General Steps applicable to all exams
- Get hold of the syllabus from the official notification.
- Analyse the question papers from the past exams.
- Prepare a list of areas/subjects in ascending order from most to least important.
- Do a SWOT (Strength weakness, Opportunity & Technique) analysis of yourself: According to the Subjects & requirements of the exam.
- Prepare a work plan according to the time available for preparation.
- If your exams involve written segment: then work on languages, expression & presentation skills.
- NOTES making is the single most IMP thing while reading.
- Practice Well: MCQ’s of past papers. Practice writing skills as required at any tier of the exam.
What not to do
- Don’t rely completely on Online resources: Credibility & health issues can crop up. Internet can be a supplement but may not be the main course.
- Don’t read passively: Try to Understand concepts & Imagine them as well.
- Don’t read without Back-up:Handmade notes can be based on 10% rule. i.e. 10% of pages read may be jotted down in short form for prelims & extended form for main/written.
- If time available is limited, then prioritize: Try to cover subjects which take less time consuming.