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COMPETITIVE EXAMS PREPARATION; A RECIPE OF FOUR INGREDIENTS

COMPETITIVE EXAMS PREPARATION; A RECIPE OF FOUR INGREDIENTS

Most of the aspirants of competitive exams join academies. Some of them have personal trainers and mentors who guide them. These gurus of competitive exams’ preparation share their experiences but mostly they stick to the syllabus. The aspirants and the academy management also expect to cover course on time. This race of covering syllabus restricts them to focus on other major areas of the preparation. In this article, I will tell you some ingredients to prepare the recipe of success in competitive exams. If you could cook, ingest and digest this dish, your success is inevitable.

Be a Morning Lark

This is quite challenging for most of us to get up early in the morning. I emphasise on this point because science, religion and sacred manuscripts also insist on it. The study of great personalities uncoversthis dormant truth that they all were morning larks not night owls. It has also been observed that most of the students have late night study habits. This is not a good habit because in day time we lose 57-60% mental receptive efficiency. The leftover 40 to 43% efficiency is not sufficient for the preparation.To be specific, I suggest aspirants to get up at 4 O’clock. No matter whatever your sleeping time is. This suggestion is quite demanding and hard to practise but you have to follow this. Only this way, you can utilise 100% cognitive potency to achieve your targets.

50/10 Rule

It is a quite new idea for the aspirants. This rule demands from you to work 50 minutes and take 10 minute break. It is also scientifically proved that our mind can effectively work for 53 minutes consecutively. It means we should take breaks of 10 minute while preparation. Now the question can be raised that what should be done during this 10 minutes pause. How it would be possible to manage time for play while preparing for the competitive exams. I have a good solution for you. During this break time you have to perform some physical activity. You can take push-ups, sit-ups, clean your room or arrange your books. Do anything that could engage you physically. This physical activity will refresh your mind and increases picking power. Do not sit idly because our does not work like our body. It refreshes with a change in our activity unlike our body which may be refreshed for physical labour just by taking a short or long nap or rest.

Read and Watch Inspirational Stuff

Competitive Exams preparation activities are quite long and time demanding. You need to be persistent to accomplish your quest. Meanwhile, you are to face societal discouragement. People call you jobless, useless fellow, demotivating remarks and bullying from your relatives and friends. Consequently, you will be disheartened and quit preparation. At that time you need motivation. How would you get it? The answer is pretty simple. Watch motivational videos and read motivational books. Do not watch too long videos. Start from 2 to 3 minutes videos and with the passage of time watch go for long and longer. This activity not only increases your motivation but also enhances your listening skills.

There is an axiom, ‘good books are good friends’. It is also fact that every successful person has reading habit. When you read you get knowledge. When you get knowledge success will be in your feet. This is why, I suggest the aspirants to read books and get motivation. This habit will help you to understand the views of successful people. This way you will not get disheartened. Before ending this part, I suggest you to read the books of great psychologist Dale Carnegie. Some of his books are: How to stop Worrying and Start Living, How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job and the most important one is The Leader in You.

Proper Diet

They say, “Health is wealth”. It is most important for aspirant to take proper and balanced diet. Doctors can be consulted to know about healthy diet, but, I suggest two foods tobe included to your menu.  First one is fish. This food provides energy to brain. Fish diet is important for maintaining optimal brain health and prevent onset of dementia. In addition to this, you have to take one table spoon of honey. You can take it directly or mix it in water and drink early in the morning. The researches have proved that “the polyphenol properties of honey can counter oxidative stress, restore our cellular antioxidant defence system and hence are helpful in improving memory deficits (Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2014).” Furthermore, Argentinean study on “the chemical composition of honey found that honey helped in building and developing the central nervous system of children and could reduce anxiety, improve memory and learning, and enhance their intellectual performance later in live (Journal of the Argentine Chemical Society, Vol. 96, no. 2, 2008).” That is why, I strongly recommend you to have fish once in a week and honey on daily basis.

On the bases of my personal experience and research I extracted these main areas to focus including your conventional preparation. This article is not only based on bookish study but after conducting various interviews from the aspirants of competitive examinations, I derived these points. Aspirants are suggested to get up early in the morning, take breaks while studying, read and watch motivational stuff and do not forget to take balanced diet. If you have this recipe with your routine preparation then you can easily achieve your targets.

Shehzad Ahmed Sahir

Shehzad Ahmed Sahir

Interpersonal Communication Professional Consultant at Hashoo Foundation
Shehzad Ahmed Sahir

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  1. SYED ZIAULLAH SHAH

    INDEED AWESOME PIECE OF TEXT FOR GUIDANCE … THE ARTICLE COUPLED WITH A REGULAR VISIT OF FPSC WEBSITE MA DO MIRACLES.. APPRECIABLE EFFORT MR SHEHZAD AHMED SAHIR…STAY BELSSED AND KEEP IT UP…

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  2. Sarmad Sultan

    Excellent article..Thumbs up..

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  3. Raja farhan

    Good article sir… you’re right i appreciate you..stay blessed

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