Generally, you will get a maximum of 20 hours to study before your exam. The best way to effectively utilise this time is to pre-plan your schedule and study material. In this article, we will be sharing some tips to help you revise efficiently in this short span.
Disclaimer: It is important for you to have completed multiple revisions of all the subjects to fully appreciate and incorporate the tips given on this blog.
How to manage your time and timetable:
We’ve bifurcated the preparation tips on the basis of practical and theory subjects here. To learn about the subject-wise schedules for the 1.5 days, visit our individual subject blogs!
|1.5 days for Preparation||On the exam day|
|Practical Papers (FR, SFM, Costing)||Go through every single concept in the textbook||Refer to your mock test papers to see the mistakes and avoid repeating them|
|Revise your formulae multiple times||Go through case studies to understand ICAI’s flow of answering|
|Prepare a list of important sums to glance through, only to understand the learnings (and not to work the numbers)||Go through your attempt’s RTP & MTP and then go through other RTPs, MTPs and past papers|
|Revise your formulae for the last time|
|Theory Papers (Law, Audit, DT, IDT)||Use your summary notes for revision; avoid going through the detailed explanations on every section||Go through your attempt RTP & MTP and then go through other RTPs, MTPs and past papers|
|Revise your list of section/ clause numbers and penalties multiple times||Go through some difficult MCQ questions and case laws.|
|For DT, IDT – Avoid solving questions but make sure you scribble down a rough format for important chapter sums from memory||Revise your list of section/ clause numbers and penalties for the last time.|
Pro Tip: Make sure you keep in mind the section wise weightage given by ICAI.
Now that you’ve understood how the subject syllabus can be managed, below is a timeline to help you utilise the limited time at hand to the maximum:
|Time||Breaks one can take||Syllabus to be covered||Target Portion Completion|
|After the previous exam|
|5:00 PM – 12:00 AM||Snacks|
|Important but light topics||20-25%|
|On the exam leave day|
|06:00 AM – 01:00 PM||Breakfast|
|Topics with the maximum weightage||25-30%|
|01:00 PM – 07:00 PM||Snacks||Miscellaneous topics in the order of your priority||15-20%|
|By this time, you should have got done with your 60 – 70% of the syllabus.|
Analyse your progress and strategize your balance preparation.
|07:00 PM – 12:00 AM||Dinner||Miscellaneous topics in the order of your priority||15-20%|
|On the exam day|
|06:00 AM – 12:00 PM||Breakfast|
|Finish the balance topics (if any)|
Do important questions, RTPs, MTPs & past papers
*One must take the necessary breaks as per their comfort and requirement.
What you must avoid:
- Leave your studies an hour before your exam time so then you can be fresh for your paper.
- Discussing the paper once you’re home – you’ll be crying over spilt milk.
- Covering new topics on the eve of your exam.
- Attempting papers/Solving any questions on the revision days.
- Oily meals that may upset your belly, make you drowsy and ruin your mood.
- Compromising on your sleep – Rest well by sleeping for 6-7 hours before the exam day.
- Taking unnecessary stress/ pressure.