The SMART way to succeed in Competitive Exams

As you all know, while preparing for competitive exams, ”Hardwork” is a must, But it’s the SMARTWORK that gives you the edge. Now, what is this “Smart work” ? In simple words, Work with STRATEGY is SMART WORK.

But why would a student with dozens of books, endless notes, online study materials preparing for competitive exams need this thing called "Strategy" ? Because STRATEGY is the key. If you are among those students who are working really hard since a long time, and still can't see any positive results, then trust me...there has to be a fault in your strategy. If you really want to succeed, invest some time in strategy making. I used "invest" because it's going to give you superb results.

Here are some key points that are really helpful :-

1.First things first, EVALUATE YOURSELF and ONLY YOU can do that. You should know your strong subjects and your weak areas. The key is to make strong subjects stronger and to make the weak ones moderate or average.

2. EVALUATE THE EXAM that you are targeting. You should know which subjects/topics have high priority in the exam. Go through the previous question papers(Its worth the time) and make notes. List down the important/highly repetitive topics. So that you don’t waste your time later studying something that has very very low weightage, while compromising on the areas which can yield more marks.
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3.Don't try to avoid the topics that you are not comfortable with. The more you run away from a topic,the more it will haunt you. I have done this myself and have suffered a lot. Remember, there’s no scope for- “I don’t like this chapter, so i will leave it for the last” in this era of cut-throat competition. Challenge yourself..go slow but try to make a grip on your weak points.

4. Make a time table only IF you can stick to it. I don't do this,because Its difficult for me to stick to a daily routine. Instead I make daily targets. Like today I have to complete 1 syllogism exercise,1 compound interest exercise and 1 error correction..no matter I do all this in 2 hours or 10. Even if you make a time table,please make a practical one that you can follow..not something like-"I'l study for 12 hours today" that will drive you crazy.

5. Time division must be a part of your strategy . For ex- Study the concepts properly for 2 hour,then practice the exercises for 1 hour and then do the previous year questions of that topic. DON’T KEEP SKIPPING QUESTIONS THINKING –“Ye to easy hai,ho jaega exam mein”

GK/GA is very very crucial. I had ignored it in the past thinking “GA me bas passing marks le aungi to ho jaega” BUT THIS IS A BLUNDER. GA is your shortcut to marks..it takes very little time during the exams and can give you an amazing score. Make studying GA a daily habit.

6. Spend the weekends very intelligently judging your previous week's efforts . Give complete tests, revise and evaluate your current position. After the tests,check your mistakes and note down in a notepad, with the correct solution. After few days,you will notice that you are NOT REPEATING THE MISTAKES ANYMORE..and your test marks will surely increase.

7. Maintain a formula diary which has a collection of all the important formulaes (Ya,i know it’s an old method,but it DOES WORK)

8. Whenever you learn a nice trick, that day onwards start applying that trick every time you do those questions. Tricks are damn easy to learn but even more easily they slip out of mind. If you are not using the trick continuously, its not gonna help you in the exams. And you will do those questions in the conventional method during the exam..thus wasting your time that could be saved.

9. Never ever lose your confidence. YOU CAN DO IT IF YOU STAY CONFIDENT AND DEDICATED. Make sure that you don’t lose your focus.

10. Prayers are really important. They can work miracles. Prayers are like a catalyst if you are working hard and smart. Plus, prayers give a lot of inner strength.

PS- Avoid the company of those who keep telling you/disgusting you with statements like- " Private join kar lo yar, govt k chakkar me kahan time waste kar rahe ho,bahot tough hai"

Thanks for reading. And always remember- We have to “Work Smart” 

Note

This article is written by Suboohi Afroz and it is a part of "Article Writing Contest - March". Check contest scores here

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31 comments:

  1. the best 1 :)....

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  2. Loved this post. Smart work is really the key to success. And the strategies here are actually helpful,even i have tried few of these.

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  3. gr8 post sir
    more likely any other
    raman sir rocks
    thank you sir

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  4. Ramandeep Sir,this is such a well written article. Thank you for sharing such an excellent writeup. It would really be helpful for me as I am a 2013 pass out now preparing for SSC cgl.
    I would like to see more such articles targeting every subject individually.
    -Prashant

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  5. Superb :) thank you Subhoohi.

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  6. This is the best article,sir.
    Well written,Suboohi Afroz. Honest post and nice points. I want you to win this contest.

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  7. Such an awesome article.Thank you Afroz for such a nice article.Thanks Mr.Ramandeep for postin it here

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  8. Dear Raman sir,
    My score in po 3 is 56 SC, is there any chance of selection. Pl reply
    Regards

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    1. My score 57 sc any chances... with average interview....

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  9. this is the best article i hv ever read ,,, thank u so much sir....

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  10. haha..the last line epic one..
    awesomely written article..perfect strategy "SMART WORK"..
    u got this one Suboohi..

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  11. awesomely written article..perfect strategy "SMART WORK"..
    u got this one Suboohi..

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  12. This is v good. I very good in maths but week in English.Can you ples write this article for English preperations Subohi Afroz ?

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    1. Thanks ,I'll try to write one separately for English preparation.

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    2. Great article. I also want such article seperatly for English . I got 75 marks in ibps po but fail in english . please post for English,Subhoohi Afroj

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  13. Thanks all of you for your positive feedback. Glad to see that my article is helpful to all of you.

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  14. Remandeep sir, my po score is 56 SC, interview was excellent in fact I answered every question, but only thing for which Iam worried is that presently Iam earning more than a po can earn but in private sector, Iam 30 and this I disclosed to the interview panel,will they fail me for this.
    Pl reply, thankyou

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    1. If u have disclosed it to the panel than they may doubt abt ur seriousness to join the banking sector n they may reject u. As u r already earning more than a po so the people who r jobless r more deserving than u.

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  15. Dear Raman. I want to file a RTI regarding LIC AAO exam. Plzzz help me how to file it

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  16. sir MPPSC(mp civil services) mein dusre state ke candidates apply kar sakte hain?can u provide the link for online application?

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  17. Mr Raman,you did a great job by organising this contest,its for good of all the readers. I found this article the best,till now. So here's my vote.

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  18. Arai admin ji start sumtng new regardng po 3 cutof

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  19. Sir. .i need councilling . Please give me ur email id

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  20. Really a better one. No big talks but just normal and easy going formula..

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  21. Thank You so much Sir for your article.....some people every time tell me that after few years when you don't get the job in Govt.sector..then you have nothing to do in your life

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  22. very nice article...the writer should write more..

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  23. This is a Wah article... Great Suboohi Afroz...!!! Great Ramandeep sir...!!! God Bless....

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