What to do now?
You have done everything you could have. On the last day keep attempting questions from the source you have been using. No need to browse through books. In order to evaluate your current preparedness, you are advised to attempt previous year’s papers or join a short contact programme as a crash course. This will help you quickly revise. Additionally you may take up mock tests online. Try and relax. Go for a walk in the evening but avoid eating outside. Stay healthy.
The competition is stiff. Can I make it?
The competition is stiff for everybody. Whether you make it or not cannot be predicted. What you should be thinking at this time is not whether you will make it or not but how to give your best with the preparation you have done.
What if the paper is tough?
The important issue is to always maximise your performance. This means irrespective of the nature of the paper you must do all those questions, which you know of. If you do that you don’t have to worry because the paper is tough for everybody.
If the pattern changes what do I do?
All the information about the nature of the paper, which has been revealed before, will remain unchanged. In-spite of this, be prepared for some changes. Your strategy etc need not change.
There are a few things that I had not done properly. Shall I do them now?
No! Don’t do anything now that you have not done in the last one or two years. Just do some questions or revise formulae/scientific names etc. that you have done before.
My friends know more than me. How do I stand the chance of succeeding among them?
Selection in any entrance exam is based on 50 per cent knowledge base, analytical base and memory while the other 50 per cent is being able to do all you can do in the exam. Talent is important; converting talent into result is vital. You can’t control your friend’s performance. But you can certainly control yours. If you do your best you won’t have anything to complain about.
Is there anything else to keep in mind on the eve of the exam?
Don’t stay awake late in to the night. Be in bed by 10 or 10:30 p.m and make this a habit at least 30 days before the exam, Have a light dinner. You may not be able to fall asleep immediately. Don’t wake up too early. The exam starts at 9 am reach the centre at least 45 minutes before the exam. Remember to carry your Admit Card, blue or black ballpoint pens, pencils, erasers etc. Remember to carry your wristwatch. Just go and do the best you can.
The writer is Ramesh Batlish, FIITJEE expert
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