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Railway Recruitment Boards 2014 Recruitment Exam Written test Tips
Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) under Government of Ministry of Railway has issued centralized Employment Notification for filling up vacant posts of Assistant Loco Pilot and Technicians.

Number of Vacancies: 26567 in various categories
Date of Written examination: 15 June 2014

Selection procedure:
Written exam, PET and medical test

Common written test Syllabus for RRB 2014 Examination for all posts:
Testing Area:-
1. General Awareness
2. Arithmetic
3.Technical Ability
4. Reasoning Ability
5. General Intelligence

1. General Awareness : This part of question paper gauges the candidates is up to date with surrounding and includes the following:
Current Affairs (National and International), Major Financial/Economic News, Budget and Five Year Plans, Who is Who? , Sports, Books and Authors, Awards and Honours, Science - Inventions and Discoveries, Abbreviations, Important Days, International and National Organisations

2. Arithmetic Ability: This part of exam is usually checks the quantitative and mathematical skills of the candidates and following is the topics from which the questions asked:
Number System, HCF, LCM, Simplification, Decimal and Fractions. , Ratio and Proportions, Unitary Method, Percentage, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Profit and Loss, Average, Simple and Compound Interest, Mensuration (2D and 3D), Algebra, Data Interpretation

3. Technical Ability – This section will comprise Intelligent questions to test candidate’s knowledge about the profession and some other technical questions that may  be tricky in nature.
4. Test of Reasoning/Mental Ability/Aptitude: This part usually tries to test the reasoning abilities and Gauges aptitude of the person. It includes the following:

Number Series, Alphabet Series, Test of Direction Sense, Coding-Decoding, Number Ranking, Arithmetical Reasoning, Problem on Age Calculation, Blood Relations, Analogy, Decision Making etc.
Non Verbal Series, Mirror Images, Cubes and Dice, Grouping Identical Figures, Embedded Figures etc

5. General Intelligence

Tips to Ace the RRB 2014 Written Exam:
  •  First of all, there is no shortcut to success, especially in such a highly competitive exam. You need to focus on your seriousness, to get selected for this job and work accordingly with persistence.       
  •  First Pick the areas out of the prescribed exam syllabus, you have more interest in and work on it to achieve perfection. The subjects of interests, tend to fetch more marks.
  •  Read and stick to NCERT books thoroughly for general ability and mathematic section and focus onlearning fundamentals.    
  •  Memorize names and formulas on regular basis, save them in your smartphone notepad  or make a handy sheetnote of all important names, formulas etc, so that you can carry it along and scan your eyes on it to revise them during free time, such as traveling, eating, in toilet etc.
  •  The fun part is reasoning ability, which is no less than an interesting mental game, riddle, puzzle etc. Project your attitude as fun activity towards reasoning ability section and make sure to attempt it for a minimum of 30 minutes daily. Pick a good complete book for it, which must have both verbal and non-verbal question banks. The more you solve the more acquainted you will be with such questions during exams and will be able to solve them in a jiffy.
  •  Create a time-table for preparing each section, as every section is equally important to reach to the cut-off for next round. Doing a section for one day in wek and not touching it again for weeks is to cheat yourself and will ruin all your hard-work till date. So persistently each section must be attempted without a long gap 
  •  After you thought that you have learnt enough and are well-prepared, you must then assess yourself. A person with the right attitude toward success always tests itself by attempting mock tests and solving question banks, while sticking to the prescribed syllabus. It is sensible to buy few good books, containing model test papers, that must belong to different authors and publishing houses. Attempt questions from them to see if you are scoring well in all sections, if not then that indicates you need to prepare more in a particular section you are scoring less in or are weak at.
Few good RRB Books and mock tests, recommended by experts to make you well-prepared for RRB 2014 examinations are: 
1.      Railway Recruitment Board Exam Asst Loco Pilot Technician III Hindi (Paperback), by Author: R Gupta 
2.      RRB CC/TC Exam Solved Papers (Paperback), by Author: RPH Editorial Board 
3.      Railway Bharti Board Pariksha: Solved Papers (Paperback), by Author: Upkar Prakashan 
4.      Railway Bharti Board Pariksha Practice Set: Assistant Loco Pilot(Paperback), by Author: Upkar Prakashan 
5.      Railway Assistant Loco Pilot Exam. (Paperback), by Author: Dr. Lal & Jain

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Time Management Tips for SSC Exam Preparation

Sooner or later, if you are planning to take SSC Exam, the following article offers some tips for preparing for the entrance exam. Read on to get some useful time management tips:

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) - An Overview
SSC is responsible for the recruitment to various posts in Group B (Non-Gazetted for both non-technical and technical) and Group C (non-technical) posts in the different departments of government jobs.
SSC exams are conducted for different posts of Divisional Accountants, Graduate level Assistants, Section Officer (Commercial), Inspector of central excise and income tax,Upper division clerks, Section Officer (audit), and sub-inspectors in Central Police Organizations such as CRPF, SSB, CISF, ITBP and BSF.The aspiring candidates can check the recruitment procedures and SSC examination important dates online and can apply either offline or online.

Written Examination Pattern
  • To prepare for SSC Exam, it is important to get a basic idea about it pattern. The knowledge of different sections covered in the exam allows the students to follow a right time management strategy to do well in all sections of the exam. 
  • SSC Exam pattern includes written exam and a skill test. The other points that you should know before appearing for the exam include:
  • SSC written exam consists of an objective type paper that includes multiple choice questions.
    The paper consists of around 50 questions of 50 marks each on General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude (arithmetic skills), English Language, and General Awareness.
  • The exam includes negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.
  • Skill test checks the candidate on computer data entry speed of around 8000 key depressions/hour.The candidates who successfully qualify the written exam are shortlisted for this skill test.

Time Management Tips for Different Sections of Test
Now when you have an idea about the different sections covered in the written exam, this is the time to get some useful time management tips for cracking SSC Exam. Time management skill is something that cannot be developed by any SSC Exam training coaching, but requires proper analysis of all to do well in all of them.

Tips for Quantitative Aptitude
To perform well in quantitative aptitude,the candidate should develop skills in basic arithmetic, and calculation short-cuts. Apart from accuracy, the speed also matters in solving quantitative questions. Divide your total preparation time for important topics such as Average, Time & Work, Data Interpretation, Profit & Loss Percentage, Trigonometry and Ratio Proportion.

Tips for English Language
English Language is one of the important sections in SSC Exam. This section checks the candidate on basic knowledge and command over the language. To perform well in this section, the student should start early preparation to strengthen his vocabulary, spellings and tenses. Some important areas that need proper division of time for preparation include Antonyms, Passage Based questions, Rapid Fillers, Synonyms, and grammatical errors in a sentence.

Tips for General Awareness

General awareness is one of the most scoring sections in SSC Exam. A little focus on this section can allow you to score high in the test. At the time of preparing for this section, the focus should be on latest happenings in the country, Economic scenario, and questions related to History, Geography and other important subjects.

Tips for General Intelligence
This section tests the candidates on logical reasoning and mental alertness. To score well in this section, assign few hours of daily study to practice questions on logical reasoning. You can also practice last few years of question papers to understand the types of questions covered in this section. Some of the important verbal and non-verbal reasoning topics include Venn diagram, Number series, Syllogism, Classifications, Analogy, Word building and Symbolic operations.

So, follow the above mentioned tips to understand SSC Exam pattern and distribute your test preparation time on all sections efficiently. Also the interested candidates have the options to join coaching institutes, which offer classroom learning for different competitive exams such SSC, IBPS, among others.

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