UPSC exams are one of the most difficult exams for any aspirants. The cut-throat competition, limited vacancies and increased number of applications can make it even more challenging.
However, with proper time-management, focus, structured routine and proper guidance, one can win this race. The prelims are the first step towards the ultimate dream of offering services as a civil servant. Here giving you a fair idea of how to prepare for the UPSC Prelims exam. Sharing 8 useful tips that’ll help you crack the Prelims exam.
1. Prepare Easy-to-Refer Notes
The UPSC syllabus is broad & the topic to be covered are numerous. At times it does get difficult on what to study and what to leave. The best way to revise everything during the last few months is to prepare small and easy to refer notes. Good notes that are easily understandable are mandatory for every UPSC aspirant. Another great option is writing down all the important question on one sheet for later reference.
2. Practice Mock Test & Previous Year Papers
Mock Tests are a great way of analyzing your strengths and weaknesses. You can either prepare for a topic and give the mock test to understand how much you have acquired or before to know exactly how much preparation the particular topic needs. The constant evolution helps with confidence and guarantees a better result. Also, since prelims are conducted offline, practising mock test helps one with the speed.
Every aspirant must refer to previous year papers gives an idea of what to study out of the extensive syllabus. It also gives a fair idea of kind of questions asked in the exam.
3. Maintain Your Speed & Accuracy
The key to scoring well in UPSC exam is making sure you maintain speed while answering & making sure the answers are accurate. From the start of your preparation make sure you work on time management to ensure you are able to tackle both GS Paper I and II (CSAT). Remember there is a separate cut-off for GS Paper I & it’s important to score minimum qualifying marks of 33% in GS Paper-II. With negative marking, accuracy should be your priority.
4. Choose Right Study Material
When it comes to UPSC study material, it is a never-ending battle. Several aspirants burden themselves with unwanted information and loads of syllabus which results in retaining very little. Make sure you are referring to standard books with detailed information. Address to the books relevant for the reference & focus on grasping as much knowledge as you could instead of getting lost in a pile of books. You will definitely learn more from reading relevant material time & again rather than studying from 20 different sources.
5. Stay Updated With Current Affairs
Be it prelims, mains or interview, UPSC gives due importance to current affairs & events. A UPSC aspirant must be updated with what’s happening around the globe all the time. This will help you extensively with your preparation not only for GS I Prelims paper but also further for Mains.
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6. Follow A Daily Study Plan
You can not prepare in a day and sit for the UPSC exam. UPSC needs constant practice, study and hard work. Instead of burdening yourself during the last few days proper a daily study plan to make sure you are able to cover each topic every day. This will keep you free more unwanted stress and improve your will to study. Follow a study plan that fits into your everyday life perfectly without taking stressing you. You can easily find time for other choruses this way.
7. Clear Your Doubts ASAP
It is very important to write down your doubts and clear them as soon as possible. Take help from your teachers/ coaching institute/ friends or look it up on the internet. This helps you with final preparation and reduces stress. Doing this will also help you learn more about the topic. Group studies are another great way of learning more from your friends and their experiences.
8. Get Rid of Stress & Anxiety
Don’t stress yourself days before D-Day. It is really important for aspirants to keep calm before and during the exam. A relaxed mind will be able to remember and respond better. Keeping a positive attitude will help you be more productive. Even during the exam if you aren’t able to answer a particular question, don’t stress. Instead, answer the questions you know and are sure of.