You can Crack Civil Services examination in first attempt but on following conditions.
Objectify the FPSC Syllabus
Most of the CSS aspirants feel that volume of the CSS syllabus deters them from the determination needed to clear the CSS examination in the first attempt. No doubt, the syllabus is huge but remind yourself that it is something that you have already studied before! Brush up your past knowledge to give your CSS vision a start. Start by simply jotting down the entire syllabus into points and divide them into sections according to your strengths and weaknesses, and then proceed with designing a study plan. Always remember the story of an axman who tied the woods and none of his son broke it, he untied the woods and every son broke it easily. So break everything that seems to you hard and difficult.
Stop looking at the CSS Syllabus as a whole – Divide and Conquer
Let’s do subject cracking for CSS in the first attempt:
Theory Papers: History, Economy, Polity, Geography, Optional subject (Demands a lot of your time!)
Make a timetable and follow it judiciously
Draw out a timetable for yourself, and make it a realistic one. Do not make a timetable which needs more than 4-5 hours of your day to dedicate to your CSS preparations. Once you have decided on the amount of time you will put in everyday and what topics you will cover when, make sure you follow it regularly and you shall step closer to cracking CSS in the first attempt itself. Keep in mind, whenever you sit down for studies never open a book and sit for hours if you’re not interested…. open a book when you’re interested and only then you can do the work of 10 hours in few minutes because your mind will coordinate with your other senses and that will boost your memory. You’ll always enjoy while preparing this way.
Indulge in Quality Discussions
Keep a habit of discussing all important developments that take place in Pakistan and/or has an impact on her and her diaspora. This is a tip given by all former CSS toppers who have cleared the exam in their first attempt. Once an intellectual said: WHEN YOU SPEAK, YOU ONLY SPEAK WHAT YOU KNOW…..WHEN YOU LISTEN, YOU COME TO KNOW WHAT YOU NEVER KNEW. So, Informative discussions will give you an edge over others – not just in exams, but in interviews as well. Your hesitation will be removed this way and you’ll see fluency in your verbal skills.
Solve Past Papers Regularly
Make sure you solve enough number of past papers; this is a must before you step into the FPSC exam for your first attempt. Regular evaluations will help you keep a track of your progress and help you keep yourself motivated. Get them checked by a SINCERE person. I repeat. SINCERE PERSON.
When you solve one past paper successfully that means you passed CSS one time, likewise if you solve another past paper successfully, that means you passed CSS one more time. Now tell me, is there any probability of failure after solving a series of past papers successfully and passing them after getting checked from a sincere person?? Definitely NO
Develop Writing Skills
In an exam like the civil service, studying the syllabus is not the only important thing to do, how you write in the exam paper is what counts the most. No matter how much you study prior to the exam, how one uses his knowledge to write a particular paper within three hours is what makes one topper and another’s failure. Hence having regular practice of essay/answer writing is highly necessary. Evaluate yourself before FPSC evaluates you because you have to bring your thoughts and analysis on paper. Bring it like you mean it and force the examiner by your writing to read the paper and get lost in it that he remains with no way except to glitter you with high marks and shining remarks.
The Two Time Revision Rule
When you plan your studies, make sure you have enough time on your agenda for a minimum of two revisions. Both general studies as well as CSS syllabus should be reviewed twice – a week before the examination.
Do Not Ever Skip Newspapers
If there’s anything that can help you for current affairs, Pakistan affairs ESSAY and important facts and figures, it’s the Newspaper Readings’ that acts as an integral whole in your entire preparation process. All the questions that are asked in the examinations come directly or indirectly from the newspapers. Therefore, it becomes prudent on your part to know ‘How to read a newspaper’, ‘what to read and what not to read’.
You can get daily Top-10 Current Affairs from www.facebook.com/CSSTimes
Start Framing your own Questions
Develop a habit of asking yourself questions and anticipating the questions that can be asked in the examinations. Keep a separate notebook for your Current Affairs section and continuously update it with recent developments in the fields of Art, Polity, Economy, and Social Sector Initiatives. This notebook will be your guide to success.
Plan and Execute
Planning is always the first step towards success and to execute it the next step. It may be possible that one may not stick to the plan earlier envisaged. But one needs to develop the habit of reviewing the plan and, if needed, go for mid-course correction.
Maintain a Healthy Diet and Regular Sleep
Maintaining good health during the course is an important prerequisite to excel in these exams. Late night studies can hamper one’s circadian rhythm. But late night studies are also inevitable. Therefore, following a healthy, regular diet must count among the top most priority for an CSS aspirant. If it is your first attempt, don’t let the nervousness bring you down.
In the end, my dear readers…. always remember…. You’re in this field because you can do it. ALLAH never opens a door for his man through which he can’t pass…. ALLAH always opens that door which leads his man to success… so if ALLAH has opened this door for you then definitely you can do it…. whenever you feel shattered and scattered….close your eyes and rethink my words: ALLAH SENT YOU IN THIS WORLD ALONE BECAUSE HE KNEW THAT YOU CAN STRUGGLE ALONE, YOU CAN SURVIVE ALONE AND YOU CAN FIGHT ALONE.
MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU ALL. AMEEEN