GPAT TIPS: How to score GPAT with higher marks?

GPAT TIPS and TRICKS …. These words on internet seem as familiar as the oxygen we breathe in. Of Course, there are plenty of GPAT tips and tricks available, some of which are specifically meant for GPAT while the most focus on a generic approach to solve multiple choice questions (MCQs). All in all, its quite likely that these tips could assist you to score  GPAT higher. But while stressing too much on these, we might forget certain important things that ultimately brings our score down in GPAT. GPAT-2017 is not much far and we have only one month in hands. As you worked hard for more than a year and we don’t want you to lose the battle in this last month, we bring you the most common mistakes that GPAT aspirants often make.

Committing these mistakes may prove costly at later stages as even a difference of one mark could make huge difference in ranks. This difference is much prominent in the students lying close to the cut off where this one mark difference could be equated to nearly 400-500 ranks. Accordingly, the most significant statistical deduction is that, even a difference of mere one mark could lead to non-qualifying of GPAT and could incur a loss of one fine year of life. Just avoid these mistakes and  make the most of your capabilities.

Mistake No. 1 – NO REVISION: We know that GPAT syllabus is huge and almost impossible to cover with perfection so try to accept that there will always be a little portion of the syllabus that you will not be able to cover. They key is, NOT TO RUN FOR WHAT IS LEFT INSTEAD REVISE FREQUENTLY WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE. No exam preparation is perfect. You have to accept that there will always be some flaws in your preparation. Your endeavour should be to minimize them and not to eliminate them as it is virtually impossible.

Mistake No. 2 – THE DO IT LATER APPROACH: It happens with most us that while studying, for some reason we have to stop give a break to our studies. This primarily happens in two reasons as mentioned below.

1) Either we stop learning the chapter as soon as something difficult topic appears.

2) Or we have some important (not that important actually, so basically an excuse) work in our mind so we leave the topic in between.

I am not saying that you should keep studying like a machine even when you are mentally exhausted but what I mean here is to take a small break, refresh your mind and resume again. If you have something really important coming your way, then mark the topic where you left and schedule it down in your daily diary for the next day or some convenient time. When the allotted time comes, make sure you don’t postpone the topic at all. If you are scheduling the topic for next day or later, give a brief revision to all the content already covered in context to the subject topic. Not following the schedule and leaving the topic in-between breaks your rhythm. Hence your mind is not able to effectively assimilate the learning that follows.

Mistake No. 3 – CHAT WHILE YOU STUDY: We have got plenty of good friends and plethora of exciting topics to chat on. In reality, chatting while studying is not a commendable habit. While learning our mind needs to focus but chatting alongside doesn’t allow our mind to do the same. Ultimately, we end up spending hours in front of books without learning anything that could last long. It is always recommended to have your phone on silent mode or switch off mode as cell phones are the biggest source of distraction nowadays.

Mistake No. 4 –TOO MANY SHORTCUTS: When I say shortcuts, it implies calculation short cuts, tricks, memory aids, mnemonics etc. Shortcuts do have added advantages over orthodox methods as these saves times and also allows your mind to register thing in easier way without missing a word. At times, students devise their own personal shortcuts else they opt for the more established ones that often came from seniors/teachers. With increased access of internet, some of us spend hours looking for shortcuts. Sometimes it comes handy and at other occasions, just a waste of time.

The problem with shortcuts is that trying to learn too many of them (that are not devised by the user himself) may lead to confusion. Often we over rely on them and during exam either we are not able to recall them or intermix two or more. This way rather than proving an asset, they act as curse. So the tip is to make your own shortcuts preferably and if you are using others’ then revise/ practise them regularly.

Mistake No. 5 – NOT COMPARING WITH OTHERS: You must know your competitors- The students who would be taking the exam with you. Not knowing your rivals is one of the biggest preparation mistakes that most students make. You could be the topper of your college but this doesn’t warrant that you will be GPAT topper as well. Even your chances qualifying GPAT can not be ascertained. Class toppers are often In today’s time, checking your AIR rank beforehand is very much possible with some good test series. Having an idea of your AIR beforehand could help you adjust your preparation strategy. This is particularly important to develop a sense of predicting cut off and top score. This enables you to face the real exam more confidently and ultimately you score GPAT higher.

Mistake No. 6 –NOT ANALYSING PAPER: A proper and thorough analysis of previous years GPAT is not really possible because the test is online. The questions never come out of the exam hall. It is virtually impossible to reproduce the whole paper outside examination hall. Often we get to see some of these papers in books but actually these papers are memory based reproduction. Hence, cannot be perfect. Still these papers serve in having a rough idea about the trend of the exam. Decoding the trend could help you predict the important topics/questions. If you already know some of the important topics, you can score GPAT higher and if you miss this little trick, your best performance could not be achieved.

Mistake No. 7 – GETTING ANXIOUS: Anxiety and panic is a natural consequence of an upcoming performance event/exam. To an extent, performance anxiety is your friend as it is necessary for better results but beyond a limit, it becomes a foe. Students often panic in last few days if their syllabus is not complete. This hyper-anxiousness take their score down. It may decrease their brain’s ability to recall things before and during the exam. It is really necessary to manage this anxiety and don’t get stressed. As already mentioned don’t go for completion of whole syllabus instead prefer revision of already covered. Do not compare your preparation with others. Theirs may be quantitatively superior but qualitatively inferior. If you are still not able to control your nerves, try some meditation.

Mistake No. 8 – PRACTISING OFFLINE TESTS:  Many of us opt for GPAT test series. Out of laziness, we opt to solve them offline while lying on the bed or with an intermittent break. The approach hampers our preparation in three significant ways.

(1) It doesn’t allow our brain to condition properly for real time exam environment

(2) No comparison with others.

(3) Post test attempt analysis is rarely done.

Ultimately the purpose of the test series is defeated. Even practising free papers doesn’t offer any merit. Well knowing the fact that the final GPAT paper is computer based, it is absolutely necessary to attempt the practise papers online.

Mistake No. 9 – TRY TO COVER TOO MUCH IN LAST FEW DAYS: This is the very first step of self-destruction. In an endeavour to stuff too much in our brains, we try to push ourselves too much beyond the limit. This may lead to increased anxiety and ultimately takes our performance down. The ultimate way to prepare is to study regularly with a proper routine. In last few days cover very important topics and do revision only.

Mistake No. 10 – LAST DAY OVERNIGHT STUDY: In order to cover the most some students spend the whole night before the exam in studying. This overnight study is a major deterrent to next day’s performance. Sleep deprivation causes drowsiness, forgetfulness, irritability and headache. So facing exam with all these conditions is never a good idea. Actually, proper sleep repairs and heals the human mind and allows you to recall all the things that you have learned.

GPAT cut off is usually near 25% and above mentioned mistakes could take your score below this mark. It is therefore absolutely necessary to avoid these mistakes and give your best shot.

We wish you Score GPAT higher and best of Luck!!