Few points for tackling Preliminary Examination 2019 confidently

A large number of candidates are going to face Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2019 that is scheduled to be staged on June 2, 2019.

We sincerely hope that all of you are indulged in serious preparation to face it confidently. Here are some tips that will be useful in while attempting question papers in examination hall.


Preliminary Examination is only a screening test; but, being highly competitive and unpredictable it posed lots of challenges for candidates.

Handling objective type papers based on multiple choice questions (MCQ’s), is a different ball game. When you face such aptitude based timed tests, it is prudent to have some information relating to objective type tests and how to tackle multiple choice question effectively.

Going ill-equipped for such tests may be dangerous and many candidates complain of problems they faced in attempting Preliminary Examination despite good preparation.

As such Paper I (General Studies) is highly unpredictable and lot of uncertainty attached as examiner’s perspective can change time to time. You never know what’s going to be there and how different it is going to be this time.

For Paper II (Aptitude Test) there is not much of anxiety as it has been made qualifying and by looking at its nature scoring 33% marks is not that challenging. But, don’t ignore it completely or even take it lightly as on last few occasions it has been observed that General Studies Paper II is getting a little tougher each year.

An attempt is made to shortlist few points that will get you insights about some skills and techniques which can prove to be helpful in facing Preliminary Examination confidently.

We have listed a few points that will help you while in Examination Hall:

    • In first go, attempt all those questions about which you know well and are 100% sure.
    • Your aim should be to attempt more number of questions accurately instead of attempting all.
    • Assess if you have selected enough correct questions which can take you in safe bracket based on your own rough estimation about cut-off, you should avoid doubtful questions.
    • No need to be over ambitious and don’t juggle with unknown questions.
    • While attempting, read all alternatives (options) given with questions carefully. The beauty of the question is that often, at least two options are quite close. Watchful eyes and presence of mind helps you in attempting such questions.
    • Leave those entire questions which confuse you, for second look later. The time spent on working out these questions may further confuse you and wasting too much time can land you in a situation where you are not able to attempt the questions you are sure of.
    • Now, if need arise, you may try those questions where you have minor doubt.
    • Attempt those questions which seems familiar and you feel confident that you can make it on the basis of partial knowledge you have.
    • Follow the process of elimination and if you are able to spot two wrong alternatives, you can still work out the correct one out of two. Risk-reward ratio is in your favour in such questions.
    • Sometimes, few questions can be solved by applying common sense. So, read complete question carefully and re-read it, you may get clue to be sure about right answer.
    • Some questions involve subjectivity and if you spot two alternatives which seem correct to you, you must select the one that seems more correct and makes some sense.
    • Some statements about some acts, government policies etc. are very precise; being ‘close enough’ is not going to be sufficient. Be careful in attempting such questions.
    • Try to memorize and integrate sufficient detail so that the information can be successfully applied in questions that give an impression of being familiar.
    • Recall, if you had stuck with some similar questions during preparation and how you found correct answer, chances are your sub-conscious mind sometimes guides you to the correct answers.
    • Omit those questions where you feel chances of committing mistake are more than getting the correct alternative.
    • Skip those questions where you are totally blank and know nothing about the questions.
    • Be alert in selecting the correct alternative while marking on answer sheet. Carelessness can cost you heavily.
    • As expected, the Paper I should have 100 questions and Paper II with 80 questions as were asked in past four occasions. Still, check the number of questions asked in each paper for surety.
    • A glance at the total number of questions asked in question paper gives you a rough estimation of time that is required to answer 1 question. Try to attempt questions in little lesser time then what you have.
    • ‘Time Management’ is going to be a decider; so, keep pace with time while solving questions.

Remain cool, confident and relaxed and take the examination with a positive frame of mind. Give your best to ensure your presence in Main Examination.

Wishing you all luck and success!

Last Update Sunday 17th February 2019     

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