How to prepare for Civil Service exam?

The Civil Services Examinations have always been very competitive. They always have a large number of takers considering that it is the qualifying examination for the highly coveted positions of IAS, IPS, IFS and the IRS. But, along with the large number of people that take up these exams, the number of people that don’t do as well as they want to is also high.

For any exam, there are always a few tips and tactics that can you can use , which will easily help you do so much better and be competitive. Like everything else, the Civil Services Exams also has rules that when you follow, you can do so much better.

  1. Appreciate the concept of Smart Work.
    It might be true that hard work is absolutely necessary, when it comes to preparing for the Civil Services Examinations, you also need to learn to work smart. It is not enough if you stick to your plan and work hard, rather you should also think about it carefully and decide what you need to learn, what you should work more on and so on.
  2. Start much before time!
    So now that you’ve decided to write the exams, it isn’t enough if you start learning on time. You should start much prior instead. Start working on your exam syllabus right from the minute you decide to appear for the exams.
  3. Make notes.
    You might decide to learn from your reference books itself. But this can be both confusing and time-consuming. Instead, make your own handy notes. This will give you the opportunity to start learning as you make your notes and it will also make revising much easier.
  4. Take one subject at a time!
    Despite the fact that there are a lot of subjects to learn and master, doing them all at the same time will not help. Instead, take one at time, prioritize, master one and then move on to the next.
  5. Refer to old question papers.
    One easy way to get a handle on the kind of questions that will be asked and to get a fair idea on how the questions will be is to refer to previous years question papers. This can easily simplify the process.
  6. Keep taking tests.
    Once you’re done with the studying, start taking tests. Take continuous practice tests and make sure that you really are well versed in all the subject.
  7. Get into a routine!
    Figure out a pattern and then stick to it. This is the only way that you can make sure that you keep up the good work you put in.
  8. Work on easier to score sections first.
    One tactic you can follow when you start your studying would be to figure out the easy score sections. There are a few sections that are easy to learn and then easy to score. Work on these first and then move on to the hard parts.
  9. Revise!
    Just because you’re done studying and done practicing tests and all that doesn’t mean that you’re at your best. Don’t become complacent. There’s always room for improvement. Make sure that you keep revising everything you learn, again and again and again…
  10. Be confident.
    The most important part of all is to be confident. Don’t let yourself become insecure, this can play a huge role in making you perform weaker. Instead, stay confident, keep up your courage and you’ll score well!

It’s simple enough that all you have to do really is just make sure that you prepare well. All the best!

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