It is tough to prepare for a government exam while you are already in a full-time job. However, if you are able to manage your time properly, and are totally committed to your preparations, then it is not impossible to manage job and studies together.
If you are in a full-time job that gives you a good package, then you should not leave it to prepare for government exams.
A high number of working professionals sit for government exams each year. Despite hundreds of offers provided by private companies, government jobs still remain the most preferred ones for the youth of this country. One of the main reasons is the kind of stability that government jobs provide over their private counterparts. We can now see a large number of people between the age group of 20 and 25 preparing for various government exams.
Before we talk about how we should prepare for government exams while working at the same time, let’s first establish that cracking any entrance test with or without a job is not an easy task. It takes a lot of time, patience, and dedication to be able to ace an exam. But cracking an exam becomes manageable if you are able to understand and analyze your habit, your studying pattern, and take out time to practice tests. If you are able to do the above-mentioned things then you can crack a government exam.
So, how should you schedule your life so that you are able to work and study at the same time? Before we get into the details, one thing that you should understand is that time management at this stature becomes really crucial. As you would be studying and working at the same time, it becomes very important for you to manage your time quite well. You need to make optimal use of your time by planning a strategy towards your goal. Some people think that they might have to leave their ongoing job to prepare for the exams with full devotion but that is just a myth. Some of the tips that you can follow to make your life easier are-
Plan in advance and continue working
As we have already mentioned above, time management plays a crucial role in helping you crack the exam. If you are preparing for just one exam, you should always divide your day accordingly. You should set out some time only for the preparation of that exam. Most people prepare for multiple exams. However, the syllabus is more or less similar in most of these exams. Hence, you need to schedule your day when you are studying solely for the exams.
You should devote at least 4-5 hours per day for the preparation of these exams. The other important thing to keep in mind is to revise. After a month, you should revise whatever you have learned in the previous month. This way, the chances of your brain losing information reduce substantially.
Find an online mentoring group
Since you would not be able to attend classes regularly, you should opt for online mentoring. With the advent of technology and massive internet penetration, you do not really need to go to a classroom to study. Your personal computer can become your classroom. There are many websites that offer online coaching and mentoring. Other than that, there are various communities of government exam aspirants on various social media where you can participate in discussions and also get your doubts cleared.
Take weekend coaching classes
Since a lot of working professionals take government exams, many institutes offer weekend classes that cater especially to aspirants who are working somewhere. Most of these institutes launch a new batch every week for government exams preparation. The advantage of joining such institutes is that you will get study material and also mock tests, which you can practice at home. And since these classes happen on the weekend, you wouldn’t have to miss your college to attend them.
Try to start your day early
Try waking up early, so that you can study with a fresh mind before leaving for office. As tempting as it might sound, studying after coming back from office is not a practical idea. You are pretty tired after office and your brain is not in a condition to take in more information. You can utilize this time to take mock tests, but when it comes to studying new topics, you should try to do that in the morning, so that your brain is able to retain all the information.
Studying for hours and hours at a stretch can be extremely tiring. After a while, your brain would stop retaining information, and you would feel as if you have been studying the same thing over and over again. This is your cue to get up and take some break. Do not prepare at the expense of your health. It is always advisable to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Sleep for some time if your eyes are tired or go out for a leisurely stroll if you have already saturated your mind.
The idea is that you should always the same some time for relaxation, play, or any other hobby. This will rejuvenate your mind and you will be able to concentrate better. Studying for insanely long hours without taking any breaks can make you lose your focus.
Take Mock tests
Taking mock tests is one of the most important parts of your preparation. If you take mock tests regularly, you will be able to gauge your level of preparation and analyze where you stand. After that only will you be able to follow a preparation strategy. If, while taking mock tests, you feel that a certain area requires more of your focus, then you will give more attention to it while preparing. Also, mock tests help build your confidence. The number of mock tests you take, the better you will be prepared for the final exam.
If you are working a full-time job, then you should manage your time, resources, and energy properly. That is why it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, create a proper schedule and follow it, and not stress a lot over preparation.