OUR MOTTO
Determination 
and Devotion
lead to
Development.
OUR FOUNDER PRESIDENT

Dr. Dalbir Bharti,IPS (Retd.)
M.A. (Pol. Sc.), LL.B, Ph.D.

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The Society is completed 25 years of social service on 24 August 2018 and celebrated its silver Jubilee at Fatehabad (Haryana)

HOW TO PREPARE FOR COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS

Competitive examinations for various services and posts differ in nature and structure and, therefore, different method and style need to be adopted for each examination. However, for the general guidance of the candidates a few points are suggested below .

1. Decision to appear in the examination

2. Selection of optional subjects

3. Study material and guidance

4. How to begin?

5. Time management

6. Methodology

7. Be confident

1. Decision to appear in the examination

The decision to appear in a particular competitive examination should be taken as early as possible and at least one year prior to the date or dates of examination. Remember that it is one’s determination that matters the most in achieving the success. No such decision should be taken half-heartedly.

2. Selection of optional subjects

Wherever there is option to select one or more subjects as optional, as is available for the Civil Services Examination, utmost care should be taken while selecting the optional subject (s). Though there cannot be any definite criteria on which basis a candidate can select his optional subject, yet the following things may be kept in view while exercising the choice of selecting optional subject .

  • The candidate should be well verse with the subject. It should not be totally new subject which will consume a lot of time for the preparation .

  • Study material and necessary guidance should be available on the subject .

  • The subject should be useful in other subjects of the examination. For example, History is useful for the General Studies in the Civil Services Examination .

  • The subject studied for the graduation/ post-graduation should be preferred unless there is any particular reason for not opting such subject .

  • The candidate should have an interest in the subject and the confidence that he will comfortably cover the subject .

3. Study material and guidance

After taking the firm decision of appearing in a competitive examination and selecting the subjects, the next important thing to be done is to collect study material and locate the places and persons for guidance. While collecting study material, always go for the standard and authentic books, magazines, news papers, etc. and avoid cheap and unreliable material even if it is tempting. It depends upon the choice and circumstances whether to go for any personal or postal coaching or to prepare without it. One side there are coaching institutes which claim for large number of successful candidates as their students and the other side there are large number of successful candidates who never took any coaching. So, it depends upon the individual and the circumstances.

4. How to begin?

A candidate should go through the old question papers and have a fair idea about the type of questions and the pattern of the examination. In case the syllabus and the pattern has changed then he may go through model question papers prepared by the recruitment agency itself or by the other experts. Old question papers may be analyzed to know as which topics are more important than others. It will help in fixing priorities for intensive studies, if the need be. However, a candidate should not take chances by ignoring certain portion of syllabus on which questions have not been asked in last many years. As far as possible, thorough preparation for the whole syllabus should be made to rule out any risk .

5. Time management

Like in any other work the time management is very important for preparation of a competitive examination. A candidate should, therefore, give top priority to this aspect. He should calculate the time available to him and then divide the whole time into months, weeks and days and allot adequate time for various subjects or topics. There could be a little deviation from the fixed time schedule due to certain unforeseen events, but all efforts should be made to ensure that all subjects/parts of the examination get the time required to properly cover them. It is not advisable to leave any subject completely for the last phase of the time. While dividing the available time, adequate time should be allotted for revision and practices, including writing practice according to the need and pattern of the examination.

There has to be a time management during the period of preparation as well as during the examination. In fact, it depends a lot on how a candidate manages his time during the examination to cover all questions properly without giving unnecessary emphasis on one part and ignoring the other.

6. Methodology

There is no perfect method of preparation. What a candidate has to do is to know the subject fully and cover it in such a way that he is able to answer the questions from it. He may adopt any of the methods being suggested by any coaching institute or his guide or he may adopt his own method of preparation, if he is not comfortable with the method suggested by others .

As regards making notes, again this depends upon the candidate as how he will prepare for the examination. Some candidates consult various books and study material and prepare notes whereas some candidates do not like making notes. There cannot be a firm suggestion on this, yet it is advisable to prepare notes. It serves two purposes. Firstly, while preparing notes a candidate will have to compulsorily concentrate more on the subject as he will have to select the best from various books and other study material. Secondly, a candidate while preparing notes, will compulsorily have a writing practice. A person remembers more what he writes than what he merely reads. As far as possible notes should be made in one’s own language. A candidate should first study various books and other study material, understand the contents and then prepare notes in accordance with the requirement of the subject of the examination. Mere copying from different books/study material does not fully serve the purpose. Similarly, readymade notes prepared by coaching institutes or others may not be as useful as the notes prepared by the candidate himself .

7. Be confident

The candidate should never allow any negative idea to enter his mind. He should put his best efforts in preparation and be always confident that he is going to succeed. He should not fear from the vast syllabus and start preparation without wasting time. He should remember that any journey, howsoever long it is, starts with the first step. The candidate should also not be disheartened on seeing other candidates, who may appear to be more intelligent and talented than him. It is not always the talent that wins. Many times less talented but more hard working people leave behind more talented but less hard working people. Therefore, the candidate should go ahead in his preparation keeping in mind the golden rule that ‘hard work is the key to success’ .

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS

Competitive examinations for various services and posts differ in nature and structure and, therefore, different method and style need to be adopted for each examination. However, for the general guidance of the candidates a few points are suggested below .

1. Decision to appear in the examination

2. Selection of optional subjects

3. Study material and guidance

4. How to begin?

5. Time management

6. Methodology

7. Be confident

1. Decision to appear in the examination

The decision to appear in a particular competitive examination should be taken as early as possible and at least one year prior to the date or dates of examination. Remember that it is one’s determination that matters the most in achieving the success. No such decision should be taken half-heartedly.

2. Selection of optional subjects

Wherever there is option to select one or more subjects as optional, as is available for the Civil Services Examination, utmost care should be taken while selecting the optional subject (s). Though there cannot be any definite criteria on which basis a candidate can select his optional subject, yet the following things may be kept in view while exercising the choice of selecting optional subject .

  • The candidate should be well verse with the subject. It should not be totally new subject which will consume a lot of time for the preparation .

  • Study material and necessary guidance should be available on the subject .

  • The subject should be useful in other subjects of the examination. For example, History is useful for the General Studies in the Civil Services Examination .

  • The subject studied for the graduation/ post-graduation should be preferred unless there is any particular reason for not opting such subject .

  • The candidate should have an interest in the subject and the confidence that he will comfortably cover the subject .

3. Study material and guidance

After taking the firm decision of appearing in a competitive examination and selecting the subjects, the next important thing to be done is to collect study material and locate the places and persons for guidance. While collecting study material, always go for the standard and authentic books, magazines, news papers, etc. and avoid cheap and unreliable material even if it is tempting. It depends upon the choice and circumstances whether to go for any personal or postal coaching or to prepare without it. One side there are coaching institutes which claim for large number of successful candidates as their students and the other side there are large number of successful candidates who never took any coaching. So, it depends upon the individual and the circumstances.

4. How to begin?

A candidate should go through the old question papers and have a fair idea about the type of questions and the pattern of the examination. In case the syllabus and the pattern has changed then he may go through model question papers prepared by the recruitment agency itself or by the other experts. Old question papers may be analyzed to know as which topics are more important than others. It will help in fixing priorities for intensive studies, if the need be. However, a candidate should not take chances by ignoring certain portion of syllabus on which questions have not been asked in last many years. As far as possible, thorough preparation for the whole syllabus should be made to rule out any risk .

5. Time management

Like in any other work the time management is very important for preparation of a competitive examination. A candidate should, therefore, give top priority to this aspect. He should calculate the time available to him and then divide the whole time into months, weeks and days and allot adequate time for various subjects or topics. There could be a little deviation from the fixed time schedule due to certain unforeseen events, but all efforts should be made to ensure that all subjects/parts of the examination get the time required to properly cover them. It is not advisable to leave any subject completely for the last phase of the time. While dividing the available time, adequate time should be allotted for revision and practices, including writing practice according to the need and pattern of the examination.

There has to be a time management during the period of preparation as well as during the examination. In fact, it depends a lot on how a candidate manages his time during the examination to cover all questions properly without giving unnecessary emphasis on one part and ignoring the other.

6. Methodology

There is no perfect method of preparation. What a candidate has to do is to know the subject fully and cover it in such a way that he is able to answer the questions from it. He may adopt any of the methods being suggested by any coaching institute or his guide or he may adopt his own method of preparation, if he is not comfortable with the method suggested by others .

As regards making notes, again this depends upon the candidate as how he will prepare for the examination. Some candidates consult various books and study material and prepare notes whereas some candidates do not like making notes. There cannot be a firm suggestion on this, yet it is advisable to prepare notes. It serves two purposes. Firstly, while preparing notes a candidate will have to compulsorily concentrate more on the subject as he will have to select the best from various books and other study material. Secondly, a candidate while preparing notes, will compulsorily have a writing practice. A person remembers more what he writes than what he merely reads. As far as possible notes should be made in one’s own language. A candidate should first study various books and other study material, understand the contents and then prepare notes in accordance with the requirement of the subject of the examination. Mere copying from different books/study material does not fully serve the purpose. Similarly, readymade notes prepared by coaching institutes or others may not be as useful as the notes prepared by the candidate himself .

7. Be confident

The candidate should never allow any negative idea to enter his mind. He should put his best efforts in preparation and be always confident that he is going to succeed. He should not fear from the vast syllabus and start preparation without wasting time. He should remember that any journey, howsoever long it is, starts with the first step. The candidate should also not be disheartened on seeing other candidates, who may appear to be more intelligent and talented than him. It is not always the talent that wins. Many times less talented but more hard working people leave behind more talented but less hard working people. Therefore, the candidate should go ahead in his preparation keeping in mind the golden rule that ‘hard work is the key to success’ .

OUR FOUNDER PRESIDENT

Dr. Dalbir Bharti,IPS (Retd.)
M.A. (Pol. Sc.), LL.B, Ph.D.

KNOW MORE

OUR MOTTO
Determination 
and Devotion
lead to
Development.
Our Web Links
Other Links
Our New Initiative