Wednesday, 26 September 2012

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I was unable to attend all the questions in the recent RRB exam. I could not answer around 30 questions at the end. Though I am confident that most of the questions answered by me were right, am not sure, if I would make it in this exam.  How can I manage my time in order to improve my performance?

Time Management is probably the most important factor for cracking a bank exam.  While there is no single technique for managing time effectively, some of the best practices followed by successful candidates are listed here under for your immediate reference.

a. Resource Allocation: Allocating requisite time for each section 
All the sections are important for cracking the bank exam. Hence, it is important to have time allocated across all the sections so that each of the section gets its rightful share of the most critical resource – time.

That does not mean that you allocate time equally across these sections. There are certain areas which actually require more time and there are certain areas. For example, it is possible to answer questions in English and General Knowledge more quickly than quantitative aptitude & reasoning questions requiring multiple steps and calculations.

Further, in sections like GK and English, you either know the answer or you don’t and hence it is easy to manage time effectively which may not be the case with other sections.

Hence, you have to be mentally prepared to allocate time for each of the sections which enables you to attempt all the sections so as to become eligible for staking a claim for your job with the Bank.

b. Divide and Rule: Sequence your sections depending on your strengths and weakness
One more area which requires planning is to identify sections between:

Scoring Sections: 
Scoring sections are areas of strength which will enable you to score more.  End of the day, it is the total scores which matter though subject to section level eligibility cut off. Ideally, you should have minimum 2 sections, if not more in this category. While preparing for the examination, this should be identified and worked on.

Quick Fire Sections:  
The sections which will enable you to save time so that you can completely quickly so as to get the benefit of time for focusing on scoring sections and to qualify in sections of difficulty. There should ideally be 2 sections which enables you to save time in order to enable you focus on scoring sections.

Qualifying Sections: 
The sections which are both time consuming and not the area of strength for you to score high marks come under this category. The focus here should be to achieve over and above the normal cut off marks in these section. Ideally,  there should not be more than 1 section in this category.

c. Choose Wisely: Choosing the questions to answer
Boundaries, Quick Singles and Dot Balls – all of them are part of building a successful cricket innings.  Similar mix will be there in a bank exam and questions have to be chosen for scoring Boundaries and Quick Singles and similarly it would be wise to leave certain questions.

Boundary opportunities come when there are multiple questions with single inputs.  Yes, like in cricket there is a risk return trade off. If you get it right, you get good marks and when you don’t, good amount of time gets wasted.  In fact, a lot of preparation has to go in to ensuring that typical boundary scoring opportunities at the examination are exploited.

Singles constitute a large part of the scoring opportunities. However, the same has to be highly calculated and high amount of risk has to be avoided.  In fact, you face the risk of reducing your score through negative marks if care is not taken for these singles.

Dot Balls, or questions which should be left out without answering are the next category as they may result in time wastages and energy drains. Having dot balls in an innings is not bad as long as all the possible scoring opportunities in the other balls are fully exploited.

Further, it is normally observed that the difficulty level of questions increase in the earlier part of each section with easier questions at the end (Free Hits & Slog Overs). Hence, you should have enough time for going till the end of each section within the allocated time for each of the section .

d. Avoid Traps: Avoiding energy drainers
It is normally seen that each question paper has a few question, which looks very easy on the face of it, but requires large number of calculations & operations to come out with the answer.  These questions are typically planted to look at how one avoids these pitfalls to look at how you use your decision making abilities.

e. Experience it: 
While it is easy to list out the steps, unless one implements the process practically it is difficult to arrive at the right strategy to take up the exam. Hence, it is important to take Mock Tests which closely resembles the actual examination condition (including timing, question paper format etc.) so that you implement your strategy for the exam and modify the same to the extent required in order to be ready for the Examination.

Wishing you the very best in becoming a Bank Officer soon.

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