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Dos and don’ts for CSAT

This year civil services preliminary examination, due on May 20, 2012, will be the second based on the new pattern. Read on for brief and practical checklist of dos and don’ts.

education Updated: May 16, 2012 18:05 IST

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This year civil services preliminary examination, due on May 20, 2012, will be the second based on the new pattern. It will consist of two objective-type question papers. Paper
1 (general studies, or GS) and Paper 2 (GS/ CSAT) are of 200 marks each. Here is a very brief and practical checklist of dos and don’ts for you:

* Final preparation must start by testing yourself with the revision-type model test papers.
* Do not get discouraged by your initial low scores.
* Put more emphasis on your weak spots.
* Keep on testing yourself at regular intervals of time.
* Make a mental note of areas that you have covered and what remains to be done.
* Be analytical in your response.
* Revise your study material.
* A calm mental state in the examination hall is most important.
* In the first round, darken only those answers (ovals) about which you are absolutely sure.
* Since there is negative marking, in the second round, attempt only those questions in which out of the four probable answers you are sure about two, so that there is a 50% chance that the answer marked by you is correct.

The author is director, Rau’s IAS Study Circle, New Delhi

First Published: May 15, 2012 15:48 IST

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