How early should students start preparing for competitive exams?

2 months ago
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The number of aspiring candidates appearing for different competitive exams is increasing at a whopping rate. To ensure success in competitive exams, it is important to start preparing as early as possible. 

Cracking a competitive exam is one daunting task. These exams aim to assess the aspirants’ perseverance, patience, time management and will to grab the coveted seat despite all odds. Accomplishing a huge volume of comprehensive exam preparation in a limited amount of time requires a strategy. Successful are those who make the best use of the available time. 

Escape the rat race! Build your strategy: 

Unlike school or college academic tests, competitive exams require a different approach, a focused mindset, and a thorough understanding of subjects and concepts. Usually, students face numerous challenges in clearing these competitive exams. 

To ensure success in competitive exams, it is important to start preparing as early as possible. To begin with, have a focused goal. With a fixed goal and the right plan in hand, aspirants can measure their preparation how far or close they are to their goal. 

Plan, prioritize and focus: 

The ideal time to start preparing for competitive exams is High School education. Students at this age are matured enough to realise their abilities and decide their career path. Moreover, the concepts introduced in class 9th curriculum are the fundamentals on which the foundation of higher education is laid. Secondly, there is enough time to work on the finer aspects of complex concepts. 

Students can start preparing for the competitive exams they wish to sit for, be it JEE or NEET while preparing for the school exams in class 11th and 12th. This is the right time as the concepts tested in competitive exams are covered in classes 11th and 12th.

Since there is a lot to be covered in less time, it is essential to have a strategy. It is advisable that one understands the past years’ exam trends and devise the preparation strategy accordingly.  They should focus on weaker subjects and revise the stronger ones. A detailed list of vital formulae comes handy in last-minute revision, hence such notes should be prepared. Finally, it is highly recommended that one practice mock tests and solve previous years’ question papers. 

An early start proves beneficial while preparing for any competitive exam. It helps to analyse one’s preparation and efficiency to deliver on the D-Day.