Civil Service Mains: HOW TO UTILISE THE LAST FEW DAYS BEFORE THE EXAM

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Civil Service Mains: HOW TO UTILISE THE LAST FEW DAYS BEFORE THE EXAM

The J&K Civil Service Mains Exams are starting from July 2. For the benefit of the aspirants, the Kashmir Ink asked Shahid Majid &Shahnawaz Bukhari, who qualified the exam in 2004 & 2008 respectively, what should be the approach in these last days of preparation:

 

 

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO THE ASPIRANTS FOR THE LAST MINUTE PREPARATIONS?

 

The month before the start of the exam is of critical essence. It is very easy to lose track by getting floored under the weight of expectations and anxieties. Hence very important to keep your nerve. Remember at the end of the day it is just an exam and not a matter of life and death.

Also, revise, revise and revise. There is always a temptation to go for new sources and materials you have left for the last minute. But revising what you have already done is much more important than opening new frontiers. 

And believe in yourself and your abilities and don’t think you’re inferior to anyone. 

 

WHAT SHOULD BE THE STUDY SCHEDULE DURING THESE LAST DAYS OR DURING THE EXAMS?

 

There is no hard and fast rule for a schedule as it varies from person to person but you should at least try to do an extra 10-20% of what you have been doing for the last few months. 

Stick to the beaten track and try to add to it rather than venturing on new paths. 

 

WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD THE EXAMINEES TAKE WHILE WRITING THE ANSWERS?

 

JKPSC releases a DOs and DON’Ts list a week before the exam. Go through it properly and comply with each point. That should suffice.

Time management is of essence. All your preparation might come to nothing if you’re not able to manage time properly. Divide time equally between sections and questions. Leaving questions unattempted is suicidal. 

Read the questions carefully and underline the key points asked. Don’t mix or misinterpret the words in the questions. 

In the exam hall, fill the details on the answer sheet carefully as they are to be filled by darkening OMR patterns. And mistakes, if any, will weigh heavily on your mind while writing the paper. 

Carry extra pens. Your own water bottle. Geometric box for statistics papers.

Carry a watch. 

 

HOW TO CATCH THE EYE OF THE PAPER-EVALUATORS AND BE DIFFERENT?

 

Everyone more or less has the same content, so presentation of answers is of essence.

Don’t stick to a mono pattern of either answering in bullets or paragraphs. Don’t have any pre-conceived notions of answering in a particular form. Take each question on its merits - use paragraphs where a single fact needs deeper elucidation, use bullets where a question has multidisciplinary dimensions and cannot be covered in details within the time and world limit. 

Use flowcharts, diagrams, charts, tables, maps. But it should fit the context and content. Don’t try to put square pegs in round holes. 

 

HOW TO STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN WRITING TEXTBOOK STUFF AND CREATIVITY?

 

Those who have regularly practised will already have developed a pattern for their answers and fine-tuned them. 

To those who haven’t, understanding the requirements of the questions is important. Try to stick to the context. While creativity is welcome, in over-eagerness to be creative, don’t over do it. 

ANY SPECIAL ADVICE FOR GENERAL STUDIES PAPERS?

 

Revise the portions you have done already and don’t succumb to the temptation of reading everything under the sun because no one does. And honestly, no one humanly can. 

Also, try to solve a few previous years’ papers to be able to manage time and word limit better. 

 

ON THAT ALL-IMPORTANT ENGLISH ESSAY PAPER?

 

Any well-educated person should be able to attempt at least a few of the 10 given essays as these are on very general lines and given the fact that you have to do only one, it should be manageable. 

Time is not a constraint in essay paper. Take your time. 

Choose the topic wisely. Think it through. Draw a rough structure of the essay. And then put it on paper. 

 

HOW TO COPE UP WITH EXAM PRESSURE AND RELAX URSELF?

 

Please don’t take this exam as a case of life and death. Don’t take it too lightly or too seriously. Under the stress and strain of exam, your performance will suffer if you’re too anxious. 

Take some time off the books. Take a walk daily. Watch a movie. Or any hobby you follow. 

It is as important to unwind as it is to study. 

When you don’t feel like studying, don’t. 

Also, don’t spend unnecessary long hours on phone and social media speculating the papers and cut-offs. 

And it’s very important to get proper sleep at least during the exam days.

 

 

2019-2020 FULBRIGHT-NEHRU ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE FELLOWSHIPS

 

The Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships aim to provide Indian faculty, researchers, and professionals the opportunity to teach, conduct research, or carry out a combination of lecturing and research at a U.S. institution. Depending on the U.S. host institution, it is likely that the grantee may contribute towards developing curriculum and conducting workshops and seminars. These fellowships are for four to nine months. If you are applying for a Flex Award, the minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is six months.

 

Applications are invited in the following fields:

Agricultural Sciences; Anthropology; Bioengineering; Climate Change Sciences; Computer Science (including, but not limited to, cyber security, digital economy, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics); Economics; Education Policy and Planning; Energy Studies; History; International Law; International Security and Strategic Studies; Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications); Mathematical Sciences; Neurosciences; Performing Arts; Physical Sciences; Public Health; Public Policy; Sociology; Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on smart cities and waste management); Visual Arts; and Women’s and Gender Studies.

 

 Research

Applicants must demonstrate the relevance of the proposed research to India and/or the U.S., its benefit to the applicant’s institution, the feasibility of accomplishing the research goal within the stipulated period, and the need to carry out the research in the U.S.

 

 Lecturing

Indian academics and professionals contribute to the internationalization of the curriculum at their U.S. host institutions and the understanding of recent developments not just in India but globally. The recipient will be affiliated as a visiting scholar at a U.S. institution, and will teach courses individually or team-teach.

Lecturing applications are especially welcome.

 

Research and Lecturing

Applicants will carry out a combination of teaching and research activities at the U.S. host institution. Please specify the percentage of the grant for each activity and define this in your project statement. For instance, if you plan to spend 60% of your grant duration for research and 40% for teaching, your project statement should demonstrate this allocation. Teaching could include courses (individually or team-taught) or a series of seminars at the U.S. institution.

 

Flex Awards

Flex Awards are designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the U.S. and for those who find it difficult to leave their home institutions during the academic year. This option allows grants to be conducted over short segments, preferably during the fall and/or spring semesters. Interested applicants should clearly indicate plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline.

 

Grant Benefits

The fellowships provide a J-1 visa support, a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air ticket (two round-trip economy class air tickets for Flex), a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance.

 

Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the General Prerequisites:

 

Faculty/researchers should have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent published work with at least five years of relevant teaching/research experience;

professionals outside academe should have a master’s degree or equivalent published work with recognized professional standing and at least five years relevant experience;

you should upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article) in your online application.

 

Applications must be submitted online at:  https://iie.embark.com/apply/visitingscholars.

 

Application Due Date: July 16, 2018, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

 

(Courtesy: United States-India Educational Foundation)