Read newspapers and magazines carefully, which
will expand your knowledge base and give good command and writing skill.
Preparation for General studies should be done
hand in hand while preparing for optional papers.
NCERT books should be studied carefully and
newspapers like The Hindu and magazines such as Frontline.
Trend nowadays has shifted more towards current
issues, hence a thorough awareness of recent events/happenings is mandatory.
In the Prelims,
though the General Studies carries only 150 marks, all the candidates are
required to solve the same questions, hence, this paper assumes enormous
importance, as anyone spoiling this paper cannot have any chance of
qualifying for the Mains stage of the examination.
Other than the syllabus given, questions on
planning, budgeting, developmental programmes, latest issues of political
and constitutional importance, Panchayati Raj, electoral reforms, natural
resources, culture, growth of nationalism, committees, commissions etc can
be expected almost every year.
Emphasis is normally placed on the general
aspects of the subjects, which every educated person aspiring to join the
civil services is expected to know.
The General Studies paper needs special and
thorough preparations and does not need to be over-emphasised.
In General Studies, other than current affairs,
each and every aspect is covered in our school syllabi. Whatever one has
studied upto Class XII is only asked in General Studies. The only thing
which is different is that it has an application but the basic is from our
school textbook only. A good, bright student who understood the basic
concepts during his/her school studies will definitely be strong in General
Those who would like to appear for Civil
Services should have a strong base, which will make them easy to follow the
Exhaustive study of each subject and every
aspect of the General Studies is essential.
An important point is efficient time management
and proper planning. The time available with the candidates for preparations
is limited and hence has to be intelligently utilized. Read