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Exam Preparation Tips

Exam Preparation Tips

Last Minute Tips To Crack IAS Prelims

(UPSC Prelims)
Last Minute Preparation Tips

Before appearing in IAS Prelims, the last days preparation becomes more crucial. Aspirant have to pull himself together and speed up to win. If you are ready for the marathon of Prelims then consider few last minute tips for IAS Prelims exam.

Preparation Planning in less than a month: Study Management is the key factor of your study and even more important when you have shortage of time. We know that Syllabus is huge and one cannot revise the entire syllabus just before the competition. Most importantly you must go through important topics from exam oriented approach in both Paper I (General Studies) & Paper II (Aptitude Test).

मास्टर स्ट्रैटेजी : सामान्य अध्ययन - पेपर - १ (सिविल सेवा प्रारंभिक परीक्षा)

सिविल सेवा प्रारंभिक परीक्षा : ट्रेण्ड एनालिसिस

Master Strategy for IAS Pre Exam

संघ लोक सेवा द्वारा आयोजित सिविल सेवा परीक्षा में सफलता प्राप्त करने के लिये मास्टर स्ट्रैटेजी के माध्यम से विद्यार्थी के विभिन्न प्रश्नों का हल दिया जयेगा। जैसे अध्ययन सामग्री का चुनाव कैसे किया जाए, कोचिंग इन्स्टीट्यूट में जाना चाहिये अथवा नहीं, अध्ययन कैसे करना चाहिये, कितनी देर पढना चाहिये, नोट्स बनाने चाहिये अथवा नही इत्यादि सवाल जो कि तैयारी कर रहे प्रत्येक व्यक्ति के मन में घूमते रहते हैं। विद्यार्थीयों को चाहिये की वे भ्रमित न होकर शान्त मन से अध्ययन करें।

How to Prepare for Civil Services Preliminary exam

Essential Steps to Crack CSAT


Preparing IAS Prelims requires three essential steps:

  • Fist involved step is Planning

  • Second is Implementation

  • Third is Continuous Testing

 PLANNING

Process, Pattern and Strategy to crack IAS PreBefore starting your actual preparation you should have some adequate time in hand to cover the syllabus, that is why you should start at least 10 to 12 month in advance. Ideally 12 month preparation is adequate and if not 12 month, then at least of 10 months.

Some students ask that they can prepare for prelims in just 3 or 4 months time. Well, you can only prepare for the prelims in 3 or 4 months or even in 15 days or 20 days. But only if you got prior experience or gotten through the prelims before and covered the entire syllabus once. Then you can obviously prepare in just 3 month or 20 days :), depending on your preparation level or caliber. But, If you are new or fresher in this entire civil services examination process. Then you should start preparing for the prelims ideally before 12 months or minimum 10 month in advance.

How to score good marks in civil services exam

Useful Tips: Successful Scoring in IAS Exam

Today I want to share some of the strategies that might help you to score well in civil services exam. When you enter this UPSC examination and decided that this is your goal. First, lot of us will think that this is very hard! But with hard work, which is intelligently done, you can clear this exam very easily.

As you know that this exam is conducted in three stages. First come the prelims exam which is written by more than 5 lakhs people from across the country. So this exam is very exhaustive and it is mainly a screening exam.

Understanding the Exam process and preparation

So, basically if you see in this exam, every question you have got has four options and you have to select the right option. So more than choosing the right option in this stage, mainly consist of eliminating the wrong answers. So in this way you will be able to get a clear picture. Since UPSC has introduced negative marking, it is better to leave the completely unknown questions and mainly concentrate first on the questions that you know thoroughly, then the questions which you are having some basic guidelines. So this is the basic technique that we have to follow in the Prelims exam.

Other than that "How to prepare for the prelims exam". This is a exhaustive study level exam. Before preparing exhaustively, I will recommend that you study the basic books first thoroughly and then you can go for other books. So what happens is once you read the basic notes thoroughly, you get the basic understanding of the subject. And when you read the other books, you will get the added information.

How to prepare Science & Technology for IAS Exam

Science & Technology for Civil Services Prelims and Mains Examination

Importance in Exam Point of View

Science and Technology in years have grown in relevance and has groomed a great width in its dynamics in the civil services examination. The role that general science plays in day to day life and hence with the development of the system has been marked majorly in both the pattern of UPSC Civil services exams that is prelims and mains. Thus, science and technology and general science have developed as a core prospect in the success story of the aspirants.

How to crack civil services exam in first attempt

How to Clear IAS in 1 Year

The First Attempt


The first attempt of the candidate is a very crucial one and that is the attempt in which we can give the attempt with the full fire. So you should not waste this opportunity for just a sake of writing the Preliminary examination. Many can clear the Preliminary exam in just sake of writing but you can not be done with the Mains examination. Let us explain that what advantage you have in first attempt is the thought about the civil services examination and how you approach to the preparation is desired by whom you approach to get the advice. Whether it is the successful candidates or those who are at to succeed. Successful candidates can give you the positive approach, they would have had some fallbacks and how they rectified them. They will help you to focus in preparation with a positive way.

But if you go for some candidates who have not succeeded, they might give you some negative thoughts about the examination that you have to study too much to cover the vast areas of study and course etc.

How to prepare Reading Comprehension for CSAT

IAS Prelims Paper 2: Strategy for Reading Comprehension

Reading ComprehensionIt has introduced three years ago. It replaced the having optional subjects in prelim. Why? because people used to mug up answers for their optional subjects by using notes from the coaching institutes and other resources. This also left poor students, who can't afford coaching in a disadvantageous state. So, the UPSC decided to introduce this paper pattern in 2011.

General Studies Planner: Civil Services Prelims

Preparation Plan for General Studies (Civil Services Prelims)

In this article we will discuss about a Plan to prepare General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary examination with the very simple flowchart, all the resources, and from where we can read it successfully. We have provided a flowchart below which showing each subject that how we can cover it very nicely.

For example: For a specific subject which NCERT books you need for it? Which magazines you must read for it? What standard text books to read and overall the newspapers for it.

प्रांरभिक परीक्षा सामान्य अध्ययन प्रश्नपत्र के लिए अचूक रणनीति

प्रांरभिक परीक्षा - सामान्य अध्ययन

रणनीति निर्धारण


Samanya Adhyayanइस सेवा में भविष्य बनाने के लक्ष्य को प्राप्त करने के लिये आपमें मेहनत, एकाग्रता, आत्मविश्वास व कुशल प्रबंधन का होना अनिवार्य है। युवा अभ्यर्थी एक प्रमुख बात का ध्यान रखें कि यह सिविल सर्विस सिर्फ एक उज्ज्वल भविष्य की ही बात नहीं है, बल्कि यह एक अत्यंत महत्वपूर्ण ज़िम्मेदारी की सेवा भी हैं और इसमें सेवा के लोकतांत्रिक मूल्यों को बनाए रखने व जनहित में काम करने की आवश्यकता होगी। सिविल सर्विस परीक्षा एस० एस० सी०, बैंकिग, रेलवे व अन्य प्रतियोगी परीक्षाओं की तरह एक सामान्य परीक्षा नहीं है, "यह एक मिशन है"।

नये छात्र आईएएस परीक्षा की तैयारी कैसे करें। (Prepare IAS Exam During Graduation)

आईएएस परीक्षा की तैयारी कैसे करें।

Process, Pattern and Strategy to crack IAS Preयह तो हम सभी जानते हैं कि संघ लोक सेवा आयोग (यू०पी०एस०सी०) सिविल सेवा परीक्षा आयोजित कराता है, और यह देश की एक कठिन व प्रतिष्ठित परीक्षा है। फिर भी लाखों युवा छात्र देश के कोने-कोने से इस परीक्षा की तैयारी करते हैं और एक आई०ए०एस० अफसर बनने का सपना देखते हैं। यदि हम इस परीक्षा की प्रक्रिया व प्रकृति को देखें तो हम पायेंगे कि इस परीक्षा में सफलता पाने के लिये हमें चाहिये कि हम एक सटीक रणनीति और व्यवस्था के साथ तैयारी करें। सामान्यत: एक अभ्यर्थी यदि इस परीक्षा की तैयारी स्नातक स्तर से ही शुरू कर दें तो यह भी संभव है कि इस सेवा में जाने की संभावना कई गुना बढ़ जाती है, और अभ्यार्थी सफलता पूर्वक इस प्रतिष्ठित सेवा में अपना भविष्य निर्धारित कर सकते हैं ।

मास्टर स्ट्रैटेजी : प्रारंभिक परीक्षा सामान्य अध्ययन - पेपर - 1 (पर्यावरण, पारिस्थितिकी एवं जैव विविधिता)

सिविल सेवा प्रारंभिक परीक्षा की तैयारी कैसे करें?

मास्टर स्ट्रैटेजी: पर्यावरण, पारिस्थितिकी एवं जैव विविधिता

नवीन पाठ़्यक्रम के अंतर्गत पर्यावरण, पारिस्थितिक समबंधित मुद़्दों को अलग खण्ड के रूप में सम्मिलित किया गया है। पहले यह भूगोल खण्ड के अन्तर्गत शामिल था। यह अत्यंत महत्वपूर्ण खण्ड है, वर्ष २०११ में इस खण्ड से २० प्रश्न पूंछे गये थे तथा वर्ष २०१२ में भी २० प्रश्न इसी खण्ड से आये थे। वर्तमान में भी पर्यावरण, पारिस्थितिकी एवं जैव विविधिता खण्ड का महत्व  लगातार प्रश्नों के बढ्ते क्रम को देखने से स्पष्ट हो जाता है।

इस खण्ड में पूंछे जाने वाले प्रश्न ऐसे होते है जिनके बारे में हम प्राय: पढते या सुनते रहते हैं। उदाहरण के लिये - ग्लोबल वार्मिंग, अम्लीय वर्षा या फ़िर ओजोन परत के क्षरण जैसे विषयों से जुडे होते हैं। इस प्रकार यह खण्ड व्यवहारिक एवं विश्लेषणात्मक प्रकृति के प्रश्नों से परिपूर्ण होते हैं। इस खण्ड से पशु-पक्षियों, पेड-पौधों की विलुप्त होती प्रजातियों, नई खोजी गई प्रजाति अथवा किसी विशिष्ट कारण से चर्चा में रही प्रजाति के विषय में प्रश्न पूंछे जाते हैं।

How to fill DAF for UPSC Exam

UPSC

 Guidelines to Fill Detailed Application Form

Qualified Candidates in written part of the Examinations/Preliminary Examinations are required to fill the Online DAF
Aspirants are advised to read properly Rules of the Examinations before proceeding, which include conditions of eligibility etc. as published by UPSC (DAF) for Examinations.

How to choose important topics from a newspaper for IAS

Strategy to read newspapers for IAS exam preparation


The HinduIn our previous articles we have already discussed the importance and approach of reading newspapers for the civil services examination. We all know that it is a required task and in this article we will learn that how to read newspapers to get the best out of it. Preferably one should finish the newspaper in 2 hours including making notes and current affairs.

Top Mistakes to avoid while preparing for IAS Prelims

Top five mistakes to avoid while preparing for civil services prelims exam

5 Mistakes to avoid in IAS PreMany students work very hard for the IAS prelims exam, but they unable to qualify because of flaws in the preparation process. Candidates are advised to make sure that you do not make these mistakes. Below we are listing 5 mistakes to avoid:

How to prepare Economics for IAS

Strategy for Preparing Economics

(Part - 1)

This is the basic introduction of Economics like what are the sources of economics, relative books, newspapers, magazines and what are the topics to be covered and the basic general approach etc. Economics is literally the toughest nut to crack for majority of IAS aspirants in both IAS Prelims and Mains. Many aspirants search for a ultimate book for this but that does not exist in economics and you need multiple sources to prepare, because it is a huge course. Few phases are analytical and technical including the use of mathematics, graphs, equations, numbers etc (but these are hard theory of economics and we usually don't delve into that with that much of details.) You have to emphasis a lot on concepts and current affairs and very less on actual facts.

How to write answers in civil services mains

Answer Writing Strategy for Mains Exam

In this article we will discuss and learn with various terminologies which are used in questions by UPSC especially in the Mains examination like Discuss, Elaborate, and Enumerate etc.

Before we move into the topic we would like to suggest aspirants that "Do not leave your answer sheet blank even if you don't know the exact meaning of the world or exactly what question is asking, you should write something". Even if you don't know about the terminologies like what is mean by 'elaboration' than also you should write something in the answer. Because there is a very high overlap between various terms like discuss, analyze, expand or substantiate etc. More or less, there is a very high overlap so, answer will not be very different, and the same content remains.

How to prepare Law optional for IAS

Strategy for Law (Optional) Paper

Mentor says that the only reason you should take any optional is your interest in that and without interest, you won't be able to prepare for the same.

Role of Coaching


It can be of immense help if you don't have basic understanding and approach for the optional you have opted. You should relied with coaching notes and strategy because it can streamline your preparation. It provides you writing skills and study management to save your time from studying too much and what all is not required for the preparation. With the guidance of teachers you will be able to do smart work and crack the exam without undue hustle and pressure.

How to prepare Psychology optional for IAS

Strategy for Psychology (Optional) Paper

In this article we will share some Psychology optional tips for civil services examination. First of all, How to decide whether you choose Psychology as an optional or not.

What are the Pros?


This is very interesting subject to study and interest should be the prime criteria for choosing any optional, If you do not have the interest in the optional you would not be able to prepare. It has been fairly scoring over the last 4-5 years comparatively to the other popular optional papers.

Direct application of lot of concepts in Paper I and Paper II reduces the amount of mugging required. Techniques learnt while reading topics like memory, intelligence, motivation etc. can be applied in your UPSC preparation. From stress management to effective parenting, the subject has lots to offer for implementation in everyday life too.

How to prepare Modern Indian History for IAS

Modern Indian History for Civil Services Examination

Dealing with Modern History


Before starting your preparation for General Studies, aspirants are advised to review the syllabus for the same.

Official Syllabus for the Prelims

  • History of India and Indian National Movements

Official Syllabus for Mains

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
  • The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important key contributions and people from India.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawl of national boundaries, colonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc and their forms and effect on the society.

How to prepare Medieval Indian History for IAS

Medieval Indian History for Civil Services Examination

Official Syllabus


  • Mains: General Studies - I (Paper 2)

Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present - significant event, personalities, issues. The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributions/contributors from different parts of the country. Post-independence consolidation and reorganisation within the country.

History of the Word will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, re-drawal  of national boundaries, colonisation, decolonisation, political philosophers like communism, capitalism, socialism etc. - their forms and effect in on the society.

How to prepare Ancient Indian History for IAS

Ancient Indian History for Civil Services Examination

Dealing with Ancient Indian History


Review official syllabus first and you will see the influence of various topics in exam point of view. History of India and Indian National Movements, Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

Important Topics: Art and Culture - Hindu Philosophy (BUDDHISM)

Art and Culture

( BUDDHISM)

Indian Philosophy


It is dealing with Upnishads, Later Vedic Period, developing and evolving over 2 millennias. There are two types of Schools first is Orthodox (astika) or non-orthodox (nastika), if Veda is an infallible source of knowledge or not.

Six orthodox schools: Nyaya, Veisesika, Samkhya, Yoga, Purva mimansa and Vedanta (also called as Uttar mimansa). The Heterodox are Jain, Buddhist and materialist (Cārvāka).

Then various schools have perished, but some have survived are: Jainism, Buddhism, Shavia and Advaita (part of Vedanta only), while Samkhya and Ajivika did not survived. "Philosopher" is dārśanika, familiar with the systems of philosophyor darśanas. 

So, why these religious movements started to begin with Jainism and Buddhism. There are so many religions and why they were needed. This is the question UPSC asked.

Religious Movements: Superiority of the Brahamins and Vedic rituals became very complicated. Most of literature was written in Sanskrit and it was language of elites and out of understanding of common people. Caste system became extremely rigid, no changes of profession was allowed. Animal killing was prevailing during rituals, they were source of livelihood.

Important Topics: Art and Culture - Hindu Philosophy (Jainism and Cārvāka)

Art and Culture

( Jainism and Cārvāka)

Indian Philosophy


It is dealing with Upnishads, Later Vedic Period, developing and evolving over 2 millennia's. There are two types of Schools first is Orthodox (astika) or non-orthodox (nastika), if Veda is an infallible source of knowledge or not.

Six orthodox schools: Nyaya, Veisesika, Samkhya, Yoga, Purva mimansa and Vedanta (also called as Uttar mimansa). The Heterodox are Jain, Buddhist and materialist (Cārvāka).

Then various schools have perished, but some have survived are: Jainism, Buddhism, Shavia and Advaita (part of Vedanta only), while Samkhya and Ajivika did not survived. "Philosopher" is dārśanika, familiar with the systems of philosophyor darśanas. 

Religious Movements: Superiority of the Brahamins and Vedic rituals became very complicated. Most of literature was written in Sanskrit and it was language of elites and out of understanding of common people. Caste system became extremely rigid, no changes of profession was allowed. Animal killing was prevailing during rituals, they were source of livelihood.

So, people started agitating and they wanted different religions for themselves.

How to choose optional subjects for civil services exam

Selecting Right Optional Subject for Civil Services Exam

Through this article, I would like to interact with Civil Services Aspirants about the strategy for the IAS examination.

Friends, the foremost important thing is the duration of preparing this examination, Ideally the time to start the preparation is 10-12 months before the exam.
Selecting optional subject is most important part of the civil services examination which most of the candidates ignore. Generally, "A college student asks whether I should start preparing when I am studying in college itself."

Actually; I would suggest them that "Have Civil Services in back of your mind and just start preparing from Daily important news from various news papers like The Hindu, Indian Express, Economic Times, related magazines like Yojana, Kurukshetra, Frontline for in-depth analysis of current issues and events in India & World,  and think about selecting your Optional Subject". Optional subjects are those which you have to study for couple of years during your preparation for this exam. So, if you don't like the optional subjects, or if you have selected the subject only for scoring purpose, you won't be comfortable in studying them.

How to prepare Public Administration optional for IAS

Strategy for Public Administration (Optional) Paper

Public Administration is very tricky optional to score well in UPSC exam. In this article we will find out that how we can be able to score good marks with this subject.

Facts about Public Administration

The most important thing in this optional is Conceptual Clarity. Unfortunately most of us rely completely on coaching notes and end up having only superficial knowledge which is very dangerous in present setup of UPSC exam and especially in Public Administration. All of us write answers in Public Administration and feel that we have written it well but the problem is most of us interpret questions differently and end up writing different answers. The correct interpretation of question will only happen if your concepts are clear.

In the last two years, UPSC has deliberately increased the difficulty level of question paper as they are more interested in those students who have conceptual clarity and ability to write those concepts in a simple manner. For that, you need to study some basic books so that you develop good understanding of the subject. Books are vary from person to person and there are many books on Public Administration, all of them are equally good but whichever book you are studying, study it well, study it multiple times.

How to prepare Geography optional for IAS

Strategy for Geography (Optional) Paper

Topper says that the only principle or reason you should take optional is the INTEREST in that particular subject. Because without any interest, there won't be any enthusiasm and without enthusiasm you won't be motivated to study in long run, so choose optional wisely.

How to write answer for Geography optional?

Answers should be crisp, concise and to the point. Follow researched answer writing order "Introduction, Main Body & Conclusion". Underline the important word/phrase, and make a thumb rule that one diagram for every 10 marks or with 3-4 paragraph questions answers. Draw diagrams with pencil and label in black pen (you must write number and name of the diagram with black pen).

Pre Guidance Programme

Study Kit for IAS (Pre) CSAT Paper-1 (General Studies)

General Studies Kit for IAS Preliminary

Dear Aspirants,

UPSC exam is not an easy nut to crack. As it is a well known fact that Union Public Service Commission conducts civil Services Examination every year in three stages. This exam is not only a skill test, neither it has thousands of vacancies like SSC, Banking, Railway, and other One day Competitive exams. This examination is a mission, thus only those aspirants can achieve this next to impossible task, who has acute desire to achieve their goal.