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Every now and then we, at Smartkeeda, come across questions like - "How to prepare for SBI PO exam?", "How to crack SSC CGL exam in first attempt?", "How clear IBPS PO exam in 60 days?", "Best way to prepare for SBI Clerk or IBPS Clerk exam?" A lot of students ask even more specific questions like - "How to secure cut off marks in SBI PO exam?", "How to score above 50% in IBPS PO Pre and Mains exams?", "How to gain a score above 500 in SSC CGL exam?"
Before we help you strategise, let us share a few key points that you must keep in mind as far as preparation for a competitive exam is concerned.
# 1A competitive exam is entirely different from your academic exams.
# 2To secure a seat/job through a competitive exam you need not be Super-intelligent.
# 3Smart work is better than hard work.
Now, we would like to discuss the steps you need to follow to crack your desired exam.
The day you decide to start your preparation for an exam, you must take a Full length Computer based or Online Mock test imagining it to be a real one.
This helps you understand three key things -
1st. Your current level of preparation
2nd. The level of preparation required and
3rd. The gap you need to bridge to be one among many successful candidates of the exams like SBI PO, IBPS PO, SBI Clerk, IBPS Clerk, LIC AAO, IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 or IBPS RRB Office Assistant, RBI Assistant, SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2, SSC 10+2, etc.
At times, a great number of students are seen advocating the 'covering the entire syllabus', some even get stuck to the most irrelevant topics for a particular exam.
Do keep the fact in mind that every exam is different and so are its syllabus and pattern. Once you finish taking a Mock Test as suggested above, sit back and make a list of the topics which have higher weight-age or importance than the others. You, therefore, need not always cover the entire syllabus to be able to clear the exam. Instead, you just need to be smart enough to gain command over the number of topics that frequently get featured with high weight-age in a particular exam.
For instance if you are preparing for SBI PO or IBPS PO exam the topics like English language Comprehension Test, Spotting Errors, Para-jumbled Sentences and Cloze test are high value topics while the topics like Idioms and Phrases, One Word Substitutions, Synonyms & Antonyms, Active and Passive Voice, Direct Indirect Sentences are of extreme importance if you are aiming at SSC CGL exam.
A lot of questions, though not all, are there in a competitive exam that can be solved applying a shortcut or intuitive approach. You, therefore, need to enhance your level of awareness. Whenever you attempt a question or set of questions while practising at home, try finding the shortest possible ways to reach the correct answers.
Revision of the 'High Value topics' is the key to success in competitive exams. It is the differentiating factor between a successful candidate and an unsuccessful one. If we keep learning new topics every day without revising the already learnt ones we tend to forget them and end up learning nothing. Therefore, you are required to make a habit of revising a concept you start or try to learn afresh. Keep it in practice to solve or attempt questions from a particular topic almost twice a week till you gain command over it.
Once you become sure of a good number of topics, start taking an Online Mock test every 4th day.