After keep in mind your general eligibility for the Civil Service Exam. It is very important to know the few head starts for the UPSC CSE exam.
Subject preparation to be covered for the Prelims will be vast, so your subjects, books and teachers who will guide you become matter of prime importance. The syllabus is well-defined so you know what to cover but you have to cover every aspect of this well-defined syllabus since the Mains exam is descriptive or written.
Once your subjects are decided your first and foremost tool is books that you will need for the study of this prestigious exam. Books needed for IAS / CSE preparation need to bought in the priority as needed and library books also come handy. You can be advised as to this at …………….
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Newspapers and magazine materials are to be attained and read at serious level, the Civil Service exam needs extensive reading from specific subjects to general awareness. You can read the Indian Express or The Hindu. Both are good sources of current affairs and important editorials that will help you in your Prelims as well as GS Mains papers.
Televisions slots Samvidhaan: The Making of the constitution of India (Rajya Sabha TV), Made in India (Epic Channel)–, The Big Picture (Rajya Sabha TV)-, Bharat Ek Khoj (Doordarshan), Policy Watch (Rajya Sabha TV), BBC, Al-Jazeera news channel for International Relation issues, general news slots on national channels are some of the must watch programs for preparation.
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You can also have home tutors for better guidance and testing system, to avoid visiting coaching centres and the expenses they carry the subject experts can help you with your difficulties in the subject and you can also have the individual attention of the teacher on regular or interval basis.
Follow a Schedule at home – when you are perusing your IAS preparation from home, there is always a possibility of falling into a comfort zone and becoming careless. That’s why you need to prepare a 10-12 month preparation plan on how you will cover the entire General Studies syllabus so that it helps in the Prelims as well as the Mains. The next step is to divide your time between paper 1 and 2. Since Paper 2 of Prelims is only qualifying in scope you can devote far more time to Paper 1 (general studies) preparation. If you’re preparing full time I will suggest you devote 7 hours to Paper 1 daily and 2-3 hours to Paper 2. In Paper 1, you should devote 30-60 minutes to reading newspapers and current affairs.
Test Your Preparation
Even if you’re preparing for the IAS exam/CSE Exam from the comfort of your home, you should drill this fact in your mind that your preparation can never be complete unless and until you test your preparation. This is all the more important if you are starting your IAS preparation from your home. You must attempt mock tests on the CSE pattern so that you will know whether your preparation is on the right track or not. You will not be able to identify your weak and strong areas and work on those weak areas. You will not learn proper time management skills and skills to tackle negative marking. Hence the need to attempt mock tests for IAS exam/ CSE Exam.
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These can be some of the effective measures for studying at home for CSE- Civil Service Exam.
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