi-Choice Question format. For
example: The leave travel concession (LTC) is admissible to the Central Govt. employees while on study leave.
But No need to mugup minute details, dates, names, numbers.
General Financial Rules
Given in CCS ZIP file @bottom.

This deals with budget and Expenditure related matters in ministries and departments.
From that PDF file, prepare Chapter 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8.
Again no need to go in minute details. Most of the content given in that PDF file is not exam-worhty.
Just prepare stuff that can be asked in MCQ format. for example what items go in Capital account, what items go in Revenue
account and so on.
Also prepare Budget formulation topic from IGNOU Public Administration material (given @bottom).
Manual of Office Procedure (15 Qs)
Given in CCS ZIP file @bottom.
This topic deals with how to actually work in a Government office=how to draft letters, what to do with daks, record-keeping,
filing, inspection etc.
Same principle: Just get brief overview of Exam-worthy information. No need to do Ph.D For example


1. e-Office MMP is aimed at introducing the concept of e-file in the government offices leading to less paper offices
2. Initial drafting will be done in black or blue ink. Modifications in the draft at the subsequent levels may be made in
green or red ink by the officers so as to distinguish the corrections made.


1. Volume II of the 13th Edition of the CSMOP is the Guidelines of Government of India Websites, which was
brought out by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances in January, 2009.

Donot take this lightly, because CSIR notification explicitly mentions that 15 questions will come from this topic. This concludes how
to approach CCS.

Topic #2: HRM (40qs)

This topic is to be prepared from selective study of IGNOU BA and MA Public Administration booklet codes EPA-01, MPA 013, 014
etc. Ive compiled the IGNOU PDF files those selective topics. Download link given @bottom (HRM_CSIR.zip file). Only 2 topics
1. Collaboration, Team Working & Networking;
2. Facilities & Infrastructure Management
(Seems ^They would be in MBA booklets but not explicitly available on egyankosh.ac.in)
How to approach HRM for CISR?
HRM topic might feel daunting and boring. Because they talk about lot of abstract stuff.
BUT the concepts and principles related to motivation, communication, leadership, recruitment and promotion = very easy to
frame MCQs from them.
So prepare them thoroughly from the given PDF files. (without getting bogged down by the abstract and philosophical stuff).
When you search HRM on egyankosh.ac.in, it throws up truckload of results. Theyve special courses of PG diploma in HRM
etc. But those booklets go in way too much detail.
On the other hand MA Public Administration (MPA-014) has covered HRM in very condensed form, therefore Ive compiled the
PDFs mostly from MPA-014 (and not the PGDHRM course).
But if youve time (and mood) you may download PGDHRM booklets manually from egyankosh.ac.in

Management/ IT related (25 Qs)

The best way to approach = via selective reading of IGNOUs MBA booklets. Goto this link: School of Management Studies
Search and download the respective PDF files according to the syllabus.
Management/ IT topiclist from official CSIR notification:
ERP Application & Operations Management,Business Process Reengineering, Functional architecture of ERP, What are the ERP
packages being used now? Compiling functional requirements, UML Diagrams, ERP Solution architecture, Enterprise application
implementation projects: Rationale for ERP, Process Flow Diagrams, Decision making, Analytics, Record keeping, Integrating
Business Rules, Electronic Workflows, Management reporting, Business intelligence, Performance Metrics, GUI, Web services,
Collaboration & networking, Integration interoperability configuration management, Cloud Computing, Software Reuse,
management of risks, software Security, Recovery and failsafe management, Knowledge management, User Engagement, Change
Management, Life cycle approaches, Software Audit, Reliability, manageability, availability, TQM, Business application areas of
an organization including accounting and finance, HR, logistics & supply chain, client & stakeholder relationship management
^Some of these topics may not to explicitly mentioned in IGNOU coursebooklet titles so even if you search, you wont find it.

(because egyankosh seach engine is not optimized to scan PDF content.) So better consult some friends from MBA and Computer
(BCA/MCA) course then search and/or borrow their books for selective study.

Public Administration including R.T.I Act (25 Qs)

Essential booklist
1. Selective topics from IGNOU (free download link given @bottom.)
2. + Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth
How to approach?
There is lot of overlapping and synergy between Constitution of India topic from paper I (20 Qs) and Public Administration topic from
Paper II (25Qs). Besides, nature of this topic= very easy to grasp the concepts and tick answers accurately (if you revise often).

Preparation source

Executive, Parliament, Judiciary structure,

functions, work processes

Relevant topics from Laxmikanths Polity book.

Cabinet Secretariat, Prime Ministers Office, Central


IGNOU zip file given @bottom

Ministries and Departments, Machinery of Planning

Planning Commission and the National Development

Chapter 44, 45 Laxmikanths Polity Book.IGNOU zip file given @bottom

Union-State Administrative, legislative and financial


Chapter 13 Laxmikanths Polity Book.

Role of the Finance Commission,

Chapter 37 Laxmikanths Polity Book.

Governor, Chief Minister, Council of Ministers,

Chapter 24, 25 and 26 Laxmikanths Polity Book.

Chief Secretary, State Secretariat, Directorates

IGNOU zip file given @bottom

Parliament control of public expenditure,

Chapter 22 Laxmikanths Polity book

Role of Finance Ministry

IGNOU zip file given @bottom

Panchayati Raj, Urban Local Government,

Chapter 30 and 31 Laxmikanths Polity book

Values in Public Service,

Lolz. Ethics, participation etc. either use egyankosh or just skip the damn

Ministries and Departments,

Laxmikanths PubAd Book

Corporations, Companies, Boards

IGNOU @bottom + this articlehttp://mrunal.org/2012/04/economy-differenttypes-of-companies.html

Executive, Legislature and Judicial control over


Scattered around in IGNOU + Laxmikanth.

Citizens Charters, Right to Information, Social


1. R.T.I from IGNOU zipfile.

2. And for Citizens charters, Social audit, wait for a few days, Ill write

Delegated legislation

1. Wait for a few days, Ill write an article on that.

Administrative Tribunals

1. Chapter 54 Laxmikanths Polity Book

2. IGNOU zip file given @bottom
Side Note

Those CSIR aspirants, whore simultaneously preparing for UPSC /State PSC (RAS, Punjab etc) with Public Administration
optional subject:
Prepare chapter 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 from M.Laxmikanths book on Public Administration AND solve the mock MCQ
questions given at the end of those chapters.

Some unwanted advice, warnings etc.

When we talk of IAS, CAT, IBPS= these exams are held at regular interval, hence there is lot of information, experience-sharing

and material from reputed book publisher (Tata Macgrawhill, Pearson, Arihant, S.Chand etc).
But Exams like RBI, APFC, CSIR = Diwali time for some moneyminded people. They just assemble topics from here and there,
come out with some Readymade guidebook/Material for Rs.2000, 5000 or 6000/- (depending on how rare the exam is and
how desperate the public is.) dont waste your precious money on such things. Always prefer authentic sources and standard
reference books. If you believe there is some single magical guidebook to crack CSIR exam then youre living in a fairyworld.
Better prepare your own notes from CCS. (we are talking about 60 marks here: That means 40% of Paper II is made up of CCS
for NCERT and M.Laxmikanth: no need to maintain notes as such, just revise them often.
You may use Mrunals Autonotemaker to quickly prepare notes out of PDF Files (provided that youve Microsoft XP Operating
HR, MBA topics dont stay in long term memory= frequent revision necessary.
Current affairs preparation beyond a level= diminishing rate of returns.
And most importantly, dont push your luck by ticking doubtful questions, just to cross some imaginary cutoffs, else youll lose
in negative marking.

Appendix: Free CSIR/CASE Study Material (Download Links)

General Awareness: NCERTs/NIOS
Science Class 7


Our Pasts Part 2 Class 7


Social and Political Life Part 2 Class 7


Our Environment Class 7


Science Class 8


Our Pasts Part 3 Class 8


Resource and Development Class 8


Social and Political Life Class 8


Science Class 9


Contemporary India Social Science for Class 9


Economics for Class 9


India and Contemporary World 1 for Class 9


Science Class X


India and the Contemporary World 2 Class X Social Science


Democratic Politics Part 2 for Class X Social Science


Contemporary India Part 2 for Class X Social Science


Understanding Economic Development Class X Social Science Download

Fundamentals of Physical Geography Class 11


India Physical Environment Geography Class 11


Indian Economic Development Economics Class 11


Themes in World History Class 11


India People and Economy Class 12


Introductory Microeconomics Class 12


Macroeconomics Class 12


Fundamentals of Human Geography Class 12


Themes in India History 1 Class 12


Themes in India History 2 Class 12


Themes in India History 3 Class 12


If it doesnt work visit (or you want Hindi version): http://www.ncert.nic.in/ncerts/textbook/textbook.htm

NIOS (National Open School)


NIOS study

Economy, Environment n Biodiversity, Polity etc.Many zip files on various subjects.

Download as per your requirements.

click ME

For practicing mock questions @home

click ME

^Economics is essential. Other pdfs of NIOS= depending on your time and mood.
If it doesnt work visit (or for Hindi version) : http://www.nios.ac.in/online-course-material.aspx

Download Links: CCS, HRM, PubAD (english Medium)

Name of the Topic

Server (use any one)

Server#1: Google Drive Server #2: Dropbox
Click ME

Zip FileSize

1. CCS



2. Human Resource



3. Public Administration CLICK ME

Technical details


These are zip files and they contain PDF files inside them
If youre having trouble downloading zip files, then use a free software called 7-zip (click me)
If you cannot open PDF files, use a free software called FOXIT PDF reader (click me)
If Dropbox download links dont work, that means your office/hostels firewall is blocking it. Use www.hidemyass.com and
copypaste download links in it.

Previous papers and Cut offs

(although Im filing R.T.I to get previous papers and cutoffs but) there are three reasons why they wont be of much help:
1. In 2009s recruitment round, they did not have negative marking system.
2. In 2009s recruitment round, they did not have HR and MBA topics, only Public Administration and in that too, the Public
Administration syllabus was very broad -almost identical to the erstwhile Civil Service (preliminary) Public Administration paper.
3. In 2009, They had descriptive paper on letter writing and comprehension.
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santosh kumar
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my email is sskumar992@gmail.com

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Abhishek Anand
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Thanks all for providing your email id. Tell me your experience if you have or what sorts of probable questions they can ask about ?

Prajwal Rai
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if u want to start a discussion i suggest make a new group for the same on facebook and invite ppl thereit will b more cohesive and

Abhishek Anand
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@Prajwal !
Thanks for your suggestion dear..AS far as the CSIR interview is concerned they are not going to ask too many questions I hope
they will ask very basic questions related to the job.I hope if we will start a brief discussion over here it will be more fruitful for us
because on Facebook it may avert the topic to somewhere else so precisely we can discuss the same over here.
Thanks dear:)

Prajwal Rai
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ratio of candidates qualified for interview is 4.5(seats 48 Gencalled 216)..tatz really gonna be very competitive.also
do you have any idea how postings r done.in notification it was mentioned tat it will b done zone wiseso how would we get
any idea how many of these qualified candidates belong to which regionthey also asked for lab during filling of formis it

necessary one would b posted in same lab if selected?.

yes postings will be zone wise, i think first theyll ask for our preferences then theyll see how many candidates opted for a
particular lab then there merit will be seen and according to that allotment will be made and the leftover candidates will be
allotted to their second choice of lab, so posting will be based on merit cum choice

zindaa laash
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my email id is .shubham.bdh@gmail.com

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how many of you are prep. for civil services too, suppose a situation arises in interview where they question our loyalty towards the org.
since well be leaving them in case of our selection in civil services. so how u guys going to deal with such situation/question?

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tell them clearly

Naveen Kumar Singh

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As the persons in front of us in interview panel are experts of their fields including one Psychologist, there in no need to deal with
such situation by saying this and that. The very simple solution is to clearly say them that till we would be serving in there
organisation, we will give our hundred percent. However, as growth is very common tendency of we human being, i will definately
switch for that better option.
Pls share your comments also.

ajit singh
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hii!!if sum1 has given the case intvw earlier please share your experience.what will be probably asked.wat are ther expectations..can the lab
opted during application be changed now..

ajit singh
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has anyone got any idea as to when exactly the interviews may start ..
if so please share

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any tips for Resume?

Prajwal Rai
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what do you need the resume for?

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I thought we need to carry CV or something for the interview. So that they can ask questions based on that information

Prajwal Rai
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i dont think they r gonna ask for it.no public sector job interview goes that wayif they wud require something of tat sort
probably they wud provide a format of the same which we wud have to submit to them before interviewdun worry for the
resume as of now.

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What is the actual job profile. Based on this, we can prepare for interview. Can anybody clarify please?

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clerical job .. grade C band ..

santosh kumar
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when is going to start interview? anyone has got interview date please share

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interview details mailed to candidates ..following link has details
interviews delayed

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i have interview on 31 august.anyone from bangalore having interview on this date? my mail id..muralidharchavan89@gmail.com

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what type of questions will be there in interview..anybody have any idea please sharecandidates who have interview on 19,20,23first 3-4
days please share the experience..

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I have selected to intvw of csir case. my qualification is BE,MBA, PGDIBO, UGC NET, also research scholar of IISc.. Got to know some
picture about job profile of case. Please advice me that how far it is good to opt for this job if I get selected. Also CS aspirant.
My intvw is scheduled on 30th August. Im from Bangalore.
Thanks a lot for ur valuable information.

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ita a clerical job , non officer profile.
non technical .. grade c

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Is it a clerical job? then why people with good academic profiles are interested here? How is it diff from other clerical jobs?

Mango people
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Looking at the guys qualification ^^ I have a feeling,the only people left out in the list of aspirants for this job are the nobel lauretes.

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haha .. good one

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HahaNahi yaar kuch mere jaise bekar engineer bhi hai is list me

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haha .. too good .. me too

Sunil M
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Is anyone from Bangalore having interview on 24th August?

Mango people
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@ sunil M : I took the test from Bangalore,but I am from Kerala.

Abhijeet Shukla
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Join this google group for interview preparation.

Anurag Sharma
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Anyone please clarify grade pay of Assistant in CSIR is Rs. 4600/- as Assistants of CSS or Rs 4200/- as advertised.


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it is 4200/-

Any Idea
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Anyone please clarify, For those who have qualified for interview, do we need to submit no objection letter from current employee if we are
working for Private company ?

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not needed

Any Idea
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Hi Anand, Are you sure..? Since it is not explicitly mentioned in interview details document

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In all other govt exam they mention explicitly that only Public sector and govt jobs employee need to bring NOC.By the way Private
company will not provide NOC .

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no not required for private company employees

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Thank you all:)

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