# Detailed Syllabus for the Kerala PSC Vocational Teacher In Computer Application (VHSE)

VOCATIONAL TEACHER IN COMPUTER APPLICATION

VOCATIONAL HIGHER SECONDARY EDUCATION

(CATEGORY NO.433/2012 & 434/2012)

PART .I QUESTIONS BASED ON TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION

MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Logics and Proofs: propositions, conditional propositions and logical

equivalences, quantifiers, proofs resolution, mathematical induction,

Fundamental principles of counting, pigeonhole principle, countable and

uncountable sets, principle of inclusion and exclusion, derangements,

equivalence relations and partitions, partial order, lattices and Boolean algebra,

generating functions, recurrence relations, solution of recurrences.

Divisibility, gcd, prime numbers, fundamental theorem of arithmetic,Congruences,

Fermat's theorem, Euler function, primality testing, solution of congruences,

Chinese remainder theorem, Wilson's theorem Graphs, Euler tours, planar graphs,

Hamiltonian graphs, Euler's formula, applications of Kuratowski's theorem, graph

colouring, chromatic polynomials, trees, weighted trees, shortest path algorithms,

spanning trees, the max-flow min-cut theorem.

ALGORITHMS

Framework for Algorithm analysis - Asymptotic notations - Iterating

recurrences-Master Method-Analysis of algorithms: Sorting - Searching

Algorithm design techniques - Backtracking - Branch and bound - Divide-and-

Conquer: sorting - median finding - Dynamic Programming: knapsack - LCS -

Martix chain multiplication - Optimal search trees-Scheduling problems - Greedy

strategy: Set of intervals - Fractional knapsack- Huffmann coding Algorithms on

graphs - BFS, DFS Dijkstra's algorithm for shortest path, Floyd's algorithm for all

pairs of shortest paths, Kruskal's and Prim's algorithm for minimum spanning tree

NP Completeness: Matching - Search /Decision - SAT - Subset sum and

Partition - Hamiltonian circuit -Reductions - Approximation algorithms for NP -

Randomized algorithms.

OPERATING SYSTEMS

Operating system concepts: System calls - Operating System Structure. Processes

- Inter Process

Communication - Race Conditions – critical Sections- Mutual Exclusion - Busy

Waiting - Sleep And Wakeup -Semaphores - Monitors - Message Passing. Process

Scheduling - First come First Served -Shortest Job First - Priority scheduling -

Round Robin Scheduling - Multiple queues scheduling -Guaranteed scheduling -

Two- level scheduling.

Memory management: Multiprogramming and memory usage - Swapping -

multiprogramming with fixed and variable partitions - Memory management with

bit maps, linked lists, Buddy system - Allocation of swap space.

File systems and Input/Output: Files - Directories - File system implementation -

Security and Protection mechanisms.

Deadlocks: Conditions for deadlock- Deadlock detection and recovery- Deadlock

avoidance – resource trajectories - safe and unsafe states - Banker's algorithms -

Deadlock prevention: Two phase locking - Non-resource deadlocks - Starvation.

Case Studies: UNLX / LINUX, Windows Operating Systems

COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial Intelligence: History and Applications, Production Systems,

Structures and Strategies for state space search- Data driven and goal driven

search, Depth First and Breadth First Search, DFS with Iterative Deepening,

Heuristic Search- Best First Search, A* Algorithm, AO* Algorithm, Constraint

Satisfaction, Using heuristics in games- Minimax Search, Alpha Beta Procedure

Knowledge representation - Propositional calculus, discrete- time Markov Chains -

Continuous Markov Chains- Birth- death processes.

Game Theory: The formation of two-person - Zero-sum games - Solving simple

games, games with mixed strategies, Graphical solution Procedure, Solving by LP.

Inventory Theory: Inventory models - Deterministic periodic and continuous

review models – Stochastic continuous review model.

COMPUTER BASED OPTIMIZATION

Linear programming: Model and Assumptions - Solving LPP - Simplex method -

Duality theory – Dual simplex method - Sensitivity analysis - Transportation and

assignment problems Integer Programming: Branch and found Techniques -

Binary Linear programming - Assignment & Travelling salesman problems -

Dynamic programming: Deterministic and Probabilistic Dynamic programming

Queuing Model: Specification and measure of queuing systems - Structures of

basic queuing systems -Definition and classification of stochastic processes, AI

Representational Schemes- Semantic Nets, Conceptual Dependency, Scripts,

Frames, Introduction to Agent based problem solving

Machine Learning- Symbol based and Connectionist, Social and Emergent models

of learning, The Genetic Algorithm- Genetic Programming, Overview of Expert

System Technology- Rule based Expert Systems,

Introduction to Natural Language Processing.

COMPUTER NETWORKS

Network Architecture: ISO-OSI and TCP protocol stack - Internet Architecture -

Performance factors -Connecting to a network: Links - Encoding - Framing - Error

detection - Reliable transmission - Ethernet

Internetworking: Switching and bridging - Internet protocol - Routing Protocols -

Multicast - MPLS - IPV6

End-to-End Protocols: UDP - TCP - TCP extensions - RPC - RTP

Congestion Control: Resource Allocation - TCP Congestion Control - Congestion

avoidance - QoS

Application Protocols - Email - HTTP - Session Control - Naming Service -

Network Management.

OBJECT ORIENTED MODELLING AND DESIGN

Structural Modelling: Object Oriented Fundamentals, Basic structural Modeling,

UML Model, Class Diagrams, Object Diagrams, Packages and Interfaces, Case

Studies. Behavioural and architectural Modelling: Use Case Diagrams, Interaction

Diagrams, State Chart Diagrams, Collaborations, Design Patterns, Component

Diagrams, Deployment Diagrams, Case Studies Object oriented Testing

Methodologies: Implications of Inheritance on Testing, State Based Testing,

Adequacy and Coverage, Scenario Based Testing, Testing Workflow, Case

Studies, Object Oriented Metrics

Components: Abuses of inheritance, danger of polymorphism, mix-in classes,

rings of operations, class cohesion and support of states and behaviour,

components and objects, design of a component, lightweight and heavyweight

components, advantages and disadvantages of using components.

NUMBER THEORY AND CRYPTOGRAPHY

Divisibility, Division Algorithm, Euclidean Algorithm, Congruences, Complete

Residue systems, Reduced Residue systems, Fermat's little theorem, Euler's

Generalization, Wilson's Theorem, Chinese Remainder Theorem, Finite Fields,

Primitive Roots - Primality Tests, Pseudoprimes, Carmichael Numbers, Fermat's

pseudoprimes, Euler pseudoprimes, Factorization by Pollard's Rho method, Simple

Continued Fraction, simple infinite continued fractions - raditional Cryptosystem,

limitations, Public Key Cryptography Diffie-Hellmann key exchange, Discrete

Logarithm problem, One-way functions, Trapdoor functions, RSA cryptosystem,

Digital signature schemes, Digital signature standards, RSA signature schemes -

Introduction to Elliptic Curves - Elliptic Curve Cryptography.

PART.II GENERAL KNOWLEDGE AND CURRENT AFFAIRS

PART.III BASIC FACTS OF INDIA

Geography of India- Physical Features- Climate-Soils- Rivers- Famous Sites – Etc

Demography- Economic and Social Development-Poverty Alleviation-Economy

and Planning-Etc

History of India- Period from 1857 to 1947- National Movement- Etc.

NOTE: - It may be noted that apart from the topics detailed

above, questions from other topics prescribed for the

educational qualification of the post may also appear in

the question paper. There is no undertaking that all the

topics above may be covered in the question paper.

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