Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission has introduced the negative marking in the UPPCS Prelims Exam with various major changes in the UPPCS Mains Exam. Here, we will be discussing on tips and strategies to prepare for the UPPCS Prelims Exam in the changed scenario.
In the UPPCS Prelims Exam, the General Studies 1st paper deals with the traditional subjects like History, Geography, Economy, Polity, Environment and Ecological Concepts, General Science and Current Affairs. The General Studies IInd paper is qualifying in nature and only 33% marks are required to qualify in this paper.
Around 4 Lac candidates appear in the UPPCS Exam each year and the merit remains high in the UPPCS Prelims Exam. As per the anticipation, this year the merit will fall due to the negative marking in the UPPCS Prelims Exam. Due to the changes in the pattern of UPPCS Prelims Exam since 2017, it will be very difficult to achieve higher marks with the negative marking. So it can serve as an opportunity for the average student to get selected in the UPPCS Exam by smart study.
Following are some of the most important points for the UPPCS Preliminary Exam preparation, which can ensure your selection in the UPPCS Prelims Exam.
Get the Basics at your Fingertips
UPPCS Exam is all about getting the fundamentals of the subjects right at your fingertips. The candidates are required to get the facts and figures right so that they can answer the fact based questions easily and accurately. In the scenario of negative marking, this has acquired a new challenge because the answer options are very close and selecting the right option requires the clear memorising of the facts and figures.
In addition to the subject topics, the clear understanding of the History, Geography and the regional folklores of the state are very helpful in getting an advantage in the UPPCS Prelims Exam.
Study the Best Books
Good books are structured well and hence help the candidates in building their own concepts and shortcuts. It helps the candidates framing the subject in the mind of the candidate. It also helps in eliminating the wrong option from the given options and hence help in calculating guess work.Some of the
Some of the Best books are as follows
Laxmikant for Indian Polity
NCERT Books for History, Geography and Economy
NIOS and IGNOU Study Material for Environment and Ecology
Lucent Book for General Science Topics
Jagranjosh’s Current Affairs Magazine
Current Affairs is most important
Current Affairs is not static and is renewed each year and hence difficult to prepare in the short span of time.As seen in the previous year papers, the number of questions from the current affair is highest amongst all the general studies topics. The state specific current affairs are very important for the UPPCS Prelims Exam.
Previous Year Question Paper
Previous year question papers gave the real feel of the exam.They play a key role in defining the locus of the preparation. It also explains the expectation of the examination from the candidates. Practicing with the previous year question papers also boost the confidence of the candidates. The previous year paper solving can also be taken as the doubt solving sessions. This will make the remarkable difference in the preparation.
Tackling Negative Marking
The one sure way to tackle the negative marking is to memorise all the facts and figures. But it is very burdensome and every human mind has its own limit so no candidate can mug up all the facts. Now here, the law of probability plays its part. There are lots of information present in the candidates’s mind in the dormant stage, which can be used by comparing the answer options in the light of a given question. This is a way to use the dormant knowledge for one’s advantage. The candidate must have the knowledge to eliminate at least two options which can not be true in any instance. So the candidate has to choose only one from the two.
This means that there is a 50% chance of getting the right answer. The negative marking will make a dent of 0.66 marks. It means if a candidate answer three wrong questions and one right answer through the intelligent and calculated guess work than the candidate did not loose anything. But if more than one question became right than the candidate is in an advantageous position.
So intelligent and calculated guess can increase the score of the candidate can help in the overall marks.
Time management is the most ignored component in the UPPCS Prelims Preparation. But it is a very crucial factor which can insure the selection in the UPPCS Exam. Time Management means how to attempt the question paper in the most efficient and effective way which can maximize the chances of selection in the UPPCS Prelims Exam.
The best suggested way is that in the first reading, answer the questions in which you are confident and leave and mark those questions which are not clear to you. In the second reading, read the marked questions carefully and try to eliminate the options based on your background knowledge of the topic. Do not answer those questions which are not known to you at all as there is a negative marking for each wrong answer and clueless guess work will not work.
The changed pattern of UPPCS Prelims Exam and introduction of negative marking will usher this exam in the new era of objectivity and the victory of only concrete knowledge.
All the best!