How to prepare for CSS in less than 2 months
How much time does it takes to prepare for CSS? This is probably the most asked question by aspirants and the common answer is anywhere from 8-12 months with 10+ hours of daily study. My experience suggests otherwise I prepared for 2011 exams in less than a month (with average 6 hours/day study), and I feel that anyone can prepare and pass CSS with preparation of 2 months maximum. Any time more than 2 months is a sheer wastage of time and resources. Before going with how to prepare for CSS is 2 months or less, let me disclose here that I havn't yet passed the exams, so skepticism on your part won't be unwarranted but as the same time also let me tell you that my result should not matter with this strategy because every person has a unique mind with varying degrees of knowledge and experience. If I pass the exam, it wouldn't mean that this strategy would work for everyone and if I fail, this wouldn't mean that this strategy does not works. Also in short, the theme behind this whole 'Within 2 months prep' is the notion that "You can do it", and that you just have to have belief in yourself. DO NOT listen to anyone who says you can't prepare for CSS in X time period or that XYZ who was a topper failed after preparing for a year. Your attitude should be that you are sharpest and most intelligent amongst all and that everyone else will never be able to match you. Off-course it goes without saying that there is a very fine line between overconfidence and confidence. The second backbone of this strategy is smart work instead of hard work. Now that we are done with the basics lets get to the fine details Assumptions 1)You have good command over written and spoken English. You did your O and A levels and scored a minimum of B in O levels English. You have or currently do read English books such as novels/magazines etc 2)You are generally a sharp/intelligent student (Do note that I am not talking about hard-work). You have a decent memory 3)You are confident and can speak on any occasion with anyone. You also have regularly debated on current issues with your friends or family Preparation English Essay The most vital part here is Outline preparation. Once you have developed a strong outline, lets say with around 20 points, it shouldn't be hard for you to write 3000 words on it. Write and develop a few outlines on hot topics (Pakistan's economic issues, women, islam as a religion, global warming, politics/democracy) and ensure you prepare only a maximum of 5 outlines. With each outline, prepare appropriate quotes and events. There is no need to write an essay however if you are not confident about your speed, you may practice 1/2 essays. All this shouldn't take more than 2 days. Internet should be your best friend English Precis & Composition This is probably the easiest paper. Just prepare antonyms, synonyms, proverbs and idioms from any book of your choice. You don't need to prepare composition as you have already done it extensively in O levels. Trust me, in CSS its much easier than O levels As far as precis is concerned, it is quite easy, contrary to what people say. You have to summarize in easy words in 1/3 the word count. Once again consult any book for solved precis of past papers which should give you an idea and you are all set to go
Off-course. Get the following books 1)Islamiat by Dogar Sons 2)Jahangir Exam Cram series Go through both these books and repeat if necessary. Also get solved papers of last 10 years and you are all set to go.For short notes. Go through this book a couple of times as it contains everything you need to pass in Pakistan Affairs. Ideology of Pakistan etc Max time 4-5 days Islamiat Solve Islamiat in English because you are good at it (earlier assumption). Thus preparing for CA should take max 1 week Pakistan Affairs Ikram Rabbani: Thats it! Read this book only till Zia-ul-Haq era and no more. You do not need to prepare for this because writing 300 words shouldn't be difficult for you especially when coupled with quotes and events which alone would take up at least 100 words This paper therefore shouldn't take more than 2 days to prepare too. Do get solved past papers and give special attentions to MCQs and topics like Sir Syed. EDS The most scoring subject which you should ace. once again the quotes and events are your gateway to success. here my earlier assumption also comes into play that you have debated in life previously and therefore have analytical skills. Prepare your own pointers from the internet on agriculture. You can search on Google and get articles from any period. Pakistan movement. Give a full week to Islamiat prep as it is a difficult subject and questions are generally contemporary in nature. Also important here is that you look at Friday Feature of Dawn. No need to do anything else Current Affairs There is no need for you to read Dawn daily! Yes. get the following 1)Quarterly Journal (4 editions come in a year) 2)Jahangir World Times magazine (all 12) Go through these a couple of times and you are all set to go. You on the other hand do not need to read it except on weekends. Once again. All you need to do is read Everyday Science book of Kashmiri. last 10 years solved papers are important. If needed or if you feel like. Shah Walli Ullah. no need to read any newspaper! Reading dawn takes atleast 1-2 hours daily and main time consuming activity of all other CSS aspirants. Geography
. Revise at least 3-4 times whenever you feel like. No need to buy a dawn on Friday though or even look at it each friday for the next 52 weeks. 1 reading shouldn't take more than 2 days. For CA prep. You also have good english etc etc. education and water crisis in Pakistan. manufacturing. you may read Opinion/Encounter of Dawn on a daily basis.
it hardly takes around 40 days. Prep time for both subjects shouldn't take more than 5 days Journalism Journalism by Mehdi Hassan and Exam Cram series: Both books should not take more than 2 days max Forestry Masood A A Qureshi (Book 1 only): Thats it! Indopak History/British History This wasn't my subject in 2011 papers (Accounting was) so I can't really guide you but Exam Cram series should be your friend and practice diagram drawing (for British History). Also do not rely on academy notes. Utilize your skills!
. If you add up the number of days. once again last 10 years solved papers are indispensable. For both papers. When you are done with it.Sarfaraz Bajwa: Thats it! Your paper A should be complete within 3 days max For paper 2 get latest edition De Blij and read up on population/migration/urbanization. Hopefully I will write an update for these subjects in a couple of days. Let me repeat here that this a general strategy which I felt worked for me in 2011 exams. but it may also work wonders for someone with a bit of modification. take a look at past papers and search for important figures from the net and note them down. THE END! Basically. You should spend rest of the time revising. The underlying notion behind my assumptions. It may not work for everyone. It is imperative that you follow this strategy just before exams to ensure maximum possible retention. the crux of whole preparation is on hard work and 1/2 books max. mentioned at the top. All I would say is that whatever strategy you follow. was that you can think critically and analyze yourself. do not let anyone else tell you that you can not do it or that it isn't possible. Also get Jahangir Exam cram series and prepare paper 2 from it.