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When should you start preparing for entrance exams?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The moment a student reaches class 10th, one important question which haunts everyone is which stream to choose and which career to pursue. Ankit Kapoor, Managing Director of PRATHAM Education, explains what is the best time to start preparing for entrance exams

Competitive exams like all India LAW entrance exam or BMS DU entrance exam these days have garnered a state of utmost importance and so has the preparation for them. The moment a student reaches class 10th, one important question which haunts everyone is which stream to choose and which career to pursue. In this ultra competitive world, when a student is burdened with expectations from parents, teachers, society and expectation from self, it becomes very important for him to be very diligent and sure in terms of preparation. It is no doubt that there will be a high-stress level period because there is pressure from all directions including peer pressure.

Students nowadays are sure of where they want to get in and they start working towards their career path as early as possible. However, if one is ambitious, he or she will have to handle pressure, which takes more effort than actually studying for exams.

After the rigorous class 10th, students tend to relax and enjoy their time. This one year becomes the stepping stone for everyone. It acts like a foundation for all entrances like preparation for BMS entrance exam or all India law entrance exam. Let’s focus on different streams a student has and the preparation that undergoes for it. A science stream student with maths who prepares for IIT’s, or a science stream student without maths who prepares for Medical starts his basic fundamental preparation way before, but a commerce or a humanities student starts the same thing once they enter class 12th or even after that. It does not mean that students from the latter streams are not serious about their future but the basic mindset is that 11th is for fun and frolic. On the contrary, it is the time to work on the basics which are important for any entrance examination.

Another important fact is to score a good percentage which is 98% (ninety eight percent) to get into a top institution which is based on merit. One has to be on his toes right from class 11th. For International Education SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) students start preparing from standard 11th, so not only class 11th allows you to utilize your time at an optimum level but also acts as a foundation for a solid benchmark to be achieved in all the entrances. Any student gearing up for his/her entrance preparation should aim to start early and ensure more focused pedagogy. Class 11th allows a student with the following benefits:

a.    Time:  Many students complain that they face a problem of Time Management. It is difficult for them to cope with pressures of class 12th. It is one of the major issues faced by students.

b.    Base: One gets to enhance his/her strong points for example, higher mathematics is of prime importance with respect to entrances like DU-JAT (BMS entrance exam), IPM-IIM Indore, NPAT Narsee Monjee and Eco (Hons). Students who are not comfortable with it can work on it to improve it.

c.    Focus:  Every student would agree to the fact that in order to achieve success one has to focus on what he prepares and how he prepares. According to a research, it is a known fact that most of the students who appear in all India law entrance exams (CLAT or AILET) and finally get in to National Law Universities are science students.

It is evident that a science student outshines everybody when it comes to mastering the preparation or focus. It becomes a matter of serious concern when a Humanities student should have been an ideal choice for LAW as a career but most of the students to enter National Law Universities by clearing the all India law entrance exam are Science students. Commerce and Humanities are the ones who take this journey of preparation for the entrances be it BMS Du entrance exam or all India law entrance examination lightly and end up losing the chance of getting into their dream college. Courses which are crafted for Commerce and Humanities are now being considered by Science students and they pose a strong competition for the other two branch students.

Another important point to start early is that a student gets ample time to revise. Studying at the 11th hour is never a fruitful exercise. It does not fetch the students much benefit, but if they make it a regular routine to prepare for a paper which is a multiple choice question based exam with a disciplined outlook, they are sure to achieve their goals. It’s always good to have a path and vision from an early age. However, one should not force oneself to achieve the desired result.

“What is the right time to start preparing?” is a very subjective question. Honestly, the answer to this question varies from person to person. It changes because the learning style of every individual is different, so one should be pragmatic in one’s approach to be able to achieve what one desire. Today a student has various options available. One can choose to start preparing for these entrances as per convenience, and as a wise man once said that the right time to prepare and take action is now!

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