Exam Success Mantras for competitive exams

success mantra for competitive exams topper prariksha students : How to Manage Exam Stress Stress is a feeling of an aspirant or a person when he has to perform more than he is used to perform. Suppose you are stressed, your body responds as you are in danger. It makes hormones to speedup your heart, breathe faster and burst your energy. Some stress is normal and useful for you that help to work hard and react quickly. But it happens too often and lasts for too long, it can cause health problems and hindrance in your work and performance.

Healthy ways to cope with stress

(i) Take out some time for entertainment and relaxation.

(ii) Develop or keep hobby.

(iii) Rest and sleep well.

(iv) Be positive and confident.

(v)  Engage socially-reach out and build relationship with the help of

  • Reach out to a colleague who is competitive aspirant.
  • Help someone in need.
  • Have lunch or tea with a friend.
  • Call an old friend.
  • Go for a walk with like minded people

(vi)  Avoid unnecessary stress

There are a number of stressors in life and during exam preparation that can be eliminated.

  • Avoid people who stress you out,
  • Take control of your environment, eg. you can turn off the T.V, can study in library, etc.

(vii) Alter the situation.

  • Express your filling instead of bottling them up. Be willing to compromise.
  • Manage your time better.

(viii) Accept the things you can’t change

  • Don’t try to control the uncontrollable.
  • Look for the upside, i.e. taking challenges as opportunities for future betterment.
  • Learn to forgive.

Unhealthy ways to cope with stress

Unhealthy coping strategies may temporarily reduce stress, but they cause more damage in the long run. egs.

(i) Smoking.

(ii) Drinking alcohol.

(iii) Taking junk or comfort food.

(iv) Sitting for hours infront of T.V. or computer.

(v) Withdrawing from family, friends, and activities.

(vi) Using pills or drugs to relax.

(vii) Sleeping too much.

How to Stay Motivated

Cracking any competitive Exam is not a short term game like ‘One Day’ cricket match: It is a long term game plan of preparation which needs passion to keep you motivated through out your preparation.

Stay Motivated

A.Keep off De-motivators

  1. Eliminate your distractions.
  2. Don’t lie to yourself.
  3. Overcome your weaknesses
  4. Don’t set multi-task at a time.
  5. Don’t let the past dictate your future.
  6. Refuse to be a victim, i.e. kept down by life hurdles and failures.
  7. Stop worrying about what is beyond your control.
  8. Don’t repeat your mistake.

B. Keep on Motivators

  • Discover the ultimate purpose of your goal
  • Make sure that your goal is under your reach.
  • See the invisible, i.e- remind yourself of your goal 24/7 time.
  • Split the final goal into sub-goal, i.e. goal of day, week, month and year.
  • Target first the goal of the day to achive the goal of week, month & the year.
  • Make check points for day, week and months to check your preparation progress.
  • Give break in study to energise yourself.
  • Surprise yourself by outdoor lunch, game with friend, home-cooking, etc.


  • Be practical & make actionable strategy.
  • Discover your strength.
  • syllabus, and The questions are likely to test •
  • Keep calm and be pressure free.
  • Learn from your mistake.
  • Make a plan to target your goal.
  • Because “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”.
  • Build a team that target the same goal.
  • Build a support team of winners to guide,support & motivate you at the need of hour.
  • Don’t care what others think about you and keep your momentum to reach to destination.
  • See the hurdles otherwise (i.e. opportunities) to learn something. As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I have
  • There is no syllabus in detail or specific for just found 9,999 ways that won’t work.”
  • Write motivational quotes in note-books, Any question in GS prelims can be asked posters on the walls, etc.
  • Keep a motivational role-model.
  • Listen to motivational musics & songs.
  • Do Breathing Exercise like yoga
  • Love others and let others love you.

Planning for preparation

Planning is important because it tells us how to reach our destination or goal. In the context of the general competition, planning acquires greater significance because one has to cover a comprehensive syllabus in a limited period of time. Good planning really implies maximum results with minimum efforts. And effective planning means that you work out your own mechanism for checking whether you are spending your time effectively or not. Thus, you must focus on the following for success in general competitive Examinations:

Master the Basics for competitive exams

As you are aware that examination bodies like UPSC, State PSC, SSC, etc. have brought changes

to the examination in both the pattern and the syllabus, and The questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio economic goals, objectives and demands. Thus, you don’t have to master the topics, all you need is BASIC UNDERSTANDING and the ability to analyze. Basic understanding comes from reading and re-reading. Ability to analyze what you have understood from reading comes from WRITING PRACTICE.

Start From Weak Areas

There is no syllabus in detail or specific for subject or areas for general studies (G.K.). Any question in GS prelims can be asked from anywhere, so aspirants must begin their planning and study for subject area which they are weak in or afraid the most from. When the weak areas can be overcome, a new confidence will develop that will motivate to cover up other areas/subjects easily and quicker.

Apply Intelligent Meditation in Preparation

It is very important to analyse previous questions asked in Exams and then think over all the aspects and diamensions on which questions can be formed and asked from particular topic or heading.

Prepare Your Own Notes & Mind-Map

Writing notes is very helpful in preparing for the examination, particularly when you study from different sources. Firstly, while writing notes you focus your attention in a more concentrated manner and many of these points remain in your memory if you put them on a Mind Map. Secondly, notes help you in quick revision.


Rivision is the key to success

Revision is the most important aspect of preparation for any exam, whether it is academic or competitive. But it plays a greater role in selection when an aspirant follows it, because of complexity of syllabus and subjects for competitive exam. Like study strategy, there is no fixed revision format that will suit each and every aspirant. Aspirants should think over which format can be best and suit them in revision. They can go through others revision techniques before making their own. But revision strategy should be prepared in such a way that help the aspirants to achieve their study goals in the best possible way. For examples:

Three Tier Revision Strategy

This formate is based on three labels, i.e. day wise, week-wise and month-wise.

Daily revision is divided into two stages, morning and late-night. In

the morning, aspirants should revise quickly all the subjects, chapters and topics they have studied previous day, thereafter, they. start studying new topic for the day. Before going to sleep in the late night after study, they must revise all the points they have studied the whole day.

Weekly Revision for competitive exams:

It is second stage of revision which covers all the topics, chapters and subjects an aspirant has studied in a week, i.e. from Monday to Saturday. It is mostly fixed on Sunday.

Monthly Revision for competitive exams :

Like wise weekly revision, monthly revision is the third stage of revision of the same topics and chapters which an aspirant have already revised weekly and daily in a month. The next revision can be after three and six months to freshen up your memory of three and six months studies. It will help the aspirants in building their confidence in preparation and cracking the exam.



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