It is necessary on the day of the examination that a candidate needs to perform to the best of the ability, feel confident and be in the best spirits. Then only will he/she be able to deliver to the maximum. Imagine a scenario where an individual is set to appear for an IAS exam. It is natural for him to feel nervous, no matter how well prepared he is. It is usually the exam fear or certain level of anxiety which can take the better of us. While all this depends on your preparation level, our focus today is to tell you ways to improve your productivity or peak your performance during the examination.
Some of these tips should be a part of your preparation strategy so that during the exam time, you are confident of finishing the paper on time.
So, here are the few tips to be a smart examinee.
1. Be Mindful
Being mindful of the time is essential. Do not start attempting the questions just when you are handed over the paper. Instead, take 2-3 minutes to study the question paper before attempting them straightaway. Even though you may know the exam format and the time for each section beforehand, it is always good to study the new questions and quickly make up your mind about the question levels of each section.
2. Never feel hassled
Like we said, go through the paper once before you start. But, that doesn’t mean that you start pondering over all the questions to be done in one go. You should instead do a quick mapping of the question level and then, attempt the questions in priority. It is just to keep an impression of the question level at the back of your mind. If you feel the math section is tough, for example, then, maybe you need to attempt the easier parts first. As it is, you always have a priority sequence of sections at the back of your mind. So, you can confirm your sequence order once more, to be doubly sure.
3. Stick to the time-table
Every candidate must try and follow the time allotted to each section of the paper. Never exceed the time. It is always essential to maintain the time. If you think you are likely to spend more time on one section, leave it where it is and switch to the other part of the paper. You can revisit the incomplete section from where you left time later.
4. Attempt the scoring sections first
This is the golden rule of any competitive exam and must be strictly adhered to. Always attempt the scoring sections first, so that you can be in a positive frame of mind before you attempt the lengthy section. You will not have any tension or a dragging feeling of less time. Only then, will you be able to concentrate better on the next section without any baggage on your mind.
5. Do not get stuck
Like we mentioned before, time is of prime importance, and there is no point sticking to one section of the paper. To add to it, if you are stuck with a question, like in case you are not able to solve the entire question or are getting stuck with one problem at-hand, leave it. Don’t let one question get stuck in your mind. It happens if you are good with a subject. For example, if a student is good in math and if he gets stuck in solving one problem since he finds it difficult to accept that I cannot solve that question, then, it can be almost suicidal. You end up wasting your time on one problem and a lot of time is lost during that phase.
To sum up, it is always important to be aware and cautious during the exam. At the same time, it is also important for any candidate to feel relaxed. Even if the paper is tough in parts, you should try and attempt the sections which you are confident of, to take the lead of time. Later, you can attempt lengthy or tough questions. This way you can divide your time, effort and mind in a synchronized way.