GPSC Asst Professor (Psychology) Syllabus

Assistant Professor of Psychology in Govt. Arts, Science, Commerce College

Syllabus of Preliminary Test

Paper-1

1 Geography of India-Physical, Economic, Social, Natural Resources and population
related topics- with special reference to Gujarat
2 Cultural heritage of India-Literature, Art, Religion and Architecture- with special
reference to Gujarat
3 History of India with special reference to Gujarat
4 Indian Economy and Planning
5 Indian Polity and the Constitution of India:
(1) Preamble
(2) Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duti
(3) Directive Principles of State Policy
(4) Composition of Parliament
(5) Powers of the President of India
(6) Powers of Governor
(7) Judiciary
(8) Provisions for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and backward classes of
the society
(9) Attorney General
(10) NITIAayog
(11) Panchayati Raj Institutions
(12) Finance Commission
(13) Constitutional and Statutory Bodies: Election Commission of India, Union Public Service Commission, State Public Service Commission, Comptroller and Auditor General; Central Vigilance Commission, Lokpal and Lokayukta, Central Information Commission
6 General Mental Ability
7 General Science, Environment and Information & Communication Technology
8 Daily events of Regional, National and International Importance including Sports

Syllabus for the Preliminary Examination for the recruitment of Assistant Professor (Psychology), Class-II

  1. Perceptual Processes:
    Approaches to the Study of Perception: Gestalt 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.
    Signal detection theory, subliminal perception and related factors,
    information processing approach to perception, culture and
    perception, perceptual styles.
    Ecological perspective on perception.
  2. 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 processes
    Learning theories: Hull, Tolman, Skinner
    Cognitive approaches in learning: Latent learning, observational
    learning
    Experimental analysis of behaviour: Behaviour modification,
    shaping
    Discrimination learning
    Neurophysiology of learning
  3. 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
Models of memory: Atkinson and Shiffrin, Craik and Lockhart,
Tulving
Semantic memory: Episodic, trace model and network model
Long-term memory: Retrieval cues, flashbulb memory,
constructive processes in memory, eyewitness testimony,
autobiographical memory
Biological basis of memory: The search for the engram, PET scan,
and biochemical factors in memory

4.Stages of memory: Sensory memory, Short-term Memory (STM)
and Long-term Memory (LTM)
Episodic and Semantic memory
Theories of Forgetting: Interference, decay, retrieval
Models of memory: Atkinson and Shiffrin, Craik and Lockhart,
Tulving
Semantic memory: Episodic, trace model and network model
Long-term memory: Retrieval cues, flashbulb memory,
constructive processes in memory, eyewitness testimony,
autobiographical memory
Biological basis of memory: The search for the engram, PET scan,
and biochemical factors in memory

  1. 5.Motivation and Emotion:
    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
  2. Exploratory behaviour and curiosity
  3. Physiological, correlates of emotions
  4. Theories of emotions: James-Lange, Canon-Bard, Schachter and
  5. Singer
  6. Conflicts: Sources and types
  7. Historical Antecedents of motivation from Mechanism to
  8. Cognition
  9. Cognitive bases of motivation: Intrinsic motivation, Attribution,
  10. Competence
  11. Measurement of motives: Issues and techniques
  12. Cross-cultural, perspectives of motivation: Achievement,
  13. Aggression Components of emotion: Physiological, expressive

6.Human Abilities:

7.Personality:

8.Research Methodology:

9.Measurement and Testing:

10.Biological Basis of Behaviour:

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