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Battling between CBSE Class 12 boards and entrance tests?

Entrance exams are not very different from the Boards so prepare for both at the same time

Board exams 2016 Updated: Feb 25, 2016 18:03 IST
Arindam Lahiri
Arindam Lahiri
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The key to do well in any exam is to remain focussed and boost your concentration levels.(Shutterstock)

How does one manage time between Class 12 Board exams and various competitive examinations? This question has been a mystery for Class 12 students for long, especially those appearing for engineering and medical entrance examinations. However, do ask yourself if these examinations are significantly different from the Board examinations. Let us focus on engineering and medical entrance examinations which test the student for his/her knowledge in physics, chemistry and mathematics or biology.

Identical test ­syllabus

Students appearing for the Joint Entrance Examination JEE(Main) and All-India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT) need to remember that the syllabus for these exams is the same as that of CBSE Boards. These tests are conducted by the CBSE. Hence, it is critical that the important chapters for all these exams are revised regularly in the run-up to the Board exams.

Balanced revision schedule

Since there are five subjects to be revised for the Board exams, it is imperative that the revision plan includes separate time allocation for all these subjects. One will need to customise the plan to give proportionate amount of time to the subjects based on individual strengths and weaknesses.

Testing pattern

Students need to keep in mind that the Board examination question pattern is different from the multiple-choice questions pattern that is followed in these competitive examinations. So it is important that students spend enough time in practising mock papers every day for a different subject.

This means that till the end of exams in March, one will not need to do any practice test for these competitive examinations separately.

Keep a clear focus

For JEE, 40% weightage is given to CBSE marks and that is why students must not take it easy. For other examinations though, there is no direct impact of the Board marks on the admission process.

Build endurance

Since it is a long season of examinations that spans two to three months, it is important to build endurance so that there are no distractions and the concentration levels are maintained. Keeping healthy and getting regular sleep is an important part of the entire process.

Other entrance tests

Let us now take a look at the other competitive examinations like BBA, law and hotel management. These are aptitude-based tests that are also conducted between April and June. Since these test one’s knowledge of English, basic mathematics, general awareness and reasoning, it may be good idea to invest time in areas like English and general awareness during the time when the student is preparing for the Board examinations.

In fact, these are good opportunities to take a break during long hours of preparation when one can read the day’s newspaper and do a vocabulary revision.

In conclusion, the key to success for a good performance in Board examination as well as any competitive examination is to remain focussed and keep high levels of concentration.

(The author is chief academic officer at Studymate.)

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First Published: Feb 24, 2016 18:50 IST