How to prepare General Studies topics for ESE (IES) prelims?

A student’s life is all about challenges and competition. Sometimes the challenge is a new update in syllabus or a change in exam pattern. The students who are focused about what they want to achieve and ready to accept the changes; strategies their study patterns accordingly and emerge as achievers.

It has been seen the common topic of brooding among ESE (IES) aspirants is “the introduction of new subjects in GS, making syllabus lengthy and thereby making ESE difficult to crack”. Every aspirant should understand subjects are not added to make exam difficult and make ESE (IES) a nightmare but because of the nature of job they expect every engineering graduate should be well acquainted with current happenings in the society and should have basic technical knowledge of wide spectrum of engineering.

Below listed points will help you to prepare General Studies topics for ESE (IES) Prelims:

Strategy: With the change in syllabus of ESE, it is necessary to strategize your preparation in a proper and systematic manner. To solidify new subjects, student doesn’t have to devote much time, the syllabus is just more in quantity but the subjects are already covered by every student in the first year of engineering. All that is to be done is to brush up the engineering concepts and prepare well hand written notes.
As per the student’s perspective, subjects like Energy & Environment, General principals of design, drawing, Importance of safety, Quality and standards, Ethics and values are lengthy and theoretical so they should be the first priority as later on when the exam comes near burden of technical subject revision increases and scoring GS portion is left out. Subjects like Project management, Basic Material Science & ICT will take less time to prepare. Whereas, Mathematics can go on daily basis, a little daily will help to complete the syllabus. Revise hand written notes in small intervals to be in touch with the subject and for longer retention.
Time Management: Studying same subject for longer duration may make your preparation phase monotonous, you can make full use of your time by arranging non-tech subjects in between technical subjects. When you feel bored of revising technical subjects, kindly revise and read non-tech subjects.
Current affairs: Daily reading of newspaper is one giant step towards current affairs questions. Make highlighted notes for the subjects and try to revise the highlighted pointers on regular basis for a successful attempt. For daily news updates, “The Hindu” is advisable plus you can also go through the quarterly issue of the MADE EASY Current Affairs Magazine supplemented with questions for complete practice in current affairs.
Revision: Try to revise current affairs in the last month of preparation so that it will be remembered easily. Every subject has equal weightage and it is not advisable to skip any of the subjects.

Make a REVISION plan:

Make a habit of reading and revising simultaneously. While studying a particular subject; devote 70-80% of self-study time in developing concepts of new subject and rest 20-30% time should be religiously devoted for revision of already completed topics/subjects. And, towards months closer to exam, increase the revision time for proper retention of concepts till exam day.
While revising, make sure you are completing;

  • Review of class notes.
  • Revision of underlined/ highlighted portion of text book and notes.
  • While studying and solving questions in your Stage-I of your preparation you might have marked some questions which you weren’t able to solve or had important concepts, attempt only the marked questions in your revision time.
  • If time permits, then start with new set of questions.
  • Every single step is a giant leap towards success. Be the forefront runner for success.

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