The Art of Preparing Aptitude CSAT paper II
- Rule #1: Maintain a Diary of Mistakes
- Rule #2: Get your hands “DIRTY”
- Rule #3: Know when to give up the fight.
- The Mock-test “SERIES” for CSAT
- Previous Articles on Aptitude
Consider this equation
=>2x -33 =17
=>2x=50 hence x=25.
Wrong! The Correct answer is 41.5.
What was the mistake? We multiplied 2 with x, but forgot to multiply 2 with 33.
This is a frequent calculation mistake made by many candidates, But in CSAT/CAT/IBPS, they’ll also give “25″ as one of the four answers, so people happily tick “25″, come out of the exam hall and boast about how excellently they performed (mera paper toh bahot acchaa gayaa!).
Here are few points from my Diary of Mistakes
- In Data interpretation, do see its unit: lakhs and crores before ticking answer.
- To type 1 to 300 on keyboard:· 100-300 got 201 numbers and to type every number, need 3x keystrokes.
- 5/4 speed = 4/5 time. So 1-4/5= 1/5 of original minutes are saved.
- 20% discount on stock, getting 15% on face value, yield always remains the same. 15/80=18.75, irrespective of investment.
- Join midpts of rectangle= rhombus
^these may not make any sense to you, because this is my “personal” diary out of my “field-adventures”. You’ve to set out on your own adventurous journey and maintain a diary like this.
- To actually write a diary, you’ve to walk on a lengthy field trip. If you just “read” the solved-sums in the book, it is not going to help you.
- “Reading” the sums will only help you memorize the formula and the procedure involved in solving the sum. It will by no means, save you from making silly mistakes in the actual exam.
- You cannot know what type of silly mistakes you’ll make in the exam, unless you make them at home.
- So, When you make mistake at home, don’t feel sad or guilty about it, take it in a positive sense:
Now I’m· less likely to make that mistake in the exam! So by making the mistake, I’ve increased y winning chances.
- Aptitude cannot be learned by reading the books, you’ve to get your hands dirty by calculating the sums on your own.
- And there is ‘greed’ involved, since you’re unable to solve previous 20 mathematical sums in the exam, you’re under stress. You think you can solve this sum,· so out of the greed, you don’t give up and in the process you end up wasting precious time.
- All this happens because you did not follow the two principles: you didnot maintain a diary and you didnot get your hands dirty.
Practice is essential.
- March-April is “Diwali-season” for Delhi’s coaching classes.
- It is their final chance to rob the aspirants, before preliminary exam.
- People live in some myth that : One must join a “Mock Test Series” during this time.
- They join the regular or postal test-series after paying Rs.1500 to 7000 depending on the reputation of the class.
- Some request their Delhi-friends to get ‘fax’ the photocopies.
- Some of them so naïve they think they’ll actually get questions from this in the UPSC exam.
- So if Va*****’s test-series asked about the number of countries sharing border with Burkina Faso, these people will actually mug up the answer, thinking that it’ll come in UPSC.
- You should keep in mind that UPSC also keeps a track of such test-series and makes sure that no question comes out of this. Beside the level and style of UPSC question is just unique in its own way. It is beyond the aukaat of anybody to actually replicate the toughness and variety of questions of real-CSAT exam.
- Besides UPSC has taken only one CSAT, so we don’t have enough authentic questions to build and speculate mock aptitude-questions. What these ‘test-series’ peolpe are doing? Just lifting and rephrasing the aptitude questions from earlier Bank PO, CDS/NDA exams, set up a ‘mock-test’ and rob 2000-5000 rupees.
- Ofcourse such simulated mock tests have their benefits, they gear you up for the exam, they give you practice, you can know about your weak areas. But I don’t really see the logic in demanding 5000 rupees for such mock-tests, this is as absurd as Kalmadi’s overcharged sports equipments in CAG.
- And I can cite a dozen+ names who cleared prelims earlier without even touching such series.
- Anyways in any case, what is the ‘right time’ to appear for mock test? Only after you’ve completed the topic or the syllabus. Otherwise you won’t be able to solve many questions and it’ll only add to frustration. And there are enough mock-questions given at the end of your aptitude books: Arun Sharma, RS Agarwal, Pearson or any book you’re using- You’ve truckload of questions in them for practicing @home.
So get your hands dirty, maintain a diary and get crack the CSAT exam
all of them can be found at mrunal.org/aptitude