How to crack & succeed competitive exams: Preparation & test writing tips

The need to win or succeed in competitive exams is a must to have a successful career in developing countries like India. The competition is intense for exams like NET, Teacher Eligibility Test, upsc, IIT, business management, marketing, medicine (MBBS), engg, mca etc. Some crack these competitive exams with ease and confidence. But to many success is not guaranteed even after repeated attempts attended with hard preparation. This indicates more emphasis towards the mindset besides hard work required. we also need a proper approach and strategy in the preparation.

Strategy to crack or succeed competitive exams

1) Definite decision to target or achieve the goal; As a foremost thing, set up a desired score (say-99%) or the order of rank (say within-1st to 10th rank) you wish to achieve in the competitive exam. This step brings a clear clarity of what marks or score you need to achieve in the exam. Going through previous competitive exam records indicate the marks scored by toppers. So if wish to achieve the said rank you may need to achieve the previously scored marks or grade and ±10 marks of recent toppers.
2) Definite plan to make up the target; Once the target is set, assess how much of target or score you can make up by your present or current standards. This can be affirmed by solving a previous exams paper of i.e past papers within the stipulated time. Once you solve them, evaluate the answers yourself honestly by referring to previous answers i.e key released after previous exam.
Having known your standards, know the syllabus you need to cover in entirety for the competitive exams. Select appropriate Books to cover the syllabus. Fix up a time to cover the syllabus and maximum possible number of times to revise the covered syllabus (because without revision its useless to cover vast syllabus :-) as you will not remember them during exam instantly).

3) Amendment of plan to achieve target; Keeping syllabus in view cover the subjects. Some chapter may appear tough and time taking to process, then you cover it as briefly as possible and go to next. The briefly covered chapters become easy for your minds to process next time ;-).
Even it is advisable to make a team of pupil who wish to succeed in the competitive exam and help each other in coverage of syllabus as this can save time (but unnecessary chatting can waste your time! so be hold ;-)).
During the preparation be sure to practice thoroughly any mathematical, statistical problems or formulas if any in the syllabus. Even practice the chemical structures present. Try to make short notes of important topics which you need to remember so as to revise easily.
To answer general knowledge type questions, read your daily and weeklies. Have a chat about the topic with your friends during snacks or so, to have more clear idea and memory of the topic.

Revise and Revise-Study Skill

Once syllabus is covered go for revision as many times as possible with constant evaluation of your standard by solving previous question papers after each revision. Habituate even to complete the paper half hour earlier than stipulated time.
If the exams are of multiple choice type it is less strenuous to answer but if it is of essay type writing etc. even practice writing essays as it enhances your writing speed, hand writing, grammar and mental skill required to write. So revision is an important study skill.
Remember that without proper revision it's of no use to cover huge amount of syllabus.

Writing the exam:How to solve the paper ?

If Exam is of Essay type:Like in CIVIL services-IAS, IPS, state service exams etc.
This requires two things. Writing speed with clear readable handwriting and also creative answering . If preparing for civil services or other sort of exams which test your ability of judgement and reasoning, read essays from daily news papers, magazines and other publications. So the emphasis to practice before exams is very essential to enhance both these skills
♣ Once you get the Question paper, read all the questions first and decide which you can answer.
♣ Then while answering, write short questions first and then go for long ones. This is necessary as you can score more for individual short answers than for a single long answer.
♣ Leave proper space in between words and lines. If any diagrams are present, draw and label them clearly to gain notice and more score.

If Exam is of objective type: For exams like CTETCAT-GMATGRE, IIT's- AIEEE & JEE. 

♦ Answer questions as fast as possible. For this you must practice to complete previous exam question papers in the shortest time possible .
♦ If a question is not known or time taking or doubtful better go for the next and return to it after you answer all the known ones.
♦ If a question has 4 choices and if you are in doubt then eliminate two unsuitable ones and of the remaining 2 select the best one.
♦ Be careful with terminology because the meaning of terms can help you sometimes recognize the right answer.
♦ Even then If you are not sure or is out of your knowledge to answer any question, better don’t answer to avoid negative marks.
♦ Complete the question paper quickly and come back from the beginning a couple of times.
This will help you answer more unanswered questions correctly as it gives time for understanding the questions and answers those which sound confusing to you before. And also some questions need calculations or images or structures to do in rough work to think and find the right answer.
But this rechecking has a disadvantage that you may make further mistakes than before and lose score !! bear it in mind.

Have Right Mindset

Take inspiration, support, suggestions from elders and friends; This is very important to derive strength to complete the entire process to succeed competitive exams.
Suggestion from previous achievers can be very helpful. Have coaching sessions or attend some group studies or preparative exams to help you mould your vision and thought towards success.
Visualise your success, frequently and be optimistic, because everyone were like you before they had their success in competitive exams.

Things you should not do:

  1. Don't worry about the level of competition- because the competition or save number of people appearing for the exam has nothing to do with the score you wish to achieve. The ladder of success is crowded at the bottom and not at the top.
  2. Don't rely on too many ideas or suggestion you get from others. You try to figure out your own idea and sketch of how to prepare and succeed.
  3. Don't bunk your regular classes or school in order to prepare for the competitive exam- because remember that a busy person can handle extra work but not the free person.
Competitive exams are important in education system but getting educated or studying is not aimed at just succeeding in competitive exams alone....
THANKS & ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR SUCCESS in competitive exams...... ;-)

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