Scoring well in competitive exams

Scoring well in competitive exams

After facing the Class 12 Board examinations, students are gearing up to face the competitive examinations which are around the corner. Appearing for competitive examinations for various professional courses has become the order of the day and with each passing year, the number of students appearing for competitive exams keeps increasing.

This in turn leads to heavy competition among many aspirants for ‘few’ seats that are available under various categories. Such a competitive scenario emphasises the need for meticulous preparation by students so they can score well and figure in the top percentile, which will ensure them a seat in the professional course of their choice and in an institution of their choice.

Doing well in competitive examinations depends not only on a student’s intelligence but also on the skill sets that s/he has acquired, like speed, accuracy, approach to handling the examination, ability to analyse, planning on effective utilisation of time and resources etc; and these skill sets are acquired over time. Only with meticulous and continuous practice will a student be able to crack the competitive examination successfully with no scope for error. Without such a preparation, one cannot do well in competitive exams, however bright s/he may be.

Unlike in the Board examination, questions in any competitive examination are all objective-type that will not only test the candidate’s memory but also his/her ability in applying the concepts to given situations, and most importantly, speed and accuracy.

Additionally, here, one does not have any option of choosing the questions — all the questions need to be answered. The candidate is expected to choose the right answer for each question from a set of four or five options given and indicate his/her response in the OMR answer sheet.

It is quite normal that students feel “butterflies” in their stomach and are anxious about their performances in the competitive examinations. In order to minimise such tension and anxiety in the minds of the students and to help them gain confidence and get rid of exam fear/fever, a set of tips under do’s and don’ts are listed below.


Prior to the examination

Streamline your study habits by devoting a specific duration for each of the subjects on a daily basis.
Practise with as many model question papers in a simulated examination hall environment. This will enhance your confidence level.

Keep cool and be relaxed on the eve of the exams.

Have enough sleep the previous night.

During the examination Read through the entire question paper first. This way, you will get an overall feel of the paper.

Keep yourself composed.

Set a time limit for giving your response for each question, taking into account total number of questions and duration of the examination.

Keep aside five to 10 minutes for rechecking your responses after completing the examination.

Categorise the questions as : Category I: Questions for which you are confident with the right answers straightaway; Category II: Questions for which you are certain to get the right answers after some thought process; Category III: Questions for which you do not know the answer, but may get after deep thinking.

Start answering the questions in the sequence, Category I questions, followed by Categorys II and III.

Remember to darken fully the appropriate circle for that particular question number only and not to circle for some other question number. (This is a very common mistake that the candidates do when they are in a hurry).

Keep an eye on your watch so that you don’t spend more time than planned on any question.

If there is no negative marking, try answering with your ‘hunches’.

Use the last five to 10 minutes to double-check your answers after completing the question paper.

If it is an online test, read through the instructions and familiarise yourself with the navigation process at the start of the examination; give your responses within the stipulated time for each question as it appears on the screen.

Don’t burn midnight oil.

Don’t do any last minute preparation as it will only lead to confusion.
Don’t leave any question unanswered.

If there is negative marking, don’t give any ‘guess work’ answers if you are not sure of the answer, as it will bring down your total marks

If the tips and suggestions given above are followed, you can be sure of scoring very high percentile in the competitive examinations, paving way for admission into a course of your dream.

Source: Deccan Herald



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