12 Aug 2018

Aspirants appearing for IAS exam are initially confused as they are not sure about how to begin the preparation and what to study. But it’s their dream career, and so they are ready to put all their hard work and dedication to clear the exam. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the IAS exam:

Understanding exam pattern

Every year UPSC conducts civil services exam. It is divided in 3 steps
Step 1: CSAT
The following table shows the details of CSAT pattern

PAPER
PAPER 1
PAPER 2
SUBJECT NAME
GENERAL STUDIES
APTITUDE
DURATION
2 HOURS
2 HOURS
QUESTIONS
100
80
MARKS
200
200

Step 2: Mains
During mains 9 papers descriptive type. It is a written exam.

Step 3: This the last round where interview and personality test is conducted.

Analysing the syllabus

This table below gives an overview of the syllabus. Aspirants should have a clear understanding of the UPSC SYLLABUS before they start preparing for the exam. 



PAPER 1
PAPER 2
CURRENT AFFAIRS
COMPREHENSION
INDIAN HISTORY
COMMUNICATION SKILLS
WORLD GEOGRAPHY
DECISION MAKING
INDIAN GOVERNANCE
LOGICAL REASONING
INDIAN POLITY
NUMBERS AND THEIR RELATIONS
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
MENTAL ABILITY
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
PASSAGE READING
GENERAL SCIENCE
DATA INTERPRETATION

Focused preparation

Get right books. Revise the subjects by taking up practice tests. Go through previous years question papers and practice. It will help you increase your answering approach and writing speed. Take up mock tests to boost your confidence. Read news paper and magazine to keep yourself updated with current affairs happening not only in India but also across the globe

Avoid the following if you want to excel in exam

     You get addicted to reading and so do not waste your time on reading unnecessary material
     Do not copy writing techniques of anybody keep it your own
     Do not listen to bad experiences of friends and seniors regarding their UPSC exam attempts
     Be confident but never overconfident
     Do not follow shortcuts - remember “no pain no gain”

There are many IAS preparation Apps which help you with online courses like BYJU’S which is India’s largest education company and is the largest k-12 learning App in India. It includes courses for government competitive exams like UPSC.

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