General Studies is one of the most important sections of TSPSC exams. It gives you a great chance to score good marks if you can just stay updated with the current affairs and keep up with history. Before we discuss how to prepare for the General Studies Section, you must know the syllabus for the same.
TSPSC General Studies & Mental Ability Syllabus
Current Affairs Preparation
One must read one newspaper daily. Telugu Medium candidates can read Eenaadu or Sakshi. English medium candidates can read Times of India or The Hindu. Reading any Telugu newspaper is a must for all candidates as events related to State importance are covered in Telugu newspapers only. Candidates must prepare daily notes from newspapers. You must note down important news items daily. It is better to maintain a diary with daily notes so that you can revise the note easily. Apart from reading newspapers, you must also follow any other current affairs magazines.
Candidates must read Telangana SCERT Textbooks on General Science, Biology, Physics and Chemistry from Class 6 to Class 10.
English Medium candidates can also read NCERT textbooks on Science. It is very common that many questions are directly taken from the NCERT books as they are very standard in nature.
This subject includes topics like Planning in Indian Economy, Economic issues and Economic reforms. Questions in the Indian Economy will be of basic nature. NCERT Books on Economics are more than sufficient in answering subject-based questions.
Candidate must prepare the latest statistics on various aspects like Poverty, Unemployment, Growth rate, Census related aspects like Child Sex Ratio, Female Ratio, Illiteracy etc, as direct questions from these topics can be asked in the exam.
Environment & Disaster Management
This topic includes various types of pollution, sustainable development, environmental degradation like soil erosion, global warming, climate change, biodiversity and environmental protection measures. You can download AP SCERT Textbooks on Environmental Studies of Class 9 and 10. They cover all the basic aspects of the Environment.
Moreover, this topic has more scope for current affairs related questions. Hence, candidates must focus on Environmental issues like important events and conferences, Sustainable Development Goals, UNFCCC meetings while preparing for current affairs.
This topic is the most mark fetching topic in the paper, especially for Maths and Science background students. However, Arts background students can also fetch maximum marks in this section with good preparation.
It includes data interpretation, logical reasoning, data analysis etc. Practicing R S Agarwal’s books on Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning and General English will suffice for the exam.
There are two subtopics in this, Indian History and Telangana History. Candidate must focus on Political, Economic, Social, Art, Literature, Cultural and Architectural aspects of history. NCERT Textbooks History will suffice for Indian History, more specifically Old NCERT History Books.
For Telangana History, Telugu Akademi’s Telangana Intermediate First Year and Second Year History Books will suffice.
These were some tips and recommendations that will help you in topic-wise preparation.
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