Several educational guides and magazines have talked about the importance of implementing and making a strategy for cracking IAS examinations. Well if you are an aspirant for the IAS examination in the year 2022, the following are some of the tips and strategies that can be beneficial for you-
Understanding the Question Paper Pattern and Exam Structure
The first criteria are to understand the question paper pattern. For this, you need to collect the previous year’s question papers. The sets of such papers may be available in the book stores near you. You can also search for them online and you can download the PDF file for such questions. You can prepare all you want to. But unless you solve the mock question papers, you will not be able to gain an idea about the questions that come in the examination. Secondly, understanding the structure of the examination is very important. For that as well, you need to go through the previous year’s question papers. This generally means knowing about the marks allotment in each question. For example- there are 20 marks MCQ questions and the rest are long theory-based questions. Thus if you want to know the marks that are given for the questions, you need to go through the previous year’s question papers thoroughly.
Reading Regional and International Newspapers
General Knowledge is an extremely important part of the IAS syllabus. It is one of the most important aspects while covering the IAS syllabus. Being aware of the current topics on subjects like politics, economy and sports are very important. For this purpose, you should make reading newspapers a regular habit. Newspapers give you an idea about what is happening around you. It gives us a clear viewpoint about political and economic surroundings. As a conscious citizen of a country, you should know about the events taking place around you. Newspapers that are considered to be popular in India include The Times of India and The Economic Times. Apart from them, you should also read international newspapers like the Sydney Morning Herald, the Tribune, and the Business Standard. Articles which appear in newspapers are also very informative. They give us an idea about the history and background of any topic. Therefore the regular reading of the newspaper is very important. It gives an idea about the economic and political environment. Questions in the IAS examinations come from these topics as well.
Thorough Reading of the NCERT Books
NCERT Books refer to the basic books from the CBSE Syllabus. The books are also available on several topics like Mathematics, English, Civil Service, and Economic frameworks. Being thorough with the book helps in gaining knowledge about the aforementioned topics. With NCERT syllabus books, you can gain a conceptual understanding of the study topics which form the core of an IAS examination. Thus you must be a good and sincere student if you want to crack the IAS examination. You should prioritize your studies more than anything else. Understand the exam pattern and prepare accordingly. Give equal weightage to all the subjects. Importance should be given to all the subjects. Mathematics is one of the core papers in IAS examinations. Therefore regularly practice Mathematics and the principles associated with the subject.
Also read: How to make a timetable for IAS preparation?
Finish Preparing the Optional Paper as Quickly as Possible
While giving the IAS examination, you have the option of opting for an optional paper. You are given the choice to select an optional paper. You can choose the paper according to your comfort level and convenience. For example- many aspirants take Economics as an optional paper. While preparing for the examination, try to complete the syllabus of the optional paper as quickly as possible. This will give you more time to prepare the core and compulsory papers in the syllabus.
Study More About Topics Related to India
You should have a clear understanding of the economical and historical environment of India. For that, you need to read more books about Indian history and the background of the political environment in India. There are many texts related to Civil Service Examinations. Such texts help in increasing clarity and conceptual understanding of the Indian economic environment. A good understanding of the problems of India with their right solutions can be of great help when you frame answers in Civil Services Mains General Studies and Essay paper.
In Conclusion, the tip that works the most is meticulous preparation. Be thorough and serious with your study timings. Prepare a routine of study hours and segregate it completely from your leisure time.
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