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Well formulated strategy along with optimum time management is the only way to climb the ladders of your dream to get selected in the IAS exam. So it's very important to formulate your own strategy as it pays to be yourself. However, for the general guidance to tackle this examination, we are providing some guidelines which may be help to the aspirant to achieve success.
Go through the previous question papers: It is the most important part of your strategy to invest your time to go through the previous question papers. . A thorough insight of the past papers will solve two purposes. One it will appraise you about the standards of the question being asked and second will constantly guide you throughout your preparation. So go through the question papers of past ten years to identify the pattern and select the topics which are asked very frequently. Identify those topics which are particularly useful for conventional essay type questions and the objective type questions. Once you have clearly demarcated the topics, the rest of the preparation will be an easy task.
Selection of books: It is advised not to go through a lot of books, instead rely on one standard book on each topic which deals with the basic concepts. Standard books not only save your time but also enrich you with right knowledge. So always rely on one quality book and not on many books. Also it is advisable to collect various books on different topics in advance to save time and the last minute blues.
Make your own notes: It is always advisable to make notes of the related topics as you go through the books and other study material. A well drafted note solves two purposes. One it takes you through the entire syllabus and second your own notes will be of immense help for the revision of the syllabus.
Strategy for General Studies: General studies paper is equally important for Prelims and Mains examination. It covers everything under the sun. But there is nothing to panic, a glance over the last years question' paper will make things much easier for you. Broadly this paper is categorised under the following heads.
History: A huge stress is given to modern history and freedom movement. Also emphasis is given to Ancient India. A cursory glance over the medieval history is also necessary.
Geography: A huge stress is given to physical geography and maps related questions. So get yourself well-acquainted with maps with the help of a good Atlas.
General Science: It covers a major chunk of this paper and a standard guidebook can make you well-versed on the topics of general science.
Current affairs: Going through a standard newspaper daily can keep you updated on the current affairs topics.
General awareness: Any good guide book or year book will help you cover this segment.
Familiarity with the optional syllabi: Get yourself well acquainted with the content of the optional subject's syllabi and the topics that it covers. A thorough familiarity with your optional subject will help you select the one that you are most familiar with and it will reduces your mental tension that is attached with its selection.
Some more important points:
Prepare short notes of important topics with relevant points and always rely on your self-prepared notes. Go through your short notes rigorously.
Never go through any book on the eve of examination.
Don't read any new topic.
Don't get engaged with any confusing question or problem on the eve of the examination.
Rely on your prior preparation that alone will help you.
Take a good sleep on the eve of examination. It is most important tip for your brilliant performance.
Do not lose your confidence.
The preparation for Civil Service exam is a labour of love. If you are dedicated enough in this you shall surely achieve the success. All the best for your IAS preparations!
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