Preparing for Competitive Exam in Short Duration
Once you have completed your 10+2 you have to appear for various competitive exams. In a short period of time, you have to take more than five different competitive exams.
Although the competitive exams can be different but the pattern of all these exams are similar.
In this article, we are giving you a step by step guide for preparing competitive exams in a short interval of time.
For example, how do you crack JEE in just 4 months? You can crack these exams if you read following points and implement it also. Not only JEE but it applies for all other competitive exams.
Always Start Early
It is better that you start early. Starting early will help you to synchronize your 10+2 board exams with other competitive exams.
What you have learned for the board exams is also going to apply for the various competitive exams.
The subjects are the same so you have to understand the concept. Starting early will help you to dig deep into certain concepts which are very difficult to understand.
For next few months forget about your friends. Friends are the major distractions. If you are serious about competitive exams then you can’t afford to waste your time.
I am not saying that you shouldn’t meet them altogether. You can meet only once a week for a small talk and not for chatting long hours and wasting your study time.
You also need to change other habits like eating, sleeping, watching tv or playing with your smartphone. Eating less will help your brain to understand better. Don’t watch TV and sleep on time. You have to change your lifestyle.
Chalk Out a Full Study Plan
Now you have to chalk out a full study plan. The plan is going to be short term as well as long term. There are various subjects that you have to learn and practice.
How are you going to deal each subject? You have to create a time table where you are going to divide time for each subject.
For short term, in morning you can study Math, in afternoon you can study Chemistry and in Night you can practice some physics.
For long term plan you have to allocate number of days for each subject. Harder subjects get more days as compared to easier subjects.
Start Practicing from Questions Banks: Not Refreshers
As you know competitive exams are all about objective questions. When time is less then you have to go for a question bank rather a refresher. Unlike refresher which tells the story, Question banks have all types of questions.
A questions bank contains questions that are twisted and tricky. By solving these questions you will get an idea about competitive exams.
In fact, questions that you encounter in competitive exams are already there in question banks. Question banks are the best way to solve different types of questions and master the concept in a short interval of time.
In last few months you really don’t have any time for a refresher course. Questions banks are the best books to prepare entrance exam.
Follow the Golden Rule: Easier Subjects First, Harder Subjects Last
There are subjects who are easy and there are those which are really difficult. The definition of easy and difficult depends upon student to student.
One may find mathematics very easy and interesting but for others math is really difficult because they like chemistry more.
So you have to decide yourself which subjects are easier and which are difficult.
You are going to finish easier subjects first so that you can give more time to difficult subjects. You can’t waste your entire time on difficult subjects without going through easier subjects.
You are at least going to get more marks for the easier subjects even if you don’t answer questions from difficult subjects.
Highlight All the Difficult Concepts In Different Subjects
While going through different subjects you will find certain topics or concepts are very difficult to understand and they may need a revision.
I recommend you to color those concepts in your book. This will help you to focus on those concepts later on once you have completed solving questions for an entire subject.
Some concepts or ideas are so important that there will be questions asked related to them.
Coloring or highlighting helps you to make a mental note of concepts that are very important because they constitute most of the questions in a given subject.
For example Calculus in Mathematics has more weightage than other topics like Vectors, Complex Numbers etc.
Always Practice Previous Year Questions Papers
This is very common. You can easily find question papers with answers for last ten years in the market. By solving these questions you will get an idea how are they formulated.
Usually questions asked in a competitive exam are very twisted and you have to apply your brain to solve it. You can’t solve it unless you have practiced beforehand.
So always practice previous year question papers. But keep it in mind that you can’t rely on previous year question papers only. Don’t think by just solving previous year question papers you are going to clear competitive exams also.
Join an Academy or a Coaching Centre for a Crash Course
There is nothing wrong in joining an academy or a coaching centre. The best thing about them is mock question papers. They conduct dozens of mock tests where you get the feeling of competitive exams.
By appearing for these mock tests you sharpen your problem solving skills. You learn various tactics that can help you solving questions in few seconds. You get to assess yourself that how well prepared are you for the real exam.
Coaching centre will definitely help you in developing a psychology for facing competitive exams.
But there is a warning! You must not waste time chatting with your friends after the classes are over.
Never Forget to Revision
Revision is very important. Never underestimate the power of revision. While planning you must keep some time for revision. Even if you are not being able to prepare for an entire subject then it really does not matter.
But what matters is revision. You can just leave rest of the unfinished subject’s right there and start a revision. After doing a revision your mind will be fresh and you can solve questions lot better in the examination hall.
By doing a revision you can always perform better and score more.Revision is the thing that differentiates you from rest of the other students.
Finally Its’ Smart Work and Not Hard Work
In conclusion I would say competitive exams are all about smart work and not hard work. Most of the questions that are asked in competitive exams are not knowledge based.
So you can’t mug up and clear a competitive exam. You have to understand the concept and only then you will be able to solve objective type questions.
Exams like JEE are all about aptitude and reasoning, not knowledge.Therefore focus on understanding concepts and not mugging up.
So this is how you can prepare for competitive exams in last few months.
(The author is a Retired Principal based in Punjab)