CPT for Assistant Central secretariat services & DEST for Tax Assistant Post

Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)
After declaration of Tier 2 Result, SSC will conduct Computer Proficiency Test (CPT). CPT is conducted for all those candidates who have opted for CSS (Central Secretariat Services) anywhere in their post preference. You need not to carry your computer / laptop / keyboard as Computer will be provided by SSC. No exemption from CPT for any category of PH candidates. CPT will be of qualifying nature. Marks obtained will be not counted in merit but if you fail in this test than you will not get CSS post but eligible for other posts.
CPT includes three modules- Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides

Word Processing – In this module commission will give you a printed English passage that has to be typed on the computer. Software is not exactly Microsoft Word but similar to MS word 2007. In this module candidate has to type 2000 characters (key depressions) in 15 minutes without any formatting (Bold / Italic / Underline etc.). To clear this test is not a herculean task if someone practices regularly on computer. Microsoft Word can count characters as well, so you can practice on your computer by typing any article of approximately 2000 characters in 15 minutes. This is checked against how many mistakes you make in typing. Only a certain percent of mistakes are allowed.

Spreadsheets - In this module candidate have to work on Microsoft Excel software Version 2007 (In last year CPT) and create a spreadsheet as they provide in a printed sheet. You have to calculate data by using some simple formulas of MS Excel like sums, multiplication, profits, percentages etc. in 15 minutes time. Only simple formulas are needed but one must have a basic understanding of MS Excel 2007.

Generation of slides - In this module commission will give you a printed sheet showing a print-out of a single slide. Candidates have to create a slide similar to the given slide on Microsoft PowerPoint software Version 2007 (In last year CPT) in 15 minutes time. For this module one must have the knowledge of header, footer, inserting date/time and file address and basic understanding of Microsoft PowerPoint 2007.

Suggested Book for CPT is MS Office 2007 IN A NUTSHELLThis book will give comprehensive Idea of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. But for typing test only practice matters. Apart from MS Office 2007 in a Nutshell, you can also download some handbooks on MS Excel (For Formulas) & MS PowerPoint (For Slides) by searching on Google. Those who don’t have basic knowledge of Computer download notes from Study Material Section or check below links.
Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)
After declaration of Tier 2 Result, SSC will conduct Data Entry Skill Test (DEST). DEST is conducted for all those candidates who have opted for Tax Assistant Post anywhere in their post preference. You need not to carry your computer / laptop / keyboard as Computer will be provided by SSC. Exemption from DEST for PH candidates is subject to government policy in force at the time as per the CGL 2013 notification. DEST will be of qualifying nature. Marks obtained will be not counted in merit but if you fail in this test than you will not get Tax Assistant post but eligible for other posts.

DEST is very similar to Module 1 of CPT. As mentioned in the notification minimum speed of typing should be 2000 key depressions in 15 minutes. In DEST, commission will give you a printed English passage that has to be typed on the computer. Software is not exactly Microsoft Word but similar to MS word 2007. In this module candidate has to type minimum 2000 characters (key depressions) in 15 minutes without any formatting (Bold / Italic / Underline etc.). This test can be clear by regular practice of 15 days. Microsoft Word can count characters as well, so you can practice on your computer by typing any article of more than 2000 characters in 15 minutes. This is checked against how many mistakes you make in typing. Only a certain percent of mistakes are allowed.
Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) & Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) are basically elimination techniques
For Module-1 (MS Word/Typing test) Cut-off means that upto this percentage, mistakes are allowed by candidates.

 General
 OBC
 SC
 ST
 OH,VH,HH
 Cut-off
 5%
 7%
 7%
 15%
 15%

For Module 2 and 3 (PowerPoint and Excels sheet) minimum marks have to be secured. Cut-off for General candidates was 120 and for all other candidates was 100 marks. These marks are total marks obtained in Module 2 and 3, not separately.

A. Full Mistakes : The following errors are treated as full mistakes :--
-- For every omission of word/ figure.
-- For every substitution of a wrong word /figure.
-- For every addition of a word / figure not found in the passage.

B. Half Mistakes : The following errors are treated as half mistakes :--
(i) Spacing Errors : Where no space is provided between two words, e.g. ‘Ihope’ or undesired space is provided between the words or letters of a word e.g. hope I have, ‘I hxxave’.
(ii) For every spelling error committed by way of repetition, or addition or transposition or omission or substitution of a letter/letters, e.g. the word ‘spelling’ typed as ‘seeplings’ etc.
(iii) Wrong Capitalisation : Wrong use of capital letter for small letter and vice-versa.

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