Akash Pandey |
Friday, 30 May 2014 |
PREPARATION STRATEGY FOR MAIN EXAMINATION
STRATEGY FOR MAIN EXAMINATION
The syllabus of
General Studies consists of syllabus from social sciences, behavioural sciences,
philosophy, psychology and applied science and technology.
Upon careful reading and analysis
of the GS syllabus, it can be aptly described as inter-disciplinary as well
The strategy, thus, for the preparation of General
Studies is a bit different from
that of preparation of any optional subject, since none of the segments of the
syllabus can be studied as isolated disciplines.
So, the question is,
“what is the right
approach and strategy”?
Well, for that, one
needs to keep in mind the basic fact that if the goal is to reach the highest level of
achievement, then one must have not only ample patience for details,but should be able
to keep the big picture regarding any theme in one’s mind at the time of study.
the preparation strategy is to follow a mix of both micro and macro level
The first step in
this direction is the comprehension of the syllabus in its true orientation.
must look at the syllabus closely and in detail and try and understand its nature.
characteristic of the GS syllabus is that it is inter-disciplinary as well
economic, political and administrative aspects must merge to analyze a topic. For
example, study of India’s economic growth will require good knowledge of
disparities in society, administrative issues relating to implementation of programmes, external
factors, etc. In other words, the new syllabus being inter disciplinary
requires a synthesis of ideas.
Also, the syllabus
is a combination of traditional and dynamic aspects. Traditional aspects are those
which remain more or less the same like History, Culture, and Physical Geography
etc. The dynamic aspects are those which are continuously changing like
environmental, socio-economical and international issues etc. The dynamic aspects
require more attention as those are to be covered on day to day basis. Amongst
dynamic aspects, emphasis on issues which have a bearing on our society, economy and
administration test a candidate’s awareness about new challenges of our
country and society on various fronts.
the true orientation of the syllabus.
The second step is the selection of right
study material(s) for each segment of the GS syllabus and an efficient method to study
them. The basic strategy at the start of preparation of the GS syllabus for both Pre and
Mains exam is to refer to NCERT books on related topics.
Refrain in the beginning from
reading guidebooks, as they load you with information, but with very little concept.