warning: this is an old article written for CSAT-2012. IT MAY OR MAYNOT Help for CSAT-2013.
The only easy day was yesterday. Today is 19 April 2012, Now only 30 days to go before CSAT-2012. Don’t beat around the bush anymore. Strike on the heart of this CSAT Beast with a precise revision plan.
- Priority #1: S&T + EnB
- Priority #2: Pol+Geo+Eco
- Decisions decisions: What to read, what to leave?
- The only easy day was yesterday
- Last year science + environment = about 40 question out of 100.
- Even in the worst case, you can expect 25 questions this year= 1/4th of the paper I. Therefore Impeccable command over Science + Environment helps in smooth victory.
- Revision of S&T+EnB must be on your Top-priority list.
- NCERT class 7 to 10 : Can be Click me to download for free
- Of course you’d have read them by now but quickly revise them again. Definitely 2-3 questions directly or indirectly related from science stuff given in NCERT books.
- The Hindu Study Material from Jan-2011. Click me to download for Free
- Yes, the Hindu material looks very lengthy, but you’ve to do cursory reading only. Scan through the lines quickly and look for any important terminologies, principles. Special emphasis on climate change and environment related articles in Hindu material.
- After your preliminary exam is over, do a thorough reading and make a personal handy-note for GS mains out of it.
- Finally go through GS Manual: emphasis on principles of physics, chemistry and biology. Don’t bother much with truckload of names or numbers in it.
- +practice mock questions in GS Manual.
- Just Revise this “NOS” (National Open School) material thoroughly
- ^Combine this with The Hindu material.
NCERT+GS Manual+ “NOS” Material = Theory part is clear.
The Hindu material =Current based part is clear.
This way, you’ll have rock solid command over Science + Environment.
- Polity +Geography+ Economy = about 36 question last year.
- Most of the ‘current affairs’ questions will appear from Polity+Geo+Economy+Yearbook stuff section. (forget about sports and awards.)
- So what you gotta do: go through your current affairs notes and revise the magazines with special emphasis on polity, economy and Yearbook stuff. +Climate change if any
- again special emphasis on polity, economy and yearbook stuff in above zip file.
- Mind it :I’m not saying “yearbook”, I’m saying “yearbook stuff” it means various Government schemes, Committees etc.you’ll find it in magazines / above zip file.
- Revise NCERT Class 7 to 12. Again min. 2-3 questions will be lifted from here, directly or indirectly.
- GS Manual: Special emphasis on physical geography, climatology, oceanography, atmosphere etc.
- M.Laxmikanth Emphasis: various “rights”, and “rights” Commissions : NHRC, NCW etc. combine this with “Yearbook stuff” Current affairs = Silent preparation of Rights issue and public policy.
- Mock questions from GS Manual. + questions given at the end of Laxmikanth’s book.
- My articles: http://mrunal.org/enb
- NCERT class 10,11,12
- GS Manual.
- Current affairs.
- Don’t bother with even a single number, date, equation anywhere. Just theory, principles and provisions.
With Priority 1+2= Revision of almost 70% of CSAT (GS) Paper-I is covered.
It doesn’t mean you’ll be able to solve 70/100 questions in Paper –I automatically. UPSC isn’t that easy.
But always keep in mind: Whether you tick 70,50,40 or 10: Never tick an answer, if you’re unsure else you’ll bite the dust with negative marking.
- Despite your most sincere efforts, a point will come when there is so much to read and so little time left. (this nervousness will start from 1st May)
- When you’re cornered to a wall, have no time left and have to decide between what to revise and what to leave- Remember these rules:
- When you’ve to choose between revision of book vs revision of magazine = pick the book and leave the magazine. (Chronicle, CST etc)
- When you’ve to choose between revision of your own notes vs books = pick your own notes.
- When you’ve to choose between theory vs current affairs= pick theory and leave current.
- As the exam comes near, there is no point in picking new books and new coaching material, especially for ‘current-affairs’. Better revise whatever you’ve read already.
- Have faith in your notes, Have faith in your books and most importantly Have faith in yourself. Panic, anxiety, nervousness- all part of the game. Don’t freak-out and don’t think about quitting at this point.