PLANNING FOR UPSC PRELIMS PREPARATION
Every aspirant has first question that how to start for upsc prelims?
First, know the eligibility criteria of the IAS exam. The aspirant should be a Graduate in any subject. To apply the age of the applicant should be between 21 – 32, if general categories.
Find your best time of learning
Before scheduling your exam preparations, decide which time suits you for contented learning, either a day time or the peaceful night time. Additionally, allot your peak timings for crispy topics, so that may increase your memorizing level and parallel saves your revising time.
Decide whether, you are morning person or an evening person. If Morning, then prepare for hard and difficult subjects in the morning. Leave your upsc coaching or revision activities for the evening. Give your best at that time when you feel the most productive.
At a complete stretch no one can be attentive in our planet for more than 2 hours. for every half hour, relax yourself and utilize your time resourcefully. Give yourself in between breaks. Also, if you feel that you cannot give more then try to utilize that time by either feeling refreshed or watching some informative videos. Which could help you in the exam.
After making so many works to the edge of success. Have you ever known what pulls you down when everything is perfect? Probably it could be the time management. Hence decide to try time management and you can achieve your targets by knowing time management build up. As per your upsc coaching in indore manage your time and see the difference in your preparation and topics covered.
Tips & Planning for General Studies Paper-1
For facing Prelims Ganeral Studies Paper I, they need to be aware and well help them in attempting many questions. It involves both clarity about the basics as well as abreast of current affairs and contemporary developments. It includes areas like Indian National Movement, Indian Polity, Basic Economic Understanding, Current Affairs, Science and Technology, etc. While the dynamic part includes Current Affairs, GK has no proper definition and syllabus making it quite vast subject. Since the syllabus does not give much detail of the topics to be studied under each subject it is expected to gain knowledge of them that should be slightly below the graduation level but above the high school level.
There are about 100 questions to be answered in two hours, each question carries two marks. It means there is about 1.2 minute to answer each question. So, speed and accuracy are essential to tackle this examination. While the correct answer will fetch 2 marks, a wrong answer a loss of 0.66 marks i.e. 1/3rd from the correct tally of score.
The 100 questions in Paper I can be grouped into three categories:
- Multiple Choice Questions-Single response correct
- Multiple Choice Questions-Multiple response correct
- Multiple Choice Questions-Matching type
The number of questions asked from different sections varies each time and there is no fixed rule for this. The nature of questions asked are generally on basic principles, their application, factual information and current affairs. Some questions are based on applied aspects of principles and factual information. It has been found that many of the questions overlap with more than one section of the syllabus.
The answer to the question requires analytical bend. So mere reading of NCERT high school text books is now insufficient for the preparation of the prelims and in depth reading is required to handle such question. The best way should be to adopt an integrated approach for preparation combining it with Mains, and one should make efforts to understand the principles and then strive to find their applications in daily life.
Considering the nature of the examination the tactics must be to focus on greater rather than intensive coverage. On is expected to know everything at the same time. However, only basics of each of the discipline are needed, so aspirants study basic concepts and facts as possible, avoiding the in depth preparations at Prelims stage.
Tips & strategies for GS/CSAT Paper 2
The Prelims Paper II (CSAT) assesses comprehension, abstract reasoning, analysis competency, problem solving ability, judgment and decision making ability of the candidates. Unlike paper 1 where quantity of questions is a major determinant for the static section, paper 2 cannot be tamed without solving dynamic questions that requires on the spot mental ability.
Paper-II Syllabus comprises of seven subjects and is in the nature of Aptitude Test.
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills,
- Logical reasoning and analytical ability,
- Decision making and problem solving,
- General mental ability,
- Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.),
- Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.).
There are simple preparation tips to score well in the CSAT (Prelims)-PAPER II:
- Identify strong areas of comprehension and aptitude the aspirants have in.
- Solve these questions first to ensure that they get the answers right.
- Do not waste too much time if get stuck in a particular question.
- They should at least be 70% sure of the answer if do not want to lose too many marks in negative marking.
- Practice as many mock tests as possible to be aware of what kind of mistakes they make while solving different kind of problems or aptitude questions.
- Practice questions on Permutations & Combinations, Logical Reasoning and Probability.