Prepare for the Pakistan Studies (2059) Exam in a Smarter Way!

History is something that we all love to hear about as stories and like to share with too with evening tea or in a family get to gather. However, when it comes to remembering the dates, actual timeline of events, names of personalities, the biographies and above all to be ranked on all this information; it becomes not so interesting. Did I hit home? Don't worry, this blog will cover everything or everything that I have figured out over these years that can make any history student's life easy. But before I move forward with my knowledge, let's first take a quick overview of Pakistan Studies (2059). The Pakistan Studies (2059) is a subject that you prepare for your O’ Levels and if you prepare right, then you can easily pass it with distinction.

What You Should Expect?
It is divided into two parts i.e. Paper-I and Paper-II. Paper I cover the 'History & Culture of Pakistan' whereas in Paper-II you are evaluated on your knowledge regarding 'The Environment of Pakistan.' From each paper you are required to attempt 3 questions (25 marks each) i.e. in 3 hours duration you must answer a total of 6 questions. Paper-I have two sections, Section A which is compulsory and has 1 question and Section B will have 4 questions and you are required to attempt any 2. In Paper-II, there isn't any section, you can choose any 3 questions from a total of 5 questions. Each question from both papers will have a maximum of four parts i.e. part (a)' through (d). These parts can further be categorized into part (i) and (ii).

How to Prepare?
Before starting your preparation, the first thing you should do is to read the syllabus thoroughly. Before diving into the ocean, it is always an intelligent move to figure out how deep it will be. If you see the syllabus, you will figure out that the Paper-I syllabus is divided into 3 sections. The 3rd section “Nationhood” is very boring, just being honest as it discusses everything post-independence. But the good thing is, you can skip it and still get an A* as I have seen the past papers and also heard it from some recent students about it. However, you cannot leave anything from the Paper-II syllabus. Your Paper-II preparation should be spotless because if you have lost any marks in Paper-I; it will save you. For Paper II, you must understand and have enough knowledge of the maps.

Dos, Don’ts & Tricks:
  • While preparing, make sure to use a highlighter, no matter if you are studying from a book or from the notes that you can find on
  • Use multiple color highlighters as it will help you in revision, use orange for important events, yellow for dates and so on.
  • Once you have completed the syllabus, it’s time for self-evaluation.
  • Start solving at least 2 x 5 years of past papers of Paper I and 2 x 7 years of past papers of Paper-II.
  • Solving the past papers will help you understand the paper format plus it will also make you more confident and prepared for the real exam.
  • While attempting the exam, make sure you wear a watch and set a 25 minutes target for a single question.
  • Many will tell you to keep a target of 30 minutes, but I don’t find it a good suggestion because you should always ahead of time to complete things on time.
  • In case if you run short of time, and you are scared that you might not be able to complete the paper on time then it is always intelligent to switch from paragraphs to bullet forms.
  • In each bullet, define a new point.
  • Don't go explaining one point in 5 bullets or sentences because the examiner will see it as one point and mark you on it only however if you define 5 different points in 5 bullets you will be marked on your knowledge.
  • This bullet approach should be your last resort, not your plan A. 
How Much Should You Write?
  • For a 4 marks question, you should be writing 4 to 5 lines of 10 words.
  • For a 7 marks question, you should be writing 10 to 14 lines of 10 words.
  • For a 14 marks question, you should write 2 pages i.e. 20 to 22 lines roughly.
  • In 14 marks questions always add a conclusion.

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