10 Mistakes to avoid during competitive exams

What actually is examination? This question has many answers. But the best definition that defines the meaning of word examination is: It is the way to test someone’s potential. It is the test that is conducted to check, to certify and to judge someone. The examination is a word which is used almost in every sphere of life. 

Many people believe that it is not an accurate test to check the ability of a person. Well, opinions differ from person to person. Most of the people have made a false image in their mind regarding present-day examination system. As per them, the present system of examination is all based on cramming. Moreover, the present system boosts other wrong happenings such as copying and corruption. Also, more people are giving exams just to upgrade to a higher level of education. Very less are there who give exams to test themselves on the basis of knowledge.

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There are many evil incidents that are taking place nowadays in the examination center. Many evil accidents are taking place. One of the worst cases that are very popular nowadays is that student threating and beating their invigilator who objects that the student should not copy. The students who have a strong background take advantage of their power and misuse their powers in the wrong way. Many people are against examinations as they claim how is it possible that a few sets of questions can judge you.  Many are in favor too as they think it is the best way to test the knowledge we have learned and gained. As per them, it is the best way to test their knowledge, understanding, and ability.

Importance of Examination

Exams are the best and necessary way to check our knowledge and capability. Without examinations or test, students don’t excel as they don’t concentrate on their studies and learn their lessons properly. Exams are necessary at every level of education to check out the real skills, talents and grasping the power of the students. All students or candidates study in order to get desired marks or rank in the test.  Everyone wants to excel and shine. This is the best way to show others your victory. Therefore, it is mandatory to conduct exams. Exams are important as without them, it is impossible to express our skills, talent, and knowledge.  Competition is getting harder with each passing day. The doorway to success is not so easy. Every exam such as school exam or competitive exam requires a lot of hard work, knowledge, preparation, dedication and consistent efforts.

Examinations are basically for two purposes. Exams at School and college level give a boost to study by rewarding with prizes, and scholarships. There are other exams that are mandatory to clear to get selected at good posts such as exams for the military and civil services. In short, exams are very important to get the highest mark in class or to get selected in an important field in order to achieve the dream. It is the best way to express our knowledge and ability in the written form.

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Moreover, through exams, one learns a lot of things.  It teaches us values and essential qualities like punctuality, writing skills, time management, and so on. Without exam, it is very difficult to find out the real skills of an individual.

What to focus on during exams?

Most of the students focus to excel in any of the competitive exams. That attitude is right. But one should also focus on what can be done to avoid silly mistakes. These silly mistakes are basically responsible for any downfall that can hinder our way to success. A good student should learn from mistakes. One should avoid making mistakes during exams.  Mistakes can snatch a big opportunity from you.  In this post, I will be telling you the various mistakes one should avoid during competitive examinations.  It’s better to avoid mistakes otherwise one will end up with only disappointment.

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As the new season of examinations has begun already, most of the students must have started preparation for the same. Various recruitment opportunities have opened doors to a good number of people. So, it’s important that one should not neglect the importance of exams and should avoid making silly mistakes. Exams are the best way to grab golden opportunities. Don’t let the opportunities slip through your fingers because of silly mistakes.

Mistakes to avoid during competitive exams

Many students and candidates appear for different competitive exams. But only a few are able to achieve success in a particular exam. This is because successful candidates are sharp enough to avoid silly mistakes that can lower down their chances of getting success.  Many students fail to make up to the expectation due to stupid mistakes that can be avoided.  Therefore, to help students to avoid the common mistakes during the examination, below are a few points to understand. Success in a competitive exam like UPSC Exam, SSC Exam, Bank Job exam, Police Job Exam, any other exam can alter your life completely for good. This is why most of the aspirants are under great pressure for preparing for their respective competitive exams. This pressure makes them do some stupid mistakes that could lower down their chances of getting success in respective competitive exams.

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If you’re tensed about appearing in the competitive exams and want to ignore those competitive exams idiotic mistakes, so I have come up with the list of common mistakes that people should avoid doing while attempting any of the competitive exams or Government Job Exams. The stress of the exam can lead you to make some mistakes that can cost you a lot.  But by remaining calm, you can avoid losing marks and can stand out in everyone. Listed below are the mistakes that most of the candidates commit. To succeed one should avoid making such mistakes.

1. Not reading the question paper properly and thoroughly:

This is one of the common mistakes that one should avoid. Most of the aspirants don’t read the question properly. Always read questions patiently and carefully. We the humans have a habit of seeing what actually we want to see, and this is mostly true in the high-stressed environment of the exam room. Try to avoid mistakes when you are under pressure. If you don’t go through a question carefully, the brain tricks you into thinking that the question is asking you something else that it’s not. This leads you to write a different answer to the question. Read the question twice and thrice. Try to get to the roots of the question to know what exactly the question is asking to answer.  Try to answer exactly what the question is asking. Don’t try to mold questions and answers as per you.

2. Writing the answer you want to write, not the one you’ve been set:

Even after understanding the question properly, one can easily fall into the trap of writing the answer, one wants to write, rather than the answer, you have been asked for.  This is a common problem of most of the candidates. The problem is, in case you have over prepared a particular topic and know it thoroughly and that particular question is not part of your paper; still, you write that particular answer to show off that you have learned a lot. Whether, it’s relevant or not, just to impress the teacher or faculty, you just attempt to write it down.

No doubt, it’s quite irritating that lots of material that you had learned wasn’t part of the exam, but still, it is important to be calm and focused to answer the question carefully. It is very important that the material you are writing must be relevant to the question in one or other way. It must support your question otherwise it is irrelevant to writing it.  

3. Not answering in an organized way:

In case, you are appearing for essay writing exam, always write your answer in a fixed manner. There should be a proper format to write the essay. There should be a proper structure for your essay. Always answer your question effectively, it’s important to follow a proper structure for your essay. If you will not follow a plan or structure to answer the question, you may forget about what actually you were going to write and you may end up in writing the answer in the wrong order.

In case, if you have 3 to 4 essays to write, following a proper order will help you to attempt all questions properly and you’ll be able to move swiftly from one to the next. If you have a writing plan for each essay, this will serve you as a sort of ‘barrier’ between each essay and will allow your mind to take a little time and space to shift the focus of your thinking from one topic to the next. It is not important to write a detailed plan and moreover, there isn’t enough time for that, in any situation.  Listed below is the example of an essay plan or the structure of essay one should follow while writing in an exam.

I. Introduction:

The essay should start with easy introduction. The introduction must reflect the topic you are actually going to write.

ii. Reading questions/planning:

Read the question paper thoroughly and twice. After reading question makes an effective plan.

iii. Timings:

Set the timing as per the question paper. Time management is very important.

iv. Multiple choice:

Look at the multiple choice questions carefully.

v. Checking, spelling/grammar:

Check the grammar and spellings.

vi. Conclusion:

End the essay with some good and meaningful conclusion.

It is clear from the above, this plan provides a rough idea of the areas to be covered, without going into much detail. It’s enough for the person to make him understand what actually he/she is going to write.  Don’t spend too much on planning. Spending too much on planning is another potentially costly mistake. This can even waste your lot of time.

4. Leaving the simple and short questions until last:

Many of you have the habit of leaving the easiest questions until last. Most of the students attempt the long and difficult questions first. But this, not a good thought.  Always first answer the questions, you think are easy. This way you can boost your score. If you start with the tough questions, you may not answer them properly as compared to easier ones. This can deduct your marks. Moreover, this will also waste a good amount of time. As a result of which you may end up with a shortage of marks. So, work thoroughly through the question paper and get as many marks as you can from the questions you find more easily, and answer the difficult ones later.

5. Wasting a lot of time:

Don’t waste your time. Allotment of time as per questions is very important. Time is the most important asset. While answering questions, keep the constant eye on the clock. Try not to run out of time. Many students are unable to attempt the whole question paper just because of improper management of time. It’s the mistake of most of the students. Spending too much time on a few questions can trouble you later.  Most of the students spend quality time on a few questions, not leaving enough time to finish the exam. Time management is the most important aspect of the exam. It must be properly managed.

To manage time during exams, try to attempt a few past papers so as to keep track on your time. By doing this, you will exactly come to know about time management during the exam. Moreover, from there you can calculate, how much you will take to attempt each question. Also, you will be able to manage the time for the last revision and planning. Most of the exam halls have a clock. Pay close attention to the clock and work as per clock. In case, you complete the answer to the question before the end of your time slot for it, move onto the next question anyway. This gives more time to difficult and trickier questions. The extra time can be used to check your answers again and again.

6. Running out of time still writing the full answer:

Many students didn’t notice, that they get indulge so much with one question, that they run short of time. When you are running out of time, try to answer short and to the point. Answering a single question, when you are running out of time is the silliest mistake that one should avoid. This can cost you loss in marks. If you are running out of time, answer the question in points.  This will also help the examiner to know that you’ve thought about the question, and he will know what you would have written if you’d had time. There are chances you may get some more marks this way. But if know that you have short of time and still you are spending too long on a single question, the examiner will have no idea about all those good points you might have made.

7. Not attempting multiple choice questions:

Never, leave multiple choice question blank. Even if you don’t know the answer still attempt the question. But if the wrong answer to multiple choice question can cause you negative marking then ignore the question whose answer you have doubt. But if you know that even wrong answers don’t cost you anything, don’t leave them blank, always make a guess.  

Multiple choice questions are one of the easier styles of the exam. This is because of the reason such questions give a good number of possible answers. Such possible answers help the candidate to get the accurate answer out of all by neglecting the most inappropriate choice.  Many students don’t even try to answer such question and they end up losing marks. Do attempt the multiple choice question. There are chances that your guess will be right.  There is always 50/50 chance that you’ll get an extra mark, which is definitely a chance worth taking. Do not avoid such chance.

8. Leaving the exam hall early:

While attempting the question paper, take your full time. Don’t leave the exam hall early. Your important celebrations can wait for an extra hour. In case, you have found the exam easy and have finished the exam before time, then do check it and revise it carefully. After finishing the exam, many students make the mistake of leaving the exam early. But this can backfire you.

Once you leave the hall, you may realize later, that you must have not come out of hall this early, but my dear by the time of realization, you had made the mistake of leaving hall early.  So, even if you complete the exam early, use that leftover time to go through the paper twice and thrice. Make the paper more presentable. Make sure that you’ve attempted all the questions and had answered them to the best of your abilities. Revise the paper thoroughly and try to add more worthy points to make your answer look more appropriate. Do proofreading of your answers. Check the grammar and spellings carefully.

9. Trying to be over smart:

Don’t try to be over smart. Don’t try to fool the examiner. Many candidates have the habit of giving two answers to the same question. Many candidates select multiple answers in multiple choice question. They tick two answers or boxes. The examiner who has no idea about all this ends up giving no marks to such a question. Even some end up by giving negative marks to the question that have multiple answers. If you’re attempting a multiple choice paper, it’s necessary to allow yourself enough time, in the end, to check properly and thoroughly all your answers to make sure that the correct ones are ticked. If you change your mind and want to change the answer, make sure it is visible clearly that this is not your answer by putting a big cross through it. Try not to confuse examiner. Be genuine with your answer.

10. Spelling Mistakes and Grammatical errors:

When you are attempting a written test, try to avoid spelling and grammatical mistakes. This can lead to a bad impression on your examiner. There are many competitive exams in which marks are allocated for good spelling and grammar. If your answer paper has many mistakes and errors, you’ll end up with losing extra marks that can add huge loss to your grades.  Even if you are perfect in grammar, you can make mistakes while answering under pressure. Many students under pressure write “right” instead of “write” and many other such silly mistakes happen. Such silly mistakes are mostly committed when a person is under pressure. Try to avoid such mistakes.

Be calm and patient while answering questions. If you have a good quantity of time at the end of the exam, you can spend it checking through your answers just to make sure that your answer is error free. Even if you have written right and your handwriting is difficult to read, you could even lose good marks. Write clear and error free. Make your answers look more presentable. Try to underline the important statements. Also if you spot some words that can’t be read clearly, strike through them and write them out more clearly.

Conclusion:

When it comes to attempting an exam, all that needed is just the appropriate planning, time management and your approach to each question. These parameters work collaboratively to add a few more marks.  One or two marks up and down may change your grade. It is the matter of great difference between a grade A and a grade B (for example). And this may snatch the biggest opportunities from your hand. Try to avoid all such mistakes. Avoiding such mistakes can help you to achieve success. There are many ways by which you can score high but there are also ways by which you can lose some marks. So try to avoid mistakes while going for competitive exams.