IGNOU JAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2023 for Junior Assistant- cum- Typist

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The exam pattern and syllabus for the posts of Junior Assistant- cum- Typist at IGNOU have been released. Applicants need to spend time learning every single topic to crack this examination. To simplify the learning process, we have compiled the IGNOU JAT Exam Pattern & syllabus one should follow for their preparation. This post will let you know the detailed syllabus as well as the pattern for the examination. You can also refer IGNOU JAT Recruitment for further details.

IGNOU JAT Exam Pattern 2023 (Junior Assistant- cum- Typist )

Candidates must go through a Computer Based Test (CBT) in either Hindi or English. A total of 150 questions will be given to test the candidate’s skills in two hours. Each question carries one mark. PwBD candidates will be given extra time as per Govt norms.

Test Components No.of.Questions Marks
General Awareness 30 30
Reasoning and General Intelligence 30 30
Mathematical Abilities 30 30
Hindi/English Language and Comprehension 30 30
Computer Knowledge Module 30 30
Total 150 150

Those who have passed the Computer Based Test (CBT) must undergo a skill test ( typing speed test) in either English or Hindi to get their names on the final selection list.

IGNOU JAT Exam Syllabus 2023 (Junior Assistant- cum- Typist )

IGNOU has designed the exam syllabus to test the candidate’s general awareness and general abilities, including verbal ability and Computer-based knowledge, which has become a mandatory skill for every job position. The syllabus covers all the topics and subtopics before the examination for scoring desired marks.

Mathematical Abilities Number Systems:

It includes the Computation of Whole Numbers, Decimals and Fractions, and Relationships between numbers.

  • Fundamental Arithmetical Operations: Percentages, Square Roots, Ratio and Proportion, Averages, Discount, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Mixture and Alligation, Partnership Business, Time and Distance, Time and Work.
  • Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) & Graphs of Linear Equations.
  • Geometry: Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts: Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, angles subtended by chords of a circle,  tangents, common tangents to two or more processes. 
  • Mensuration: Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cylinder, Right Circular Cone, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Sphere, Hemispheres, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base. 
  • Trigonometry: Trigonometry, Height and distances (simple problems only), Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Standard Identities like sin2𝜃 + Cos2𝜃=1 etc. 
  • Statistics and Probability: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Pie Chart, Bar-diagram, Measures of central tendency: mean, median, mode, standard deviation; calculation of simple probabilities

Reasoning and General Intelligence 

These questions would be both verbal and non-verbal type. These will include questions on the following topics and related sub-topics.



  • Semantic Analogy
  • Symbolic/Number Analogy
  • Symbolic operations
  • Figural Analogy
  • Trends
  •  Semantic Classification
  • Figural Classification
  • Symbolic/Number Classification
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Number Series
  • Figural Series
  • Semantic Series 
  • Problem-Solving
  • Embedded figures
  • Word Building
  • Coding and decoding
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Space Orientation
  •  Drawing Inferences
  • Punched hole/Pattern Folding & unfolding
  • Critical Thinking
  • Numerical operations
  • Social Intelligence
  • Figural Pattern-folding and completion

English Language and Comprehension 

  • Vocabulary
  • English Grammar
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Sentence structure
  • Error Spotting
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Spellings/Detecting mis-spelt words
  • One word substitution
  • Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration
  • Shuffling of Sentence parts
  •  Idioms & Phrases
  • Improvement of Sentences
  • Active/Passive Voice of Verbs
  • Shuffling of Sentences in a passage
  • Cloze Passage
  • Comprehension Passage

General Awareness 

  • General Awareness questions are framed to test the candidates’ general awareness of their surroundings, societal application, current events, everyday happenings, and observations and experiences.
  • It will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries related to History, Culture, Geography, Economics, Science, General Policy and Scientific Research. 

Computer Knowledge Module

  • Computer Basics – Organization of a computer, input/output devices, Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory, backup machines, memory organization, Windows Explorer, PORTs, and Keyboard shortcuts. 
  • Software – Windows Operating System including basics of Microsoft Office like MS Word, MS Excel and PowerPoint etc. 
  • We are working with the Internet and emails – Web Browsing & Searching, Managing an Email Account, Downloading & Uploading, and e-Banking.
  • Basics of networking and cyber security – Networking devices and protocols, Network and information security threats (like hacking, virus, worms, Trojans etc.) & preventive measures.

The exam pattern and syllabus of IGNOU Recruitment 2023 for Junior Assistant- cum- Typist have been mentioned above in detail. Candidates can use these details to start preparing for the examination. Candidates can come out of the test with flying colours if they pay attention to the weightage of each topic and learn the know-how of smartly preparing for an examination. Click here to learn more about the study and other details.



Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs):

How many vacancies are available at IGNOU for Junior Assistant- cum- Typist?

There are about 200 vacancies available as of now for the Junior Assistant- cum- Typist posts.

When is the last date to apply for IGNOU Exam?

Candidates need to apply on or before 22 March 2023.

Is there any preferred language option for IGNOU Exam?

Yes, You can attend the exam in either Hindi or English language.

What is the total mark to obtain in the exam as per IGNOU JAT Pattern?

IGNOU JAT Exam is conducted for 150 marks ( 150 Questions carrying each 1 mark).


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