task I have set for myself is to demystify the UPSC examination, for the
consumption of the candidates aspiring towards making it to those corridors of
power that the civil services promise. My purpose is to provide mere guidelines
for preparation. I must caution the reader, that much of the effort and hard
work will have to be put in by him/her. I can only shed some light on the path
towards the ultimate goal.
The UPSC preliminary test General Studies paper is distinctly different from
most standardised aptitude tests on account of its focus on general knowledge
based questions. These questions require application of a strong knowledge base
mixed with reasoning and analytical strategies. Mere cramming of information
might not yield higher scores.
Solving objective-type questions requires both the knowledge
of the correct option and the ability to elimination of the wrong options. Thus,
it might be possible to arrive at the correct answer, in spite of not knowing it
to be such.