A new series, to help you avoid the mistakes I did during my preparation for Cluster Innovation Centre’s B.Tech. Entrance Examination 2017.
One – Predicting the paper pattern
A lot of aspirants ask me for the pattern of the paper, especially the number of questions of mathematics and reasoning. Don’t.
I did the same mistake.
I solved the 2016 paper some days before the actual examination on 9th July 2017, and scored around 280. I was content, as these marks were enough to get into the top 10; and the paper was too easy as per my expectations.
Around 50% of the paper consisted of reasoning questions, and I was able to answer most of them quickly.
I Predicted that the paper will at least have 40% questions from reasoning, and it will be easy overall.
Comes the judgement day;
- I freaked out, scrutinising to find the reasoning questions.
- Loads of questions from PnC.
- The questions didn’t seem to be easy, but lengthy.
I knew I would be able to solve around 40-45 questions only, far from my aim of scoring a 280. But, I calmed down taking a few minutes, and just focussed on solving those 40-45 chosen ones.
Lessons to take away –
Do NOT predict the pattern; paper can either be tough or easy.
There can be more questions from reasoning, as well as few.
Do NOT aim for a particular score. Aim to score as much as you can.
Calm down, taking a few minutes if a situation like this arises. If the paper is hard for you, it will be hard for everyone else too.
Study every chapter, even Sets well.
All the best.