1. Revision is the key to success
Do not read anything new in the final days of your preparation. Revise your shorthand notes. Keep revising again and again.
2. The pyramid strategy
Strengthen your concepts by reading theory. Do not run for one-liners. Build the base of the pyramid by extensive reading. Later narrow down with one-liners or objective books. Read books initially and later you can switch to objective books.
3. Group study
If you are a hosteler or habitual of studying in group, believe me, you are in profit. The knowledge pool and company of the friends helps you understand and retain in a better way. The tense atmosphere of studies can be lighten time to time with friends.
4. Striking out the syllabus
If you have read as per the syllabus, don’t worry. You will be able to answer questions effectively. Most of the aspirants do not bother about the syllabus. Make it a point to print syllabus before beginning preparation for any examination.
5. Attempting questions
During first read of the paper, attempt only those questions for which you are 100 percent sure. Leave doubtful questions for review in second read. Do not attempt those questions for which you know nothing about. But if there is no negative marking, you can try your luck.
6. Rule of elimination or 50:50 lifeline
If you are in dire need of taking risk, then follow the above stated rule. As per this rule, try to eliminate two options of the question which you think are wrong and guess one option among the two left. This will increase your probability of guessing a right answer. But it is advisable that you should take only calculative risks which shall not affect your score. This rule works for exams having objective type questions.
7. Take note of time
In any examination, time management plays a crucial role. Do not waste much time pondering on the question for which you are doubtful. Leave it for second read and pass on to the next question.
8. Do not give snapshot diagnosis
Do not judge the exam paper just by reading first few questions. The first few questions may be too hard or too easy. Do not loose hope or gets terrified if your question paper series has hard questions in the beginning and do not be over-confident if your question paper series has easy questions in the beginning. Remember, the paper is a mix of questions, don’t think about their difficulty level.
9. Carefully fill OMR answer sheet
Many a times, due to lack of time at the end, we swiftly fill our OMR answer sheet and make mistake in the sequence of answers. To avoid such error, try to keep sufficient time at the end for filling OMR sheet. For the unattended questions, mark them significantly on the question paper so that it may come to your vision during filling the sheet. Check your credentials before submitting the sheet.
10. Believe in your instincts
Being an aspirant, we work hard to achieve our goal. Do not get dejected at any step of the exam. Always believe in yourself as you have worked hard for this day. Believe in your instincts during the exam as well. If you feel if it is good for you and you wish to attempt it, it will certainly be.
A day before the exam, eat your favorite food, listen to your favorite music and sleep at least for 8 hours to freshen your mind. If you deprive yourself from sleep, it will negatively affect your recalling ability and you will find yourself confused during the exam.
Wishing you the best for your exam!!
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