Environmental Ecology & Biodiversity is one of the very important subjects covered in the CSE Prelims and has carried maximum weightage in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 (In 2014- History and culture also carried similar weightage). Importance of this subject should not be undermined as it is expected to constitute approximately 25% of GS Prelims exam 2015 too. So prepare thoroughly and extensively for this subject.
Preparation of Environmental Ecology in last 2 months
The Environment Ecology covers questions/topics pertaining to Pollution, Agro, Ecological theory, Wildlife flora & fauna and national parks. Questions related to conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment, disaster management, climate change and effects, endangered species, different summits and protocols related to environment could be asked in this section.
Some of the Books for candidate’s reference on Environment and Bio Diversity or Environmental Ecology for Multiple –choice – Questions are:
- Essentials of Ecology – By Colin R.Townsend, Michael Begon & John L. Harper.
- Guide to Environmental Sciences – By R Gupta
- Fundamentals of Environment & Ecology – By Debapriya De and Debashish De
- Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – By R.C. Mishra and Archana Mishra
Don’t keep on reading Books on Environment, take the test on MCQ’s also. This will acquaint you with the format of the paper and you will know where you stand when it comes to answering the questions.
Effective Revision Strategies of Environmental Ecology:
There is no fixed revision strategy for everyone as the strategy should be as per the capacity and mental make-up of the individual. Everyone has different caliber and so the preparation/ revision strategies vary as per the individuals.
Here we can give you some directions to be followed for revision:
1. Take Mock Tests: Appear for as many Mock Tests as it is possible for you. Try PrepLadder’s Free Mock Test Series 2015 and check your All India Rank soon after you attempt the test.
2. Don’t finish the Books, Finish the topics: All Books are not to be mugged up and not all books need to be thoroughly read rather concentrate and train yourself on the different topics.
3. Prepare for some topics on daily basis: Keep a Separate time for some topics to be prepared on daily basis. These topics are: Environmental pollution, Environmental Degradation, Disaster Management, National Parks, General Knowledge and Current Affairs
4. Prepare Notes: Preparing notes comes handy during Revisions. During your revision you can directly read from the notes that you have prepared during your preparation. You can refer to these notes just before your Prelims and Mains Exams. Candidates can make notes two ways or from two different sources, i.e., static and dynamic.
In static source: you can refer to Books on various topics like ‘Guide to Environmental Sciences’, whereas in the dynamic source one can refer to magazines, newspapers and websites.
Consider both Prelims and Mains while making notes from static and dynamic sources.
5. Study Important Portions of the Subject first: At the last moment or during revision you should not pick up new topics as it would confuse you all the more. Study the most important parts of the subjects first and don’t rush through the whole syllabus. Else you won’t be able to retain much.
6. Set Priorities: If you take up important parts of a subject you will be able to cover the most important questions to be asked. Majority of questions are asked from the important topics of Ecology & Biodiversity; so focus on preparing important parts of a topic first.
7. Flash Cards: One can prepare small strips of paper while going through the syllabus and can come back to them while revising. They come as handy revision notes and one can revise large portions of syllabus within a very small time frame. Such strips are strictly not to be taken to the examination hall.
8. Last year papers: should be covered while revision. In case of what to expect during the examination, aspirant can refer to last year papers. By going through and solving these papers the candidate understands and learns about the examination pattern.
One should be dedicated during the revision time. Following guidelines and directions is an exhaustive process and only sincere dedication leads to success. So study hard, Study Smart and most importantly adhere to directions sincerely. Take PrepLadder’s free Mock Test Series 2015 to know your current level of preparation in comparison to rest of India.