Placements. That's it. That's the word. That's what we want, isn't it? I mean a whole host of us anyway. For a lot of us, these four years will be the last in our academic lives. Feels like a long, worn out battle at this point. And it's finally coming to an end. And one of the very last things we'll ever study/prepare for is the APTITUDE.
A judgement of your general aptitude, measured by standardised tests. These tests are an extremely important factor for the companies while they are making a decision on your futures.
So, here at DJ LIT, we decided to help out the students in our college, by asking for help to those that have already cracked these tests. The BE students.
We reached out to more than 20 students who have been successful with them and asked them three basic questions and recorded their answers. Hope this helps.
Question: What are your go-to strategies when it comes to preparing for these aptitude tests?
Answer: One of the most common responses recorded, was that you need to practice. A lot. Well, duh.
A decent grasp of the basic concepts of every subject. They have a plethora of YouTube videos for each and every subject, obviously, giving out tips, tricks, formulas, identification of type, etc. so that's helpful. Another interesting piece of advice is that these aptitude tests have sub-sections viz. quantitative ability, logical reasoning, language, technology/data interpretation, etc. so it is quite important to score a threshold amount of marks in all of them in order to secure qualification for the next round. So instead of focusing on scoring well in just one section, make sure your focus is divided appropriately amongst different categories. Avoid using calculators a lot, know your strengths and weaknesses, take mock tests on the internet, practice, practice, practice.
Question: Which study material do you recommend the students?
Answer: IndiaBix is one of the most popular websites for this. R.S. Agarwal is the go-to book for most of the students. YouTube videos are particularly helpful due to the dynamic nature of it. CareerRide, for example. Other than that, testpot.com, placementseason.com, geeksforgeeks.com, GATE books and more YT videos are your best friends.
Question: What is the duration of preparation for these tests?
Answer: The stand out response is that it depends on the particular individual, everybody is different, the whole nine yards. But the most common timeline seems to be somewhere between 45 to 75 days, with daily practice of at least an hour.
Finally, it is important to remember that every one of us has a different approach, a different method that works for us. And it does not necessarily mean that it will work for someone else too. So it is vital that as you go along, you make sure that you are comfortable with the path that you are taking, and the approach that works for you. So what are you waiting for? Get crackin'.
PS: A big thank you to the BE students for taking the time to help out their fellow juniors. We wish you all the very best with your collective futures.