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CSS, PMS: How to Prepare for Competitive Exams?

Aimen Bukhari on anxious, sometimes depressive, and sometimes fun, competitive exams in Pakistan

With the CSS and PMS Exams taking place in the country, aspirants are anxious, and most do not know what to do.

Do not worry, we have got your back! Here are some tips to help you out:

Read, read, and then read some more

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass

One related or side book should be read each month in addition to your course work. Some recommended books are:

From the books you read, never forget to write short summaries/important points of each book in your notes in order to use them in your answers in competitive exams. Focus on vocabulary and terminologies.

Students are advised to visit public libraries and read books and newspapers regularly to keep in touch with what is happening around them. If you do not keep yourself updated, competitions will be very challenging.

Sounds like a plan

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

Students sometimes feel that there are not enough hours in the day leading up to examinations. However, they can make significant improvements in their preparation by gaining a better awareness of how they spend their time.
Setting a time limit and sticking to it helps if an aspirant spends a lot of time on social media or other distractions. Having a strategy on how to spend the time helps a lot, it reduces stress as a person maximizes their time by strategizing it properly.
It is important to keep an eye on the big picture.

Stay hydrated

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” – W. H. Auden

One of the primary reasons aspirants are continuously feeling drowsy and lethargic is because they are dehydrated. Drinking a suitable quantity of water every day is vital to help concentrate. Especially in this hot weather, it is advisable to maintain sipping water throughout the day. Drink coconut water, sugarcane juice, and fruit liquids to keep refreshed. Studies show that when you are well hydrated, you will feel improved clarity and creativity. Consuming enough drinks also lowers headaches.

Read aloud

“If you truly love a book, you should sleep with it, write in it, read aloud from it, and fill its pages with muffin crumbs.” – Anne Fadiman

When you feel you’re nodding off, attempt to read out the themes aloud. This will not only keep you awake but will also increase your memory capacity.
Before the exam, it is really important that you focus on these things:

1: Essay writing practice: Try to do one daily
2: Revising fact sheets and quotes sheets
3: Revise vocabulary
4: Do not read new topics

The students will benefit from two mantras in addition to their understanding of the subject matter:

  1. Choosing the correct questions to answer
  2. Accurately answering the questions asked through proper evidence

Candidates who have a thorough grasp of the exam’s format and criteria might maximize their chances of success by focusing on the amount of time they spend on each question throughout the exam window.

Because of our current education system, many students are unfamiliar with the notion of Test Writing Strategy, which is brought to the forefront by this method of exam preparation.

For the most part, candidates should attend to every requirement laid out in writing by the exam’s sponsoring body and the testing facility until they are seated in the exam hall, at which point they should focus solely on their preparation and avoid thinking about “What Ifs” as they proceed through the exam paper in order to achieve a well-earned result that is worthy of the time and effort put in by candidates.

Lastly, before the exam, students should believe in themselves, and their fate and do their best!

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