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One can clear the UPSC exams without coaching but they are required to be very efficient in self study and need to put some extra efforts to cover up the coaching curriculum. But don’t loose heart because hard work and determination always pay off.
Below are the key points to prepare for UPSC without coaching:
1. Exam Structure –The most important guideline to prepare for UPSC with or without coaching is to understand the UPSC exam structure and procedure.
2. Time management– You need to make a realistic time table for exam preparation and you have to follow that on a regular basis. Since you are preparing for exams at home, you need to give extra hours for self study to cover the curriculum. Please make sure that all main subjects should get covered. Take breaks at regular intervals. Don’t go for long terms targets for study. Make short and achievable targets and plan your study accordingly and stick to that plan.
3. Reference Books– Read all reference books for and watch online lectures for related subjects
4. Current Affairs –Don’t forget to read newspaper daily. Also read all important government sources like govt. websites and journals. You can also take subscriptions of various relevant magazines. Prepare small reference notes for the important news and information.
5. News – Keep yourself abreast with the latest news and trends happening in and around UPSC exams like important dates and syllabus
7. Selection – Choose an optional subject which is most comfortable and is of your interest area
8. Practice Papers– Work rigorously and regularly on practice papers as they will enhance your analytical, critical skills. The practice papers will also help you in answering quickly and effectively.
9. Group Discussions– You can also have group discussions with your friends or peers who are also preparing for UPSC exams. You can also take important information from social media which provides useful tips for exams
10. Evaluation-Please don’t forget to do your performance analysis which will help you in knowing your progress for exams
11. Revision – The last most important part is revision. Make short and important notes and revise on a regular basis. Revision helps most in your preparation for UPSC exams.
PTE academic English test is a part of Pearson PLC group and the test is conducted to assess and validate the English language usage of non-native English speakers. It is a computer-based exam which is taken online for international students, migration or to work overseas. It is more easier than IELTS and can be cleared with only a dedicated self-study. Please find below the key points to prepare for PTE exam:
1.Exam Structure – The most important part is to know about the structure of the whole exam. This exam has a set format and is broadly divided into four main sections like Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading. The questions would be subjective as well as objective.
2.Self Study – For self-study, you need to allot your 3-4 hours daily out of your daily schedule or work to prepare for your PTE exam.
3.Guide to Success– Buy an official guide of the Pearson test of English book as it would explain the theoretical parts. Apart from this, you can watch various online videos available on YouTube channels related to this course.
4.Webinars – Go through all the webinar’s conducted for PTE exams worldwide.
5.How to improve English Speaking – One key source to clear the said exam is to improve your English proficiency and that can be achieved by practising how to speak English at your home, workplace or study area. Watch English TV series or movies to improve your learning and speaking skills.
Sources Available– Refer all other sources like English newspapers, magazines, online blogs and books.
6.Practise sets – Practise daily for testing your knowledge by attempting mock papers or online test series
7.Time Limit – Since PTE exams questions have a set timer, you need to answer in the given time limit. Therefore you have to manage time very effectively. Some questions even have a combined time limit so you have to be careful to assign the alloted time to answer all the questions efficiently.
8.Negative Marking System -The PTE exams have a negative marking system also, in few of the questions. So please be careful and do not attempt any answer if you are not sure of the particular question.
GRE or Graduate Record Examination is conducted to apply for Graduate programmes abroad. The GRE scores are applicable at many graduate programmes around the world. This is the most commonly accepted program by foreign universities to get admission to graduate programmes. There are two types of GRE test conducted for admission – GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. Below are the key points to apply for GRE Test:
1. Create an account on official GRE website and register for GRE and verify your account. You can also register through mail and phone
2. Check available centres for exam and dates.
3. Select centres and test dates.
4. Enter your personal information.
4. Pay for GRE application fees.
How to prepare for GRE Test:
1. Prepare your study plan and stick to the schedule. Try to study for atleast two hours a day or 10-12 hours a week.
2. Take GRE practice teste to check your quantitative and verbal scores. Work on your overall score improvement.
3. For general test, you need to work on verbal reasoning, quantitative ability, and analytical skills.
4. You can also refer the official guide of GRE which includes two full length tests, GRE questions, test strategies and much more information. You can also visit official GRE guide App.
5. For verbal reasoning, you can refer official GRE verbal reasoning guide.
UPSC has revised its scheme, pattern and syllabus for Combined Geo Scientist and Geologist Exams. The same would be implemented from 2020 so as aspirants get enough time for preparations. Please have a look on the changes below:
1. The examination would be called “Combined Geo-Scientist Examination” in place of “Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination”.
2. New examination pattern would be a three tier examination:-
Stage I Preliminary Examination : It will be computer based with two papers with objective type questions.
Stage II Mains Examination : It will have three papers for each stream and all papers will be descriptive. Marks secured in this exam will be counted for deciding the final merit.
Stage III Personality Test : It would be a Personal Interview.
3. The commission has discontinued the existing General English paper.
4. Preliminary Examination will screen the candidates for mains examination.
Please note that if Hassan Committie recommendations are accepted, then there would be major changes in UPSC exams related to Number of Attempts, Optional Subjects etc. but nothing is confirmed as if for now. So you need to wait for the official announcement.