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How much time and what kind of preparation CSAT or CSE requires?

Actually, the time depends upon the person who is preparing for the exam.But most of the IAS officers say they studied for two years. And the recommended time per is 8 hours, which includes optionals and general studies also. However there are some tips to relax yourself like:-

(i) taking short breaks
(ii)Space out your studying so that your long-term memory retains it. 
(iii)Don’t try to memorize everything; make sure you understand the material well.
(iv)Listen to relaxing music to ease the boredom of studying. 
(v)Don’t study later than the time you usually go to sleep.

When it comes to preparation
Preparation for General studies can be done hand in hand, along with the preparation for optional papers. Good mix of study hours for General Studies and the Optionals makes studies enjoyable and it becomes easy to sustain the momentum for longer hours, without boredom setting in and without losing interest and enthusiasm. The most important aspect for the preparation for GS (Prelims) is to identify the loopholes and plug them urgently. But remember one thing; never sacrifice the time of optional for General Studies. Because each question in optional carries 2.5 marks and in total it carries 300 marks. More importantly, input-output ratio in optional is much better than that in General Studies.

Always go in for a planned and systematic study. Work out your own study schedules in a manner suited to your style and stick to it.
One should read a leading daily regularly and also a magazine that will give an insight into the writing skills and observe how facts are presented clearly and succinctly. Also watch news & current affairs programmes on a good TV channel. The latest trend has been a shift towards the current issues; hence a thorough awareness of recent happenings is mandatory. In-depth knowledge of such events is most important, as the questions will test the knowledge of details of any given event/happening.

1. First step is Instructions should be read carefully who given in the paper front.

2. Writing skills matter a lot in the IAS Main Examination. Most of the candidates appearing for the Mains examination have a lot of knowledge, but they are not skills in writing. So all of in these impacts on their marks. Quoting with facts and substantiating your answer with related concepts and emphasizing your point of view.

3. Follow paragraph writing rather than essay form. A new point should start with a new paragraph.

4. Develop and follow your own style of writing. Try not to be repetitive and maintain a flow in the style of your writing.

5. Do not miss the concepts. Questions asked are of the Masters level examination. Sometimes the questions are 'conceptual' in nature, aimed at testing the comprehension levels of the basic concepts.

6. Don't count words after every answer. If you have practiced well, you can count "how many words do you write in a line and how many lines in a single page and the total words per question".

7. For developing the writing skills, keep writing model answers while preparing for the Mains examination. You should take help for model questions from various model paper test series conducted by various institutes.

8. For developing the writing skills, one should keep writing model answers while preparing for the Mains examination.

9. Fallow standard textbooks from the successful candidates, or other sources and also selective good notes.

10. Give space and divide it by a dividing line between two questions.

11. Highlight/underline the important points, which you feel, are important.

12. If the question needs answer in point form, give it a bullet format.

13. If the write up is in essay form, write in paragraphs. A new point should start with a new paragraph.

14. Keep maintaining uniformity in your write-ups throughout the paper. Keep sufficient space between two lines.

15. Never be over confident with your writing skills. It is too subjective and behavioral.

16. Never try to imitate others in the style of writing.

17. One should write answer in a sequence order.

18. Prepare a standard answer to the question papers of the previous years. This will also make your task easy at the Mains examination.

19. Revision of subjects is very important.

20. Sequential and systematic style of answering comes after a lot of practice and analysis of standard answers. Try to stimulate the actual examination hours to judge your performance and to plug any loopholes.

21. Strictly adhere to the word limit as prescribed at the end of the question to the extent possible.

22. The question needs answer in point form, give it a bullet format.

23. Try to maintain uniformity in your write-ups throughout the paper. Some students write well in the initial papers. Under time pressure, the script goes from bad to worse in the later stages of the answer sheets and gets bad treatment.

24. Try to stimulate writing the answer in the actual examination hour's time frame. If you practice it before examination you can judge your performance and to know your writing loopholes.

25. While studying for the optional subjects, keep in mind that there is no scope for selective studies in civil services mains. The whole syllabus should be covered.

26. Write it legibly as it will simplify the evaluator's task and he can read the answers easily.

27. You have no necessary to count words after every answer. If can earn it from practice well, then you have not necessary to word count.

28. You should avoid repetitive and maintain a flow in the style of your writing.

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