tips for one day exam

Almost 80-90 percent of students give one day exams at least once in their lifetime. But many new students don’t know how to tackle one day’s exams. Because in these exams everyone gets one chance to prove and if they fail they have to wait for a whole year.

One-day exams are organized by various government, semi-government, private agencies, and exam boards. These types of exams are generally taken on OMR sheets due to the vastness in the number of exam candidates, and these exams occur once a year handled by several boards in India and most parts of the world.

The most common one day exams includes preliminary exams of UPSC and state pcs and entrance exams like NEET, JEE-Mains, and Advance.

So after doing some analysis, I made this ultimate guide which you follow you will surely get the success. After reading some blogs and watching videos of some experts, I made this list, which I will link out below.

So read carefully if this is your first time giving these types of exams.

Start gathering materials.

The first thing you need to clear any one-day exam such as UPSC prelims, NEET, and JEE is gathering or buying suitable study materials. Don’t follow others and buy a book that has no relation to your exam.

You can look at several videos with booklists about a particular exam.

For example: Buy M.laxmikant book for polity after study NCERT this way you get better and deep knowledge about the subject.

You have to invest money in notes other than buying books, but instead of buying them, you need to make your messages using A4 sheets.

Analysis of the syllabus.

The syllabus of any exam is the most crucial document as most people ignore it, and they read it carefully. But if you analyze the syllabus carefully, you will get a clear idea about what to study and what to leave.

For getting the syllabus, visit the official website of a board from where you are filling the form and downloading it. Also, make sure you print it out as it will be more convenient to see it.

Study what makes you comfortable.

Suppose you find some of the subjects or topics hard during the early phase of your preparation. You can study those things which are easier to understand for you.

It doesn’t mean that you have to skip all the hard things. Instead of studying one particular subject for three hours, you can learn three issues for one hour each.

Doing this you won’t get bored, and things will become much more enjoyable. After some time, you can increase the time duration.

Make a strategy.

Without a proper strategy, no one can win anything, which also applies in exams. Now I know that no one can complete the 100% given exam syllabus. But making a good strategy can help you cover the 70-80% part of the syllabus.

Here’s the blueprint of strategy to cover the syllabus to crack any exam.

  • Analayse the syllabus.
  • Know your weak points.
  • Work on your weak points by solving various questions such as MCQ’s.
  • Do revision on weekly basis.
  • Make concise notes.

These are some of the essential tips that you can follow.

Memorize the important dates and numbers.

Almost every one-day exam, the questions are asked in MCQ format, and 20-30% are directly factual questions.

These factual questions can consist of dates of important events, numbers related to any government scheme, or constant numbers.

So you have to memorize them carefully to avoid losing your marks in the exam.

Don’t forget to solve reasoning questions.

Regarding recruitment exams like UPSC and state pcs, most students only focus on general studies and subject those who have weightage in overall marks.

But if you want to clear any one-day exam, you have to work on every subject. That’s why here I am talking about solving questions related to reasoning and mental ability. However, they do add in the marks and affect the merit list.

But if you are weak in it, this may become the factor of failing out.

Make notes.

Making notes is an art, and to produce concise and refined notes, you need to practice a lot. In one-day MCQ exams, questions can be asked from anywhere. And during that time, only messages can save you.

How to make notes for one-day exams.

  • Read the book and solve questions atleast three times.
  • Start noting down the important points.
  • Make notes based on syllabus and questions aksed on question papers.
  • Keep your as much short and concise as possible.


Revision is the key to your success. Every time you revise or solve a question, you go one step ahead to clear the exam.

But instead of revising the whole chapter at a time, you can split it into small topics. And once you complete any topic or you can revise.

For better results, keep this rule in your mind for revision, and you will never forget anything. Just revise after the following days.

  • After completing a topic.
  • After 24 hours.
  • After 1 week.
  • After 15 days.
  • And lastly after 1 month.

Just follow this five-step process, and you will never forget anything during exams.

Solve As many MCQ’s you can.

As you all have heard, “practice makes you man perfect, so solving questions after revisions make you better for the exam you are preparing for.

It’s also better if you make mistakes when you solve questions for the first time, as this will tell you where you went wrong and your weak points.

For solving MCQs, there are thousands of websites on the internet, and also you can see any live videos and solve the question while interacting with other youtube channels do that for free.

Give mock tests.

Before giving the main exams, try to sit at least in 5-6 mock test exams. These mock tests are affordable and cost you 200-500 Rs per exam.

Also, make sure you avoid giving mock at home because people are comfortable at their home. So instead of doing that, you can visit any nearest coaching centers and apply for a mock test. They also publish the results too.

Analyze the results look at the mistakes, and try to fix them by studying things you have left.

Take less stress and don’t study before the exam.

If you have covered 70-80% percent of the syllabus that enough to crack any exam. Hardly all aspirants complete 100% given syllabus.

But when you open any topic you will feel that something is you have not studied or some of the topics you have forgot.

This mostly happens at the few days before the exam when people open their book and this leads to stress.

You have to study smart and do some of the things given below by which won’t have stress.

  • Revise only from the notes before 10-15 days of exam.
  • Don’t study from book.
  • Don’t open any new book or try to study new topics.
  • Make sure 24 hours before exam don’t study anything, you can do other activities such watch news, do madetation, or listen to music. Just do what make you calm.

Manish Pandey

My name is Manish Pandey; I am a full-time blogger at Here on This site, you will learn about content related to education and guides for students to make their lives easier!

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