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Categories: Prelims, Published: 7th Jan, 2023

The number of students who had applied for the UPSC 2022 exam was 11.52 lakhs, out of which 13090 cleared the Prelims exam and qualified for Mains.

Though, the Prelims examination serves just as a screening test; it has become the most difficult one to crack and predict because of its ever-changing nature. Even a slight mistake can bring the aspirant out of the race. 

Now the question arises, what should be the approach for the Prelims Preparation?

The questions in the Preliminary examination are objective types. Why? The examination is meant to check the in-depth knowledge and conceptual clarity of the student related to General Studies subjects. The objective-type questions provide scope for horizontally spreading the length and breadth of the subject. 

Further, there is the provision of negative marking. This gives an advantage to the candidate who has a thorough knowledge of the subject and eliminates candidates, who have a merely superficial knowledge and want to score by mere guesswork. 


Thus, in-depth knowledge of the subject and general awareness of the surroundings is a must for clearing the examination. 


How this can be achieved??? 

Once a student finishes reading the basic books, he/she needs to check the status of his/her preparation through continuous practice and assessment.

 If you look at the Prelims paper, the questions are broadly divided as:

    • Core factual questions such as the location of species, regional geography, etc. are asked to check the memory retention power of the student 
    • Core conceptual questions such as concepts related to geographical features, polity or economic terms are asked to check the in-depth knowledge and clarity of the student. 
    • Multidimensional questions covering two concepts. Mostly the current events are linked with concepts to design the question.
    • Current affairs-based questions

    Thus, GSSCORE has come up with the program – CSE Qualifier 2023. 

    Through this course, we have tried to cover Topical Tests covering micro-topics related to each subject (covering factual and conceptual questions) Subjective Tests, Current Affairs Tests, etc. 

    It provides a comprehensive in-depth assessment platform with daily and monthly rankings, regular mentoring sessions with the faculty, etc.

    Check Out our CSE Qualifier 2023 Program here

    The right strategy can bring a vast improvement in the marks



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