Why Practice Previous Years’ Question Papers?
The essence of the whole exercise is, that when you have gone through enough questions from the previous years’ question papers, your mind tends to get hold of certain patterns relating to the kinds of questions asked, the frequency of easy, moderate and difficult questions, the relative weightage of the topics and a general sense as to how the paper should be approached. Practicing previous years’ question papers also helps you simulate the actual exam situations, makes you habitual of applying your mind for longer durations and helps you develop speed and accuracy.
Additionally, regular solving of previous years’ papers helps you track your growth and will also help you gauge the extent of your preparation. And an added advantage is that a lot of questions in exams like IIT JEE Mains get asked as it is from the previous years’ papers too.
Approach To Solving Previous Years’ Papers - Analysis Is The Key
The approach to solving previous years’ question papers is pretty simple and logical. When an aspirant is in the concept learning stage, it is a given that he/she solves the previous years’ questions from that particular topic. Once you are through with the full syllabus is when you should attempt the full question paper, preferably in a single sitting and at similar times of the day as the actual exam timing. This helps your biological clock align your body and mind in such a way that it starts giving better output in that duration.
The crucial part, though, comes once the aspirant is done with solving a paper. After you tally your answers, you must sit and analyse the questions that you went wrong with or couldn’t attempt. You must try to identify patterns, if any, in the kinds of questions or the topics you face difficulty in or in the kinds of mistakes you make, and then work on them accordingly. And you must also keep a track record of how you fare in each test taking, and how far you have progressed. The whole point is to get better and better with each sitting and eventually reach a stage where the main exam seems just like any other practice test that you have already taken