6 Tips to prepare Aptitude and Reasoning for Campus Placement

6 Tips to prepare Aptitude and Reasoning for Campus Placement

6 Tips to prepare Aptitude and Reasoning for Campus Placement

It’s not about getting the right answer. It’s about getting the right answer ‘QUICKLY’!

How very true it is! With the growing competition in campus placement or off-campus recruitment drives, talent is no longer the sole criteria as one must also be quickest to win the race. Owing to this, it is important to get ahead of others in all the sections of job placement. One of the first hurdles in the placement scenario is the written test of Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.

Many candidates complain that they possess required technical skills but fall behind in aptitude tests. This pushes them out of the competition right at the start of the process.
Through this article, we are providing you 6 simple tips to make preparing aptitude and reasoning very easy, quick and effective

Aptitude Tutorials, Q & A and Videos

Reasoning Tutorials, Q & A and Videos

TIP 1: Assess the time you have with you
1. Analyze how many days do you have for preparation of Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.
2. Based on it, prepare a rough study plan.

A good beginning is half the job done! What will be there in the study plan?? We’ll see ahead in the article ☺

TIP 2: Select study material - Text and Video
  • Based on your preference, choose a way of learning - offline or online
  • Offline (Books, etc.) is good but online responds quickly to the dynamic job market and is in tune with latest question pattern trends. Leverage the power of Internet and get the video tutorials straight on your laptop screen!
Some important books for fresher/campus placements or even off-campus placement drives are

1. Dr. R. S. Agarwal’s Quantitative Aptitude book
2. Fasttrack Objective Mathematics by Rajesh Verma
3. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by Dr. R. S. Agarwal
4. A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by Dr. R.S. Aggarwal

But remember, books are huge and need time to solve. Nowadays most of the placement tests are conducted online. So being familiar with online mode of learning and attempting tests IS A MUST.
  • Many websites offer study material and practice tests which cover everything needed for campus and off-campus placements.
  • Select the type of study material - text material (e-books and text on websites) or video tutorials.
  • If time is short - Video tutorials are a great help.
  • If time is available - Reference books, e-books, etc. + Videos
Websites and videos have a wide variety of questions; also, they generally update their material faster and are up to date in terms of latest trends in exams.

TIP: 3 Divide topics based on priority and group similar topics together.
  • Starting study from chapter 1 and going serially means going straight out of the competition.
  • Find topics frequently asked in exam
  • Topics with more weightage must be the first priority. On studying these first, you are making sure that you can attempt more questions in exam.
TIP 4: Have a Study Plan
  • This is the most important part of your preparation.
  • A good practical study plan is half the work done (Rest of the part is following the plan ☺☺)
  • Based on time available to you, make a detailed study plan as to which chapter you’ll cover when and when will you attempt tests on it.
  • If you study/learn a topic for 1 hour, then you must practice it for at least 2 hours. The more you practice the better.
  • Within topics of priority, you should club similar topics and study them together. THIS WILL REDUCE TIME OF PREPARATION.
What follows is the religious implementation of the study plan.

TIP 5: While following the plan -
  • If you have less time to prepare - focus first on your strengths (topics you know or find easy) and then on weaknesses.
  • If you have more time - Improve weakness first and then make strong points stronger.
  • SOLVE ONLY ONE SUM OF EACH TYPE at start- Identify all possible type of sums that can be asked. DO NOT SOLVE ALL SUMS of those types directly. Solve only one sum of each type in the first phase.
  • After practicing, learn shortcuts and tricks related to the topic.
  • Revise these tricks and tips regularly.
TIP 6: Practice! Practice! Practice!
  • Keep taking timed practice tests.
  • They are the only way of understanding how we perform in a test like situation.
  • Neglecting it would make all your preparation efforts run down the drain.
CareerRide.com has a huge collection of QA and Reasoning videos and practice test specially developed from campus placement point of view. Make sure that you make full use of them and crack the placement test with flying colours!
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