Thursday, October 15, 2009

Nooe ul Ain Tips for Toppers!!!


CSS Tips - Noor ul Ain Fatima: Noor [MBBS] prepared for her Css in around 4 Months. She studied 7-8 hours on average.  

Thanx to all of you for your heartiest congratulations.My optional subjects were Indopak history,Urdu,Constitutional Law and Journalism.I'll post my tips in a series like fashion.As for my general tips are concerned:
1:I was a regular member of Quaid-e-Azam public library .They have a nice collection of many books especially on Moghul History and on Urdu(especially Iqbaliat).Almost every year there is question on Iqbal and you can prepare your notes from there.
2:For current affairs,try to read columns on newyork times,washington post,Guardian online.They give you a wide perspective to attempt your paper
3:For English try to get a good quotation book and remember some quotes or verses of good poets like Tennyson,Shakespeare or Longfellow.They'll help u in paragraph writing.
4:My parents told me this:Offer ur prayers daily and recite Surah Yasin.Darood Sharif and Surah Nasr.
Next time I'll post my tips on my first optional subject Indo Pak history
Take care Allah Hafiz



Indopak history tips

1.I've read lot of books in Indo Pak history mainly from Quaid e Azam Public library but for general guidance 3 books are good:
1:K Ali
2:Tariq Awan(by feroze sons)
3:Sohail Bhatti
but plz dont rely on them and make ur own good notes.For making notes on Babar I had to read Tuzk-e-Babri too
2:Use quotations of important Historian(you can find quotes even In K Ali)like Elphinstone in your question.
3:In almost every question which I attempted I drew maps of subcontinent and indicated the relevant king's battles on that map.
4.Dont forget to write critical analysis at the end




Aoa!
Today I'm posting my tips for Urdu
1.First of allchoose Urdu only if you are really good in it otherwise its not scoring
2.Read adabi sections of different newspapers
3.Before attempting such questions in Urdu A( like COMMENT ON STYLE OF Mushtaq Yousafi)give a brief introduction of author and his/her works.
4.I also used quotations for example in the question(COMMENT ON STYLE OF Mushtaq Yousafi?) I gave quotation of Zameer Jafari
Mushtaq Yousafi Urdu ka Mangla dam hain.
5.Buy MA Urdu master guidekits very relevant.Anwar sadeed urdu adab ki thareekh is aother good book
6.For Iqbal and Ghalib MA Urdu has separate books like Ghalib aur Iqbal get them too
7.Try to memorize lot of Ashaars
I'll post my tips for CA next time InshAllah
PS: For indopak history maps,I used Tariq awan.Even K ali has gven maps of subcontinent during each king's era


3.Critical analysis in indopak should be about half to one page long(a lot depends on the size of writing the criterion I've mentioned is for medium sized).The number of quotations depends upon memory and availability.I gave an average of 5-6
4.I've prepared my CSS in only 4 months(my son was just 5 months old when I gave written papers) so I studied all subject at once but If you have time you can divide in such a way that you prepare your compulsory subjects first and then come to your optionals.It all depends on your personal style


Aoa!
@Armaghan Arif :I prepared vocabulary from gre books and idioms from Collins Idioms dictionary+net+Exploring English.I practiced few essays,paragraphs and precis mainly from past papers because I didnt have enough time.In Pak affairs I started with a quote then introductory paragraph +few more quotes then flow chart or table(if any) then conclusion and critical analysis plus quote at the end.For objective you can buy any good objective book.For current affairs I read dawn+nation+news+current affairs digest+newsweek+times+economist+World times(Jehangir book depot)+Contemporary Affairs by Imtiaz Shahid(read atleast 3 latest editions)+khaleejtimes+washingtn post+newyork times.EDS from net(howstuffworks.com)+imtiaz shahid book+akram kashmiri+encarta+wikipedia.
In journalis all topics of imtiaz shahid book+Abid Tahami book+Mehdi Hassan book+past papers.I gave headings and sub headings and flow charts and diagrams




@Noor Fatima:the no of ashar depeds on your memory.I wrote explaination of about 3_5 pages and quoted 10 to 15 ashar.I have got a great interest in urdu literature so I've already read all novels of CSS syllabus.I'll recommend you to go through all novels.Explaination should be(depending on your writing)2_4 pages long.You should give brief introduction of writer before hiting main material.Yes I put 7-8 quotations of different historian in every question. Dr Ali Zaidi for c law I'll post detailed answer next time InshAllah.Mr Shah110 I've read whole course of part 2 before even css preparation because I've got a great interest in Urdu literature


For current affairs read some good columnists for example in Dawn read Tariq Fatemi,Sultan Khan in Nation Shamshad Ali Khan in News Shirin Mazari ,Ayaz Amir,Farrukh Saleem in daily Times read Hasan Askari Rizvi and Ejaz Haider(u can find these papers online)
for Essay paper I first wrote the outline then introduction then body and in the end conclusion.In outline I presented summary of the whole essay in point form.I gave quotations and cited paragraphs in my essay .



Aoa!
For journalism I consulted past papers and made a list of important topics.Another book which I have found useful is journalism by Abid Tahami.Its very concise and Emporium's Journalism book is also good.
I attempted my Islamic studies in Urdu.


Aoa!
As far as acadmey is concerned I think that u must join a good one.Though you have to make effort yourself and no acadmey could spoonfeed you.The only benefit is that you can streamline your knowledge and you can interact with lot of people to gain from their knowledge and experience.Do consult a good library for your css preparation.
For Islamiat question:The length of my answer is about 4-7 pages and I quoted in Arabic.
For Pak Affairs:IH Qureshi book is good.You can memorize some paragraphs from there and book of pak affairs by Star book depot is also helpful.I also quoted from some other books in Quaid e Azam library Pak history section.Ikram Rabbani is another book I'd recommend .


Aoa!
First of all I'll give reply to Mr Mohmand.I'm a voracious reader and it is not difficult for me to read a lot of material in short span of time.Secondly during my MBBS years I developede the habit of skimming from book only important points because in our final year we had to prepare almost 10 subjects.Thirdly I mostly read coulmns and editorials in a newspaper
To Shoaib Awan Mr Bukhari is a really good teacher of English.He took my tests in English.His no is: 0300-4600753

For c law: Mazar ul Haq+Bhatti's How states are Goverened+VD MAHAJAN


For Urdu: Shakir Ali+Anwar Sadeed book+Saleem Akhtars book


No headings or subheadings in essay

Aoa!
Plz give no headings or subheadings in essay give them in outline of essay.Amjad Ali Shakir is better for urdu .Sir Bokhari's no is: 0300 4600753 ask for further assistance.


Aoa!
I was extremely busy so I couldnt reply  today I'll try to answer most of the posts InshAllah.
@ Qaarjk 

Outline is necessary for a good essay.

@ Pakistan 8 

I answered my questions with a pointer. U can find maps in K ALI just draw them roughly you dont need to be very accurate.

@Shoaib Awan 

I opted Islamiat in urdu bcoz its more scoring and I quoted in Arabic.

@Shamsig

It would be a great pleasure of mine if I could post my notes but I havent made any.I jotted down points on my books because I didnt have time to make an notes

@Peerless:

According to Mahatir Mohammed being a doctor makes it easy to become a manager.He says that a doctor is trained to first take a history of problem then study the current scenario and then projecting it into future.After udergoing all these steps he makes an action plan.These are basic rules of management so a doctor is fit for a management job


Outline of Essay 

Corruption
Introduction
1 What Is Corruption
2 Definition Of Corruption By Singapore Bureau Of Anti Corruption
3 Types/forms Of Corruption
Prohibition Of Corruption In Islam
1 Quranic Verses
2 Ahadith
3 Examples From Islamic History
Quaid E Azam On Corruption
Excerpts From His Speeches
Causes Of Corruption
1 Poverty
2 Inflation
3 Small Salaries
4 Lack Of Social Safety Net
5greed
Enlist As Many Causes As You Know
Effects Of Corruption
1 Moral Degeneration
3 Lack Of Efficiency
3 Slow Performance
4 Denial Of Basic Human Right
5 Widening Of Rich Poor Gap
6 Deceleration Of Economic Growth
Enlist As Many Effects As You Know
How To Curb Corruption
1.mass Awareness
2 Restructuring Nab
3adhesion To Islamic Principles
4 Strong Accountability
5 Oversight By Parliament
You Can Write Other Solutions
Conclusion


Aoa!
I attempted my religion is a religion of peace in css.
outline:
INTRODUCTION
1.MEANING OF WORD ISLAM: DERIVED FROM SALAM MEANING PEACE
2.RELEVANT QURANIC VERSES
3.RELEVANT AHADITH
4.EXAMPLES FROM ISLAMIC HISTORY:TOLERANCE WITH NON MUSLIM SUBJECTS DURING SPANISH ERA,PRESENCE OF COPTIC CHRISTIANS IN EGYPT AND OTHER ISLAMIC COUNTRIES
IN THE EYES OF WESTERN SCHOLARS:
1 KAREN ARMSTRONG
2 DR ROBERT PAPPE
3LEOPOLD WEISS(ALLAMA MOHAMMED ASAD)
MISUNDERSTANDING OF ISLAM:
1 HUTINGTON'S THEORY OF CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS
2DR EDWARD SAID 'S REPLY TO HUTINGTON
3 FUKUYAMA THEORY OF END OF HISTORY
4 FALSE MEDIA PROJECTIONS
HOW TO REMOVE THESE FALSE MISPERCEPTIONS
1 MASS AWARENESS
2 RESTRUCTURING OF OIC
3 KHATEMIS'S DIALOGUE OF CIVILIZATION
CONCLUSION


Aoa!
My marks in first paper of history are 75.Critical analysis fetch you good marks and it also shows that you possess a good analytical mind.You can also quote from good books in critical analysis.Flow charts are like chart of Maslow's theory of needs in Journalism.Graphs could include GDP growth charts,literacy rate chart,contribution of different industries in economic growth(in Pakistan Affairs and Current Affairs)
I wrote my outline at the beginning of essay because I thought it would help to organize my essay.
English skills are certainly necessary for CSS but you could improve them by extensive reading.Read different articles from well reputed newspapers like NATION,NEWS,DAWN and TIMES(find them on internet) and try to write atleast one paragraph daily.Get your tests checked by a good teacher.It;ll help u a lot



Brother Adeel write in a simple but effective language for C.law buy
HOW STATES ARE GOVERNED BY BHATTI SONS
MODERN CONSTITUTION BY MAZHAR UL HAQ
CONSTITUTION BY BD MAHAJAN 


Sonia just start preparing Compulsory subjects.First make a list of questions from previous papers,prepare these questions first and then come to other question


@SHAH It was my FIRST ATTEMPT.
@ZAINULABIDIN :For Tashreeh you can buy bang e dara ki tashreeh,Bal e Jibraeel ki tashreeh,diwan e Ghalib ki tashreeh from Urdu bazaar.Wrire relevant ashaars of good poets in tashreeh.
@PRINCESS: give heading of critical analysis



Aoa!
well the studying hours vary from person to person.I had no fixed schedule but average was about 6 to 7 hours.
For precis ,I'd first speedread it to get the outline,then during my second reading I'd underline important sentences and after my 3rd reading I'd write a rough precis.I'd then make some amendments and make a fair copy of it.
I'll post detailed tips for comprehension next time InshAllah


Flowcharting

Flowcharting is a tool for analysing processes. It allows you to break any process down into individual events or activities and to display these in shorthand form showing the logical relationships between them. Constructing flowcharts promotes better understanding of processes or events.
There are no hard and fast rules for making flow charts but ill give an example for your better understanding.You can then change it according to your subject. You can even draw it in different shapes..

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For indo Pak history I prepared from
INDO PAK HISTORY BY TARIQ ALI AWAN
INDO PAK HISTORY BY K ALI
GREAT MUGHALS BY KEANE
OXFORD HISTORY OF INDO PAK
For English I gave some 10 to 15 to Sir Bukhari and hes a very good teacher



It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that? __Christopher Gardner (Will Smith


Psychology was not her subject. I don't remember she ever wrote something on Psychology Preparation. Or may be you are forgetting it was Ammara Mubarak.  Here are some of her valuable posts on Psychology Preparation.

1. Post # 30
http://www.cssforum.com.pk/central-s...didates-3.html

2. http://www.cssforum.com.pk/central-s...-amubarak.html

3. http://www.cssforum.com.pk/central-s...sychology.html

4. http://www.cssforum.com.pk/central-s...rankshaft.html
__________________
"As knowledge increases, wonder deepens."

"We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen."



Well my studying time varied from day to day.On average I studied 7-8 hours daily.
For essay I'd recommend you to choose an essay topic on the current affairs. Every year there are at least 2 or 3 topics relating to current affairs in essay paper. Try to print out articles from different newspapers websites(nation,dawn,news and daily times), file them and arrange them by topics. Then make a note on which topics articles are being wtitten frequently_those would be important 
Make an outline before writing your essay. Divide it into paragraphs and cite quotations. For quotations you can try this website
www.brainyquote.com
Brother Noor I hope that you'll get good marks InshAllah



Aoa!
I've given tips for essay in my previous post.Just make sure that you write altleast one essay in a week.That practice will enhance your writing skills and get your essay checked by a good teacher.Remember practice makes you perfect.
As for time division,I studied half of my subjects in first two months and half in remaining two months.However,I prepared idioms,vocabulary and current affairs on the daily basis


Aoa!
Journalism is quite an easy subject to prepare.First make a list of all those questions that have been asked in previous CSS exams.
Then prepare ur own notes,my suggestions for books are:
1.Mass communication by Imtiaz Shahid
2.Emporium Journalism book as well as objective
3.Journalism by Abid Tahami
4.I've forgotten the title of this book but Its written by Dr Mehdi Hassan 

In paper,give headings and make flowcharts and diagrams.
Put your faith in Allah and you'll succeed inshAllah.

miss noor plz tell me for which subjects i should prepare notes? in compulsory as well as in optional subjects?and for which sunjects i should not prepare notes?

form of notes?
short notes.
highlight on book.
detailed notes.


My optional subjects are 

indo pak history
journalism
international relations
public administration
sociology




Highest scores keep on changing every year but from what i have heard highest score in Muslim law ranges between 65-75. A lot of passed candidates have shared their DMS's at the forum and they reveal that the highest socre in Muslim law is 67 obtained by Mr.Karrar 10th position ( amongst the DMS's shared here ). I got 66 and another member Dr.MSK got 66 as well.

I.R is a bit tricky.Once it used to be a high scoring subject but now a days it is yielding less scores reasons could be many.But some are still known to score between 60-70 which is a very good score.

I did not prepare Muslim Law objectives from any separate source.They are generally easy and if one's prepares they subjective part throughly one can easily score 15-18 in the objective portion.



Aoa!
First of all,in my opinion css preparation depends a lot on your previous knowledge and a solid foundation.My secret of success is my strong faith in Allah,my devotion to my aim and a very solid academic foundation (provided by my mom _during my primary and secondary years of school she put a lot of emphasis on my writing style ,my English grammar and my basic concepts of world history and science,though my mom is a doctor yet shes a very good teacher).Secondly during my MBBS years I had to retain a lot more than CSS.Book reading is my hobby that has helped me to become a speed reader.
As far as inner motivation is concerned,my parents,my granny,my sis and even my little son (because I thought I must become a role model for him)were a source.I got anxiety and apprehension like anyone else but if you keep your faith in Allah and pray 5 times a day it helps u to calm down.
I did practice essay writing and I'd recommend you to wite an essay every week and get it checked by a good teacher.
For precis I just consulted exploring English
hope it helps.


Ans 1- Critical analysis (CA) are a very essential part of every answer. However, in answering all the questions in a paper, not necessarily should you write critical analysis at the end of every anwer. you may give the heading such as: My Opinion, CA, Crux of the Matter, Analysis, and finally Conclusion.
Ans.2- You must bear in mind that the conclusion and CA varies from question to question. Hence, dont apply a general rule of writing CA for every answer. Think about the answer and go acordingly. Needless to say that Conclusion is the essential aprt of every answer.

Ans.3- As I wrote, it depends on the question rather than on the subject and paper. CA is not confined to a single subject. This may fetch you marks as it shows your analytical approach to the resolution of the issue asked in the question. But there may not always be ananswer in shape of a CA.
I hope this will help and I have to some extent answered your queries.



There is no denying the fact that qualitative written expression is valued.However, if quality and quantity both go hand in hand then? irfeefailed to get my question.
Generally the lenthy answers are much more valued. even once sister NOOR said in her previous post that the average length of her questions was 5-7 pages, if i am not wrong.


@Zain
1.I attempted the essay MY RELIGION IS RELIGION OF PEACE so it was directly related to current affairs.The material I gathered for current affairs helped in my essay.
2.Well my approach was not different in IndoPak History and Pak Affairs.
3.I have a book called Best Quotations for all occassions .I also used some websites.I've mentioned them in my article CSS tips and tricks which u could read in this forum under the heading of MY INTERVIEW IN JEHANGIR TIMES.
4.Yes I think that choosing few topics for essay is a risky practice.
I'll check your precis soon InshAllah.
@Spiderman
In my opinion the answer should be comprehensive and it must cover all relevant points.Actually when you cover all points and you have a lot of relevant matter it becomes lengthy


3 comments:

  1. can any one tell me that how can i start my preparation of CSS. what should i have to study first. or from where i should start initially.

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  2. Doing mbbs from r,m,c give me favour for gaining some basic skill to counter css examination along with carrying ok mbbs

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  3. My God! here the students work for months and even years without even taking their meals properly but they flunk one or the other subject and ---incredible

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