(Syllabus) RPSC: Syllabus For Post of College Lecturer: Psychology

Rajasthan Public Service Commission

Syllabus For Screening Test For Post of College Lecturer: Psychology

Unit - I

Biological Basis of Behaviour & Perceptual processes :

  • Receptors, effectors and adjuster mechanisms .
  • Neural impulse : Origin, conduction and measurement.
  • Sensory system : Vision and Audition.
  • Human nervous system : Structure and functions.
  • Approaches to the Study of Perception: Gastalt and physiological approaches
  • Perceptual Organization: Gestalt, Figure and Ground, Laws of Organization.
  • Perceptual Constancy : Size, Shape and Brightness, Illusion, Perception of Depth and Movements.
  • Role of motivation and learning in perception .

Unit - II

Learning Process:

  • Classical conditioning : Procedure, Phenomena and related issues.
  • Instrumental learning : Phenomena, Paradigms and theoretical issues.
  • Reinforcement : Basic variables and schedules.
  • Verbal learning : Methods and materials. Organizational process.

Unit - III

Memory and forgetting :

  • Memory processes : Encoding, Storage, Retrieval.
  • Stages of memory: Sensory memory, Short-term Memory (STM) and Long-term Memory (LTM)
  • Episodic and Semantic memory.
  • Theories of Forgetting: Interference, decay, retrieval.

Unit - IV

Motivation, Emotion and Thinking :

  • Basic motivational concepts : Instincts, needs, drives, incentives, motivational cycle
  • Approaches to the study of motivation : Psychoanalytical, ethological, S-R Cognitive, humanistic.
  • Biological Motives : Hunger, thirst, sleep and sex.
  • Social Motives : Achievement, affiliation, approval.
  • Exploratory behaviour and curiosity.
  • Physiological correlates of emotions.
  • Theories of emotions : James-Lange, Canon-Bard, Schachter and Singer.
  • Conflicts : Sources and types.
  • Theories of thought processes : Associationism, Gestalt, Information processing.
  • Concept formation : Rules and strategies.
  • Reasoning : Deductive and inductive.
  • Problem-solving : Type and strategies.
  • Role of concepts in thinking.

Unit - V

Human Abilities and Personality:

  • Intelligence : Biological, Social, Eco-cultural determinants.
  • Theories of intelligence : Spearman, Thurston, Guilford.
  • Individual and group differences : Extent and causes.
  • Measurement of human abilities.
  • Determinants of personality : Biological and socio-cultural.
  • Approaches to the study of personality : Psychoanalytic, neo-freudian, social learning, trait and type, cognitive.
  • Personality assessment : Psychometric and projective tests.
  • Self-concept : Origin and development.

Unit - VI

Research Methodology and Psychological Testing:

  • Research problems, hypothesis, variables and their operationalization /
  • Types of psychological research.
  • Methods of psychological research : Experimental, Quasi-experimental, case studies, field studies and cross-cultural studies.
  • Methods of data collection : Observation, interview, questionnaire, tests and scales.
  • Non-parametric tests.
  • Test construction: Item writing, item analysis. test standardization: Reliability, validity and norms
  • Types of tests: Intelligence, aptitude, personality-characteristics and important examples
  • Attitude scales and interest inventories
  • Educational measurement and evaluation.

Unit - VII

Abnormal and Clinical Psychology :

  • Abnormal Behaviour : Concepts and Approaches, Classification System.
  • Causes of Abnormality : Biogenic, Psychogenic and Sociogenic.
  • Neuroses and Psychoses, Types, Etiology
  • Mental Retardation and Personality Disorders.
  • Psychosomatic Disorders.
  • Clinical Psychology : Concepts and Issues and Models, Community Psychology and Mental Health .
  • Therapies : Biological, Psychotherapy - Behaviour Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy.

Unit - VIII

Social Psychology :

  • Social Psychology : Nature, Levels and Approaches and Methods.
  • Social Cognition : Person Perception, Self-Perception, Social Perception.
  • Attitude: Nature Formation, Measurement and Theories of Attitude Change.
  • Group Processes : Group Formation, Group Effectiveness and Group Cohesiveness, Group Dynamics.
  • Leadership : Nature, Types and Theories of Leadership.
  • Altruism and Aggression.
  • Environmental Psychology.

Unit - IX

Educational and counseling Psychology:

  • Educational Psychology: Nature, Scope, Problems and Methods, Teacher Effectiveness, Social Psychology of Education.
  • Motivation, Learning, Transfer of Learning, Creativity, Problem Solving, Verbal Learning.
  • Exceptional Children: Gifted, Retarded, Disturbed and Handicapped.
  • Counseling : Nature, Goals and Principles of Guidance, Roles and Functions of Counselors and their Professional training.
  • Approaches to Counseling: Directive, Non-Directive, Behaviouritic, Humanistic, Gestalt, Eclectic.
  • Techniques of Guidance: Group Guidance, Role Playing, Career Counseling, Case Study, Interview.
  • Areas of Counseling: Educational, Vocational, Personal, Occupational Guidance Programme.

Unit - X

Industrial and Organizational Psychology:

  • Industrial Psychology: Nature, Scope and Methods, Job Analysis and Personnel Selection.
  • Training and Development: Principles and Methods, Job Evaluation, Performance Appraisal.
  • Motivation and Work: Theories of Work Motivation-Maslow, Harzberg, Alderfer, McGregor, Vroom.
  • Leadership: Theories of Leadership, Job Satisfaction and Industrial Morale.
  • Work and Environment: Work and Fatigue, Man-Machine System, Human Engineering, Equipment Design, Environment Design, Industrial Accidents and Safety.
  • Management of Organizational Behaviour: Leadership and Management, Decision Making, Communication, Group Dynamics, Organizational stress and Mental Health.
  • Organizational Psychology: Types of Organizations, systems Approach, Behavioral Approaches, Socialization and Organizational Climate.

Note :- Pattern of Question Paper

  1. Objective type paper
  2. Maximum Marks : 100
  3. Number of Questions : 100
  4. Duration of Paper : Two Hours
  5. All questions carry equal marks.
  6. There will be Negative Marking.

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