How to prepare for Civil Services Examination?
UPSC has introduced civil services prelims (CSP) stage as a filtering step process. 7-8 lakhs candidates appear in CSP every year & only 13 thousand successfully qualify for CS mains examination. This cut throat competition renders CSP as an important stage in UPSC civil services examination.
Strategy to crack CSP
A multipronged approach or in other words a "Chankya niti" is required to crack CSP examination successfully
UPSC syllabus is just like an ocean & you will be asked about a few droplets from that ocean in the examination. So, the right resource is imperative to enable oneself to identify those droplets. Although, market is filled with plethora of books, study material etc. But the selection of right resource will ease your workload to identify those droplets. Thus, right mentoring and guidance will help you provide quality study material for CSP examination.
Reasoning and Aptitude
CSP questions are designed in a way not only to test the factual knowledge but reasoning and aptitude of the candidate too. Reasoning is crucial to solve not only CSAT paper but General studies Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ's) too.
Following are the two important roles of reasoning in successfully solving MCQ's :
1. Eliminating wrong options
2. Interlinking cross subject factual information
"Practice makes a man perfect", as rightly said daily practice helps develop the ability to choose right answer from multiple choice options. It is hard to impossible to memorize all the facts just by reading the content, "Remember the ocean of UPSC syllabus". In this context solving MCQ's helps memorizing the required factual information. Yet "overnight practice" will not help you to achieve the goal of memorizing all the factual information. Thus daily practice is required to widen your knowledge database.
UPSC has the habit of asking questions based on current news. It can either be a direct current affair based question or based on basic knowledge associated with the current news. To command over such questions, you need to read Newspapers and other current affairs. This approach brings you a step closer to the question being asked in CSP,
Practicing mock test is similar to simulating examination environment. Mock test helps you in multiple ways:
- Managing time effectively to solve 100 MCQ's in 120 Minutes.
- Practice handling examination stress.
- Eliminating silly mistakes in examination hall e.g.marking wrong bubbles in OMR sheet.
- Builds up knowledge database.