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

How to Prepare for LIC AAO 2016

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.

Focus on the following key topics
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Direction sense
  • Seating arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Common Puzzles
  • Analogies
  • Ranking problems
  • Blood relations
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.

  • 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
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.


How to prepare for LIC AAO 2016: Tips & Techniques

LIC AAO offers opportunities; it also poses challenges in terms of competition. Lakhs of people across India participate in the exam.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

IBPS Exams Calendar for 2016 - 17

IBPS Exams 2016 Calendar
The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection ( IBPS) has issued an important notification giving out calendar of the exams scheduled in 2016 and 2017.

The tentative calendar of examinations for Common Written Exam ( CWE-VI) for participating organizations has been issued. The tentative dates are as under,

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

3. How to Register and Pay Examination Fee?

The process of registration and payment of examination fee has been made completely online. No other mode of registration or payment is accepted.

4. List of Participating Banks:

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

Apart from planning and perseverance, many a times you will need the right guidance from the right people to get through these types of highly competitive exams. That is where experts in the field like TalentSprint come into picture. Their faculties have guided hundreds of students to success in banking career. Start the year right with the right guidance and determined perseverance.

5. How do I prepare for the exams? Evolve a Personalized Study Plan :

Many of our students and free users accessing our content have been asking us how they should make the best use of the available time for their preparation. Our ideal advise is that one should have a 6-12 month plan in order to have a full-fledged preparation.

Some of the key expectations that we place before the aspirants are:
  1. should be ready to spend not less than 50 hours a week till the examination 
  2. prepare with full dedication, focus and commitment. 
  3. should have access to best in class content & practice in order to capitalize on your efforts
If you believe that you are committed to points 1 and 2 above, we are here to provide the number 3 above.

Before we get into the preparation plan, let us first look at important topics to be focused on each of the sections

Quantitative Aptitude
General Awareness
Speed Maths
Element Series
Basic Grammar
Indian Economy
Coded Inequalities
Finding Errors
Budget & Planning
Linear Arrangement
Cloze Test
Foreign Trade
Number System
Circular Arrangement
Money Market
Complex Assignment
Banking Basics
Profit & Loss
Jumbled Sentences
Current Affairs
Simple & Compound Interest
Machine Input -Output
Reading Comprehension

Averages, Ratios and Proportions
Coding & De-Coding
Idioms & Phrases
Computer knowledge
Partnership and Ages
Blood Relations

Basic Hardware and Software
Time & Work

Keyboard Shortcuts
Time & Distance

MS Office
Data Interpretation


5(a) How should one prepare for these exams?

Preparation has three parts viz. Learn, Revision and Practice.

The Objective of Learn is to have the concepts understood. One should go through the basic concepts, short cuts as well as exercises to test one's understanding. A TalentSprint student can plan his preparation as under:
  • Go through the 400+ video lessons across all Quant, Reasoning, English and General Awareness topics. This will take you around 60 hours 
  • Participate in 4-5 LIVE classes in each month 
  • Set aside 1 hour a day to go through the pdfs pertaining to Word Power, Synonyms Antonyms, Current Affairs, Computer terms etc. 
  • Set aside 1 hour per day towards reading Newspapers, Articles of importance
Revision has to be done on important topics and specifically those which you find it difficult to follow. 
  • Participate in the IBPS Refreshers which are tentatively planned one month before the actual exams.
  • Identify the areas where you find difficulties and revise the same by relearning through the videos till you get confident
As you would appreciate, Practice is an important area one needs to focus on.  While Full Length Tests are good, it is important that one also takes on Section Tests as well as Topic Tests to understand your strengths and weakness. So we suggest two stage practice as under:
  • Topic and Section Level Tests:
    Ideally, one should take topic level test for each of the topics and a minimum of 10 section level tests for each of the sections viz. Quant, Reasoning, English, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge. This will take you around 20 hours. If time permits,  you can take some Section Tests as well on specific sections which you identify for revision in your preparation (based on importance as well as your understanding levels).
  • Mock Tests (Full Tests):
    It is very essential that one takes at least 10 Mock tests in the actual exam format in order to get used to the pattern of the exam. Also, it is equally important to analyse one's performance in each of these mock exams and take appropriate actions to improve performance.
Ideally, this practice needs to be done ONLINE and in an interface similar to that of the examination. TalentSprint students have the opportunity not only to do all these practices but also get analytical reports on their performance, which can be used to understand the areas of strengths and weaknesses that can be acted upon through preparation and revision.


IBPS Exams Calendar for 2016 - 17

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection ( IBPS) has issued an important notification giving out calendar of the exams scheduled in 2016 and 2017

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Monday, 18 January 2016

What is RRB NTPC 2016 Exam? Who should take it and why?

RRB NTPC 2016 Exam Pattern
This is an opportunity like never before. One of the world’s largest railway networks and the world’s seventh largest commercial employer is gearing up to recruit pan India for its various Non-Technical positions.

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.

Who can take this exam?

RRB NTPC 2016 offers huge opportunities for graduates. Candidates should be between the age of 18 and 32 years. They should hold a Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or its equivalent. For those applying for Junior Accounts Assistant-Cum-Typist, Senior Clerk-Cum-Typist and Senior Time Keeper, apart from a degree in any discipline from recognized University or its equivalent, Typing proficiency in English/Hindi on Computer is required.

So, what are the opportunities after the exam?

As mentioned earlier, 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

Well if these are just the jobs available for grab across India, they do come with an attractive package too. Take a look at the salaries and pays for some of the posts.

Pay Scale:

  • Commercial Apprentice: Rs.9300-34800/- + Grade Pay Rs.4200/-
  • Traffic Apprentice: Rs.9300-34800/- + Grade Pay Rs.4200/-
  • Enquiry-Cum-Reservation Clerk: Rs.5200-20200/- + GP Rs.2800/-
  • Goods Guard: Rs.5200-20200/- + GP Rs.2800/-
  • Junior Accounts Assistant-cum-Typist: Rs.5200-20200/- + GP Rs.2800/-
  • Senior Clerk-Cum-Typist: Rs.5200-20200/- + GP Rs.2800/-
  • Assistant Station Master: Rs.5200-20200/- + GP Rs.2800/-
  • Traffic Assistant : Rs.5200-20200/- + GP Rs.2000/-
  • Time Keeper: Rs.5200-20200/- + GP Rs.2800/-
So it’s time to start preparing and getting ready to beat the competition down and enter one of the world’s most prestigious organizations. Take a look at the exam pattern.

RRB NTPC 2016 Exam Pattern:

General Knowledge
90 Minutes
Arithmetic Ability
General Intelligence
General Science
Total Marks

Success Factors:

There is no replacement for hard work and sincerity. But in these kind of exams, you should know that there are a lot of candidates who work hard and are quite ambitious too. So apart from hard work, you need the right guidance from the right mentors and coaches. That is where TalentSprint’s time-tested training programs matter a lot. Hundreds of students have tasted success with TalentSprint programs. You can be one of them too.


What is RRB NTPC 2016 Exam? Who should take it and why?

Indian Railways has issued the notification for recruitment for 18,252 vacant positions. The positions include (CA), Traffic Apprentice (TA), Enquiry-Cum-Reservation-Clerk (ECRC)
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Friday, 15 January 2016

Overcoming Procrastination

6 Tips to End Procrastination

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow,” said the great writer Mark Twain.
We are all aware of the phenomenon known as procrastination. How often has this happened to you: You have some impending work that absolutely needs to get done, but instead of getting the work done, you spend an inordinate amount of time doing absolutely nothing productive, you surf the web, relentlessly use social media, check your email multiple times, watch videos, television and an endless supply of other redundant activities. You simply don’t FEEL like doing anything.
Here’s some ways to end this habit that limits you from reaching your potential and takes away from your right to live a fulfilling, rewarding life.
1.     Break your work up into smaller jobs
Often the reason we procrastinate is that we find the work to be too overwhelming for us to tackle all at once. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be have no trouble doing it right then and there.
2.     Change your environment.
 Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace. One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around.
3.     Eliminate your distractions.
Stop being distracted easily, do something simple like moving the browser bookmarks that take up too much of your time into a less accessible folder. Some people go so far as to delete/deactivate their Facebook/social media profiles and this is a little drastic. Addressing procrastination is about being conscious of our actions, not restricting yourself in a self-made prison, but if you think you need it, then definitely go the distance and do it.
4.     Tell others about your goals. 
Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. That way, whenever you see them next, they will ask you about your status on those projects. This helps you to stay accountable to them and will give you the incentive to follow through on your plans.
5.     Stop over-complicating things.
There is no such thing as perfect. There is no perfect time to do something, and definitely not the perfect way. Don’t try too hard to be a perfectionist as this will only hinder your drive to actually get the job done and have you wasting time more often than not because of the pressure to be as perfect as possible. This doesn’t mean don’t do your best, on the contrary, definitely do your best, just don’t get obsessed with perfection. Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination.
  1. Just do it.

 At the end, it all comes down to taking action. You can strategize, hypothesize, plan for all time, but unless you take action, it won’t get done. Just do it!
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