Exam guidelines for engineering students

Engineering is possibly one of the most opted courses in India and also amongst the toughest. Some of the major exams which are held in India for admission to engineering courses are JEE Mains and Advanced, Karnataka CET, EAMCET (for Andhra Pradesh), TNEA (Tamilnadu) BITSAT, VITEEE, Kerala KEAM etc. In India as per government guidelines entrance exam is required for taking admission in engineering courses like B.Tech, Integrated Master’s and Dual Degree programs.

In India as per government guidelines entrance exam is required for taking admission into engineering courses like B.Tech, Integrated Master’s and Dual Degree programs.

Following are some of the time-tested tips which can help aspiring students to get insights into engineering entrance exams.

Preparing a Timetable or Schedule

The first and the foremost thing is that, you make a timetable and stick to it. While making a proper time table, you should have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it. Most experts will advise you to study for an hour followed by a 15-20 minute break. It saves you from boredom and monotony but also lets you retain things you’ve learned. A perfect plan and smart execution can be a key to success.

Revision of Class XI and XII Concepts

The course curriculum for engineering entrance exams is quite similar to XI or XII classes. There may be something that has not been taught in your class XI or XII course, or you may be weak in certain areas.

Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new.

Limited Reference Books

There is no perfect set of books for your preparation. NCERT books should be studied from the beginning which will help in preparing for your board exams and strengthen your basics. If you are referring to more than one book, then a state of confusion may come up during revision. Preparing through fewer books will lead you towards more time for revision. More revision means clear concept in limited time.

Plan your Strategies

Sort out your strengths and weaknesses to plan accordingly. Concentrate on your weak subjects, which require more attention and dedicated time. Then, come back to those subjects, which you can doodle over it in no time.

Playing to your strengths and sailing through the weaknesses is the best exam strategy you can bet on.

Preparing your Notes

With each covered topic and chapter you should prepare handy notes or cheat-sheets for quick revision of charts, equations and formulae side by side. It helps you to study consistently and smartly by clearing your concepts. Keep revising the cheat sheets for memorizing faster. In the market, pre-made cheat sheets are also available which are prepared by experts.

Practice through Sample Papers and Mock Tests

Before entrance exams, you should start practicing through sample papers and previous year’s papers. This will give you an idea of how the paper will be and tell you where you stand. Keep evaluating yourself time to time by appearing for mock tests.

This will help you realize your weak points and then you can work on them and which improves your performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.

Time Management

Time management is an art which needs to be mastered by every aspirant if you have to excel in tests. All the three subjects; Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics should be given equal time. Instead of doing just one subject for some days, little portions should be done from all the three each day.

It is important that you are able to answer the questions correctly at one go, and finish on time. Practicing time management is the key secret of successful students.

Deactivate Facebook and WhatsApp

For the days you are preparing for exams, stay away from using Whats App, Facebook or any social network to chat with friends. It is addictive and ultimately destructive for your study plan.You lose both time and concentration.

Stay Positive, Fit and Take Rest

Engineering entrance exams are often designed to confuse the candidates. A systematic approach will always prove helpful in solving the paper. Staying positive will not answer your questions but it will steer you clear of unnecessary confusion and panic.

Read the Questions Carefully

It is significant to read all questions carefully or twice to understand them properly as Entrance exam papers have the ability to trap your brain with the confusing question or given options. Paper patterns have been changed, now a question has multiple answers so open your eyes for such question before marking tick or bubble the oval.

Attempt What you Know First

Before solving the question paper, first take the overview of it. First attempt what you know or can easily solve because every minute in examination hours is precious and leave the difficult question for last time.

Use the Method of Elimination

Sometimes you may be confident to eliminate two wrong option among four or five given options. It will help to get the right answer from rest two options. Hit and trial work here if you’re not sure for the right answer. So, whenever in doubt use method of elimination to your rescue.

Last but the most important, have confidence and faith in your abilities. Stress may spoil all your hard work. So plan in detail, preserve with patience and practice all you can.There is no substitute for practice. 70% of exam preparation is practice. Continuous effort is needed for a good preparation. Learn through your mistakes, teach and revise the syllabus on a regular basis.

Exams are tough task masters to access your skill. They are the ultimate litmus tests for you to prove your might.

If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. The secret to getting ahead is getting started. All the Best!!

Updated on: 11-May-2022


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