So, we are finally here. After waiting for more than one-and-a-half years, we are finally getting an opportunity to perform in the exam. The issues faced by the aspirants of UPSC EPFO EO were peculiar. The mental agony that the aspirants faced is second to none. Covid-19 situation coupled with the postponement of the exam has scrutinized the patience and perseverance of the aspirants. So, if you have prepared with full throttle, and are well equipped to soak the last time pressure, congrats. You have already won the half-battle.
These last 25 days, however, is more important than the days you have been waiting to appear for this exam. As it is said,
It’s not how you start that’s important, but how you finish!
In this article, we will discuss what all things are important in this last phase of examination and how not to get carried away with anything that does not help to clear the exam.
Before we start with the article, let’s quickly go through the syllabus of the EPFO EO examination.
- General English- To evaluate a candidate’s understanding of the English language & workmanlike use of words
- Indian Freedom Struggle
- Current Events and Developmental Issues
- Indian Polity & Economy
- General Accounting principles
- Industrial Relations & Labour Laws
- General Science & knowledge of Computer applications
- General Mental Ability & Quantitative Aptitude
- Social Security in India
Stop saying Yes to everything: For the next 25 days. Do not waste your time. Reject social gatherings. Say no to friends, and your late-night talks 😉 (We know it hurts, but it’s for you!) Uninstall Netflix, Prime or anything that hinders your preparation. Become ruthless.
Stick to plan: Remember failing to plan is planning to fail. Make a revision plan, if not made until now. Make it on paper and stick it somewhere you could see now and then. The plan should be such that you do not miss any portion of the syllabus and give weighted focus to each one of them. It should be made in such a way that you revise at least three times the entire syllabus.
Stop going gaga over new materials now: Many aspirants waste their final time running after materials. Do not do that. It will serve no purpose. Have limited resources. Revise them as much as you can.
Prioritize things: This is THE most important part of preparation. Prioritize your topics. For example, it is known that the questions asked from accounts and industrial relations are much more than those from general science and computer. So, there is no point in giving equal focus to them. It is what we meant above, where we said to give ‘weighted focus’.
Assess yourself: With every passing year, the importance of mock tests is increasing. Give mocks and build your momentum. You can prefer the mocks by Adda247. All the questions are carefully curated for this exam. Give more mocks if you wish, but make sure you revise each one of them before going to the examination hall. If you are unable to revise them, all your hard work will go in vain.
Handle pressure: Be like your father. Handle pressure against all odds, just like he does. In the next 25 days, huge pressure will build up. Many will crumble. But few will move against the direction of the wind. Make sure you land up in this small cohort.
Circadian Rhythm: Last but not least, synchronize your daily routine to the exam day. If you are giving mock tests, try to attempt them at the exam time. It will help you normalize the pressure on the day of the examination. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day!