Finally, the New Year is around the corner. It’s time to say goodbye to 2017 and give a warm welcome to 2018. The New Year Eve is the right time to think afresh and make resolutions to give a sense of direction and purpose to one’s life over the coming year. This cardinal rule is more valid for competitive exam aspirants. Whether you are preparing for Bank exams or SSC jobs or Civil Services or Defence exams like NDA/CDS, this is the time to make resolutions related to your preparation.
Now, the next logical question is what resolutions help you sustain your preparation in the right direction? Jagran Josh is providing a list of five new year resolutions that will help aspirants in sailing through the competitive exams successfully.
Resolution 1: “I will stop procrastinating”.
The greatest enemy of success is procrastination. How great your resolutions might be, how knowledgeable you are doesn’t make sense if you have the habit of procrastination. Aspirants must realize that fact time is the most valuable resource we have and it is limited. Delaying and postponing your studies not only drift you away from the goal, it also leads to unnecessary stress in your life. So friends, stop procrastinating. It’s all about the present; what you do in the present decides your future.
Resolution 2: “I will always set tangible goals”.
A tangible goal is something that is measurable. Always set tangible goals for yourself. While an intangible goal is related to the realm of thoughts, a tangible goal is always quantifiable. For instance, the goal – “ I will become an IAS officer” is an intangible one; while “I will secure a rank below 50 in the Civil Service Exam” is a tangible goal. While the former goal sounds like a mere wishful thinking, the tangible goal drives you towards ‘action part’ of securing the desired rank. This is applicable to even smaller goals like – hours of study, deadlines to complete a chapter or subject, words per minute writing speed, the time taken to solve the question paper, etc.
Resolution 3: “I will always have an action plan”.
Once you set a tangible goal, the next proper thing to do is devising an action plan. The plan must be prepared by taking into the date of the exam, syllabus, number of papers, stages of the exam, the weightage to different subjects, the amount of material that need to be comprehended. Besides, one must also take into account the weak and strong areas. Say, if you are good in Geography and not that strong enough in History, you should allocate more time studying History.
To succeed in competitive exams, aspirants must allocate sufficient time to all aspects of preparation - reading the material, revision and practicing mock tests. The majority of the aspirants over look the revision and practice parts thinking it as a waste of time and ultimately fail in the exams.
Resolution 4: “I will evaluate myself at regular intervals”.
Preparing for competitive exams is like sailing in an ocean. The journey is not enough; it is essential to go in the direction of your destination also. Then the question is how you can evaluate yourself? Essentially, it has two components – syllabus and previous question papers, and, secondly, the practice and mock tests. For a competitive exam aspirant, the syllabus is the Bible/Geeta/Quran. Time and again, check how many topics in the syllabus you have completed and how many are pending. Evaluate yourself at regular intervals through mock tests and try to solve them within the stipulated time under examination-like conditions. This process will help you in identifying and rectifying mistakes and prepare accordingly.
Always remember the famous quote and apply it to your preparation.
- “The more you sweat in peace the less you bleed in war”
Resolution 5: “I will be resilient”.
Being resilient is the ability to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions and failures. The chance to succeed in a competitive exam is not even 0.001%. Hence, aspirants must not only prepare to get succeed in the exam, but also be ready to face the failure. It is not about thinking as a skeptic, but it is all about being realistic. An aspirant of competitive exam must have a Plan B career option. It will not only help in sustaining confidence levels during trying times of preparation, but also helps in switching gears in case of failure.
After all is said and done, you must remember that it’s you the most affected by your decisions in life. Hence, it is in your best interest to take right choices and execute them whole heartedly. Life is nothing but a series of decisions you make; we hope the above mentioned six resolutions will help you in making right choices vis-à-vis preparation and brings you success.
Happy New Year!!!