Psychology Test Series for CSE (Mains) 2020

On the demand of Civil Services aspirants Numerons is launching Online Psychology Test Series for CSE (Mains) 2020. This is a flexible test plan to suit the rigorous schedule of students, therefore no specific dates have been assigned to any tests. Candidates can write any test and submit their copies as per their convenience.

Since Numerons has no brick-and-mortar presence, students need to send their scanned copies to our Email ID: . Evaluated answer-scripts will be returned to students within 10 days under normal circumstances.

Checked answer-scripts will have detailed comments and concluding remarks (samples of which can be seen here). For every test standard Reference Support Draft will be provided that will have detailed explanation of every question asked in the paper. If students have further doubts or need assistance, they can contact us.

Regarding students’ specific queries for Standard Answer Format: Considering the subjectivity involved and the wide scope of IAS exam, in our experience, it is very difficult to determine standard answer format for UPSC questions whether it be GS or Optional paper. Answers are basically a student’s perspective which may or may not be convincing to the examiner (who may be keeping his own perspective), and this only determines what marks would be awarded. Even if perspectives differ, much depends on how well arguments are being framed, and there is no standard format or structure for that.

For those, looking for the idea of a standard answer format, they may explore Sample Copies of Top Scorers (Click Here) which we found reasonably well framed with better chances of a decent score.

Preferred mode of personalized guidance would be Email, however, depending upon the requirements, students can discuss over phone as well.

Fee: Rs. 16,500/-

12 Tests (8 Sectional + 4 Full Length)

Unique Features of Test-Series:

Flexible Test Plan | Detailed Feedback | Personalized Guidance | Comprehensive Content Support

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Psychology Test Series Plan

Test – 1

Introduction: PAPER-I

Definition of Psychology; Historical antecedents of Psychology and trends in the 21st century; Psychology and scientific methods; Psychology in relation to other social sciences and natural sciences; Application of Psychology to societal problems.

Development of Human Behavior: PAPER-I

Growth and development; Principles of development, Role of genetic and environmental factors in determining human behavior; Influence of cultural factors in socialization; Life span development – Characteristics, development tasks, promoting psychological well-being across major stages of the life span.

Test – 2

Sensation, Attention and Perception: PAPER-I

Sensation: concepts of threshold, absolute and difference thresholds, signal-detection and vigilance; Factors influencing attention including set and characteristics of stimulus; Definition and concept of perception, biological factors in perception; Perceptual organization-influence of past experiences, perceptual defense-factors influencing space and depth perception, size estimation and perceptual readiness; The plasticity of perception; Extrasensory perception; Culture and perception, Subliminal perception.

Thinking and Problem Solving: PAPER-I

Piaget’s theory of cognitive development; Concept formation processes; Information processing, Reasoning and problem solving, Facilitating and hindering factors in problem solving, Methods of problem solving: Creative thinking and fostering creativity; Factors influencing decision making and judgment; Recent trends.

Memory: PAPER-I

Encoding and remembering; Short term memory, Long term memory, Sensory memory, Iconic memory, Echoic memory: The Multistore model, levels of processing; Organization and Mnemonic techniques to improve memory; Theories of forgetting: decay, interference and retrieval failure: Metamemory; Amnesia: Anterograde and retrograde.

Test – 3

Learning: PAPER-I

Concept and theories of learning (Behaviorists, Gestaltalist and Information processing models); The Processes of extinction, discrimination and generalization; Programmed learning, probability learning, self-instructional learning, concepts; Types and the schedules of reinforcement, escape, avoidance and punishment, modeling and social learning.

Intelligence and Aptitude: PAPER-I

Concept of intelligence and aptitude, Nature and theories of intelligence – Spearman, Thurstone, Gullford Vernon, Sternberg and J.P; Das; Emotional Intelligence, Social intelligence, measurement of intelligence and aptitudes, concept of IQ, deviation IQ, constancy of IQ; Measurement of multiple intelligence; Fluid intelligence and crystallized intelligence.

Language and Communication: PAPER-I

Human language – Properties, structure and linguistic hierarchy, Language acquisition- predisposition, critical period hypothesis; Theories of language development – Skinner and Chomsky; Process and types of communication – effective communication training.

Application of Psychology to Educational Field: PAPER-II

Psychological principles underlying effective teaching-learning process; Learning styles; Gifted, retarded, learning disabled and their training; Training for improving memory and better academic achievement; Personality development and value education, Educational, vocational guidance and career counseling; Use of psychological tests in educational institutions; Effective strategies in guidance programmes.

Test – 4

Personality: PAPER-I

Definition and concept of personality; Theories of personality (psychoanalytical, socio-cultural, interpersonal, developmental, humanistic, behaviorist, trait and type approaches); Measurement of personality (projective tests, pencil-paper test); The Indian approach to personality; Training for personality development; Latest approaches like big 5 factor theory; The notion of self in different traditions.

Psychological well-being and Mental Disorders: PAPER-II

Concept of health-ill health; Positive health, well-being; Causal factors in mental disorders (Anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia and delusional disorders; personality disorders, substance abuse disorders); Factors influencing positive health, well-being, life style and quality of life; Happiness disposition.

Therapeutic Approaches: PAPER-II

Psychodynamic therapies; Behavior therapies; Client centered therapy; Cognitive therapies; Indigenous therapies (Yoga, Meditation); Bio-feedback therapy; Prevention and rehabilitation of the mentally ill; Fostering mental health.

Rehabilitation Psychology: PAPER-II

Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention programmes-role of psychologists; Organizing of services for rehabilitation of physically, mentally and socially challenged persons including old persons, Rehabilitation of persons suffering from substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, criminal behavior; Rehabilitation of victims of violence, Rehabilitation of HIV/AIDS victims, the role of social agencies.

Test – 5

Motivation and Emotion: PAPER-I

Psychological and physiological basis of motivation and emotion; Measurement of motivation and emotion; Effects of motivation and emotion on behavior; Extrinsic and intrinsic motivation; Factors influencing intrinsic motivation; Emotional competence and the related issues.

Work Psychology and Organizational Behavior: PAPER-II

Personnel selection and training; Use of psychological tests in the industry; Training and human resource development; Theories of work motivation – Herzberg, Maslow, Adam Equity theory, Porter and Lawler, Vroom; Leadership and participatory management; Advertising and marketing; Stress and its management; Ergonomics; consumer psychology; Managerial effectiveness; Transformational leadership; Sensitivity training; Power and politics in organizations.

Application of Psychology in Information Technology and Mass Media: PAPER-II

The present scenario of information technology and the mass media boom and the role of psychologists; Selection and training of psychology professionals to work in the field of IT and mass media; Distance learning through IT and mass media; Entrepreneurship through e-commerce; Multilevel marketing; Impact of TV and fostering value through IT and mass media; Psychological consequences of recent developments in Information Technology.

Psychology and Economic development: PAPER-II

Achievement motivation and economic development; Characteristics of entrepreneurial behavior; Motivating and training people for entrepreneurship and economic development; Consumer rights and consumer awareness, Government policies for promotion of entrepreneurship among youth including women entrepreneurs.

Test – 6

Attitudes, Values and Interests: PAPER-I

Definition of attitudes, values and interests; Components of attitudes; Formation and maintenance of attitudes; Measurement of attitudes, values and interests; Theories of attitude change; Strategies for fostering values; Formation of stereotypes and prejudices; Changing others behavior; Theories of attribution; Recent trends.

Community Psychology: PAPER-II

Definition and concept of community psychology; Use of small groups in social action; Arousing community consciousness and action for handling social problems; Group decision making and leadership for social change; Effective strategies for social change.

Application of Psychology to disadvantaged groups: PAPER-II

The concepts of disadvantaged, deprivation; Social, physical, cultural and economic consequences of disadvantaged and deprived groups; Educating and motivating the disadvantaged towards development; Relative and prolonged deprivation.

Psychological problems of social integration: PAPER-II

The concept of social integration; The problem of caste, class, religion and language conflicts and prejudice; Nature and manifestation of prejudice between the in-group and out-group; Causal factors of social conflicts and prejudices; Psychological strategies for handling the conflicts and prejudices; Measures to achieve social integration.

Test – 7

Issues and Perspectives in Modern Contemporary Psychology: PAPER-I

Computer application in the psychological laboratory and psychological testing; Artificial intelligence; Psychocybernetics; Study of consciousness-sleep-wake schedules; dreams, stimulus deprivation, meditation, hypnotic/drug induced states; Extrasensory perception; Intersensory perception Simulation studies.

Application of psychology in other fields: PAPER-II

(a) Military Psychology

Devising psychological tests for defense personnel for use in selection, Training, counseling; training psychologists to work with defense personnel in promoting positive health; Human engineering in defense.

(b) Sports Psychology

Psychological interventions in improving performance of athletes and sports persons participating in Individual and Team Games.

(c) Media influences on pro and antisocial behavior.

(d) Psychology of terrorism.

Application of psychology to environment and related fields: PAPER-II

Environmental psychology-effects of noise, pollution and crowding; Population psychology: psychological consequences of population explosion and high population density; Motivating for small family norm; Impact of rapid scientific and technological growth on degradation of environment.

Psychology of Gender: PAPER-II

Issues of discrimination, Management of diversity; Glass ceiling effect, Self fulfilling prophesy, Women and Indian society.

Test – 8

(This Test is for Self Evaluation only with the help of Reference Support Draft provided)

Methods of Psychology: PAPER-I

Types of research: Descriptive, evaluative, diagnostic and prognostic; Methods of Research: Survey, observation, case-study and experiments; Characteristics of experimental design and non-experimental design, Quasi-experimental designs; Focused group discussions, brain storming, grounded theory approach.

Research Methods: PAPER-I

Major steps in Psychological research (problem statement, hypothesis formulation, research designs, sampling, tools of data collection, analysis and interpretation and report writing) Fundamental versus applied research; Methods of data collection (interview, observation, questionnaire); Research designs (ex-post facto and experimental); Application of statistical technique (t – test, two way ANOVA correlation, regression and factor analysis); Item response theory.

Psychological Measurement of Individual Differences: PAPER-II

The nature of individual differences; Characteristics and construction of standardized psychological tests; Types of psychological tests; Use, misuse and limitation of psychological tests; Ethical issues in the use of psychological tests.

Test – 9

Complete syllabus of Psychology Paper I (Full Length Test)

Test – 10

Complete syllabus of Psychology Paper II (Full Length Test)

Test – 11

Complete syllabus of Psychology Paper I (Full Length Test)

Test – 12

Complete syllabus of Psychology Paper II (Full Length Test)