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How You Can Start Preparing for Civil Services Exam 2020 - How to Start Preparing for IAS Exam 2020

Brace up for Civil Services 2020
How You Can Start Preparing for Civil Services Exam

Before knowing the art of decoding the syllabus for the civil services exam, it is imperative to understand its purpose. It has been statistically detected that maximum of the applicants take a step for the preparation without analyzing the nuances of what accurately is the demand of the examination. Random start based on others’ insights will leave you in dark. So, it is the syllabus that acts as a 'constitution' for preparation and any deviation from it will be null and void. Therefore, ‘rendezvous with syllabus’ should be considered as a very strong step of learning because it will act as the bedrock for the entire preparation through all the three stages of the examination.

Before we shift our gear towards decoding the syllabus, its significance should be very clear and immune from any doubts or if's and but's. Let's see, the meaning of decoding syllabus and how to do it. Also, it is equally important to know for all aspirants, be it neophytes or seasoned players. Take a leap in 2020 and unlearn the old-fashioned methods of preparation, bear no past burden and start afresh and new with a novel shovel to achieve what could not be achieved earlier.

how to prepare for civil service exam 2020

De-coding means breaking up the syllabus and integrating it with previous years' questions as well as current affairs. For example, starting with the preliminary exam syllabus one finds 'Art and Culture' is not mentioned clearly in the syllabus, but questions related to the same do appear in the exams. This shows that art and culture must be read in connection with current affairs.

■ Similarly, for all the papers of General Studies in Main examination, break every section into sub-sections by taking the help of previous years' questions. For example, in 2019 General Studies Paper-I, a question was, "Empowering women is the key to control population growth." Discuss. Over here writing simply about women empowerment will fetch undesirable marks, the content for such topics must be scooped from newspapers, magazines etc.

■ Once the syllabus is decoded, a candidate is enlightened enough to de-mystify the unpredictability of this exam by shedding irrelevant stuff and focusing more on what is going to bear results in exam. Say, it is about learning 'Indian Polity' where a candidate must stay focused by keeping all sorts of 'political masala' news at bay. This accurate demarcation will save time, money, energy and of course attempts as well.

■ Another step towards decoding is keeping the syllabus handy at all times. Squirreling it away after one reading, assuming a perfect hold on every section of this colossal mount is a misjudgment. Remember, this preparation should be interlinked and integrated as an 'organic whole' which is dynamic, evolving and growing.

■ Once, learnt the skill to keep all limbs of the Prelims and Mains syllabus co-joined and interactive, Personality Test will not be a tough nut to crack. The aura of knowledge gained will help in getting good marks in the Personality Test (Interview).

Aspiring to be a civil servant should not be for pomp-gusto, power and prestige, but for a profound desire to usher in a change in the lives of many. Be hopeful, stay healthy and strive for excellence!

Last Minutes Preparation Tips For CLAT 2019 Exam

Preparation tips For CLAT 2019 Exam

While devising a strategy to approach the paper, aspirants should keep in mind that all five sections need their equal attention Written by Suhasini

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will be conducted on May 26 for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in 21 National Law Universities.

The exam will be conducted offline and there is no change in the paper pattern.

Every student has their own way of studying and retaining what they learn, but one approach that is beneficial for all is practicing mock tests.

The more you practice, the easier it is for you to complete the paper on time, as well as to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses.

At this juncture, it is advisable to solve at least five to six mock papers in offline mode and try to complete each of them within the stipulated time. While devising a strategy to approach the paper, do keep in mind that all the five sections demand your equal attention.

Last Minutes Preparation Tips For CLAT 2019 Exam

1. English: This section carries 40 questions on comprehension and grammar. Keeping in mind the trend of the last two years’ papers, focus on RC, idioms, synonyms, word meanings, and more.

2. Mathematics: This section is a game-changer, and carries 20 marks. You should try to score between 10 and 12 marks in this section. The questions are based entirely on elementary mathematics.
3. Logical Reasoning: This section carries 40 questions. Looking at previous years trends, the emphasis has been on analytical reasoning, with very few questions on verbal reasoning. To ace this section, read every question and its options carefully before attempting to answer.

4. General Knowledge: This section has been mostly dominated by questions on current affairs. But that does not mean you can skip the static portions. Read static from any standard book; and revise current affairs of the past one year, with more emphasis on the second half of the year. Do cover news of national importance and international news.

5. Legal Aptitude: This section comprises questions on legal reasoning and knowledge. For the former, all you need to do to is to answer the questions based on the principle and facts given. In the knowledge part, you should be adept at both static and current knowledge. With the Supreme Court has come up with a number of landmark judgments in the past one year, you can expect questions on these cases.

Beat Your Stress & be a Winner - How to Overcome from the Examination Stress

Beat Your stress & be a winner

How to Overcome from the Examination Stress

Here we are going to share few tips on “How to beat your stress during examination?”. Ask a student about what he fears the most in his life and the answer in all probability would be examination. It causes stress and anxiety like no other thing to students. Fear of examination, also called the examination phobia, if not tamed in time can aggravate o stress, a far more critical condition. It adversely affects the academic performance and career prospects of a student. Following are given some key steps to keep stresses under control and do away with result pressures –

1. Reasons behind the stress: Every problem has a solution and that is why first it is essential to know what ails you. This is the first step in the direction of uprooting stress. For some students, lack of completion of syllabi poses a great problem. While for others a bigger issue is lack of retention power. Some students are not able to understand the concepts properly and thus feel the pressure of appearing in an examination. The first step towards finding a solution is making an honest assessment of your strengths and weaknesses. Once you know your problems, do your best to solve them with the guidance of professionals and experts. The faster you overcome your problems, the sooner you gain confidence.

Beat Your stress & be a winner

2. Realise your dreams: Hard work and sincere efforts are the key to success. Achieving much-expected results in examination has the same success formula. Going through the syllabus seriously and thoroughly is prerequisite for good results. This results in confidence and courage and ultimately helps you deal with pressures of examination.

3. Proper planning a must: Chalking out a plan for the examination preparation is important to get desired results. But majority of students don’t give importance to planning. They fail to assess the tasks to be accomplished until the examinations begin. Delay in planning is also not good because you are left with relatively less time to finish the tasks. And consequently, problems start inundating you. So, you need to chalk out a comprehensive time plan only at the beginning of the session. Religiously sticking to the planned study hours is also equally important.

4. Seek guidance from parents: Always open up with your parents about examination stress. If you fear your parents, share your concerns with a friend or a teacher. Talking about your problems will help you allay the fears and phobia of examination.

5. Practice meditation: Regular meditation calms one’s mind. It also helps enhance focus and better concentration, which ultimately help students grasp the subject faster. So Practice meditation at least for 10 to 15 minutes as per the schedule.

6. Have practical goals: Dreaming to achieve bigger things is human nature. However, your Wishlist should be practical, depending on the resources available and your strength. Honest assessment of your capabilities is very important. Do not allow yourself to get swayed by the unrealistic and highly ambitious plans. Know your own strengths and weaknesses. Set your goal keeping your limitations in mind.

7. Pull up yourself: Students usually panic during examinations. But that doesn’t help. Rather, it aggravates the situation. At this crossroads, you need to be very rational. Do not lose patience. Drop all the thoughts of rejection, and frustration. Try to always stay stoic and firm. Keep on pushing hard for what you want to do in your life. This would help you become courageous to brave the challenges of life with ease.

Steps to success in Exams - Tips on How to Clear Exam with Success

Steps to success in exams

A student’s marks in examination are directly proportional to one’s hard work. However, we forget that the result also depends on how you write answers to the questions in examination. The modus operandi of writing answers is an immaculate art, which you can master by putting in efforts and practicing daily. Here are a few ways to write your answers in examination, which will help you score better. So here are the Steps to success in Exams:

Write question number correctly and Legibly:
Students are usually careless while writing the question number. If the examiner is not able to make out the question number, the student will lose marks.

A. Always write correct number of the question you are attempting. Incorrect question number doesn’t help even if the answer is correct.

B. Numerals must be written in standard notation. Do not write them carelessly, lest they should be difficult to decipher. The way you write a figure must not be mistaken for some other number.

C. Write the question numbers in bold. Encircle the question number, so that the examiner may easily find out which question they are evaluating.

D. If a particular question has a few sub-parts, those too must be written correctly, boldly, clearly and legibly.

Here are the question patterns and suggestions on how to answer these:

Objective-type questions:

These are also called the multiple-choice questions. The questions are high scoring because these test memory retention of students. The answers to these questions are usually simple, and for these high level of intelligence and understanding is not required.

ü Objective-type questions may be asked in multiple ways. The answers to such questions must be written in full sentence or in a few words.

ü Sometimes, for the objective-type questions, where alternative answers are not given, correct answers need to be filled in the space or gap provided. In this case, the correct way of answering the question is to write the answer with the question number and underline it.

ü Some questions have a yes or no option given. You must clearly write yes or no with their question numbers.

Steps to success in Exams

Long-answer questions

Long-answer type questions are based on the holistic and intensive study of the entire syllabi of subjects. The questions carry six to eight marks and that is why they substantially affect the final score and results of students. These questions have also the word limit of around 300 to 350 words. But here too, it is not any hard and fast rule. As long as your answer focuses on contents and is relevant to the question asked, going beyond word limit is not an aberration.
Start answering these questions with the brief introduction of the topic concerned or the definitions of the related topics.

ü Laws, rules, theories, theorems, principles must be stated wherever necessary.

ü Answers must be divided in smaller paragraphs. Each paragraph must contain important contents and points not discussed earlier.

ü Use diagrams and graphs wherever essentially required. If these have not been demanded in the question, avoid wasting time on them.

ü Formulae and their derivations must be written clearly and step-wise.

ü Keep answers clean and do your best not to make any overwriting and cuts. If you commit any mistake, do not spoil the page to correct it.

Numerical questions

Numerical questions carry various denominations of marks, such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8... and so on. Keep in mind the following points:

ü Proceed step-wise to solve these questions.

ü Formulae must be written very clearly. Also explain the various symbols and notation used in the formula. It shows good attitude and culture of the students.

ü Overwriting in calculation must be avoided at all costs.

ü Write figures or numerals exactly correct and in their standard notation. Here again do not write the figures hurriedly and carelessly.

ü You must do rough work either at the margins of the same page or on the pages before the last page. At the top of these pages you must write rough or miscellaneous.

Work On your Performance Tips
§  You may start writing answers preferably from the third page of the answer copy. However, even if you begin answering from the second page, it would not be an issue.

§  Answering questions in sequence or in serial order gives you an edge over others who answer haphazardly. But, here too, again it is not any rule. You may answer any question first you feel confident about.

§  You must leave a few lines’ gap between two consecutive answers. The bottom line is answers of any two questions must not overlap each other, otherwise you may lose marks of one of the answers mistaken by the examiner for the answer of a single question.

§  Always write the entire answer on the same page or pages in sequence. Spreading your answers in different pages is not considered wise. 

Disclaimer: We took this information from "the Tribune" Newspaper published on 2nd Jan. 2019. So all the rights of above information goes to that newspaper only.

Tips on How to Boost Your Self-Confidence - Some Positive Self-Talk up Confidence Level

Positive self-talk ups confidence levels

How to Boost Your Self Confidence

Being confident is your birth right, you need not be destined for it. It just needs to be discovered or re-discovered!

The most beautiful ornament that can adorn a professional is self-confidence. An inner belief which is powerful and strong can make one successful in one’s career as well as other spheres of life. Often, in life, one is exposed to a situation which is not in one’s control and that is when your self-confidence is put to test. Thus, it is very important to pay attention to this aspect and work on increasing one’s self-confidence. The reasons for low self-confidence can vary from past failures, an environment with negative people, to wrong assumptions and beliefs and sometimes even mental, physical and emotional disabilities.
However, regardless of the past, if you practice the following steps day self-confidence can be given a leg up:

Have a great start:
New beginnings don’t measure time or check dates. Start your day by paying gratitude for all that you have in life and all that you have achieved, small or big and these would aid you in starting your day with a great self-esteem. If you are loaded with self-confidence from the time you wake up each day, then you can see opportunities everywhere. Always know that you can and you deserve every chance to grow, prosper, and flourish.
Tips to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Be aware and ‘beware’ of your environment:
People around us have a huge influence on our lives and sometimes we do not have a choice there. We can’t avoid the negatives or negative people in life. However, we can be a little aware of the surroundings we live in and consciously spend more time with optimistic people, which in turn, can boost our confidence levels. Never miss an opportunity to connect with people who have a positive mindset and constructive approach to life. Surround yourself with people sharing the same goal and vision as yours and follow them.

Mirror technique:
To have a magnificent start to your day, try the ‘effective’ mirror technique in extension or addition to the above point. It is a great way to self-hypnotise and kickstart your day with a new energy and enthusiasm. Face the mirror, look into your eyes, and bombard with great positive suggestions which reflect new beliefs, behaviors and identities. Practice this routine for two minutes. It is believed that the eyes are the gateway to the soul. True or false doesn’t matter, but when you look into your eyes and make effective affirmations, then you are programming your subconscious mind.

Change your self-talk and autopilot talk:
Our words reflect our inner self and can change our inner self. Every moment of our life we are sending signals to ourselves to perform certain tasks. Those are involuntary habits that are engraved on our minds for long. If they are unknowingly negative our brain sends those negative signals accordingly which leads to productivity issues and mental health deterioration. A lot of people get into an autopilot mode of negative talk or cribbing. Since, its autopilot or habitual, the catch is a bit challenging. But, one can set reminders and not only catch but change the self-talk and autopilot outer talk. A small progress in this inner aspect will bring in a huge progress in your confidence levels and outer life!

Social distractions:
When asked, millennial possess everything but time. This mobile-friendly generation is completely engrossed in screens, either big or small. In one way or the other, these mediums are nothing but hypnotizing machines. The term ‘binge watching’ is the best example here. Technology can be used to build or destroy. It can be harnessed in ways which prove beneficial for your mind to grow like watching motivational videos, documentaries, researching, reading, etc. These habits definitely will contribute to the daily dose of confidence! The first step as known is always the hardest, but it surely takes you an inch closer to your goal. Instilling self-confidence doesn’t require external factors it is solely dependent on the way you take care of yourself internally. It takes work to build, develop, and maintain. It's all in the mind after all.