Best Notes For IAS
Preparing for the UPSC exam is a tough job. There is a huge volume of material to be covered. People have different takes on what is the best way to study for the IAS exam. But almost everyone concurs on the importance of making notes for your UPSC exam preparation. In fact, according to psychologists, note making while studying improves your retention seven times. Read on to find out how to make amazing notes for UPSC exam preparation.
Some aspirants make notes for every topic they learn. Some, however, make notes only for those topics for which they cannot get proper material from one source. It is convenient to make notes for those topics for which you cannot find coherent material in one source and you where have to rely on multiple sources like books and the internet. Notes simplify and make the material compact, thus making it easier to study and revise.
For instance, if you are studying a subject like International Relations: let us take the topic Indo-US Relationship.
Here, you can make notes under a few headings like ‘why is India important for the US?’, ‘why is the US important for India?’, historical relationship, recent developments, etc.
A good source to get information and views on IR is “India’s World” on Rajya Sabha TV. Click here for Gist of Rajya Sabha TV.
Two Ways to Make Notes:
- In class when the teacher is teaching
- While studying on your own
Making notes in class:-
If you are in class or listening to a lecture in a webinar, you can jot down notes. But here, there are a few reminders:
- You don’t have to write down everything the teacher says verbatim.
- You don’t have to write down definitions and other things which you can easily find in textbooks. Only take down what extra the teacher is giving you.
- Don’t forget to concentrate and listen to what the teacher is actually saying. Attending a lecture should not be a note-making exercise only. Do listen to what the mentor is telling you. You might miss out on handy tips while you are busy making notes.
Making notes yourself:-
The second place where you make notes is when you are studying on your own. Here, there are two types of notes:
a) Information which you can arrange or classify.
This data you must neatly arrange in a flowchart-kind of format. This saves a lot of time than writing full sentences. For example, you can make notes on sectors of economy in the following manner:
b) Information which you cannot arrange or classify.
For this kind of data, you are advised to write in bullet points.
You can highlight or colour code important things in your notes. This will make it easier to study and revise.
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