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INDEX
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS BOOK
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS  : MYTHS & REALITIES ................................................13
	 •	 Board 	exams	vs.	Competit ive 	 exams 	 .............................................................13
	 •	 Are 	toppers 	god 	 gifted? 	 ...................................................... ............................15
FIVE STEPS OF SMART PREPARATION
STEP 1: POSITIVE ATTITUDE, FIRM DETERMINATION 
& WELL THOUGHT PLAN ...................................................................... 19
	 •	 Why 	am 	I	studying? 	 ...................................................... ..................................19
	 •	 Belief 	system 	 ...................................................... ............................................23
	 •	 W ell-defined 	target 	 ...................................................... ...................................27
	 •	 Set 	clear 	and	compelling	g oals .......................................................................29
	 •	 Making 	a	plan	to 	achieve 	th e 	 goals 	 ................................................................33
	 •	 How 	to 	make 	 a	plan	that	 works? 	 ....................................................................35
STEP 2 : MASTERING FUNDAMENTALS AND 
LEARNING NEW SKILLS ........................................................................ 41
	 •	 How 	to 	study? 	 ....................................................... ..........................................41
	 •	 Preparing 	 for	studies 	 ...................................................... ................................42
	 •	 How 	to 	improve	concentrat ion 	power	 ? 	 ..........................................................43
	 •	 How 	to 	develop	interest	/ 	confidence 	 in	 a	subject 	 	 .........................................44
	 •	 A 	 focused 	approach 	 ....................................................... .................................45
	 •	 Consistency 	is	the	key 	 to	 success 	 ..................................................................48
	 •	 T ime 	 management 	 ....................................................... ...................................49
	 •	 Recency 	and	primacy 	 ef fects 	 .........................................................................50
	 •	 Break 	for 	speed	 	 ...................................................... .......................................51
	 •	 Ends 	 are 	more	productive	 / 	sleep	on	 it 	 ...........................................................52
	 •	 T echniques 	to	 improve 	rete ntion 	 and 	memory ................................................53
	 •	 One 	subject 	or 	many 	 subje cts 	 in 	 a	day ...........................................................53
	 •	 Study 	smart	 not 	hard 	 ...................................................... ................................54
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INDEX
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS BOOK
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS  : MYTHS & REALITIES ................................................13
	 •	 Board 	exams	vs.	Competit ive 	 exams 	 .............................................................13
	 •	 Are 	toppers 	god 	 gifted? 	 ...................................................... ............................15
FIVE STEPS OF SMART PREPARATION
STEP 1: POSITIVE ATTITUDE, FIRM DETERMINATION 
& WELL THOUGHT PLAN ...................................................................... 19
	 •	 Why 	am 	I	studying? 	 ...................................................... ..................................19
	 •	 Belief 	system 	 ...................................................... ............................................23
	 •	 W ell-defined 	target 	 ...................................................... ...................................27
	 •	 Set 	clear 	and	compelling	g oals .......................................................................29
	 •	 Making 	a	plan	to 	achieve 	th e 	 goals 	 ................................................................33
	 •	 How 	to 	make 	 a	plan	that	 works? 	 ....................................................................35
STEP 2 : MASTERING FUNDAMENTALS AND 
LEARNING NEW SKILLS ........................................................................ 41
	 •	 How 	to 	study? 	 ....................................................... ..........................................41
	 •	 Preparing 	 for	studies 	 ...................................................... ................................42
	 •	 How 	to 	improve	concentrat ion 	power	 ? 	 ..........................................................43
	 •	 How 	to 	develop	interest	/ 	confidence 	 in	 a	subject 	 	 .........................................44
	 •	 A 	 focused 	approach 	 ....................................................... .................................45
	 •	 Consistency 	is	the	key 	 to	 success 	 ..................................................................48
	 •	 T ime 	 management 	 ....................................................... ...................................49
	 •	 Recency 	and	primacy 	 ef fects 	 .........................................................................50
	 •	 Break 	for 	speed	 	 ...................................................... .......................................51
	 •	 Ends 	 are 	more	productive	 / 	sleep	on	 it 	 ...........................................................52
	 •	 T echniques 	to	 improve 	rete ntion 	 and 	memory ................................................53
	 •	 One 	subject 	or 	many 	 subje cts 	 in 	 a	day ...........................................................53
	 •	 Study 	smart	 not 	hard 	 ...................................................... ................................54
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	 •	 How 	and 	why 	to	revise?	 	 ...................................................... .......................... 57
	 •	 Method 	 of	systematic 	 revision 	 ........................................................................ 58
	 •	 Reading 	 is 	 fundamental	to 	 study 	 .................................................................... 60
	 •	 How 	to 	plan	studying	in 	 sch ool/coaching? ...................................................... 61
	 •	 Practice, 	practice	 and 	 prac tice	 ....................................................................... 63
	 •	 Mobile 	phone	as 	a	 product ivity 	booster	alarm 	 ................................................ 65
	 •	 General 	suggestions ....................................................... ................................ 66
STEP 3 : HOW TO SHARPEN PROBLEM 
SOLVING SKILLS? .................................................................................. 69
	 •	 T oppers 	approach	to 	proble m 	 solving ............................................................. 70
	 	 •	 Step 	 I 	 : 	 Proper 	 understanding 	 of 	 concept 	 & 	 its 	 application 	 ......................... 72
	 	 •	 Step 	II	:	 V isualization	of 	the 	 problem 	 ........................................................ 74
	 	 •	 Step 	III	: 	Interplay	 between	theory 	and 	 problem	solving ........................... 75
	 •	 What 	 is	a	misconcept 	 ? 	 ...................................................... ............................ 76 
	•	 Approac hes	to 	problem 	 sol ving 	 ...................................................................... 77
	 •	 How 	to 	develop	critical 	 thin king 	ability	 and	the	ability	to	think	out	
	 	 of 	the 	box 	 ....................................................... ................................................. 81
	 •	 Garner ’ s 	ten	commandmen ts 	 on	problem	 solving 	 .......................................... 83
	 •	 Summary 	 ...................................................... .................................................. 84
STEP 4 : IMPROVING YOUR OUTPUT  ................................................................. 87
	 •	 Importance 	of	output ....................................................... ................................ 87
	 •	 Speed 		 ............................ ................................................................................ 87
	 •	 Strike 	rate 	 ...................................................... ................................................. 90
	 •	 Selection 	 ....................................................... .................................................. 93
	 •	 T est 	planner 	 ...................................................... .............................................. 94
	 •	 Testing 	 : 	 A 	 tool 	 to 	 improve 	 your 	 speed, 	 strike 	 rate 	 & 	 selection 	 ......................... 95
	 •	 When 	should	you	 join 	 a	tes ting 	program? 	 ...................................................... 96
	 •	 How 	to 	appear	in	a	test	 at	home	? .................................................................. 97
	 •	 How 	to 	do 	post 	 test	 performance 	 analysis? .................................................... 98
	 •	 How 	 to 	 get 	 feedback 	 from 	 “test 	 assessment 	 & 	 analysis 	 sheet”? 	 .......................... 99
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INDEX
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS BOOK
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS  : MYTHS & REALITIES ................................................13
	 •	 Board 	exams	vs.	Competit ive 	 exams 	 .............................................................13
	 •	 Are 	toppers 	god 	 gifted? 	 ...................................................... ............................15
FIVE STEPS OF SMART PREPARATION
STEP 1: POSITIVE ATTITUDE, FIRM DETERMINATION 
& WELL THOUGHT PLAN ...................................................................... 19
	 •	 Why 	am 	I	studying? 	 ...................................................... ..................................19
	 •	 Belief 	system 	 ...................................................... ............................................23
	 •	 W ell-defined 	target 	 ...................................................... ...................................27
	 •	 Set 	clear 	and	compelling	g oals .......................................................................29
	 •	 Making 	a	plan	to 	achieve 	th e 	 goals 	 ................................................................33
	 •	 How 	to 	make 	 a	plan	that	 works? 	 ....................................................................35
STEP 2 : MASTERING FUNDAMENTALS AND 
LEARNING NEW SKILLS ........................................................................ 41
	 •	 How 	to 	study? 	 ....................................................... ..........................................41
	 •	 Preparing 	 for	studies 	 ...................................................... ................................42
	 •	 How 	to 	improve	concentrat ion 	power	 ? 	 ..........................................................43
	 •	 How 	to 	develop	interest	/ 	confidence 	 in	 a	subject 	 	 .........................................44
	 •	 A 	 focused 	approach 	 ....................................................... .................................45
	 •	 Consistency 	is	the	key 	 to	 success 	 ..................................................................48
	 •	 T ime 	 management 	 ....................................................... ...................................49
	 •	 Recency 	and	primacy 	 ef fects 	 .........................................................................50
	 •	 Break 	for 	speed	 	 ...................................................... .......................................51
	 •	 Ends 	 are 	more	productive	 / 	sleep	on	 it 	 ...........................................................52
	 •	 T echniques 	to	 improve 	rete ntion 	 and 	memory ................................................53
	 •	 One 	subject 	or 	many 	 subje cts 	 in 	 a	day ...........................................................53
	 •	 Study 	smart	 not 	hard 	 ...................................................... ................................54
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	 •	 How 	and 	why 	to	revise?	 	 ...................................................... .......................... 57
	 •	 Method 	 of	systematic 	 revision 	 ........................................................................ 58
	 •	 Reading 	 is 	 fundamental	to 	 study 	 .................................................................... 60
	 •	 How 	to 	plan	studying	in 	 sch ool/coaching? ...................................................... 61
	 •	 Practice, 	practice	 and 	 prac tice	 ....................................................................... 63
	 •	 Mobile 	phone	as 	a	 product ivity 	booster	alarm 	 ................................................ 65
	 •	 General 	suggestions ....................................................... ................................ 66
STEP 3 : HOW TO SHARPEN PROBLEM 
SOLVING SKILLS? .................................................................................. 69
	 •	 T oppers 	approach	to 	proble m 	 solving ............................................................. 70
	 	 •	 Step 	 I 	 : 	 Proper 	 understanding 	 of 	 concept 	 & 	 its 	 application 	 ......................... 72
	 	 •	 Step 	II	:	 V isualization	of 	the 	 problem 	 ........................................................ 74
	 	 •	 Step 	III	: 	Interplay	 between	theory 	and 	 problem	solving ........................... 75
	 •	 What 	 is	a	misconcept 	 ? 	 ...................................................... ............................ 76 
	•	 Approac hes	to 	problem 	 sol ving 	 ...................................................................... 77
	 •	 How 	to 	develop	critical 	 thin king 	ability	 and	the	ability	to	think	out	
	 	 of 	the 	box 	 ....................................................... ................................................. 81
	 •	 Garner ’ s 	ten	commandmen ts 	 on	problem	 solving 	 .......................................... 83
	 •	 Summary 	 ...................................................... .................................................. 84
STEP 4 : IMPROVING YOUR OUTPUT  ................................................................. 87
	 •	 Importance 	of	output ....................................................... ................................ 87
	 •	 Speed 		 ............................ ................................................................................ 87
	 •	 Strike 	rate 	 ...................................................... ................................................. 90
	 •	 Selection 	 ....................................................... .................................................. 93
	 •	 T est 	planner 	 ...................................................... .............................................. 94
	 •	 Testing 	 : 	 A 	 tool 	 to 	 improve 	 your 	 speed, 	 strike 	 rate 	 & 	 selection 	 ......................... 95
	 •	 When 	should	you	 join 	 a	tes ting 	program? 	 ...................................................... 96
	 •	 How 	to 	appear	in	a	test	 at	home	? .................................................................. 97
	 •	 How 	to 	do 	post 	 test	 performance 	 analysis? .................................................... 98
	 •	 How 	 to 	 get 	 feedback 	 from 	 “test 	 assessment 	 & 	 analysis 	 sheet”? 	 .......................... 99
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	 •	 Case	 study ....................................................... ............................................. 103
	 •	 S uccess 	gap	concept	and 	 how	 to	 use 	it	 in	 your	 preparation 	 ........................ 104
	 •	 General 	suggestions ....................................................... .............................. 105
STEP 5 : ACTION PLAN ....................................................................................... 109
	 •	 Be	 ready 	to	give 	 your	100% 	 ......................................................................... 109
	 •	 Making 	an 	action	plan ....................................................... .............................110
	 •	 Action 	plan	illustration ....................................................... .............................113
	 •	 Planning 	for	the	consolidat ion	phase .............................................................117
	 •	 Planning 	for	the	rapid 	revie w 	 phase 	 ..............................................................118
	 •	 Do	not 	fear	mistakes ....................................................... ...............................118
DIFFERENCE IN STRATEGY - STORY 
OF LAKSHYA, ABHYAS AND CHUNKY ................................................................. 121
	 •	 T opper 	versus 	average	 stu dent 	 -	 winning	 strategies 	 .................................... 124
	 •	 Importance 	of	analysis ....................................................... ........................... 126
CONSOLIDATION PHASE 
(6 TO 8 WEEKS BEFORE EXAMS) ........................................................................ 129
	 •	 Step 	1 	:	Intense	 review	 of 	 material 	 ............................................................... 129
	 •	 Step 	2 	:	Practice	lot	 of	 output 	 ....................................................................... 132
	 •	 Step 	3 	:	Getting	 used	to	 exam	tension	 &	pressure 	 ....................................... 134
	 •	 Step 	4 	:	Keep 	going 	 ...................................................... ................................ 137
	 •	 Positive 	thinking ....................................................... ..................................... 138
	 •	 Mental 	conditioning ....................................................... ................................ 139
RAPID REVIEW PHASE (7-10 DAYS BEFORE EXAMS) ....................................... 143
	 •	 Last	few 	 days 	before	 the	exam ..................................................................... 144
	 •	 Day	before 	the 	 exam...... 	 ...................................................... ........................ 145
	 •	 On	the 	morning	of	the	 exam ...... 	 ................................................................... 146
	 •	 Finishing 	your	 studies	for	 th e	exam...... 	 ........................................................ 147
	 •	 Outside 	examination 	 centre ...... 	 .................................................................... 147
	 •	 During 	the	exam...... 	 ...................................................... ............................... 148
	 •	 Arriving 	late...... ....................................................... ...................................... 150
	 •	 Confronting 	problems 	 durin g	 examination...... 	 .............................................. 150
	 •	 After 	 the 	exam...... 	 ...................................................... .................................. 152
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