Monday, 20 June 2016

5 Tips to Overcome the Fear of Maths

Maths tips
Right from the student days, we nurture a tendency that if we fail at a particular subject then our brain is not meant for that subject. We tend to move away from the subjects that we find difficult to grasp.

And mathematics is one of the most dreaded subjects for students and adults alike. And since maths forms one of the essential subjects in any competitive exam, like Bank exams, MBA exams or any other entrance exams to reputed Institutions, a good grip on the subject will always help you move forward with confidence. You will obviously feel low in confidence if you have not paid enough attention to basic mathematics during your school days. So there is, in fact, a basis for this fear of maths.

The good news is that every brain is equally capable of solving the maths and maths-based puzzles. Here we will give you some of the important tips that will help you improve your problem-solving capacity using mathematics.

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A wrong solution is better than no solution

When you are solving the problem in a group most of the people are afraid of getting a wrong answer. People consider arriving at wrong answers to be shameful and demeaning. You should think about this in a different way. A wrong answer is better than no answer. It will help you start moving towards a solution and help you make the right assumptions later.

Change your attitude

We have seen people who find calculations in mathematics boring and time consuming. But if you start taking mathematics as a challenge, solving a complex mathematical problem will become fun for you. And once you start finding initial success, keep with it, to keep the interest going.

Use shortcuts wherever required

Many people have a habit of cramming formulas to solve the mathematical problems, which is wrong. In competitive exams, speed is as important as accuracy. That is why we at TalentSprint developed speed maths techniques. One of our extremely popular videos on shortcut techniques on Mathematics and Quantitative problems can be accessed here https://www.youtube.com/user/TSBankersChoice

Work on the easier problems first

Start with the ones which you feel are easier and then slowly move towards the tougher ones. This will build your confidence in solving problems.

Take the right guidance

It is a well-known fact now that every professor or teacher is not suited for teaching maths. Within your group, there could be someone who can suit your style of learning and teach you maths accordingly.

Frequent practice

Frequently working on your maths gives you a better chance at handling the problems you are given. It also helps you learn new and easier methods of tackling problems hence giving you upper hand during the exam.

Another advantage of frequent practice is that it familiarizes you with a wide range of questions hence giving you a greater advantage of handling these sorts of problems.

At TalentSprint, we recognise this difficulty of the students and therefore have evolved shortcut techniques which can be easily used by anyone in competitive exams. And since it is available both online and offline, you can start your journey here

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Intelligence v/s Hard work: What makes one click in Government Job Exams?

Government Job Exams

Government job exam is an umbrella term used for a large number of Government exams of different formats like SSC-CGL Exam, RRB-NTPC Exam etc. Many times, exams for PSUs and Bank POs like SBI PO Exam are also considered in this category. These exams are conducted for various grades of jobs like Grade A, B, and C.

Government job exams are very different from other competitive exams like engineering entrance exams, medical entrance exam, management entrance exam or Chartered Accountant exam. These exams have a very vast syllabus, covering ancient history to recent economic policies, from basic concepts of maths to complex logical reasoning concepts. Hence, a different kind of preparation is needed to crack them.

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Intelligence v/s hard work

First, to cover the vast syllabus and give the desired exam with accuracy and speed, definitely consistent hard work and practice are needed but reasonable intelligence is also needed as otherwise, you would not be able to understand the complex topics, the pattern of the desired exam and crack most of the tricky questions.

For example, while preparing for SBI Bank PO’s General Awareness section, candidates need to focus more on current affairs related to economy and finance but while preparing for SSC-CGL or RRB-NTPC, candidates need to keep a tap on all the general happenings around the world and not go into specific details of each and every event. To know this difference and prepare accordingly, a basic application of intelligence is required.

Second, intelligence is often defined by the marks obtained by the candidates in the exams which in turn is affected by the manner in which the preparation is done and their personal inclination. You may have the personal inclination and your preparation might also be strong but if you don’t practice and put in your hard work, despite being intelligent, you will fail to pass the exam. Hence, hard work is also necessary for clearing the Government job exams.

Third, with the growing competition, the level of elimination in these Government job exams is also increasing. Definitely, a fair amount of intelligence is needed to pass these difficult Government job exams but consistent hard work with suitable guidance and planning is also needed to carry on with the pressure over a prolonged period of time.

Fourth, Government job exams are multi-stage exams, where consistent hard work is needed through the entire selection process. It is not like giving the best shot at one time but it is like giving the best over and over again till you reach the final step of success. So, intelligence combined with hard work can help you sail successfully.

Last but not the least, only hard work or intelligence may not land you in a Government job, you need both at all times so as to align and fine tune your approach to making sure that you reach the goal. Intelligence is not a substitute for hard work.

Need for expert guidance

Well, definitely intelligence, as well as hard work, is needed to pass the Government job exams with flying colours, yet one cannot negate the importance of expert guidance. In fact, intelligence and hard work combined with expert guidance can give you brilliant results. Professional coaching Institutes like TalentSprint can not only provide the expert guidance and channelize aspirants’ hard work and intelligence but instil much-required confidence in them.

So, what are you waiting for? Crack the government job exams this year with all the preparation, hard work, intelligence and expert guidance from the right Institutes.

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Intelligence v/s Hard work: What makes one click in Government Job Exams?

There is a hot debate on whether intelligence is more important than hard work or vice versa for passing Government job exams.

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Monday, 13 June 2016

Why 99% of aspirants fail to qualify for SBI PO jobs?



Being one of the toughest competitive exams of the year, SBI PO Exam tests aspirants’ accuracy and speed and time management skills. Although it looks easy at the first glance, but cracking the exam is not a cake walk. In fact, most of the aspirants fail to qualify for the SBI PO jobs and only a few lucky ones pass with flying colours. We highlight some common mistakes that aspirants make and thus, fail to qualify.

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Reasons for Failure

By looking at the topics and questions that need to be prepared for this competitive exam, aspirants feel that it is easy as the topics are generally similar to the ones taught in the school. This is the first big mistake made by the aspirants as knowing the concepts is just not enough! Aspirants should know how to attempt the questions with speed and accuracy.

Apart from speed and accuracy, the overall preparation matters too. For example, in the General Awareness section, there are a couple of questions on current affairs related to economy and finance. Aspirants generally think that they read the newspaper every day and this is enough but this is again a wrong approach. A focused approach is needed to prepare for this topic as it is very vast. So, aspirants need to strategize and this can be done only by analysing the questions that appeared in the previous years.

Further, keeping in mind the negative marking rule, aspirants need to be spot on with their answers. However, most of the aspirants think, ‘Let’s just attempt the question as answers can turn out to be right.’ This thinking is absolutely wrong. What is needed is that aspirants should learn smart tips and tricks to solve the questions with accuracy and speed.

Apart from this, some of the usual reasons for failing to qualify in these exams include:
  • Taking the exam casually, without realizing that there is a huge competition out there
  • Unable to manage time properly both during the preparation stage and during the exam
  • Not enough of practice
  • Being uncomfortable in using the online platform.
Last but not the least, only mugging up the formulas or topics is not enough to qualify. Aspirants need to practice a lot as it can ensure accuracy at high speed.

How to Avoid these Mistakes

To cover all the above-mentioned points i.e., speed, accuracy, time management and practice, proper preparation is needed on the part of aspirants. While aspirants can invest prolonged hours of self-study, the benefits of expert guidance cannot be ignored. In fact, by not choosing to take any expert help, aspirants make the biggest mistake and fail to qualify in spite of all the hard work. It is because professional coaching institutes (like say TalentSprint) not only provide expert guidance but instil much-required confidence among the candidates.

In order to increase accuracy and speed, professional coaching institutes can help the aspirants with the smart ways/ best shortcuts for answering some of the toughest questions in the competitive exams. These shortcuts can not only help them in solving the questions but also increase their speed which is absolutely necessary for the competitive exams.

They can also help the aspirants with the right study material for all the subjects and also analyse the previous year’s questions papers and based on that help the aspirants come up with a good strategy and a plan of action for studying to succeed. In fact, as a TalentSprint trainee, aspirants can get access to all the extensive study material and the required guidance for the exam.

Further, keeping in mind the negative marking rule and the section cut-offs, they can coach the aspirants well on which questions to attempt first and last. They can help the aspirants in identifying the speed breakers in the question paper. They can also help the aspirants to practice well through online mock tests and thus, increase their speed.

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

How to Prepare for SBI PO in 30 Days


Preparation tips for SBI PO Exam

The French Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, is reputed to have said, “Impossible is a word in the dictionary of fools”, and it is with this fearless attitude that you must approach the task of readying yourself to successfully crack the SBI PO exams.

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Be Positive

Thinking about the available time as too little, against the determination to do your best, is a negative mindset.

30 days is a lot of time. Balancing that time and allotting it tactfully for preparation (6 hrs approx) and practice (2 hrs approx) daily, is the key to cracking SBI PO the smart way. Invest this time in acquiring knowledge and honing skills to get better results.

Channelize your efforts and focus on the goal, a lucrative job in SBI. During the time left, push yourself to go the extra mile in order to reach your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation

Irrespective of your academic background and aptitude, the key to exam success most definitely is preparation. Start preparing sooner and smarter with India’s leading short term test prep program from TalentSprint tailor-made for last minute preparation.

Utilise the available test prep material to your advantage : live classes, study material, and video lessons across all sections of the SBI PO Prelims exam. Tune into every video session, read diligently through your study material and practice religiously.

From day 1 , start solving topic tests and section tests that are made available on the platform.

Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Keep track of the scores achieved in topic and section tests. You will be able to identify your areas of strength, and those that need fine-tuning.

Once you have spotted your strengths, allocate relatively less time for those sections on the ‘all-important‘ day and reserve more time for other problem areas.

Practice all the way

Start attempting one full-length test every week on ‘real time’ basis in the actual exam format with TalentSprint’s learning and test prep platform. On other days, keep practicing on your weaker areas.

To know how you can solve problems using shortcut-speed maths techniques in order to save time in exam, go through the online videos of Mr.Rohit Agarwal on YouTube at

From compound interest to averages, he covers a vast range of topics imperative to clearing the Quantitative Aptitude exam section. Rohit Agarwal is India’s Numero Uno trainer who has coached thousands of students, at TalentSprint, to succeed in Bank exams.

Increase the frequency of attempting full-length tests to two per week, moving forward. By the time exam date arrives, you will be well prepared to solve most of the objective problems and questions for the SBI PO exams.

In addition, don’t miss watching Sylvia Fiona’s videos on solving English related problems in the exam at 

From spotting errors to solving close passages, she trains you in numerous techniques that help in dealing with English easily and swiftly.

On discovering issues you feel strongly about, practice writing letters on those subjects, for the ‘Reader’s Column’ of the newspaper.

Identify articles on subjects of your interest and attempt to reduce the word count to 40 per cent of the original article. Attempt to get an honest feedback from those proficient in the English language. This can help you improve your descriptive English skills. 

Conclusion

A well thought out strategy alongside sufficient hard work and dedication always fetches rich dividends, always.
30 days of all of this combined with academic, practical and insightful inputs from expert faculty at TalentSprint will culminate in a superlative performance by you on the exam day to mark a turning point for life.

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Thursday, 2 June 2016

6 key changes to watch out for in SBI PO 2016 selection

SBI PO 2016

The most awaited bank job recruitment exam of the year i.e., SBI PO 2016 is back with a bang. With the State Bank of India (SBI), one of the oldest public sector banks in India, announcing SBI PO Notification 2016, nearly 2,200 (including backlog and reserved) vacancies will be filled up.

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What is different than last time is the fact that this time SBI has changed the exam pattern and many other aspects of the selection process. Here is relevant information about the key changes that have happened to the SBI PO 2016 selection process.

Important Dates as per SBI PO Notification 2016

Before getting into the changes made to the SBI PO 2016 selection process introduced this year, all the candidates need to make a note of the below mentioned important dates of the exam:
  • Online Registration: May 4-24, 2016
  • Preliminary Exam: July 2, 3, 9 and 10, 2016
  • Main Exam: July 31, 2016
  • Final results: September 30, 2016 
Now coming to the selection process, it consists of 3 phases:
  • Phase I: Preliminary Examination,
  • Phase II: Main Examination,
  • Phase III: Group Discussion and Personal Interview
Major changes have been introduced in Phase 2.

6 key changes in SBI PO 2016 selection process are as under:


a.  Separate timings introduced for all the four sections in the objective test of the main examination: The biggest change in the SBI PO recruitment process this year is the newly introduced sectional time-limit for each section of the main examination. Till previous year, candidates were give a composite time of 2 hours to attempt all the 200 questions across different sections, which means one could decide one's own time allocation for each section. But with the new format, candidates will have a fixed time for each section in the Main examination. The time-limit for each section is given in the table below.

S.No.
Name of the Test
Duration(Minutes)
1
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
60
2
Data Analysis & Interpretation
45
3
General awareness about Economy / Banking
35
4
English Language
40
Total
3 Hours

b. The descriptive test of the main examination to be held online: Earlier, candidates gave the exam with pen and paper. However, this has changed from this year on.

c.  There will now be different number of questions for each section of the Main Examination. Till last year, there used to be 50 questions in each section of the Main Exam, but as per the new notification, the number of questions per section is not constant and the weightage of each section is different. The details of number of questions and marks per section is given in the table below:

S.No.
Name of the Test
No. of questions
Maximum Marks
Duration(Minutes)
1
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
45
60
60
2
Data Analysis & Interpretation
35
60
45
3
General awareness about Economy / Banking
40
40
35
4
English Language
35
40
40
Total
155
200
3 Hours

d. The total time duration for Objective test of the Main Examination has been increased to 3 hours from the usual 2 hours. This year, there will be only 155 questions to be answered in 3 hours unlike 200 questions in 2 hours of the previous SBI PO Exams. Therefore, candidates should be prepared to expect higher difficulty questions due to the increase in the total alloted time and reduction in the number of questions.

e. Evaluation of the the descriptive test of the main examination: It is decided that Descriptive Test papers of only those candidates will be evaluated who score qualifying marks in the Objective Test.

f. The duration of the descriptive test in the main examination to be reduced to half an hour: Earlier, one hour was assigned to this test which is now reduced to half an hour only.


Thus, with these changes, SBI PO 2016 selection process has become all the more tricky. The objective of these changes is to ensure only the most deserving candidates get selected to the Bank. Hence, candidates need to work extra hard and adopt smart preparation strategies. Candidates can choose to prepare on their own, however, taking help from Institutes like TalentSprint can make their path much easier. The Institute can help you understand the new format and help you prioritize in order to score better in the exam.

Institutes like these can not only provide expert guidance but instil much-required confidence among the candidates. So, all those wishing to secure the high paying jobs in this prestigious Government bank, the time has come to pull up your socks and start your preparation right away.

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