The paper of Pakistan affairs in CSS consists of three major parts: pre-partition, post-partition and the current developments. Pragmatically, each part warrants distinct, clinical and comprehensive approach. Today, I have received a lot queries regarding time mismanagement and study plane. The following are the golden principles of attempting Pakistan affairs paper in CSS.
I. Synthesize information by making an outline
II. Formulate a thesis that answers the question.
III. Organize your supporting points
IV. Practice past papers(means papers of 5-year)
V. Read all questions carefully
A. Read the instructions on the question paper – there will be a chance of introducing certain changes from that of previous year’s
B. Allot 5 minutes to scan the whole question paper – while scanning quickly mark the questions by pencil which you think you are comfortable answering
C. Now start with big questions – Read 2-3 times the question. Underline the main topic/issue and most importantly, the directive word.
D. Underline the word limit too.
E. Don’t jump into the answer. Think on the question. And think quickly the outline of your answer.
VI. Manage your time
Give each question stipulated amount of time.
VII. Structure Your Answer
A. Memorize key events, facts, and names. You will have to support your argument with evidence, and this may involve memorizing some key events, or the names of theorists, etc.
B. Organize your ideas. Knowledge of the subject matter is only part of the preparation process. You need to spend some time thinking about how to organize your ideas.
VIII. Explore Both Sides of an Argument
A. A clear point that is being argued (a thesis)
B. Sufficient evidence to support that thesis
C. Logical progression of ideas throughout the essay
IX. 6. Review Your Answers Thoroughly
X. The fundamental structure of your answer
Introduction is a must. It is the best part of the answer where you tell the reader what is awaiting him in next few paragraphs. You must state your thesis in a clear statement. Introduction is not a summary of your answer. It leads the reader to your answer in clear manner.
B. Next paragraph
In the next paragraph, you start arguing based on the thesis in the introduction and directive word of the question. Throughout the answer, you must remember the directive word.
C. Split your answer
Split your answer into few small paragraphs containing one single idea that is a continuum of the previous paragraph and an indicator to the next one.
D. Read the question after each paragraph.
Remember, you should read the question after each paragraph.
E. Logical conclusion
The introduction and all the paragraphs should lead to a logical conclusion. Don’t repeat the question or introduction in your conclusion. Also there is wrong perception that your conclusion should ‘suggest’ something. No, the conclusion to your answer must stem from the body of your answer. It can not be a separate part in the answer.
F. Don’t use jargon. Don’t be verbose.
Don’t use jargon. Don’t be verbose. Don’t use flowery/ornamental language. Simplicity wins the hearts. Be precise and effective. Make the examiner happy.
G. Don’t dump the facts,
Finally I would like to say that, when you answer a question, you ‘answer’ it. Don’t dump the facts, don’t exhibit superfluous knowledge and end up getting mediocre marks.
XI. Things to Avoid
A. Avoid excuses.
B. Don’t “pad” your answer
C. Avoid the “kitchen sink” approach. Many students simply write down everything they know about a particular topic, without relating the information to the question