Government jobs are back to their former glory with massive layoffs and pay cuts in the private sector due to the COVID 19 outbreak. Right from a clerk to the Prime Minister of our country, everyone is a Government employee. This clearly shows the wide array of jobs on offer in the Government sector. Irrespective of whether you are a graduate out of college or a working professional looking to switch to a more satisfying career, Government jobs are definitely worth considering since they not only offer pay packages that one can only dream of but also offer a ton of perks. As amazing as Government jobs may sound, they aren’t easy to land. Lakhs of aspirants compete for the limited vacant posts. The following essential and practical tips will help you get over the line effortlessly:
#1 The first and foremost step in the preparation for any government exam is to understand the various stages involved in the selection process, exam pattern, syllabus and cutoff for the job role and exam you are targeting. For example, if you are aspiring to crack the SSC CGL exam then you should familiarize yourself with the SSC CGL Exam Pattern and SSC CGL Cutoff. In general, most Government exams include a written exam followed by an interview so the candidates should plan their preparation strategy accordingly.
By understanding the syllabus, the candidates can conceptualize a preparation strategy and study plan to cover the entire syllabus without leaving any important portion. This will also help the candidate scrutinize all the types of questions that can be expected in the upcoming exams.
#2 Prepare a realistic study plan that allows enough time to cover each and every topic across all the sections. Account for breaks in your study plan. Just creating a study plan alone wouldn’t suffice. It is imperative that you stick to it. Now and then your progress should be evaluated during the preparation phase. If in case the candidate cannot complete the topics according to the stipulated study plan then the timeline should be reassessed, and a new timeline must be framed. It is vital to allocate sufficient time for revision and several mock tests in the study plan.
#3 While designing the preparation plan, the primary and ultimate goals need to be set. Most selection processes conducted by the Government bodies such as the SSC and RRB have a preliminary exam that is qualifying in nature followed by the mains exam and an interview that together determine the final merit list. The primary goal should be to clear the prelims exam by clearing the sectional cutoffs and the overall cutoff. The ultimate goal is obviously landing a Government job.
These goals should be set after a detailed analysis of previous year cut-offs and scoring criteria. Time Management for each section in the exam is also crucial given the sectional time-limits. It helps to track your progress during the preparation by timing yourself while solving questions. For instance, more time should be allotted for a frequently tested topic or a high scoring topic rather than a difficult topic from which very few questions are asked.
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#4 After designing the study plan and preparation strategy, the candidate needs to gather all the necessary material. The study materials for all the exams are available for free on the internet. The trickiest thing about collecting the study materials is to choose the right ones that include all the topics from that specific section. Besides, the format and difficulty level of the questions should be kept in mind while selecting the study material. Solving questions of a higher difficulty level may do more harm than good. While gathering study materials, it is advisable to collate all the previous year questions.
#5 Revision notes should be prepared for all the topics or at least the frequently tested topics during the preparation period. These notes should be clear and precise and should be inclusive of all the important information such as formulae in that topic. In simple terms, revision notes should be like a concise flipbook.
#6 Even when you have covered all the topics according to the study plan and preparation strategy, it is necessary and prudent to test your understanding of the topic and analyse the effectiveness of your preparation. Mock tests will aid in understanding the real strengths and weaknesses in each topic across all the sections.
Having said all this, one should believe in their own capacity and ability to crack the exam. It is very important to stay motivated throughout the preparation phase and put in effort consistently until you clear the exam with flying colours.