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    Sunday, October 27, 2013

    rubraiz 41st CTP (PSP)

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    Sharing My Experience. Some tips and Guidance

    I am starting the thread to share my views on some issues of critical importance to aspirants. I shall be sharing what I know, anyquestions and queries are welcome.

    Moderators are requested to kindly merge the a thread in this section, titled "WHY AND HOW TO READ A NEWSPAPER" , in thisthread.

    WHY TO READ A NEWSPAPER

    Following are the pros of reading a quality paper on daily basis, in my opinion.

    1- You stay in synch with what's happening around the globe, the core purpose of reading news, will help you in Essay, PA, CA,Islamiyat. You get to note imp statistics, figures, quotes, views and analyses on major issues.

    2- Reading the paper daily broadens your mind and analytical skills, when you go through opinions and analyses by top writers ofGuardian, Telegraph, NY Times, you analyse an issue critically, learn to develop your own opinions which are novel. This way youcan circumvent all Dogars, Ilmis, Imtiaz Shahdis, Safdar Mehmoods, Cram series , Jahangir World Times stuff. You actually are ableto write in favour or against ANY topic you are presented with in CA and PA exams. Same goes for the written expression. CA andPA exams demand an opinion based answer which you can't cram beforehand but have to construct with relevant info, stats and aparticular expression, during the exam under immense pressure of time and nerves. You learn loads about this stuff from a qualitypaper

    3- When you digest 4-5 pages of some reputed and balanced English daily, it actually imparts you with massive information andstats, vocab etc which you might not find beneficial at that particular moment but it makes its way to your sub-conscious and youwon't even come to know of it till the day when you are required to produce a quality answer in 35-40 min in the exam hall. Youwill be surprised to notice how, under immense pressure of performing and time constraints, you will be able to produce materialyou never knew you can. Trust me, it happens. It comes through constant reading of some quality stuff for months.

    What I recommend: DAWN You simply can't relinquish the newspaper thing, trust me. It has a MASSIVE impact. You may or may not realize it, but it mattersand I can't stress enough.

    If it's DAWN, go through the front page, back page, editorial and the 2 international pages, specially the left one which containsopinions and views by Intl' newspapers' writers, plus the business page for just staying in loop with the state of global economy.Mondays supplement on economy is a MUST. 2-3 questions in each of Current Affairs, Pakistan Affairs and Geography 2, or even atopic in essay, can be prepared by thorough reading of this supplement, noting down imp stats etc. On average, 3-4 articles ineach supplement are worth cutting away and preserving from examination point of view.

    Finally, in Sundays Images, articles by Anjum Niaz , Mubarak Ali and Nadeem F Paracha are superb when it comes to informationcontained, written expression, diversity of topic etc. And the 2-paged feature normally irradiates some social issue. If you go

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    through last one years features in images, it has covered everything ranging from security situation of Pakistan to social ills, verywell researched and highly informative.

    Making Notes from a NewspaperIn brief, purchase a heavy duty register/notebook. Make partitions in that as per the current issues in the world as well as in Pak.e.g. War on terror, European financial meltdown, american economic crisis, arab spring, south china sea disputes, america's pivot toasia and vision of Asian american century, China's rise and threats to american interests, Japan china island disputes, south chinasea issue, Rise of new economies like BRICS etc. On domestic scale, we have countless issues, which you must be well aware of.

    When you go through the paper, try developing an opinion on the issue, it does not matter in whose favour. An opinion is neverwrong, you can always make it count right by substantiating it with facts and figures, quotes or arguments. Forming an opinion isnecessary because (a) it imparts clarity of thought (and this will come handy in interview where you are required to give yourgenuine opinion) and (b) it cuts your job down greatly. If you have a solid opinion, you will not have to note down pretty mucheverything from DAWN. You will need to collect only that data which you think substantiates your claims and proves your point.

    This way you will have lots of data till the exam day comes, it will all be your own, thus novel, not some academy's golden orplatinum notes. Plus while noting all that stuff down, you will have to read almost everything. This, as I said, does make its way toyour brain and you will reproduce in on the exam day, in sha ALLAH.

    Best of luck.

    __________________"And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?"

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    Sunday, October 27, 2013

    Muhammad Ali Chaudhry Senior Member

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    From UET , Good to know sire :-)

    Its good for the aspirants right now , that anyone specially from PSP , initiated the thread regarding guidance .General questions :

    In how much time you prepared , when you actually started preparation .

    Now , seeing the time left , how much time an aspirant should give .

    What was the strategy for tackling subjects . ( regarding time allocation )__________________It doesn't matter who we are, what matters is our plan.

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    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    rubraiz 41st CTP (PSP)

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    Originally Posted by Muhammad Ali Chaudhry From UET , Good to know sire :-)

    Its good for the aspirants right now , that anyone specially from PSP , initiated the thread regarding guidance .General questions :

    In how much time you prepared , when you actually started preparation .

    Now , seeing the time left , how much time an aspirant should give .

    What was the strategy for tackling subjects . ( regarding time allocation )

    I graduated in August 2011, joined KIPS Lahore in Late September and started hardcroe preparation at home on October 1st, 2011.Took exams in Feb 2012 (23rd Feb was 1st exam). So I prepared for around 5 months

    How much time an aspirant should give is a highly subjective phenomenon. If someone can allocate 16 hours per day, one should.It is all about studying habits which have developed since school level, one who has never studied for more than 2 hourscontinuously can't study 12 hours per day. I used to study for around 10-12 hours per day, had no job, or degree, or anyobligations at home. After every 8-10 days I used to take a break for 2-3 days.

    I did one subject at a time, rather than studying 2 or 3 subjects in parallel. This, in my opinion, saves time, and energies, and helpsyou focus better as in you form a perceptual set about that subject and are able to focus better. I allocated around a month eachto USA History and Geography, 20 days to PSychology, 10 to EDS, around 10-12 to PA, 5-7 to Journalism, 3-5 to Islamiat, andaround 10 days for revision, apart from those days I could study nothing (Off Days).

    Chalk out a prospective plan as to how many days to be allocated for each subject (decide that after checking the syllabi of thesubjects). Set short goals like how many chapters to cover per day and try to stick to those deadlines. Try to cover the subject inthe time you allocate to that subject. FPSC syllabus helps you narrow down to what to study from the books you are following,and the past papers should serve to chalk out what areas to focus much on.__________________"And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?"Last edited by rubraiz; Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 01:18 PM.

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    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    Muhammad Kashif Khoso Junior Member

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    Thanks for taking the initiative to guide the fresh aspirants

    How did you cover English section, particularly Essay and precis. Also please could you mention the books of compulsory andoptional subjects that you referred.

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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    Respected rubraiz

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    I must congratulate you on your success., dear i want to listen your views.,what should be study plan as i am going to appear inCE 2015 ?i have decided to go with IHC, BALUCHI, JOURNALISM., now should i go with Psychology or Geography or Persian ?? what you saysir ? how to make notes of optional/compulsory subjects ?? and what should be the time table ?

    waiting for your views sir ... __________________Calm and Composed.

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    abbas khan 119 Senior Member

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    @ Rubraiz

    Sir, i have to ask that whether english, in other papers, except of essay and composition papers, matters or not!As we have limitted time and questions of CA and PA are very lengthy, so we can not focus on our english in these paper.__________________winners never quit, and quitters never win.

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    rubraiz 41st CTP (PSP)

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    How to improve English writing skills is one of the most frequently asked questions by aspirants, and they are justified in asking sobecause correct grammar, use of impressive sentence structure, and a sound expression are must-have skills for CSS CompetitiveExams.

    Let me first share with you guys FPSC's official take on the quality of English Essay scripts of C.E. 2009

    "Majority of the candidates had produced crammed knowledge obtained from available stereo-type sources. They had invalid andexpired pieces of information/knowledge without any sense to update it. However, 5 percent candidates showed commendableoriginality of approach, precision of comprehension and clarity of expression. MORE IMPORTANTLY, ONE THIRD OF THE TOTALCANDIDATES WHO APPEARED IN THE SUBJECT HAD NO LOGIC OF THE BASIC ENGLISH GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION AND SENTENCEFORMATION"

    If one third (33%) had NO LOGIC of Basic English Grammar then it is quite safe to assume that at least 70-80 % of candidates,even if had SOME logic of grammar, made frequent Grammar mistakes. Another established fact is that around 80-85% aspirants failthe Essay or Prcis paper. If we correlate these points, we see that lack of knowledge of Basic Grammar is the prime reason forfailure in these exams, thus portraying Essay and Prcis exams as insurmountable challenges. They are the bane of every aspirant'sexistence. But the fact of the matter is that mere correct grammar is enough to get you through, in these exams, unless you makesome other blunder.

    Correct grammar is not specific to English exams but leaves a good impression in every paper as all the exams are conducted inEnglish (Barring literature and Isl).

    Being adept at writing correct English is a MUST for clearing CSS. I have seen brilliant guys preparing for a year, focusing onoptionals and working damn hard, only to fail the English Prcis or Essay paper. Infact there was a guy with 789 marks in 2012 andhe failed Prcis' paper. Had he just passed and secured average marks in interview, he would in top-10. Importance of English can'tbe stressed enough. If one is not good at it, there's no shame in recognizing that as a weak link and putting in some effort toconsolidate that. You guys have ample time.

    Improving English demands loads and loads of writing provided your English grammar is flawless. The MOST EFFECTIVE TOOL forimproving English is writing tons. Start with 1 page articles; get them checked from competent English teachers. If there are oft-repeated grammar mistakes then there's no shame in getting back to the basics, learning tenses, learning how to use punctuations,form sentences and stuff like that. Once you have learnt, start writing again.

    So it goes like:

    1- Revisit English grammar. Tenses, punctuations, parts of speech stuff. It is vital that the basics be strong, only then you canbuild up on it.

    2- Start reading some quality English daily. By reading it you will be unconsciously assimilating rich vocabulary, various sentencestructures and expressions etc.

    3- Start with writing one page articles and get them checked by a competent English teacher. There are no shortcuts to becomingan articulate writer. There's only one rule: write, write and write more. The more you write, the more mistakes you will make whileplaying with different words, expressions and sentence structures. Rectification of these mistakes will ensure that you don't repeatthem. Moreover by writing more, you will be making use of the entities I stated above (Vocab, expressions, sentence structure)

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    which you read in the newspaper. By making use of these in your writing, you bring them from your unconscious to consciousmemory. Once that happens, you can make use of that stuff in future at your will. That is the power of writing!

    4- When your teacher gives you a go ahead that your articles are error-free, you can move on to writing expansions of about 250-300 words. Plus you can start practicing other items like comprehension, prcis, direct indirect etc.

    Best of luck.__________________"And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?"

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    Respected Siraoa

    I appreciate your work but please let me know the names of some handy books in context of your above views.__________________Please Remember me in your Prayers.

    Thursday, October 31, 2013

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    Originally Posted by Imrantm Respected Siraoa

    I appreciate your work but please let me know the names of some handy books in context of your above views.

    You got to go to a teacher for learning tenses and grammar basics. Purchase some book which contains tenses and exercises foryou to practise.__________________"And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?"

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    Originally Posted by Muhammad Kashif Khoso Thanks for taking the initiative to guide the fresh aspirants

    How did you cover English section, particularly Essay and precis. Also please could you mention the books of compulsoryand optional subjects that you referred.

    I am going to share my strategy for Essay and PRecis soon. Keep checking the thread.

    As of optionals:

    USA History: Majumdar's 2 volumes + Internet + An Idiot's Guide to USA History

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    Journalism: Mirza Yousaf + Abid Tehami ( THough I recommend Dr Mehdi Hassan in place of Tehami. Yousaf's book alone will sufficethough)

    Geography:

    For Geography:

    Paper 1:

    Strahler and Chaudhary Iftikhar's Book for Phy geography, even the latter alone will suffice

    Paper 2:

    You will have to consult multiple resources, for different portions of Geo 2. There's no 1 book alternative for Geo 2, at least I donot know of any. But recently there's been a publication by Jahangir publishers, a very comprehensive book by Imran Bashir . Ihave been through it and I was very impressed, it's an amazing effort. For those who do not have the luxury of time, go with thatbook. For those who can spend around 35-40 days on Geog, must buy this book and merge it with the following resources.

    Grab Deblij's book on human geography to grasp the fundamentals. It is not much detailed though. So you will have to makeextensive use of internet, especially for Human and Economic Geography, to make detailed outlines

    For economic geography, there is a book on World's Economic Geography for A Levels by Fazle Karim Khan. It's quite detailed. Apartfrom that there's a book on economic geography by Nazir Ahmed Khalid as well. Both are good, Karim Khan is slightly better though.

    For Regional Geography, I consulted internet for getting basic info and statistics of neighboring countries, used Fazle KArim Khan's"Pakistan: Geography, Economy and People" and Dawn helped a lot as well.

    Paper 2 is now more like a current affairs paper. So extensive knowledge of current affairs is imperative as well

    In Paper 1, you can skip "Maps". There'll be 3 to 3.5 questions, at least, from "LANDFORMS" Portion, around 1.5 to 2 questions from"Atmosphere and Climate" portion, and around 1 question from "OCeans". 1 question might be there from "Maps" but you can skipthat. All in all, paper 1 is doable in around 10-12 days (Fast track approach)

    For paper 2, the syllabus is quite lengthy, rather undefined, for me. So make sure that your written expression is really good sothat you can compensate for any lackings in facts, knowledge and statistics etc. Paper 2, being very general, should not take morethan 10 days (keeping in view 2014's looming exams).

    Make lots of diagrams, you must know how to draw world map, various continents, tables, pie charts, graphs, any illustration youcan be will be an added advantage.

    Psychology:

    I suggest consulting 2 books at least for every 100 marks. Following are the books I suggest, others may tell you otherwise

    Wayne and Weiten's book for both paper 1 and 2. It is a step ahead of Feldman's book and I recommend it though I myselfconsulted Feldman (I did not know then that Weiten exists)

    For paper 1: Rakhshanda Shahnaz (BA Psychology, part 1)For paper 2: Zarrin Bukhari (BA Psychology, part 2)

    A detailed post for compulsories will follow soon__________________"And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?"Last edited by rubraiz; Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 02:03 AM.

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