How to prepare for the civil services main examination-2011

CSAT test has ended on 12th June. Candidates successful in this test would be able to appear at the main test. If you make preparations from now on, chances of your success would be higher. This article suggests you of how to prepare better for the civil main examination.

The main test of civil services prelims is already over in the month of June. Its result is expected soon. There is very little time left between the result of prelims and the main tests. Good preparation is only possible when right from giving the prelims test, you engage in its preparations. The syllabus of the main examination is so vast that very little time is left after the result of the prelims comes out.

If the smart strategy is not made from its beginning, your candidature for the main examination shall not be strong. This time is most suitable for the preparation of the strategy. If you too have given the CSAT test, it would be better to make strategy for the main examination from now itself. But it would be imperative to know about the format of the syllabus of the subjects of the main examination.

What type of the main services

Main examination is of essay type in which the tests for a total of 9 subjects have to be given which includes both compulsory and optional subjects. The papers of General Hindi (Or any other Indian language) and general English, each have a full marks of 300-300 each. These are of merely qualifying nature in which the qualifying marks determined by the commission is only to be obtained. These are not taken into accounts for preparing the merit list. Under the compulsory subjects, the question paper of essay contains 200 marks and two question papers of general studies each of 300 marks and two optional papers , selected by the candidate each having full marks of 300 each.

Study of the syllabus essential

Preparations for several compulsory papers have to done for the civil services mains examination. Time left is very little in between the prelims and the mains. Due to this reason, old students used to prepare on the basis of the guesswork done on the question papers of the previous years, but the pattern has totally changed now. Therefore only those can succeed in this format who have done deep studies in the subjects opted for the civil services main examination. To certain, selective studies have to be done in the optional papers. Since there are sub questions attached with the each question in the test, therefore while preparing answers to the questions guessed, all aspects connected with this have to be taken into account.

Time management is of great essence

Time management occupies great significance for preparing for examination like the civil services examination. If you have to ensure your success in the civil services main examination, equal attention would have to be given on each question papers. If you click in obtaining the maximum possible marks in all the question papers, your selection in the civil services examination will be assured of to greater extents. If you are placed on the top layers of the merit list , your position in getting the cadre and the category of your choice would be higher whether it is IFS, IAS or IPS etc. This is the reason why candidates pour in all their energies in preparing for the main papers to obtain the highest possible marks.

Preparing in the prescribed format

The nature of the main examination is of essay type. Answers to GS and optional papers are to be written in prescribed words. Therefore, begin the practice of writing answers right from this moment on. Don't form the wrong notion that by answering with more words, you will get more marks. An ideal answer is the one which is written in the prescribed word limit and which is to the point. In this examination, there is a compulsory paper of essay writing and you are expected to write the essay with the depth of your knowledge in the most organised and relevant manner. This is aimed at gauzing your style of literature, and clear expression capability. The topic of the essay might be on culture, religion, political, economic and social. You can make preparations in a specialised manner in any of the topic of the field. All types of questions are asked in GS-long and short types. This includes areas of current affairs, political, economic, social, and cultural and questions related to foreign affairs as well. You can adopt similar stratagem for the optional papers too. If you allot a time table for each of the subjects and prepare accordingly, your candidature for the main civil services examination will become strong.

Don't take the qualifying paper for granted. Candidates take General English and General Hindi lightly. This might prove fatal. Because only when you obtain the minimum qualifying marks in these papers will your marks attained in other papers will be evaluated. For this reason, do not commit the mistake of taking these subjects in a lighter vein. Prepare these well too. It will not take much of your times. On an average of an hour daily would suffice.

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Author: Ganesh Babu24 Jul 2011 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Good Post. Being a civil service aspirant I would suggest that preparing for main examination after the preliminary examination will be in vain. It advised to prepare both for preliminary and main examination together. The months after preliminary can be used for preparing qualifying papers and to some extent with essay and general studies paper. Optional papers should be read extensively well before the preliminary and should be revised in the that time period.

Author: Ashish Kumar24 Jul 2011 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 1

The article speaks of the intrvening period that falls between the prelims and mains. No doubt preoprations need to be initiated from the 10nth standard itself if one aims to become an IAS.

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