UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2019: Here’s how to effectively utilise India Year Book for exam preparation

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2019 on June 2.

Published by the Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (Government of India), India Year Book is the most recommended study source for the aspirants preparing for the Civil Services Examination.

With the most relevant statistical and developmental information, comprehensively designed India Year Book is the best reference book material to learn about the progress India is making in various sectors like agriculture, industrial growth, Environment and conservation, science and technology, etc. You will also find all the vital stats about all the Indian States and Union Territories, like its population, etc. However, this makes it a lengthy document, tough to be memorised.
For, merely reading from the India Year Book will not suffice the purpose until it is all covered, well in time, and understood too!

This article is an attempt to help all Civil Services aspirants with some effective tips to cover the relevant dynamic part of syllabus of Civil Services Exam from India year Book.

Start with the previous year papers – Get a copy of previous year papers for at least three years and read the questions well to understand what kind of questions are framed from the India Year Book.

  • For instance, environment and climate change related questions are often covered from the India Year Book itself. It will also help you figure out relevant topics that must be studied from such a vast book
  • Divide the topics – Once you have an idea of the questions asked and the areas covered from the IYB, divide each topic of the book and take up each topic, accordingly.

Take the below chart as a guide to what chapters must be read in co-relation to the important subjects of the Civil Services examination:

Simple rules to be followed while reading the India Year Book:

  1. Read the syllabus well – After having developed an understanding of the syllabus for Civil Services Exam, reading from the IYB will be easier, as you will know what topics and chapters to cover in accord with the examination
  2. Schedule IYB after the NCERT’s – Having read the NCERT books, a basic understanding of the topics will help you read the India Year Book in a more relatable way. The topics that you may have already read in the NCERT’s will be easier to understand with real-life situations and examples. Answers for most questions of National and International importance can be framed from these IYB facts! It also helps in selective reading for only the relevant topics
  3. Make sure that you do the reading based on a selected subject that you are supposed to read for the day or the topic that you are covering for that particular study session
  4. India Year Book is one of the best sources of information in regard to the Governmental Schemes, policies and other programs for the social welfare, which makes it crucial, read about all these topics, in detail. Make crisp notes, hand-written, for the important points as you go with the topics and ensure that you are to the point and specific about what goes in your notebook
  5. Similarly, developmental schemes and policies can be covered by the IYB. Be selective about the topics as per the UPSC’s syllabus for Civil Services Exam
  6. Regarding the latest acts, bills, laws or related reforms by the government, consult platforms like the PRS website for detailed information and read it with the IYB for a better understanding. Make separate notes for each of these important topics
  7. Apart from these, environment, science & technology, geography, industry, energy are some other crucial topics that must be looked for, in the India Year Book. A lot of questions, especially in the Prelims Exam are framed from these areas. Other topics can be read in detail from the perspective of Mains examination, at the later stage
  8. Organisational data & facts mentioned in the IYB are for the purpose of reference only and hence it is subject to changes. Be open to researching a bit more about the important organisational structures, for framing a more relevant answer with an accurate factual backing.

An intelligent preparation is always most strategically planned, and the plan is dedicatedly followed. And comprehensively designed India Year Book will add value to the preparation for India’s most competitive Civil Services Examination. Make sure you use it well!

Source: India Today

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