18 April 2011: The central recruiting agency, Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is planning to introduce a Common Screening Test (CST), just like in GRE. The score of the candidate acquired in this test will determine the jobs or grades he is suitable for, like clerks, probationary officer or write for IAS officer. The test is at matric, higher secondary and at graduate levels. This score is eligible for 2 years.
This pattern of test will reduce the need of the candidates to attend multiple tests. In case of the candidates applying for UPSC civil services exam, the need to write the prelims will be eliminated as these CST scores will directly qualify the candidate for mains. The certificate will be sent directly to candidate’s address and a duplicate copy can be downloaded from the official website.
The test will be for two hours and will contain objective type questions. There will be 50 questions in each sections of English, general awareness, Mathematics and general intelligence. The proposal is yet to be approved by Center.
Source: Deccan chronicle