- Structure is Review Officer Exam?
- Brief Analysis of 2010’s paper (GA/GK)
- Environment related
- Government Schemes
- Misc.GK / Person in News (PIN)/ Sports/ Award
- Hindi Grammar, Vocabulary Paper (60m)
- Piecemeal preparation =#Epicfail
- Free study material, Download links
- It is a non-interview exam, selection based on written score only.
- Exam has two stages: prelim + mains
- Prelim stage Contains two papers
|GA/GK+Maths & Reasoning||Hindi language|
|140 MCQ||60 MCQ|
|2 hrs||1 hr|
||Hindi Vocabulary and grammar. Check the attached paper and you’ll get the idea.|
|Polity+ Government schemes||16|
- The structure/skeleton is similar to CAPF (Assistant commandant exam). Majority of questions from general studies and a few question from maths+reasoning.
- Topicwise breakup is somewhat similar to UPSC prelims of early 2000 -in the sense that major emphasis used to be on History and Geography.
- Question difficulty level bit easier than SSC CGL. But there is a sharp difference: SSC-CGL gives special focus on science, this one doesn’t.
- Economy is entirely current affairs based.
- History is GK based.
- Maths-reasoning is very basic level. (Walk in the park compared to CGL/IBPS).
Anyways, let’s see how to approach individual topics:
Can be further classified into:
|Ancient||Buddhism, Jainism, Harappa, Asoka, Maurya etc|
|Medieval||Delhi sultanate, Mughals etc.|
|Modern||British raj, freedom struggle.|
|Culture||Various religion, caves, paintings, classical music, dance|
In the review officer, the History MCQs are Mostly GK type. In terms of cost benefit ratio, priority order=Modern > Ancient > Medieval.
For Modern History (British Raj, Freedom struggle,) don’t waste time on NCERT because they don’t cover the GK related to various congress sessions, contribution of freedom fighters or dates etc. Therefore, directly prepare Modern History with any one of the following depending on your convenience:
- Lucent General knowledge book
- Spectrum’s Brief History of Modern India OR
- General Studies Manual (if you already have it. There is no need to specifically buy it for this exam)
Multiple revision is essential. Here are some demo questions on Modern Indian history/freedom struggle from earlier exam
Once that is done, prepare ancient and Medieval from Lucent’s GK book or from General Studies Manual,
but don’t waste time on minute details.
|Medieval||Contribution of kings+ who defeated whom.|
|Culture||NIOS material given but do only if you’ve spare time. This exam usually focuses on major events rather than on culture as far as history is concerned.|
Demo Questions from earlier exam
Can be sub-classified into
|Priority||Geography type:||What does it contain (From Review officer exam point of view?)|
||Mineral resources, rivers, mountain-passes etc.|
||Mostly Economic geography including CENSUS 2011.|
||Overlaps with Physical +Indian.Types of soil, horticulture, cropping seasons, methods etc.|
||stars-planets, Earth, weather, atmosphere, erosion, ocean-current etc.|
||People-occupation, industrial-mining regions, climate-jungle etc.|
- high priority=Uttar Pradesh’s Geography, India’s geography, Agro related
- Low priority=physical and world.
Example questions from earlier exam
They also asked some assertion reasoning type questions. Therefore first prepare following chapters from NCERTs
|Geography Topic||NCERT class||Chapter|
|9||1, 2 and 4|
|11||1 and 2|
|12||7 to 12|
|12||1 to 4|
+ Also prepare ch.30 from India Yearbook, it gives lot of info on various Indian states, their geography, wildlife etc. (You don’t need to specifically buy the latest edition for Review Officer, just use India 2011 PDF-its Free download link given @bottom)
- Physical geography of UP e.g. rivers, tributaries, hills, soil types, rainfall in various regions.
- GK related to districts
- Total # of many districts?
- biggest and smallest district in terms of area and population
- Which district was formed/renamed recently?
- Economic geography of UP
- Famous cities/towns for handicraft, manufacturing etc.
- location of mineral deposits
- thermal and nuclear power stations
- major crops and crop producing areas
- New initiatives regarding solar energy etc.
- +location of Divisional HQs of Railways, army etc.
- Important state / central government institutions, famous old colleges, important centers of freedom struggle etc.
but, Where to gather all this information?
- Uttar Pradesh State education board’ textbooks for social science/geography
- Arihant Publication has released a book called Uttar Pradesh Digdarshan
- Official websites of respective departments of UP State government.
Sample questions from earlier exam
Use internet to dig information related Census 2011, with specific reference to Uttar Pradesh. here is what I got from UP government’s official site
|Population (As per census 2011 Provisional data)||19,95,81,477|
|(a)Males (As per census 2011 )||10,45,96, 415|
|b)Females (As per census 2011 )||94, 985,062|
|Decennial Growth rate (2001-2011) (As per census 2011 )||20.09 percent|
|Sex Ratio (As per census 2011 )||908 per thousand|
|Density (persons per sq. km.) (As per census 2011 )||828 per thousand|
|Child Population (0-6 years) (As per census 2011 )||29,728,235|
|Child sex ratio (0-6 years) (As per census 2011 ))||899 per thousand|
|Total Literacy rate-|
|a)Male Literacy||79.24 percent|
|b)Female Literacy||59.26 percent|
|Cities & Towns||689|
|Members of Lok Sabha from U.P.||80|
|Members of Rajya Sabha from U.P.||30|
|Members of U.P. Legislative Assembly||404|
|Members of U.P. Legislative Council||100|
Here are some demo questions from earlier exam:
- According to the census 2001, Female : Male Ratio in Uttar Pradesh was
- 878 females per thousand males
- 898-females per thousand males
- 918 females per thousand males
- 928 females per thousand males
- Based on 2001 census which one of the following statements about Uttar Pradesh is not correct?
- Rural population is 79-21 per cent of the total population of the state
- Male literacy rate is 68-8 per cent
- It ranks twelfth (12th) in India in terms of density of population
- The district with lowest population is Mahoba
Source for World Geography preparation
|NCERT class||Chapter #|
|8||1, 3, 5 and 6|
|12 (fundamentals of Human geography)||1 to 4, 6 to 10|
After that Lucent’s GK book depending on time left
|12 (Fundamentals of Human Geography)||5|
Official syllabus mentions
“World Geography, and Geography and Natural Resources of India.”
- Official syllabus doesn’t talk about physical geography. Even in earlier exam, barely 1-2 questions from topics associated with physical geography. So, There is not much point in preparing this topic in detail.
- Still if you have time and want to prepare, then go through the NCERTs. (download folder @bottom, already contains separate zip file for physical geography).
Some questions from earlier exam:
For the foundation /base material is NIOS (free download links @bottom).
also do following NCERT chapters
|7||1 to 6|
|11 (india)||4 and 5|
|11 (Physical)||15 and 16|
|8||7 and 18|
|10||14 to 16|
+ GK related to wildlife parks, national sanctuaries of India and the animals found in it via Lucent GK/ Internet (with specific emphasis on Uttar Pradesh).
Let’s check some questions from previous paper
|Which one of the following is nor a Directive Principle of State Policy?
||The idea of Fundamental Rights in the Indian Constitution has been borrowed from the
|Which of the following are covered by the 73rd (seventy-third) Amendment?
Select the correct answer from the code given below :
|The Vice-President of India :
Select the correct answer from the code given below
- Read Indian polity by M.Laxmikanth. For Hindi medium, the same book is available under the title “Bharat ki Rajyavyavstha, M.Laxmikanth”.
- India Yearbook chapter number 3 and 20. (You don’t need to specifically buy the latest edition for Review Officer, just use India 2011 PDF-its Free download link given @bottom)
Here are some tips on how to Laxmikanth’s book efficiently and get a good grip over the polity within a short period of time?
Don’t study the book in a linear fashion (that is chapter 1,2,3,4…sequence)
Instead I suggest you read the book in following direction:
- First you read the chapter on President, Vice President and immediately move to the chapter on governor. Then read on Emergency provisions.
- Read chapter on PM and cabinet, then move to CM and state council of Ministers.
- Chapter on “Parliamentary system” and then directly to parliament, but after budget topic is done pause this chapter and move to on CAG. Then come back and resume the chapter on parliament.
- Once parliament is finished, move to State legislative assembly.
- Supreme Court and then High court, tribunals.
- Attorney Gen =>Advocate General
- UPSC =>State PSC
- Finance Commission =>Planning Commission=>Nat.Development council
- Now Centre State relation and Interstate relations.
- Election Commission=> chapter on election, Anti-defection
- All the National Commissions on Women, SC, ST,OBC, CVC, Lokpal and so on.
Once ^this is done. Move to
- Citizenship, Fundamental rights, DPSP, duties.
- Amendment of Constitution=> preamble
- Jammu Kashmir => Scheduled and Tribal Areas.
- UT, Panchayati Raj, municipalities
After ^this is done. Read whatever chapters are remaining. Ultimately
- Appendix for union-state-concurrent list, table of precedence etc.
- the mock MCQ questions given in Laxmikanth
UP related Polity
also memorize the number of seats of UP’s Vidhan sabha, Vidhan Parishad,
and seats in Rajya-Sabha, Lok Sabha.
Sample questions from earlier exams:
Most of the Government schemes are covered in my following articles (click on the following links)
- [Economic Survey Ch13] Human Development (Part 4 of 4): Physically Disabled, Elderly, Nomadic, Denotified Tribes, Drug junkies and Beggars
- [Economic Survey Ch13] Human Development (Part 3 of 4): Women and Child Development, Saksham, Priyadarshini, Dhanlaxmi & yes ofcourse SABLA
- [Economic Survey Ch13] Human Development (Part 2 of 4): SC, ST, OBC, Minorities: welfare schemes, 12th FYP targets
- [Rights issue] Education: Government schemes, organizations, SABLA, NPEGEL, Jalmani, Bal Shree, mock questions
- [Public Health] Current Affairs 2012-13: Government schemes, Policies, Yearbook stuff (Part 1 of 3)
In earlier exam, they asked all Economy questions from current affairs only. For example:
- go through the economic survey articles on Mrunal.org/economy
- +magazine issues but don’t waste lot of time in mugging up numbers (because economy is not a major portion of this exam)
Some questions from earlier exam:
As you can see this is very basic level Science. Just use NCERTs class 7 to 10
|Physics||7||4, 13 to 15|
|8||11 to 16|
|9||8 to 12|
|10||10,12 and 13|
|8||3 to 6|
|9||1 to 4|
|10||1 to 5|
|Biology||7||1 and 2, 10 to 12|
|8||2, 8, 9 and 10|
|9||5 to 7 and 13|
|10||6 to 9 and 11|
Let’s look at some samples from earlier exam
As you can see very basic level questions are asked. So maths becomes a “no-excuse, must-be-prepared”
understand the theory/concepts from the sources mentioned in following table.
|Avg and Ratios||Wine-Water mixture (Alligations)||Can be solved without formula. read this article click me|
|Simple Average||Just practice sums from your quantitative aptitude book.|
|Ratio-Proportion-variations||For ratio-proportion NCERT Class 8 Chap 13.|
|Partnership||Can be solved without formula. read this article, click me|
||All of them can be solved effortlessly, with just one Universal STD formula.Explained in various articles of Mrunal.org/aptitude|
|Mensuration||Area, Volume, Perimeter||
|%||Profit, loss, market price, discount||
|Simple interest (SI), compound interest (CI), population growth||
Maths ignore these topics
- coordinate geometry
- Geometry theory except the area, volume, perimeter (AVP).
- quadratic equations
Above topics are important for SSC-CGL, CDS and CAT but rarely asked in other exams- particularly in State PCS recruitments.
- in the earlier exam, they’ve asked very basic level rasoning questions, from number-sequence series, coding-decoding, direction based test + non-verbal reasoning.
- the Recommended Book is as usual: RS Aggarwal’s Modern Approach to verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Then the question is, how to prepare reasoning in systematic manner in the given time? Do it in following manner:
- This includes: Direction sense test, Sitting arrangement (rectangle, circular, building, lecture schedules etc.) and blood relations.
- I club them together because in all of them you’ve to make rough diagram / chart / table to solve it.
- Here is the order in which they should be prepared:
|Sr.No||Topic||RS Aggarwal Chapter No.|
|1.||Direction Sense Test.||8|
|2.||Sitting arrangement: circular||6|
|3.||Sitting arrangement: rectangle||6|
|4.||Sitting arrangement: “table” based e.g. lecture schedules, job-car-cloth color, building-car-newspaper etc.||6|
coding n series
|Sr.No||Topic||RS Aggarwal Chapter No.|
|2.||Alpha-numeric sequence puzzle||11|
Analogy, odd man
|Sr.No||Topic||RS Aggarwal Chapter No.|
|2.||Oddmen out||3 (chapter title is “Classification”)|
- Also do practice the non-verbal (image based) questions given at the end part of his book.
- Once this is done, get an overview of other chapters of the books, depending on time left.
Your primary focus area should be those static topics (History, polity, geography, science) because
- cost: benefit ratio of static portion is good
- You don’t need to tick 100% questions to clear the prelims
- There is no end to Misc.GK/PIN etc.
But that doesn’t mean, you should totally skip Misc.GK because many of such questions in review officer can be solved by following the conventional news coverage. Observe the questions from earlier exam:
Person in news
Places in News
- I’ve published Person in News compilation from 2012 to March 2013 click me
- Copy paste it in MS Word file.
- After that, goto library, read whatever competitive magazine you get (CST, Pratiyoigta, Chronicle, Wizard) and note down important names/details.
- Continue updating the details in the MS Word file and revise it often.
- So far in this article, we saw how to approach General studies + aptitude=total 140 questions.
- But apart from that, you’ll have to face a separate Hindi paper for 60 questions. The 2010’s prelim paper given @bottom. Go through its question.
- You’ll see that MCQs are based on Grammar and vocabulary of Hindi.
- Also observe that “instruction page” of the question paper doesn’t mention anything about negative marking (=meaning you should tick all answers)
- Do the class 10 guide/digest/grammar book from UP State education board. If you’ve nothing, use IGNOU’s foundation course. (free download link @bottom)
- Similarly go through Hindi grammar book/dictionary for list of idioms-phrases, synonyms-antonyms.
- Your reading-revision should be on continuous basis until you get your dream job or permanently retire from giving competitive exams.
- But, often candidates pause their preparation in between the exams.
- for example, suppose they gave SSC CGL / SBI PO in May 2013, then for June-2013, they just wait for result, don’t study anything, thinking “result aane do, baad mein dekhenge.”
- Even if they had real difficulty in English / reasoning portion of such previous exam, still they don’t do anything…“apnaa number lag hi jaayega, why should we bother?”
- Until result is announced, they remain in the ‘vacation mood’, waste time in loitering around with friends, spending days in marriage functions of distant relatives, watching (fixed) cricket matches, surfing facebook, youtube, etc.etc.etc.
- If this candidate fails in those above exams, then he’ll not study at all, until some new exam notification comes (for example this UP review officer etc.) He’ll not even try to analyses what went wrong and why did he fail in the earlier exam……“meri koi galti nahi thi”
- Even for new exam, he’ll start serious reading only after receiving the hallticket. He already has good collection of books/magazines but he never bothers to touch them.
- He lives in overconfidence, “I’ve prepared this GK/aptitude already in the last exam, so I know everything, bas exam ke 2-3 week pehle ek baar dekh lungaa.”
- These type of candidates never succeed in any exam. They get stuck at one stage or another, because India’s population is so high, there is always someone more desperate and hardworking for that job.
So, never underestimate the level of competition, whether it is IAS recruitment or clerk’s recruitment, whether they’ve 30 vacancies or 300 vacancies: Continuous reading, revision and practice is essential.
Courtsey Mr.csl80 for providing these question papers and inputs.
|Uttar Pradesh Review Office 2010 Prelim GS paper||Just goto following link and download whatever you need from the online folderhttps://files.secureserver.net/0fXHELf3EHlGfF|
|Uttar Pradesh Review Office 2010 Prelim Hindi paper|
|Uttar Pradesh Review Office 2008 Prelim GS paper|
|Uttarakhand Review Officer Question Papers (for extra practice)|
|Official Notification contains info on mains syllabus etc.|
Go to following link: https://files.secureserver.net/0fHCh0CLd6Az63
you’ll find the material organized in various folders. Click on individual folder and download zip files. Here is the description about the contents of individual folder:
|History||Not much important for UP review Officer because questions are GK type.Contains NCERT history chapters from class 7 to 12, in three zip files: ancient, medieval and Modern
+NIOS Culture material.
|Science||Contains class 7 to 10 NCERT Science in three zips: physics, chemistry, biology.+NIOS Science material. (although there will be lot of overlapping)|
|EnB||Contains selective chapters from class 6 to 12 from science and geography textbooks that are relevant for Environment and biodiversity.+NIOS material for environment and biodiversity EnB.|
|Economy||Contains NCERT class 11 + NCERT 12 Macro economics+NIOS economy material.|
|Geography||Contains NCERT class 6 to 12 in five zip folders: physical, India, World, Agro and glossary.+NIOS material on geography (although lot of overlapping)|
NCERT Maths Textbooks
|Mathematics Class 8||Download|
|Mathematics Class 9||Download|
|Mathematics Class 10||Download|
- Earlier government used to upload free PDF files for India yearbook (e.g. India 2010, India 2011 etc.)
- But for the Review Officer prelims, you should prepare a few static topics for it, from MCQ point of view. so, just download the India 2011 edition click me
And read chapter following chapters
- 1.Land and the People
- 2.National Symbols
- 3.The Polity (for polity)
- 20 Justice and Law (for polity segment)
- 30. State and UT (for geography related questions)
courtsey again Mr.Csl80 for this information.
- OTHER BACKWARD CLASS:147
- PHYSICALLY HANDICAPED:130