Are These Books Enough to Crack RAS Exam?
RAS or Rajasthan Administrative Services exam is conducted by Rajasthan Public Service Commission and much like IAS it is the most prestigious examination in the state of Rajasthan.
The age limit of applicants for writing the RAS exam is 21 through 35 years with relaxation applicable for the respective reserved categories and PWD Candidates as per the state government norms.
RAS offers the highest administrative posts in Rajasthan. Exam scheme includes a pre exam which has objective type of questions and then there is subjective mains exam and a personality test.
An RAS aspirant needs to read the complete scheme carefully including the marks, no of questions and negative marking if any, etc. The scheme of evaluation has been changing and a student needs to have clear idea of the same before attempting. The exam is more Rajasthan centric with majority of questions based on the state of Rajasthan
As for the general paper pattern, here is how it goes:
General Studies I (200 marks)
General studies II (200 marks)
General studies III (200 marks)
General Hindi and General English (200 marks)
An aspirant has to prepare at least 4 major subjects including History, Geography
Polity, Economics, Science, Maths, Reasoning and all about Rajasthan. Questions in RAS Examination are state specific and questions will be asked from subjects including History, Geography, Political Science and Economics not to mention History, Geography Polity and Economy of Rajasthan.
Since the examination to selection takes good long six to eight months an aspirant needs to put in double the time for preparation for the exam. It starts with noting down the complete syllabus and investing in books and material to prepare for specific subjects. Rajasthan Gyankosh book is treasure chest of knowledge about the state and there is also Rajasthan Adhyayan book editions 1 through 4 by the BSER in class 9–12. The same are available as free download for those opting to write in Hindi medium.
To keep up to date with the current affairs, national and international reading The Hindu helps a lot. Then there are Rajasthan Patrika, SUJAS Patrika to keep up to date about the happenings and developments in the state. Having an atlas of the world, country and specifically of Rajasthan is essential.
NCERT books are more than good to help with preparation in subjects including Geography, History and Science. Emphasis should be given to modern History. There are smaller topics one needs to have good knowledge such as Robotics, Nano Technology, Space Science, Law, Sociology, Psychology etc. One need to do studying for acquiring knowledge. Improve lateral thinking while studying and make notes if needed.
Practicing MCQs and taking mock tests help a lot. There are many books available to help with these. Tests by coaching centres offer a great deal of help in this regard.
To sum up one has to familiarize with the syllabus of RAS preliminary examination, study NCERT books, solve previous years papers, take practice and mock tests.