After you qualify from the preliminary section (preliminary medical test and viva) you will have to sit for the written exam. There are four subjects in this examination as follows:
Bengali – 50 marks (time 1 hours)
English – 50 marks (time 1 hours)
General Math – 50 marks (time 1 hours)
General Knowledge – 50 marks (time 30 minutes)
Pass number for each subject is 20. You will have to pass all the subjects to qualify. English is the most important subject. If someone passes getting 20 marks or near 20 is called poor marks. There will be no problem if someone passes getting 20 marks in Bengali, General Math and General knowledge or any of the subjects but if someone gets 20 in English there may be a problem of disqualification. So give more importance to English.
(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 grammar 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 Srestho 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.
The General Knowledge is the most hard subject. 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. Here are some general knowledge question has given from previous year bma long course written exam:
1. How many martyrs got the ‘Birsrestho’ designation rewards? Write any five of their names.
2. Write the names of national flower, fruit, bird, animal and tree of Bangladesh.
3. Write the capital of the following countries:
b) South Korea
5. Write short notes (any three)
a) World Cup Football 2014
b) World Cup Cricket 2015
e) White House
6. Why famous for-
d) Inani beach
7. Write distinctive names:
a) City of air
b) City of gold
c) City of life
d) Land of wall
e) Daughter of sea
8. Write the biggest name following:
a) Biggest Continent
b) Biggest River(length)
c) Biggest Himalaya
d) Biggest house
e) Biggest town