Dear Reader, You know that IBPS PO & Clerk Prelims exam are coming up in few months time. Most of you would have been preparing rigorously for those important exams.
Many youngsters would have recently appeared for SBI PO. Most of the candidates who appeared for SBI PO may be attending IBPS PO and Clerk as well.
In this article, we are here to discuss regular mistakes committed by even brilliant candidates. You should know about these and rectify before your next exam.
Improper Time Management:
Time management is vital in getting through the prelims & mains. Many candidates do not create a time management strategy for the exam.
Some candidates waste a lot of time on questions which are not familiar to them. Some may even struggle in choosing the right order of questions. This problem is the result of not having adequate practice.
Now let us see how to rectify this problem.
Many successful candidates can complete a question within a minute (at least on average). Therefore, you should plan how much time to allocate to each section (and each type of question) based on your strength and weakness. Strength and weakness are different for every individual. You should practice as much as mock tests as possible. For every practice test, you will see your time managing skills improving.
Getting struck in one section:
You may be skilled in one section. You may develop a strong liking for that section spend most of the preparation time on that section. However, this may affect your performance in weaker sections. Hence, you must give an equal importance (if not equal, at least adequate importance) to all sections. This approach will allow you to secure both the sectional cut-off and the overall cut-off.
Not using Formulas (and Shortcuts):
You may use lengthy methods to solve questions in your exam. To overcome this, you should remember as many formulas as possible. If you are weak in memorizing formulas, you don’t have to worry. Continuous practice will help you remember formulas.
You may also remember few handy shortcuts. There are arguments for and against shortcuts. But the basic rule is, learn shortcuts only after learning the concepts.
Even after learning formulas, if you find a question that will take time (but solvable), you can postpone it to the end.
Many candidates commit a mistake of selecting difficult, lengthy and time-consuming questions at first. You must be very clear here. Have the confidence to identify and solve easiest questions at first. Therefore, you can solve lengthy and time-consuming questions towards the end.
Note: A problem that is easy for you may not be easy for the others. You should judge a question only based on your own individual strengths. Don’t go by public perception of easy or hard questions. Have your own plan.
You also should remember that if you attend lengthy questions in between, you may lose your flow and concentration. You may therefore not have enough time to solve other questions however easy they may be.
Lack of Practice:
Many candidates don’t cross the winning line due to lack of practice. To rectify this, you must start preparation in time. You have to attend an adequate number of (online) mock tests before the exam.
If you have the practice of guessing answers without solving, most probably it will harm you rather than benefiting. Negative marking has been brought into effect only to discourage pure guess work.