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Quintessential tips for students eyeing government examinations

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Despite the increasing popularity of the private sector, the government jobs still continue to be one of the most lucrative jobs for the youths of the country. There are numerous factors that draw the youth towards the top-notch government jobs. Some of the factors include excellent pay packages, job stability, social prestige and status, multiple amenities and perks. However, with thousands of students applying for the posts every year, only some of them is able to successfully crack the exams. This factor can be attributed either to the lack of preparation or the lack of knowledge about to prepare themselves right. Cracking a government job exam is not super easy but it is also not as hard as it is made out to be. The following are some of the tips that can help you prepare yourself well for your upcoming government exams.

1. Research thoroughly about the exam

Regardless of whether you are sitting for GATE preparation or any other government exams, it is important that you thoroughly research about the exams. Try to know more about the post, marking structure, exam pattern, employment rules, interview pattern, and so on. This will put you in a better position to prepare for the exams as needed. Researching is a way of thinking ahead of time and there is no point in starting the research after you have cracked the written exams. Your additional knowledge about the post and the likes will give you an edge over the others.

2. Go through the syllabus well

Going through the syllabus is the basic and the most significant things to do. Candidates need to go through the syllabus so that they can start preparing each point thoroughly. Most of the competitive exams have similar syllabus pattern with some minor variations noticed in some exams like GATE. However, you never know what new changes can be introduced by the authorities every now and then and thus, it is advisable to not be lethargic and take a look at the syllabus in detail before you start your preparations.

3. Get hold of good study material

Getting hold of good study material is like having a major chunk of the work done, be it GATE, IAS, or any other government exam. You will find many preparatory materials in the market that you can look into and then choose from. Get as many mock test papers as you can and try to solve those. The question papers from previous years will give you an idea about the type of questions that you can expect. Solving these papers will help you in honing your skills and learning time management.

4. Focus on your strengths and weaknesses

It is necessary to know both your weaknesses and strengths when it comes to crucial exams like GATE. Some candidates are great at English but find it hard to excel in the quantitative aptitudes and vice versa. Knowing what your fortes are will help you be more confident about yourself. However, it is also important that you are honest to your faults and weaknesses. Start working on the weaknesses from the very first day of the preparations. But, in a bid to strengthen your weaker areas, do not completely neglect the fortes you have.

5. Take breaks between studying

With the surmounting syllabus of the government exams, most candidates naturally feel that the only way to succeed is to study day in and day out. However, competitive exams are not about rot learning and it is more about working hard in a smart way. Make sure you take breaks between studying to ensure that you mind gets the time to take in the things that you have just learnt. You can try the method of studying continually for two hours and then taking a break for 15 to 20 minutes to rejuvenate your mind.

6. Shift subjects between categories

Sitting with just one subject for the whole day in a bid to complete its entire syllabus is one of the biggest mistakes that you can make in the preparations. You will start with a fresh mind and the determination to complete the syllabus of that subject within the day but halfway through it your mind will wander off and you will lose concentration. Thus, it is suggested that you shift between the categories through your entire course of preparation for the day. This way you will have equal concentration for each of the subjects.

7. Accept guidance from seniors

It helps to know any senior, acquaintance, or friend who has cleared government exams before you. Take an initiative to talk to them and accept their guidance. You can ask them about their methods of preparations and take in pointers from their ideas to incorporate into your own ways of preparing. They can even suggest some really good study material to you or hand you down some of the material that was of great help to them. You can even ask them to help you in understanding some difficult topics that you are not being able to grasp on your own.

8. Be confident in your abilities

Keep in mind that your confidence is the stepping stone to your success in the exam and so, do not begin the preparation with the negative mindset that you might not succeed in the exam. The confidence will help you banish the nervousness and doubts in your mind. Many candidates get nervous in the exam center and end up performing way below the mark that what they are prepared for. Give your best shot while preparing for the exams and leave the worries and doubts outside the door. Once you have prepared to the best of your abilities, nothing can stop you from acing the exams.

These eight tips should come in handy for any competitive exam that you are eyeing. Follow these ideas and prepare to succeed in the upcoming exam that you are planning to sit for.

Jessica J. Underwood

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