Handling Preliminary Examination, an objective type tests is an art and a competition of this level requires preparation that matches the exam-standards.
Besides, it is prudent to learn some examination techniques to face it confidently.
You can try out some Mock-Tests to evaluate your preparedness and plug the loopholes if you spot any.
Preliminary Examination in present format is becoming more challenging and tricky.
Each year, UPSC adds some surprise element that elevates the level and poses risk to candidates who have not evaluated their preparedness.
The number of questions asked in each paper and length of the questions make it difficult to answer all questions within limited time. Preliminary examination is all about speed and accuracy.
There is a saying, “If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else” (Lawrence J. Peter).
Test your preparation well before the examination test your knowledge. It is skill which is going be handy while applying knowledge.
Practice helps you in improving performance, increasing concentration and builds ability to handle pressure. You would find it difficult to handle, if you have not practiced well.
‘Efficiency with accuracy’ is the key and with practice, you can develop sharpness and habit of making quick decisions. It tests your memory and power to recall information when needed.
The emerging situation is going to be complex. In all probabilities, following the trend, the questions asked would be lengthy and would consume more time to comprehend.
Therefore, the most important thing to note is ‘cultivating habit of reading question full’. Even if you know the answer, read question and all alternative before finally reaching at conclusion.
The end result would depend on the number of sure right questions attempted; not on the total number of questions attempted.
This evaluation will help in identifying your strengths and weaknesses. With practicing Mock-Tests, you can easily make out the areas where you fumble quite often.
Accordingly, you can prioritize the areas that need attention and can improve your knowledge so that you are in a position to perform as per examiners' expectations.On Sunday 17th February 2019