Syllabus and Exam Pattern
The first thing any good aspirant should do is to download the exam syllabus and Exam Pattern and study them thoroughly, The key to success in any exam is in the syllabus. Underline your strong and weak points in the syllabus, this will optimize your preparation to give the best results.
Books and Sources
After the Syllabus the next thing you must do is, select authentic books and sources to study from. It is important that you do not study from different books but study from a single source multiple times. Changing sources mid-prep can leave you confused. Only select the standard books and sources in the initial stages of your preparation.
It has been seen that many PCS J aspirants tend to ignore the GK section and only focus on the law section. This should be avoided at all costs, Both the sections hold their importance, the GK section has been allotted 150 out of 450 marks in the preliminary round, which any candidate can not afford to lose upon. Make sure that you divide your time between different subjects proportionally to score the best marks. To cover the Current Affairs for the PCS J Exam you can follow this page, daily current affairs, digests, etc designed for UP State Exams are available for free download here.
Make a schedule that suits you and follow it religiously. Many students try to follow a topper's schedule or a friend's. It is important to understand that something that works for them might not work for you. In the first months try different schedules and see which is perfect for you. Once you decide, you should adhere to it strongly. Consistency is the only way of success in the PCS J Examination.
Mock tests and Previous Year Papers
Once you have completed a subject or section of the syllabus, you must attempt mock tests to check your preparation. You should not be scared if you score fewer marks in the beginning, but only analyze and improve on areas that require your attention. You can find daily Quizzes and Mock Tests on the BYJU'S Exam Prep App and Website for practice free of cost.
The previous year's Papers play an important role in any exam preparation, PCS J is no different. A candidate must solve these papers multiple times to get an idea of how the real exam is going to be like. It will also boost your confidence once you can solve these papers easily.
Health and Fitness
PCS J aspirants need to realize that clearing this exam is not just about studying and mugging up. Mental and Physical health plays an important role in how your brain will respond in the examination hall. For this, it is strongly recommended that a candidate must follow a healthy lifestyle during the exam preparation. You should also have a healthy diet and must avoid eating junk foods.
Above all, you must find a very good reason for doing this, The preparation period can be difficult and frustrating, in such times talk to your family and friends, do not become an island. Such interactions will motivate you and boost your energy when you feel low.
All the Best!!