In athletics, when the starting gun goes off, it's time to put the foot to the ground and run!
Precisely, if you are aspiring for Civil Services Examination 2012, you do not have time for making castles in air. The time is approaching fast when the notification for CSE 2012 would be out. Many candidates have wasted enough of precious time in past few months anticipating some changes at Main Examination level.
Looking at the past year papers and trends, you need to instill the capabilities required for success in the emerging requirements. The new-look Preliminary Examination is going to put a lot of new challenges and you have to make yourself ready for the best performance.
Taking a clue from what happened in CSE 2011 where a lot of candidates cleared Preliminary Examination with a lot of ease but could not handle Main Examination related requirements, it is the time when you need to adopt integrated approach i.e. taking in to consideration of Main Exam as well.
Preparing General Studies with Main focus would automatically get your Prelims Paper I put in order. The Paper II, in particular, has many new constituents which require a lot of efforts and necessitate learning mathematical/linguistic skills. The entry of many candidates who were preparing for banking and Management entrance examinations has made the place crowded as well as tougher contest.
The optional subjects preparation should be always there on top of mind and you can make best use of the time by dividing your preparation in small but time bound goals.
Competition is getting stiffer and you are to prove yourself better than the others with some serious attempt that takes you to the level of subject knowledge the CSE demands.
It is time to look at the syllabus; trends of question asked in examination, focus on the relevant study material and continue your journey towards your goal.
The best part of it is that like self-confidence, these capabilities really can be learned and built on gradually. And, whether you’re working on your own self-confidence or building the capabilities in you, it’s well-worth the effort!
You are supposed to show a true dedication to examination-focused quality preparation and continual improvement, and not just an empty promise.
Wishing you luck.