It takes over a year for a candidate for preparing Civil Services Prelims Examination. This year the Civil Services Prelims Examination is going to be held on 18th June. A candidate needs a different strategy must be applied to attain success. Here, are some tips and suggestions to help you prepare for the examination.
a) Plan Well
It’s rightly said that if you failed to plan for an examination, you’re planning to fail. Do extensive planning right from the syllabus to previous year question papers, exam patterns, time management, sources to be read, etc. Make a plan on a monthly, weekly or daily basis, stick to the plan and get the things done.
b) Focus on basics first
The questions asked in the UPSC examination are the fundamental ones. So, get your basics very clear. What you choose to study, the study materials or the e-learning ones, it’s very important to decide, as without any guidance one would get lost. The key is to go through 10 previous year question papers and interviews of previous years toppers. Usually, for Indian Polity almost all recommend reading M LaxmiKanth. Once you have carefully chosen a source, master in that rather than being anxious about other sources.
c) Prepare a timetable
It’s very important to maintain regularity and consistency. Reading regularly for seven to eight hours, rather than reading for 12 hours a day and nothing for the next day. Stick to a schedule and try to follow it on a regular basis. Every morning, fix a part of the syllabus to get completed on the day and at night, get ready for the output. Stick to the timetable.
d) Practice previous years question papers and give mock tests as much as possible
For maintaining clarity, practice previous year questions and appear for mock tests as much as possible. Make sure to analyze each mock test you’re appearing for! Remember, it shouldn’t be only the evaluating tool, but learning tool too. Focus on the consecutive mistakes you’re doing. Give mock test either in institutes or online those contains tough questions or as per the level of UPSC exam.
e) Be optimistic
It’s normal that most of the time the preparations would be really frustrating and irritating. Practicing test, preparing vigorously may lead to negative thoughts and “give up” thoughts too. Be positive and wait for the fruits of the hard work to ripen.
Believe in yourself, work harder and leave the rest with God!