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Preparation Strategy for beginners

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Starting Preparation

  • Start reading relevant NCERT books from 6 to 12th standard.
  • Start Reading some newspaper and brief notes to improve general awareness
  • Listen to News and analysis on TV channels. DD/BBC/CNN/RajyaSabha channels should be preferred.

Understanding pattern of examination

  • See the whole examination from an integrated approach ( pre cum Mains approach is best)
  • Do not say let me clear the pre first than i will start preparing for mains
  • Always remember the important date in the whole examination manner
  • Do not waste time thinking " Still a lot of time is left"

Selection of optionals

  • take into consideration factors your own academic background, Interest, Time available and access to resources before selecting optionals.
  • There is nothing like good or bad optional, lengthy and small optional, these perceptions varies from person to person depending upon individual situation and capabilities.
  • Do not decide the optional on the basis of success of others
  • Give sufficient time to yourself to final decide the optional ( normally it must take around 15 days to complete the whole process)
  • No optional is scoring or not scoring, it all depends upon how you have prepared it.
  • Do not decide the optional on the basis of general studies.
  • Take responsibility of your decision and prepare religiously.

Time management plan

  • Prepare the mains part before the pre examination ie the optional subjects should be prepared before pre examination.
  • Fix time limits for every aspect of the preparation
  • Newspapers should not be given more than an hour before pre.
  • Select you study material carefully as wrong material may waste your time

Selecting Study Material

  • Do not collect the material as it comes
  • Take a conscious decision to consult an expert while choosing it or refer to past year papers.
  • There is no "the material"
  • Do not ignore studying standard text books , concentrating simply on notes never helps

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