Time Management and Competitive Exams: How to Manage Time Effectively

This is the peak season of bank exams. There is a possibility that you’ve applied for multiple exams, may it be Canara PO, IBPS clerk or SEBI. Each exam comes with its own challenges and a smart student is someone who masters them by planning in advance. Time is a major factor responsible for this. Best students know how to manage time effectively.  

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Following are some of the pointers on how to manage time effectively during the exams:

  1. Scheduling is very important

To help you schedule as per the toppers’ strategy, Oliveboard has come up with a study plan for all the upcoming exams. As the bank exam time table is at its end, it becomes all the more important to brush up and stay put in the game. Getting your priorities straight and making a conscious choice is the key to time management. Decide which section you want to attend first beforehand, as the real exam is not for experimentation. Go through the exam pattern and get acquainted with the syllabus but be open minded and receptive to new ideas and patterns. This will prepare you mentally to ace the exam.

  1. Time-bound tests

Speed tests will give you an idea of how to manage time in real exams. Oliveboard’s mock tests are based on real exam layout with time limit per section, to make you practice and get accustomed to the real exam. Each mock test will act as a stepping stone to master the time management issue in the exam and you will get the hang of it only through practice.  

  1. Practice makes the student perfect

More the practice, more enhanced the speed. Enhanced speed will lead to managing your time effectively. In the exams where the difference of one mark can make or break your fate, it becomes all the more important to have time on your side. And it all starts with practice. It requires implementation of perseverance, patience and courage.

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  1. Know which questions to drop

This is a very important skill which can be honed only through solving mocks on a regular basis. In bank exams, few tough questions are deliberately placed in strategic manner and it is difficult to get past them. Others are lengthy type of questions, which require more than 5 minutes to solve. It creates stress in the exam and because of this, easy questions might also seem difficult to attempt. It is better to avoid them at first and attempt at the end, if possible. This way, you will be sure that maximum points are in your bag. 

  1. Ultimate goal

 Define your end goal. Here, it would be to attempt as many questions as possible in the minimum possible time. Leave a question you do not know. This saves precious time, which can be utilized to solve other questions.

  1. Helps in the long run

Time Management is not only refrained to exams, but in life as well.  It is a good habit which when inculcated, proves to be one of the important steps in the success ladder. Saying no to distractions is a conscious choice and planning well ahead of time helps in overcoming the hurdles.

Stay motivated and confident. We hope the above pointers on how to manage time effectively have been a value add.

Also Read Time Management Tips by Toppers

All the best!

Author: Shweta Dayal

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