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Tips for successful exam preparation

In India, certain professions such as civil service, engineering and medicine are considered status symbols. Most Indian parents believe that these professions are more respected than others and associated with higher income and healthier lifestyles. Thus, the obsession, in particular to succeed in a competition for a government job. India has a relatively young population.

As the number of contenders increases, so does the competition. Each year, a plethora of candidates apply for the competitions, and winning it, especially on the first try, is a dream. Yes, it’s not an easy task, but it’s not a difficult mountain to climb.

Gone are the days when aspirants preparing for competitive exams had to struggle with study materials. Thanks to rapid advances in technology (especially in the last two years), data accessibility is easier than ever.

The growing penetration of smartphones and affordable mobile data in the country has led to an increase in the number of active internet users. It reached 622 million in 2020 and is expected to exceed 900 million by 2025, not just in urban India. This expanding digital ecosystem will help aspirants better prepare. All they have to do is follow a few strategies and tips to make their preparation a success. Here are some essential tips to ensure your success during your time in competitions.

Make a schedule; set realistic goals

Once you know “what to prepare”, next on your list should be “how”? Set a schedule and make sure you stick to it. Not only will it help you prepare for the exams in time, but it will also make you disciplined. However, making a schedule for yourself is no joke. There are a lot of things you will need to keep in mind. One of them is to set realistic goals. Do not aim for goals that are too low or too high. Why? Because setting lower goals can hamper your preparation speed and aiming too much in a day/week and not being able to complete it will affect your self-confidence.

Setting realistic goals will allow you to be in control. When developing your study plan, give yourself a few breaks to avoid monotony, as this can hamper your concentration.

Manage your time better

Ask any aspirant to UPSC, AIEEE or other competitive exam candidates what their biggest challenge is while preparing for the exams. The most common answer you’ll get is “time management.” Success is not about “having time”, but about “taking time”. So managing your time is something seekers have to do.

One of the learning techniques that is gaining popularity and saving a lot of time is auditory learning. Several audio courses are readily available online and can help you consume the content while walking or doing any other physical activity. This type of multitasking saves you time to spend the extra hours on more complicated matters.

Eliminate distractions

If you are studying at home, you need to set up an organized space for yourself that has few or no distractions. Make sure to keep your cell phone away from your study area. Studying without distraction will help you understand concepts and remember them better, which will lead to better retention.

Make same-day revision a habit

While studying is a vital process of preparing for exams, revising it makes you more thorough. No matter how much or how little you study in a day, it is important to revise the subjects on the same day. It complements the efforts of your studies. Audiobooks/podcasts can be useful for quick revisions. They also help you memorize faster.

Take care of your body and mind

As mentioned before, don’t burden yourself with a significant amount of programs. Try to relax and take time for yourself. Meditation is the best way to release some of your stress. It helps relax your mind, thereby increasing your concentration.


Over time, the number of aspirants increases and it becomes difficult to pass the competitions. Therefore, it is essential to change your learning techniques. With all of these tips and tricks, you need to believe in yourself and stay positive throughout. Continue to assess yourself by taking mock tests and plan your studies and study materials accordingly. All my wishes!

(Dushyantt Kohli, COO and co-founder of Khabri-a digital audio content platform)

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Posted: Sunday 08 May 2022, 15:48 IST