Most Common Mistakes to Avoid When Preparing for Competitive Exams
Most of you have seen the film 3 Idiots, and you will recall this scene in which the head of an institution tries to teach the students life lessons. Of course, what he said is correct, and one should take note of it. Nowadays, the competition is getting tougher by the day, and passing a competitive exam is becoming increasingly difficult. to get a desired job in Govt Sector is not straightforward. It requires a lot of hard work, dedication and most importantly continuous effort.
Competitive Examinations are central exams held by various government sectors in which millions of candidates compete for various posts through various Competitive exams each year in order to obtain a stable and secure job in the government sector. Competitive examinations are viewed as a consistent and egalitarian method of selecting qualified candidates while avoiding the risk of influence peddling, bias, or other concerns.
Clearing a competitive exam that you want to take will greatly improve your life. This will pave the way for a new and exciting career. Candidates will be under pressure to pass various competitive exams such as Banking, SSC, Railways, UPSC, various state exams, or insurance examinations when preparing for them. The stress of preparing for the desired Competitive Exam is quite intense. However, worrying about the Exam’s outcome will not help you predict its outcome. It is preferable to focus on what you can control and let everything else fall into place as it should. The only thing you need to be concerned about is your preparation for Competitive Exams.
If you are reading this article, you are most likely preparing for a competitive exam such as the UPSC Civil Services Examination, SSC CGL, SSC CPO, SSC CHSL, SBI PO, SBI Clerk, IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, IBPS RRB, Railways, or Insurance Exams, or some other State Level examination. Aspirants make a variety of mistakes while preparing for Competitive Exams, such as not practicing enough, failing to consider negative marking, failing to revise your material, and so on. This article discusses some of the most common mistakes aspirants make when studying for such competitive exams.
So, here is the List of 8 Common Mistakes to avoid while preparing for Competitive Exams that you need to avoid at any cost;
- REFERRING TO TOO MANY BOOKS OR SOURCES – Collecting and piling up a heap of useless study material may stress you with what to study and what not which can confuse you as well. Instead try collecting only limited and relevant books that up-to-date as per the new Exam Pattern and stick only with that study material.
- TARGETING TOO MANY EXAMS AT A TIME – Many aspirants keen to give every Competitive Exam in order to get a placed in any of the Govt sector which is quite misleading. In a quandary, if to go for Banking Exams or SSC. Fix a target if you have to prepare for banking exams or SSC because they both have a different pattern as well as syllabus for their examinations. When SSC exams are near, you run to prepare for SSC and when it’s over, you switch back to your preparations for banking exams, and that way, you only lose the track of your to-the-point preparations. Just aim for one particular exam and stick to it.
- LACK OF STRATEGY – Students very often ask different successful candidates about their strategies and try to follow the same that only makes it more chaotic for them to figure out what strategy to follow exactly. So, try to make your own strategy as per your convenience and following that one strategy throughout your preparation will definitely help you come off with flying colors.
- LACK OF CONSISTENCY IN STUDYING – Many aspirants are quite a bit enthusiastic when they begin their preparation for aspired Exam but that enthusiasm fades away with time. There are times when you are highly active and travail all day and night, and then, there are times when you do not study at all for days. This will make you forget whatever you studied during the times when you were the most active and you will have to start all over again when you decide to do it again. So, try to keep your preparations consistent throughout so as to maintain that positive flow of studies.
- DISTRACTIONS WHILE STUDY HOURS – Students often tend to surf through social media all day long wasting a lot of their precious time that they could have contributed to their studies. So, be wary of spending too much time on social media platforms and put the time that you spend while using them to some positive use. Fix your timings not only for studies but for Social media surfing but ensure during Study hours you will be avoiding all type of distractions, it will help you to concentrate more and in an organised way.
- LAST-MINUTE PREPARATION – Waiting for the official notification to start off your preparations ends up in your failure. Last minute reading has never helped anyone, but only creates a hurricane of confusion. Prepare well and avoid last minute mugging up of things before the exam. However while studying, do make a list of important formulae to revise at the end. If you do not start off your preparations right away, you will be running short of time to work on your weaknesses after the release of the notification, because that will be the point when most of the time is to be given to practice and the rest is to be dedicated to revision.
- THINKING OF PREPARING FOR THE MAINS EXAM ONLY AFTER THE RESULT OF PRELIMS EXAMS – If you do not prepare for mains examination from the very beginning, you will not be able to finish all of your preparations within the limited period of time that you get after qualifying for the mains examination.
- NOT DOING SELF-EVALUATION – Mere giving the online tests is not enough, but you need to analyze your performance after every test and work on the points where you lag. If you’re not equipped with the necessary exam-taking skills, you won’t certainly clear the Competitive exam you are aspiring for.
Don’t be concerned about anything. Even the candidates panic about not panicking. Do not panic; simply try to avoid stress by sleeping well, eating well, meditating regularly, remaining positive, preparing well, and hoping for the best; it is as simple as that. Panic can sap all of your energy and positivity.
So, stay safe and be prepared!