( Amanpreet Singh, B.A. (History, Economics, Pol. Science, Punjabi, English), Ludhiana, Punjab , Via: E-Mail )
Dear Amanpreet, as you are preparing for CSE 2020, you have plenty of time to prepare for the exam. It’s wonderful that you have already started to prepare for the exam early on.
Prepare a timetable as to how do you want to manage your college studies. Are you a morning person or an evening person? If you are an early riser, study for CSE exams in the morning and study and revise your college notes in the evening after coming from the college. Look for a period of time that you fell will be productive for you.
Keep adjusting the time and how it suits your needs. If you keep up a good regime, you will be able to set a pace and could study for hours without feeling tired.
Also, side by side keep making notes so that you could easily revise when you want to.
Utilise your time wisely. If your optional is similar to the subject that you are studying in the college, it will help you immensely as you won’t have to learn and study differently.
From your bio, you are studying a whole lot of subjects which have syllabus similar to CSE. This will give you an added advantage in the exam.
Also, keep a progress report so that you will know how much you have studied and it will also give you a sense of progress.
Make sure that you are utilising your time wisely.
You can read notes while commuting to the college or some place. Paste a map above your study table and you could easily make reference to it. Also, you can put notes on your make-shift study wall so that you can also read those notes just before going to bed.
Finally make yourself curious about things. Read newspapers diligently. Make notes about them. Try to find why and how behind things. This will help you in developing analytical bent of mind. UPSC will ask such questions in Mains and you will realise that you are able to answer those questions easily.
So, Keep Studying and all the best for your preparation.