The Civil Services, one of the toughest exams in the world, if not prepared properly is difficult to be cracked. In this context, one should keep in mind the quote of Jim Rohn:
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
Therefore the candidates should keenly study and observe the current affairs throughout the preparation and also be very active during the last days of the exams. Even though the prelims exam is considered as tough and tricky, a well-planned and methodological study helps one to jump over this hurdle.
The civil services preliminary exam is on June 3, 2018, which is qualifying in nature for the next stage of this exam. The online platforms are continuously helping the students to prepare confidently for the exam amidst of the vast syllabus. What makes students more curious is the unpredictability of the exam question paper and mugging up on the books and facts makes the students vulnerable to failure.
Here are some last minute strategy for the candidates who are going to attend the prelims exam
Prepare a plan
Create a study plan especially the topics that is already prepared. This makes the candidates revise the topics that will help them to remember during the exam. Avoid studying new and difficult topics during the last minute.
Not just facts and figures
Don’t try to remember facts and figures as the exam only tests the candidate’s analytical ability. Try to understand basic knowledge of every important topic that you prepared.
Be thorough will one-year current affairs news. Current affairs are the bedrock of UPSC question paper. One should connect the current affairs with the syllabus in order to have the conceptual clarity of a matter. If a topic is constantly in news, ensure that the relevant information pertaining to it is noted down.
Practice mock test papers
One of the most important and brilliant step to pass the civil service exam is taking regular mock tests. Practicing regular mock tests helps to increase speed and accuracy and working out the previous year civil services exam question paper helps to know the important topics often asked and repeated in the exam.
Never ignore Paper II- Aptitude Test
The Civil Services Aptitude Test paper should also be given utmost important because this paper is qualifying in nature and the candidate should score 33 percent or 67 marks in this paper. Therefore avoiding this paper will make a candidate difficult to secure even 67 marks in this paper. So, a regular practice should be done in this paper.
Some Additional tips:
— Brush up important NCERT books and Indian polity Lakshmikanth
— Try not to give stress while revising. If not remembering properly what you have studied don’t get tensed. Relax and try to revise it carefully.
— A sound sleep is also important to help you to remember the vast topics you have been preparing for the entire year.