Things to do before D-day of SNAP

Things to keep in mind before exam day


The day that you have been anticipating is finally here. You can sense the day along with your nervousness. It all comes down to this single day – the exam day. The D-Day! All these days you have worked hard in order to be able to ace the exam but do you have an exam strategy for the D-Day? Perhaps not. This is where many students go wrong. Along with strategizing your studies you should strategize the exam so that you don’t fall prey to your nerves while attempting the exam.  What if you run out of time? Why we are worried, we tend to make the stupidest mistakes. That is why having an exam strategy will help you calm your senses and be confident because you will have everything in place. Listed below are tips for the exam day.

Pre-Exam Preparation:-

  • Depending on the paper type of examination you may need additional accessories. Pencil, eraser, pen etc.
  • Take a few photocopies of your hall ticket and carry one with you along with the original. Be very careful with the original hall ticket.
  • Reach the exam center well in advance so that you avoid the panic that traffic gives you.
  • Rules and regulations vary per exam and taking them for granted can land you in trouble.
  • Fill out all the required details with complete focus. Don’t be hasty and make silly mistakes, causing trouble.
  • Once you are done with the formalities, go through the question paper and take it all in. E.g., Go for your forte & try to solve the questions fast if possible, in order to save time for your weak areas.

Ideally, the exam center will take care of you and ensure there are no diversions but even so, there is no need to look up when someone walks in and there is no need to check what your friends are doing.

One of the biggest challenges you will face is to continue the momentum till the last minute. It may be difficult particularly when you get stuck with an answer. You may lose your focus and start getting nervous. Simply relax and try for 2 minutes. If you don’t get it, continue with the next answer. You can get back to these answers later. Sometimes, you have an epiphany, a sudden understanding while writing with focus. If you have prepared well, you will do the exam well. What To Do When You Start Panicking STOP right there. Yes, if you see yourself panicking and probably even trembling (happens to many students) just put your pen down and start taking a few deep breaths. Don’t worry about losing a couple of minutes here. At The End If all going according to your strategy you will have finished marking 15 minutes before time. Once you finish, you shouldn’t be in a hurry to submit the paper and run out of the hall. You should utilize these 15 minutes to check whether you wrote every answer. If calculations are involved, it is crucial to check whether they are correct. Quickly make edits wherever required. Many students skip this bit thinking they did everything right or answered all questions only to realize later that they missed out a question or made a silly mistake somewhere that could be rectified during revision. Save yourself the misery after the exam when you cannot do anything!

A brief idea how much time should be allocated in each section & ideal attempt:


Suggested attempts

Time to give

Verbal Ability

30 out of 40

30 minutes

Quantitative & Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

23 to 24 out of 40

25 minutes

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

20 out of 60

35 to 40 minutes

General Awareness

30 out of 40

15 minutes

Best of Luck for SNAP!!!!