MPPSC Preparation Tips for Beginners: How to Start from Ground Zero?
While the decision to appear for the MPPSC Civil Services exam may be easy, what follows is an overwhelming as well as a humbling experience. For a beginner, the initial months are just spent understanding what this exam is all about and figuring out the right path to reach your goal.
MPPSC preparation for beginners
1. Read the syllabus carefully
One of the main reasons why students wander far and wide while studying for MPPSC is that they do not pay attention to the syllabus. You need neither very vast knowledge nor very deep. MPPSC needs people who know something or the other about everything and not experts. If you stick to the syllabus and understand exactly what they want, you will be able to limit your preparation to the things that matter.
Also, each topic has dynamic elements, some more than others, so being clear about the syllabus will help you choose the right news and at the same time keep a check on your current affairs preparation. Can be very comprehensive on current affairs on its own, but once you integrate it with syllabus and previous year questions, you will have no trouble choosing the news you need to read.
2. Practice Being a Planner
As an MPPSC officer, the plan should be good for you. Put that skill to the test immediately by creating a strategy to follow for the rest of the year. Don't depend on institutes for this job, remember, you know yourself best. Plan your studies in a way that helps you optimize your output. It should become easy once you understand the syllabus and structure of the exam. You can take inspiration from other toppers but adapt their strategy to your personality.
3. Zero Down on Sources
There are a lot of books and heaps of reading material for MPPSC beginners to prepare for this prestigious exam. As a result, finding the most reliable, authentic, and comprehensive sources becomes quite a task. The suggestion here would be to go through some of the books suggested by others and then choose the books that suit you the most. Do not buy books online unless you have read them physically and feel that they will be helpful in your preparation. No matter which supplementary books you refer, there is no substitute for NCERT. Always start your preparation from them and then move on.
4. Save Notes for Last
Don't start making notes as soon as you start a certain topic. Consult at least 1-2 sources apart from NCERTs, highlight important points while reading and then compile them into notes. Many people make the mistake of making history notes by reading old NCERTs and reference books of RS Sharma, Bipin Chandra etc., and later discover that Tamil Nadu NCERTs and other books also contain a lot of relevant information. As a result, he must make notes again and again.
Devote maximum time to making as you will refer to it in the last few months of your preparation. You won't have time to read all the books at this stage, so put everything that is important in your notes.
Also, make a separate section for General Knowledge at the end of your notes. Once you finish making notes, refer to NCERTs for all classes from 6th to 12th and write small things or things in special boxes in bullet form for quick revision.
5. Make Revision a Habit
When you start reading, you will realize that there is a vast amount of information available in even the simplest subjects. As you read more, you forget the old. So before collecting new information on any topic make it a point to revise the previous day's notes first. Revising every day will take you less time as compared to finishing and re-reading the entire topic. By joining you will get proper revision batch before exam or after completion of syllabus.
6. A Strong Foundation Is the Key
When you start your preparation, there will be times when you wish you had paid more attention in school! For those who did, preparation becomes easier as they just must build more on it and don't have to start from scratch. There were so many subjects that one might have to face for which he/she would have to study only the advanced bits. But don't give up if your concepts are not clear.
There is enough time to read NCERTs and understand them. At this age your level of understanding has increased and you will understand the concepts of Junior Class NCERT easily. Don't try to study advanced topics before clearing your basics. This approach will only frustrate you and make an otherwise easy subject difficult.
7. Read the newspaper
Subscribe to The Hindu/Indian Express as well as get the PIB App on the day you decide to appear for this exam. for different subjects Can reserve different days, but the newspaper is and should be the daily staple till the interview stage. read and stay news
Being up-to-date with current affairs is not only important as per the new trend of questions but it also helps in shaping your personality.
Being well-read and having knowledge of a particular matter gives you an inherent confidence which is reflected in your behaviour. Don't just read the news, find the background, analyze it and then criticize it too. This habit will help you to write better answers in the main exam irrespective of the topic and perform well in the interview.
8. Decrease Your Socialization
MPPSC Civil Services Exam is not called the mother of all exams of state level without any reason! It requires not only hard work and dedication, but also a change in your lifestyle. A significant change would be to limit your use of social media as well as your social interactions with the world.
You must get your priorities straight after one year of your Prelims Prep and six months after Mains. Many people initially think that the two can be balanced, but soon realize the mistake! It's hard to keep track of time once you're on social media and you miss your deadline. You can set aside some time for these things but remember to adhere to that time limit.
9. Set Deadline
Setting personal goals for days as well as months is a great way to complete on time and make the most of your day. The previous year toppers found it extremely useful and beneficial in their preparation. By setting deadlines and deadlines for everything, they were able to optimize their time. This helped in concentrating on studies and removing other unnecessary activities. Make a schedule for yourself and you will see the difference in both the quantity and quality of your studies.
10. keep the spirit high
MPPSC preparation makes you tired and there will be times when you feel like giving up. Almost everyone has such days during preparation. But instead of giving up, you should try to find ways to keep going. One thing that really helped many was listening to interviews of toppers. Hearing about their journey, recognizing their challenges and realizing that they are human beings just like you, will be a satisfying experience. This will keep you on track and give you knew inspiration.
11. Opt for Online Lectures
If you're doing self-prep, there will be times when you don't understand a concept or get bored reading it. Watch online videos for lots of topics on how to overcome this. They will not only help you understand a topic better but will also save you time. For example, if it takes an hour to read and understand a topic, you can do so by just watching a 15-minute video! Also, some people keep such information better than reading from books.
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