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Thursday, September 23, 2021

UPSC CSE – How to make notes effectively

UPSC CSE – How to make notes effectively

We all know how important it is to make notes for exam preparation. We all do it and have been doing it for years. However, you might not be able to reap the maximum benefits out of it. Here, we bring to you tips on how to make notes effectively. This post is brought to you by Oliveboard, an online exam preparation platform for government and banking jobs.

Understand the purpose – Why make notes?

· While understanding a topic is easy, remembering it is difficult. Hence it is important to make notes of important topics so that you can glance through whenever you want to revise. Well-made notes save you the trouble of revisiting the voluminous study material.
·  Writing down points helps you to remember it better. Note that while you’re writing, you’re also thinking about it, which helps your mind engage more actively with the information and thus store it better.

How to make notes?

1. Linear Notes

Linear notes method is in which you condense the material you have read using headings and subheadings. This is the best method for making notes while reading a book, newspaper or a magazine.

·         Avoid getting carried away and copying a lot of material.
·         A good way is to keep loose sheets of paper handy and to jot down important points about a given topic.
·         Usecolors, block letters, boxes, and highlighters to immediately draw your attention to the critical points and would aid in a quick recall.

2. Pattern Notes

In this method, one writes the main idea at the center of the page and each line radiating from it represents a branch of that idea. Each point is written as briefly as possible. (Think of flowcharts and mindmaps.) Advantage is one can see the entire information without turning the page and disadvantage is there are chances of missing out on information.  Using keywords can remind of basic ideas but when it comes to remembering details it is sometimes inefficient.

What does a good set of notes have

·         Topic outline, key points, advantages and disadvantages and finally the conclusion
·         Well labeled diagrams, tables, graphs or sketch maps wherever necessary

Tips to make Notes
·         Use loose sheets as they help in organizing and adding content relatedat a later time
·         Include information in points and do not write long paragraphs. That would defeat the purpose of making notes. The idea is to keep it crisp, concise and focused on the main idea
·         Try to use different colored pens for headings, sub-headings etc.
·         Maintain separate folders/files for each subject. You could also use sticky notes to demarcate one section from the other
·         Keep revising the notes every once in a while.

Now, that you know how to make notes, make the most out of it during your preparation. You can also use Oliveboard’s Mocks to improve your UPSC CSE exam preparation.

Hope this helps.All the best.
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Monday, October 05, 2020

UPSC CSE Prelims Expected Cut-off 2020


 The given cut-off is based on the last year’s official UPSC CSE cut-off. Many experts said that a slight variation of 5 to 10 marks is expected this year (as compared to the last year's cut-off)

However, considering the above-average difficulty level of the question, there is a high possibility that UPSC Prelims 2020 Cut-off will more or less remain similar to previous year's cut-off.

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Sunday, October 04, 2020

UPSC CSE Prelims GS (Paper-1) Answer Key 2020


 UPSC Prelims 2020 GS Paper 1 Answer Key:

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UPSC CSE Prelims Expected Cut-off 2020

1. Consider the following statements:
1. Aadhaar metadata cannot be stored for more than three months.
2. State cannot enter into any contract with private corporations for sharing of Aadhaar data.
3. Aadhaar is mandatory for obtaining insurance products.
4. Aadhaar is mandatory for getting benefits funded out of the Consolidated Fund of India.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 4 only
(b) 2 and 4 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Correct Option: (C)
• Statement 1 is incorrect: It cannot be stored more than 6 months and not 3 months
• Statement 2 is incorrect: State might enter into contract with private corporations
• Statement 3 is correct: IRDAI makes Aadhaar Linking with Insurance Policies Mandatory
• Statement 4 is incorrect: There is no such requirement

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 Exam Notification 2020 Update

UPSC Released Information on Postponement of UPSC Examination

Revised Programme of Examinations/RTs-2020 [including the date of the Civil Services (Prel.) Examination-2020] will be uploaded on 05.06.2020 after assessing the situation.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2020

UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus 2020 PDF Download


Micro Topic Listing – Prelims 2020 Latest Edition Syllabus

UPSC Prelims 2020 micro syllabus

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Saturday, August 31, 2019




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Monday, February 18, 2019

UPSC civil services 2019 notification: Applications to release on February 19


UPSC civil services 2019: The candidates can apply through the official website Check eligibility, exam date, application form, fees, exam pattern

UPSC civil services 2019: The registration for the civil services preliminary examination will start by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on its official website – on February 19. All those who are interested in applying for this competitive exam are required to check out the registration and other important details such as that of eligibility, exam scheme, patter etc at the website itself.

The exam is conducted to select candidates to fill administrative positions in different All-India Services and central civil services including IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, and IRTS.
Exam pattern
The preliminary test comprises of Paper-I and Paper-II.
In the objective type, multiple choice questions are asked that carry a total of 400 marks. In the general studies paper – II, a candidate has to qualify with minimum of 33 per cent marks.
Negative marks for every question is one-third of the marks assigned to that question. The questions in Paper-I come from seven different test areas like 1) Science and technology, 2) history and culture, 3) geography, 4) Indian Polity, 5) Indian economy, 6) environment and ecology and 7) current events of national and international importance.
Eligibility criteria: The candidate has to be an Indian national for IAS and IPS posts. For others, they can be a citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibetan refugee. Check more for in the official notification.
Age limit: A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on August 1, 2019. This means they must not be born earlier than August 2, 1986 and not later than August 1, 1997. There is age relaxation for reserved category.

Educational qualification: The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.
UPSC Civil Services prelims 2019: How to apply
The registration is divided into two parts — Part-I and Part-II. The last date to submit the application form is by March 6 (6 pm). Candidates have to read instructions and press “I agree” button after he /she finds that information supplied by him /her is in order and no correction is required.
After completing the application, an auto-generated email will be sent on the email-id registered by the applicant.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018








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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Expected Cut Off Marks of UPSC Prelims 2018


UPSC Prelims Cut Off are given below for General Studies Paper-1 achieved for the Mains
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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

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Monday, June 04, 2018

UPSC Prelims tougher this year


‘Not possible for any aspirant to answer more than 45% of the questions’

Increased focus on questions related to science and technology, biodiversity and climate change, and History of India and Indian National Movement was seen in this year’s Civil Service Preliminary exam conducted by UPSC on Sunday.
Compared to last year, questions on History of India and Indian National Movement increased to 21 from 14 while questions on science and technology went up to 12 from 8. Climate change and bio-diversity questions saw an increase of 14 questions from 11 last year. Indian polity and governance saw lesser questions; as did economic and social development.
The questions were so wide-ranging that intuition and guesswork became imperative. “It is not possible for any aspirant to know the answers to more than 45% of the questions and the standard of testing has been raised,” said V. Gopalakrishna, director of Brain Tree.
Many questions in the history section were factual, polity questions were standard and environment were tough while current affairs questions were relatively easy, said Ram Babu of La Excellence.
The paper this year was different and tough, he pointed out.
The results are expected before July 20 with about 10,500 candidates likely to be shortlisted for the Main Examination, said Mr. Gopalakrishna.
Based on the difficulty level, the qualifying mark is expected to hover in the 105 to 110 range for General Category aspirants, 100 to 105 for OBC and 85 to 90 for SC/ST category.

Jammers at centres

Only 47% of the total candidates, who applied in Hyderabad, attended the exam. District Collector Yogita Rana said 48,939 candidates were allotted to Hyderabad, out of which 23,890 appeared in the morning session and 22,809 in the afternoon session. She said jammers were put in place in all 101 centres to arrest malpractice using modern gadgets.
The Collector inspected question paper distribution process at PG College of Law at Nizam College at 6.30 a.m. and gave instructions to inspecting officers. She also visited centres at Govt. Junior College, Nampally, and Sujatha Degree College.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Important Notice: Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018


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