After about one month from the starting of the preliminary Viva exam, the written exams will take place. There are four subjects in this examination- English, Bangla, Mathematics and General Knowledge. Each subject is worth 50 numbers and you will have to get atleast 20 in each subject. You will not pass the exam if you get 45 in one subject and 19 in another. You must get above (or equal to) 20 in these four subjects individually.
Bangla 1 hr
English 1 hr
Break 30 mins (approximate)
Mathematics 1 hr
General Knowledge 30 mins
(There is no syllabus for this exam. Below is just a guideline based on my own experiences and observations. Note that below is the approximate syllabus of just the army written exam. Syllabus for navy or air force is different)
Bangla: paragraph, translation and basic grammer like shondhi, karok, bagdhara, shomash, ek kothay prokash etc.
English: translation, passage, paragraph, preposition, voice change, degree change, sentence changing, correct use of verb, idioms and phrases etc.
Mathematics: basically from class 9-10’s general math. Each math is of 5 marks. If you are weak in geometry you can skip it because there will not be more then 1 question from this part.
General Knowledge: National anthem***, name of the great Bir Sresthos with their ranks***, ranks of army***, abbreviations, capital city, currency, head offices of different organizations and current issues about home and abroad. Reference book: Ajker Bishsho (latest addition)
It’s true that this written exam is not so tough, but many many students fail it because they neglect it. Don’t make this killer mistake. You have to take adequate preparations to pass this exam. There are a lot of guide books available at the market which will help you to prepare.
From my own experiences I can tell that general knowledge is the hardest part to master. You have to spend a lot of time to memorize various names and dates. You have to practice is regularly. By the way, reading the news paper regularly helps a lot in this matter.
Best of luck