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I am sharing my psychology notes here

The Notes are divided into 4 parts :
Part 1 : Social Psychology by Baron
Part 2 : Paper 1
Part 3 : Paper 2
Part 4 : Statistics…
I had 4 sources for current affairs
- vision ias booklet
- iasbaba
- Insight on India
- newspaper
Made brief notes paper wise, section wise.
And main focus was on thorough revision. One can only do limited stuff
If this is done properly, one should be able to clear cut off
Prelims Booklist I followed
Polity - laxmikant
Culture - Nitin singhania
Environment - Shankar IAS
Economy - Ramesh Singh
Geography - 8-12 NCERTs, Leong, and topic wise notes
History - Old NCERTs for ancient and medieval, spectrum for modern
S&T - current affairs
For doubts related to good handwriting.
Current affairs notes strategy
Should we start preparation in graduation?
Psychology Optional Strategy
And why Psychology was chosen. Strategy behind choosing psychology Optional
Notes making strategy
Ethics notes…

Made brief notes of syllabus back then and ensured to give more emphasis on answer writing.
In ethics, answer writing is the key especially in case studies.
For CSAT, as it is only qualifying now, this is the strategy I used
- 45 days before the exam I would solve each and every Q of previous 5 years
- once that is done, would pick any CSAT paper of any institute and practice solving questions
I would ensure i attempt paper slowly by focussing on accuracy rather than speed as I have to get only 66 marks out of 200.
If this is done properly, CSAT shouldn't be a problem
But I won't ignore it totally, will give min 1 hour daily in last 45 days,
Process of studying
Try to avoid studying for the sake of studying
What you are studying, why you are studying, how is it related to exam, and how much detail you need to know should be clear in your head.
Clarity while studying is the key
You should be so engrossed in your studies that when you see a topic ok newspaper or anywhere else, you should be able to relate it to syllabus directly.
Like - Q on this topic can come from mains GS 3 under Science and Technology section
Now, u r one step ahead of others
I used to study a topic to the extent that would help me write a 200 word answer.

Studying same topic everyday from newspaper would waste time, one should just scan the article and see whether any extra point on that particular topic can be added to the notes or not

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