How to manage study for Boards and Entrance Exam at the same time?

Are you really trying hard to maintain the balance between both the platforms as both of them are really important? Here we are to help you with the struggle.

Juggling between competitive exams such as NEET (UG, PG), JIPMER, AIPMT, AIIMS(UG,PG) etc., and board exams is not an easy task; very few marvel in it. Even though the difficulty level for different state boards and national boards is different, the pressure and anxiety while facing them are still the same. Students often juggle between competitive exams and board exams and end up losing focus on both. Failure to do justice to both the exams is one of the fears that make students psychologically weaker. Thoughts of failure can lead to the loss of concentration and worse, depression. To do away this problem, the most important thing is not to panic as it is quite natural to feel a bit anxious. There is still ample time for you to address the gaps in your exam preparations. So, here are a few tips that can help you to keep the balance:


From now on till you finish both your entrance as well as board exams, maintain a planned schedule and stick to it. Devote different time slots for studies of competitive exams as well as board exams. This will ensure that you are paying attention to both. Don’t try to overcompensate if you have missed some slots.

Concentrate on Common Topics

There are many topics among the board exams and medical exams that overlap. Identify these topics and mark them out so that once you prepare for them; you do not have repeated it. Study these topics in such a way that you stay well-prepared for them for both the tests.

Do a Mock

Be it an Engineering entrance exam such as NEET, a Law entrance exam, or your board exam, the key to acing any exam is to attempt mocks. However, the benefit gained from mocks lies less in attempting them and more in analyzing your performance. The analysis part plays the most important role, and unless you figure out your weak areas and strengths, the whole practice of giving a mock would be futile.

Writing skill

Keep practice of attempting subjective answers as writing skills are very important for excelling in Board exams.

Invest time according to exam pattern

Primarily keep at least 1.5 months of buffer for board exams preparation and after board exams for competitive exams. In this duration you have to practice for managing time and working strictly for it.

Stay Stress-Free

Having said that, I do believe that relaxation is essential between hectic hours of study. So, indulge in some physical games or go out for a stroll. Take a quick nap or talk to friends/family about interesting things. Eat healthy, listen to music, or do whatever enjoyable activity that works for you.

This list could go on, but the most important suggestion would be to keep calm and practice both hard work and smart work. Charles Richards once said, “Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.” So, get up, start working and start utilizing your time.

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