In class 12, students are often caught in 2 minds as to whether to focus on the boards or go for entrance exam preparation only. This is indeed a very significant and frequently asked question, with students confused about what exam to make their priority. Striking a fine balance between the two thus becomes crucial, and many students take on too much stress and anxiety because of the added pressure, the impact of which can be directly seen on their results.
So, what to focus on, and how to manage both class 12 boards and entrance exam preparation if you opt for the latter? We discuss everything here.
Class 12 boards
Class 12 board exams are undoubtedly one of the most significant and crucial examinations in a student’s life. It can be said that the whole career and future of a student depends on these board exam results, with these being a crucial part of the eligibility criteria for various entrance exams like NEET, JEE, AIIMS etc.
So, how much importance should students give to the board exam preparation when they also plan to prepare for the competitive exams for engineering and medical courses?
If you are looking to get into a course that does not require entrances as tough as engineering or medicine, then you already have your answer. Dedicate your entire study schedule to preparing for the boards, and try to obtain as many marks as you can. The higher you score, the better your chances are at getting your dream college in the Delhi University, or any other institution of your choice.
Coming to the entrance examinations
Entrance or competitive examinations are usually held for entry into courses such as engineering or medicine. If you are a science student, it makes sense to prepare for these entrance examinations, such as NEET or JEE. Bear in mind, preparing for them requires an extraordinary amount of hard work, perseverance, and time management on your part.
The immense difficulty of the entrance exam preparation process is why people opt to give in entirely to the preparation. They skip school, join coaching classes in regular, weekday batches, and spend the entirety of their time, solving online practice tests for different entrance exams. This takes a hit on their board exam preparations, whether they like it or not.
How to strike a fine balance between class 12 boards and entrance exam preparation?
A fine balance is exactly what is needed to perform well both in Class 12 boards as well as entrance exams. Boards should not be neglected, as they are still criteria for eligibility into all major courses today. Even if you are preparing for JEE Main 2020, you will not be able to appear for it, unless you get 75% aggregate scores in the board examinations. Therefore, one must learn to balance the preparation processes for both kinds of exams. A ratio of 60:40, in favour of entrance exams, is suitable for good performance in both areas. Depending on your strengths, you can alter the numbers however you want.
It is, therefore, not a question of boards or competitive exams. It is a question of how to make the most of both, how to strike a balance between both class 12 boards and entrance examination preparations. If you learn to do that, then there is no one who can stop you from achieving success!