Syllabus of Psychology Paper for UPPCS Main Examination- 2012

Here you can find the syllabus of Psychology Paper for UPPCS Main examination. It is divided into various sections.


Created On: Feb 4, 2012 11:44 IST

Here you can find the syllabus of Psychology Paper for UPPCS main examination. It is divided into various sections. Each section is important for your success in this exam. You should read the Psychology Paper syllabus thoroughly and plan your preparation accordingly.




1. Psychology: Introduction : 

  • Overview of the subject matter
  • Theoretical approaches S-R. Cognitiveinformation processing and humanisitic place of psychology in science.
  • Sources of knowledge. 

2. Methods: Empirical methods.

  • Methods of data collection observation, Interview, Questionnaires Tests and scales,case study. 

3. Biological bases of behaviour :

  • Outline of central, peripheral and autonomic nervoussystems Localization of functions in the brain, hemispheric specificity nerve impulse and its conduction,receptor system,
  • Endocrine system, Its role in physical growth, emotional activties and personality makeup.

4. Perceptual Processes: The problem of perceptural threshold classical psychophysics and signaldetection theory. Attentional processes, selective attention and sustained attention. Perception of form,colour and depth. Perceptual contancy; the stability-instability paradox 

  • Perceptual sensitivity and de-fence; The central deferminants. 

5. Learning Proceses:

  • Conditioning Classical and instrumental, observa-tional learning
  • Verbal on, discrimination and generalization 

6. Memory :

  • Encoding; structural, phonologi-cal and semantic; dual encoding
  • Sensory memory, STM, LTM including episodic, semantic and procedural
  • For getting; interference and stimulus encoding variability 
  • Constructive Memory 

7. Problem Solving,Reasoning and Thinking: 

  • Process and deteminants of problem solving
  • Inductive, and deductive reason-ing hypothesis testing
  • Language and thought; Whorfian view-point and its critique. 

8. Emotions :

  • Natureand development
  • Theories of emotions; physiological, cognitive and opponent-process,
  • Indicators of emo-tions, recognition of emotions, 

9. Motivation : 

  • Criteria of motivated Behaviour. Concepts of need, drive,arousal and incentive.
  • Measurement of motivation.
  • Extrinsic versus intrinsic motivation.
  • Learned motiva-tion

10. Origin and development of behaviour : 

  • Genetic bases.
  • Environmental factors; child rearing,deprivation, cultural factors, sensory deprivation.
  • Motor and skill development. 

11. Individual differencesin psychological functions:

  • General mental ability, natural and theoretical approaches- Spearman,
  • ThurstoneGuilford, Jensen and Piaget
  • Creativity and creative thinking. Heritabilty of intelligence.

Paper- II

Psychology In the Applied Setting

1. Psychology as an applied Science :  Applied versus basic science; fields of psychology, social commu-nity, industry school, health and environment. 

2. Individual Differences and Measurement : Nature andsources of individual differences, Psychological scaling, test construction and standardization, Reliabilityand validity, Norms Cross- Validation, cultural factors in testing. 

3. Assessment of personality : lssues inpersonality assesment, self-report measures projective techniques, response styles; familiarity with inportantpersonality measures like TAT. Rochash and MMPI. 

4. Psychological Disorders and Mental Health :  Classi-fication of Psychological disorders (DSM-IV); symptoms and etiology of psychoneurotic, psychoticand psychosomatic disorders; coping stress and mental health. 

5. Attitude and Social Cognition :  Nature ofAttitude; theories of Attitude; attraction and helping . Nature of Social cognition; Social and cultural factorsin perception prejudice stereotypes and group conficts. 

6 Social Influence :  Influence, control and power,Basis of influence; Social facilitation, Ledership in group; Group factors in performance. 

7. Psychology InIndustry and Organisation :  Personnel selection job attitudes and job behavior, Motivational patterns inorganisations Organisational models, Organistional communication, organistional effectiveness. 

8. Psychol-ogy In School setting :  School as a social system, School as an agent to socialization; learning; motiva-tional and emotional problems of school children, factors influencing academic achievement; interven-tions for improving school performance. 

9. Psychology In the Clinical setting : Nature and goals of Psychotheraphy, Psychoanalytic client-centered, group and behaviour therapies, community mental health,Ethical issues in therapy.

10. Environmentall Psychology : Role of environment in behaviour, personal space effect of noise pollution, effect of Human bahaviour on enviroment and crowd.