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The ONGC release says that the number of post for the GTT is 898 with distribution among various quotas for backward classes. The nature of qualifications is simple, a graduate in engineering or management discipline with a minimum of 60% marks in their overall subjects. For details regarding the exam dates and application, please look on to the official website of the ONGC.

The format of the GTT is of three stage process i.e. the written exam, psychometric test and interview stage. The distribution of weights that is allotment of marks for each stage is not specified by the ONGC but indications are that nearly 70% of weightage is given for the written exam. So if you crack written exam a major part is over.

The written exam is made up of three parts for total marks of 200. The questions are of multiple choice questions which include negative marking. The first part is of general awareness which is made up of general knowledge related to economy, polity and current affairs. It has 50 marks.

The second part is subject specialization which tests your technical knowledge in your respective disciplines. For engineers this would be something similar to GATE exam pattern where questions related subject specialization are asked. This means a thorough knowledge of subjects in graduation is required. The third part consists of aptitude test which involves routine areas like reasoning, data interpretation, English comprehension and others.

The Psychometric test and Interview is again a regular exercise where personality based questions will be asked. Remember the second and third stage is only for those who have qualified in the written exam. The later stages will be held after a month or two after the written exam. So let us first focus on written exam only.

Cracking the GTT

Unlike the other competitive exams we usually hear conducted by the UPSC or any other statutory commission, the GTT conducted by the ONGC is a standalone one-off exam conducted entirely at the discretion of the ONGC management. Thus, it is difficult to assess what standards of questions would be set for this purpose. The management might have itself outsourced this task to other professional groups who are expert at conducting these examinations. However, going by the usual trends of the exams conducted by other PSUs, we can broadly assess the dimensions of the exams patterns.

As the exam is entirely objective based, with possible negative marking though they have not explicitly stated in the notification, the usual strategies and approach of other objective question based exams apply for the GTT too. The syllabus broadly reflects the similar aptitude capacity asked in any other exam. Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, General Awareness are the common subjects in any of the competitive exams. If you have appeared in any such other exam or in the GATE exam itself, you would be better placed to crack the exam.

The four topics mentioned above need triple method approach to crack them. One is information surrounding them equipped with all the formula and methods to solve arithmetic problems. The second is practice, which is crucial given that it is competitive exam and there will be a tight fight amongst the candidates the third is consolidation and revision, which is also necessary as we are usually ignorant of revising what we have studied and thus forget when it comes to actually delivering them.

Some advise for preparations are given below.

  1. Cover the syllabus fully without leaving any considerable portion, as it may turn out that many questions might arise from the units which we might have not touched.
  2. Refer to standard text books for the portion given. One good book for aptitude is the one written by the famous R.S Aggarwal who has comprehensively put the aptitude sections in lucid style. For higher references, a book written by Arun Sharma is popular.
  3. For the English section and general awareness, along with any standard books, which are plenty in the market, refer to other competitive exam question papers as you would get a broad idea of what might be asked.
  4. Practice as many problems as possible and cover as many different types and situations few problems as possible. This would enable you to comprehend the question asked quickly in short time.
  5. In exams like these, speed and accuracy hold the key. You have to enhance your speed of answering the question also you have to be accurate in answering the correct answers.
  6. Refer to other exam question papers like the GATE/CSAT/Bank PO etc for both practice and to get an idea of what might be asked. The UPSC has a store of previous questions hosted on its website which is a good collection of English and Aptitude question papers. Visit that website once.

For the technical part of the exam, the questions expected would be of the GATE exam level or even below that. We would have read about those topics in our engineering courses, all we need now is a proper revision of those courses.

For the psychometric test and interview test, one has to develop their personality holistically. Communications, general knowledge, problem – solving, technical background are the broad areas one has to focus upon for personality development. The GTT has also put a Group Discussion stage for assessing the performance. One is not unaware of this process as we would have known this since our graduation itself. All we need is a grasp in current affairs. Most engineers now practice the habit of reading newspapers regularly. This would be much helpful for us and what we need is practice through mock GDs to gear ourselves.


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