All You Need To Know About Government Exams and Preparing the Right Way

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ABOUT GOVERNMENT EXAMS

Every year India witnesses millions of young aspirants who appear for Government Exams – Bank & SSC. Both these sectors are considered extremely lucrative for career options as they provide job stability, steady growth in income along with financial security. Although both Bank and Government professions are required to transfer to new places after finishing their term, people still consider these positions more stable than private sector jobs.

The Indian government and banking sector are the biggest employers of the country and offer a whole array of career opportunities. But aiming for a government job does not come easy to all, as the no. of positions available is far less than the no. aspirants.  It requires arduous amount of study and preparation but before starting to prepare, you must know the career you are opting for.

Here’s a list of top careers and their sectors-

BANKING:

  • IBPS PO
  • IBPS RRB Assistant
  • SBI Clerk 
  • Karnataka Bank PO 
  • South Indian Bank PO 
  • IBPS SO 
  • IBPS RRB PO 
  • RBI Grade B 
  • Telangana Co. Apex Bank 
  • Bihar State Cooperative Bank 
  • IBPS Clerk, SBI PO 
  • RBI Assistant
  • Lakshmi Vilas Bank PO 
  • Vijaya Bank Probationary Assistant Manager 
  • IBPS RRB 
  • SBI SO 
  • NABARD 
  • BOB SO 
  • NABARD Development Assistant 
  • Indian Bank PO 
  • Dena Bank PO 
  • Syndicate Bank PO 
  • BOB PO 
  • NABARD Grade A 
  • IPPB 
  • Saraswat Bank Jr. Officer 
  • Canara Bank PO 
  • ECGC PO 
  • GIC Assistant Manager 
  • IDBI Executive  

SSC:

  • SSC CGL
  • SSC MTS
  • SSC CHSL 
  • SSC CPO 
  • SSC JE 
  • SSC GD 
  • SSC Stenographer   

RAILWAYS:

  • Railway ALP 
  • RRB NTPC 
  • Railway Group D 
  • Railway JE 
  • RPF Exam

INSURANCE:

  • LIC 
  • LIC AAO 
  • FCI 
  • NICL 
  • OICL

TEACHING

  • CTET 
  • NVS 
  • DSSSB 
  • UGC NET 
  • KVS
  • NVS

DEFENCE

  • NDA 
  • CDS 
  • AFCAT 
  • Territorial Army 
  • INET Exam

PREPARING FOR GOVERNMENT EXAMS

Once you have cracked the choice of government job your aiming for, moving ahead, you need to plan your strategy based on the details of the exam like the selection procedure, exam pattern, previous year’s papers, previous year’s cut off and most importantly the syllabus. Start with understanding the selection procedure, as it serves as a base for you preparation. Although the selection procedure varies for different posts, they have one of more of these levels-

  • Written Prelims Exam
  • Written Main Exam
  • Personal Interview
  • GDPI/ Physical Test

Keep a lookout for the notifications from these sectors regarding new vacancies as they keep updating new ones from time to time. With each announcement, comes an official notification containing information related to dates, eligibility, syllabus, pattern and vacancies directly from the administrative body conducting the exam.  

Next step is to prepare for the written exam, for which candidates should brush up their concepts and academics. The syllabus for all these exams is readily available online but it’s best to stick to one verified source which provides a completeness in topics, mock tests, video courses, e-books and doubt solving. For both prelims and main written exam, you have to study for the following sections:

  • General Awareness/ Financial
  • English
  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Computer Awareness

Some government exams may have all the sections while others may have just a few. The important thing to note here is the marking scheme as some exams assess negative marking. Once you have your study material ready, go through the topics included under each section and mark the important ones from which questions are asked most frequently.  Time management is the key here. Start with the topics that require more preparation. Make a timetable and allot at least two hours to each topic. Do give extra time to Quantitative Aptitude and master it along with your General Knowledge as these sections are high scoring. After learning the entire course, make sure you revise the whole course well in advance. Buy a lot of practice books, keep giving online series, mock tests and previous years papers. 

QUICK PREPARATION TIPS:

  • Make a daily routine and study time table
  • Study at least 6-8 hours everyday
  • Keep an account of your daily performance
  • Stay stress free
  • Ensure good health
  • Eat well and stay well rested
  • Improve your command over English
  • Improve your vocabulary
  • Accuracy is important mathematical questions
  • Stay up to date with current affairs
  • Practice, Practice, Practice

Lastly, it is important to keep yourself motivated and continue your practice. Competitive exams require a deeper sense of conceptual clarity on all subjects. Stay confident in your abilities and have faith in yourself, even if you face defeat. It’s a great opportunity to take it up as a challenge and refurbish your knowledge to attempt again.

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