Let’s see just 4 months remaining for IAS Prelims…Yes you can! But as with all good things in life there are some conditions attached. Let’s see what these are:
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You’ve covered a major part of either Paper 1 or 2
You have impressive general awareness, knowledge of current events, good English language and mental ability skills
This much can also see you past the Prelims qualifying mark as general knowledge + current affairs questions can fetch between 50-60 marks and English language, passage + mental ability questions can fetch another 100-130 marks. Obviously if you get just 50 in Prelims paper 1 and 60 in Paper 2 from these sections then you still require another 40-50 marks from other sections.
You’ve appeared for MBA entrance tests and are comfortable with paper 2 syllabus
One look at the new syllabus for Prelims and you’ll realize the similarity between Paper 2 syllabus and syllabus for Common Entrance Tests (CET) for MBA courses. If you’ve already prepared for mental ability, logical reasoning, decision analysis, English language skills for MBA then paper 2 should be your strength. I will suggest that with just four months remaining you should focus on current affairs, polity, maps, and general awareness in paper 1 as these take less time and can be prepared in 4 months time.
You’ve cleared the IAS Prelims before
This is again an important factor to know if you can prepare for the IAS Prelims in just 4 months time. Why I say this is that having cleared the Prelims earlier you know exactly how to prepare for Paper 1 in the shortest period. Also you are relatively more confident than someone giving his or her first attempt. You can then focus on the new areas in paper 2.
If you think you fit into any one or more than one criteria listed above, then surely preparing for the Prelims in just 4 or 3 months time will not be an issue for you. Get going!