Most of the universities have all their previous year question papers on their websites. So, what are they for? Are they for just the show? No, not at all.
These question papers are vital for exam preparation. I study at Calcutta University. Their website doesn’t consist of all the previous year question paper. However, there are books available. The books contain all the question papers year by year. So, I will suggest you grab that book or download the question papers before the start of the semester or at least before the exams.
How do previous year question paper help student?
When you are completely new to a university you don’t have any idea about the exam pattern and the type of questions coming in the exams. I have studied in three different places from my school to college and each had their own system. So, it is highly important that you get those papers.
Previous years question papers help students in several ways such as:
1. Understanding the question type
Every university and institute have a set question type and pattern. Therefore, every year, at least one or two questions will come which are of the same type and pattern. That does not mean that you will only follow the previous year’s question papers. You should always be prepared to face any kind of question that is thrown at you during the exam.
2. Finding the pattern
This may not be for every university or institute, but there are few universities who follow a certain pattern to prepare questions. For example, the question types of 2012 will repeat in 2016 or 2014 questions will come in 2018. In this way, you can predict certain questions before the exam and prepare well. However, this system is not for all universities.
3. Understanding the difficulty
When we start studying in college there are many changes not only in the studying process but also in the question types during exams. You will find that the questions in universities are trickier. The questions may be indirect and complex. So, you need the help of previous years question papers to evaluate the difficulty level of the questions. In this way, you will understand the type of difficult questions you may have to face in the future exams.
4. Use them as mock papers
Using the previous year’s questions as mock question papers is a smart move. If you manage to solve at least 5-10 years of questions before the exam, you will be fully prepared. It gives you a good practice of the subject as well as time management. You will learn the topics that need more focus and come up with better answers during the exams.
So, yes, previous years question papers help the students a lot to prepare for the exams. It helps them learn all the required stuff. It helps the students to understand the important things or topics that should not be missed.