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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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!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Success Story of Mahesh Chatte

The Success Story of Mahesh Chatte

TalentSprint is responsible for facilitating the career acceleration of a student from an interior village with limited communication skills and assisting him in fulfilling his dream of becoming an IT Professional in an MNC.

Mahesh, a 24 year old B.Tech graduate, is from an interior village called Mallamidapalli, in Mandal Kadri, located in district Ananthapur of Telangana. Mahesh had spent his life studying in Telugu Medium schools and colleges. He hails from a farming family which was badly hurt due to a shortage of rainfall. His father migrated to the city and still works as a driver to support his family financially.
Mahesh enrolled in TalentSprint as a Student of Testing Program in 2013 June, possessing limited skills as far as technical knowledge and communication skills were concerned.

With TalentSprint, both his technical and communication skills got polished and honed by high-end trainers. He got the opportunity to be mentored by a faculty of experts who spent one-on-one time to bring him up to scale in his language and technical skills and to make sure that he was totally ready to be employed. TalentSprint bridged his skill gap by conducting various Industry-based tests and organizing numerous mock interviews. The placement cell and the faculty worked hand-in-hand to build his confidence and overall professionalism.

Mahesh is the oldest sibling in his family, and hence held the greatest responsibility to stabilize, and indeed, increase the family income. He worked hard at his academics and managed to secure a good percentage. It was only when he finished his education in 2012, did he realize that reality was quite different from what he had expected. The job market was open and accepting only to those who had industry required skill sets. He was also made aware that to possess good communication skills in English was an absolute must. The market also already had a huge supply of academically proficient individuals. With English as quite a significant limitation and little to no knowledge of the industry needs, he did not really stand a chance of being selected for a Job.

However, within 3 months of training with TalentSprint, Mahesh underwent a total metamorphosis: from being a quiet and reticent, uncertain boy to a confident, articulate go-getter with a high self-esteem. He cracked his very first placement test and was placed in CapGemini as a Test Programmer. Today not only has he taken the responsibility of his family upon his shoulders and fulfilled his dream but also managed to set an example for aspirants from rural areas, to dream big, as with the right approach and relentless efforts, every dream, no matter how unrealistic, can come true.

Mahesh is now a well settled employee of the multinational company, CapGemini and works as a Testing Programmer with a handsome salary. His family could not be more proud.

Friday, 8 January 2016

The Success Story of Sravani Gangarapu

TalentSprint enabled a young graduate from a conservative background to become self-reliant and live her life on her own terms and helped her fulfil her dream of becoming an IT Professional in an MNC.

Sravani, a 22 year old, was born and brought up in the conservative town of Thirupati. Her father is a farmer and her mother is a home maker. Sravani always wanted to break the age old norms of society where women are “supposed” to be dependent and confined to their homes. She had decided early on to lead by example and carve a path for her sister where they have would be able to live life their way and not have to be restricted to these notions.

Sravani took up the Science stream and worked hard to score a distinction. She then decided to look out for opportunities in Global IT Giants. Its then that she encountered the problems of skill shortage in Technology. With limited exposure available in home town, she was not equipped to face the entrance tests posed by the MNCs. Her skill gap would take her back to the life she did not intend to pursue.

Sravani completed her graduation and then chose TalentSprint as her mentor. She moved to Hyderabad and was counselled by the expert support team to enroll in the Testing Program Course that was in demand. Sravani graduated from her college in 2014, June and became well versed with Testing Tools and Technology within a short span of 2 months. She was trained in a simulated environment with Industry Test Cases. She participated in around 6 mock interviews that built her confidence up, in facing the HR rounds.

Within 2 months Sravani was ready to face the Placement Drives. She attended her first drive by CapGemini in October and got placed in its Chennai Office. Sravani is now a self-sufficient individual and has done her family proud. Being a farmer’s daughter she was always hard working and strong willed, and TalentSprint provided her a platform that shaped her skills in the right manner and give her access to the opportunities where these skill set were required.

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Monday, 4 January 2016

8 Resume Mistakes to Avoid

It's really easy to make mistakes on your resume and very difficult to repair the damage once an employer gets it. So prevention is critical, whether you're writing your first resume or revising it for a mid-career job search. Check out this guide to the most common difficulties and how you can avoid them.

1. Typos and Grammatical Errors
Your resume needs to be grammatically perfect. If it isn't, employers will read between the lines and draw conclusions about you, like: "This person can't write," or "This person obviously doesn't care."

2. Lack of Specifics
Employers need to understand what you've done and accomplished. For example:
A. Worked with employees in an IT setting.
B. Recruited, hired, trained and supervised more than 20 employees in an IT firm.
Both of these phrases could describe the same person, but the details and specifics in example B will more likely grab an employer's attention.

3. Going on Too Long or Cutting Things Too Short
Despite what you may read or hear, there are no real rules about resume length, because hiring managers have different preferences where resumes are concerned. That doesn't mean you should start sending out five-page resumes, of course. Generally speaking, you usually need to limit yourself to a maximum of two pages. But don't feel you have to use two pages if one will do. Equally, don't cut it too short simply to make it follow the one-page standard.

4. A Vague Objective
Employers do read your resume objective, but too often they don’t pay attention to vague lines like, "Seeking a challenging position that offers professional growth." Give employers something specific and, more importantly, something that focuses on their needs as well as your own.

5. No Action Verbs
Avoid using phrases like "responsible for." Instead, use action verbs: "Resolved user questions as part of an IT help desk serving 4,000 students and staff."

6. Leaving Off Important Information
You may be tempted, for example, to eliminate mention of the jobs you've taken to earn extra money. Typically, however, the soft skills you've gained from these experiences (e.g., work ethic, time management) are more important to employers than you might think.

7. Visually Too Busy
If your resume is wall-to-wall text featuring five different fonts, it will most likely give the employer a headache. So show your resume to several other people before sending it out. Do they find it visually attractive? If what you have is not easy on the eyes, revise.

8. Incorrect Contact Information

Double-check even the most tiny, taken-for-granted details!