For success in civil services and other similar high level competitive examinations, students have to be thoroughly conversant with subjects in the syllabus. They should also be able to understand and coherently discuss current issues figuring in public discourse. For this, students need to read not only text books but also articles, documents, reports, long editorials, etc. As the civil services examination syllabus is vast and open ended, it is of utmost importance to know how to quickly and effectively read, analyse and imbibe the contents of text books and other study materials. This is possible only if students learn effective reading techniques.
This book provides a road map to meet the challenge of how to read effectively and smartly from books and other study materials and imbibe the key points to effectively write in the examination. It also outlines the essentials of smart strategy and time management for examination preparation.
Benefits of Reading this Book Promotes systematic and methodical reading techniques Creates skills to recall main points of whatever is being read.
Enhances the ability to follow the trends of discussion on various topics.
Boosts the knack to identify and evaluate arguments embedded in passages. Strengthens examination oriented approach to reading
Key Chapters at a Glance
Critical Role of Reading Skills in Examinations
Reading Habits: Good and Bad
PQ3R Method of Reading
Specific Reading Skills
G SubbaRao is a retired IAS officer of the 1965 batch. He was Chairman, Gujarat State Police Complaints Authority from June 2013 to July 2017. ShriRao holds an MA in Economics from Andhra University, MA in Rural Development from University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, and a post graduate diploma in Public Administration from the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi.
P N Roy Chowdhury is a retired IAS officer of the 1977 batch. Presently, he is Advisor, Strategic Management with the Adani group. Shri Roy Chowdhury has a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Calcutta University. He later joined the IAS in 1977 and in the middle of his career, he completed his M.Sc. in Finance from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK and an MBA from the University of Rochester, New York, USA.
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