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Indian Examinations For Dummies

“Poitu varan amma” ( Mom, I am leaving) screamed my girl next door. Today was her first exam for her tenth grade. “Nanna Paathu Ezhuditu Va”( literally tranlated it means See carefully and write) , a common pre exam one liner used by parents/grandparents/passerbys all over Tamil Nadu and often misunderstood by the LLB’s( Lord of Last Benches) that he has to see the next person’s paper and write.

Little does the parent and often times the child, know that the Indian Examinations fall broadly into the domain of Karma where you do your best and leave the rest to the examiner. Here are a few unwritten rules to taste success in your examinations.

1. Do we need margin on the right or on the left? The answer is both. Basically start drawing the margin on the left and move to “right”, top and bottom. Imagine yourself to be a chess player, moving your ruler to every conceivable space on paper and placing your pencil and drawing a line on it.

2. Just trust your instincts and keep writing in the direction ascertained by your mind. Adherence to word limit often leads to AIDS( Arrears In Differen Subjects) and might result in eventual fatalities. Most examiner don’t correct but just weigh your paper to weigh your knowledge.

3. Don’t get discouraged or underestimate yourself. But for a belief in preparation, the other person is no better than you.

4. Bits of Information is very important to succeed in exams. Make sure you carry Bytes of bits wherever possible. You can always acces data from them when the invigilator is in the drowsy mode.

So to every Tom, Dick and Hari writing exams perennially, Indian Exams nuture the unique “can-do” attitude in you and makes you strongly believe in the cliched “anything is possible” phrase.

DISCLAIMER: All thoughts mentioned in the above piece are valid in all Indian States except Bihar, where they have always believed that the “Sword is mightier than the pen”.

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

June 28, 2004 at 9:21 am

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  1. Hi Sudarshan,
    This is one of the funniest blogs i have ever read.


    July 27, 2004 at 4:03 pm

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