How to prepare for Aptitude Test for Placements

Posted by Anubhav Jain | May 5, 2015, 8:48 p.m.

In India, there are more than 10,000 educational institutions providing Engineering and Management related courses, with roughly 6 million students appearing for campus recruitment every year. However, less than 25% of them are employable. The gap is the development and assessment of right kind of skills. Any campus recruitment process starts with a screening round, in most cases, an aptitude test. This is where most of the students from Tier-II and Tier-III institutes miss out. The need of the hour is for them to pick up a good mix of classroom and online learning, coupled with online practice and assessments to ensure that they cross the first hurdle with greater success rate.

Students can formulate a winning strategy by keeping note of the following:

  1. Starting early - This is important for not just aptitude preparation for campus recruitment, but any competitive prep. Students at Tier-II or Tier-III students must start sometime in the second year of Engineering or first year of Management education to ensure that they have enough time to come up the learning curve
  2. Step-by-Step Approach - Students must take up few things at a time. They should start with the aptitude basics, practice easier levels and gradually move to the shortcuts, tips and tricks
  3. Start with QA - Aptitude tests consist of multiple sections, viz., QA, LR and VA. Quantitative Aptitude is most commonly asked and has much vast coverage. One should start with QA to make the maximum of one's preparation and then move to LR and VA in parallel
  4. Be Company Specific - This is the most critical aspect for students today. Most training companies and courses are generic and do not help students understand their level of preparation for different companies. It is important to follow a company specific approach both in learning and assessment
  5. Practice-Assess-Practice-Assess - Aptitude is all about practicing and continuously assessing one's preparedness levels. Take a comprehensive assessment driven online course that provides you ample opportunity to practice questions and compare your performance.

Why Online Learning is here to stay

Posted by Anubhav Jain | May 5, 2015, 8:55 p.m.

Present times are rewarding, yet challenging, for the education industry. Rewarding, since technology is enabling a paradigm shift in the methods of learning. Challenging, since classroom and instructor led teaching has to be blended carefully with technology.

It is important to understand that countries like India have been slow to respond to any major change in the way technology can change our lives. However, it is imperative for the country to pick up online learning in the times to come because of its flexibility and reach. Online education can reach the remotest households, the poorest children at the minimal cost. With technology devices like mobile phones and tablets within reach of people, technology enabled learning will open doors for students to come out and learn beyond what is taught at the schools.

Online learning comes with distinct advantages which would make its impact long lasting and its relevance increase many-fold with time:

  1. Cost - Online courses come with a distinct cost advantage. Today, a lot of the content posted online is free. Even professional courses are available online at a very nominal cost
  2. Flexibility - Students can read online - anytime, anywhere as per their convenience. This is especially important for people managing both work and studies
  3. Scope - Online learning provides a much larger scope and breadth of learning for people. Students can take up lectures on plethora of topics from instructors all around the world

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