KPSC KAS 2013 Exam Syllabus For Psychology Subject

KAS 2013 Exam Syllabus For Psychology
Following is the detailed note on Syllabus for Psychology subject with is to be conducted in KPSC KAS 2013 Examination. It comprises of different parts specified in different topics.


PAPER -1 : Foundations of Psychology

1. The Scope of psychology : Place of Psychology in the family of social and behavioural sciences.

2. Methods of Psychology: Methodological problems of Psychology. General design of psychological research. Types of psychological research. The characteristics of psychological measurement.

3. The nature, origin and developments of human behaviour, Heredity and environment. Cultural factors and behaviour, the process of socialization, Concept of National Character.

4. Cognitive Processes: Perception, Theories of perception, Perceptual organization, Person perception. Perceptual defence. Transactional approach to perception. Perception and Personality. Figural after-effect, Perception styles, Perceptual abnormalities, Vigilance.

5. Learning : Cognitive, Operant and Classical conditioning approaches, Learning Phenomena. Extinction, Discrimination and generalization, Discrimination learning, Probability learning, Programmed learning.

6. Remembering: Theories of remembering, Short-term memory, Long-term memory, Measurement of memory, Forgetting, Reminiscence.

7. Thinking : Problem solving, concept formation, Strategies of concept formation, Information processing, Creative thinking, Convergent and Divergent thinking, Development of thinking in children, theories.

8. Intelligence : Nature of intelligence, Theories of intelligence, Measurement of intelligence, Measurement of creativity Aptitude, Measurement of aptitudes. The concept of social intelligence.

9. Motivation : Characteristics of motivated behaviour, Approaches to motivation, Psycho-analytic theory. Dirve Theory; Need hierarchy theory, Vector valence approach. Concept of level of aspiration. Measurement of motivation. The apathetic and the alienated individual. Incentives.

10. Personality : The Concept of personality. Trait and type approaches, Factorial and dimensional approaches, Theories of personality; Freud, Allport, Murray, Cattell, Social learning theories and Field Theory. The Indian approach to personality the concept of gunas. Measurement of personality; Questionnaries

Rating Scales, Psychometric Tests; Protective Tests; Observation method.

11. Language and Communication : Psychological basis of language. Theories of language development, Skinner and Chomsky, Non-verba communication. Body language, Effective communications; Source and receiver characteristics. Persuasive communications.

12. Attitudes and values : Structure of attitudes, Formation of Attitudes. Theories of attitudes, Attitude measurement, Types of attitude scales, Theories of attitude change, Values, Types of values, Motivational properties of values, Measurement of values.

13. Recent trends : Psychology and the Computer, Cybernetic model of behaviour, stimulation studies in psychology, Study of consciousness; Sleep, dream, meditation and hypnotic trance; drug induced changes, Sensory deprivation, Human problems in aviation and space flight.

14. Models of man: The Mechanical man. The Organic man. The Organisational man. The Humanistic Man. Implications of the different models for behaviour changes. An integrated model.

PAPER - II Psychology: Issues and Applications

1. Individual Difference: Measurement of individual differences. Types of psychological tests. Construction

of psychological tests. Characteristics of a good psychological test. Limitation of psychological test.

2. Psychological Disorders: Classifications of Disorders and nosological systems. Neurotic, psychotic and

psychophysiologic disorders. Psychopathic personality, Theories of psychological disorder. The problem of anxiety, depression and stress.

3. Therapeutic Approaches: Psychodynamic approach. Behaviour therapy. Clientcentered therapy. Cognitive

therapy. Group therapy.

4. Application of psychology to Organisational and Industrial Problems Personnel selection, Training, Work motivation, Theories of Work motivation. Job designing. Leadership training. Participatory management.

5. Small Groups: The concept of small group. Properties of groups. Group at work. Theories of group behaviour. Measurement of group behaviour. Interaction process analysis. Interpersonal relations.

6. Social Change: Characteristics of social change. Psychological basis of change. Steps in the

change process. Resistance to change. Factors contributing to resistance. Planning for change. The Concept of change-proneness.

7. Psychology and the Learning Process: The Learner, School as an agent of socialization. Problems relating to adolescents in learning situations. Gifted and retarded children and problems related to their training.

8. Disadvantaged Groups Types : Social, Cultural and economic, Psychological consequences of disadvantage. Concept of deprivation. Educating the disadvantaged groups. Problems of motivating the disadvantaged groups.

9. Psychology and the problems of Social Integration: The Problem of ethnic prejudice. Nature of prejudice. Manifestations of prejudice. Development of prejudice. Measurement of prejudice. Amelioration of prejudice. Prejudice and personality. Steps to achieve social integration.

10. Psychology and Economic Development: The nature of achievement motivation. Motivating people for achievement. Promotion of entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurs Syndrome. Technological change and its impact on human behaviour.

11. Management of information and Communication: Psychological factors in information management. Information overload. Psychological basis of effective communication. Mass media and their role in social change. Impact of television. Psychological basis of effective advertising.

12. Problems of Contemporary Society: Stress, Management of stress. Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. The Socially Deviant. Juvenile Delinquency. Crime Rehabilitation of the deviant. The problem of the aged.

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