We are living in the era of Internet. Continuous updating nature of technology has brought us in the world where we are more connected online in comparison to off line relationship. In the same way, preparation of UPSC exam has also changed. With the increasing number of internet users, we can see increased no. of users for online preparation. They are looking for answers to questions related to UPSC exam.
It does not mean that UPSC aspirants are not using off line materials such as the library, books, and notes. But, they are making an intelligent mix of both the resources. If any candidate is only dependant on offline resources and hesitant for online resources, he/she can get guidance from this article and will know which resources to be used in UPSC exam preparation.
Online Resources Available in Virtual World for UPSC Exam
You all carry mobile phones; time has come to make the best use of it. If you can afford a laptop that would be better. But, before giving any suggestion about those resources I would advise you to fix your schedule for online surfing. The virtual world can steal your time very easily and you would fill guilt at the end of the day.
Visit Government Websites
In UPSC Mains exam, you are asked to write essay type questions and you would need lots of data and updated information. This is the basic reason for which online resources are preferred because your books cannot give latest changes. All government departments update their websites with latest reports which would be helpful for you.
Reviews of Books
Gone are the days when we used to waste time in search of a book from one book store to another. Books can be purchased online that too after reading reviews. I always read reviews given by others before purchasing any book. So, save your time and place an order for online purchase if you are looking for any book for UPSC exam Preparation.
You must be surprised. But believe me, nothing is purely bad. We just need to use the best use of it. All good news channels like CNN or The Hindu or TOI etc. can serve you with latest news and articles directly in your account. Subscription matters a lot. Check carefully and subscribe selective channel or Facebook page for updates. Read them in your allotted schedule only. Take care of your attention and you have not to divert yourself on notifications and status updates of your friends.
Install Apps related to Indian Constitutions or Indian History or anything of your choice. But, this should be only one in number. Use this app while traveling or in any social gathering where you are bound to be present forcefully.
If you have selected geography as your optional paper for UPSC Mains, check Google map for at least one place per day. Google Maps will help you to make a picture of the location of a place in your mind.
In the end, I would say that technology is double edged sword. The Internet can help you a lot if you manage your time otherwise same internet can distract you from your path.
Sunita Singhal is a personality development trainer cum counselor with over 15 years of experience. Having worked with several management institutions in past, Sunita now conducting counseling sessions for aspirants of various competitive examinations like UPSC and IBPS etc.
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