If you just saw the first few words-” How to train your” and immediately thought of the “How to train your dragon” franchise, this blog is 100% for you. This is because we totally understand that you love watching TV and are probably doing a lot of Netflix and chill and hence might have to get back to studies so that you may crack that competitive exam you had always wanted to!
Training your mind (not necessarily your brain)
We all know how tough IAS exams have always been. We also know that GMAT and GRE used to be easy for Indian students once upon a time. However, with the increased influx of Indians in these foreign territories, these exams are getting increasingly competitive too. Now, GRE/GMAT are pretty much at par with CAT in their complexity which makes them second only to the Civil Services (IAS) exam.
And before you delve into it, we would want you to understand that this blog focuses more on the intangible aspects of your preparation. This means that we will not tell you about the guides or books in detail but we will touch the aspects that we often overlook and end up reducing our overall efficiency and effectiveness of learning.
So, without any further ado, let us have a look at the pointers
Changed Thinking Level: Before attempting and clearing the IAS level exam, we have to think like an officer. We can not think in general we need to change our thinking level. This is the prerequisite to train our minds for competitive exams. One has to train his mind by focusing on one goal only. The reason is that the subjective questions will actually focus on how you think and the panel is smart enough to know when you are faking it. Thus, put yourself in the shoes and write.
The same can be extrapolated for a GRE/GMAT Essay. Though it carries barely 5 marks, yet many good colleges assign a lot of value to that. In addition to this, your SOP is also something that would reflect your thinking skills. If you write too much about yourself, it may be a red flag and if you sound too selfless, that again may not augur well.
Practical Challenges: Do not pressure yourself into believing that you will be selected. Of course, it is good to feel confident but pressuring yourself into thinking something will impact your performance negatively. Just know that you are giving your best and whatever happens next, you will see to it then!
Adaptability: Unlike in schools and colleges where we write our academic papers on the campus itself, competitive exams are held in locations new and alien to us. So here we are out of our comfort zones before reaching and even at reaching the place. This is done to check the adaptability to new surroundings.
Time Management: Time Management to the core! Being ready for the exam is not only a matter of studying 12 to 14 hours a day but a matter of studying smart. Covering the whole course or syllabus does not give success but what matters is; whatever studied is grasped properly.
From where we can get the correct guidance and mentor?
There are many online academic classes available in the market for such exams that offer different packages for different studies. Like if we talk about the IAS exam, it consists of preliminary and main exam and then interview, so the class level is decided accordingly. Individual classes have subject-wise lectures, and live lectures can be seen later on because such an academy provides a recording lectures facility also. It also provides different packages that include a personal mentor if someone needs it. Online lectures or recorded lectures are really awesome and provide in-depth knowledge of each topic. They are followed by mock tests after every topic and question-answer sessions also, which makes them even better.
So folks that were it from our side. A pretty small write-up for all things you can simply NOT Miss if you do not want to fail.
We will be back with another good topic soon.
Till then, stay tuned!