1. Stress Management: Before one month of examination many students fall in confusion which create panic leads to slow down preparation. Therefore, the first thing you can surely do, even if you have not studies anything, is not to panic at all. The more you panic, the more you are under confusion, stress and mental tension and consequently less organized you are, less is your productivity and efficiency, and hence, less learning and output.
2. Importance of Guide Book: Second thing you must have a General Studies Guide Book. If not, buy one standard guide, less bulky and more comprehensive. Take your guide book seriously. First, the areas you are weak in.
3. General Science: If you are from non-science background, you are presumably weak in science. If you find science a difficult subject in your guide book wherein you are convinced, that the output despite your best efforts will be negligible, leave it then and there. No point in wasting time over it. Go back to the class sixth, seventh and eighth standard science books from NCERT or Odisha State Board if your are comfortable with odia. That will acquaint you with the basics of science in a simple manner. In any case, most of the GS questions from science that you will get in the examination will be based on application for which a basic understanding of science is essential.
4. History: Though history is bulky in syllabus but still maximum student find it easy. Presuming this, you do not need any thing more than a quick scanning and quick revision of the history books or the Guide. That will be sufficient to reduce the anxiety of history.
5. Indian Polity: Indian Polity is the least time consuming of all the topics included in the General Studies Syllabus. Quickly scan the Indian Polity section of your guide or “Indian Democracy at Work” and ” We and our Government” books from NCERT.
6. Indian Economy: For Indian Economy, right now leave out any bulky book. Acquaint yourself with the basic problems like population, poverty, unemployment etc. the terms used in the economics. See current economic data, revise the economic survey document.
7. Current Events: For current events refer any good competition magazine of last ten months.
8. Environment: Just refer the NCERT Books for this section. that will be sufficient.
9. Geography: Geography will take quite some time if you do it from all the NCERT books available. Time is what you dont have at this stage. Therefore, just refer to it from your guide book. Go through NCERT higher secondary books.
10. Paper-II: Now you are left with Paper-II. Just practice last three year Paper-II questions of OPSC and UPSC
Now time to brush up your preparation. There are any number of books to help you here, beginning with your guide book itself. After learning the basics, try solving the questions of the same pattern everyday. Fifteen minutes to half an hour everyday will be sufficient to see you through in the examination. Now quickly revise. Since you do not have enough time, your revision should be fast. Read the underlined portions carefully and scan the rest. Stop at graphs, charts and tables, etc. See them a couple of times before you move over. Table, charts, maps and graphs will enable greater learing in in a nutshell, therefore, it is not wise to overlook them. Revision will get quicker if you have taken down notes in short telegraphic style.
Before 10 days
When you have ten days left for the examination, test your level under examination conditions. Note the area where you experienced greater difficulty. In course of your revision, put greater emphasis in the areas where you experienced difficulty.
Now you are Ready to crack the exam….