[Studyplan] CSIR CASE Combined Administrative Service Exam: Booklist, Strategy, Studymaterial Download PDFs

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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

  1. Scheme of exam
  2. CSIR CASE Paper I
    1. Reasoning (20 Qs)
    2. Maths (20 Qs)
    3. Constitution of India (20 Qs)
    4. General Awareness
  3. Paper II: CCS+HR+Management+PubAD
    1. Topic #1: Central Civil Service (CCS)
    2. Topic #2: HRM (40qs)
    3. Topic#3: Management
    4. Topic #4: PubAd
  4. Unwanted Tips
  5. Appendix: Free CSIR/CASE Study Material (Download Links)
    1. General Awareness: NCERTs/NIOS
    2. Download Material: CCS, HRM, PubAD
  6. Previous papers and Cut offs

Scheme of exam

  1. Any graduate can apply Click me for Age limit-Syllabus
  2. Last date of application: 15 January 2013: Click ME to apply
  3. Negative marking=Yes (Minus 0.25 marks per wrong question)
  4. Descriptive paper or Essay =No.
CSIR CASE EXam Structure

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


Reasoning (20 Qs)

  1. Do minimum 15 sums for all chapters from RS Agarwal’s 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 Agarwal’s 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)

EnglishIndian Polity  by M.Laxmikanth
HindiBharat 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 you’ve done reading Laxmikanth, solve all the MCQ questions given at the end of that book.

General Awareness (40 Qs)

General ScienceNCERT Science Textbook Class 7 to 10
Scientific Research
  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 PolityLolz again mentioned. Anyways same Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth
Current EventsNewspaper. (Hindu or Indian Express).Monthly Current Affairs from Competitionmaster.com (Start from Jan 2012)

Please note:

  1. The CSIR notification doesn’t 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). Don’t 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 don’t think that newspaper reading is meant for IAS exam only.

Paper I: Part B English (50Qs)

ComprehensionPractice. 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 don’t prepare at all (if you’re good at it).
Preposition, fill in the blanks
Synonym, antonyms
Sentence correction
Punctuation, idioms, phrases

Also follow the discussions on Pagalguy forum’s 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.


topicNo. of QsSource
Central Civil Service (CCS) Rules, Manuals etc.60
  • PDF compilation given @bottom.
Human Resource  Management (HR) related40
  • IGNOU BA, MA PDF files. Download given @bottom
 Management (MBA) related25
  • IGNOU MBA coursebook, but download not given @bottom.
Public Administration25
  • Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth
  • Selective Study of IGNOU BA (Public Administraion): Download links given at bottom.

Now let’s 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.I’ve compiled the topicwise PDF files (links @bottom).

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.
  • You’ve 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. I’ve compiled the IGNOU PDF files those selective topics. Download link given @bottom (HRM_CSIR.zip file). Only 2 topics missing

  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. They’ve 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 I’ve compiled the PDFs mostly from MPA-014 (and not the PGDHRM course).
  • But if you’ve 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 IGNOU’s MBA booklets. Goto this link: School of Management Studies (http://www.egyankosh.ac.in/handle/123456789/9

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 won’t 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).

TopicPreparation source
Executive, Parliament, Judiciary – structure, functions, work processesRelevant topics from Laxmikanth’s Polity book.
Cabinet Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Central SecretariatIGNOU zip file given @bottom
Ministries and Departments, Machinery of Planning
Planning Commission and the National Development CouncilChapter 44, 45 Laxmikanth’s Polity Book.IGNOU zip file given @bottom
Union-State Administrative, legislative and financial relationsChapter 13 Laxmikanth’s Polity Book.
Role of the Finance Commission,Chapter 37 Laxmikanth’s Polity Book.
Governor, Chief Minister, Council of Ministers,Chapter 24, 25 and 26 Laxmikanth’s Polity Book.
Chief Secretary, State Secretariat, DirectoratesIGNOU zip file given @bottom
Parliament control of public expenditure,Chapter 22 Laxmikanth’s Polity book
Role of Finance MinistryIGNOU zip file given @bottom
Panchayati Raj, Urban Local Government,Chapter 30 and 31 Laxmikanth’s Polity book
Values in Public Service,Lolz. Ethics, participation etc. either use egyankosh or just skip the damn topic.
Ministries and Departments,Laxmikanth’s PubAd Book
Corporations, Companies, BoardsIGNOU @bottom + this articlehttp://mrunal.org/2012/04/economy-different-types-of-companies.html
Executive, Legislature and Judicial control over administrationScattered around in IGNOU + Laxmikanth.
Citizen’s Charters, Right to Information, Social Audit,
  1. R.T.I from IGNOU zipfile.
  2. And for Citizen’s charters, Social audit, wait for a few days, I’ll write article.
Delegated legislation
  1. Wait for a few days, I’ll write an article on that.
Administrative Tribunals
  1. Chapter 54 Laxmikanth’s Polity Book
  2. IGNOU zip file given @bottom

Side Note

Those CSIR aspirants, who’re simultaneously preparing for UPSC /State PSC (RAS, Punjab etc) with Public Administration optional subject:

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.) don’t 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 you’re 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 topic.)
  • for NCERT and M.Laxmikanth: no need to maintain notes as such, just revise them often.
  • You may use Mrunal’s Autonotemaker to quickly prepare notes out of PDF Files (provided that you’ve Microsoft XP Operating System).
  • HR, MBA topics don’t stay in long term memory= frequent revision necessary.
  • Current affairs preparation beyond a level= diminishing rate of returns.
  • And most importantly, don’t push your luck by ticking doubtful questions, just to cross some imaginary cutoffs, else you’ll lose in negative marking.

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

General Awareness: NCERTs/NIOS
All of them available under Mrunal.org/download
Download Links: CCS, HRM, PubAD (english Medium)

Name of the TopicServer (use any one)Zip FileSize
Server#1: Google DriveServer #2: Dropbox
  1. CCS
  1. Human Resource
  1. Public Administration

Technical details

How to use Google Drive

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

Previous papers and Cut offs

(although I’m filing R.T.I to get previous papers and cutoffs but) there are three reasons why they won’t be of much help:

  1. In 2009’s recruitment round, they did not have negative marking system.
  2. In 2009’s 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.

Mrunal recommends

  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books 4 History,Geo,Sci
  2. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  3. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  4. Maths: Quantam CAT Sarvesh Kumar
  5. Objective General English SP Bakshi
  6. Word Power made Easy -Norman Lowe
  7. Topic wise Solved Paperset by Disha

1,095 Comments on “[Studyplan] CSIR CASE Combined Administrative Service Exam: Booklist, Strategy, Studymaterial Download PDFs”

  1. Murnal Sir I would like to see you helping for cracking this one of the India’s challenging exam Plz always be with us. Sorry ask out preparation sir, I am not able to the payment gateway of CSIR exam I tried their number but I did not get any response Plz help me.

  2. Some people are posting 24th feb as exam date but on 224th feb MP pCS is scheduled. How can they clash with the exam date. it is injustice to students. Mrunal sir please guide and advice? any neews regarding exam?plz………..

  3. Whats wrong with the entire domain of csir. I have been trying for so many days but I just cannot get through the site. The last date for the filling should be increased as site is not responding.!!! CSIR be warned or be ready for…

  4. due to some error i m unable to make payment. I even tried at 12:30 a.m. .please help me. please………..

  5. please tell me the exam date 24th feb is conformed.please reply fast

    1. date is rescheduled to 31.03

  6. Please reply my concern, Mrunal
    The UPSC special advt for Asst labour commission, I have done BBA and I do not have diploma but have studied HRM as a subject. Can I apply for the post or not?????????

  7. sir, i have completed PG in sociology, can i apply for Asst labour commission (upsc Spl advt)?

  8. Some people are posting 24th feb as exam date but on 24th feb MP pCS is scheduled. How can they clash with the exam date. it is injustice to students. Mrunal sir please guide and advice? any neews regarding exam?plz………..

  9. Sir, when this exam will be held?

  10. Sir,I have applied for the post of Assistant (GENERAL)Grade 1 and not for Assistant finance and accounts nor for Assistant Store and Purchase ,am I still required to study for paper two as I have done B.C.A and i am not aware about these subjects like ERP,or CCS rules. Please reply as soon as possible and oblige me.Thanks in advance

  11. Sir,I have applied for the post of Assistant (GENERAL)Grade 1 and not for Assistant finance and accounts nor for Assistant Store and Purchase ,am I still required to study for paper two as I have done B.C.A and i am not aware about these subjects like ERP,or CCS rules. Please reply as soon as possible and oblige me.Thanks in advance

  12. IS “insider’s info ” information about exam date(24-02-2013) confirmed,if yes ,then ask from them about pattern of exam 2009.please inform when confirmed.

    1. Exam Postponed to 31.03.2013

      1. would both papers be on different dates or on same

  13. dear sir,

    i cant find a link for downloading NIOS sections books .

  14. Sir,I can’t downlode ccs,public ad.hrm from website help me please. thanks

    1. you can buy books for CCS and Manual office procedure from book stores selling govt publications

      1. can u recommnd publicato name book

  15. @insiderinfo: why are u confusing people? first u say 24th feb now 30th march??
    why so? hw u get the info? I would request if dnt knw then plz go create havoc

    1. earliar exam was scheduled 24.2 but now it is rescheduled to 31.3, not creating havoc just updating with the info i had

      1. insider info: dats wat i am saying hw u knw abt exam dates if it is not yetdeclared?

  16. Thank u sir!!!…for such a Wonderful educational information>>….I have filled the form of CSIR-CASE 2013 but i don’t know about when they will conduct the exam so if it is possible then please reply us…please please……exact exam date…:)

  17. sir while downloading public AD and HRM files,
    “Sorry, we are unable to scan this file for viruses.

    The file exceeds the maximum size that we scan.”
    —the above error has been faced .so kindly,send me by mail…
    —MRUNAL sir,,cordially thanx for,, showing the path for cracking adminstrative career..

  18. @ Ritwik,Insider Info-
    please tell what is the suitable answer to why do you want to prefer this job question?
    Keeping in view that we are joining it for the sake of future preparations for the civils,
    because direct mention of it will throw you out…yes it is purely subjective in nature …still any safe answers to it(the question…why to join csir…!?. me being an b.tech in computer science graduate preparing for civils )..!?
    Please do reply.

    1. u may site bogus reasons, any family reasons etc.

      1. Hi . are you on facebook ? I ve some questions regarding CSIR. do you work here?

    2. first reach the interview stage then you can think about good answers…

  19. Hello Sir i wanted to know what does ERP stand for. Is it employee referral program or enterprise resource planning…
    Also i would like to know what important points should i focus in Manual of office procedures>>> Please sir i urgently need to know all this…kindly help.

    1. Enterprise REsource Planning, For MoP u may see previous year question paper frm various ministries govt organisations

      1. Nishi Sharmaji

        Can u provide us the links

  20. S “insider’s info ” information about exam date(24-02-2013) confirmed or postponded to 31/3/13 plz specify correct date of exam.

    1. it has been postponed to 31 march

      1. Hi ritwik. are you on facebook ? I ve some questions regarding CSIR. do you work here?

  21. any info about the Section officer vacancy/advt.?

  22. very informative . . . thank u for the descriptive info . .

  23. Sir

    Thanks for a very detailed and exhaustive information. When can we expect the previous question papers related to case. Especially for MOP, CCS, SR&FR and GFR rules, these papers may be informative.

    Thanks once again for the valuable advice

  24. CASE 2013 Examination date??????


  25. please send old papers with answers

  26. Sir I have applied for Assistant Grade 1, I need model papers to prepare for the exam please send me

  27. to know what is the paper pattern for csir,plz sir can i get the previous exam papers of csir held earlier.

  28. sir plz tell me whether csir case is suitable for btech gradutes.?

  29. very very thanks to u sir

  30. sir , waht is the EXAMINATION DATE OF Combined Administrative Services Examination 2013

  31. sir , please provide notes for Management/ IT topiclist.I cant find it.please

  32. I came across a POPULAR MASTER GUIDE for CSIR CASE. Will this book be useful for preparation??

    Kindly attach links for ERP. Its pretty hard to search it on internet and reference.

    1. Anup, you can check ignou website egyankosh, and search for those topics

      1. Thank U Singnamala :)

  33. Dear Sirs,

    First of all, thank you very much for all you support and help you are providing to all the student who are preparing for different exams. I would like to ask you if it is necessary to achieve the minimum passing marks in each subject or if the whole Paper I or Paper II need to be cleared regardless of what so ever marks I obtained in a particular subject.

    Waiting for your reply.
    Thanks in advance

    1. SSC Notification page 18: “Commission will have full discretion to fix separate minimum qualifying marks in each of the papers in Tier II.

  34. Mrunal Sir….

    I Love U… :)

    Thank U Very Much… U Rock :) Hats Off….

  35. thanking for sharing infor about csir case 2013

  36. cutoff of CGL tier is 331 out off 400?
    mrunal sir plz reply

  37. sir how to read chapters from lakxmikanth’s polity book like if am reading panchayati raj then what are the probable questions that might come in the exam

  38. can u suggest me some books name fr dis CSIR CASE xam?

  39. @insider info, ritwik, nishi, mrunal sir
    any info about the Section officer vacancy/advt.?
    exam pattern? plz reply..

  40. hey mrunal sir..is there any single comprehensive guide book available for CASE(CSIR)exam….please help…

    1. such exams are not taken at regular interval, so whatever ‘book’ comes in market is mostly assembled stuff=doesn’t help.
      just stick to the standard sources.

      1. is it true that it will be almost a clerical level post?

  41. Hello Sir, I need comprehensive guide book available for CASE(CSIR)exam…plz help me…

  42. Dear Sir,

    Please advice from where I can get the previous year paper for CASE(CSIR).

    Thanks in advance

  43. sir please give me information about CSIR exam date please please………….

  44. Dear Sir,
    The way u are guiding students its commendable.thanx a lot for it.
    I wanted to kno one thing,in CSIR-CASE xam there will b two papers.both the xams wud b on one day only?
    or paper-1 on one day n paper-2 on some another day?
    pls reply

    Best Regards,
    Kate semm

  45. sir, i am simple gratuate bsc (math,phy) student. i have applied for assistant general (not other). i want to know which one paper 1st or 2nd , or both paper for me… reply pl sir

    1. For any post, you have to appear both paper 1 & 2


  47. is ssc-cgl better than csir case-2013??

    1. ssc-cgl or case-2013 or sbi po which one is better career option

      1. Go for PO as standard, future prospects, payscale, workin envrmnt etc are much better than cgl or case…

        1. thanks exburent
          as i will appear for upsc in 2014 .for preparation of upsc which job would be better.

  48. ssc interview posts are far better than po but po is better than ssc non interview posts and case.

  49. Bro considering future growth,job profile,salary,promotion etc…PO is better …even from assistants n income tax ones…just my opinion…acc 2 my experience n expertise…no offence man

  50. Go for CGL …but remember u cn neva b sure of Upsc… Newayz gud luk…

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