Preparing for a written exam is always a challenging task, and the pressure to deliver the best increases when the exam is something like army clerk CEE. Every 6 out of 10 students pass the written exam of the clerk, but out of those 6, only 2 make it to the final merit list.
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To be declared pass, you just need to score 80 marks out of 200. But getting just 80 marks will definitely not get your name on the merit list, and if your name is not there, then all your efforts will be wasted. So, it’s very important to do good in the written exams.
In this article, all you need to prepare for the written exam of the clerk is given, like syllabus, paper pattern, and books. Also, some valuable tips that will help you to do better preparation for the exam.
Army Clerk Paper Pattern And Exam Format
The paper pattern of the clerk is different as compared to other trades. People often get confused about how the clerk paper format will be? below is the complete description of the exam pattern, feel free to ask in the comments if you still don’t understand something.
|Subject||Questions||Marks||Passing marks||Total passing marks|
|Part – 1|
|Part – 1|
According to this table:-
- The paper will be of total 200 marks.
- 60 minutes or 1 hour of time will be given to complete the exam.
- The paper will be divided into two parts (part 1 and part 2).
- Each part will be of 100 marks, and each part will carry 25 questions.
- To be declared as pass, a candidate has to get 32 marks in each part of the exam. Also, after combining both the parts, the total should be 80 or more to get pass.
- Each of the questions will be of 4 marks.
- There will be negative marking, half (0.5) marks will be reduced for every wrong answer.
- No marks will be cut for leaving any question. So, you can leave a question if you have any doubt.
The questions in part – 1 will be asked from GK, general science, Maths, and computer. Each subject will have a fixed no. of questions. Maths will carry a maximum no. of questions i.e 10 questions, while all the other subjects in this part will carry 5 questions each. Except for GK, the questions of other subjects will be based on the CBSE syllabus, and the difficulty level of questions will be up to CBSE class 10th.
In General Science, questions related to basic science will be asked. If you have a strong base in science, then you will not find any difficulty in solving questions of general science. Likewise, basic questions from maths and computers will be asked.
Part -2 of the exam will carry the questions related to the English language. Mainly questions which will check the grammar of the candidates will be asked in this part.
Army Clerk/SKT (Storekeeper) Syllabus
The below-given syllabus is not the complete list of topics, in exams questions may be asked from topics that are not present in this list. But, all the questions will be asked from the CBSE syllabus that’s for sure. Most of the time, the questions will come from the following syllabus:-
|General knowledge||Abbreviations – National and International.
Sports – National and International.
Awards & Prizes – National awards, Gallantry awards, Nobel Prizes.
History – Important dates & battles in Indian and the World, History, and landmarks of Indian History, national movement.
Geography – Solar System Space exploration, The earth principal peaks, Deserts, Rivers, Lakes and famous waterfalls, Geographical Tallest, Biggest, and Longest, etc.
Terminology – Geographical terms, Economic terms, Astronomical terms, Legal terms, and Misc terms.
UNO – Indian Armed Forces. Indian Towns, States, and Uts. Institutions and Research Stations, International space Stations and Festivals of India and World, Indian News Agencies and Dailies, Continents and Sub Continents, Inventions and Discoveries, Environment, The Constitution of India, Religious communities and Principal Languages, National and International Days, International Organizations, Books and Authors, The world of plants and animals, Current Affairs and “Who’s Who”.
|General Science||Human Body – Food and nutrition, diseases and prevention, vitamins, and their uses.
Question of General Science consisting of topic related to Physics, Chemistry, and Biology based on fundamentals and day to day activities.Medical Terms, Scientific Terms, Scientific and Research, Institutes in India, IO/Numeral Ability.
|Maths||Arithmetic – Natural numbers, integers, fractions, rational/irrational numbers, decimal fractions, HCF & LCM, square root, ratio and proportion, percentages, averages, profit & loss, simple and compound interest.
Algebra – Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of algebraic expressions, HCF & LCM, factorization, simple equations, surds, indices, logarithms, Solution of linear equations of two and three variables.
Ratio and proportion meaning and standard form, roots, and discriminant of a quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c = 0.
Mensuration, Area and Volume, Area of four walls of a room, area of a circle, sector, and segment of a circle, surface area and volume of a cube, cuboid cone, cylinder, sphere, Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios of an angle A of a right-angle triangle, Simple applications of trigonometric ratios for solving problems of different types, Simple identities based upon the above, Heights and Distances, Solution of simple problems of height and distance using trigonometrical tables and logarithmic tables.
Geometry – Lines and Angles, Different characteristics of lines and angles, parallel and perpendicular lines, inserting lines, some of angles and triangles, interior and exterior angles, Triangles-properties, equality, congruence, and similarity with respect to sides and angles, Parallelogram-types and properties.
Circles – Properties, arc, chords, tangents, secants, and angles subtended by arcs.
Statistics – Histograms with given intervals, classification of data, frequency, frequency polygons. Mean, median, and mode of grouped and ungrouped data, problems related to statistical techniques.
|Computer||Computer System – Characteristics of a computer, Basic applications of a computer, components of a computer system – Central Processing Unit (CPU), Visual Display Unit (VDU), Keyboard.
Concept of Memory – Primary and Secondary Memory, RAM and ROM, Units of Memory – Byte, Kilobyte, Megabyte, Gigabyte, Terabyte.Input / Output Devices – Mouse, Joy Stick, Scanner, Microphone, OCR, MICR, Light pen, Bar code Reader, Digital Camera, Printer, Speaker, Plotter.Booting procedure and Storage Devices.MS Windows – Basic concept of an Operating System and its functions.Introduction to Windows: Using Mouse and moving icons on the screen, My computer, Recycle Bin, Task Bar, Start menu and menu selection, running an application, setting system date and time, Windows Explorer to view files, folders, and directories, creating and renaming of files and folders, Opening and Closing of Windows Minimize, Restore and Maximize forms of windows.Basic components of a Window: Desktop, Frame, Title Bar, Menu Bar, Status Bar, Scroll Bars (Horizontal and Vertical), Using right button of the Mouse, Creating Shortcut, Basic Windows, Accessories: Notepad, Paint, Calculator, Wordpad.
MS Word – Introduction to a Word Processor, Creating and Saving a Document, Editing, and Formatting a Document. Text Style (B.I.U), Font Type, Size, changing color, alignment of text, Formatting paragraphs with a line or paragraph spacing, adding headers and footers, numbering pages, using grammar and spell utilities, using subscript and superscript, inserting symbols, Print Preview, Printing a document, Inserting WordArt, Clipart and Pictures, Page setting, Bullets and Numbering, Borders and Shading, Format painter, Find and Replace.
Inserting Tables: inserting, deleting-rows, and columns merging cells, splitting cells, using the auto format.MS Powerpoint – Introduction to presentation Graphics, understanding the concept of slides shows, Basic elements of a slide, Different types of slide Layouts, Creating and saving a presentation.
Different views of a slide: Normal view, Slide Sorter view and Slideshow, Editing and Formatting a slide: Adding Titles, Subtitles, Text, Background, Watermark; Headers and Footers, Numbering Slides.MS Excel – Introduction to Spreadsheets, Concept of Worksheets and workbooks, Creating and Saving a worksheet.
Working with a spreadsheet: entering numbers, text, date/time, series using Autofill, Editing and formatting a worksheet including changing color, size, font, alignment of text, inserting or deleting cells, rows, and columns.
3. Sentence Structure
4. Other Areas
This is the list of subjects and topics related to them which will come in the written exam. Like said before, questions may come from topics other than these topics, but all the questions will come from the CBSE syllabus.
Books For Clerk
There are books of various publishers and authors available in the market, but not all of them are good to prepare from. So, make sure that you pick the right one, and do check that the content in the book is the same as mentioned on the index page of the books.
See also: buy the best books for army clerk online.
Tips To Prepare For Clerk Written Exam
Now that you know the clerk exam pattern and syllabus, it’s time for you to begin your preparations. Here are some tips to get you started:-
Study from NCERT
Since the questions will come from the CBSE syllabus, therefore, it is very important to study from the NCERT books. Instead of investing your time and money in other books, you should first try to complete the NCERT books.
Not all the books of all the classes, but class 9th and 10th books will be more than enough if you do prepare them well. But, if you are running out of time, then you can just prepare from class 10th books. If you do prepare the NCERT well, then you will not need to read other books except for the GK part.
Study according to plan
Our minds work better when things are organized. So, it is crucial to have a study plan for yourself. Make a proper timetable according to which you should study.
First of all, you will need to become habitual to studying until the written exam. If you can’t sit to study for a long time period, then don’t! just sit for short intervals like 30 to 45 minutes. But do it regularly, when you start getting comfortable with it, then you can increase the time limit. Taking things slow is the best way to get control over yourself.
Set a particular time to study, when you do one thing at the same time regularly, then your body and mind adjust themselves to that routine and this will help you focus better.
Newspapers are a great source of knowledge, not only do they make you aware of what’s happening around you, but also add to general knowledge, and benefits you in lots of other ways. All successful people start their day by reading the newspaper.
50% of your general knowledge topics will be covered if you read the newspaper daily. So, make it a habit of reading the newspaper every day (preferably English). It’s not important that you should do it in the morning, but any time of the day.
Prepare for English
Having a good grip on English is very important to crack the written exam of the clerk, because as you must have seen above, 1 part of the written exam is entirely dedicated to English, and it carries 100 marks. So, make sure that you do practice for English, pay special attention to it.
Add to your sources of knowledge
Books are not the only sources of knowledge, you can gain knowledge from so many different things. Internet is the ultimate free source of learning and adding to your knowledge. So, instead of just using it for social networks, use is it to gain knowledge.
If there is any subject that you don’t find interesting or which is giving you the hard time to understand, then look for it on the internet, you will find tons of website, explaining things in an interesting and easy way. Be a smart learner, and use the internet for your benefit.
Do not procrastinate
procrastination is the main reason behind the failure of most people. The more you put the work on tomorrow, the more are your chances of failure. Live with the rule of now or never, if you do not study today, then you will never be able to get into the Indian army. Give priority to your studies first.
Try to follow these points on daily basis, and you will surely crack CEE with good marks and get your name on the merit list.
Hope this article was helpful to you. Please feel free to comment if you have any doubts or queries related to the paper pattern and syllabus of the army clerk/SKT. We will try to respond as soon as possible.
All the best for your written exams!