Indian students have an extremely competitive spirit, especially when it comes to admission for undergraduate entrance exam levels. Being the second highest populated nation in the country, every year 3 crore aspirants prepare for competitive exams like JEE, NEET, GATE, UPSC, etc. Beefed up with great hopes many students join online and offline coaching institutions for the preparation of these competitive exams, but there are only a few seats available for students in private and government colleges.
With over 13.5 lakh of students every year preparing for NEET exams and 11 lakh in JEE Main, while there are over 11,300 seats for IITs. Not just these also exams of CA and civil services are really difficult to crack in one attempt. With the rise of the competition in India, students start preparing very early in schooling. Thinking of Entrance exams and cutoffs had made students feel under pressure due to this increasing competition. Cracking a competitive exam is not an easy thing to do and with this study pressure on students, they need some guide and direction from some experts. Here are some of the best and easy guidelines that will be very helpful for the students appearing for entrance exams.
- How to ace the preparation?
Cracking the competitive exam can be a daunting task and covering such a huge syllabus and solving complex problems in a limited can be a tough task. Coaching centres help you with providing you with some shortcut tricks and methods to solve difficult questions. It’s all about your self-confidence and understanding your syllabus and strategies on how to cover it in very little time. Before giving any competitive examination, try to solve the previous year’s question papers to get aware of the exam pattern, weightage of topics carry and difficulty level.
- Follow the proper timetable.
A proper and pre-requisite timetable should be prepared prior and with that keeping in mind, one should identify there long term and short term goals. There are few things to keep in mind while preparing the timetable such as fix the proper time for studying, don’t study in a long stretch, give yourself some short breaks in between studying, and give more time to difficult topics. It’s just not about making the timetable but to follow it accordingly as well. Another point to keep in mind is that we shouldn’t compare our progress with others and discuss your progress report with family and teachers.
- Evaluate yourself
It’s important to track your progress in the intervals as you get to know where you stand in your preparation. There are abounding of sample papers that are available on online portals for the students, solving those sample papers and previous years question papers after completing the entire syllabus will help you to give an idea about how much you have prepared and what are the topics you still need to revise again. For example, imagine yourself in the exam hall while solving the sample papers, now you have to complete the entire question paper in given timing of three hours. After solving the whole test, analyze your answer sheet thoroughly and last but not the least try to avoid any kind of guesswork as in many exams negative marking is done for the wrong answers, so be sure and attentive while writing your answers.
- Do smart work rather than hard work
While preparing for entrance examination it’s not about how much time he/she spent in studying rather it’s about how much focused you are while studying that particular topic. Also, it’s important to get rid of distractions in between your study time, put aside your phones and laptops, get rid of social media until you give your exams. Try to study in the morning time and avoid studying late at night.
- A healthy lifestyle is key to success (Diet and sleep cycle)
Preparing for a competitive examination can be stressful so make sure you have a good healthy diet. A lot of students don’t pay much attention to this point because in exam times they skip their meals, which is not a good sign. By a good healthy diet, we mean to include enough protein and iron in your diet. Along with this diet plan, proper sleep is also essential for students, eight hours of sleep is much needed for the mind and body to be in peace.