Revision Techniques for MPSC 2021 Exam

By Saroj Singh|Updated : September 5th, 2021

It is a constant struggle of an aspirant who is preparing for the competitive examination to not only remember the correct information but also to reproduce at the right time. Many of them are so worried and pressurised amid the rising competition that they start believing in having a poor memory. They end up criticising and losing confidence. If you are among them and wish to retain whatever you have learnt, then this article is for you! 

Sensing the need of the aspirants, we have picked up this topic. This topic is highly recommendable to all the aspirants of the competitive examination and so is relevant for MPSC State Services Exam and MPSC Combined Exam.

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Revision Techniques for MPSC 2021 Exam

Students often complain that rarely they are able to retain what they learnt in the recent past. By saving on losing out on essential concepts, you can save your attempt. This revision is very important. Always remember that one needs to train their brain in a very manner as training body to build muscles. 

  • Everyone finds it boring to revise the same thing over and over again.

How does an average student/aspirant revise?

  • By creating short notes
  • Revise the whole book
  • Highlighting important or key terms

Note: All these come under the passive revision technique. 

What should be the best and psychologically proven technique that we should revise?

Active Recall techniques

To store information for the long term in mind, one needs to engage in the given activity, and that is possible only when one is actively present in the moment.

Method 1: Revision Notes

These are a bit different from the routine notes. They are in the form of questions and hence are called Question Notes. This is very useful. In this, information needs to be recalled in the form of questions. Take an A4 sheet of paper and fold it in half in a vertical manner (just like a greeting card). In the inward side of the folded sheet (on the left side of the fold), enlist as many questions as you can frame from the topic that you have studied recently. On the upper side, jot down the answers to the questions that have were enlisted previously. 

Note: short questions followed by short answers and try to fit in any important topic or a chapter in this format. Likewise, you will end up having only these cards or folded sheets and can do away with bulky books and can save your brain from being frightened while revising during exam time. And you would be amazed to find that almost every concept that you have read is being recalled systematically.  

Method 2: Teach someone

Try to teach your friends or peer group. As the famous saying goes, “To Teach is to Learn Twice.” Competitive examinations have diverse books and the concepts underlying them. So, you can teach concepts from NCERTs to younger siblings or anyone who cannot afford coaching or a tutor, or simply any concept to the people with whom are discussing or sharing your study curriculum. Initially, it is advisable to understand and learn the concept in solo, but eventually, more the discussion better the understanding and hence better retention occur. 

And if you do not find anyone, given the lockdown and mostly aspirants are doing self-study these days, learn by uttering the concept loudly. Have an imaginary student and teach.

Method 3: Ask Questions to yourself

In Method 1, we suggested enlisting questions. But in this method, we are asking you to ask as many questions to yourself as possible. Engage in mental conversation in the form of questions and answers.

Method 4: The Feynman Technique for Learning 

i. Write

Write everything you recall or know about the topic on a notebook page, and add to that page every time something new is learnt about it.

ii. Explain

Make sure you are able to explain the topic in simple terms.

iii. Fill the gaps

The gaps in your knowledge or recalling the key concepts should be obvious. Revisit problems areas until you can explain the topic fully.


Repeat the process by simplifying the language and connecting facts with analogies to help strengthen your understanding. 

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Method 5: Brainstorming around the recently learnt concept

Take an A4 sheet and keep scribbling anything that is coming into your mind. Do not get bothered by font, correct spelling or margins etc. Just keep jotting very fast and almost matching to the speed with which you remind is thinking. Do not try to interrupt the flow of thoughts. When you find that now no more recalling is possible around the topic. Then rearrange everything from this sheet in the form of organised short notes. This is one most efficient method of learning any concept or topic comprehensively, and the information can be immediately stored in the long term memory. 

Method 6: Create flashcards

Convert A4 sheet into small 1/6th size of the cards, and jot down all the formula, tables, squares, cubes etc. Keep them in jumbled form. And when you pick anyone randomly the whatever is written appears in front of the brain, and the brain then starts processing by relating and recalling the information associated with it. This is a very useful technique to perform well in CSAT. 

Note: Unlike UPSC and many other State Services Exam, in the MPSC State Services, the Paper II: CSAT marks are counted for the final cut off to screen aspirants to appear for MPSC Mains. 

In conclusion, try to keep your brain active and learn by engaging it as much as possible. In this manner, you would never lose out on the essential concepts, and they can very well be remembered and recalled whenever needed.

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  • It is a well-known fact that a long period of studies can be counterproductive when the brain becomes tired and lose focus. It is advisable that study periods must be divided into 30–45-minute sessions with regular intervals. Revision hours should be 1/4th of the number of hours dedicated to study. Preferably revise twice, once before sleeping and once just after waking up.

  • 111 technique stands for “Immediate One-One-One technique”. As per this technique, One revision should be done immediately after reading the concept, followed by the second revision after one week and then the third revision after one month. In this manner, any information perceived and registered in the brain is saved in long term memory.

  • There are many methods available as part of scientific revision techniques. Among many other scientific techniques, the best suggest one is, “Never sit for revising complicated and lengthy topics at one go.” Instead, break the topic into sub-topics for effective revision. Keep highlighting key topics as visual registration helps better in retention.

  • The following steps can be pursued:

    Step 1: Read-only as much as one can cover in one session.

    Step 2: Cover what you just read with scribbling on a paper.

    Step 3: Recall what was just read in an organised manner.

    Step 4: Re-iterate while speaking loudly or explaining to a study-made.

  • As advised previously, twice a day, one before sleeping and once immediately after waking up. Then only the brain should be exposed to a new piece of information.

  • Enlist all the subjects and the integrated modules. Draft a study schedule spread over daily, weekly, and monthly calendars. After that, make sure that the planner is followed in a wholesome manner. Keep track of the performance with effective revision slots.


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