Raj: “Sir, I could only score 70 marks in 23rd December’s Scholarship Test.”
Sir: “Oh. How many questions you attempted?”
Sir: “Ok. Not bad. You might not know but the topper of this test who has scored 125 has also attempted 93 questions only.”
Raj: “Oh I see! It seems my hit ratio and guesswork is too bad. I guess I need to practice more to improve it”
Sir: “Yes, you have to. But, you have to keep revising your basic material too. It is not only your guesswork, elimination techniques, but your knowledge base too, which needs to be strong. And for that, you need to keep on revising. ”
Raj: “Yes Sir. But isn’t logical guesswork, elimination techniques more important these days?”
Sir: “They are important. But knowledge base is the supreme requirement. Building on that further you can develop your logical guesswork, elimination techniques later on.”
As it’s just next 150 days to UPSC Prelims of 2nd June 2019, conversations like these are quite frequent.
The time is ripe to get into the mood of intensive, focused prelims preparation. Some might feel that 150 days are still plenty enough. But every year we see aspirants saying that Jan, Feb, March went like the blink of an eye. So here we are just trying to make you realize the importance of the last 150 days. Some of you might be first-timers. Some of you might be veterans of 2nd, 3rd attempt. Regardless of that, you know for sure, everyone is at square zero at this juncture. After all, UPSC is a great equalizer. So, let’s see how you can go about it.
4.Don’t ever forget ‘History’ and ‘Geography’ of UPSC. Here, history is ‘Previous Year Questions’ of UPSC which gives you the areas to focus
on and ‘Geography’ is the syllabus which gives you the direction.
Yes, we all know that UPSC is, after all, Unpredictable Public Service Commission! But, still, it’s better to start with something to focus on. And it has been proven time and again that about 10-12 questions are repeated from previous years papers directly or from the same topics from which questions have been asked before. So, better start analyzing them.
And if you need any help with that, we are launching a new book on it very soon.
While solving the test series, try answering the questions and then check if your answers are right. If not, check for the logic of your answering and rectify your thinking process. If you are not understanding how to do it yet, we have got it covered for you. Just check any of the ‘Thought Process’ in our scholarship test explanation document (get it here: http://bit.ly/2T1fOT8) or any other further test’s explanation document. It would help you develop your own elimination skills and logical guesswork.
On top of all these things, the most important thing is how you perform on THE DAY which matters the most. We would write about how to put your best foot forward on THE DAY some time afterwards.
Till then, start revising all static, dynamic parts of the syllabus, solve as many quality MCQ’s as possible, gain a solid momentum and confidence in your preparation, stay calm, stay fit, stay healthy.
All the best wishes, always!
With Love and Best Wishes,
Chanakya Mandal Pariwar
[This article was written on 3rd January 2019, 150 days before prelims.]