Economics is one of the widely popular optional subject. By popular, I mean, number of candidates opt for economics each and every year.
That’s a good thing. Because usually there is a myth that economics is harder and boring subject, though, despite of that state about this subject, still the subject very popular among the aspirants.
Actually many aspirants who choose economics as their optional didn’t majored in economics. So, it reveals one thing, economics is an interesting subject like History and Geography.
Even our former and honorable Prime Minister Man Moham Singhe did major in economics, despite of his medical stream background.
If you have been interested in economics and want to explore it in depth, then don’t think what others are saying about it.
Apt it with confident, Because its scoring optional too.
Here’s what you need to do for economics optional preparation.
Think like an Economist
We know just memorizing the bunch of facts and figures from study materials wouldn’t work. But we usually trained in that way since our kindergarten days.
In school, we have to mug up variety of economics theories which has been said by different economist from different periods of time. then you need to regurgitate them in your answer sheet without any actual thinking.
There’s no barrier to analyze anything. Right?
But for Civil services examination. First you have to study and understand the terminologies, basic concepts and theories of economics.
After that, you have to think like an economist using your knowledge. in other words, applying your knowledge in real world.
Upsc never asks types questions like,
- _______ who said what?
- what is meaning of _______?
Instead they want to know
_ _______why they said?
what do you mean of _______?
They don’t want your answer. but they want you to solve the problems and your opinions.
For economics reading current affairs is indispensable. When you read newspaper online, comment your views in the comment box below the articles.
When you read the articles, ask questions yourself, like
- ________ why?
- ________ what are the benefits of
- ________ what are the downsides.
Asking questions will help you to create your own point of views, also increases your retention power and it is necessary for answer writing.
Just “Think like an economist”, and have a positive view on issues.
And I recommend you to read Gaurav Agarwal’s ultimate tips here.
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