Competitive Exams

“ Competition is what makes the world go round “ -Chinese proverb

Competition is nothing but the fight for acquiring scarce resources, services or posts by a large number of people. It has been an ongoing process even before the dawn of mankind as we know it today.

Infact Competition is a way of life. Look around you a child competes for the mother’s attention, an athlete competes for the medal, boys compete to woo the best girl in college, party workers compete for the leaders blessings, vegetable vendors compete with each other to woo the buyer, job aspirants compete for the best post and 1.91 lakh students compete for 1200 seats in the IIMs Competitive Exams are exams conducted by recruiting bodies or educational institutions to select candidates for various jobs or higher education. These exams are conducted with two purposes in mind. Firstly to assess if the candidates educational and personality profile matches the requirements of the job and secondly to ensure that all candidates are assessed uniformly and objectively and that the most deserving candidate qualifies.

Basically there are two types of competitive exams –

  1. Those which are conducted for higher studies
  2. Those which are conducted for recruitment purposes

Education Related Competitive Exams

These exams are conducted for the purpose of selecting students to premier higher education institutes. They include:.
  • School Level Exams – Scholarship exams for std IV and VII, NTSE exams, Pravinya exams, IPM exams etc.
  • Jr. College level Exams – PMT, MH-CET, Law College entrance exam, Engg. CET , SAT etc.
  • College level Exams – CAT, CET, MAT, GRE, TOEFL, GMAT, XLRI entrance etc

Recruitment Related Entrance Exams

  • These exams are conducted by various recruitment agencies, government boards, independent corporations like UPSC, MPSC, Banks, Staff Selection Commission etc., for recruiting candidates to various posts right from clerks to IAS officers
  • Under this category are also included the Defense services exams including NDA, CDS and various specialised and direct entry schemes

Important features of Competitive Exams

  • Most of these exams are conducted in three stages – The written exam ( Which may be further bifurcated into two levels the Prelims and the Mains ), The Interview and The Physical Test and or Medical Examination,
  • The basic syllabus / content of the written exam is common and included in General Studies or General Knowledge. This includes most areas of knowledge viz.,History, Geography, Science, Economics, Agriculture, Mental Ability, Current Events and basics of administration, with varying difficulty levels, The most important feature of these exams is they do not test only the knowledge of the candidate, but a host of other skill sets including time management, written communication, decision making skills, reasoning ability and positive attitude.
  • Each of these exams has a separate age limit, educational qualification and number of permitted attempts. In general if a candidate is disqualified at any stage in the exam, his fresh attempt begins all over again, Candidates appearing for these exams are expected to be well informed and aware of developments in all areas concerning human life.

  • Knowledge or information gathered by rote learning is not enough to succeed in these exams, one needs to acquire application skills, a broad outlook, complete familiarity with the exam process and deep set consistency and dedication