List of Competitive Exams After Graduation in Commerce

Last Updated on February 19, 2019

Competitive Exams After Graduation in Commerce

Are you a Commerce graduate who’s looking for future career prospects?

If your answer is yes, then you are in the right place.

There are tons of opportunities for you in India which includes several competitive examinations. These competitive examinations are your gateways for a better, brighter, and secure future.

Here are some of the top Competitive Exams After Graduation in Commerce in India along with their respective eligibility criteria.

UPSC Civil Services examination

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is one of India’s best central recruiting bodies.  It conducts examinations for all India services and Group A and Group B of Central Services and also appoints suitable candidates for these positions.

UPSC Civil Services exam is a national level screening examination conducted by UPSC for recruitment of various posts under the government of India such as IPS, IAS, and IRS, etc.

Here are is the eligibility criteria:

  1. Candidate must lie in the age limit of 21 to 32 years.
  2. Candidates must possess a Graduate degree from a recognized university.
  3. The number of attempts should not cross 6 for General Category until the age of 32, 9 for OBC candidates until the age of 35, and unlimited attempts for SC/ST candidates until the age of 37.

The examination is conducted in two levels: Preliminary and Mains. If a candidate passes these two stages successfully, then he/she must face the interview round.

The preliminary exam consists of two papers-General Studies paper-1 and General Studies Paper-2. Both these papers have multiple choice questions and are set in Hindi and English.

Both the papers are scored for 200 marks each and must be completed within 2 hours of stipulated time.

The candidates who qualify in the preliminary exam are eligible to attend the Mains examination. This exam is conducted for 1750 marks and has nine papers in total out of which only these 7 are considered for computing the final rank- Essay, General Studies-1, General Studies-2, General Studies-3, General Studies-4, optional paper 1, optional subject-Paper 1, optional subject – Paper 2.

The other two papers- Paper A- one of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the eight schedules of the Indian constitution and Paper B-English must be cleared and is not considered for the final ranking.

Candidates who clear both Prelims and Mains are eligible to attend the interviews which assess the mental caliber and other skills.

SSC CGL Examination

The Staff Selection Commission conducts the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exam to recruit for Group B and Group C posts in various departments which come under the Government of India.

The examination is held in four tiers: Preliminary, Mains, Descriptive paper, and Computer Proficiency test.

The eligibility criteria for this examination are:

  1. Candidate must be a citizen of India and should have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
  2. There are a different set of age limits for different posts in SSC CGL exam.

The application fee for the exam is 100 rupees. SC, ST, Physically Challenged, Ex-Serviceman and female candidates are exempted from paying this fee.

The Preliminary exam has the following four sections: General Intelligence reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative aptitude, and English Comprehension. Each section carries 50 marks each and has a total of 100 objective multiple choice questions. There is a negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer.

The Mains examination consists of four sections: Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics, and General Studies (Finance and Economics). The first two sections are mandatory for all candidates, and the remaining two are for candidates who have applied for the post of JSO and Assistant Audit/Accounts officer.

Each section is for 200 marks each.

A negative mark for each wrong answer of 0.5 is applicable in section 1, 3, and 4 and 0.25 for each wrong answer in section 2.

The third tier is a descriptive paper is for 100 marks which can be written either in Hindi or in English. This consists of essay writing, letter writing, and application writing.

The fourth tier of the examination in Computer Proficiency test/Skill test which assesses skills such as generation of slides, Word Processing, handling Spreadsheets, and efficient data entry speed.

RBI Grade B examination

The Reserve bank of India conducts Grade B examination annually to recruit eligible candidates for the position of Grade B officer in its various branches across the country.

The eligibility criteria for this exam is-

  • Candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • He/she should have secured at least 60% of marks in 10th and 12th qualifying examinations.
  • The number of attempts for the Grade B exam should not cross 6 for General candidates.

The examination is conducted in two phases followed by an interview process.

The Phase-1 examination- Prelims has four sections- General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, and Reasoning. The exam is conducted for a duration of 2 hours and is for a total of 200 marks.

The Phase-2 examination has three papers-Economics and Social Issues (objective), English Writing skills (descriptive) and Finance and Management (objective). The total mark allotted is 300, and the duration is for 270 minutes.

The candidates are shortlisted for the interview process on the basis of the aggregate marks obtained in phase 2 (paper 1 + paper 2 + paper 3). The marks allotted for this is 50.

The final selection of candidates is made by considering the marks obtained in phase 2 exams and the interview process.

IBPS PO examination

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts IBPS PO examination annually to recruit probationary officers for Public Sector banks such as SBI, NABARD, SIDBI, and many others.

The eligibility criterion for the IBPS PO exam is:

  1. The candidate must possess a graduate degree from the any recognized university of India.
  2. The candidate must possess the knowledge of computer operation.
  3. Candidate should also have verbal and written proficiency in the official language of the state/Union Territory.
  4. He/she must be a
    1. Citizen of India,
    2. Subject of Nepal or Bhutan,
    3. Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement, or
    4. Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who have migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or East African countries of Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, with the intention of permanent settlement in India.
  5. The age limit lies between 20 to 30 years with some relaxation applicable to SC/ST, OBC, physically challenged, Ex-Servicemen and Widows/Divorced women.

The examination is conducted in two phases: Preliminary and Mains examination followed by a face-to-face interview process.

The preliminary exam is a 100 marks online based test which has three sections. It has three sections: English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning ability. Sectional cutoff marks are applicable, and the total number of questions is 100.

The Mains exam is also an online examination which has 5 sections: Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, English language, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General Economy and Banking Awareness and English language. The total duration is for three and a half hours with maximum marks of 225.

Only the candidates who qualify mains and prelims examinations are eligible for attending the face-to-face interview which carries 100 marks. The final merit list is prepared on the basis of the marks obtained in mains examination and the interview process.

Negative marking of 0.25 is applicable for each wrong answer in both prelims and mains examination.

Final Words

In a competitive world like ours, it is very important to take decision wisely and work hard to achieve our goals. Go ahead and try these examinations.

All the very best to you and hope that you emerge with flying colors.

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