15 Common Mistakes To Avoid During Your Preparation Phase

Dear Students, now that the new season of 2018 banking examinations has begun already, you all must have started to prepare for the same. Various banking recruitment notifications have opened the doors to major public sector banks by now and there are many more opportunities to come in the near future. From the public sector banks like Syndicate Bank, Canara Bank, and IDBI to the public sector giant the State Bank of India, from the post of Clerk/ Executives to the post of Probationary Officers, the banking sector has given the aspirants a handful of opportunities to make a headway in their career with. Now, most of you would be wondering if what could be the best way to grab these opportunities without letting them slip through your fingers. 

Students, apart from focussing on what should be the best approach towards acing these competitive examinations, one should also focus on how she/he has to avoid erring during her/his preparation phase. Many of you knowingly or most of the times unknowingly make mistakes that cost you an opportunity to bag a government job even after breaking your back for the same. In this article, we will be discussing how you can avoid making those silly mistakes that most of the banking aspirants make all throughout their preparations, and end up facing only disappointment. So, to make you play your cards right, we are providing you all with the list of a number of mistakes that you should be wary of while you buckle down for the upcoming banking exams.

1. Avoiding everyday news believing you will do it all together in the end. 
Read the news on a daily basis so that you do not end up lying under a pile of news of past 3-4 months a few days before the examination. This not only stresses you out but also makes you forget most of the important news.

2. Not giving speed tests on a regular basis.
Giving speed tests on a regular basis helps you attempt the tests in a minimum time with maximum accuracy. You also come across various strengths and weaknesses of yours that you may later make use of while attempting the real examination.

3. Ignoring working on the topics that you think you are good at.
You should always try to make the best use of your strengths while attempting an examination and that can only be possible when you practice them hard. Ignoring them will only make you forget the basics and lessen the chances of you attempting them as efficiently as you could, had you practiced them well.

4. Not knowing what to start with.
Many a times, students are confused regarding what topic they should start off their preparations with. You should always start with the topics you are already good at because that gives you confidence and motivates you to move further with a positive attitude.

5. Listening and trying to follow hundreds of strategies.
Students very often ask different successful candidates about their strategies and try to follow the same that only makes it more chaotic for them to figure out what strategy to follow exactly. So, try to make your own strategy as per your convenience and following that one strategy throughout your preparation will definitely help you come off with flying colors.

6. Lacking consistency in your preparations.
Many of you are quite a bit enthusiastic when you begin your preparations and that enthusiasm fades away with time. There are times when you are highly active and travail all day and night, and then, there are times when you do not study at all for days. This will make you forget whatever you studied during the times when you were the most active and you will have to start all over again when you decide to do it again. So, try to keep your preparations consistent throughout so as to maintain that positive flow of studies.

7. Collecting and piling up a heap of useless study material.
There are students who have a habit of collecting different study material from different sources and they end up getting confused and stressing themselves out with what to study and what not. Try collecting only the study material that is useful and up-to-date as per the new pattern of examination.

8. Wasting too much of time surfing through social media.
Students often tend to surf through social media all day long wasting a lot of their precious time that they could have contributed to their studies. So, be wary of spending too much of time on social media and put the time that you spend while using them to some positive use (like following Adda247 pages on different social media platforms).

9. In a quandary, if to go for Banking Exams or SSC.
Fix a target if you have to prepare for banking exams or SSC because they both have a different pattern as well as syllabus for their examinations. When SSC exams are near, you run to prepare for SSC and when it's over, you switch back to your preparations for banking exams, and that way, you only lose the track of your to-the-point preparations.

10. Directly applying tricks without having the basics of the topic grasped.
Try not to follow the tricks to solve various questions until you have a good knowledge of their basics. You might be able to solve that question at that very time but may lose to attempt it in the real examination if it's asked in a more twisted manner than usual. 

11. Thinking of preparing for the mains exam only after the result of prelims exams.
If you do not prepare for mains examination from the very beginning, you will not be able to finish all of your preparations within the limited period of time that you get after qualifying for the mains examination. 

12. Not having quality sleep.
A quality improves memory recall and the ability to concentrate. If you wouldn’t sleep properly, you likely won’t remember much of what you studied anyway. So, to make the best use of your knowledge, you should try to get at least 8 hours of sleep every day.

13. Not revising the topics on a regular basis.
Revise all the topics that you need to be tremendous at. Sort the important topics into a checklist and settle on how each and every point is to be revised before appearing for the real examination, so that, during the examination, you are not like, “Gee! I was so good at this topic. I could have done better had I revised it well.”

14. Not Analysing your speed tests.
Mere giving the speed tests is not enough, but you need to analyze your performance and work on the points where you lag. If you’re not equipped with the necessary exam-taking skills, you won’t certainly get the grades you’re hoping for.

15. Waiting for the official notification to start off your preparations.
If you do not start off your preparations right away, you will be running short of time to work on your weaknesses after the release of the notification, because that will be the point when most of the time is to be given to practice and the rest is to be dedicated to revision.