1.1 Study from Study Notes of the Institute for all subjects supplemented by other books recommended by your faculty. Study Notes are must.
1.2 Make brief notes of the matter you feel relevant but you are likely to forget. You may also make notes by the side of text book you are referring to, in respective pages. The notes should be very brief, say at an average of 10 words per page.
1.3 Make a plan of the time available and the syllabus to be covered. Based on this, make a schedule with daily/weekly breakups giving details of the topics to be completed. Make achievable and practical schedules to avoid breaking the schedules.
1.4 Monitor the schedule on a weekly basis and reinforce your efforts to make up the backlog, if any.
1.5 Ensure two revisions before you appear for the examination. In other words, a minimum of three readings should have been completed by the time you appear for the examination.
1.6 Study the question papers of previous examinations to be able to categories all the topics in each subject and understand broad trends of these categories.
1.7 Based on above and marks allotted give weightage to each category and accordingly prepare for the examination, spending more time and effort for important topics However, do not overemphasis the trends. They may go wrong.
1.8 In the case of theory subjects, focus on understanding the concepts thoroughly and its application. In subjects such as law, give due regard to case laws and sections.In subjects such as Economics, spend some effort on statistics and general reading of business newspapers and news magazines.
1.9 In the case of numerical subjects, such as accountancy, costing and mathematics, focus on understanding the methods, formulae and format of presenting the solution. Solve as many problems as you can. Prepare for these subjects from the beginning of the year/ session and on a continuous basis. The rule of two revisions (plus the first) is particularly applicable to these subjects. Refer to a number of text books for these subjects so that you can encounter a wide variety of problems and approaches to solution.
1.10 Practice use of your calculator effectively to maximise its efficiency in the examination Hall. Remember speed is a crucial requirement.
1.11 Write simulated examinations with some of your friends setting the paper and valuing them, in an examination environment with set time schedules.
1.12 Try joint studies with a couple of friends to be able to help one another, and instill competitive spirit.
1.13 Prepare for the worst in the examination to minimise probability of failing in the examination.