ann, thrissur : The best reply that I had ever read. @APJ. Your reply is helpful to everyone who starts preparation for psc exams.
APJ, TVM : 1. Believe that you CAN do it. The law of life is the law of belief.
2. Start the preparations at least 6 months before the exam. Start slowly and increase the intensity of preparation in the later months. Use the initial months to strengthen your fundamentals (Maths, English and basic GK). Be REGULAR with your preparations.
3. You should cover the entire syllabus. For eg, for Sec Asst exam there are 10 topics. You should try to score from all the topics. The mistake so many people commit is that they score heavily in some, but do poorly in others. If you\'re doing that you\'re saying goodbye to the Ranklist.
APJ, TVM : 4. Coaching and combined study are good. But, IF YOU ARE STONG IN BASICS, you can do it on your own. Subscribe Thozhilvartha AND Thozhilveedhi. Learn the portions in the WEEK itself. Do not postpone. Keep a notebook to write down important facts.
5. If you\'re weak in Maths get help from somebody. For English, use Wren & Martin. 3 pages per day for 2 months. Use the supplied KEY and attempt all the exercises.
6. REVISE, REVISE and REVISE. Prepare your own notes and revise it regularly. Use the voice recording feature of your mobile phone and record the GK questions in your own voice. You can record 100 questions in 10 minutes. Listen to them when travelling, in leisure time etc.
APJ, TVM : 7. Do as many mock tests as you can using OMR sheets (available for download).
8. Write the exam as just another mock test. Cool. Calm. Composed.
9. Avoid any guess work in English and Malayalam. This will help you reduce -ve mark.
10. Do not waste time on hard questions. Complete one round in 50 minutes. Use the remaining 25 minutes to answer the questions you missed in the first pass.
Best of Luck !!! - From a PSC rank holder.