READ-STANDARD BOOKS FOR BOTH PRELIMS PLUS MAINS(MUST BUY)
Get relevant study aid and reading material
This is the first task that should be done without this you will soon discover yourself running around and wasting your crucial time for books and study material without sufficient progress in the reading itself. You must ensure that you are using only the suggested or listed books for civil services exam.
Do not go all out for the market notes, guides etc
It is always better to read from the authentic books than notes and guides because they notes and guides are badly copied version of either standard books or other with lots of mistakes, error and inconsistencies.
Make your own notes
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Keep the standard guide book handy
Before buying it should be ensured whether a standard guide book is available in the market because
It’s better not to read a guide book which is more likely to misguide.
Standard Books-use only the suggested or listed books for civil services exam.
Notes-notes and guides are badly copied version of standard books.
Make own notes- you read your notes with a lot of attention and concentration which is the proper method of study
standard Books-Always look for standard books
TEST - Test yourself in the beginning before you start your preparation in full swing.
WEAK AREA -read again and again till you have a complete command over it.
Update-adapt yourself with changes
Memorise-Make a list or note of all those things which you have to mug up or remember.
Relate-form linkages between what you are reading now to the studied contents
Discussion- point will become clear in the course of discussion
strain-affect your efficiency
Revision- you have not merely got to complete your syllabus but also to ensure that you have mastered it.
Last minute- should be kept aside to renew and reinforce your past learning.
Test yourself in the beginning:
If possible get hold of a set of standard model questions paper.The nature and number of questions should tally with the paper as it comes in the examination.Test yourself in the beginning before you start your preparation in full swing.
The test should be in the actual exam conditions. The score will indicate where you stand before you began your preparation .The other advantage of the test is that you are getting familiar with the pattern of the exam in the beginning. This will alert you while preparing for the context and content in the reading material which is more important from the examination point of view.
Do not get discouraged by your low score.
The low score that you get in the beginning is only because you never dealt with the subject before .From now onward ,your score graph will go on rising provided you do your home work in the right earnest.
However you high score should not force you into complacency as in competitive test your aim is to achieve higher and higher.
Put more emphasis on your weak spots
While studying you will come to know your weaker and stronger areas. You cannot afford to neglect any area of the syllabus. Therefore ,you have to study even those areas which you find difficult or in which you are weak. This area should be read again and again till you have a complete command over it.
Keep on testing yourself on the regular interval of time
Keep on testing with the help of model test papers every week or every ten days. This will give you a fair indication of your progress over a period of time .
Update yourself with the current changes
Update yourself with the current changes for example you learnt the chief justice of India is X but do to some reason X is changed then you have to update yourself for your good.
Sometime it is necessary to memorise
You certainly do not need to memorise quotations and the long list of definitions .In civil services exam there is less emphasis on learning by rote. However , there are certain spheres where you cannot do away without memorizing. In fact memorizing become certain areas for example you need to remember various constitutional provisions,Article etc.
Make a list or note of all those things which you have to mug up or remember.
Do not cram or force yourself too much
Some of the students have a negative habit of cramming when they fail to understand something .The prelims aims at testing the in-depth understanding of your subject. The crammed learning that you have done may put you in difficult situation If the question is twisted or presented in novel style.
If you find difficulty in understanding a concept consult some other book ,teacher or someone else .
You should be alert to what you are reading .While reading itself you should be able to form linkages between what you are reading now to the contents in other chapters or what you have studied.
Discussion is essential
Discuss what you have studied with your friends or someone else ,many points that were not clear to you earlier will become clear in the course of discussion. The method of discussion method will be a good change as mere reading can get quite stressful after a certain time.It also tell you wher you stand with respect to others.
DO not strain too much
If you stress too much it is bound to affect your efficiency .This is going to affect your output and the final performance.
Revise syllabus often
Revise you syllabus many times. you have not merely got to complete your syllabus but also to ensure that you have mastered it. In the race there are still thousands second,third,fourth ,fifth timer,freshers who have already studied the subject during the undergraduate course,who are head of you .
The last few days before the examination should be kept aside to renew and reinforce your past learning. It often happens that students go on reading till the examination .This method is not advisable as there is very little learning in the last few days of the examination but,what you have already learnt ,which is quite voluminous, gets forgotten for want of revision and re-reading.The net result-you lose much more than you gain. The last few days should be strictly kept aside to consolidate what has already learnt.