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CSE Physics Optional Strategy by Abhishek Surana (IAS), AIR-10 in CSE-2017

First of all, I must thank the giant of UPSC Physics preparation – D P Vajpayee sir. He has made it possible that I am writing this blog today. I took coaching for Physics from DIAS in 2014 and appeared for test series in 2016.

Secondly, my sincere gratitude to previous years toppers – Supreet Singh Gulati Sir (2007),  Abhijeet Agarwal Sir (2009) Kashish Mittal Sir (2012)Divyanshu Jha Sir (2013),  Manish Bansal Sir (2013)Rishav Gupta Sir (2013)Vishu Mahajan (2016) and  Prateek Jain (2016). I have immensely benefited from their strategy, notes, and guidance in the past 4 years.

Booklist – I stuck to just one book for each topic except for Paper 2 where Resnick and Eisberg help in covering some topics in Modern Physics.

Other sources

Test series at DIAS

Answer writing – This is a highly important part in preparation. You need to practice this well. You can get 50-70% marks for a correct answer (taking into account scaling etc)

Notes making – You should ideally take notes in Vajpayee sir class on one side of A4 sheets. Leave the other side blank to add further notes from books or other sources

Revision – Prepare revision notes (summary sheets – 3-4 pages for each units). Cant emphasize the importance of this. If you don’t have these, you’ll be overwhelmed just before the exam by the sheer size of the notes. Have a look at Prateek Jain blog for these flash notes.

I got 303/500 last year and 327/500 this year. On the other hand my preparation last year was much better than this year. But you never know what works in your favour.

All the best!