There are thousands of aspirants out there who are preparing for HAS exam. Since it is one the most prestigious examination of Himachal Pradesh so competition is very high. Some of these aspirants are freshers and some of them are senior aspirants ( being preparing for this exam since 3-4 years).
-Perfect balance of Hard work and Smart work is the best key to qualify this exam.
-IN THIS POST WE WILL DISCUSS IN DETAIL – WHAT STRATEGY ONE SHOULD FOLLOW TO QUALIFY THIS EXAM IN HIS/HER FIRST ATTEMPT
Before starting this article here is a quote of Michael Porter:
“ The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.”
Examination shall comprise of two Papers of 200 marks each:
Paper I – General Studies
Paper II – CSAT
- In the First paper – General Studies: Questions will be asked from Current Affairs, Geography, Polity, History, Economy, Science Environment/Ecology and Himachal GK
- In the Second Paper – CSAT : Questions will be asked from Aptitude, Reasoning, Comprehension, Decision-Making (Qualifying with 33% marks)
we put lots of hard work to qualify prelims but only doing hard work is not sufficient.
You will get lots of material related to Himachal GK in market but only few of them will tell you that HOW TO READ that particular material.
-You can take the example of The wonderland Himachal by Jag Mohan Balokhra – it is detailed well a bulky book. But you should know how to read that from examination point of view.
lets see the trend of questions asked from different sections in HAS prelims
-this section compromises of ANCIENT,MEDIEVAL AND MODERN HISTORY
ANCIENT HISTORY – 3-4 Questions
MEDIEVAL HISTORY – 2-3 Questions
MODERN HISTORY – 5-7 Questions
NOTE- From last 2-3 years HPPSC have not asked more questions from ancient and medieval part
FOR DETAILED STRATEGY OF HISTORY CLICK HERE
This section is one of the important section and can also be clubbed with international relations and polity
POLITY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATION -10-15 questions
FOR DETAILED STRATEGY OF POLITY CLICK HERE
This section can be clubbed with current affairs
Distribution : 0-15 questions (if we include current affairs also)
FOR DETAILED STRATEGY OF ECONOMY CLICK HERE
4.ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY
This also have both dynamic and static section
Distribution :-10-12 questions (including current affairs)
FOR DETAILED STRATEGY OF ENVIRONMENT CLICK HERE
Lots of aspirants who are specifically preparing for IAS could not score well in this section because for HAS, demand of this section is STATIC not current part
PHYSICS -3-4 questions
CHEMISTRY -2-3 questions
BIOLOGY -3-4 questions
FOR DETAILED STRATEGY OF SCIENCE CLICK HERE
6. HIMACHAL G. S
This is most important section and have maximum distribution in prelims
Distribution:- 20-22 questions
FOR DETAILED STRATEGY OF HP CLICK HERE
HOW TO READ The Wonderland Himachal by Jag Mohan Balokhra –CLICK HERE
7.CURRENT AFFAIRS AND MISCELLANEOUS FACTS
This section also have high marks distribution in prelims
Distribution:- 13-16 questions
FOR DETAILED STRATEGY OF CURRENT CLICK HERE
This section consist of World and Indian geography
Distribution:- 10-13 question
FOR DETAILED STRATEGY OF GEOGRAPHY CLICK HERE
-SO HERE’S THE MANTRA TO QUALIFY PRELIMS
-Finish syllabus of HAS 1 month prior to prelims
–Do not stress yourself on previous day of exam
-Practice mock tests regularly
-Don’t read a book from Cover to Cover.
-Don’t make notes in the first reading itself.
-Keep your booklist short and simple.
– Better to read one book for each topic thoroughly, than flip through multiple sources.
–Read carefully and between the lines since Prelims questions can be tricky.
-Preliminary Exam is all about ‘identifying’ the correct answer among the 4 options given. So don’t worry about remembering facts for the exam. It’s all about elimination of the wrong options and identifying the correct answer.
-Last but not the least-REVISE,REVISE,REVISE
FOR DETAILED STRATEGY CLICK ON LINK GIVEN IN EACH SECTION