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11 Points-












The Rule of Underlining:

People often say that you shouldn’t mark underlines or highlights the very first time you read some content- a book or notes’ copy. They aren’t actually talking about those who are preparing for the competitive exams. I say you do it. You won’t have enough time to read a chapter of a particular subject 5-6 times a year as you normally could do before 12th Std. You will hardly get a time of 3 times at max and that’s because of you must solve the questions too. You need time for practice for speed and accuracy.

The Rule of Indexing:

Write down the name of every topic you read from any book or a notebook. Do it along with the studying. You might end up sometime thinking, “what was the name of that process? Where did I read the name Newton-Raphson? Was it Maths or Communication systems? Is this a combinational circuit or a sequential?”

When you will finish doing the indexing, you might feel that you have wasted a lot of time. But don’t worry, you will realize that you have saved time worth of millions. The name, classification into many ways, especially Keyword play crucial role at the last time of preparation. The above discussed things also help to memorize the whole syllabus. It helps you to memorize things in layers. This rule will definitely help you in theory subjects, the subjects that have various methods in some topics. Also it will give you the quickest revision ever. Some sample photos are attached.

The Rule of Fiction:

In the competitive exams the most important things are- accuracy and speed. Accuracy comes from revision and practice. I haven’t seen anybody practicing for speed. Speed not only is required in the exam hall but also while you are studying the subjects at home. Take an example of after-GATE, next due exam is BARC. And for that you’ll be given nearly 40-50 days. You’ll need to finish the theory of a complete subject in a single day in the last few days. There are around 10-12 subjects, so your 12 days will be consumed in final revision.

So the whole things depends on the speed. Reading a non-fiction like a literature or a reference book will give you power to learn. Reading a fiction book like a comics, novels, short-stories will give you power to think and speed. Make your mind active and logical while taking an exam is the first need. If you are or were a novel-lover, there is a higher chance for you to study faster. But if you’re not don’t waste time in reading novels. You should be studying Non-technical subjects like General awareness and History, Geography- like subjects. Read them like a story.

The Rule of Parallel Universe:

Don’t follow this rule if you’re studying for the first time. Use it while revision. Don’t stick to just one subject in a day and don’t think to start another until you finish this one. You get 10-12 subjects for GATE and doubled for ESE. You will forget even the name of the first subject you revised when you’ll be finishing the last subject on your list. So, do it in Parallel. 2 subjects each day will be sufficient (you’re not supposed to finish 2 subjects in a day). Don’t go above 3 sub if you’re not Einstein. That is just because you won’t be able to be inside a subjects if other 2 sub will have still uncleansed traces on your mind, and the whole point is about concentration.

The Linking Rule:

Every subject is connected to every other. The rule of Indexing will help you here. You can tally the keywords. This will open up your bored mind and give you better understanding. You will really feel happy to know, “oh, so this is why that thing happens.” Also you won’t get question in exam- “2 sources of equal…. From Networks.” You must figure this out this on your own. So you definitely need better understanding of subjects.

The Locker-Room Rule for your Rough Copy:

Whenever you start writing things in your rough copy, also note down the date and subject name if not in hurry. If you are solving questions then write down the Question number too. At least write those questions down that you were stuck in ever, and their solutions if you succeeded to find. Try to find the answers of those tricky question from everywhere. Use red or some different color to write Q. No. This is preparation for the last time confusion and anxiety. Keep this notebook safe until the exam.

The 7 hour- sleep Rule:

Most of the students (including me and the people I have come across) say that they don’t get enough time to study and the day just passes by somehow. Your schedule affects most of the things in your life. Someone has said, “If we use the empty spaces from between the one and the next work that we usually don’t, we could nearly live another life.” Most of the time young generation spends over are 3 things: Smartphone (which includes Social networking, Online shopping sites and Gaming), TV (including Serials, Movies, Web Series) and Sleep.

You should not be sleeping more than 7 hours if you are seriously preparing for a competitive exam. In the initial days when you’ll follow this rule, you’ll find that you have a great deal of time to do stuff. But if you’re sleeping more than 8-9 hours just because you haven’t exams tomorrow, you’ll feel heck of tiredness at the end of the day. Give it trials, skip this 7 hour rules for 2-3 days and then follow it again. The important thing is to stick to it. You’ll get less time for sleeping, then you will automatically reduce time spent on the other 2 things. The students surely say, “I’ll start this tomorrow. I promise.” But there are a few who stick to the plan. You have to play smart to win.

The Silly Question Rule:

Ask questions to yourself even if you’re reading it for the first time like-“it says this here, but it had said something else moments ago. Why?” Find their answers. Don’t forget to write them if you feel that this silly question could be important in last moments.

Make a different copy than the rough copy. Use these questions as a test. Whenever you’re reading a subject, open the questions of another sub and check how many answers you still remember. The important point is there are a lot of things to memorize. It can’t be done in a direct sequence that’s why you need revision and tests. It will be better if learn from your own mistakes.

The Make Fun- Have Fun Rule:

Funny and bitter memories and names stick longer than the normal ones. You should choose Fun. Make fun of a difficult name or a process, give it a funny name. Abbreviate the points or facts that are naturally boring to be memorized. Example: if you are reading Power system protection- which distance relay is best suited for short transmission lines? Now, memorize like this- “RIM of a tyre” for Short, Medium and Long Line. R- Reactance, I-Impedance and M- Mho relay. Another funnier example: Which bridges are used to measure Inductance of a coil? Now, one of my friends’ name is Om Jangid, that I call Oma. Now it needs a bit of modification- OHMA which stands for Owen’s, Hay’s, Maxwell’s and Anderson’s. Don’t forget to write such things.

(Special thanks to Om Jangid)

The 100% Rule:

I learned this in a college seminar. Your performance not only depends on your skills and practice but also on your concentration. As a smartphone or a computer you would have fantasized about being a multitasker, but you don’t need to do multitasking while doing a particular thing. While you are studying analog electronics your mind shouldn’t be thinking about how to distinguish between Ravina Tandan and Twinkle Khanna or Christian Bale was better as Batman or Zack Snyder is.

You must be focused at your subject or whatever you’re doing. You must be solving the frigging numerical or inhaling the subject inside that time. You can use concentration techniques to help you. Example: Instrumental Music and Original Soundtracks from Movies and TV- Series help me. You can use various mind calming sounds like the birds’. They are available over internet for free. Just don’t try listening to Opera, I have checked it and it didn’t work well for me. If you can do Meditation, that will be the best. You have to give your 100% effort to a thing if you want the results.

The OOPS! Book Rule:

I’m not going to suggest you a book for Object Oriented Programming Structure. The OOPS book is going to cost you a fortune if you didn’t do it. This OOPS book is where you write your own mistakes, write whatever mistake you mostly do. Which part of a numerical you start doing wrong? They will be the places where you need to be most careful. Example: I make mistakes while subtracting 750-36, I write the answer as 716 instead of 714. I have a problem in 6 and 4. I also make mistake while writing “receive” which I usually do as “recieve” Find your own mistakes, spot the places where you do it more. Write such things down in a copy and practice enough not to say OOPS! Again.

Whatever you are preparing for is going to be an acid test. So go, burn some midnight oil. Leave no stone unturned. Follow this Rulebook and you will feel how much they have helped you at the end of the year. Wish you come off with flying colors.



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