Ready, set, go! Are you prepared for the upcoming exams


-Deva Narayan

High school has just finished for many students in India, and subsequently, a new stage of life has begun for the teenagers of today. One of the core aspects of our country is the eternal academic battle to rise to a higher educational level and these battles are done by the use of competitive exams. The Indian competitive exams are said to be some of the hardest worldwide and thus, students need to know how to manage their resources and life to achieve the goal of breaking through these pesky barriers.

The most common competitive exams that most students are expected to write at least once are the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Both of these exams are known to be hard, with only a few passing both each year. The JEE opens the way to the possibilities of engineering courses, whereas the NEET opens the way to the possibilities of medical courses. It is an unfortunate truth that almost every parent in India wants their child to be a doctor, a sad social practice that causes the deaths of many dreams. This also makes the participants for these exams greatly inflated, easily proved as the number of applicants this year has been shown to be a little over 2 million for the NEET and 1.2 million for the JEE.

While these examinations open many doors to new academic horizons, they are not the only ones you need to progress in your educational career. The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) is another popular, although not as popular as the aforementioned, test that allows students to apply for Bachelor courses and sometimes even Master’s courses in colleges and universities around India. The job opportunities after these courses may not be as broad as the opportunities that await an engineering or medical graduate, yet they are still sufficient.

When pursuing such harsh dreams, one must also have sufficient preparation for it is only a fool who enters war without a sword. A student who is intent on clearing an entrance examination must be devoted to his studies and more importantly, have the crucial skill of time management. Time management is found to be the leading skill that separates the great from the good. A student who is unable to manage his time will face an infinitely greater struggle in cracking these papers than a student who can manage his time. There are many coaching centers in India and all of them use different methods of teaching and may have overall individual differences except for the singular skill of time management.

The educational material for each of these exams may vary but a common aspect in all of them is the presence of the heavy hitters known as Physics and Chemistry. They are incredibly challenging subjects and should be given greater importance over others. This is a common theme you shall find from many teachers.

With everything said and done, there is nothing left to do other than march toward the impending challenge of seeking higher education through these papers. I wish all aspirants this year the best of luck and I also wish that you shall not need it.

Note: The viewpoints and stances articulated in the article are the author’s personal views and may not necessarily align with those of the edu news team.

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