First of all, you need to understand that it is okay to have failed. The failure itself is insignificant if we’re to learn from our mistakes, identify our weaknesses and turn them into our strengths for the next victory. So, keep your head held high and focus on the road ahead. Here are few things to consider once you’ve failed any CAF subjects:

  1. Identify the reasons behind your failure

Try to analyze yourself meticulously. Understand whether you failed because of lack of practice, lack of seriousness or lack of understanding. It could also just be because of bad luck on the day of the exam itself. Identifying this will help you decide upon the next steps properly.

How to overcome lack of practice:

If the major reason behind your failure was lack of practice, it is very likely that you failed your exam in the range of 45~49 marks. Sometimes, what we consider “lack of practice” is actually our lack of understanding and the subsequent lack of practice based on the fear of our lack of understanding. An easy way to find out is:

45~47 Marks: It is important to consider that you lost 53~55 Marks out of a 100 marks paper. This could be down to conceptual understanding of the paper. I would strongly advise you to take post result classes in this case.

48~49 Marks: If that is the case, you should focus on revision of syllabus at home and register for CAF Referral Tests & Mock Exams. This would be sufficient in helping you pass your subject.

How to overcome lack of understanding or seriousness:

If you believe you lacked conceptual understanding because of missing classes or tests (usually indicated by marks below 45), you must ensure that you register yourself for CAF Post Result classes. Attending regular classes, taking the tests (and mock exams) will help you prepare for success in your next attempt.


  1. Don’t overburden yourself by taking up too many papers

One of the most common mistakes students make is overburdening themselves by trying to take too many papers after they fail an exam in the preceding attempt. An unspoken rule is to try and take a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 papers in 1 CAF attempt. Any less or more can affect your overall preparation for your CAF Papers. This is a general guideline, however. The final decision would lie with you, of course.

  1. Stay Motivated and don’t lose focus

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” –

Denis Waitley

Your aim now should not be to focus on how to pass your papers in the upcoming attempt rather than contemplating on papers failed in the previous attempt. Your teachers, coordinators & teacher assistants are available for guidance.

  1. If you’re taking Post Result Classes, Focus!

Once you have made your decision to take post result classes, turn your attention to attending Live classes and focusing on your studies, your tests and mock exams. Post Result classes have the highest passing percentage due to the hyper-focused state in which students take their classes and keeping the same commitment will help you excel in your papers