( Sakshi Bhanot, B.A. (History), Ludhiana, Via: E-Mail )
CSC: Dear Sakshi, with a year in hand, a lot can be done as far as the matter of civil services preparation is concerned. If you are a complete novice and want to prepare from the scratch, do the following things:
Syllabus List: Take the printout of the detailed syllabus and paste it in front of your study table. Allot at least 10 minutes of your daily time to take a glance at it. It will be beneficial to you as you wouldn’t then need to remember it - as a regular 10 minutes glance will make you cover most of the things without putting strain on your brain.If you will find anything related to the syllabus list, it will instantly click in your mind. Thus, it will make you leave the irrelevant things.
Complete the NCERTs from standard 6th to 12th - as this will lay the foundation over which the rest of your study will depend.The NCERTs should be completed in around 45–50 days.Also, complete the standard books which are specially written for the civil services examination. Internet will help you in finding the standard books. A good amount of quality time must be allotted for this purpose.
Read Newspapers: For the dynamic section, read newspapers like The Hindu, The Indian Express and there should be one monthly magazine for the same. Choose any website to cover some dynamic topics to cover up any topics that you might have missed.
Revision: The most important thing is to do revision. Once you complete the books, never ever forget to revise. It is possibly one of the hardest things to do but this is the very thing which will sail you across.
Answer Writing: Aspirants preparing for CSE-2019 must start answer writing practice from now. It really matters to put what you think on the paper. There are many people who have ample knowledge but don't have that skill to convert it to writing. What you write matters more than what you know.