All the UPSC aspirants are dedicated to working hard. Some of them attend coaching institutions; take guidance from successful candidates, mentors etc. But some fails some succeed in this process. Out of the 10 lakh candidates, who applied for Civil Services Prelims Exam, usually, only half of them take the Preliminary exam. From this round, 15,000-16,000 candidates will be selected for Civil services Main examination. This means only the top 2- 3 percent of candidates will get through the exam. Here are some simple tips to crack UPSC prelims 2017 and be the one in that 3 percent.
- Paste the syllabus on your wall
Before that battle, spend some time know the opponent. First go through Preliminary examination syllabus thoroughly. If you know syllabus, it is easy to plan the strategies. It helps you to understand what is relevant and irrelevant.
- Plan your studies
Once you understand the syllabus make a study plan. It essential to keep you focused and organized during the examination process. Allot more time for reading NCERT books, difficult subject, General studies Paper II, making current short notes, reading a newspaper, for answer writing and importantly for relaxing.
- Balanced approach
It is high time to consider both General Studies Paper I and Paper II in an equal manner. General Studies Paper II- CSAT is a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%. Even though you only need to score 33% marks in CSAT Paper-II, it can become a little difficult because of the unpredictable nature of questions. So there should be a balanced approach towards General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II (CSAT).
- Be selective
Candidates especially beginners come across several books in markets. Accumulating all information should not be the strategy of IAS aspirant. Keep the syllabus in mind and choose the sources accordingly.
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- Current affairs
Current Affairs play a crucial role in the Civil Service Prelims exam. According to the new trend, UPSC is asking more questions from current affairs. It also gives some space to factual questions. Reading newspaper, making short notes will help you to excel in current affairs
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- Smart work
The importance of books and other resources plays a vital role in UPSC preparation. Candidates should be selective in choosing resources. The syllabus is so vast for Preliminary examination. UPSC can ask any question from different areas. After the completing the whole syllabus, it is very important to move strategically. Solving the previous year question will help one candidate to know the pattern of the examination, trends, the repeated questions etc.
- Revision and short notes
Short notes are the companion during revision. Most important part of IAS exam preparation is the revision. Candidates accumulate an enormous amount of information during his / her preparation. Pick out the relevant information and keep in the form o short notes. Because these short notes are only going to help you further in revision. Both current affairs and traditional areas are equally important for prelims examination. It should go hand in hand. Candidates are supposed to revise the topics on daily basis with the help of short notes and should be able to complete two rounds of revision before prelims examination. Carve 1-2 hours for mental ability/ CSAT paper. This will sharpens the mind and increases intelligence and read speed.
- Prelims mock tests
Along with solving question paper, candidates should find time to try a mock test to keep them in an examination mode. The mock test is another form of revision and it increases the speed and accuracy and you will get a chance to identify your mistakes.
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During the exam preparation, most of them ignore the basic things which are essential to maintaining the health. Sound mind and sound body are very necessary to prepare well for this exam. Every day at least 8 hours study is required. Use your study time effectively. 30 minutes yoga and exercise keep you fresh and active throughout the day. Drinking lot of water, fresh fruits, and healthy foods keep you energetic.
- Attempting strategy
Read the question with a full mind. Underline the keyword and think and try to relate to the subjects which have already covered. In the first read itself mark the easy questions and focus on easy questions. The candidates should leave the difficult questions or they stuck between two options. Make educated guesses and not random guesses. This will increase the negative marking. Try to attempt 80-85 questions.