All UPSC hopefuls are active and passionate about the civil services exam at the start of their IAS preparation! However, the majority of candidates struggle to harness that energy, sometimes due to a lack of knowledge regarding the UPSC civil services test.
1 Work that is both smart and hard
The UPSC civil services exam necessitates hard study, but candidates must also be knowledgeable enough to understand the UPSC’s requirements, which can only be accomplished if candidates are totally familiar with the UPSC syllabus and question paper patterns.
One year before the IAS preliminary tests is the best time to begin IAS preparation. Candidates should prioritize General Studies subjects throughout the beginning stages of preparation.
2 Avoid multitasking at all costs
Don’t spend too much time on a single topic; instead, attempt to give all of the topics on the syllabus similar weight. Most importantly, students must go over what they have read at least two to three times before taking the exam.
3 Consult the standard material.
Try to stick to standard textbooks and NCERT books as much as possible. Avoid reading about the same subject from diverse sources. Students are encouraged to read one national newspaper, such as The Hindu or The Indian Express.
Self-evaluation should be a part of your preparation process on a regular basis. Students should not read for long periods of time without assessing their preparation. Solving previous question papers and some mock question papers, which are widely available, might help students assess their preparation.
5 Taking notes on a regular basis
Candidates should make it a habit to take notes on current events and issues on a regular basis. These handwritten comments will come in helpful for final revisions.
6 NCERT books should be read
Students should read all necessary NCERT books to gain a basic understanding of UPSC syllabus topics. Because for both the prelims and mains exams, UPSC asks questions verbatim from the NCERT texts.
7 Process of holistic preparation
Candidates should prepare holistically for the prelims, mains, and interviews in IAS preparation rather than separate preparation. Rather than treating this as three separate exams, candidates should treat it as one single exam with three segments.
8 Select the appropriate optional subject.
In the UPSC mains test, optional subjects are quite important. Students should select the appropriate elective subject depending on their personal interests. Candidates should read over the UPSC mains syllabus and previous year question papers before deciding on an optional subject.
9 Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Candidates should maintain good health and eat well because the examination procedure lasts a year.