group 1 is not much hard to crack. i'm an average student. I never studied more than 8 hours a day on any occasion(even before exam).
Three importent things to always remember are:
3.clarity(of our goal and of the concept)
In 2006 group1 i was selected as municipal commissioner. my first posting was in Repalli(Guntur). Now i'm working as Deputy commissioner. Tirupati Municiapl corporation.
My first step after Gr1 notification was to thoroughly go through the syllabus. It has one advantage, when ever we come across any topic of relevance in newspapers or magazines we can take note of it.
We need to answer 15Q in 180 mins. i.e 12 mins for each Q. If we take out 2 mins for planning and other waste, what we r left for each Q is 10 mins. My speed was 180 words in 10 mins.
Then I split the syllabus into minute parts and prepared notes for each and every topic in 180 words. Notes for 2,3 and 4th papers was prepared by prelims. And coaching for 5th paper was also completed by prelims. (I went to coaching only for this paper)
For 1st paper I sat with few of my friends(only serious contenders) and prepared a list of 16 topics after prelims results. By mains I prepared notes for essay as well.
Books: (English medium)
Section 1:NCERT and Bipin chandra
Section 2: Krishna reddy A.P history and a telugu medium Guide
Section 3: My option in civil services was public administration so I collected from pub.adm books.
Paper 3: (Be careful in this paper about data. Put only data released by govt and nothing more)
Section 1: Indian Economy by Dutt and Sundaram and Economic survey
Section 2: A.P Economic survey and collection from Net
Section 3: A.P Economic survey and collection form net.
Section 1: R.C reddy Science and technology and Spectrum mains S&T
Section 2: Internet and also a friend from Science background helped me.
Scetion 3: Environmental studies book , Spectrum mains S&T and collection from Internet.
For prelims I took up spectrum guide only. This may not be good option for freshers.
Motivation: I don’t know much abt it. Lets first decide what we want in our life. That will motivate us a lot. Never never never care what other r thinking abt us. Its our life and we will have to face what ever the outcome may be.
Good Luck All