Here are a few tips to crack the UPSC Civil Services Exam:
One of the most vital roadblocks for the UPSE CSE is time management. The exam is directed over three stages – the Preliminary, Mains and the Interview. Each has a moderately large syllabus and the exam prolongs over a year. Most aspirants are full-time students and some are office-goers who have to program their preparation within the duration they can contrive outside of their regular routine work.
Being sober about the exam needs a constant focus, and thus a unique time-table to guarantee a consistent path towards grasping the vast amount of knowledge for the exam. This time management is only possible if the aspirants are able to set up a plan and fix deadlines for when they aim to cover the numerous portions of the syllabus. For example, reading and making notes for at least a few hours every day for 10 days to reach the fundamental concepts of Geography.
The process and the person timelines may change but working out the plan for time management is required to everyone. Last-minute cramming has rarely, or rather hard, served for most UPSC CSE aspirants. It is also essential to understand that most of the time to study will truly involve revisiting concepts you have previously studied. So, set downtime for regular revisions and workout your brain regularly.
Understand the Exam Pattern:
The UPSC website clearly affirms the intention of their test. It is to find people who need not have a functional in-depth knowledge of the topics but rather comprehensive knowledge of the history, culture, geography and other functional characters of India and a bit of the world.
Questions get more specialized in the Optional Subject papers, but only as much as somewhat more than an undergraduate level. For example, In the case of Engineering, Medicine, and Law, an undergraduate understanding is sufficient.
Familiarize yourself with the scope of the syllabus, so you can start building your study plan accordingly.
The amount of information, towards an exhaustive preparation, may appear intimidating. Hence, it is more obvious to structure the study plan focusing on building on the basic concepts, usually from the prescribed NCERT books.
Some topics may need a follow up with more specific books.
It is a good idea to find various source materials, while not getting disturbed your schedule with too many books. Aspirants usually refer to online material for information.
It is necessary to keep up a consistent habit of writing, reading, analyzing, and testing content. Many successful aspirants have emphasized on the point of having regular conversations and discussions with their friends and colleagues, on topics correlated with the syllabus and current affairs. It presents an excellent system for logically exhibiting your views while also assisting you to realize the depth of your insights.
There are mock tests available on our website online to test your preparation in a timed manner. These can help in making all your things in action as needed on the day of the exam.
The UPSC website has a storehouse bank for previous year question papers. Although the exam organizers are known to almost never repeat questions from previous years, the previous question papers do provide a glimpse of the type of questions preferred by them.
You can find the difficulty level, significance to the designated syllabus, the extent of needed understanding, analytical and logical complexity, and scoring, by revising your performance on questions that have been asked before.
Give Priority to revision:
The length and breadth of the UPSC CSE exam need frequent revision to the study material. Your preparation program should cover the time demanded to revise the read topics various times.
It is often beneficial to highlight significant passages, or make notes, for a sharp look close to the exam date. Make sure you have such preparation for the sake of efficiency.
A lot of queries are correlated with the candidate’s general awareness of current affairs in the world, with importance on the happenings in India. Get in the fashion of reading an abundance of daily newspapers to stay knowledgeable about current topics.
Various sources recommend The Hindu, Mint, The Indian Express, PIB, Parliamentary discussions, regional language newspapers, and magazines like Yojana, Kurukshetra and Manorama Year Books.