As you read this article, we would be little less than a week away from the IBPS PO Prelims Exams. As we come out of the Dussehra festivities, what are those few things that should be done and more importantly, what are those things that should be avoided in the run up to the Prelims exam?
First and foremost, ensure that you are not losing momentum. Ensure that you are taking a mock test every day and are actively analyzing the test to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Spend some time every day on vocabulary – a tip from our last week’s column.
This is also the time to revisit the questions you might have bookmarked and run through the notes that you would have made for yourself. Word of caution – try to attempt the test in the same time-slot as your final test.
Second, make sure that your test-taking strategy is finalized – what are the sections that you would leverage to accelerate and cross the overall cut-offs? How do you intend to spend your time across the three sections? Is there a section wherein you might have to be careful to ensure that you cross the cut-offs? What kind of questions would you not attempt and what kind of questions would you certainly attempt – if they were to make an appearance on the test? These are not decisions that you take under pressure in the actual exam. Ensure that you identify a strategy suited to your strengths and action it out across all your practice tests. Bring in small changes needed to further fool proof your strategy. It bears repetition – in a high stakes exam like this, it is not always the most intelligent but the most prepared candidate who succeed.
In the Quantitative Aptitude – you have to be comfortable with question types like the Quadratic Equations / Inequalities and Data Interpretation, Simplifications and Number Series which have made most appearances on the test over the years. Revise the basic formulae in Arithmetic concepts such as Profit/Loss and Time, Speed, Distance and Work and run through the common question models.
In the Reasoning Ability section, make sure that you are comfortable with different question types from simple areas such as Blood Relations, Directions, Coding and Alphabet Series and Syllogisms. These are questions that you should attempt correctly. Learn to identify the difficulty of a puzzle. By now, you might have figured out a few puzzle types that you might find more difficult to crack than others. These are the ones you should avoid touching in the exam. Remember, toppers don’t do tougher questions – they are just better at avoiding them. That is what you should aspire to do as well.
Third – ensure that your biological clock is tuned. If your exam is in the morning slot, ensure that you are active in that time slot. You cannot expect your mind and body to suddenly react differently on the actual exam day. Do take care of your health over the next few days – avoid all those things which might make you sick on the actual exam day. Imagine your one year of effort getting wasted because of one road side snack.
Fourth – do not panic. You might come across a lot of posts on lot of forums – highlighting a particular question type that would in all certainty appear in the exam this time. Relax – you have put in a lot of preparation for this exam and believe in your preparation. A one-night before the exam will not really help but could further affect adversely.
Keep all the id-proofs and documents that might be needed on the actual exam day. Visit the test-center in advance to avoid surprises and last-minute rush on the exam day. Travel by public transport or pool into a cab with your friends – you do not need road rage on the actual exam day.
And finally – remember that tension is normal. Every aspirant who walks into that examination hall is equally tensed as you are. What separates winners from also-rans is how they manage the tension. Do a few breathing exercises and start with a section of your strength to relieve the stress. Similarly end the exam also with an area of strength where your mind might work better under pressure. Make sure that you execute your strategy well.
Good luck and All the best for the exam! I will see you again next week.