Do you want to crack the government exams without coaching? Are you a working professional who can’t study full time? Don’t you want to spend your valuable financial resources on unproductive activities?
Then you are in the right place!
Securing a government job in India is a mammoth task because more aspirants are competing for fewer jobs. However, getting a government job is not at all impossible. If you don’t know anything at all, that’s actually good. Because an empty pot can be filled with precious things. The following Strategy is perfect for any Government Competitive Examination.
Decision Making – Venture into the World of Competition
It should be your decision to prepare for a government job. It should NOT be due to parents’ advice. It should not be based on job security or prestige or any other peripheral reason. Your Core reason should be to serve the public and you should love to prepare for a government job. This is the motivation that you keep in mind and heart for the next two years. Consistency, Perseverance, Discipline, Determination, and Dedication are a few qualities that you should inculcate. Whenever you get demotivated, boost your confidence here.
Now that you have decided to venture into the world of competition, you need to build basic awareness of different types of examinations (IAS, Group-I, etc.), different types of recruitments (Online vs. OMR), and different types of recruitment agencies (APPSC, TSPSC, UPSC, SSC, IBPS, etc). Based on the information available to you, evaluate your Skills based on your aptitude and attitude. Aptitude means your capacity to do and Attitude means your Willingness to do. It would be much easier for you to get a government job when the skills expected for the exam matches your skills. Find out here if your career selection matches your skills.
It’s time to analyze the exam you have chosen already. For example, if you have chosen to prepare for UPSC Civil Services, then Go through the Exam Process, Eligibility and Qualifications, Syllabus and Schema, Exam Pattern, Posts and Services, Scale of Pay, Salary and Allowances, etc. Analysis of the syllabus and Analysis of Previous Question Papers are a must for your success to become an IAS officer. Based on your analysis, you should choose carefully selected but not overloaded Standard Books and Resources.
Planning and Execution
By this time, you have all the information to prepare a pragmatic plan. Your plan should be based on the Cost-Benefit Analysis of Score-vs-Time for each subject. Your plan should basically include
- Time – Time for each subject to be allocated to complete your reading. That doesn’t mean you should study 24×7. A consistent study of 2 to 4 hours per day is sufficient when you properly plan it.
- Targets viz. daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual targets.
- Give proper breaks for entertainment, family, and friends. These breaks revitalize your brain to achieve the next target.
Plan, in general, never goes as planned. So your plan should accommodate revisions based on your performance once a month. Simply making a plan without implementing it is also a waste of your time. That’s why all activities should be included before making a plan. A simple plan of daily studying for 3 hours is much better than a plan of studying 20 hours when the latter is not achievable. Go through a model study plan for your ready reference.
It is more advantageous when the same set of books and resources are studied repeatedly rather than reading a completely different set of books each time. Repetition makes your brain to store the content in a place (just like RAM in computers) that you can access it very fast whenever you demand it. A revision of three times is recommended. Again it varies from person to person. Remember concepts logically so that cramming is not required.
To Err is Human – Practice Makes a Person Perfect
Practice makes a person perfect. Every person does mistakes during the exam. But these mistakes are very costly. You may fail with 1 mark less to the cut-off. You need to wait for 3 to 5 years if you lose one attempt in APPSC because notifications are not regular as in UPSC. With more and more practice, confusion withers away. If you feel comfortable joining Test Series, you can join it OR You can simply practice Previous Years Question Papers online freely. Both modes of practice give you the same results.
Sometimes, when you attempt the previous papers, you may not be able to solve all questions in exam mode, but you can easily solve it in normal times. This problem is faced by almost all aspirants. When there is no content for a question, you can’t do anything about it. Just don’t waste your time on that question. When you have a lot of content wandering around the mind for a single question, the organization of content becomes difficult during the exam. Prepare keywords for each important article so that recollection is easy during the exam.
If you are unable to choose the correct answer in the exam, then your entire preparation will become a waste of energy, resources, and time. Hence answer writing plays a crucial part in your preparation. 2013 UPSC Civil Services Topper said that one should practice more answers even at the cost of studies. So practice at least one previous year question paper per week to boost your preparation.
Prepare for the Battle
A few days (1 week) before the Exam: At least a week before the exam, Collect all the tools at one place that you require for writing the exam viz. Blue/Black pen, root map for your exam location, transport details, print out of hall ticket, a copy of identity card, original ID, etc. If you believe in God, go to the temple. Spend time with your family for moral support.
Exam Day Rituals: Be calm and peaceful on the Exam day. Do meditate for 20 to 30 minutes. Do not study anything on that day. Just go to the exam center and wait for the signal.
During the Exam: You need to be more peaceful during the exam. If you believe that the question paper is tough, it is going to be tough for all aspirants. So do not let the negative thoughts crept into your brain. The following approach is useful.
- Go through the question paper for 5 to 10 minutes to get comfortable with it.
- The first answer that you write always takes a lot of time than you have anticipated. It will take 10 to 15 minutes based on your experience.
- Attempt sure shot questions in the next 1 hour.
- Then try to answer those questions you may think you know the answers, but you are in confusion in the next 1 hour.
- Finally, verify whether you can answer the remaining unknown questions.
After the Battle
Once the exam is over, take a rest for one week. Don’t worry about negative marks and cut-offs. Since you have done with the exam, You cannot do anything about it. So prepare for the next battle (Mains or another exam).
Meanwhile, Cultivate Personality Development during the preparation time. It cannot be cultivated in one day. Recently, Interviews are done away with APPSC Group-I. So Personal interview is the final battle now for the UPSC Civil Services examination and a few other recruitments only.
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