KAS is one of the prestigious exam that the karnataka state govt conducts. Many say the exam is not conducted in a transparent manner. Many even on stop before they trying for the same...
Anyways lets keep all the controversies aside and start preparing with the hope if we have good marks then nobody can stop us in securing a Seat in KAS services that too without going for any coaching classes.
If one has already decided about the optionals they want to take in mains, its fine. They can start preparing in respect of mains exam. Its more unlikely that the syllabus or pattern of mains is going to change at this point of time ( for prelims it might change as many are saying). Anyways even if they change the pattern of the exam the basic theme of general studies will not change.
Many say that there needs to be separate preparations for prelims and mains. but its not 100% correct. if you prepare in respect of mains initially our confidence in subjects will increase.
First get the question papers of General studies and optionals and make your self familiar with the questions, and then start with all basic books such as NCERT , (reading NCERT books will definitely help you in remembering things for a long time).
After NCERT only start reading Reference books. otherwise for students who are from science background or people who are writing their exam after a long gap of graduation will stumble at many steps of their preparation.
Make notes of everything that you are studying and start practicing the answers. this will help you get very good marks. Many of us just read things but we are not prepared to write. There is huge difference between Just an answer and the Best answer.
Then read news paper daily without fail and make note of important things in a separate book, may not write the full paragraphs but in short words so that you recall when required.
If you are a fresh graduate and chosen subjects of your degree, then at great advantage. if not Better understand the things rather than going through some local manuals.
We will discuss about General studies and News paper reading in a separate post
Suggestions are welcome.