The Union Public Services Commission conducts various Defense Exams in the country. These exams provide a golden chance to candidates who aspire to work for the country and earn handsome salaries with other perks and benefits.
The Defense exam witnesses a whopping number in the application each year. To ace the exam and be among the top scorers you need to be confident and well prepared.
For effective preparation for the Defense exams, you need to avoid some of the common mistakes that most candidates make due to various reasons like lack of proper strategy, lack of motivation, no mentor support, etc. Hence, we bring to you the top mistakes that aspirants make while preparing for different Defense exams.
Avoid these Mistakes to Ace the Race of Defense Exams
- Not knowing the syllabus well – Syllabus is a roadmap to lead the preparation of any exam, being thorough with the one is really important. Sticking to the syllabus helps in saving time and preparing well for the exam. Though the Defense Exam Syllabus is vast it does not cover everything under the sun. There is a boundary line to your preparation because of the syllabus.
- Lack of a proper preparation plan – Candidates often start preparing without a proper plan in a disorganized manner and in haste. This kills the time, baffles you, and reduces effectiveness. You can do effective preparation only when you understand the syllabus well, divide and subdivide the topic, devise a study schedule covering all the topics, and follow it religiously.
- Studying from too many sources– referring to different study materials for one topic or section creates a hodge-podge in mind thus affecting the preparation. ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’ stands true when it comes to exam preparation. To complete the syllabus you don’t have to go through too many books for preparation. Picking some of the best sources and preparing the topics with those would do all the good.
- Skipping the basic concepts – most of the candidates often skip covering the basics and directly start going through difficult sections or solving tricky questions. Sometimes candidates even skip topics from the syllabus especially mathematics and solve questions only from the topics they are good at. Candidates should know that conceptual clarity is important, when the basics are strong it won’t be much difficult to solve tricky questions.
- Avoiding practice tests – Defense exams are highly competitive exams and it is important to score the minimum cut-off marks. Therefore it is essential to learn the art of guesswork, good speed, and accuracy. To achieve these, regular practice of Mock papers is necessary. It will help you know the level of preparation and strategize further accordingly.
- Losing Confidence – preparation for any competitive exam is a lengthy process and this is where candidates tend to lose hope and give in to the pressures of all kinds. At this point, candidates need to be positive. They should have clarity of their goal and should rely on themselves.
- Not Revising regularly – Often candidates complete a particular topic and move on to the other topics without revising and checking whether the concepts are retained. Some candidates even skip revision completely, till the exam eve. Since the syllabus is comprehensive, there are high chances to forget what was studied in the beginning. The only way to remember everything is to make short notes and revise them regularly.
Effective preparation strategy increased your confidence level, and a good exam-taking strategy can make or break your success in the upcoming defense exams. Candidates preparing for various defense exams link CDS, NDA, AFCAT, etc. should try not to commit the above-mentioned mistakes while preparing to outshine the competition. You can know relevant details on the NDA Exam on the given link.