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Caught between entrance exams and Boards? Here’s help

Striking a balance between preparation for entrance exams and Board exams is necessary

education Updated: Feb 15, 2017 13:37 IST
Arindam Lahiri
Arindam Lahiri
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
If you dig deep, you will realise that it can be completely synchronised – to do well in both Board exams as well as competitive exams.
If you dig deep, you will realise that it can be completely synchronised – to do well in both Board exams as well as competitive exams.(Istock)

Most students start getting worked up when they think about the Board exams and the plethora of competitive examinations that they have to take between March and May. However, if you dig deep, you will realise that it can be completely synchronised – to do well in both Board exams as well as competitive exams.

At this point, let us focus on engineering and medical entrance examinations, which test the student for his knowledge in physics, chemistry and mathematics or biology.

Identical test ­syllabus

Students appearing for JEE (Main) and NEET need to remember that the syllabus is the same as that of CBSE. These tests are conducted by the CBSE. So, 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 Boards, it is imperative that the revision plan includes a balanced time allocation for all these subjects. Of course, one will need to customise the plan to give proportionate amounts of time to the subjects that are the strengths and weakness for the particular students.

Testing pattern

You need to keep in mind that the Board examination question pattern is different from MCQ pattern that is followed in these competitive examinations. Hence, it is important that the student spends enough time in practising mock board papers every day for a different subject. In February and March (till the end of the examination), you will not need to do any practice test for these competitive examinations. It needs to start immediately after the board examination is over.

Keep a clear focus

For competitive examinations, though there is no direct impact of the Board marks on the admission process; however, it will be good to remember that the CBSE board examination marks will stay on the CV for the entire life. Hence, it may be worthwhile to ensure that one gets good marks for the board examination.

Build endurance

Since it is a long season of examinations that stretches over a good 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 of building endurance.

Let us now take a look at the other competitive examinations like BBA, law, hotel management. These are aptitude-based examinations that are also conducted between April and June. Since, these examinations test one knowledge of English, basic mathematics, general awareness and reasoning, it may be good idea to invest time in some 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 all exams is to remain focussed.

The author is chief academic officer, Study Mate (HT Learning Centres)

First Published: Feb 14, 2017 17:44 IST

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