Changing Pattern Of Banking Exams | 5 Common Mistakes To Avoid During An Exam

Dear Students, the mains examination of IBPS PO was held recently. This time, IBPS entirely changed the face of its second phase of the objective type examination. Every year, this examination used to be more or less a simulacrum of the one conducted by SBI for the recruitment of Probationary Officers. But this year, IBPS was in the mood of taking the candidates on a roller-coaster ride so it not only astounded them with a pattern unlike that of SBI’s but also took them aback with a range of appalling newfangled questions that were never seen before in the entire history of banking examinations. And because of that, many of you knowingly, most of the times, unknowingly make mistakes that cost a government job that could have been yours. So, to help you play your cards right, we are providing you all with a list of 5 mistakes that you should be wary of when you next buckle down to appear for a banking exam.
1. Reading the directions wrong.
When you see a number of new pattern questions, it gets on your nerves making you read the directions wrong. And thus, even after attempting a good number of questions, you lose your marks. Why? Because you attempted them right, but according to those wrongly read directions and not as per the ones you were supposed to. So, read the directions carefully, with an informed mind.
2. Experiencing low anxiety or exam stress.
Seeing new pattern questions can make you feel blue but you should always be able to calm your nerves. When a new pattern of examination appears, you should always keep in mind that it’s new to everyone, not just you. So relax. Changed pattern, in no ways, makes you lesser competitive in the fight for a government job. 
3. Focusing more on the number of attempts than accuracy.
During a difficult exam, especially the one that takes you aback with new pattern questions, students fear smaller number of attempts. In order to increase their number of attempts, they give a cold shoulder to accuracy and lose marks for there is negative marking on all the answers marked wrong. So, focus more on accuracy than attempting cent percent questions.
4. Judging the book by its cover.
Most of us have a habit of ignoring or skipping the questions that are apparently long or include diagrams. Never judge the difficulty level of questions by looking at its length or the kind of diagram it takes in. Always read them before skipping and jumping on to the next one. There might be a possibility that the ones which appear to be difficult are easier to solve.
5. Selecting wrong questions to attempt.
Always choose to start with questions on the topics you are excellent at, instead of attempting random questions that you come across. Select the questions right or else you may waste your precious time on the ones that don’t get you scores thereby avoiding the ones that could.
We hope you find these tips helpful and attempt your next examination without making these silly mistakes. All the best!!