Before You START
The first step towards your success is to choose your goal honestly. you should’nt choose it because your father/mother has a dream or there is a pressure from your social circle. Its should come form your heart. and once you have decided upon your choice, stick with it. this exam is not like any other entrance exam. it demands more than a decent amount of time to prepare with determination, which is possible only if the desire for coming into the services is burning in your heart incessantly. A passion without the utmost towards ‘your’ dream, cracking this exam remains a far cry.
Many of you may having presumption that you should have come from a reputed institute like AIIMS or IITs to succeed in the civil services examination, and we must be a ‘topper’ at every stage of education. But the fact is that you need not have come from a reputed Institute or be a topper. What you actually need is to have passion to become a part if the civil services. You need to be ready to do lots of hard work and smart work. You need to be ready, from now on, to be a topper!
Smart study + Notes making + Daily revision = Key to success in CSE
What is ‘Smart Study’?
Many aspirants think, studying lots of books will make them able to crack IAS exam. But, “Studying too many books = waste of time = failure”
Here “Smart Study” mean studying only those books that provide adequate knowledge required according to the syllabus of IAS exam.
Why to “Make Notes”?
Note Making is necessary due to following reasons:
- Quick Revision.
- Improve Writing Skills.
Try to make Notes in Question-Answer format, this will make your notes comprehensive + Lucid
Why “Daily revision” is necessary?
Always remember: “Study + No revision = No study”
Revision is an imp. part of the preparation. It should be done on daily basis (may be at the end of the day). Make your daily study schedule accordingly and implement it.
How to start your preparation?
If you are preparing for 2015 ics exam than you should start your preparation from jan/2014. In the initial stage of your preparation start with NCERT/State books and also you may refer one or two newspaper as well as maintain notes simultaneously . At this stage you do not need to overload yourself. this process may continue for 2 months(Jan + Feb).
|NCERT Books||New NCERT/Old NCERT|
|State books||Tamil Nadu text book(TNT)|
Why NCERT/State books?
NCERT/state books provides you the basic knowledge. To begin with the preparation, one must have strong base of knowledge + concept clarification which can be acquired with the help of NCERT.
Is it necessary to read both new as well as old NCERT?
No, it is not necessary to read/study both. But, old NCERT contains detailed info. of the imp. topics. Therefore, its good to read. what you can do is, cover imp. topics in detail from old NCERT. Rest of the topics or the topics not mentioned in the old NCERT, can be done from new NCERT.
From where to get old NCERT/TNT?
I will be uploading Old NCERT as well as TNT shortly.
Which newspaper to read?
When its about selecting the newspaper, “THE HINDU” is a must.. along with the Hindu, you may read ‘The Indian express’ and ‘Economic times'(if you could manage time). now you must have been thinking, why i am suggesting you ‘The India express’ when both the newspaper(the hindu and Indian express) providing similar news. It is because its easy to understand the news/event from Indian express as compared to THE HINDU. and understanding the concept of the news is utmost important. Making notes side by side is as imp. as reading it.
How many hours do I need to study per day?
This is the most common question asked by the aspirants but its answer may vary from person to person. there cannot be a single exact answer suitable for all, I can just share my opinion about it. In the initial stage of your preparation 6 to 8 hours of study is more than enough, as I earlier mentioned that at this stage you do not need to burden yourself. Many aspirants think that to crack UPSC one must study for about 15 to 16 hour a day, but let me tell you that UPSC do not demands long hours of study, to crack it you just need hard work and hard work means putting your right efforts in right direction. So, when initial stage is over its time to pull up your socks. now you should start studying for 8 to 10 hours per day but if you a working professional/employee then you may try to manage 7 or 8 hours, it will be enough. Actually, no. of hour depends on person to person because a person may be able to completely finish a particular amount of work in 2 hours whereas another may manage to cover the same amount of work within 1 hour. So, you need to plan your daily schedule according to your convenience. Till your final stage of your preparation you may carry on studying for 8 to 10 hours/day.
Can I prepare along with my job?
Yes, you can prepare for civil services along with your job. Every year number of working professionals/employees crack UPSC exam therefore job/profession can not affect your preparation if you are ready to work hard. What you need is keep yourself updated with all the things happening in your surrounding, surrounding does not means your office or working area but the world. you may discuss about the major happenings/current events with your colleagues,friends etc. Also, for self study one must try to manage 5 to 8 hours/day.
How to prepare for CSAT paper II?
One should start preparing for CSAT paper II at the initial stage because its easy + interesting and also later you will be having many other imp. things to cover up.
Books for CSAT paper II:
- General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination Paper – II 2014
- For comprehensions practice I will be uploading sample papers and practice papers.
Now, this is the time when you need laborious study with full honesty and determination. Cover all your static portion of prelim as well as mains(including optional subject) in this stage of your preparation. this stage extends form 8 to 9 months(March to Nov.). Revise your work as much as possible. for reference books required to cover static part of the syllabus – Important reference books.
Finally, all parts of the syllabus has been covered and now you should be ready to introspect your prepartion. test yourself by solving previous year papers, sample papers, tests etc. Examine your preparation, find your weaknesses and try to overcome them. Do lots of answer writing practice which will help you in mains. we will be soon conducting full test series(free of cost) for all aspirants.