Lots of students get scared when they hear ‘sci & tech’. In fact many non-science stream students reluctant to start their preparation because of fear of this subject.
I have already said in many times that reading previous year question papers and syllabus is important and any aspirant who thinks about starting their preparation, should have done this even before they start preparation.
But many students did not. If you did, you will realize that the ‘Roi’ of ‘sci&tech’ very lower than other subjects in upsc.
Here are the some simple tips that you can use to prepare this section effectively and also smartly without tears and frustration.
Sci&tech is all about current affairs
The only one source you need to read is, science and technology section from newspapers. Subscribe science and technology from Hindu using any feed reader.
But remember, you must not waste your time reading on new gadgets, social media, and tech companies related news in the same technology section.
Don’t read ncert books, just Google it out
For non-science stream students, it is recommended to read ncert books to learn some fundamentals and important technical terms in this subject, though the questions would be asked purely from current affairs.
The reason is, because when you read current affairs, you can’t understand the terms their used.
But I have another way, instead of reading ncert books, you can learn the jargons and concepts deeply just by googling. Because when you read the same thing from different sources, you learn more faster and understand better.
Use youtube and slideshare
Youtube a biggest online video platform and Slideshare a biggest powerpoint platform.
Both of these platforms used by many people for many purposes. But they also a biggest source of knowledge, you can find videos or powerpoint on any topic on these platforms.
As an upsc aspirant, especially if you’re studying from home, you should take advantage of them.
If you found any topic or term hard to understand, you should look up in these sites rather than banging your head against your study material.
For say, here’s a explaination ppt with a rich quote from Google former ceo Eric on scientific term ‘Big Data’ by a best selling author and Business expert Bernard Marr.
Science and technology both are different verticals with some similarities. Just read current affairs, don’t try to mug up meaning of technical terms but understand basic concepts.
Remember, whether you’re a science or non-science student you should not spend so much time on this subject because the questions are asked from this section is very lower compared to other subjects.
So, you can score marks by focusing other important subjects.
Finally, All I can say you is, this section is not harder as you think.