Well formulated strategy along with optimum
time management are the only two ladders for your dream goal. It's very
important to formulate your own strategy as it pays to be yourself.
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the general guidance to tackle this examination, here are some of the guidelines
which will help the aspirant to achieve success.
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
1. Familiarity with the optional syllabi:
Get yourself well informed about the content of the syllabi and the topics it
covers. A thorough familiarity with your optional reduces your mental burden at
the first sight itself.
2. Thorough insight of the question papers:
It is the most important part of your strategy as investing your time skillfully
will reap rich dividends. Go through the question papers of past ten years to
identify the pattern and select the topics which are asked very frequently.
Simultaneously, identify those topics which are particularly useful for
conventional essay type questions. Once you have clearly demarcated the topics
for the conventional and the objective types, the vast will be an easier task. A
thorough insight of the pest papers, will therefore solve two of your purposes.
It would boost your confidence level initially as you come to know the standards
of the question asked and secondly it guides constantly through your
3. Selection of books: It is advisable
not to go through a lot of books, instead go through one quality book on each
topic which clarifies your basic concept. Standard books not only save your
precious time but also guide you as a perfect teacher. So always rely on
standard good books. Also it is advisable to collect various books on my topics
in advance so as to save time for the last minute hassle.
4. Emphasis on numerical : As the
question paper consists of a sizeable number of numerical, due emphasis
advisable. Select topics that are frequently asked under the numerical head.
Also go through the solved/unsolved numerical examples of any standard book.
Needless to say that numerical handled tactfully can pay you high dividends.
5. How to shoot the objective type
questions: It is advisable to the aspirant to cover maximum syllabi
thoroughly and practice a lot of objective type questions. Once the aspirant had
gone through the question papers properly he would be able to identify those
topics which are covered most frequently and those which one asked less
frequently, Give due stress to the topics asked most frequently. Last but not
the least, as there is no negative marking, smart guesses are also a welcome
6. Importance of related IS-codes: The
related IS-codes form an important part of your paper so learn all the IS-codes
by heart. One, therefore must follow the related IS codes for design. Some
important codes are: For RC.C.- IS - 456 - 1978, For steel - IS . 800 - 1984.
7. Draw neat diagrams to fetch good marks:
Neat and clean diagrams at once catches the attention of examiner and it also
proves very useful for detailing purposes. So always emphasis on neat and clear
diagrams so as to catch hold the attention of the examiner at once and fetch
8. Prefer you own notes: It is always advisable
to make notes of the related topics. A well crafted note solves two purposes. On
the one hand the aspirant goes through the syllabus once and on the other hand
it is of immense help on the eve of examination.
9. A specific strategy for the general
studies: The paper of general ability test is divided into two parts. One
part consists of 60 questions of general English, which cover grammar portion
and other part of this papers cover general studies. General studies covers
everything under the sun. But there is nothing to get panic, as a glance over
the past years question' paper will make things easier. Broadly we can
categories this topic under the following heads.
(a) History: Due stress is to be given
to modern history and freedom movement. Also emphasis is to be given to Ancient
India. Whereas a cursory glance over the medieval history would solve the
purpose. For starting, NCERT books will suffice the purpose.
(b) Geography: Due stress is to be given to physical geography and maps
related questions. Get yourself well-acquainted with maps with the help of a
good Atlas. Again NCERT books will suffice the purpose.
(c) Medical Science: It covers a major chunk, so be well-versed with this
topic with a standard guidebook. (d) Current affairs: Going daily through
a standard news paper thoroughly will suffice.
(e) General awareness: Any good guide book or year book will more to the
10. Some more important points:
- As already said, always rely on your self
prepared notes. Go through your short notes rigorously.
- Prepare out short notes of important
formulas and important points relevant to conventional type questions and
just before the examination rely solely on it.
- For objective type questions read
questions and give options carefully. In examination don't waste your line
on lengthy questions.
- Always rely on revisions.
- Take a good sleep on the eve of
examination. It is most important for your brilliant performance.
- Never go through any book on the eve of
- Don't read any new topic.
- Don't get engaged with any confusing
question or problem as your prior investment (with studies) will only bring
dividends to you.
- Don't loose your confidence.