Understand the syllabus and exam pattern
First understand the UPSC Civil Services Exam Syllabus and Exam Pattern. Then it helps to identify the related topics from the books and make notes.
Repeat at least 2 times before making notes
If you start taking notes after reading it once, you will surely write a new book. Instead, read it two or three times to find out what is important to you. Knowing what not to note. So repeat atleast 2 times before taking notes.
Know the chapters once
Before starting to take notes, read all the chapters once. It helps in understanding specific chapters. A summary about the chapters should be known first. Then you will know which of them should be remembered more, what should be written in short notes.
Identify the key points
After reading each chapter in the books two or three times, mark the highlights, underline the key points, underline the important examples, concepts, important events with different colored inks. Instead of memorizing everything, understand the basic concepts and focus on them.
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Summary and Recap
After reading a section or chapter, summarize the key points in your own words. It helps to remember it for a long time. Avoid duplicating content when writing key points.
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Keep notes organized
Keep your notes well organized. Heading, subheading, bullet points, numbering, events in the notes should be in order. This way it becomes easy to revise with good notes.
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