Last Update: 08/06/2018 14:40 PM
The Finishing Touch: SBI Clerk 2018 Last 14 Days Strategy
SBI Clerk 2018 Last 14 Days Strategy: Dear Students, With the admit card for Preliminary Examination of SBI Junior Associate Examination 2018 released and the dates of the examination being 23rd, 24th and 30th June provides with a timeline of 14 days till the examination. SBI released the notification for recruitment of Junior Associates on January 19 with the number of vacancies being 8301 to be filled via a two-phase examination structure viz. Preliminary and Mains. The announcement of the vacancies was welcome news among all aspirants. Despite being postponed for a short interval finally the admit cards are out bringing with it the many fold dilemmas with respect to the most suitable strategy to crack the examination.
Many of you must be pondering over certain unavoidable questions, the most important one being how to utilize these last 14 days to the best of your ability. We are sure you must have utilized your time till date going through all the topics in all sections making yourself well prepared to stand in the arena and emerge victorious. To help you with that we are going to discuss a feasible strategy that will help you make the best of your time and resources for the preliminary examination.
The Finishing Touch: SBI Clerk 2018 Last 14 Days Strategy
Visiting the examination structure of Phase- I of the examination, the three sections i.e. Quantitative Aptitude (Numerical Ability), Reasoning Ability and English Language carry 100 questions equivalent to 100 marks to be attempted in a time span of 1 hour. Differentiating section wise Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability section will comprise of 35 questions each and English Language section will comprise of 30 questions. The change to be remembered as different from previous year examinations is that this time there is a clause of 20 minutes per section i.e. you will have 20 minutes to attempt each section in which time from one section won't be carry forwarded to the next.
Earlier, while mostly aspirants used to attempt more questions in the Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability section giving them more time as compared to English Language section. With the introduction of Sectional Timing limitation that won't be possible anymore, but this shouldn't dishearten any of you as the change is for all, for which a suitable strategy can help you get ahead of others. We shall now move on to discussing what needs to be done in these 14 days so that you come out with your guns blazing.
Numerical Ability Preparation Tips
A) This section will comprise of 35 questions carrying 35 marks with a time limit of 20 minutes. The usual expected pattern of questions comprises of 2-3 Data Interpretation and questions based on Simplification/Approximation, Quadratic Equations, Number Series which should be the first ones to be attempted as they take lesser time than questions from arithmetic based topics such as Time speed & distance, Time & Work, Simple & Compound Interest, Profit & Loss, Mixture & Alligations, Averages etc.
B) In the DI question, each dataset usually carries 5 questions out of which normally 3-4 are solvable easily and quickly. So, go for the questions that you can co-relate with. Calculation techniques and familiarity with the usual DI questions to calculate percentage changes, averages and ratio will help you gain time for rest of the questions. For that practice at least 3-4 different DI sets on a daily basis.
C) Faster calculation techniques with knowledge of squares and cubes will help you solve quicker and accurately the questions covering Simplification/Approximation and Number Series. So do well to revise squares and cubes every other day while working on multiplication tables and calculation on a daily basis.
D) The miscellaneous topics comprising of questions based on arithmetic need to be judged well on the basis of your familiarity with the topic and ease in attempting it. Remember to revise basics of all those topics.
Reasoning Ability Tricks and Tips
A) Reasoning section will again comprise of 35 questions carrying 35 marks to be attempted in a time frame of 20 minutes. This sections involves questions in form of 2-3 puzzles and based on Alphanumeric Series, Coding-Decoding, Syllogisms, Direction & Distance, Ranking, Inequalities etc. A feasible strategy would be going about the questions other than from puzzles at first since they take lesser time. After that depending on your understanding and easiness with the type of puzzles they should be attempted.
B) In the puzzles area the usual questions covered are Sitting Arrangement(Linear & Circular), Floor based, Box based etc with 1-2 variables in play. Look for the puzzles containing more and more of direct information provided. Practice 3-4 variety of puzzles on a daily basis to get accustomed of the approach making yourself faster to understand the instructions and make use of it.
C) All of the other question variety can be easily dealt with and scored on. Take each variety each day and practice at least 10 questions of it.
English Language Practice Strategy
A) English Language Section will comprise of 30 questions carrying 30 marks to be attempted in 20 minutes. This section usually involves questions based on Reading Comprehension, Cloze test, Error Detection/Sentence Improvement, Sentence Rearrangement and others. Earlier aspirants used to devote the least time in this section scratching the bare minimum and scoring more in other sections. But with the clause of sectional timing brought in one will have to spend whole 20 minutes in this section as well.
B) The Reading Comprehension type has a passage with 10 questions based on it usually. Of these normally 4 questions are based on synonyms & antonyms. Others questions include theme of the passage, idea that can be inferred/concluded from the given premises. Attempting 2 RC questions of different topics daily will not only help you with this pattern but also improve your reading and comprehending power which would help you save time and attempt accurately.
C) Cloze test, Error detection, Sentence Rearrangement based questions are easier to score but the choice of questions to be attempted needs to be affirmative. Don't rush into answers as you have enough time to evaluate all options before you attempt. Practicing topic based quizzes along with a knowledge of phrasal verbs and idioms would help you score better.
D) English section requires a basic knowledge of grammar rules so make sure you brush up your base and analyze the questions in the mocks you attempt well enough so that you always know the reason behind a correct and a wrong option.
Time to Dig Deep : SBI Clerk 2018 Last 14 Days Strategy
Overall, full lengths mocks are must practice because sitting in an examination hall and attempting questions for a duration of 1 hour required focus and endurance. Make sure to practice at least 2 mock papers on a daily basis. In the examination hall remember to stay focused as panicking would make all your hard work go in vain. For that utilize these 14 days as discussed above and be ready for the day.
All the best.
“Don’t practice until you get it right... Practice until you can't get it wrong."