People are scared by this monster of GS. But it is worth mentioning here that it’s the most enjoyable subject to learn as it adds value to the personality of the individual.
Let us see what UPSC has to say in reference to the General Studies in Prelims- “Questions on General Science will cover general appreciation and understanding of science including matters of everyday observation and experience, as may b e expected of a well educated person who has not made a special study of any particular scientific discipline. In current events, knowledge of significant national and international events will be tested. In history of India, emphasis will be on broad general understanding of the subject in its social, economic and political aspects. Questions on the Indian National Movement will relate to the nature and character of the nineteenth century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of Independence. In Geography, emphasis will be on Geography of India. Questions on the Geography of India will relate to physical, social and economic Geography of the country, including the main features of Indian agricultural and natural resources. Questions of Indian Polity and Economy will test knowledge of the country’s political system and Constitution of India, Panchayat Raj, Social Systems and economic developments in India. On general mental ability, the candidates will be tested on reasoning and analytical abilities”.
The following methodology may be adopted for the studies :
- Analyze previous years question papers and the syllabus.
- Have the latest books for the subject. The Army, the Surgeon, the Craftsman must have the latest equipment to do their job in the most efficient manner and the civil service aspirant is no exception to it.
- Study the conventional topics like history, geography, polity and culture well. They are static in nature and can be perfected with revisions.
- Prepare your own notes that would help you to revise the subject within reasonable time. I have said reasonable because this depends on the time of your revision. It may be two days, a week before the exam or it may be a couple of hours just on the day of the exam.