Advt. No. 01/2021: Schedule, Syllabus and Instructions to candidates

for the post of Scientist-C (Library Science). See details 


Indicative Syllabus for the post of Scientist-C(LS)


Weightage in


  • Types of Libraries — Academic. Public and Special,
  • Library Legislation and Library Acts in Indian States; The Press and Registration of Books Act:
  • Laws of Library Science.
  • Professional Associations - National — ILA, IASLIC, IATLIS;International — IFLA, ALA, CILIP, ASLIB, SLA; Role of UGC, RRRLF and UNESCO in Promotion and Development of Libraries.
  • Library and Information Science Education in India
  • Library Extension Activities.
  • Trends in Library and Information Science.









  • Data, information, Knowledge and Wisdom.
  • Information Life Cycle - Generation. Collection, Storage and Dissemination.
  • Information Science - Relationship with other subjects. Information Society and Knowledge Society.
  • Communication — Concept, Types, Theories, Models, Channels and Barriers: Trends in Scholarly communication.
  • IPR and Legal Issues - Categories. Conventions. Treaties, Laws.
  • Right to Information Act (RTI); Information Technology Act.
  • National Knowledge Commission; National Mission on Libraries











  • Information Literacy - Areas. Standards, Types and Models;Trends in Information Literacy
  • Information Sources - Nature. Characteristics. Types and Formats.
  • Sources of Information    -    Primary.       Secondary        and         Tertiary:Documentary and Non-Documentary.
  • Reference Sources - Bibliographical, Biographical. Educational, Language and Geographical.
  • Electronic  Information         Resources -     Subject Gateways.       Web Portals. Bulletin Boards Discussion Forums /Groups.
  • Databases: Bibliographic, Numeric, Full text. Multimedia: Open Access Databases.
  • Evaluation of Reference Sources and Web Resources.
  • Search and Discovery Services.
  • Library Resource Sharing and Library Consortia — National and International.
  • National  Information          Systems        and       Networks:         NISCAIR, DESIDOC. SENDOC, ENVIS, INFLIBNET, DELNET, NICNET, ERNET, National Knowledge Network (NKN), Biotechnology Information System Network
  • International Information Systems and Networks: INIS, AGRIS, INSPEC, MEDLARS, BIOSIS, ERIC, Patent Information System (PIS). Biotechnology Information System (BIS).



















  • Type of Users - User Studies, User Education.
  • Community Information Services.
  • Reference Service — Concept and Types; Referral Services.
  • Alerting Services - CAS, SDI, Inter Library Loan and Document delivery 
  • Mobile based Library Services and Tools — Mobile OPAC. Mobile Databases.
  • Mobile Library       Website,      Library       Apps,         Mobile     Library Instructions,        Augmented     Reality,    SMS     Alerts,     Geo-Location, Reference Enquiry.
  • Web 2.0    and     3.0     -       Library   2.0-     Concept,    Characteristics, Components; Instant Messaging. RSS Feeds, Podcasts, Vodcasts. Ask a Librarian
  • Collaborative  Services-  Social    Networks,         Academics         Social Networks, Social Tagging, Social Bookmarking.
  • Universe of Knowledge - Nature and Attributes; Modes of Formation of Subjects.
  • Knowledge Organisation - Classification -Theories, Canons, and Principles;
  • Sample Knowledge Organisation System (SKOS), Taxonomies, Folksonomy, Trends in Classification.
  • Mapping of Subjects in Library Classification Schemes — DDC. UDC and CC.
  • Knowledge Organisation: Cataloguing - Canons and Principles; Centralized and Co-operative Catalogue; Library Cataloguing Codes: CCC and AACR - II.
  • Standards of Bibliographic Record Formats and Description — ISBD, MARC 21, CCF, RDA, FRBR, Bibframe.
  • Standards for      Bibliographic     information        Interchange        & Communication - ISO 2709, Z39.50, Z39.71.
  • Metadata Standards: Dublin Core; MARC21, METS, MODES,
  • Indexing Systems and Techniques: Assigned - Pre-coordinate; Post-Coordinate; Derived- Title-based; Vocabulary Control.
  • Abstracting — Types and Guidelines.
  • Information Retrieval System — Features, Components, Madels and
  • Ontology — Tools (RDF, RDFS, Protege).


  • Computer Technology - Character Representation (ASCII, ISCII,Unicode);
  • Computer Hardware, Software; Storage Devices; Input and Output Devices.
  • Types of Software - System Software, Application Software.
  • Telecommunication - Transmission Channels. Mode, and Media.. ISDN. PSDN,
  • Computer Networks - Topologies, Types of Networks — LAN, MAN. WAN.
  • Internet - Web browsers, WWW, E-mail; Search Engines, Meta and Entity Search engines.
  • Internet Protocols and Standards — HTTP, FTP. SMTP, TCP/IP. URI, URL.
  • Hypertext. Hypermedia, Multimedia, Video conferencing, Virtual Reality.
  • Cloud Computing
  • Semantic Web, Linked Data, Big Data. Data Mining. Data Harvesting
  • Library Automation — Areas, Planning, Selection of Hardware and software.
  • Implementation and Evaluation; Standards for Library Automation.
  • Barcode, REID, QR Code, Biometric, Smartcard: Features and application.
  • Digitization —  Planning,      Selection         of               Hardware. Software, Process. Issues.
  • Digital Library Genesis, Characteristics, types, Architecture; Standard, format and protocols, DOI.
  • Digital preseration -   Need.     Purpose.    Standards,      Methods. Techniques. Projects (National and International)
  • Digital Library Initiatives — National and International.
  • Institutional Repositories - Need. Purpose, Types and Tools;
    Institutional Repositories in India; ROAR, ROAR, SHERPA­
  • Content Management Systems — Architecture, Data Integration. CMS Software —
  • Selection, Implementation and Evaluation.
  • Research
  • Types of Research — Basic and Applied, Interdisciplinary and
  • Research Methods:        Historical,         Descriptive,          Experimental  and
  • Research Design - Selection of Research Problem, Review of Literature;        Formulation   of Research        Problem;               Hypothesis     — Formulation, Types and Testing; Sampling Techniques.
  • Methods of Data Collection
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Plagiarism: Concept and Types.
  • Statistical Packages — Spreadsheet, SPSS, Bibexcel, 'R Statistics.
  • Research Report Writing and Citation Tools — Structure. Style, Contents, Guidelines;
  • Style Manuals; Online Citation Tools; Reference Management
    Tools; Evaluation of Research Report.
  • Metric Studies in LIS - Bibliometrics, Scientometric, Webometrics, Altmetrics;
  • Impact Factors — Journal, h-Index, g-Index, 110 Index.
  • Trends in Library and Information Science Research.
  • General Aptitude / Awareness/Knowledge about INFLIBNET