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How to Prepare for IGNOU Exams?

In this article, we will discuss the important things to remember in order to get good marks in your term-end examinations. This is the ultimate guide for scoring the best marks. Bookmark this page and come back to it later as it contains many important links.

After Taking Admission:

  • Read the Study Material: IGNOU's study material is one of the best sources of learning and preparing for your exam. If you have opted for Hard Copies, they may get delayed. If you did not receive them, you can download free PDFs of your study material from here.

  • Study Smart using Guide Books: While IGNOU's study material is good, it can be very complicated, confusing and lengthy. If you are a busy individual and need to learn things quickly and easily, guide books are your best bet. Guide Books from Gyaniversity Publications include answers to the most important questions that have appeared in your exams in the past 12 years. Reading 100-120 pages will guarantee you at least 60-70% of all questions that will appear in your upcoming exam. Not bad, right? Get your Study Guide Book Now.

  • Attend Lectures and Practicals Regularly: After taking admission, it is essential to attend the inductions, training sessions and practical lessons arranged by your study centre. You must keep an eye on your email and join any WhatsApp groups for local updates with your Study Centre.

Before Your Exam:

  • Fill the Exam Form: This is a very important step without which you cannot give the exams. Students can choose exam centres anywhere in the country! However, make sure to choose correctly as this cannot be updated later. Exam forms are typically released one month before your scheduled exam. For June exams, it is released in May. For December exams, it is released in November. Fill your Exam Form Now.

  • Download and Print the Hall Ticket: You must download and print your hall ticket/admit card 3 days after you fill in the examination form. This is critical as you will not be allowed into the examination hall without this. Download your Hall Ticket Now.

  • Keep your ID Card Ready: Your ID Card is essential to gain entry into the examination hall. Download and print your IGNOU ID card and take it along with you to the exam. It does not need to be laminated or colour print. A simple black and white printout should suffice. You can download your ID card from the Admission Portal or the Student Portal.

  • Make sure you have the Latest Date Sheet: To plan your exam and schedule effectively, you must check the date sheet. Be sure to check the revised and updated date sheet if you have only seen the tentative sheet as there might be changes to the schedule. View the latest exam date sheet in the announcement section of IGNOU.

During Your Exam:

In order to get the best marks, try to make your answer as neat and presentable as possible. The following points can serve as a guideline while writing your answers:

  • Write smaller paragraphs & leave a line after each paragraph for better readability.

  • Divide your answer into logical sub-headings

  • Wherever applicable, divide each sub-heading into smaller points.

  • Underline each sub-heading with a pencil.

  • Begin each question on a new page.

  • Use telegraphic headings wherever possible.

After Your Exam:

  • Cross-check your answers with other students.

  • Wait for the Results to be announced. It usually takes two months to get the results.

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