CAF exams are coming up. But I feel that our peers are not ready for exams, as they haven’t started studying because they find theoretical subjects boring. Also, there remains confusion on the candidate’s part: where to start studying? Which books to study from? Should I join an academy or go for self-study.


Hold on, don’t worry anymore because I have something that will help you to ace your exams. Let’s begin:


Before start studying, decide a strategy for preparation because they say, one who fails to plan is planning to fail. These decisions are about:

1: Study materials
2: Preparation strategy
3: Evaluation Plan

Deciding the study material comes first and foremost. I went for ICAP study text and past papers. As far as I have experienced, these two study tools proved to be best to crack exams. One must go through each and every word of ICAP study text to perform well in these subjects. The selective study is off the table.


Preparation strategy plays an imperative role in acing the exam. I opted for self-study for BMBS to check my capability but I put my heart and soul into its preparation, and the results amazed me, I passed it in the first attempt. Wow… I couldn’t believe it.

In a nutshell, every theoretical subject can be self-studied with great ease if one really has the willpower. Complete syllabus in first 4 months and revise it one time at least. Never leave revision for last month when it comes to theoretical subjects, the more you will revise the more you will gain confidence and have command over the subject.

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Be your own evaluator, build a sense of achievement and work on the grey areas of the respective subject. Focus on the important and complex while allotting little time for chapters or topics which are well understood or fully prepared.
After deciding these three elements, all that’s left is “Studying for exams”. No more procrastinating and No more Kal sy Paka Parhon ga, you will start studying right now.



a) Self-Study Method
Read ICAP study text at least 3 times in the initial month of preparation (we have 5 months for preparation). When you read it for the first time, just try to focus on the chapter name, topics, make a mind map and estimate the complexity or ease level of each chapter.

When you will read it for the second time you will start understanding the easy concepts. Highlight important terminologies and statements while reading it for the third time.

Gradually you will grasp the concepts and can do more focused studies. Make concise notes of theories and revise them again and again. It can be seen that most theories have the same points but you have to remember the distinguishing point to recognize the theory or to separately identify it from other theories.

b) Revision is the key
When you will revise on regular basis there will be no need for cramming, concepts will automatically get into your mind and be absorbed. Go for focused study and revision rather than a selective study approach. Study every chapter but focus on chapters having more weightage. ICAP chapter’s grid will help you a lot.

c) Relate with real life
Just understand the topics and make examples in mind relating to your daily life e.g. In BMBS, while studying about organizations you can better understand concepts by relating what is written in the study text to an organization in which your father or any other family member works or which is nearby your house because you already have known how of that organization to some extent.

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d) Acronyms are helpful
Use abbreviations, recognize, highlight and try to remember certain terms in a topic without which the topic seems to be incomplete. Make a list of complicated points on paper and paste it on the wall right in front of your study table. When you will read or study with full concentration, it will get interesting and easily understandable.

e) Rephrasing is important
Focus on headings. Try to write a skimmed sentence or point of the whole paragraph within brackets after the topic, so that by reading that one point you will get the whole idea of the paragraph. Hence making revision faster.

f) No Cramming
Don't cram past papers and follow them solely for preparation. Get the idea by going through them once about that topic is the examiner’s favorite, the way of questioning and the best method to answer. When you will get command over most of the topics you will automatically gain confidence.

g) How to utilize Reading time?
Don't rush in reading the paper in 15 minutes. Focus on reading well and then answering, because if you don't read it well you will not be able to answer it according to the examiner’s requirement. Highlight those terms in the question paper which will direct your attention to the whole logic behind the question.
• Always link the scenario that is given in the question, with the answer.
• Reach exam center on time and don't take any notes just stay isolated and don't discuss anything with anyone.
• Try to attempt knowledge-based questions first, they will consume less time.
• Trust yourself and ace the exam. 


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