Tips n Tricks for Civil Services Exam
The syllabus is so vast that it is easy to get confused and get lost in the many books and material that is available. General studies value has increased tremendously when contrasted with that of a year ago in the general studies paper.
In General Studies Paper I, the amount of questions from general mental ability portion expanded to 181 marks worth when contrasted with 111 marks in the past mains examination. In General Studies Paper II as well, marks for general mental aptitude have increased to 210 when contrasted with 117 in previous years.
So one must be very careful in choosing optional subject as general studies is common for each candidate but what can give a head start is the optional paper. Pick carefully from starting and don’t change an optional subject. Usually, it is always advised to pick an optional that you took in college.
History and topography ought to likewise be correctly and comprehensive prepared as it is a very scoring portion. Purchase short versions of books relating to these subjects and read them.
General Knowledge is not really one subject. It is an aggregation of any number of subjects. What you can do is pursue the newspaper very carefully. Watch instructional channels such as National Geographic or Discovery for gaining knowledge.
A minimum of at least two years is necessary for comprehensive preparation n order to equip yourself for adequate knowledge to clear the exam. All optional are equally important and one doesn’t have weightage over the other but just prepare your optional paper thoroughly.
It is important to constantly revise whatever you have studied. Devise a time table for monitoring your daily progress. Make short term goals and convert them into weekly, monthly goals. Preparation needs a lot of positive attitude and one must keep chin high and not feel dejected with repeated failures.
It is very easy to feel overconfident as marks in the Preliminary Exams are not considered but never take it lightly as most of the candidates are careened during this stage only and if you don’t make it, then you need to wait again for another year which is very frustrating. The style of syllabus in both Papers is different and this should adequately reflect in your strategy. Paper I stresses on memory and retention skills while Paper II tests your conceptual and mental ability. Write short notes for rapid revision and if possible jot down point wise.
Solve previous year papers as much as you can. No matter how well you may have prepared, unless previous years papers have been solved, you will never be able to crack the exam. Practise writing answers and essay daily or weekly at the very minimum. Don’t think I will write directly in the exam as maintaining speed is important and unless you are in touch, you will not be able to do well. Solve puzzles to increase mental math and general mental ability.