With sincere efforts for the Preliminary Examinations, try to convert your dreams into reality. In short, you just do not have time to build castles in the air.
In last few months many candidates have wasted precious time in anticipation of these changes. If you are preparing for IAS 2013, still it is not over; you can handle the situation with proper understanding, right strategies and hard work
For two compulsory papers each candidates formulate own plans with a single aim to crack Preliminary Examination. It is very difficult situation as the competition is very stiff at this stage and approx 5 per cent of the candidates would be getting ticket for next stage of the examination – Mains.
The Preliminary Examination proves to be bottleneck for many as candidates take it lightly and concentrate more on Main Examination related needs. It is more so as the pattern for Main Examination has just been revamped.
How-so-ever talented you are or well prepared for Main Examination you will gain nothing if you fumble at this stage. At Prelims level, to make place for you, you have to outsmart others.
Preliminary Examination is not tough; it is the tough competition that makes it tough
First, changes at Prelims level attracted new talented candidates with higher/professional degrees and now, with changes for Main Examination in place, the competition is going to intensify.
That is why Preliminary Examination requires serious preparation that helps you crack the Prelims and gets you eligibility for appearing in Main Examination.
So, before you face Preliminary Examination, assess the level of your preparation and try to learn examination techniques. To clearly understand the requirements, have a look at the previous years’ papers to understand the examiners’ expectations.
Why it is difficult to clear easy looking Preliminary Examination?
Preliminary Examination is a classic example of ‘how simple things become difficult’ and to clear the first hurdle, you need information as well as ‘objective test taking skills’.
If you are committed for an excellent show, keep an eye on current trends, understand the emerging requirements and learn essential skills that are helpful in handling aptitude based tests.
With an aim to succeed, you have to prepare a strategy to face two compulsory papers in Preliminary Examination. The competition is really tough at this stage and success-rate at this stage is roughly around 5 per cent only. But, with success in Prelims only, you will move ahead.
To face it confidently, you need to have faith in your abilities and raise the level of preparation that match the exam-standards.
Preliminary Examination Paper 1
This looks to be simple but, it is really the work of excellence. UPSC has cleared their intentions about the General Studies when the General Studies paper was retained and was renamed as Paper I in changes introduced in 2011. with this the preference has been given to general intelligence and awareness so that real talent of a candidate can be evaluated.
It is ‘do or die’ situation for you. After Preliminary Examination on May 26, candidates will get only approx 6 months time to prepare. It would be beneficial if you could identify the common constituents in Preliminary and Main Examination syllabus and prepare by adopting integrated approach. This will help in understanding topics better and you will be able to face Prelims confidently and would be able to tackle twisted question with ease.
For this, you knowledge, clarity about the basics and related contemporary developments and updated information will be of great help.
Preliminary Examination Paper 2
To assess the aptitude and logical ability among the candidates, UPSC has kept the toughness level low for the questions asked in Paper 2. it was essential also as there was a lot of apprehension relating to this paper.
You should focus your attention on this as it offers an opportunity to gain over others. Most of the constituents in this paper are conventional and predictable in nature. It requires comparatively lesser effort in comparison to Paper 1; but, you need to learn some mathematical/reasoning/linguistic skills to face it effectively and regular practice is the key to success.
General intelligence, logical thinking and common sense are going to be effective tools and your practice will help you solve questions with speed and accuracy.
How to face it ?
It is going to be interesting as well as tougher. Formulate such strategies that include division of syllabus in small time bound targets that helps you in better time management.
Keep an eye on all the constituents listed in General Studies syllabus. You can give priority to important constituents from which more questions are being asked in the examination.
It is time to understand the intricacies of the syllabus, type of questions asked in examination and accordingly molding your strategies to cover the maximum.
Best part is that you can learn all these skills, build competence the way you develop confidence. Focused attempt and continuous effort is all that you need for this.
No empty promises, please. Ensure that it is examination focused preparation with an open mind for constant improvement that helps you crack Prelims.