RPSC RAS/RTS Prelims Exam must read books
Best Strategy to Crack the exam:
- Familiarize yourself with the syllabus of RPSC RAS/RTS Prelims examination or in other words remember the syllabus first so that while reading any newspaper article, it should come to your mind as to which part of the syllabus, the given article relates to and what can be asked in the exam about this.
- Previous Year paper Analysis (it means you should know why these questions asked in exam. In every exam mostly question paper covered the current affairs direct or indirectly so know the pattern of question paper or the topics related with them).
- Start reading with basic books.
- Make your notes on daily basis from Newspapers/Websites.
- Practice as much as possible MCQs on static and current topics.
- Make habit to answer writing on daily/weekly basis.
- Study as per syllabus and not what all is given in books. Books generally are not written specifically for exams.
- Arrange notes as per syllabus topics. Try to make 1-2 Pages summary on each syllabus topic and write down all important dimensions, facts, issues, keywords etc on that page. If your notes are well arranged, then you will be able to reproduce the same in the examination with quite an ease.
- There is a phenomenon of over-reading from too many sources often encountered in exam preparation. This keeps giving some satisfaction through the feeling of working hard/ studying for so many hours. Avoid this. Reading the same topic from too many sources does not help. Rely on one/two authentic good sources.
- Revision needs to be given due importance. “Read less, reflect more and revise more”. After studying any topic, reflect as what you will write on that topic if asked in the exam.
- Role of Language Paper i.e Paper-IV– Essential for securing good rank. This paper requires less investment of time and has a very high return. Hindi Grammar forms 25% (50 marks) of this paper. Repeated revision of Grammar can help in memorizing all essential items. Similarly, English grammar must be revised even by English medium students. Remember, every marks count for getting a rank.
- How to find out what is important? – Go through the previous year papers. This gives a fair idea as to what is being asked. Please note that examination is being conducted for so many years. There are certain favourite areas, from where questions are being repeatedly asked. Focus more on these topics during your study.
- How to keep track of Rajasthan current affairs? – Only Hindi newspapers are available. They too do not provide any analytical content relevant for the exam. Thus daily Rajasthan newspaper reading is not essential for mains examination. All significant issues can be covered through monthly magazine i.e Sujas (being a govt magazine) is a must read. Further, any news related to Rajasthan in “The Hindu/Indian Express” can be writing or make notes. But for interview reading Rajasthan daily news becomes important.
- Answer writing– Examiner gives marks based on what you have written and not what you know. Therefore developing writing skills is important. Please note that marks are given based on various dimension included in the answer and not on the length of the answer. Overstressing one particular dimension and filling answer space will not fetch marks. Here comes the role of answer writing through test series (myupsc.com), rpscras.in will soon start test series for both prelims and mains exam.
- Test series: timing? – First, you should complete the syllabus. But the problem is that you may never have a feeling of completion of the syllabus. Therefore one should start writing when approx 60% syllabus is covered. But writing answers even when you have not covered a significant part of syllabus also may not be of any use.
- Test series: utility? – Test series certainly help improve performance in the examination. Through answer writing practice, we learn to organize our thoughts, avoid repeating/ exaggerating single dimension of the answer and learn to include multiple dimensions and give balanced answers. Further, it helps in time management. In RAS Mains, time is not normally a constraint in the first three papers but in 2016, many people reported time constraint in paper IV.
- Hours of study? These are generally individual specific. Weekly/ daily goals should be set as what all you should finish within a specific time. Hours of study may need to be increased to achieve these goals.
- Normally 8-9 hours of daily study is the need. Claim, by some, of studying daily 16-17 hours does not appear to be correct. Don’t get depressed by such claims. Please have sufficient time for revisions.
Must Read Books for RPSC RAS Prelims Examination
- History of Rajasthan
- History of India
- Art & Culture of Rajasthan
- Art & Culture of India
- Rajasthan Geography
- Geography of India & World
- Polity & Administration of Rajasthan
- Polity & Constitution of India
- Economy of Rajasthan
- Indian Economy
- Science & Technology
- Rajasthan Current Affairs
- National & International Current Affairs
- Important Government Schemes
- Reasoning Ability
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