Preparing for a competitive exam is very essential for today’s generation to have a bright and secure future. Aiming for it can be very challenging. It is utmost important for the students to prepare in a well mannered pattern with the help of right books, classes, tests and strategy.
Preparation Strategy for Competitive Exams
- Self Management vs Time Management – Make sure that you set achievable targets which you can achieve. Manage your daily schedule in a manner that sufficient time can be dedicated to the preparation.
- Revise on a Daily Basis – It has been observed that one may understand the topic when being taught but due to lack of revision may end up forgetting such concepts. Therefore revising things on a daily basis is a must.
- Solve Time-Bound Exercises, Mock Tests & Model Papers – This will give an examination like atmosphere for a better understanding of the type of questions which may be asked
- Raise Doubts or Questions if any – Always ask doubts or questions, if any to ensure that the concepts are extremely clear
- Your Concepts Clear – The key to answering any questions is by having conceptual clarity. Make sure that every part of the concept is clear and understandable
- Solve Previous Year Question Papers – For better understanding the standard of exam and the exam pattern, the best solution is referring to the previous year question papers
List of Books for Competitive Exam Preparation
Some books for various competitive exams ;
|Government Exam Preparation Strategy – Subject-wise Booklist|
Section-wise Syllabus for Competitive Exams
The syllabus for various exams is vast but there a few common subjects which are a part of almost all major competitive exams.
a. Reasoning Ability and General Intelligence
The Reasoning or the General Awareness section is almost a part of all competitive exams and the topics can be classified into two wide categories:
- Logical Reasoning or Verbal Reasoning
- Non – Verbal Reasoning
Candidates can get the detailed syllabus for topics under the verbal reasoning part at the logical reasoning page and ensure that every topic is covered properly and in detail.
b. Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation
One of the lengthiest and the most complex sections which are included in almost all Government exams is the Quantitative Aptitude section. Questions in this topic may be asked in the form of:
- Word Problems
- Graphs (Bar, Line, Pie chart, etc.)
The syllabus for quantitative aptitude is vast, and basic knowledge of arithmetic and mathematics shall help candidates attempt questions.
c. English Language/ Verbal Ability
A part of almost all Government exams, the English section is one where candidates tend to lose the maximum marks. This is mainly because of the similar choices given in the options part and limited resources to prepare for this subject.
Students must pay special attention to tenses, the rules for prepositions, conjunctions, nouns, etc, along with active passive voice, direct and indirect speech, etc. This is one of the few sections from which questions are not just asked in objective form but descriptive tests are also there for a few exams.
d. General Awareness and Current Affairs
There is no limit to the syllabus for General Awareness and Current affairs section. Any Government or competitive exam conducted in the country has this section as a part of its syllabus.
The common fields from which questions may be picked for this section are:
- General Knowledge/ Static GK
- Daily News
- History & Geography
- Banking Awareness
e. Computer Knowledge
Not many questions are asked based on Computer Awareness but it is easy to score section. The syllabus is not very vast and the topics included are simple and general. So, candidates can easily score well in this section.
10 Essential Rules To Achieve Your Goal
There are 10 essential rules which will help candidates crack the upcoming exams.
- One should have the desire to achieve something is extremely important
- Knowing which subjects is weakness and focusing more on them is a key preparation strategy. This will ensure that all the topics are equally well prepared
- Having a positive attitude is a must.
- Students must be self-aware of their progress in terms of preparation and growth and should be able to apprehend which sections need more preparation
- Focus on self-study. This will ensure that you make a plan accordingly and devote equal time for preparation of each section and subject
Ans Candidates can prepare for Government exams at home, without joining any Coaching Institute by devoting 5 to 6 hours a day completely on self-study, get the best books, refer to online free classes and by solving mock tests and previous year question papers which are easily available online.
Ans Following these steps;
Set a preparation strategy
Sort out a study plan
Go through the detailed syllabus and check the exam pattern
Devote time for self-study
Analyse previous year question papers
Ans First, a candidate needs to go through the selection process and exam pattern for the exam, followed by the syllabus and based on it, he/she can start the competitive exam preparation. They can also look for offline or online assistance in case of doubts.
Ans Given below is a list of most sought after Government exams:
UPSC Civil Services Exam
SSC CGL Exam
SSC CHSL Exam
RRB NTPC Exam
UPSC Indian Engineering Service Exam