Indian Civil Services Exam is a coveted examination which gives candidates an opportunity to get into various administrative departments of the government. The available vacancies for administrative services are very few, which makes this examination one of the toughest to crack. However, if you remain focused and start your preparation early, you should be able to crack it.
Here are some tips to help you perform better in the Indian Civil Services Exam 2012:
Develop your analytical abilities
The Indian Civil Services Exam is carried out in three stages- the prelims, the mains and the interview. The prelims pattern has been changed last year. Earlier, you had a general knowledge paper in the prelims and a second paper for which you were to free to choose your own subject. However, from last year onwards, the selective paper has been replaced by CSAT. CSAT is aimed to test the analytical skills of candidates.
CSAT has sections like logical reasoning, mathematics, language comprehension etc. Make sure you prepare enough for the analytical section of the prelims. You could pick up a book for preparation of CAT exam and that should solve your purpose of preparing for the analytical section.
Stay aware of the current events
It is important to stay aware of what’s going around you in Indian and in the world. A majority of questions in the general knowledge paper are from current events itself. It also contains questions based on facts and figures. While memorizing the facts and figures, try not to memorize too much. Instead, stay focused and memorize only that much which you can retain. Trying to mug up everything often leaves you nowhere.
Start preparing for the Mains early
There is often very little time between the results of the prelims and the mains paper of the Indian Civil Services Exam. It is important that you start preparing for mains as soon as you give the prelims. The mains of the exam are about judging candidates’ ability to reason, analyze and comprehend. They are not just looking for answers, but careful scrutiny of the problem in front of you.
You will have to write a lot in the mains paper. Most of us are not the habit of writing too much once we leave college. Thus, practice writing for considerable lengths of time much before you appear for the mains exam. It also helps you write in a better flow and make sense of what you are actually trying to say in your head.
Time management is important
In the prelims as well as the mains, one of the most important skills tested is time management. Make sure you have the right balance between speed and accuracy. Try giving as many mock tests as possible before the exam, and time your responses each time. On an average, you need to answer a question in prelims in 40 seconds. Thus, it is all about selecting the right questions and maximizing your score.