"Life is a race.. if you don't run fast.. you will be like a broken anda.."
Most of you have watched the movie 3 Idiots and can easily recall this dialogue where the head of an institute was trying to teach a life lesson to students. Indeed, it's true and one must learn from it.
Nowadays, competition is getting tougher day by day and the doorway into the best of the academic institutes is just not straightforward. It requires a lot of hard work, dedication and most importantly, consistent efforts. The reality of tough competition can be seen through this data.
In 2018, around 11.5 lakh students registered for JEE Main and 2,31,024 students qualified for JEE Advanced and at the end only 31,988 (that too after the revised cut-off) students qualified JEE Advanced. These candidates will fight for 11,279 seats available in the IITs in India.
To prepare yourself for the challenging path, you are required to take initial steps at a very early age. Students, irrespective of their career interest, should start appearing in various national and international-level competitive exams.
Nowadays, there are various exams conducted by govt or private bodies for students from class 1 onwards. These may include Olympiads, NTSE, NMTC and many more.
- Early exposure to learning and competition builds confidence and sharpens skills which raise your level from other students on the same platform.
- Competitive exams will enhance the skill of understanding the application of concepts, which is required in a broader context when we appear for exams like JEE, NEET, Civil Service and many others.
- Exams develop IQ, logical and analytical thinking and build a strong foundation for a career.
- They open doors to enter foreign universities including worldwide number 1 university, MIT. Medallists in International Olympiads have a fair chance of getting into top-class foreign universities compared to others. Few colleges have reserved seats for such scholars.
- Competitive exams also help out in choosing a career as students start identifying their areas of interest while getting a deeper knowledge of subjects.
- Awards, rewards and scholarships not only provide financial assistance in further studies but also boost morale while moving ahead in the future.
There are no drawbacks of appearing for such competitive exams and it's just a myth that they can hamper regular studies. An early step will articulate your journey of success.