Recruitment process and some basic features of exam for the posts of JE, DMS, CMA, SSE and CDMS:
♦ Objective Multiple Choice Type (MCQ) have been conducted for screening candidates for various posts in the Indian Railways through various Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs). MCQ tests contain many questions, hence it is required to be familiar with a much broader range of study material by a aspirant.
♦ The question paper will have 150 questions, out of which 90 questions will be of Technical ability & General Science and 60 questions from General Awareness, Arithmetic, General Intelligence and Reasoning.
♦ The technical portion of 90 questions shall cover basic concepts of Science and Engineering from all the branches/disciplines of educational qualification, prescribed for respective categories.
♦ Duration of the examination will be 120 minutes.
♦ There shall be negative marking in examination and marks shall be deducted for each wrong answer @ 1/3 of the marks allotted for each question.
How to get Success in Exams – Important tips:
♦ Candidates should check carefully the exam pattern and syllabus and level of questions before appearing in the final examination.
♦ It is always beneficial to practice mock tests of previous/sample papers before your final exam to check your preparation & find out weak area of study, if any.
♦ Go through all questions carefully but fast. Encircle the correct option against each question in the question booklet.
♦ Read all options in question before encircle the correct answer.
♦ Time management is key factor for success in MCQ tests. If any question takes more time to answer, it is always better to skip the questions and attempt it in second round. It may be noted that question paper generally have 150 questions and 120 minute time.
♦ After completion of first round, fill up the answer bubbles in answer sheet before going to second round.
♦ If more than one option is probably correct and one of the option is ‘all of the above’ it is better to choose ‘all of the above’ option.
♦ Be more careful in case where is an option of ‘None of the above”. This may be misguiding to aspirants.
♦ Check the options grammatically also there may be a similar option with wrong spelling or misguiding word.
♦ If you are not sure about the correct answer in a question it is always better to use method of elimination. Strike out that options which seems totally out of chance and reduce the number of options. There will be more probability to choose the correct option in reduced choices.
♦ Avoid answering the questions for which you are not sure, especially if there is negative score for an incorrect answer @ 1/3rd . Expected score of a candidate does not change by random guessing in negative marking of 1/3rd.
♦ If you are not sure about the correct option and you want guessing the correct option, read again the question intelligently. There may be a clue/related word in the question/options.
Impact of random guessing in negative marking @ 1/3rd mark.
♦ In MCQ tests,if there is no negative marking, candidates will normally make a guess to identify the answer where they do not know the exact correct answer. But in RRB Exams where negative marking scheme is @ 1/3rd mark, candidates should be cautious for random guessing.
♦ Various researchers has studied the impact of negative marking in a multiple choice test with four alternative to each question and with exactly one correct answer (similar to RRB exams). They have concluded that if the negative score for an incorrect answer is N=1/3, then the expected score of a candidate does not change by random guessing.
Some basics but must read points:
♦ First, you should know what to study, how to study and what not to study.
♦ The secret to success is to start studying as soon as you planned for appearing in an exam, so you do not fall behind.
♦ Regular study and effective time management are the key roles for clearing any competitive examinations.
♦ Every candidate should read daily newspapers and weekly magazines regularly to update one’s knowledge.
♦ Candidates should take balanced sleep and diet before one’s examination day. Avoid becoming all-nighter to safe from fatigue due to stress.