A career in IAF is a much dreamt career opportunity for all as the job comes with all the privileges, security, stability and assurance. Indian Air Force conducts the group C exam every year for recruitment of posts like MTS, Housekeeping Staff, Lower Division Clerk (LDC), CMTD, Cook (Ordinary Grade), Typist, Store Keeper, Painter, Carpenter, Fireman, Stenographer etc. People with proper eligibility criteria can apply for the jobs and get prepared to crack the exams. It might seem to be a difficult exam in the beginning. But with proper preparation tips and strategy, aspirants can easily crack the IAF group C exam.
Mainly, the recruitment is done through a written exam. But if required, skill test, practical test or physical test are conducted depending on the post you are applying for. For example, posts like drivers need to take skill tests for getting the job. It would be easy if some tips and tricks are known to the aspirants. Here we can look at some of the main preparation tips which can help you crack the exam in the first attempt.
Know the basics
For an exam like IAF, it is very important to know the basics of the exam like the expected exam date, eligibility criteria, syllabus and exam pattern. Knowing the syllabus and the exam pattern well is the most important tip of all. Knowing what all to study and how much weightage each of the topics has in the exam really helps you take the first step. There are four sections for the syllabus – general awareness, numerical aptitude, general intelligence and reasoning and general english.
General awareness topic section contains topics from history, geography,economics, political science, events etc. Numerical aptitude section has topics like percentage, average, profit and loss etc whereas the reasoning section comes with topics like number series, alphabet series, direction, decision making etc General English have questions from topics like vocabulary, grammar, error correction, idioms and phrases etc. There is a written exam of 2 hours duration with 100 marks. Those candidates who qualify the written exam are eligible for the skill tests depending on the posts they are applying for.
Prepare a timetable
Having a timetable and study plan for yourself can help you improve your time management skills. It helps you to cover your topics at the correct time for your exams. When preparing a timetable, be well aware about where you want extra attention so that you can focus more and score well in your exams.The syllabus can differ from year to year. Be updated with the syllabus and current affairs. Allot some time everyday for reading newspapers or reading or watching current affairs compilations and videos.
Choose what is best for you
The best materials are to be chosen for scoring well and cracking the IAF Group c post. There are many materials available in the form of videos, audio podcasts, written notes, pdf notes etc. There are many compilations, yearbooks, and best books available prepared by experts like S.Chand and R. S. Agarwal etc. And, there are many other edtech platforms like Entri which come up with all these materials and resource persons altogether which can ace your exam preparations and help you crack your exams and achieve your dream career.
Attempt mock tests and Previous year question papers
Attempting test series and previous year question papers is one of the main steps in exam preparations. In the initial stage of preparations, you can attempt a test per week. And while preparation progresses, you can attempt a mock test per day. This practice can help you in many ways like managing your time, accuracy, and analysing yourselves, your progress and weaknesses. Previous year question papers and mock tests is in fact, a practice of writing exams. The more you have the practice of writing the exams, the more you have the chances of winning the exam.
Revise everything you have learnt
Don’t forget to revise all the lessons and topics you have learnt so that the topics will be thorough for you to reproduce them at the time of your exams. IAF group C exam is an exam which requires memorising many topics and lessons. Use different methods to revise and recollect the topics and points. Make use of study notes, audio podcasts or compiled notes for revision of the topics.
Seek help from Experts
Always seek help from subject experts who can help you crack your exams much easier. There are many coaching institutes and online edtech platforms which provide high quality coaching and subject experts who can help you with tips and tricks. The experts can surely help you with their experience in the field, memory tips to make you remember information and topics. They can also help with the important questions and topics.
Have presence of mind
During preparation and while writing the exams, have presence of mind and stay motivated. Be prepared well and make sure not to spend time on difficult questions and instead, attend all the questions you know very well first and then, allot your time for difficult questions. It’s okay not to know all the answers and win in every exam you are attempting. Keep trying, never give up and one day, victory will be yours.
Tips for performing well in the skill test
Those who qualify the written test are eligible for the skill test. Skill tests can be of different types, like physical tests or practical tests. It can be different depending on the jobs. A typist or stenographer needs to take a practical test. Jobs like fireman and driver need different kinds of skill tests to pass the exam. Practice well enough for the tests and always seek help from expert coaches so that your mistakes are corrected during the training. Always remember to stay healthy too.
The exam and skill tests can be cracked with ease if proper preparation strategies are adopted. Always make sure to prepare well, practice as much as you can and use your time wisely. When writing the exam, always concentrate on the exam well and don’t panic if you don’t know any answer. Stay calm and recollect everything you have learnt and go with the best and the correct option available. All the best for your exams.