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As a student, you certainly have an idea about what to study but mostly get stuck when it comes to how to study and ace an exam. You may feel intimidated when you look at the International Relations CSS syllabus. But don’t worry, you landed at the right place, we are here to guide you to learn, work smart, and crack this exam.
1: LOOK FOR THE RESOURCES
Before beginning your preparation, the first step is to look for the best resources according to your level of expertise.
Start from the beginner level and consult the books of international relations written by Sarfaraz Akhund, Martin Griffiths, and Abdul Sattar. Then gradually, move towards the advanced level and read the books related to world politics, foreign policies, and globalization written by authors like Joshua Goldstein, Kaufman, John Baylis etc.
Lastly refer to the newspapers, journals, YouTube, and magazines. All these resources will help you to build your knowledge.
You can access the channels like Course Zix Class, Open Learn to get the theoretical knowledge of IR and can visit e-ir.info site to get magnanimous data related to international affairs.
2: CRITICAL ANALYSIS
All these readings are of no use if you won’t compare, apply and analyze the policies through the prism of fundamental theories.
Make short notes of the important points and comprehend the ideas in your native language to store the data in your mind for long period of time. This systematic way will help you to prepare for Paper 1 and Paper 2 of IR.
3: BE CONSISTENT AND STAY MOTIVATED
When you follow the same routine and spend most of your time learning, there are higher chances of getting bored. But don’t let it control your nerves and remind yourself the purpose behind this exam.
Build your stamina for long study hours and to let go off the distractions, make a schedule and plan your tasks accordingly. Lastly, arrange a proper study place for yourself to avoid the sleep while studying and if it is required then charge your mind by taking a quick 15-minutues nap.
4: REVISE YOUR NOTES
Human mind cannot store the information if he/she doesn’t revise the work regularly. To build the strong command over your concepts, it is better to revise the important points weekly because it will be extremely helpful for you at the time when you are sitting in an exam hall.
5: MAKE MIND MAPS
If you are still struggling to remember the significant points of a major topic, it is advisable to make a mind map because according to the research, virtual images can stay in your mind for longer time as compared to reading the information from the long paragraphs.
Try making tables and mind maps to have a clear understanding for a particular topic.
Read, write and practice past papers.
If you can decode these tips and succeed in implementing the above-mentioned steps, it is guaranteed that you will ace this exam.
Have faith because you can do everything!
It is a 200 marks subject that is divided into two papers focusing on theories, contemporary issues, foreign politics, global concerns, and political strategies. But to simplify it and minimize the workload, we will divide the entire syllabus into four categories that will not only help you to have a structured look at the syllabus but will also ensure your interest in this subject. These four categories are:
It will include the ideas like the evolution of international relations, the nation-state system, causes of war, detriments of Pakistani strategic culture, and the formation of foreign policies.
It includes all fundamental theories like neo-liberalism, mercantilism, neo-Marxism, imperialism, neo-realism, post-modernism, constructivism, etc. that are required in this course. Apart from that, it highlights the questions regarding the application of these theories.
3: Fundamental Concepts
In this part, the basic concepts of policymaking, the international political community, decision implementation, international law, political institutions, approaches to peace, and national interests are questioned.
4: Contemporary Issues
Paper 2 is mostly focused on the contemporary debate. In this paper, a student is asked to compare and form the relations between wars, how the new world order changed after the cold war, and the foreign policies of major countries like Pakistan, India, China, UK. Etc., various international and regional organizations and how they operate, treaties related to nuclear wars, and various current affairs issues.
This will help you to divide the syllabus and search for the resources accordingly. But the question is how you should prepare for this competitive exam.
No doubt life is full of challenges, but there are always ways to overcome the challenges. Similarly, in order to excel in the IR exam, just follow these simple steps and ace your exam.
Ultimate CSS International Relation Preparation Course
1. Introduction to International Relations
2. 20 days test prep plan
3. Questions solved by CSS toppers
4. Up-to-date topics
5. Self-assessment assignments
6. Theoretical framework
7. Analytical approach to international politics