Any kind of cheating, shortcut or unfair means is just postponing the inevitable. If you’re able to beat others by fair means, it means you are capable of pursuing that course,” says CV Kalyan Kumar, director, FIITJEE. “Focus on giving your best efforts and not getting best results,” he says.
According to Aakash Chaudhry, director, Aakash Insitute, “Before even thinking of cheating, you should understand that if you cheat in a competitive exam and are not caught, you won’t be able to survive even in the first year of MBBS.”
On cracking the exams, Chaudhry says: “You need to be very thorough with your NCERT textbooks. Do not touch upon topics which you have not been able to understand in the last two years. Focus on topics where your key strength lies and ensure that you are able to solve 50-55% questions in your prelims or mock tests. Practise solving 200 questions in three hours regularly to build your tempo. Before sitting for the PMT, it is recommended that you solve 20-25 full-length, full syllabus tests. If you’re exposed to 4000 questions prior to the main exam, your chances of clearing the PMT are brighter.”
For a test like the civil services where a candidate has to study multiple subjects, one of the best ways to cope is through visuals. VP Gupta, director, Rau’s IAS Study Circle, says “Several studies by educational psychologists show that it’s easier to memorise and understand the concepts of a particular topic by connecting them to visuals. Identify the time during the day in which you can plan your studies or revision. Solve 1500 to 2000 questions to get into the groove and skim through notes, journals at least twice.”