IAS Peliminary is scheduled to be conducted on 24 August 2014.The candidate must be very much tensed about the IAS prelims examination, which is absolutely justified given the amount of competition that is involved in the exam and also because it’s a matter of their career as the syllabus is very wide and lots of ground to cover. Many questions must be cropping in their minds like: What to study and what to leave? Which institute to go for? How much time should be devoted to CSAT? And many more such things must be bothering you.
Here is the strategy that can be followed to make your preparation an effective, efficient and a much smoother process:-
- Decide in the beginning what all books you are going to study. Don’t buy too much of books. Select one or two sources for each topic and then stick to them
- Take the help of some qualified candidates to decide which books should be read.
- Make your own notes from books and newspapers. Don’t depend too much on institute’s notes or readymade notes flooding the book shops.
- Set well defined targets like pages or topics and give yourself deadlines. Keep the targets realistic and set short deadlines like 2-3 days. Make a list of topics that have to be completed in 10-15 days, and as you complete each list, reward yourself by something that you relish doing.
- Highlight the important and difficult topics while you read any topic. Make a synopsis or short notes that will help you in quick revision in the last week
- Devote enough time for CSAT. It carries equal marks as GS and has been playing a very important role in qualifying prelims since it has been introduced.
- For self-evaluation, solve sample papers and previous years question papers. This will give you a reality check and also boost your confidence.
- Don’t skip newspapers, nor postpone reading them. You will never find time to complete them later.
- Revision is the most important part. Revise all the topics at least twice, in order to get the best output.
- Take care of your health. Exercise, eat healthy, avoid junk and outside food, get proper sleep. Do yoga and meditation to increase your concentration and retention power.
- Keep a very positive attitude while preparation. Have confidence on yourself and what you read.
- Indulge yourself in some leisure activity like music, painting, dance or a sport, to avoid boredom and monotony. But don’t do that at the expense of your studies.
- Stop studying at least 24 hours before the exam as studying now will only make you more anxious. Just relax yourself for this day. Feel confident that you have studied what all is required for the exam and that you have given your best possible effort.
Jagranjosh wishes its readers all the best for the exam.