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High School Assistant – HSA / High School Teacher – HST :

Kerala PSC has released the recruitment notification for the post of High school teachers (HSA) in various subjects. Including Mathematics, Natural Science and Social Science. Opportunity to submit application for Social Science is active till 7.7.2021. You can apply online through the official website of Kerala PSC where the dates for mathematics and natural science crossed the deadline. If you are ready to go the extra mile, your aim to become a teacher in government service is not too far. A consistent and organized preparation will help you to achieve your dream post since the competition is narrowed. This article will help you to get a brief idea about the syllabus and preparation for HST. 

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Eligibility, Salary scale, Vacancy and Age for HST

Candidates aged between 18 and 40 and born between 02.01.1981 and 01.01.2003 (Both dates included) are eligible to apply for the post of HST. (Other Backward Communities and SC/ST candidates are eligible for usual age relaxation.)

Educational Qualification: Candidates should possess a degree and B.Ed./BT in the subject either concerned or conferred or recognized by the Universities in Kerala. 

To apply for this post candidates must have passed the Kerala Teacher Eligibility Test (K-TET) Exemption: Candidates who have qualified CTET/NET/SET/M.Phil/Ph.D in the respective subjects and M.Ed in any subject are exempted from acquiring TET.

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Salary scale: 29200-62400/-(PR)

Vacancy: A separate rank list is prepared for each district. There are vacancies in every district that is not yet estimated by Kerala PSC. Shortlisted candidates will be appointed against the vacancies reported during the validity of the rank list. 

How to apply

  • Candidates should complete the one-time registration with the official website of Kerala PSC before applying for the post.
  • Registered Candidates shall apply by logging on to their profile using the User –ID and password.
  • Click on the ‘apply now’ button of the respective post in the notification. The category number for the post is 203/2021. (Apply Now) 

What is the exam pattern for High School Teacher (HST) / High School Assistant (HSA) 2021?

A statewide written/OMR/Online Test is conducted for the post and a separate rank list is prepared for each district. There will be 100 questions for100 marks. Each right answer will give you one mark while each wrong answer will lead you to a penalty of 1/3 marks. The total duration of the exam is 75 minutes.

The exam consists of two parts, part A and part B. Part A is a common paper and part B is the core subject (History). 

Part A – 20 Marks

  • Module I: Renaissance and freedom movement 
  • Module II: General Knowledge and Current Affairs 
  • Module III: Methodology of teaching the subject 

Part B – Core subjects – 80 Marks

How to Study for HSA / HST Exam

Now you have an idea of what to study, the next question is how to study? 

If you effectively spend your time, you can crack the HST exam on the very first attempt. There are certain rules to follow to become a topper in the HST exam. 

Now let us discuss the preparation strategies to crack HST/HSA Exam

Always follow the Syllabus

       The initial step you should follow when you set about for the preparation is to go through the syllabus. Examine the syllabus thoroughly and collect the materials required. Keep a copy of the syllabus with you and mark the topics you have covered so far, also revise them regularly. Sticking on to the syllabus helps you to study what is exactly needed. There is no use if you know so many things unless you cover the syllabus perfectly. 

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Analyse Previous Year Question papers

Previous year’s questions help you to nurture your knowledge in a short period. You can refer to the previous year’s LDC, LPSA, UPSA, and HSA question papers while keeping in mind the current syllabus.

Books & Materials for HSA/ HST Exams

For teaching positions, the exam conducted by Kerala PSC depends on the SCERT textbooks. If you check the syllabus, you can observe that most of the basic topics are taken from SCERT textbooks. Read the SCERT and NCERT textbooks from 5th to 12th Standards and prepare your notes and also make value addition from other standard books and materials based on the syllabus and previous questions. 

Renaissance and Freedom Movement

  • Kerala Navodhanam published by TALENT Academy.
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  • Kerala Charitram by E. Sreedhara Menon.
  • India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra.
  • LDC Facts Plus by TALENT Academy and SCERT, NCERT Books can be used. 

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General Knowledge and Current Affairs 

For General Knowledge Talent Academy’s LDC FACT PLUS Rank File is more than enough which also covers SCERT and NCERT textbooks. For Current Affairs from the exam point of view, you can refer (TALENT YouTube classes) which updates daily current affairs. You shall buy the latest Special Current Affairs Special Edition book published by TALENT Academy, which covers all the important current affairs relevant from the exam point of view.

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Read Newspaper daily basis

Reading newspapers is as important as preparing based on the syllabus. It not only helps you to acquire good marks in current affairs but also helps you to build an opinion about everything around you. A teacher should always be a role model for his or her students, a person with sound knowledge can inspire many people. 

Practise Mock Tests 

Practising mock tests is as important as practising the previous year’s question papers. When you become familiar with the syllabus, start practising as many mock tests as possible. It will help you to identify your weak areas and strengthen them before the actual exam.

Practising mock tests helps you a lot in time management and you can measure your improvement. To develop a habit of practising a mock test a day. Note down the points you do not know and collect related facts.

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Join a Coaching Centre

Many people lose the spark to study in a long-term process. It is too hard to push yourself to do something when you are not determined enough. The best solution for this is to find a coaching centre with good mentors. A mentor can help you to ease the tougher paths. If you aim to achieve a government job at the earliest, join us. Talent Academy offers different modes of coaching for the HST/HSA exam.

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