School Education Vs Competitive Examinations

Competitive exams is a way of life, it is nothing but the fight for acquiring scarce resources, admission to top colleges and the top most courses, services or posts by a large number of people.

Created On: Sep 14, 2015 15:11 IST
Modified On: Sep 28, 2015 14:58 IST

Competitive exams is a way of life, it is nothing but the fight for acquiring scarce resources, admission to top colleges and the top most courses, services or posts by a large number of people. It has been an ongoing process even before the dawn of mankind as we know it today.

Every year around two lakh students compete for 1200 seats in the IIMs where the exams are conducted by recruiting bodies or educational institutions to select candidates for various jobs or higher education. These exams are conducted with two purposes in mind. Firstly to assess if the candidates educational and personality profile matches the requirements of the job and secondly to ensure that all candidates are assessed uniformly and objectively and that the most deserving candidate qualifies. This is what competition is and same goes with different other top most institutions which has set standards for selecting students for their courses.

Basically there are two types of competitive exams –

Those which are conducted for higher studies

Those which are conducted for recruitment purposes

Education Related Competitive Exams

These exams are conducted for the purpose of selecting students to premier higher education institutes. They include:

  • School Level Exams – Scholarship exams for Std IV and VII, NTSE exams, Pravinya exams, IPM exams etc.
  • Jr. College level Exams – PMT, MH-CET, Law College entrance exam, Engg. CET, SAT etc.
  • College level Exams – CAT, CET, MAT, GRE, TOEFL, GMAT, XLRI entrance etc.

Right after class X and mainly in class XI and XII students start thinking what career to choose? What are the hot and latest trends in all India competitive exams? What competitive exam he/she shall appear for a career options after 12th?

It doesn’t matter either you are going for traditional bachelor degree or any professional career after 12th, you have to compete with other students and devote a lot of time in preparing for these  competitive entrance exam after 12th  as admission criteria now a days going tough to accommodate only suitable and well deserve candidates.

The focus of training for Board exams is different from that for competitive exams. While for the Board exams, repeating what one learns from the text book is sufficient, cracking competitive exams requires understanding concepts and relating them. Only 30% features are common among them. The aptitude areas are different for both. While syllabus is important for Board exams, it is not relevant for competitive exams. Often, many students, who are good at rote learning, do not make it through competitive exams because as they are not able to apply the concepts they learned while tackling questions.

Keeping the above point in mind, it is being seen that a good coaching institute plays a significant role in students' success in various medical and engineering competitive examinations, earlier there was a common opinion among parents and students that school classes are enough for cracking engineering and medical examinations. But seeing the success stories of many students, the opinion is changed and they believe that good coaching plays a significant role for students' success in these examinations."

Students these days are sure of where they want to get and they start working towards their career path as early as Class 6. But is it a good idea for a child as young as 10 to start focusing on a particular stream? Ideally, they should understand and explore their skills further before zeroing in on the subjects they wish to pursue.

However students find it difficult to balance between the school classes and coaching tutorials at the same time, it is definitely a high-stress level period because there is pressure from all directions including peer pressure.  However, if one is ambitious, he or she will have to handle pressure, which takes more effort. Otherwise, don’t be ambitious. This is where parents play a major role. They should pitch in to help their children during this period.

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