CSS exam preparation
CSS exam preparation :How much time does it takes to prepare for CSS? This is probably the most asked question by aspirants and the common answer is anywhere from 8-12 months with 10+ hours of daily study. My experience suggests otherwise
I prepared for 2011 exams in less than a month (with average 6 hours/day study), and I feel that anyone can prepare and pass CSS with preparation of 2 months maximum. Any time more than 2 months is a sheer wastage of time and resources.
Before going with how to prepare for CSS exam in 2 months or less, let me disclose here that I haven’t yet passed the exams, so skepticism on your part won’t be unwarranted but as the same time also let me tell you that my result should not matter with this strategy because every person has a unique mind with varying degrees of knowledge and experience. If I pass the exam, it wouldn’t mean that this strategy would work for everyone and if I fail, this wouldn’t mean that this strategy does not works.
Points to ponder:
Also in short, the theme behind this whole ‘Css exam Preparation‘ is the notion that “You can do it”, and that you just have to have belief in yourself. DO NOT listen to anyone who says you can’t prepare for CSS in X time period or that XYZ who was a topper failed after preparing for a year. Your attitude should be that you are sharpest and most intelligent amongst all and that everyone else will never be able to match you. Off-course it goes without saying that there is a very fine line between overconfidence and confidence. The second backbone of this strategy is smart work instead of hard work. Now that we are done with the basics lets get to the fine details
1)You have good command over written and spoken English.Moreover you did your O and A levels and scored a minimum of B in O levels English. Also you do read English books such as novels/magazines etc
2)You are generally a sharp/intelligent student (Do note that I am not talking about hard-work). You have a decent memory
3)You are confident and can speak on any occasion with anyone. You also have regularly debated on current issues with your friends or family
Css Exam Preparation
The most vital part here is Outline preparation. Once you have developed a strong outline, lets say with around 20 points, it shouldn’t be hard for you to write 3000 words on it. Write and develop a few outlines on hot topics (Pakistan’s economic issues, women, islam as a religion, global warming, politics/democracy) and ensure you prepare only a maximum of 5 outlines. With each outline, prepare appropriate quotes and events. There is no need to write an essay however if you are not confident about your speed, you may practice 1/2 essays. All this shouldn’t take more than 2 days. Internet should be your best friend
English Precis & Composition
This is probably the easiest paper. Just prepare antonyms, synonyms, proverbs and idioms from any book of your choice.
You don’t need to prepare composition as you have already done it extensively in O levels. Trust me, in CSS its much easier than O levels
As far as precis is concerned, it is quite easy, contrary to what people say. You have to summarize in easy words in 1/3 the word count. Once again consult any book for solved precis of past papers which should give you an idea and you are all set to go
For short notes, once again the quotes and events are your gateway to success. You do not need to prepare for this because writing 300 words shouldn’t be difficult for you especially when coupled with quotes and events which alone would take up at least 100 words
This paper therefore shouldn’t take more than 2 days to prepare too.
Read the success story of Qasim Ali
The most scoring subject which you should ace.
All you need to do is read Everyday Science book of Kashmiri. 1 reading shouldn’t take more than 2 days. Revise at least 3-4 times whenever you feel like. Also get solved papers of last 10 years and you are all set to go. No need to do anything else
There is no need for you to read Dawn daily! Yes, no need to read any newspaper! Reading dawn takes atleast 1-2 hours daily and main time consuming activity of all other CSS aspirants. You on the other hand do not need to read it except on weekends. For CA prep, get the following
1)Quarterly Journal (4 editions come in a year)
2)Jahangir World Times magazine (all 12)
Go through these a couple of times and you are all set to go. Off-course, here my earlier assumption also comes into play that you have debated in life previously and therefore have analytical skills. You also have good english etc etc. If needed or if you feel like, you may read Opinion/Encounter of Dawn on a daily basis.
Thus preparing for CA should take max 1 week
Ikram Rabbani: Thats it! Read this book only till Zia-ul-Haq era and no more. Prepare your own pointers from the internet on agriculture, manufacturing, education and water crisis in Pakistan. Go through this book a couple of times as it contains everything you need to pass in Pakistan Affairs.
Do get solved past papers and give special attentions to MCQs and topics like Sir Syed, Shah Walli Ullah, Pakistan movement, Ideology of Pakistan etc
Max time 4-5 days
Solve Islamiat in English because you are good at it (earlier assumption). Get the following books
1)Islamiat by Dogar Sons
2)Jahangir Exam Cram series
Go through both these books and repeat if necessary. Also important here is that you look at Friday Feature of Dawn. No need to buy a dawn on Friday though or even look at it each friday for the next 52 weeks. You can search on Google and get articles from any period. Once again, last 10 years solved papers are important for css exam preparation.
Give a full week to Islamiat prep as it is a difficult subject and questions are generally contemporary in nature.
Sarfaraz Bajwa: Thats it! Your paper A should be complete within 3 days max
For paper 2 get latest edition De Blij and read up on population/migration/urbanization. Also get Jahangir Exam cram series and prepare paper 2 from it. When you are done with it, take a look at past papers and search for important figures from the net and note them down.
For both papers, once again last 10 years solved papers are indispensable.
Prep time for both subjects shouldn’t take more than 5 days
Journalism by Mehdi Hassan and Exam Cram series: Both books should not take more than 2 days max
Masood A A Qureshi (Book 1 only): Thats it!
Indopak History/British History
This wasn’t my subject in 2011 papers (Accounting was) so I can’t really guide you but Exam Cram series should be your friend and practice diagram drawing (for British History). Hopefully I will write an update for these subjects in a couple of days.
Basically, the crux of whole preparation is on hard work and 1/2 books max. If you add up the number of days, it hardly takes around 40 days. You should spend rest of the time revising. It is imperative that you follow this strategy just before exams to ensure maximum possible retention.
Let me repeat here that this a general strategy which I felt worked for me in 2011 exams. It may not work for everyone, but it may also work wonders for someone with a bit of modification. All I would say is that whatever strategy you follow, do not let anyone else tell you that you can not do it or that it isn’t possible and do css exam preparation with full devotion.
Also do not rely on academy notes. The underlying notion behind my assumptions, mentioned at the top, was that you can think critically and analyze yourself. Utilize your skills!
I believe that above article has explained each n everything related to css exam preparation.