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How To Crack Any Competitive Exams: 11 Exam Preparation Tips For 2021

By Deep Sikder
Last updated on 4th Jan 2018
Exam Preparation Tips

I often get a query-How to crack any competitive exams? Since competitive exams give you straight entry into the Govt jobs, they have special regard among the job aspirers. Here I thought of covering the exam preparation tips along with the methodologies to crack competitive exams for jobs.

How To Prepare for Competitive Exams?

In India, people have an extra craze for Government jobs. Every year thousands of students join the bandwagon aspiring to be Govt employees. Well, the road is not so cosy. A candidate has to funnel through competitive exams and interviews to get selected as a Govt employee. In this blog, I will be sharing tips to crack competitive exams and get selected for Govt jobs.

Before writing this blog I interviewed 3-4 guys who made it to success. Although they differ by their academic qualifications and job profiles, their preparation and perseverance were outstandingly similar. On questioning their preparations for job exams, I came to know a few simple yet crucial things necessary for cracking the exams. Hence I thought of compiling all those points in the form of suggestions/tips for preparing for job exams.

11 Tips To Crack Competitive Exams | Govt Jobs

The exam days are coming in short. Here are the much-needed tips for the exams that are going to be held in 2021.

1. Know The Ins and Outs of The Exam

This is the first thing you have to do before you dive into competitive exam preparation for jobs. Know the details about the exam, their selection procedure, the level of knowledge expected of you etc. Because you can shape your paths, only when you know your goals.

How Will You Do That?

The basic rule is to know about the job position as well as the department you are applying for. Do your research about the job responsibilities as well as the level of knowledge and expertise required to deliver services at that position. Get an extensive knowledge of the exam curriculum. If possible talk to people who have previous experience on the subject through social networks, forums, blogs etc.

2. Prepare Your Strategy

After the basic know-how, prepare a strategy to accomplish your goals. Most of the exams for jobs have two steps in the selection process. One the written exam and the other is the interview. So, you have to plan your preparation accordingly.

How Will You Do That?

Rather than offering some vague suggestions, I would answer them to the point. For written exams, make a strategy to complete the syllabus much before time. Once you complete your syllabus, you are in a position to revise your courses as many times as you want (if time permits). Moreover, you can do practice the practical or mathematical questions multiple times, once you go through the whole syllabi. Remember, practices and revisions add up your confidence which has no alternative to your success.

For better preparation for the personal interview, you may read the blog titled 10 Tips to crack job interviews.

3. Arrange Study Materials

When you know, what you have to study, you are half-done. Next, you have to arrange the study materials required to crack the written examination. Every department has its own set of study material recommendations. In certain cases, one single book even helps in two or more exams.

How Will You Do That?

If you are preparing for two or more exams, then find the common topics/subjects between the exam syllabuses. See, for the books that can be used for both purposes. This will lessen your workload as well as the time for preparation. And most importantly that would save you money too. Buy those books that have a good reputation and are highly popular among the candidates who are vying for the same job. Consultation with experienced guys who have already succeeded may be of great help in this regard.


4. Make A Routine

A Routine is a must to crack any competitive exam. Without any definitive routine for your studies may sound directionless.

Ivan Pavlov was a Russian Physiologist who introduced a method called Classical Conditioning. According to this method, when you do work at the same time and at the same place for a few days, the brain identifies it as a habit. Only a feasible routine can help you to make study a habit for you. Try to follow the routine strictly over a long period of time. Hope that would bring you nearer to the accomplishment of your goals.

How Will You Do That?

While preparing a routine you have to keep a few things in your mind. The allocation of time should be based on your knowledge and learning capacity. Subject proficiency should be the driven factor in preparing your routine. Also, review the routine from time to time and modify it as per your progress. Try to keep practical or mathematical subjects for practice daily in your routine as they required great exercise to score in the exam.

5. Prepare Yourself By Writing What You Have Learned

I don’t know how many will agree with me at this point, but the students I interviewed, all have the same viewpoint. They all bat for writing habits. The Associate Professor Anne Mangen at the University of Stavanger’s, in a study, said, writing by hand strengthens the learning process. Reading your own handwriting in a subject, dramatically improves your command on the subject.

How Will You Do That?

Well, you have to go back to your school days. You may find things quite silly, but it’s a fact. You have to write everything you read. You don’t need to write full-length answers, but brief or pointwise answers will do. Preserve your writing notebooks for the future when you need quick revisions for the whole subject especially during exam days.

6. Solve Previous Years’ Question Paper

I guarantee it, almost 100 per cent of the job aspirants will be with me on this suggestion. If you are preparing for exams be it academic or concerned with jobs, solving previous years’ question papers definitely helps you. All you can have an idea about the question patterns, their mark allotments etc. Moreover, there’s a strong perception that going through the previous years’ question papers, makes it easier for a candidate to figure out the common questions.

How Will You Do That?

The mock test is an effective technique to prepare for exams. Create an atmosphere simulating examination hall and complete previous years’ question papers within time. By rehearsing it several times before you sit for an examination you can excel your time management skills. As it is seen in most cases, students/candidates fail just because they couldn’t answer all the questions within time or found themselves in a haphazard condition during exams.

7. Improve Your Vocabulary

Since most of the competitive exams are conducted in English or have a subject paper on the English language, you should be at par in the language. English grammar is also an important topic to be covered by the candidate. Though you shouldn’t be an expert, yet a Standard English is expected from you. Another important thing is to use appropriate idioms and proverbs in sentences to enrich your writings manifold.

How Will You Do That?

The best way to improve your linguistic skills is to read English newspapers and magazines. Watching English news can augment your oratory skills. Here you can also apply a Japanese method called Kaizen. This method is used for continuous improvement of any task. According to this method, you can divide a big task into some small fragments. When you make a habit of learning a new word every day, it will become a habit and you will be able to learn more new words in a few months.


8. Update Yourself On Current Affairs

I don’t think anybody doubts it. The latest and current knowledge always are solicited from a candidate aspiring for a job. The competitive exams are designed to bring out the shallowness if you are not well prepared for current developments.

How Will You Do That?

I think you all know the sources of the latest or current knowledge. Besides reading your regular study materials, it would be highly beneficial to read various articles, blogs, attend seminars etc. Reading Years Books, watching news bulletins keep you almost update. My suggestion would be, don’t do it from an exam perspective, make it a habit- it would be less tiring to accumulate and memorise information.

9. Prepare Yourself For Aptitude Test

Aptitude test is the core subject in almost all the competitive exams for jobs. Aptitude tests are meant to bring out the candidate’s abilities to perform specific jobs under certain situations. These tests are designed in such a way that would assess your logical reasoning and thinking performance without prior knowledge or training. A typical test includes 30 or so multiple-choice questions to be answered within 30 minutes.

How Will You Do That?

Although aptitude tests required no special knowledge or training, yet you need lots of practice to score in the exam. There are numbers of websites that allow you to practice lots of questions and sharpen your thinking and reasoning skills. Some of the sites that give you to practice are:

10. Smart Work vs Hard Work

Success in any exam completely depends upon the way of its preparation. There are many aspirants who are able to crack any exam by studying only for a few hours and some others fail even after studying for long hours. If you know the right method, you can also easily crack a competitive exam.

How Will You Do That?

POMODORO Technique is a time management method that suggests breaking down work into intervals. It suggests that you should take 5 minutes to break after every 25 minutes of the continuous task. By applying this method in your study, you can increase your productivity.

11. Keep Yourself Motivating

Motivation is the key-driven force behind any success. Well, it’s not always possible to crack job exams at the first instance. You ought to have the patience to get a job you are vying for. Keep yourself motivated until you get the desired result.

How Will You Do That?

Meditation is an age-old technique to improve your concentration level. That brings a state of self-belief which ameliorates the confidence level in you. A regular exercise in the morning also increases the dopamine that helps you to get motivated for the rest of the day. To crack a competitive exam or job exams you need a high amount of determination and an optimistic approach.


Indeed, sometimes our preparation and practice don’t match our performances in the exams. But that doesn’t demean our efforts. If we stick to our level of competence to strive for the desired result, we will not be deprived of success.

The competitive exams require a deeper conceptual clarity on the subjects. Mere speculations and half-hearted efforts in the exams will not take you through. Rigorous hard work and tireless endeavour are the only keys to success. Follow the above tips and try to instil a good learning habit, the results would be highly encouraging.

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