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The syllabus of Civil Services Exam for General Studies Also, the syllabus is a combination of traditional and consists of syllabus from social sciences, behavioural dynamic aspects*. Traditional aspects are those which sciences, philosophy, psychology and applied science & remain more or less the same like History, Culture, and technology. Upon careful reading and analysis of the GS Physical Geography etc. The dynamic aspects are those syllabus, it can be aptly described as inter-disciplinary as which are continuously changing like environmental, well as multi-disciplinary. The strategy, thus, for the socio-economical and international issues etc. The preparation of General Studies is a bit different from that of dynamic aspects require more attention as those are to preparation of any optional subject, since none of the be covered on a day to day basis. Amongst dynamic segments of the syllabus can be studied as isolated aspects, emphasis on issues which have a bearing on our disciplines. So, the question is, “what is the right approach society, economy and administration test a candidate's and strategy”? awareness about new challenges of our country and society on various fronts. Well, for that, one needs to keep in mind the basic fact that if the goal is to reach the highest level of achievement, then After understanding the true orientation of the syllabus, one must have not only ample patience for details, but the second step is the selection of right study material(s) should be able to keep the big picture regarding any theme for each segment of the GS syllabus and an efficient in one's mind at the time of study. Thus the preparation method to study them. The basic strategy at the start of strategy is to follow a mix of both micro and macro level preparation of the GS syllabus for both Pre and Main approaches. exam is to refer to NCERT books on related topics. Refrain in the beginning from reading guidebooks, as they load The first step in this direction is the comprehension of the you with information, but with very little concept. syllabus in its true orientation. One must look at the syllabus closely and in detail, and try to understand its THE DYNAMIC SIDE OF GENERAL STUDIES – nature. RELEVANCE OF CURRENT AFFAIRS The basic characteristic of the GS syllabus is that it is inter- The basic cue to understand the scope of the syllabus or disciplinary as well as multi-disciplinary. The social, its difficulty level and analyse the direction of study has economic, political and administrative aspects must merge been provided by UPSC in its notification: to analyze a topic. For example, study of India's economic The nature and standard of questions in the General growth will require good knowledge of disparities in society, Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a administrative issues relating to implementation of well-educated person will be able to answer them programmes, external factors, etc. In other words, the without any specialized study. The questions will be such
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