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5 Common Mistakes While Preparing for Government Jobs

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Government jobs are in huge demand in India mainly because of the lucrative salaries, job security and the additional benefits. But the huge competition makes it extremely difficult and challenging to get a government job. Lakhs of aspirants all over the country take the written exams every year and that makes the competition really tough to crack. Even for a post of peon, thousands of applicants turn up with high academic qualifications. Such is the craze for government jobs!

Many students aspire to get a job in the government sector. There are various government sector exams like SBI, IBPS, Insurance, SSC and many more. So it’s very important for the student to choose which field one is interested in and accordingly which exam one needs to prepare for. Getting a government job isn’t that easy anymore. Apart from the hundreds of applicants for a single vacancy, there are written examinations and interviews to get through. Written exams are aimed at testing your knowledge while interviews test your communication skills. It’s not that difficult to crack the recruitment exams but you have to prepare earnestly and avoid these few common mistakes while preparing for government jobs:

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

— Confucius

1. Not concentrating on current affairs:

Aspirants generally mug up the general knowledge questions from a General Knowledge book but fail to stay abreast with current affairs. General Knowledge books are quite helpful in providing information about important places, people, dates & events etc. but they are not up-to-date as far as current affairs are concerned. One should make it a habit to read newspapers on a daily basis. Read newspapers daily and watch TV news channels to stay abreast with the latest happenings in India & abroad. General awareness section can get you maximum marks in a less time interval. So one should not neglect this section and thoroughly prepare for this.


2. Not going through previous years’ question papers:

A general idea of the examination pattern can be had by going through the solved question papers of previous years. It’s a good way of written practice for the examination. One comes to know about the important topics and the weightage given to each topic and thus one can prepare accordingly. It is essential to understand the examination pattern for faring well in the exam. One should practice as many mocks as one can from test series. The more you practice, the more are your chances of getting selected.

3. No local language knowledge:

It’s a common misconception that good command and fluency in English is sufficient to crack the recruitment exam and interview. But according to the new rules issued by the Government of India, proficiency in local language is required for all new recruits especially for the ones in clerical cadre. So if the applied post requires proficiency in the local language then one must brush up his/her local language skills as one may be asked to read/write in the state’s official language during the examination or interview.

Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.

— Chris Grosser

4. Not being computer literate

Knowledge of basic computer skills is a must nowadays for most of the jobs. Sometimes relaxation may be given where the candidate is asked to acquire required computer skills within six months of joining. In some clerical jobs, clearing the typing test is a must for getting recruited. This important aspect should not be ignored because even after clearing the written examination, the aspirant may fail to get the job because of failure in typing test or computer proficiency test.


5. No professional coaching:

The importance of coaching should not be under-estimated. An average person may crack the exam without coaching by studying hard but professional coaching will help him to score additional marks which makes a huge difference. As the competition in these exams is so high, every additional mark counts and can make a lot of difference to your overall rank. Professional coaching helps in creating a strategy for the exam preparation. One also becomes more focused & disciplined for exam specific preparation if he is taking professional coaching.

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© 2019 Shaloo Walia


Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 25, 2019:

All the best Luis!

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 24, 2019:

This is a big help. Currently applying for a government job here in the Philippines. Thanks.

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Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 22, 2019:

Thank you Devika.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 21, 2019:

Excellent tips for one in search of government jobs. You explained in detail and a useful hub indeed.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 07, 2019:

Thank you Dora!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 07, 2019:

@Prantija Proficiency in local language is a must when applying for state govt jobs. In Punjab, the candidate must have studied Punjabi till class tenth if one wants to apply for state govt job.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 07, 2019:

Your points are valid and valuable. All job seekers can relate and should take heed. Well done!

Prantika Samanta from Kolkata, India on October 06, 2019:

Indeed a great read. Not having the adequate knowledge of working in computers is one of the problems that need a great deal of attention. I was not aware that it is important to be fluent in the local language. I have found the article highly beneficial and effective for the jobseekers who are planning to take up these examinations. Thank you for sharing such important information.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 06, 2019:

Thank you Bill for being so encouraging always.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 06, 2019:

Very useful information and applicable in most countries.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 06, 2019:

Thank you Eric!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 06, 2019:

Interesting stuff. I think it is universal good advice.

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