Keys to Fearless Examination

Why is the Examination?

        The examination is also named as a test. It includes measuring a candidate’s knowledge, skill, ability, aptitude, memory power, and capabilities. Since ancient times the examination is practised, and it changes and evolves. The mode of examinations takes place in written tests, practical tests, or through a computer screen test. The examiner is the one who examines and decides the candidate’s performance. The candidate who passes the examination gets the certificate, job, etc.

Keys before Preparation:

Preparation before the Examination is essential instead of leaving it until the last minute. Some candidate does seem to thrive on last-minute stuffing; it is acceptable that this is not the best way to approach an exam. Sort out your time management, make a timetable for your study. Pen down how many examinations you have and the days on which you have to prepare for them. After that, organize your study accordingly. Decide which exam to spend many days on it, and balance those days and balance that you feel comfortable with it.

Pen and Paper a must-have:

During the time of the revision, the visuals aids help a lot. While starting a topic, challenge and make sure you write down everything you know about the topic and highlight wherever the important points lie. The one-page diagram makes your revision brief, easy, and memorable. Briefing your ideas in this format helps to recall the portions very easily quickly.

Space Matters:

Organizing your study space is essential. Make enough space to spread your textbooks and notes out. Check out whether there is enough light? Comfortable chair? Make sure phone calls and games not ruling your study time.

Try your best to get rid of all distractions and make sure you feel pleased and capable of paying full attention as possible. Some people prefer mild background music while studying. Some people prefer complete silence, neat & tidy, and everything wholly organized during studying. Think about your comfort zone and take the time to get it right

Practice old question papers:

Practising past version papers is an effective way to prepare for exams. Such practices help to spend the right amount on each section, knowledge on the format and types of questions.

Form a study group:

Study difficult subjects with a group of friends, and it makes the portion easy to understand. Fix a timing and stay focused on that particular topic for an agreed amount of time; this method is one of the best practical ways to study quickly and to challenge yourself.

Regular Break:

Thinking to study as many hours as potential can be counterproductive. Research shows that taking frequent breaks helps than studying continuously for long hours. Develop a study routine that works for you. If you are better at studying in the early morning, do start early, and that maybe the time for you to grasp things faster. If you are a person better studying in the night times, relax and take enough break earlier so that you feel fresh and energetic to settle down come evening.

Explain your answers:

Make it fun to explain your answers to friends, siblings, etc. This kind of activity helps to store it clear in your head, and also to highpoint any areas where you need more work.

Food choices

You may feel like treating yourself with different snacks or order something junk online to feed yourself, but what you eat has a significant impact on energy levels and focus, so keep away from junk food. Instead of intake, natural, fresh, and vitamins rich foods. These varieties of foods are right for you and will keep you active, enhances your concentration and memory.

Water:

It is advisable to drink plenty of water while studying and even during the time of the exam. It agitates your positive spirit and keeps you hydrated all day long.

Study Preparation:

You are the judge for your study time. If the subject is challenging for you, then start studying early. Spend enough time to grasp the material, practice it, and then review it. It is expedient to take a sound sleep before the exam so that your brain will be able to recollect everything you’ve put into it.

Things to avoid during exam preparation:

Here are some fundamental conceptions which everyone needs to prevent before preparing for an exam.

  • Do not be nervous
  • Be positive and confident about your preparation. Keep aside a particular time ‘to worry.’ In the meanwhile, stay focus on your preparation and your successful result.
  • Last-minute heavy preparation
  • Last-minute preparations lead to nervousness and too mugging up the topics. Be confident and believe in yourself and your preparation. It is advisable to spend 10-15 minutes before going to sleep in revising the portions you studied throughout the day.  
  • Don’t be pressurized
  • Don’t overthink and burden yourself with the course pressure. Be self-assured about whatever you prepared.
  • Avoid confusion
  • Confusion sometimes makes you answer the question wrongly and later leads to sincere repentance. Avoid such situations by taking deep breaths, centre yourself, and concentrate on what you know.

How to improve memory before the exam:

  • Research proves a 20-minute workout before an exam can boost your memory and brainpower. It is advisable to go for a walk before an exam.
  • Teaching what you have learned is the best way to test what you have understood. Instead of finding people to teach them, you can explain what you have learned to siblings, dolls, or even pets at your home.
  • You will be amazed how much more you can remember when you speak out loud instead of merely reading
  • Self-motivation is imperative during the time of exam preparation. You can reward yourself by giving marks, stars for each unit/module/questions, etc.
  • Create a mind map using your creative visual overview of different connections. Sketching diagrams is the best way, which will help you to visualize data’s which would be hard to describe.
  • Avoid distractions by blocking websites using a specific app for a certain amount of time.
  • Ceaseless study pauses you from focus. Instead, take regular study breaks to help your brain absorb much information and keep you motivated and focused.
  • Practice makes a man perfect. Practice previous year exam questions to sample answers, and it can help train your brain to retrieve information.
  • Do not plan to stay up all night before an exam. When you sleep, your brain integrates the statistics you have learned when studying.

Above all, staying positive is a must. A positive attitude constitutes a significant impact on your exam results. Only a positive attitude motivates you to complete all the assignments and to cover the portions when all you want to do is go to bed. Affirmations, concentration, and learning to stay calm are imperative too, but unless if you have not read, studied, prepare, and practised all the stuff you need, they will not help much. All the best, folks!

 

List of School Level Competitive Exams

Why Exam?

What is the scale to measure the knowledge? How to know to what extent a student understood a concept? How to check a student’s caliber? How to grade a student with respect to other students? For all these questions there’s only one way to know the answer, that is Exam

Did you know who invented the method of competition among students? 

It was Marcus Verrius Flaccus, a Roman teacher who was famous in the late 1st century BC and had used this technique as an educational aid.

Competitive Exams

In this competitive world, there’s a lot of training going on to shape up the future of a student. As the demands of the society are changing from day to day, there is no doubt that educational methods and practices are also changing. As we all aware of the fact that education is the key for success of a human being, we should do all that we can to make our kids learn the best way possible. One way to make them habituated to take on the challenges of future is making them to attend competitive exams. These exams will play a crucial role in the development of their abilities to take on any challenging situation.

There are a lot of Competitive exams that a school student can attend and showcase his/her talent. Competitive exams for school students sit at the core of the Indian education system.

COMPETITIVE EXAMS AT A GLANCE
EXAM For Classes Conducted By Held for Subjects
NTSE National Talent Search Examination NCERT Science, Mathematics, Social Science, Mental Ability and General Awareness
NLSTSE National Level Science Talent Search Exam 2 to 12 Unified Council Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, General Questions
INO Indian National Olympiad Jointly conducted by Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) & Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy and Junior Science
NCO National Cyber Olympiad 1 to 12 Science Olympiad Foundation Science, mathematics, computer education, English, sports and professional courses
IMO International Maths Olympiad
NSO National Science Olympiad
IEO International English Olympiad
KVPY Kishore Vigyan Protsahan Yojana 11 & 12 Department of Science and Technology Basic Sciences
Silverzone Olympiads 1 to 12 Silverzone Foundation Computer, Mathematics, Science and English Language
NIMO National Interactive Maths Olympiad 5 to 12 Eduheal Foundation Maths
NBO National Biotechnology Olympiad 1 to 12 Eduheal Foundation Maths
Asset  Assessment of Scholastic Skills Through Educational Testing) 3 to 10 Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd. English, Mathematics and Science

In this blog post , we will go through some of the most important competitive exams for school students of classes 8th, 9th and 10th.

1. National Talent Search Examination (NTSE):
NTSE is one of the most prestigious competitive exams for school students. NTSE’s is a national level examination cum scholarship program. It’s main aim is to identify talented students with high academic and intellectual abilities. Those who qualify this exam will receive scholarship for the complete academic year.
For more details, check out the official website.

2. National Level Science Talent Search Exam(NLSTSE):
This is a national level test for the students of the class 1st to XII. How this is different from other competitive exams? This test consists of questions which need critical thinking than simple recalling. This needs the students to train their brain to think in all possible angles. NSTSE provides a detailed skill-wise feedback, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of students.
For more information, check out their official website.

Subjects: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, General Questions
Conducting Body: Unified Council

3. Indian National Olympiad(INO):
INO is a five-stage procedure. It is financially supported by the Government of India. The first stage of the Indian National Olympiad is NSE (National Standard Examination), which is held for each subject and is overseen and organized entirely by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). However, all the remaining four stages are conducted by HBCSE.

The five stages are:
Stage I: National Standard Examination (NSE)
Stage II: Indian National Olympiad
Stage III: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC)
Stage IV: Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT)
Stage V: Participation in International Olympiad
For more information, check out their official website.
Subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy and Junior Science
Conducting Body: Jointly conducted by Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) & Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE)

4. Science Olympiad Foundation:
SOF is an educational organization popularizing academic competition and assisting development of competitive spirit among school children.
This non-profit organization established by leading academicians, scientists and media personalities conducts competitive exam for students of classes I to XII. The foundation organises separate exams for subjects like Computer (National Cyber Olympiad), Maths (International Maths Olympiad), Science (National Science Olympiad) and English (International English Olympiad).
For more information, check out their official website.

Subjects: Science, mathematics, computer education, English, sports and professional courses
Conducting Body: Science Olympiad Foundation

5. GeoGenius:
Geography is a vital subject resource for today’s global citizens. It is an important link between natural and social sciences. For understanding and resolving issues about the environment and sustainable development. It is important to focus on geography within the curriculum.

Isn’t it surprising that many students can’t even locate India on a blank map of the world? So, GeoGenius has embarked on a mission to spark student interest in Geography and increase public awareness about it. Students from Class II to XII are eligible for these exams. Geography Olympiad; however, does not provide an entry to the International Geography Olympiad, which is conducted separately.
For more information, check out their official website.

6. Silverzone Olympiads :
The Silverzone International Social Science Olympiad (iSSO) is, for all its intents and purpose, to encourage and develop insight of a student into all kinds of social situations, thereby making them future ready, may it be for job oriented competitive examinations or as a responsible member of the society. The Olympiad tests not only the academic level of the students but also their decision making, creative thinking and critical analysing capabilities.

Silverzone Foundation is an NGO, which aims at promoting competitive awareness of academics in school children in India and abroad. It is conducted for classes I to XII in various subjects and ensures that the students succeed not only on professional or career counts but also on social parameters. These exams also develop creative thinking and enhance problem-solving skills

Subject: Computer, Mathematics, Science and English Language
Conducted body: Silverzone Foundation.
For more information, check out their official website

7. National Interactive Maths Olympiad(NIMO):
Math is the backbone. A look at the best tech giants across the globe such as Google, Oracle, etc. They today are market leaders in their fields by devising unique softwares involving indepth use of maths and computer science. Even the famous Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) runs on algorithms devised by mathematicians and computer wizards.

With a vision to remove the fear of maths from students’ minds, this national-level exam is for students of classes V to XII. It tests their mathematical skills and mental ability. NIMO promises to make math more fun by introducing interactive activities like interactive Olympiad, workshops, and seminars.
For more information, check out their official website.
Subjects: Math
Conducting Body: Eduheal Foundation

8. National Biotechnology Olympiad (NBO):
This Olympiad is as much about creating awareness about Biotechnology by bringing in an element of challenge and competition as about inspiring the younger generation to enhance their knowledge about Biotechnology issues and to test their aptitude for taking up career in Biotechnology in future. Besides annual e-newspaper, Biotechno Activity Books and Work books have been widely appreciated by schools.

This particular exam comprises of 50 questions for 50 marks and allows I to XII students from all streams to participate. Besides annual e-newspapers, its Biotechno Activity Books & Work Books have been widely appreciated by schools. It wants to inspire the younger generation to enhance their knowledge about Biotechnology issues and create awareness among them.
For more information, check out their official website.
Subjects: Math
Conducting Body: Eduheal foundation

9. Asset (Assessment of Scholastic Skills Through Educational Testing)
ASSET is a skill based test that measures student’s conceptual understanding, benchmarks school’s performance at an international, national and regional level with actionable insights through easy to understand reports.

It is a scientifically-designed, skill-based assessment test, it breaks free from the concept of rote learning. Meant for students of classes III-X, it measures how well have children understood the underlying school syllabus These exams are based on the CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, and state board’s curriculum.
For more information, check out their official website
Subjects: English, Mathematics and Science (Social Studies and Hindi – Optional)
Conducting Body: Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd.

11. Kishore Vigyan Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)
KVPY is an on-going National program of Fellowship in Basic Sciences, initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India to attract exceptionally highly motivated students for pursuing basic science courses and research career in science.

This is conducted by the Department of Science and Technology for students of classes XI and XII. The selected students become eligible for admission to the five-year integrated MS program at the Indian Institute for Science Education and Research. The objective of the program is to identify students with talent and aptitude for research.
For more information, check out their official website
Subject: Basic Science
Conducting Body: Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India