How to select Questions in the Exam ?
Remember this: "Question-selection is exam-selection". This is the most important strategy that many students forget to follow in an objective-questions-based exam. You should attempt the easiest questions first and then move on to tougher ones. Following are the steps to be followed:
Let us suppose you start off the exam with Verbal Ability. So, browse the questions starting from 1 and see if they fall under any of the below categories:
1. Easily doable
2. Doable, but will take time
3. Can't say with 100% surity, since this is a part that I am not very confident at.
4. Very tough.
In the first round, always select the questions that fall under (1), i.e. Easily Doable. If we don't do such a categorization, then there is good probability that out of the 50 questions of any section, many times we will be lost in solving the first 30-35, many of which would be tough, while there would be many very simple questions between 35-50 that would be left untouched due to lack of time.
So, follow this rule without fail. To sum it up:
--> See question 1, decide which category it falls under. Depending on the category, do it or not do it in the first round.
--> Now move to queestion 2, decide which category it falls under. Depending on the category, do it or not do it in the first round.
--> Repeat the same for all the questions of the section.
Complete the first round for all the sections first, except General Awareness (which you should take up in the last 15-odd minutes).
After the first round for all the sections is over, come to the section that was solved the first and again start in order, and see which of the questions falls under (2), i,e, Doable, but will take time. Do this second round for all the sections except General Awareness.
By the time you complete the second round, you would have easily cleared individual cut-offs and would have fetched selection-giving good marks in your best subject also.
When others would be busy solving tough questions and would be leaving away easy ones, you would have done the required "Smart Work" of "Selectiveness" and done the questions required for selection.
This step would mostly not be needed. However, if you think you have not done good in any subject in the first two rounds and that you might possibly fail to clear the cut-off in that section, then anyhow find time to do the third round for that section.
Without clearing the cut-off even in a single subject, all your hard-work will go in vain.
Whatever be the situation for the first 3 steps, you HAVE TO keep at least 15 minutes at the end for General Awareness.
Without keeping at least 15 minutes for this part, you will lose out on this highly-scoring part and then all your effort of first 3 steps will be wasted.
In the last part of this article, we will see how specifc sections need to be tackled smartly.