Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Why so many students fail to clear CTET Exam?

CTET exam or Central Teacher Eligibility Test is becoming an important exam for the entire teachers community. Candidates who have cleared B.Ed or B.Sc Ed or 4 years B.El.Ed or any other degree or diploma in education are eligible for writing the exam.

A recent report in the Economic Times suggests that only 17% of teachers qualified and consider that 100% of them have a degree or diploma in education. So, almost 83% students who are studying the curriculum ascribed by National Council of Teacher Education in their undergraduation or in their diploma courses are not  able to qualify CTET Exam.

So, then the next question to be asked is - Is the exam so difficult? In our short experiment, we gave the test paper to a non-education graduate and asked them to write the exam. And this graduate actually scored 60% of exam even without knowing the curriculum at all. What does this tell us?

This means that the exam requires a general common sense. And as the age old adage goes "Common sense is not so common". So, in this article, we bring you some ideas on how to crack the CTET exam on 21st Feb 2016 Exam. It is now just 10 days away.

1. Use the strategy of Elimination very well. Elimination helps you to cut down choices clearly and then make a final decision on the last 1-2 choices. Please visit our blog post for more information on Strategy of Elimination

2. Make sure you are well-versed with VI-VIII grade subjects really well (or in case of Primary, go through the NCERT textbooks before the exams) These questions carries a high weight in exam and are pretty easy to prepare but most students end up focusing on the section Child Development and Pedagogy which requires you to very well versed with lot of concepts covered in B.Ed and B.El.Ed programs. You can also find NCERT textbooks here. They are freely available.

3. The third most important thing to keep in mind during the exam day is to focus on some important concepts which once mastered will help you to get at least 10-15 questions in Child Development and Pedaogy. These concepts are :

a) Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development
b) Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development
c) Vygotsky's Theory of Social and Moral Development
d) Howard Gardener's Theory of Multiple Intelligence

In combination, these four theories cover 10 questions in the exam. And our YouTube videos will help you master them in less than 60 minutes.

We will you more strategies to succeed in our next blog post. Have a good countdown to CTET!
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20 percent teachers aspirants cleared Karnataka Teacher Eligibility Test

According to The Hindu report, about 20.8% of the total 3.26 Lakh Candidates have cleared the Karnataka CTET Exam, KarTET is the eligibility test to teach in Karnataka State Schools.

The exam was help on 27th September 2015 and the results were announced on 1st Feb 2016. This is a 14.14 per cent improvement compared to the previous KarTET where 6.66 per cent of the 3.86 lakh candidates had cleared the test. Many school managements, particularly from private institutes, had raised a concern that there would be a shortage of eligible teachers to teach in primary classes.

Paper 11,42,93429,055
Paper 21,83,83938,914

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Monday, 8 February 2016

Upcoming Bank Exams & Government Job Opportunities in 2016

2016 is starting out as a great year for every graduate aspiring to join the Banking or the Government sector. Here we will outline for you some of the biggest opportunities that you can grab in this year.

The calendars for top recruitment exams have already been notified.
  1. IBPS - which covers recruitment for 19 banks
  2. SSC - CGL & CHSL  which covers recruitment for central government departments
  3. LIC - For recruitment across its zones and
  4. Railways - for graduate generalist officers 
In addition to the above, we expect the calendar for Recruitment of Officers and Clerks for State Bank of India and its Associates coming up soon

A short note on the key calendars are given here for your reference.

2016 SSC CGL Exams
The Staff Selection Commission has notified the exam dates for the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam Tier 1 and Tier 2.  Tier 1 is scheduled on May 8th & May 22nd, 2016 and Tier 2 on August 13th & 14th, 2016.

Details of the exams are as under:

SSC CGL Tier 1:
Date of release of detailed advertisement: February 13
Closing Date: March 14
Date of Exam: May 8 and May 22

SSC CGL Tier 2:
Date of release of detailed advertisement: To be notified later
Closing Date: To be notified later
Date of Exam: August 13 and August 14, 2016.

2016 RRB NTPC Exams
The 2016 RRB NTPC notification too is out. Indian Railways has issued the notification for recruitment for 18,252 vacant positions. The positions include Commercial Apprentice (CA), Traffic Apprentice (TA), Enquiry-Cum- Reservation-Clerk (ECRC), Goods Guard, Junior Accounts Assistant-Cum-Typist (JAA), Senior Clerk-Cum-Typist, Assistant Station Master (ASM), Traffic Assistant and Senior Time keeper.

Railways offers opportunities pan India. Take a look at the number of posts available in India region-wise and you will know why you should appear for this exam.
RRB Ahmedabad: 1183 Posts
RRB Ajmer: 1088 Posts
RRB Allahabad: 2864 Posts
RRB Bangalore: 610 Posts
RRB Bhopal: 1151 Posts
RRB Bhubaneswar: 770 Posts
RRB Bilaspur: 302 Posts
RRB Chandigarh: 304 Posts
RRB Chennai: 976 Posts
RRB Gorakhpur: 317 Posts
RRB Guwahati: 409 Posts
RRB Jammu-Srinagar: 171 Posts
RRB Kolkata: 1408
RRB Malda: 278 Posts
RRB Mumbai: 2296 Posts
RRB Muzaffarpur: 464 Posts
RRB Patna: 714 Posts RRB Ranchi: 562 Posts
RRB Secunderabad: 1618 Posts
RRB Siliguri: 279 Posts
RRB Thiruvananthapuram: 488 Posts
Click here to download notification.

Note: Exam dates for RRB NTPC is yet to be declared.

LIC AAO 2016 Exam
India's largest Insurance Corporation in the Govt. sector offers a huge opportunity for all those aspiring to be in the Insurance field.  There are a total of 700 vacancies across India for the post of Assistant Administrative Officers (AAOs). The notification for 2016 is already out. The tentative dates for Online Examination are 5th, 6th and 13th March 2016. Check out this blog for more details on “How to prepare for LIC AAO 2016: Tips & Techniques

2016 IBPS Notification
One of the greatest opportunities in the Banking sector has been opened up by the IBPS notification. There are Probationary Officers, Management Trainees and Specialist Officers.
Take a look at the schedule of the exams below.

1. Schedule for PSBs-CWE PO / MT-VI and CWE Clerk-VI

Preliminary Examination
16.10.2016, 22.10.2016 & 23.10.2016
Main Examination

For Clerk-VI
CWE Clerk-VI
Preliminary Examination
26.11.2016, 27.11.2016, 03.12.2016 & 04.12.2016
Main Examination
31.12.2016 & 01.01.2017

2. Schedule for PSBs-CWE Specialist-VI
There is only one single examination for this category. The dates are as under,
CWE Specialist-VI
Single Examination
28.01.2017 & 29.01.2017

The list of participating Banks is quite impressive.
Allahabad Bank
Bharatiya Mahila Bank
Vijaya Bank
Canara Bank
Indian Overseas Bank
Andhra Bank
Corporation Bank
Indian Bank
Bank of Baroda
Dena Bank
Union Bank of India
Bank of India
UCO Bank
Bank of Maharashtra
Syndicate Bank
United Bank of India
Central Bank of India
Punjab National Bank
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Punjab & Sind Bank
Any other bank or Financial Institution

All in all, 2016 has turned out to be a golden year for all those aspiring to be in the Govt. or the Banking sector.
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3 reasons to focus on Idioms & Phrases for your Exam

3 reasons to focus on Idioms & Phrases for your Exam
            Have you caught yourself not following someone in their conversation cos they said something like "Cat got your tongue" uh! and you're wondering why is he or she saying strange things right in the middle of their conversation. Well, my friend that's an idiom right there which means " Why are you not saying anything". What an awkward situation to be in when a response is expected out of you and you're merely standing, not understanding the expression at all.
Idioms can be tricky as they have a hidden meaning. The individual words in the phrase give a completely different meaning than the combined phrase.
For e.g. the idiom "Break a leg". The literal meaning is that I’m asking you to break your leg where you’ll end up with a cast on your leg however the idiomatic meaning is 'Do your best and good luck' , so you see that Idioms are expressions that don’t mean exactly the way they are stated.
Here, we will discover 3 reasons how knowledge on Idioms & Phrases can actually help us score better in our exam.
Reason 1: It aids in understanding context quickly. 
For e.g. You have an idiomatic phrase in a reading comprehension or theme detection passage, you recognize it, you recollect meaning and understand what the context is trying to convey.  Eases tension and is definitely a time saver.
Reason 2: You have a separate question pattern on Idioms and phrases for either 5 or 10 whole marks in your exam paper.
Sometimes  the idiom appears within a context which is relatively easier compared to when it appears as a standalone question where you’ll have to identify the right option that conveys the correct meaning without any background assisting you. Either way it pays to know what that idiom means.

Reason 3: Knowledge on idiom improves your comprehension skills and your communication skills.  
As we saw in the beginning, when someone uses an idiomatic expression in their speech you are able to follow and react appropriately. The same applies while reading ,you understand the context in its entirety. Using idioms while speaking and writing reflects on your communication skills. It adds richness and variety projecting you as someone who has good command over the English language.
So, now you know why you need to get familiar with as many idioms & phrases as possible.  Learn more to score more both while writing and speaking.
All the Best! 
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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

CTET Februrary 2016 Focus: Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence

Today, we are going to discuss few questions on the CTET topic Howard Gardener's Theory Of Multiple Intelligence. Every year, we have seen two-three questions on Howard Gardner Theory of Multiple Intelligence in both Paper I and Paper II

We are not going into details of what is multiple intelligence but focus on two questions that appeared in the recent exams.

Have a look at the question below from CTET September 2015 Paper I:

The class teacher observed Raghav in her class playing melodious self-composed music on his keyboard. The class teacher thought that Raghav seemed to be high in ____________ intelligence.

(a) spatial
(b) body-kinesthatic
(c) musical
(d) linguistic

The question is asking to identify the type of intelligence based on a specific case of Raghav. Since Raghav can do self-compositions in music, he is definitely high on musical intelligence. 

This was a simple one. Let's look at a question with a higher rigor from CTET February 2015 Paper:

According to Gardner's theory of multiple intelligence, the factor that would contribute most for being a 'self -aware' individual would be

(a) Musical
(b) Spriritual
(c) Lingusitic
(d) Intrapersonal

Self-Awareness can be built by many factors, even by being musical and linguistic. But the question is specifically asking about a factor that would contribute most. 

For answering this question you need to know all kinds of 8 intelligences proposed by Gardener. And also if you understand the word "intrapersonal", you can guess the answer. According to Gardeners, below is the characteristics of "Intrapersonal Intelligence" -

People who have high intrapersonal intelligence are 

aware of their emotions, motivations, beliefs, and goals.

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

CTET Feb 2016 Focus: Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development

Every year, at least one question is asked on CTET examination on Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development. Mostly the questions asks you to identify a particular moral action or behaviour into pre-conventional, conventional and post-conventional stages as constituted in Lawrence Kolhberg’s Theory of Moral Development.

If you want to understand Kohlberg’s theory, please watch two videos that explains the concept from CTET point of view here –

The first video gives you an introduction on Heinz’s Dilemma and second video talks in detail about all the stages given by Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development.

After watching these, let’s look now at one of the questions asked in CTET exam on Kohlberg’s Theory

Karnail Singh does not pay income tax despite legal procedures and expenses. He thinks that he cannot support a corrupt government which spends millions of rupees in building unnecessary dams. He is probably in which state of Kohlberg's stages of moral development?( ) Conventional( ) Post Conventional( ) Pre Conventional
( ) Para Conventional

What is this question asking you to evaluate? Let’s use our elimination strategy. There is nothing called Para Conventional. So, option (d) is out.

This definitely is not pre-conventional as Karnail has some moral view on whether to pay taxes or not. So, option (c) is out too.

Can it be conventional? In the video, you have seen that abiding laws as is,  like crossing traffic lights at the zebra crossing is part of the “Conventional Stage.” While Karnail Singh is definitely not following laws. He is in fact questioning them. So, option (a) is out too. And the correct answer is option (b)

Remember that, in conventional stage Kohlberg suggested that “the individual’s own perspective may take precedence over society’s view; individuals may disobey rules inconsistent with their own principles.”

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Mayank from Agra shares his story of success in Bank Exams

Mayank a graduate from Agra, Uttar Pradesh was aspiring to be a Bank officer. After completing his Bachelors in Computer Applications from RL University he was working with IBM in Tech Support. He then decided to get into Banking and joined TalentSprint’s online program in his route to success.

Here’s Mayank’s first hand account of how he went about learning and winning online. Sylvia Fiona of TalentSprint interviewed him through Google Plus to know more about this winner.

When asked why he was looking at a career in Banking, Mayank said “I find banking career attractive as it gives job stability, social acceptance, working during daytime (unlike the night shift in his current job) and excellent growth potential”

There are many training providers in Agra. However, I did not find anything suitable for me. When I was on the net, searching for some videos, I found some lessons by Rohit Sir and Sylvia Mam. After seeing that, I only wanted to learn from them and I made up my mind to join the TalentSprint’s BankersChoice online program.

As soon as he left his job and started his homework on bank exam preparation, he realized that he is not so good in Maths. So he went online and searched for videos which could teach him speed maths. Then he chanced upon the videos of India’s leading Maths teacher Mr.Rohit Agarwal. In his own words “As I was searching on YouTube about maths, I saw Mr.Rohit Agarwal’s videos. He was teaching very good short cut methods to solve mathematics problems. Then I felt like I should learn from him. That is how I joined TalentSprint program”.

On being asked how different and effective was online learning from classroom training, Mayank says “It was 100% effective. I can start the video from the place I had left it yesterday. I can note down all the points at my own pace. There were a lot of practice tests and there was 2 Hours papers. And then there were LIVE sessions, where I could clear all my doubts. So I think it’s the best course available in the market if you want to clear your bank exam”.

In fact, inspired by the success of Mayank in RRB PO exam, many of his friends have joined the online program of TalentSprint. It is interesting to note that online learning from TalentSprint was his only companion to success. “I completely relied upon the videos by TalentSprint, Ebooks, LIVE sessions etc. This was the only support I had for my preparation and I should say that this is the Best program that one can get.”

Having cleared 2 bank exams, Mayank has now set his sight on SSC.

Mayank does have a word of advice for other aspiring candidates who are preparing for Bank and other competitive exams. Mayank says “first of all, focus on the weak areas. I was weak in Maths, Reasoning and other subjects. So I practiced a lot. I used to listen carefully to all the videos and sessions. And then do a lot of practice. You have to work hard. If there is no hard work, there is no success. I was also doing GK (General Knowledge) sessions on a daily basis. I kept reading newspapers and magazines every day.”

In spite of the class room learning, Mayank advises everyone to join this online course.

We wish Mayank a very successful career.

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Friday, 29 January 2016

CTET Preparation : The Strategy of Elimination

As CTET Exam February 2016 is drawing closer, we bring you an important strategy that can improve your score manifold called Elimination Strategy. Whether you are working on Child Development and Pedagogy or on Mathematical or Language Pedagogies, strategy of Elimination is highly useful strategy on CTET.

As the name suggests, elimination means eliminating the choices to reach to the right answer. Consider the following question from CTET September 2015 Paper:

Which one of the following statements about children would Vygotsky agree with?

Children learn through social interaction with peers and adults
Children learn when they are offered lucrative rewards.
Children’s thinking can be understood by conducting laboratory experiments on animals.
Children are born evil and need to be controlled through punishment.

If you scan through the choices, you can easily eliminate choices c) and d). It is irrelevant to what Vygotsky’s theory says. Those two choices are clearly absurd.

Which one of the following statements about children would Vygotsky agree with?

a)      Children learn through social interaction with peers and adults
b)      Children learn when they are offered lucrative rewards.

c)       Children’s thinking can be understood by conducting laboratory experiments on animals.
d)      Children are born evil and need to be controlled through punishment. 

Now we are left with options a) and b). Option b) seems to be true sometimes in our practical life. But think of it, can you really make children learn just by offering them rewards. Option (a) is clearly the most accurate answer. Even if you didn’t know Vygotsky’s theory, you still can choose option (a) just by using general common sense.

Now try the elimination strategy on another question from CTET 2015 September Paper II

India has a lot of Linguistic diversity. In this context, what is the most appropriate statements about multilingual classrooms at primary level especially class I and II ?

a)      Students should be penalized for using their mother tongue or local language.
b)      The schools should admit only those students whose mother tongue is the same as the language of instruction.
c)       The teacher should respect all languages and encourage children to communicate in all of them.
d)      The teacher should ignore children who use their mother tongue in the class.

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Monday, 25 January 2016

How to prepare for LIC AAO 2016: Tips & Techniques

India's largest Insurance Corporation in the Govt. sector offers a huge opportunity for all those aspiring to be in the Insurance field.  There are a total of 700 vacancies across India for the post of Assistant Administrative Officers (AAOs). The notification for 2016 is already out. The tentative dates for Online Examination are 5th, 6th and 13th March 2016.

As much as LIC AAO offers opportunities, it also poses challenges in terms of competition. Lakhs of people across India participate in the exam. Commitment and sincerity to achieve matter a lot. So let's quickly look at the selection procedure before we delve into the How Tos of preparation.

What is the selection Process?
The selection is of two stages – the first one is a Written Online Examination. Those shortlisted in the written exam will be asked to appear for a Personal Interview followed by a medical test before finalization.

What are the subject covered in the online exam?
Online Examination will be of 120 Minutes (2 Hours) duration. It is of objective type and the pattern is as follows,

Number of Questions
Reasoning Ability Test
Quantitative Aptitude Test
General Knowledge, Current Affairs Test
Computer Knowledge Test
English Language Test with Special emphasis on Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension

Is there a penalty for wrong answers?

Yes, for every question that is answered wrong, 1/4th of the marks assigned to that question is deducted. However, there is no penalty for not answering the question. So assess your confidence quotient carefully and then choose to answer the question.

Is there a sectional Cutoff?

Yes. You must pass individually in each of the sections above and also get minimum marks in the aggregate to qualify for the interview. 

What is the typical syllabus for the examination?

In a competitive exam, it is difficult to clearly define the syllabus. However, based on the previous exams, you can broadly note the following topics in the above mentioned sections for studying in the exams.

Typical Reasoning Syllabus for LIC AAO: 
Focus on the following key topics
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Direction sense
  • Seating arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Common Puzzles
  • Analogies
  • Ranking problems
  • Blood relations
Typical Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus for LIC AAO: 
Focus on the following key topics
  • Time & Work
  • Profit & Loss
  • Number series
  • Simplifications
  • Simple, Average & Compound interest
  • Speed, Distance & Time problem
  • Quadratic equations
  • Data interpretation
  • Data sufficiency
  • Mensuration, Probability and Permutations
General Knowledge & Current Affairs Syllabus for LIC AAO:
It is extremely difficult to list syllabus for an open subject like current affairs and general knowledge. The only way you can prepare for this is on a daily basis. Keep yourself updated with daily news and events. Develop a habit of reading important national newspapers and magazines. However, focus on the following can yield good result.

Current Affairs: 
  • New appointments, 
  • News about important people, 
  • developments in Sports, Industry, Agriculture, 
  • National and international news.
General Knowledge: This includes knowledge about 
  • capitals of the countries, 
  • Heads of the Countries, 
  • Currencies, 
  • famous places, 
  • accreditations like being First, Highest, Largest, Longest etc.
Typical Computers syllabus for LIC AAO: 
This section covers basics of computers.
  • Basics of Computers
  • Networking
  • Database Management System
  • MS Office
  • Internet
  • Email
  • Input & Output devices
Typical English Syllabus for LIC AAO:
Even though marks in this section are not counted for final scores, it is important to clear this section for getting qualified. Key topics to be focused include,
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence corrections / arrangement
  • Reading comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Spot the error tests
How can I prepare professionally?
PLAN.  Nothing happens without a plan. 

Now that you know what to focus on, develop a study plan week-wise and allot a fixed number of hours to each section every week. Check this free video with suggestion from Rohit Agarwal.

Is there any program from TalentSprint for LIC AAO?
YES.  We have launched a special program for the aspirants of LIC AAO. You may get more details here

TalentSprint and their expert faculty can guide you on reaching your goals faster. Short cut techniques, quick calculation methods, key topics and much more guidance can be obtained from the expert faculty of TalentSprint and you can be more than ready to beat the competition.

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