The season of competitive exams is here and a whole bunch of aspirants seeks to appear in a number of banking and government examinations. Competitive exams are among some of the toughest ones to master. Whether it is CTET, SSC, JEE, UPSC, AIIMS, UPPSC, RRB, DSSSB or others, the paramount thing to keep in mind is to be focused and study hard.
Competitive exams are best known to churn out and find the meritorious ones amongst all candidates. Many of us aspire to qualify for several entrance exams so as to secure a rewarding career for our future in government-owned undertakings. However, we get confused as to where we should start our preparation from. This article will answer all your questions to support you in engraving your magnificent mark in the exams. So let’s begin!
People often believe that coaching is a prerequisite for cracking competitive exams. Not necessarily! Thousands of students are able to walk through this tough grind and achieve their exam goals merely based on self-study. Nevertheless, it is all an individual’s choice.
For tapping into your true potential and emerging victorious, make sure to implement some great study skills. Before initiating your endeavours towards appearance in any competitive exam, the first and foremost thing is to be well prepared with a strategy in mind.
First, analyse the entire syllabus, exam pattern and kinds of questions asked to get a fair idea on the level of difficulty. Divide the syllabus in the sequence of importance according to marks allotted to different heads/chapters.
More than how much we learn and what we learn, it is supremely significant that how effectively we learn. Often, we call it as smart work. Planning the work of study with high motivational spirit is a necessity. To ace in any particular field, proper planning leads to proper preparation. It is not the number of hours one is spending in front of the book, rather the quantum of focused study that one is doing, which imprints the mark.
Prepare a proper schedule of time for your studies. Allocate the time table in line with anticipatory completion of different chapters. But don’t miss to keep separate timelines for proper revisions. Be alert not to schedule similar subjects one after the other. Also, remember that shorter sessions reap better outputs than longer strenuous sessions of study, as indicated by renowned psychologists.
Cover the whole syllabus thoroughly. Develop your own notes (encompassing keywords/formulae/tables) based on understanding. After finishing each part of a subject, always practice previous years’ questions and mock tests to assess your learning and locate improvement areas.
Remember, while you begin and continue with other parts of the subject, revising the ones studied earlier at properly scheduled intervals (weekly/fortnightly) keeps you prepared in full force to take the lead. Multiple revisions and practice is the need of the hour. Make sure that you revise each chapter at least 3 to 4 times before the arrival of the exam.
Even without undergoing coaching, you can achieve the desired results by pacing your studies on a regular basis, mapping thorough coverage of the syllabus, following multiple and effective revisions, solving previous years’ papers and referring to some quality study material.
More than finishing your preparation fast, it is important that your preparation is effective and is run on a well-devised strategy to master the art of clearing any competitive exam. Such kind of step-by-step preparation is sure to offer you a guaranteed way of attaining your goals.
Besides the above, here are some more tips that will surely help you:
- Be confident and focus on only one position
- Execute group studies and clarify your doubts with peers
- Reading the text thoroughly can make an impact
- Make good choices of books and helping hands
- Study at a place full of peace, preferably in the morning hours of the day
- Never study at odd times or when you are sleepy
- Ensure you follow a proper diet full of nutrients
- Shuffle your subjects carefully so that no two tough ones follow each other
- Avoid taking stress
- Take out some time for rejuvenation
It is well said that “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. We generate fears while we do nothing. We overcome these fears by taking action”. Hence, take all reasonable steps which would maximise the end results and prevent your endeavours from jeopardising. Good Luck!!
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