The IAS Preliminary Exam or IAS Prelims is a one day exam conducted in two sessions. The IAS Preliminary Exam stage consists of two papers- General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II. The IAS Preliminary Exam or IAS Prelims is a one day exam conducted in two sessions. The IAS Preliminary Exam stage consists of two papers- General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II. ... General Studies Paper II consists of 80 questions of 2.5 marks each which is to be answered in 2 hours.
Some general Tips regarding the IAS Prelims exam:
- First and the basic most important notes making part -
If you don’t make notes and revise, you might not be able to retain them effectively. If you genuinely understand a topic and want to expand your knowledge and/or build more perspective, reading more books can certainly help.
- Go back to previous year question papers and revise as many as possible. This is your key to understand the mind set of the examiner. Try to figure out the source of the majority of questions. Make a list of certain topics or conventional type of questions that are being repeatedly asked by UPSC.
- Consolidate your current affairs - Spend around 1- 2 hours daily to note down news paper and also make notes, which can be revised on the last day
- Makes factual notes from the NCERTs and keep them from revising at the last moment
Make a good time table with macro/micro targets - Study a high quality 7-8 hours every single day in the beginning. Increase it up to 10 or 12 hours for the last 10 - 15 days before Prelims exam
Have a productive, happy routine - Go out once or twice a week with your friend for a 2-3 hours. It is very important to get out of the house and not become a book worm.
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