More than 90% of the engineering students applying for the campus placements are filtered away from the aptitude test. Astonished? True though.
So the question now arises how should we prepare for the aptitude test for campus placement and what all topics should one cover?
No worries, today I will present 5 effective tips to clear the aptitude test for campus placement.
98% of them are MCQ’s and 2% chances are there that they might ask you to write answers.
Aptitude Test consists of 4 main sections:
- Logical Reasoning
- Data Interpretation
Lets first understand each section in detail before diving into the 9 effective steps
This is one of the best scoring section in the aptitude test. There is one golden resource for this section –
Quantitative Aptitude by R S Aggarwal
Most of the times numericals are taken from the book with the same values
Topics you must cover:
- Time and Work
- Percentage and Ratio
- Time & Distance
- Boat & Streams
- Profit & Loss
- H.C.F & L.C.M
Questions vary from company to company so make sure to cover other topics as well.
- Cisterns & Pipes
- Calendar problem
- Simple & Compound Interest
Logical Reasoning Section
Logical Reasoning is a tricky section. You need lots of practice to understand the question first.
Here also you can refer the book –
Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by R S Aggarwal
Pay more attention to these topics in this section while preparing
- Series Completion
- Blood Relations
- Encoding and Decoding
- Seating Arrangement
Mostly picture based questions are asked in this section.
Verbal section consists of easy topics. These are easy to crack and consumes less time apart from reading comprehension
Topics that you must cover
- Reading Comprehension [Most favorite question]
- Fill in the blanks [Articles, preposition, phrases]
- Writing a summary/gist of the given paragraph
- Synonyms & Antonym
What you can do to master this section is read books and give online tests. You will understand exactly how these questions are asked.
This section mostly consists of picture based questions. Once you understand one diagram following 4 questions can be cracked easily
Topics that you should know:
- Bar Charts
- Pie Charts
- Table Charts
- Line Charts
Okay, now that we have understood the entire process of Aptitude test, let us focus on how to prepare for it in an effective manner.
Tips to clear aptitude
#1 Go through all questions in the start
Analyze the overall aptitude questions and start with the section with which you are comfortable.
Analyzing is important for you to understand which section would need maximum time and accordingly distribute it.
#2 Write necessary information on rough paper
Before starting the test, you will be given rough paper for calculation purpose. Write down the necessary things will which help you during the aptitude test. Like for example
Writing down alphabets along with numbering them from 1 to 26 and vice versa.
#3 Make use of review option
Most students tend to write the question number on a rough sheet of paper thinking that they will solve later.
What happens in most cases is that due to time crunch you might start solving quickly and forget about these questions which are solvable.
Visual cues are keys to gain attention
Review option will add a flag to that particular question number and will remind you before submitting the test about those questions.
#4 Know about the marking scheme
If there is no negative marking scheme, at the end of the test randomly tick the options for the questions left out.
Who knows you might be the lucky one 😉
Also, ensure whether they have a sectional cutoff. Accordingly, decide your time for each section and start your test.
Make use of the available online resources. Indiabix is one of the best websites to learn and give mock tests.
Most of the times, the Data Interpretation questions asked by the companies are the same as that of the Indiabix test series.
Similarly, cover all the above mentioned topics from IndiaBix as well.