A Curtain Raiser
As you know,
Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2019 is to be conducted on June 02 (Sunday).
|There will be 2 MCQ based 2-hour long papers on the same day:|
|Paper I||General Studies||100 questions||200 marks|
|Paper II||General Aptitude Test||80 questions||200 marks|
You must score 33% or above in the qualifying Paper II, for your Paper I to be evaluated for merit listing.
By now, you would have already gained an extensive knowledge of the important topics and subtopics in General Studies in your year-long preparation for the Mains; so, it is time now for an intensive revision and consolidation of what you have learnt, for the specific purpose of crossing the Preliminary exam stage.
Many of you find this exam a tough nut to crack, not because of lack of hard-work or potential, but, lack of right approach and right strategy. Given the vastness of the syllabus, and inclusion of dynamic as well as static concepts, your approach from the word go, ought to be a strategy of serious and dedicated study. It goes without saying that your preparation should be fuelled with a fierce desire to succeed and driven with immense motivation to give it your best shot.
Most Civil Services aspirants get into the Prelims mood only in the last months before the D-day. With the right strategy and dedicated effort, the last 40-50 days are just enough to crack the prelims.
The early starters, on the other hand, may tend to drift into a relaxed mode in the last days and may fail to sail through!
So, the last 40-50 days can indeed be a game changer!
To save your precious time and make things a little easy for you, we analysed the trend of questions asked in the previous years.
Trend Analysis of UPSC Prelims – (2013 – 2018)
Thereafter, we prepared for you a customised 45 DAY STRATEGY TO CRACK THE PRELIMS
MISSION IAS 2019 – CRACK THE PRELIMS IN 45 DAYS – What to do? & what not to do?
Continuing with its endeavour to help IAS aspirants cross the milestone of Preliminary Exam, Disha Publication announces a FREE 45 Day Quick Revision Digital Programme.
Under this FREE programme starting from April 15, 2019, 9 posts will go live, at 12.00 hours on respective dates, in a series of 9 days with a gap of 3-4 days in between.
- Each of these posts would be dedicated to 1 specific section of the prescribed syllabus
- Each section will be divided into 3 topics
- Each topic of the section will be covered in 5-6 Revision Modules ensuring complete revision of the topic
- Each topic of the section will end with a Quiz containing 15 questions to test your topic revision
- Each section will have solved papers of the last 5 years
- Each section will have 2 section tests to test your revision of the entire section
This is how the whole programme will pan out.
|Post 1/ 9: Cracking IAS Prelims – Indian History||Live now!|
|Post 2/ 9: Cracking IAS Prelims – Indian Economy||To be live on 18-April, 12:00 Hours|
|Post 3/ 9: Cracking IAS Prelims – Indian Polity||To be live on 22-April, 12:00 Hours|
|Post 4/ 9: Cracking IAS Prelims – Geography||To be live on 25-April, 12:00 Hours|
|Post 5/ 9: Cracking IAS Prelims – Ecology & Environment||To be live on 28-April, 12:00 Hours|
|Post 6/ 9: Cracking IAS Prelims – General Science & Technology||To be live on 2-May, 12:00 Hours|
|Post 7/ 9: Cracking IAS Prelims – Panorama & Current Affairs||To be live on 5-May, 12:00 Hours|
|Post 8/ 9: Cracking IAS Prelims – Paper 2 Aptitude Test||To be live on 9-May, 12:00 Hours|
|Post 9/ 9: Cracking IAS Prelims – Quizzes & Practice Tests Paper 1 & 2||To be live on 12-May, 12:00 Hours|
FAQs on General Preparation Strategies
Subject-wise Preparation Strategies
|What should be the action plan for Mission Prelims?
Mission Prelims can be accomplished with a 3-PHASE ACTION PLAN
1. Learning Phase: The basic focus during this phase is to learn and practice the fundamentals. Given the vast syllabus, you would have been at it for almost a year and yet would be thinking of covering as many more topics as you can till the exam eve. However, there is no end to learning. So, wind up your learning phase within a few days and gear up for 45 days of intensive revision.
2. Consolidation Phase: In this phase, the objective is to consolidate whatever you have learned in the learning phase. Students usually tend to devote too much time in the learning phase and try to postpone the revision process. The result they are not able to revise things completely and properly and hence approach exams with some topics not being fresh in mind. Remember consolidation phase is a very important part of your preparation as it brings all the knowledge on your fingertips. Take the FREE 45 days Revision cum practice Online programme that Disha experts have prepared with careful deliberation.
3. Rapid Review Phase: The objective of this phase is to do last minute revision and to prepare yourself mentally for the examination. Do not try to learn anything new; this is your cooling off period. Keep yourself fit, eat healthy, sleep well, and stay positive and upbeat.
Is it necessary to waste time in revision when I can learn more topics instead?
Revising consolidates memory. Candidates do not understand the importance of revision and cause themselves more harm than good in the frenzy of cramming more and more. Revise an hour before bed what you learnt on the day, revise on Sundays what you learnt during the week
What should be my approach to prepare for Prelims?
Adopting a casual approach under the misconception that objective multiple choice questions are easy to solve, would prove suicidal. This exam tests your understanding of concepts; so, memorising without thorough understanding will not help. Only sincere hard work and diligent study with the right approach will pay off.
How do I revise such a vast syllabus?
The FREE 45 days Revision-cum-Practice Online programme offered by Disha is one of the most effective ways of revising as it is specially structured to give you a thorough revision of the vast syllabus; and, simultaneously evaluates your preparation. Once you will have completed the whole programme, you will certainly feel confident that you are fully prepared.
How can I remain motivated when the vastness of the syllabus unnerves me?
You may adopt simple techniques to keep yourself motivated. Put up self-motivating slogans like I WILL DO IT and NOTHING CAN STOP ME NOW on the wall facing your study desk and repeat them to egg yourself on.
Whenever you find weariness approaching, shake up and remind yourself that if you give up, all that you have done will go in vain…’ It is this belief, confidence and faith in oneself which helps a person in performing better.
How can I remain stress free when there is still so much left to be done?
Give yourself a stress free time-table of 10-12 hours daily. Intersperse this with relaxation techniques like quick aerobics, dance, rhythmic breathing (Yoga:, etc., after every two hours. Listening to music, exercising, playing outdoor games are great stress busters. Relax and recreate on Sunday evenings to rejuvenate yourself. It refreshes you and thereby increases your brain activity.
How can I work on a targeted plan?
You can structure a simultaneous daily and weekly plan.
Weekly plan : Break the total time available into weeks accommodating all the subjects to be studied. Make realistic weekly targets. This will help you in not only completing the syllabus but will also give you a sense of achievement once you meet your weekly targets. It is advisable that you keep Sunday for solving papers so as to evaluate your progress; and you may alter your plan accordingly to cover your grey areas.
Daily plan: Study in sessions allocating subjects according to your efficiency and drive at different times of the da. For example, if you feel you can concentrate best in morning, keep morning time for difficult subjects. It is much easier to start studying if you know what you have planned to. Your daily plan will be useful here. Before closing your studies for the day, plan your next day’s study tasks. If you are clear with what you have to start your studies it will bring more focus to your studies.
How to beat the exam blues on the D-Day?
Take a comfortable commute to the examination venue to avoid unnecessary strain on the mind and body.
Avoid discussion with friends as it may lead to nervousness or anxiety. The last few minutes should be spent alone in peace. Sit calmly in a place and relax.
Keep your calm when the paper comes before you. Get started on a positive note.
What is the Civil Services Examination?
The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to 24 Civil Services of the Government of India, namely the IAS, IFS, IPS and others.
The CSE is conducted in three phases:
1) Preliminary Examination: Two objective-type papers General Studies Paper I & Paper II (CSAT). Usually held in June, results announced in August.
2) Main Examination: Nine essay-type papers – two are qualifying, while marks obtained in seven are taken into account for the merit list. Held in October, results are announced in January.
3) Personality Test (Interview). It is usually held in March. Final results are announced in April-May.
|How do I prepare for Indian economy?
Indian economy is to be studied in the context of current affairs. Your focus should be on, all the economic changes that occurred in the past one year with regard to:
Government Schemes, Programmes & Recommendations:Depreciation and Appreciation of the rupee; Fiscal Deficit, Budget, Inflation; Taxes and Reforms; Growth rate, National Income, GDP, GVA, FDI, FII; Convertibility of Rupee, Monetary Policy and its Measures (CRR / SLR; Unemployment and Poverty in India; Demographic Transition
Also, going through the latest edition of the Economic Survey is a must for preparing this topic.
How do I prepare for Environment & Ecology?
Environment and ecology are dynamic in nature. They are constantly undergoing a process of change; therefore, much of this topic is part of current events, namely Climate change, Environmental degradation, Global initiatives for the Protection and Preservation of the Environment, Eco-friendly Technologies, Organizations, Conferences, Protocols and Reports on environment; the activities of the National Green Tribunal.
National Parks, Wetlands, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves and Hotspots of India & World, Natural Vegetation, Flora and Fauna in India are the static topics.
How do I prepare for Geography?
Geography pertains to the World in general and India in particular. You need to have a clear idea of the world map, particularly the location of countries between seas. Other topics to study are:
Ocean Currents, La Nina and El Nino; Climatic Conditions in different regions; Geographical regions; Natural Calamities like floods, Earthquakes and Cyclones; Atmosphere & Wind Pattern of the world; National Highways and other Infrastructure; Different types of Soil, their conservation methods; Rivers in India and their Protection
How do I prepare for Indian Polity?
Indian Polity ought to be prepared in relation with current affairs with focus on:
Recent Bills and Legislations debated and/or passed in the parliament and State Legislatures, Amendments in the Constitution; Election and Duties of President, Prime Minister, Council of Ministers, Speaker, Governor, CAG and Attorney General; Distribution of Powers between Union and States; Constitutional Bodies, The Judiciary, Panchayati Raj; Different Parliamentary Proceedings; Non–Proliferation Treaty and MTCR; Directive Principles, Fundamental Rights & Duties.
How do I prepare for Indian History?
Indian history should be studied with focus on the following topics: Freedom Struggle, Social and Religious Movements, Administration and Economy under Company Rule; Governor General and Viceroys; Administration, Taxation, Land Reforms, Revenue System and Social Development in Ancient and Medieval India; Dictionary of Ancient and Medieval India.
How do I prepare for Indian Art & Culture?
Art & Culture should be studied chronologically for easy recall. Focus should be on: Architecture and Sculptures as evolved from Prehistoric rock-cut caves to Chola, Pandya Temples, Deccani Style Delhi Sultanate, Mughal Period, Imperial Style; Indian Paintings of Ancient and Mughal Period; Hindustani, Sufi and Carnatic Music; Indian Classical & Folk Dances; Puppetry, Jatra, koodiyatam and Bhavai, etc., in Indian Theatre; Language and Literature in Ancient and Medieval India; Indo Islamic Culture
How do I prepare for Science &Technology?
Science & Technology is a dynamic subject. It is always in the news with a lot happening in different parts of the world. You must keep yourself abreast of: Breakthroughs in genetics; Bt – Crops, Diseases, Nanotechnology, Communication Technology; Renewable Sources of Energy and Eco-Friendly Technology; Nuclear Energy, Missiles, space crafts, satellites; Government Schemes and Initiatives for Public Health, Medicine, Food;The static areas to study are: Gravitation, Light and matter, Work and Energy, Plant and Animal classification.
How do I prepare for GK and current Affairs?
Read at least one newspaper, e.g., The Hindu, everyday, with special focus on National Events, International Relations, Government Schemes, and developments in Science & Technology, Environment and Economy
You should also read: Economic Survey, Yojana Magazine, India Year Book, Business Standard, Press Information Bureau
How do I prepare for Paper II— Aptitude Test?
You must score 33% or above in the qualifying Paper II, for your Paper I to be evaluated for merit listing. Aim for 50% so that you are assured of a qualifying 33%. Paper II does not need any other preparation than solving papers and taking mock tests. as you can. Undertake a rigorous practice of solving previous years’ papers and practice papers. You may solve Paper I and II in the ratio of 3:1.
In addition, Post 8 of the FREE 45 days Revision-cum-Practice Online programme offered by Disha may give you a good practice for Paper II.
Before you set out on your MISSION PRELIMS,
a word of caution, another of valuable advice:
CONDITION YOURSELF TO KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right!
So, Believe that you CAN!!
Start off with full conviction in your capability to succeed. Do not let self doubt creep in, nor let your determination waver for a minute.
Drive negative thoughts away. Think positive and keep telling yourself that perseverance pays.
Banish de-motivators and distractions from your environment.
Embark steadfastly on your mission to crack the Prelims
Make it your