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OICL AO : 15 Day Revision Strategy

The OICL AO 2017 exam is just 15 days away and it’s time to start with the revision process. It could be the case that some you are still in the preparation stage, but it is advisable to incorporate this revision plan in your daily study routine anyway. This will only bolster your preparation.

An important thing to remember is that completing the syllabus on time should be one of the aspects but not the final goal. The idea is to prepare so that you can perform to the best of your abilities on the day of the exam and come out with flying colours and this revision plan will help you with just that.

Let’s glance through the exam pattern first.

OICL Administrative Officer Selection Procedure : Phase – 1: Preliminary Exam (online objective test)
 Name of the section Max marks Duration Medium English Language 30 60 mins English Reasoning Ability 35 English/Hindi Quantitative Aptitude 35 English/Hindi Total 100

Few important takeaways from the pattern are:

(I) Speed is critical for success in the exam as 100 questions are to be answered in 60 minutes. This translates to roughly 36 seconds per question.

(II) There are no sectional time limits. Hence, one has to have a proper time strategy in place, the objective of which should be to: Clear sectional cutoffs first and then maximise the overall scores.

OICL AO 2017 Recruitment Exam : Revision Plan
• Divide these 15 days as follows: 12 days ( 4 days / section ) + 3 days.
• In the first 12 days, keep 4 days for each of the three sections. Keep the last 3 days aside for lighter topics such as: revision of calculation shortcuts or formulae you need to memorize.
• The trick to scoring marks in Quantitative Aptitude Section of OICL AO is to attempt the questions on Quadratic Equations, Simplification and Approximation first and then going for Number Series. Hence, work on strengthening these topics.

• Revise topics that form the base for other topics and then move on to higher-level difficult topics that require you to have a knowledge of these base topics.
• For instance, most Quant topics require you to apply concepts of Interest, Percentage and Profit & Loss. Therefore, start with what are called the base of Arithmetic section: Percentage, Profit & Loss and Interest.
• The DI questions are known to be calculation intensive. Hence, make sure you practice at least 5 sets everyday.
• For English, preparation involves building and strengthening grammar basics. Re-read the notes you’ve prepared.
• Also practice at least 5 RC passages everyday.

While doing the above mentioned things, it is also important to attempt at least 1-2 mocks in a everyday and spent some quality time analyzing your attempts. Devise a strategy on the following three points:-

• Order of attempting various sections
• Time to be spent on each section
• Number of questions to be attempted

Understand that all the 3 things mentioned above are dynamic and vary from person to person, or sometimes even paper to paper, based on the difficulty level. Understand, that the goal is to clear the cutoffs first and then to maximize your overall score. Apart from the subject knowledge, your time management skills play an equally important role in the exam. Taking mock tests will also provide you with a situation where you can practice making such important decisions, and thus be better prepared for the actual exam.

Once you’ve done all that we’ve mentioned, rest assured that your preparation is complete. Just be confident, and go ace that exam!

All the best!