Tips to crack General Studies for KAS Prelims

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The JKPSC KAS Preliminary examination 2016 to be conducted by the JKPSC is believed to be the toughest stage in the whole process of a KAS selection. Out of 100 candidates, who write the Prelims, 97 may not clear prelims owing to two main reasons:

  • Only a few vacancies
  • Lack of right approach


The Prelim exam is scheduled to be held on September 25th 2016.  Around thousands of applicants will fight to find a place among 277 vacancies, which gives a clear idea that the Prelims stage certainly not a cake-walk. But, if you are a serious candidate, embrace the right strategies, guidance and study material and no need to rush into finding the best coaching class in town because, self-study is enough.

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Out of the Thousands of applicants, only half sit for Prelims!
Out of the thousands of applicants who will register for the State’s Public Services Prelims Exam, usually, only half of them take the Preliminary exam on D-day. This is still a bigger number considering the number of vacancies. Around 12-13 times the number of vacancies, the candidates will be selected for the next round, i.e. the Mains exam. This means only the top 5 per cent of candidates will get through the exam.

How to Prepare for Preliminary Examination?
So, it’s important to map out a potent strategy so that you clear the KAS prelims. Clearing prelims will turn out to be a cakewalk if the aspirant gets proper guidance and orientation.

  1. GS Paper 1 is the key now:  Revise every subject!
    On the basic level, covering every topic of preliminary exam is the best approach to clear prelims now. It’s not recommended to give priority to any particular book or area thinking that questions will come from that source. Likewise, it’s equally important not to miss easy questions from traditional subjects like Economics, Geography, History and Polity. At least, brushing up NCERT books and previous years’ question papers would be a good idea if you are time-crunched. Keeping an eye on tight competition, areas like culture and environment should also be mugged up. Current affairs preparation should be done considering the latest schemes and bills launched by the government.
  2. Take, Clear KAS prelims mock exams:
    This is one area which tells apart the successful candidates from those who fail to crack prelims. Mock tests are integral part of regular preparations of successful candidates. By revising the attempted tests you get a chance to identify your mistakes. Writing mock tests arms you with confidence which is the key to crack any examination.
  3. Invest on the right books for JKPSC Preliminary Exam:
    Picking up recommended books and right study material is of utmost importance. The NCERT books are thought to be must-read by experts as well as successful candidates, as they clear up doubts at fundamental level and help candidates in scoring higher marks at both stages of Public Services Examination – Prelims and Mains.
  4. Follow our Prelims cum Mains Approach :
    For GS Paper, an ideal strategy would be to cover GS Mains and Prelims syllabus in detail first that would give the concept clarity about all major topics. The type of questions asked in Prelims and Mains are different, but there are many areas where there is overlap too. An integrated prelims-cum-mains approach is catching on among civil services aspirants which rely on clearing prelims and mains in a single attempt. Good knowledge of overlapping and non-overlapping areas in the JKPSC GS syllabus for Prelims and Mains certainly gets you competitive mileage over your peers.
  5. Go with a relaxed mind on the exam day:
    All your efforts will go in vain if you lose your cool on the exam day. It’s pertinent to read questions carefully and make sure that you do not make silly mistakes. In a relaxed state of mind, you will be able to answer questions accurately and in less time. Count on your abilities and be confident that you can clear the preliminary exam, and you will.