Railways are one of the biggest employers in India. According to the latest job notifications there are more than 62000 vacancies in the Railway Group D positions. These posts are spread around the country in 21 Regional Railway Boards.
Why a Career in Railways?
Millions of Indians are waiting for the golden opportunity to enter this prestigious Organization for the following reasons:
- Government job with Great Basic grade pay plus D.A., travel allowance, HRA
- Provision of residential quarters
- Job security
- Education facilities for children
- Access to free medical facilities
- Free rail passes
- No pay cuts even during recession
With so many advantages, the competition to get a job is very high. The exam can be taken in 15 regional languages so even people from far flung areas can take this test.
So, how to Crack Railway Group D Exam in First Attempt?
Tips and ideas to crack Railway Group D exam in first attempt
Planning and proper implementation of your exam plan will help you crack Railway Group D exam in first attempt itself! Here is how you can do it….
- Understand the syllabus
The Group D Railway exam will be in form of a Computer Based Test with 90 minutes duration carrying hundred marks. There is negative marking and 1/3 of the marks will be deducted for wrong answers.
The sections are:
- General Awareness section
This section covers questions from current affairs, Politics, History, Geography, Economics and few questions on Railways – its history and some Railway statistics
- General Intelligence and Reasoning:
This test checks your reasoning capabilities. It is not based on any formula. Practice more and your speed and reasoning skills will improve.
- Numerical Ability
This is the most scoring part. Candidates applying for SSE, ALP and JE need to do this section carefully to get the maximum marks
- Prepare using RRB preparation books
Once you understand the syllabus buy some famous Railway Exam books for preparation. Here are a few suggested by experts:
- Upkar Railway Recruitment Board Exam – Upkar Publication
- Traffic Apprentice Editorial Board – Pratiyogita Darpan
- Verbal and Non verbal Reasoning – R.S.Agarwal
- Arithmetic – R.S.Agarwal
- Reasoning Test – RS Agarwal
- Railway Recruitment Board Exam – Khanna & Verma
You can also prepare from other sources. Revise, note down important tricks and formula, important dates/events etc in a note book. You can recheck this notebook just before appearing in the exam.
Managing to complete the exam within the given time is the best way to crack this exam.
As you prepare you will know your speeds for different sections. Check where you are slow and try increasing speed. Keep time limits for each section along with some tiny breaks for checking if possible.
- Working Smart is the new Mantra
Nowadays everybody advises – work smart not hard. Hard work will give results only when you plan smartly. Numerical ability is more scoring; some of you are good at reasoning or current affairs. Plan time accordingly.
- Practice! Practice!! Practice!!!
After preparing from various sources, get all the mock test papers from all free available sources including the Internet. Place a timer and start doing the paper. Do as many papers as you can as practice makes a man perfect. Likewise, there are some online tests that you can do too.
Concentrate on the sections you are weak to improve marks in the next test.
Later check the answer keys to see how many you got write and how fast you finished them. Beware! There is negative marking; answer only the questions that you are confident of.
- Check out the Previous year Question Papers
Always try to get the previous year papers for reference. You will if the papers are concentrating on specific issues at present.
These papers could also be used as practice papers to improve your answering speed.
- Do not get stressed
Getting stressed is worse than not writing at all. Even after preparing well, if you are stressed at time of exam you will not be able to do properly.
Be confident and cool during the exam after smart preparation. This is a sure shot of success!