Trends and Analysis for Preliminary Examination:
The syllabus of UPSC Prelims and Mains goes hand in hand. One cannot decide to first prepare for Prelims and after giving the paper start with the preparation for Mains, as the topics and issues are interlinked. Now you must have heard before that the preparation for prelims hardly takes 2 to 3 months. Well, that is true only when you are completely clear about the basics. So knowing your basics are really very important and only way to master it is to reading NCERTS from 6 to 12. Along with that start developing the habit of reading a newspaper daily and try to write down analysis of the important news and articles. Try to follow The Hindu or The Indian Express. There are different strategies for every student, you might be having one of your own too, the trick is to find that one and start working on your strengths and weaknesses. Some common things that students should always remember:
Try to follow the newspaper daily and keep a record of important articles.
- Buy maps of India and the World and paste them on your wall. Every time you read an article regarding any geographic location, National parks, Hot spots etc try locating those places on the map, go through them over and over.
- Reading interesting and important books is important in order to have a holistic view such as INDIA AFTER GANDHI by Ram Guha, EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE by Daniel Goleman.
Studying for long hours at a stretch can be monotonous too, try to beat it by watching some interesting video which will give you some extra knowledge. Try to follow the Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV.
Read your books like novels. Start enjoying them. First, understand what you are reading and then start preparing your own notes.
Start solving as many papers as possible. It would polish your preparation even more. Solve both the papers of Prelims.
For Prelims the thumb rule is appearing in a test every week and as exam date approaches start giving test daily.
- It is important to keep in what to score. The trick is to answer less but correct. If you are not absolutely sure about certain questions, there is no point as you would lose a lot of marks in negative marking.
- Try to follow time management, always keep a certain amount of time for checking. That way you will have minimum errors.