Rajasthan Public Service Commission
Syllabus For Screening Test For Post of College Lecturer:
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
- Perceptual Organization: Gestalt, Figure and Ground, Laws of
- Perceptual Constancy : Size, Shape and Brightness, Illusion, Perception
of Depth and Movements.
- Role of motivation and learning in perception .
Unit - II
- 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
- Episodic and Semantic memory.
- Theories of Forgetting: Interference, decay, retrieval.
Unit - IV
Motivation, Emotion and Thinking :
- Basic motivational concepts : Instincts, needs, drives, incentives,
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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,
- 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
Unit - X
Industrial and Organizational Psychology:
- Industrial Psychology: Nature, Scope and Methods, Job Analysis and
- Training and Development: Principles and Methods, Job Evaluation,
- Motivation and Work: Theories of Work Motivation-Maslow, Harzberg,
Alderfer, McGregor, Vroom.
- Leadership: Theories of Leadership, Job Satisfaction and Industrial
- Work and Environment: Work and Fatigue, Man-Machine System, Human
Engineering, Equipment Design, Environment Design, Industrial Accidents and
- Management of Organizational Behaviour: Leadership and Management,
Decision Making, Communication, Group Dynamics, Organizational stress and
- Organizational Psychology: Types of Organizations, systems Approach,
Behavioral Approaches, Socialization and Organizational Climate.
Note :- Pattern of Question Paper
- Objective type paper
- Maximum Marks : 100
- Number of Questions : 100
- Duration of Paper : Two Hours
- All questions carry equal marks.
- There will be Negative Marking.