The prelims is going to be relatively easier to those
candidate who is adopting integrated approach. Isolate study will land you
in isolation. You cannot rely on any single source to prepare. You need vast
coverage and institutive eye to spot and pick. It is high time to figure out
your even and odds, if you sit idle and wait for the notification till
February 2012 and then start your preparation, in all respects, you are
missing out opportunity.
Any guesswork or supposition would not be beneficial any
longer. The evolving situation requires an environment where sense of
empathy would work wonders. It is better not to be isolated while preparing,
being in touch with other candidates through group study is also helpful in
exchanging information and discussing your strategies.
In the new format the traditional way of studying and the
rote learning of concepts would no longer help to crack the exam. In the
CSAT paper only application of knowledge is required, there is nothing to
mug-up. The plan and examination standards make it very demanding in nature.
You are supposed to catch and collect newer information and fresh ideas
whenever it comes to you.
More emphasis on understanding and analysis than
memorizing This is test of the candidate's aptitude for the prestigious
civil services from the ethical and moral dimension. Candidates with low
moral and ethical aptitude will get weeded out. Spruce up your general
awareness and mental ability
Focus more on decision-oriented analytical questions. Be
prepared to answer situational questions faced in real life by the civil
servants. Throughout the preparation for the prelims exam, it is important
to remember that any topic or concept should not be studied in isolation. It
is better to understand and establish a correlation between related concepts
from other subjects and current events and happenings.
Also IAS candidates who used to conveniently ignore
mental ability, data analysis can no longer hide from such questions and
will have to face them head long. So start practicing such questions. Also
non-English background students will need to improve their English passage
reading skills whereas everyone will need to reflect on their communication
skills in order to tackle tricky questions on the topic. So start preparing
for the prelims right away.