(Syllabus) Maharashtra State Eligibility Test (SET) Syllabus & Paper : Library & Information Science

Maharashtra State Eligibility Test (SET) 2010

Syllabus & Sample Papers : Library & Information Science 

(Paper-II & Paper-III)


  • Information, Information Science, Information Society.

  • Information as a Resource/Commodity.

  • Information Transfer Cycle-Generation, Collection, Storage and Dissemination.

  • Role of information in Planning, Management, Socio-economic Development, Technology.

  • Transfer.

  • Communication-Channels, barriers.

  • Intellectual Property Rights-Concept, Copyright, Censorship-Print and Non print Media.

  • Library and Information Policy at the National Level.


  • Laws of Library Science.

  • Library Resource Sharing and Networking.

  • Library Movement and Library Legislation in India.

  • Library Extension Services.

  • Library and Information Science Education in India.

  • Library and Information Profession.

  • Library Associations in India, UK and USA-ILA, IASLIC IATLIS, SIS LA ASLIB, SLA and ALA.

  • Library Associations Organisations at International level-FID, IFLA and UNESCO.

Unit —III

  • Sources of Information-Primary, Secondary and Tertiary-Documentary and Non-documentary.

  • Reference Sources-Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Geographical Sources, Biographical Sources.

  • Year-books/Almanacs, Directories and Handbooks, Statistical (salient features and evaluation).

  • Bibliographical Sources-Bibliographies, Union Catalogues, Indexing and Abstracting Journals (salient features and evaluation).

  • E-documents, E-books, E-Journals.

  • Database-Bibliographic, Numeric and Full text-Evaluation.


  • Reference and Information services, Referral Service.

  • Bibliographic Service, Indexing and Abstracting Service, CAS, SDI, Digest Service, Trend Report.

  • Online Services.

  • Translation Services.

  • Reprographic Services.


  • Organization of knowledge/information.

  • Modes of formation of subjects.

  • Library Classification-Canons and Principles.

  • Library Classification Schemes-DDC, UDC and CC.

  • Library Cataloguing-Canons and Principles.

  • Library Cataloguing Codes-CCC and AACR-II.

  • Bibliographic Records-International standards-ISBDs, MARC and CCF.

  • Indexing-Pre-coordinate, Post-coordinate.

  • Vocabulary Control-Thesaurus, Lists of Subject Headings.

  • Databases-Search Strategies, Boolean Operators.

  • Knowledge Management.


  • Management-Principles, Functions, Schools of Thought.

  • Planning, Organization Structure.

  • Decision making.

  • System Study-Analysis, Evaluation and Design.

  • Collection Development-Books, Serials, Non-book Materials-Selection, Acquisition.

  • Maintenance; ISBN, ISSN Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP).

  • Human Resources Management-Manpower Planning, Job analysis, Job description, Selection.

  • Recruitment, Motivation training and Development, Staff manual, Leadership and Performance Evaluation.

  • Delegation of authority.

  • Financial management-Resource Generation, Types of Budgeting, Cost and Cost-Benefit analysis

  • PERT, CPM.

  • Library Buildings and Equipments.

  • Performance Evaluation of Libraries/Information Centres and Services.

  • Marketing Information product and services.

  • Total Quality Management (TQM).


  • Information Technology-Components; Impact of IT on Society.

  • Computers-Hardware, Software, Storage Devices, Input/Output Devices.

  • Telecommunication-Transmission media, Switching systems, Bandwidth, Multiplexing.

  • Modulation, Protocols, Wireless Communication.

  • Fax, E-Mail, Tele-conferencing/Video-conferencing, Bulletin Board Service, Teletext, Videotex, Voice Mail.

  • Networking-Concepts, Topologies, Types-LAN, MAN and WAN.

  • Hypertext, Hypermedia, Multimedia.

  • Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), Open Systems Interconnection (OSI).


  • Library Automation-Areas of automation, Planning, hardware and Software Selection, OPAC.

  • Networks-ERNET, NICNET, DELNET, JANET, BLAISE, OCLC, INFLIBNET INTERNET Components, Services, Browsing-Web Browsers, Search Engines Meta-Data, Digital Object.

  • Identifier (DOI).

  • National and International Information Systems-NISSAT, NASSDOC, INSDOC, DESIDOC, INIS, AGRIS, MEDLARS, INSPEC.


  • Types of Research-Basic, Applied, Interdisciplinary.

  • Research Design.

  • Scientific Method, Hypotheses, Data Collection, Sampling.

  • Methods of Research-Historical, Descriptive, Case Study, Survey, Comparative and Experimental.

  • Statistical Methods, Data Analysis.

  • Report Writing.

  • Research Methods in Library and Information Science and Services.

  • Bibliometrics.


  • Types of Libraries-National, Public, Academic and Special Objectives, Structure and Functions.

  • Digital Libraries-Concept.

  • Virtual Libraries-Concept.

  • Types of users, User studies, user education.

  • Role of UGC in the growth and development of libraries and information centres in institutions.

  • of higher education in India.

  • Role of Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation (RRLF).

Sample Question (Paper-II)

1. An entry that directs the reader from one heading to another is called

(A) Added Entry 

(B) Main Entry

(C) Analytical Entry

(D) Reference Entry

2. Who are the publishers of Encyclopaedia of Library and Information Science ?

(A) American Library Association

(B) H. W. Wilson

(C) Marcel Dekker

(D) R. R. Bowker

3. DRTC is located at -

(A) New Delhi

(B) Kolkata

(C) Bangalore

(D) Chennai