The new-look Preliminary examination has just witnessed second edition of this examination. After looking at the papers of both CSE 2011 and now, CSE 2012, it gives an impression that it is manageable in the given time and even for many candidates who start preparing for examination after notification, it should not pose some major problem.
Paper I (General Studies) has nothing new except some small alteration of few constituents. Rather, it has become easier from the previous edition of Prelims as an important constituent General Mental Ability (GMA) happens to find place in Paper II now making it convenient.
The newly added Paper II (Aptitude Test) has some constituents which are generic in nature and more predictable. More than anything else, practice is the key to develop speed and accuracy. After looking at the question papers, tell me how much you need to read in Mathematics or say English to comprehend Comprehension passages. All you need is to brush up what all you studied in school. It is no rocket science and is more to do with common sense and presence of mind.
In last, once again I would like to remind you that looking at emerging requirements; you need to adopt integrated preparation approach and Mains oriented study-plan would make things uncomplicated to handle as far as Prelims are concerned.
Civil Services Examination is a big task and looking at the stiff competition and chances of success, actual preparation for this examination should start at least one year before you seriously plan to take your first attempt.
I still maintain one who has been an avid reader of news papers and preparing for last one year for this examination can always prepare the Paper I and II with newly added constituent in routine and can reach the level, this examination entails.
Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2013 to be held on May 19, 2013
Preliminary Examination PAPER I: (General Studies) Syllabus
Preliminary Examination/CSAT Paper II: (Aptitude Test) SYLLABUS
Preliminary Examination Paper I - Recent Question Papers
Prelims/CSAT - Paper II - Recent Question Papers
Prelims 2013: time for action