Before I begin to explain strategies to mains general studies paper II, please go through the syllabus at least twice and try to connect with the topics. Click here to download  Syllabus copy.

General Studies 1

Section – I:

History and Cultural Heritage (India & Karnataka ) – (6 Units)

Unit 1:

Cultural Heritage of India (select areas and topics)

 Strategy – How to approach this unit?

Questions from Unit 1 will mostly be direct. Lot of things to remember. so multiple times of revisions are necessary for this section. Nowhere you will get all the above topic’s notes at one place. So KPSC SHAALE notes would be very much sufficient.

Unit 2 :

Toward transforming Indian Society: Major schools of thought. Modern Indian History – from the beginning of 19th Century, Reforms and Reformers

How to approach this unit?

You can expect at least one question from this unit. Sometimes it might be direct and sometimes it can be the indirect or analytical type of question. For eg:  Discuss the ideas which the Satya Shodhaka Samaj articulated and built up a movement to empower the underprivileged classes. The above question though not directly from the syllabus, but is an indirect question and you will be able to answer only if you know what it is. Understand the background of the topic and this entire unit preparation becomes very easy.

Unit 3 :

From Kadambas to the Hoysalas.

How to approach this unit?

This unit also questions will be direct. Concentrate more on (ii) part. KPSC SHAALE notes would be more than enough

Unit 4 :

The Vijayanagara Empire and thereafter (1336-1799).

How to approach this unit?

This unit is very important and there will be a compulsory question from this unit. A very vast unit. Just revise KPSC SHAALE notes as many times as possible. Do not scratch your head for studying administration and other kinds of stuff, concentrate more on society, economy, religion and culture and their important contributions

Unit 5 :

 Modern Mysore (1799-1947).

  • Krishna raja Wodeyar lll – his contributions;
  • Armed rebellion in Karnataka against the British in Karnataka
  • Commissioner’s Rule (1831-1881)
  • Nizam’s rule in Hyderabad – Karnataka
  • The progress of Mysore under the Dewans.

How to approach this unit?

A very easy unit, concentrate more on last 3 topics

Unit 6 :

Freedom Movement in Karnataka and Unification (1885-1956).

How to approach this unit?

Very very important unit. Must read unit.  Unification of Karnataka has been a repeated question in most of the exams. Do not leave any topic from this unit.

Section II –

 Social and Political Perspective – ( 7 units )

How to approach this section?

You should understand the terms and concepts very well. Give proper definitions and make a value addition to your answers by linking the topic with current affairs and if possible give some case studies. For eg: any question on jajmani system – you should be able to give various dimensions to your answers. Like definition, origin or its background, pros and cons, how jajmani system is losing its value in the current globalised world etc

Section III –

Indian Economy –

Planning- Rural Development (8 units)

Indian Economy –  Unit1

How to approach this unit?

Here u need to give more importance to facts. For eg: What was the contribution of agriculture to GDP from post-independence till today. You need to give facts and figures.

India and International economic relations – Unit 2

Development patterns and disparities – Unit 3

How to approach unit 2 and 3?

This unit is completely dynamic and is covered in India and Karnataka economic survey. Study KPSC SHAALE ’s economic survey compilation.

Planning –Unit 4

How to approach this unit?

Completely static part, just stick to the topics of the syllabus. You can expect direct questions from this unit.

Decentralization – Unit 5

How to approach this unit?

Very important unit. You should have a thorough knowledge of this unit. It will also help in your interview and administration once you get into service.

 Rural Development – unit 6

How to approach this unit?

This unit requires value addition from current government schemes and policies along with the static part. So focus more on current affairs in this unit.

Rural Development Initiatives – unit 7

How to approach this unit?

This unit requires you to understand its background first. Once you are done with that your preparations for this unit becomes easier. For eg: Why PURA was started, what is its background, Was PURA successful? PURA is replaced today with etc

Data Collection Analysis- Interpretation- unit 8

How to approach this unit?

This unit is scoring and you can easily score complete 10 or 15 marks. if you solve the problems step by step neatly. So do not leave this unit and at least one question is compulsory. The preparation for prelims is sufficient. But here step by step procedure needs to be written as we used to do in schools like first write given and then write the formula and write step by step.



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