The usage of social media is the norm of the day. Be it facebook or youtube or whatsapp, social media platforms play a predominant role in one’s daily life. Over the last few years, the use of social media by CDS aspirants has caught up in a big way and playing a key role in their success. It is against this backdrop, Jagran Josh is providing some of the ways in which social media can help UPSC CDS Exam preparation. They are as given below.
1. Helps in easy access to study material
Now-a-days, CDS exam preparation is not confined to books available in the market. The content is available in many forms like e-books, video lectures, mock tests, revision material, etc. An aspirant should keep a tab on social media platforms like youtube and facebook to access them. The aspirants should note that most of this content is available free of cost and can be shared with friends. Even, easy access to soft copies saves aspirant’s valuable time and money too. For those aspirants who can’t travel to big cities for coaching, the easy access to material through social media is a blessing.
For instance, Jagranjosh, Unacademy and SSBCrack provide various study material and preparation tips and strategies on through their respective facebook pages and youtube channels.
2. Helps in getting updated with ease
The questions asked in the CDS Exam are dynamic in nature. This is more true for the General Knowledge paper. This paper covers geography, history, polity, current affairs, etc., which are very vast in nature. We see that every other day some or the other new reading material and practice questions appear in the market for these sections. The social media platforms help an aspirant in deciding which material to read and which one to avoid. The aspirants should remember that the current affairs section can be easily covered through facebook and youtube, which act as gateways to news agencies.
3. Helps in networking
The CDS exam preparation can’t be done in a vacuum. It is necessary for the aspirants to get in touch with other aspirants and seniors who successfully cleared the exam. Forming groups in whatsapp or facebook helps in getting in touch with other aspirants and clearing doubts. For those aspirants who are hesitant to ask doubts in coaching classes, these groups are very helpful. The easy access, instant reply, one-to-one and one-to-many communication help the aspirants in a big way.
4. Helps in assessing one’s preparation levels
At the end of the day, every aspirant must realize that CDS is a competitive exam (not an academic exam). It is enough to be on top among the competing aspirants to succeed in the exam. Hence, getting to know about the strengths and weaknesses of other serious aspirants, their preparation strategies and reading material is a considered as a must. Since, a high proportion of aspirants are using social media, they help an aspirant ‘knowing well’ about other aspirants. Moreover, they also help in assessing one’s level of preparation compared to others.
Need for caution
Despite the above mentioned advantages of using social media for CDS Exam aspirants, the aspirants should exercise caution while using them. As their increased use may lead to unnecessary chatting, exposure to non-essential material, etc., they may prove counter productive if not used with adequate discretion.
Over the past years, the social media bug has caught the CDS aspirants in a big way. Their increased use is evident in big cities and rural areas alike due to the penetration of internet services. The social media is most helpful for those who can’t afford coaching and those living in rural areas. The aspirants must take advantage of the learning opportunities offered by the social media for the CDS exam preparation.