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    Thursday, May 29, 201411:52 PM (GMT +5)

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    Tips and Experience Sharing Your unique experience and tips can be highly valuable to thousands of them who plan to appear for exams thisyear or in the future years.You can share your experiences and golden tips with us.

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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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    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)

    Join Date: Apr 2011Location: LahorePosts: 166Thanks: 22Thanked 349 Times in 115 Posts

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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 subject