PREPARATION STRATEGY FOR PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
The Right Approach
Paper I: General Studies
The candidate should see the last ten years’ question papers of General Studies
Preliminary Exam. These questions will give them a fair idea as to how the
questions are framed from the respective themes of the syllabus and also know the difficulty level.
Current Events of National and International Importance – Here, questions generally revolve around such happenings that have taken place during the previous 12 months.
History of India and Indian National Movement – Under this topic, questions include social, economic and political aspects of ancient, medieval and modern Indian history. Special emphasis should be given to 19th century resurgence and the attainment of the Indian Independence.
Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World - Geography questions usually focus on Indian geography, with regard to physical, social and economic aspects.
Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj,Public Policy, Rights Issues etc. – In these topics, an analysis of the previous years’questions suggests that majority of the questions cover the themes related to the Indian Constitution and the existing political system.
Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc. – Recent developments in the field of economic priorities are also a favourite area for questioning. The candidate should be more focused on various policy programmes initiated by the government to eradicate poverty.
Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc. – Recent developments in the field of economic priorities are also a favourite area for questioning. The candidate should be more focused on various policy programmes initiated by the government to eradicate poverty.
General Issues on Environment ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – This theme is different from some of the other themes in this paper like History, Culture and Physical Geography etc in that this is dynamic in nature. By dynamic is meant something that is continuously changing and therefore, this theme requires more attention as it is to be covered on a day to day basis. Candidates should understand the basic concepts of Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change and keep themselves abreast of the recent debates on the issues.
General Science – In this segment, questions include the basics and scientific awareness of related areas. It comprises themes such as Physics, Astrophysics,Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Agriculture, Medicine & Life Sciences, etc. Though,each one of these is a fully developed discipline, but the questions asked here are the ones that can be expected from a well-educated person without any special knowledge of these discipline