Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged students to compete with themselves and not with others and to have faith in their own abilities, preparation and hard work.
Addressing students on his Mann Ki Baat radio programme, ahead of the Board and competitive examinations, he cited, in this regard, the example of the famous athlete Sergei Bubka, who broke his own record 35 times.
He advised students to shed their stress and worries and develop a positive attitude.
He said he would not advise them on how to get more marks, but emphasized the importance of the right attitude towards examinations. He urged students not to get nervous or tense. He said that, while all efforts should be made to perform well, examinations should not become a burden.
"Be steadfast in your goals, firm in your resolve; success will follow," he said.
According to him, examinations should be a means to learn and recognize one's own capabilities, and not to show them off to others.