The title above created for just to get your attention. I really don’t want to say either prelims is harder than mains or mains is harder than prelims. Because both of them brings distinct challenges.
A common belief among everyone is that mains is harder than prelims and if you can clear mains then it is easy to clear prelims.
But the truth is, that’s not true.
I have seen students who couldn’t clear prelims even after third attempt and also there are officials who are working in IRS, IPS already could not crack the prelims.
Prelims is harder.
If someone said that you don’t need to prepare prelims and mains only is enough, don’t took the words blindly.
The reason behind the statement is, prelims and mains preparation hand in hand and couldn’t be separated. Both prelims GS paper – 1 and mains 4 four GS papers syllabus is almost same.
So, if you’re prepared really well GS papers and current affairs then you can clear both prelims and mains.
But many of the students don’t realize this simple concept. They buy separate books for mains and prelims and start separate preparation for mains and prelims. Needless to say, their preparation ends messing up.
But you need different strategy to crack prelims and mains general studies.
Prelims papers are based on objective questions. You’re required to memorize facts such as date, places and names to answer the questions. So, you’re answer should be factually correct.
On the other hand in mains, you need to write answers. There you can score good marks if you are good in writing, impressed the examiner or matched the examiner’s opinion.
The only way to clear prelims (both GS and CSAT) is practice, practice and practice. Buy a good question bank or mock test and practice as much as you can.
Finally all I can say you is, prelims is hard as much as mains. you need to work hard on both to become an IAS.
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