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The UPSC will be conducting the Public Services Exam (Preliminary) 2018, on June 3rd across India.
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With just two days for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam, lakhs from aspirants across the country must be on your final stage of your preparation. Each year, the exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), shortlist officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. The Commission will carry out the Public Services Examination (Preliminary) 2018 on June 3rd at various centers. The recruitment exam is conducted annually by the UPSC in three stages - preliminary, main and interview.
As last-minute revisions escalate the pace and stress, here are some basic but effective tips that will help young people become of the future steel pillars of our nation.
1) Trust your standard sources unquestionably. A thorough reading of the current editions of the NCERT textbooks is the holy grail of this exam. Especially for subjects like history and geography, make sure you've revised your NCERTs well enough. You would often find questions picked up directly by the NCERTS.
2) Keep your past year papers handy while you revise. Looking at past year papers gives you a very good idea about the types of questions asked and the areas more frequented than the rest.
3) Ongoing affairs isn't that mammoth-it's often to be done. A good strategy would be to consolidate relevant defense oversees and joint exercises, room starts, bills or laws on the news into a single document for easy referral. These are straight-double-walled questions will be easy to answer.
4) One should do the test series or practice questions that one is referring to very wisely. A good coverage practice questions in the last week is simply to focus on the questions about the current thing happening. This would help you revise current affairs, as well as give you a broad and diverse coverage.
5) Politics is often an issue for students. After a cursory trend analysis, it was found that the regulations originating from the ministries governing Human Resource Development (Education), Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Health, Agriculture, Women and Children, Development, Renewable Energy, Environment, Rural and Urban Development are requested based on preferences. Recent or changes in flagship models are usually high-yield ones.
6) One should use government publications with good discretion. For example, one does not need to go through the entire budget (annual accounts) for this phase, but simply to identify needs, the main policies and programs announced and study. For example the National Health Protection Scheme, aims to provide secondary and tertiary health care coverage, or Operation Greens, which aims to stabilize the prices of certain key raw materials that are consumed. Also, the aspirants will have to go through the boxes of the last edition of the Economic Survey published by the government. In doing so, detailed statistical data from the business survey can be ignored.
7) Don't get into the paper with a certain set number of questions that you must answer, under all circumstances. Please remember that negative marking can affect your score immensely, and a guess is a guess after all. Use extreme caution when trying to answer questions that you are not completely sure of. Look for operative words like 'all', 'just' in the options and read the question again before marking your final answer.
8) From a logistical point of view, make sure you are familiar with your center and areas around it. You could have an adequate break of a few hours between your papers and you need to stay hydrated and ate well. If you are staying at a "coaching hub", pre-booking your taxi is a wise choice given the number of students residing in these areas.
9) Please read every set of instructions on your permit card and keep spare copies of the same. Save a digital copy of your card as well, there is no other way you can double-check your result! Please stock up on relevant inpatient and supplies that you would be performing in your exam halls. Please note that smart watches are not allowed in the exam halls, so wear an analog or digital watch so you can keep track of time.
10) Take the second paper on Aptitude (CSAT) seriously. Do not be overzealous and remember that there is a qualifying paper and you just have to be looked at in the many brands.
Finally, despite the lakhs of the students writing this exam, a few thousand seriously prepare. Don't let the competition get to you. Trust your instincts and your latent memory will recall items that you think you might not remember. At its core, this is an acid test of staying calm and conquering this stage!
The author is a teaching faculty, Vajiram and Ravi, New Delhi
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