FIRSTLY - Strategy is needed instead of mere planning because you have to take edge over lacs of aspirants to be in final list of around one thousand successful candidates. You should know that Planning is mere action but strategy is smart action.
SECONDLY - You always start from Mains exam level because standard of question in preliminary exam - is now equally analytical and conceptual. It is like preparing for olympics to be sure short winners in National Games.
THIRDLY - Make a habit of underlining, pinpointing in right order and then writing notes over all the issues. You make sure that you write certain number of words in one line (on an average) to ensure word and time management.
FOURTHLY - Do not over exert, one sitting should not exceed two to three hours. Always remember that your brain is placed on the top of body called head who should never be treated like bonded worker.
FIFTHLY - Select Optional subject which is relevant to General Studies. Now you do realize that your ability to link different issues of General Studies will enable you in writing excellent Essay and making similar impression before Interview Board.
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