There are different strategies that could be used to attempt the paper. The most common of them are linear approach, divide time between sections, Jayasuriya approach and the three round approach method. It is not necessary that you should follow only these strategies. You can also play around with your own model of strategies. The best way to understand which strategy works well for you is by applying them during your practice sessions. Now let’s understand the above mentioned strategies in detail:
As the name suggest, this is the most common one and all you need to do is to answer the question in a linear manner i.e. 1,2,3,4… You can also customize this strategy by deciding the sequence in the beginning or by deciding the sequence of the sections.
Drawback-There are chances that you may not reach the last questions on time by following this strategy and thus you may end up leaving questions unanswered. Thus, it is advised to carefully understand the strategy according to your pace.
Divide time between sections
This works in most of the cases and is the easiest one to follow. All you got to do is to divide the time to each section of the paper. And no matter what, you have to stick with that time. It helps you finish the paper on time and in some cases gives you enough time to look at the paper again.
Drawback- There is no drawback of this strategy as such but if you do not follow the time defined for each section then you may end up leaving a whole good section unanswered.
In this approach you devote the initial half an hour of your exam time in reading the question paper carefully and also answering the easy or direct questions. By the time you end up reading the question paper you will understand the pattern of the paper and areas which could take up your time so you could plan your time accordingly. Also, you would have finished doing easy questions so you will have time to focus.
Drawback- Reading the question paper in the beginning sometimes lowers the confidence and may prove unpleasant to you. If you know you can take that pressure, this strategy is the best for you.
Three Round Approach Method
This approach can be well understood with an example. In any competitive exam the questions are categorized in three parts- easy, average and difficult. Easy questions makes 25% of the total questions, Average questions makes 60% of the total questions and 15% of the questions can be categorized under difficult section. It is advised that one should divide time in two phases. In the initial phase one should attempt only easy and average questions and in the second phase difficult questions. This way one can ensure that the majority of the section is attempted in the first phase and saves you time to deal with difficult questions.
Drawback- Identifying what all questions are easy, average or difficult in itself is a time consuming task and thus could not be done by everyone. If you can identify them then this approach would definitely prove helpful to you.