I have to take some competition exams in the few upcoming months regarding a job in the government sector. I've taken this kind of exams before, but failed to score enough (need to score approximately 75% to get a job and I scored 65%).
These exams have questions related to quantitative aptitude, reasoning, maths, English and general knowledge. All questions have four choices, and you have to choose one answer out of those four. Most of the exams have 200 questions and you have 2 hours to answer to all of them.
Some of my friends have passed these exams and this gives me a little bit of stress. (Possibly this is human nature). So now for upcoming examination I start to think about my weak points and I realize that possibly I am not able to think and calculate fast. And I also might have some problems with time management.
These days unemployment rate is growing day to day and exams for getting jobs are going to be harder. Today only super brilliant people can get a good job but what happens to average people? I know nothing is impossible, but things are a little bit different in the real world. But hope is always there and I'm looking for advice.
I want to know why some people are successful in exams and I am not. I studied hard and tried hard. Does this happens to a lot of people in the world? If thinking speed is a problem then why are some people able to think fast and in better way than others? I want to know why this happens and what is the reason of my failure.
And I also want to know how to think fast, calculate fast, how to solve questions and problems fast, how to handle stress, how manage time in exams, etc.
So my main question and problem is how do I score better in competition exams? Please explain your answer in details, because I'm sure your answers will be helpful. Thanks