Indian Computing Olympiad - Help

So hello everyone , I am a beginner in the field of competitive programming and this year I came to know about Informatics Olympiad . So further searching I stumbled upon CodeChef . So now , I want to know from a experienced person about the preparation of these Olympiads as I would be giving Zco for the first time . I would be very pleased if anyone guide me through the proper path of preparation and help me to perform well in these Olympiads . Please help!!!

Also , I am using java as my language to code the sample problems . But many say that c is best , so do I need to shift to C ??

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for short contests of abt 2-3hrs I would suggest dont use java as it requires lots of typing
thats the reason most people use C++ (not C)
C++ has STL which comes in handy in CP
but if u r so much comfortable in java like me then probabily switching to any other lang will be headache
however u so much time to learn c++ too
in case you decide to use java learn abt Collections. its equivalent to STL in c++

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