Tips how to crack IAS PRE exam. via Times Of India
With the UPSC prelims to be held on May 20, Education Times offers tips on
how to crack the exam
When it comes to cracking a national level competitive exam, it is more
important to study productively rather than putting in the number of hours.
Muhammed Ali Shahib (rank 226), All India Civil Services
Exams , 2011, says that a thorough preparation is all that one needs. Time
management is important, he feels, adding that it does not matter if one studies
for 16-17 hours a day or more, unless it is productive.
"With the prelims approaching , candidates must start
revising and solving problems in particular subjects," he stresses. "I had
started preparing two years prior to the exams. For CSAT, candidates need to
develop a capacity to read extensively and analyse a particular piece of
writing. Also, candidates must not only read to gain information , but try and
understand the language, structure and usage of words," says Shahib.
The right selection of subjects is one of the keys to
cracking the exam, says GSG Ayyangar, joint secretary (operations), National
Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), ministry of home affairs, New Delhi. "It is
important that candidates pick up subjects they are comfortable with," he says.
It is easier to score in general studies - a multiple-choice
paper divided into five or six sections - in the prelims. Candidates must,
therefore, be thorough with current affairs and make sure that they read
newspapers and magazines.
Ideally, Ayyangar stresses, one should start preparations for
prelims three months prior to the exam. One should also simultaneously prepare
for at least one paper for the mains. "Putting in six to seven hours every day
should suffice," he says.