UPSC tests an aspirant on various grounds in civil services exam. A civil services aspirant should be well versed in almost all subjects as an administrator is supposed to make policies in diverse areas. So it is important for him to have knowledge in history, geography, sociology, polity etc. The Civil Services Exam has been designed in such a way that it comprises a fine balance in all these areas. Indian History among these subjects has an important role to play. Be the prelims or mains exam of civil services, Indian history and Indian National Movement has a significant segment. Because of vastness of syllabus and abundance of study materials in the market this subject can give goosebumps to aspirants during exam if they go unprepared. However one can sail through prelims exam if one has solid knowledge of subject and had undergone through strategic preparation.
Every year a significant number of questions are asked from Indian History in Civil Services Prelims Exam. The questions are very often based on keywords related to ancient, medieval and Modern history. While going through the preparation of prelims exam it becomes quite important to understand and mug up these keywords. However the major problem that persists is to find suitable source for such keywords. One can have a rough idea of keywords in history by going through the previous year papers of UPSC Prelims. The changing pattern of civil services exam has led to change the strategy of preparation of exam. The examination has turned out to be an amalgamation of static and dynamic portion of Indian history.
The static keywords can be sourced from NCERT Books while for dynamic keywords daily news papers and websites could be a good source. Interlinking of static and dynamic portion is also necessary. The both parts have been covered in GS Score Fact file on History Keywords. This fact file has been designed by experts who have vast experience designing study materials related to civil services. This fact file comprises of very important keywords of history that have huge potential from exam point of view. This fact file saves time and hard work of civil service aspirants.
While preparing for key words it is quite important to have a basic idea about nature of questions that are being asked in civil services exam. Previous Year Question Papers of IAS prelims could be a good source in this regard. Constant revision and a good mock test series could also be fruitful to fetch good marks in Indian history. GS Score Integrated Test Series can be your one stop solution. One need to be alert while preparing notes of Indian History. The notes should be point wise and only salient information should be included so that revision could be done hassle free.
Last but not least the entire preparation should be in time bound and strategic manner. The preparation should go in guided and distraction free way. The study material followed should be intended for knowledge purpose only that could be useful in exam and not for knowledge enhancement or research purpose. UPSC needs an aspirant to be jack of all and master of none.
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