• Vikram Arora

Preparation Tips for UPSC Exam

Updated: Apr 14

The IAS Exam, is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, is one of the toughest examinations in the country. This Exam is conducted in 3 stages, which are (a) Preliminary, (b) Main Exam and (b) the Interview. The following tips will help you in preparing yourself to face the UPSC Examination with confidence. Coachup team has always guiding the students to crack the UPSC Exam in the first attempt only. Here are the tips to draft and plan the right strategy to be a success story.

Preparation of Preliminary Exam

The first stage is Preliminary which is also known as screening round in the selection process. Most of the aspirants believe that clearing the screening round is tough because of the massive competition. In the IAS Preliminary examination, which held in objective type and comprises of two compulsory papers. Here are the preparation tips for the Preliminary exam.

Are coaching classes necessary?

One simple fact is that every UPSC aspirant should know is that if one is not mentally prepared and determined enough to well versed every subject to the core, one cannot succeed even by attending coaching classes. Those who believe that only coaching classes can help them with useful tips for preparation can join. However, it is always better to take coaching and study all subjects in the proper guidance of experienced teachers who have created so many success stories in the past.

What to do before Two Months of Examination

After the end of the application process for the UPSC, aspirants will not have much time for the preparation. Many believe that it is a hard nut to crack in less than two or three months. It is a myth and one can crack UPSC Preliminary in less than two months by following a preparation strategy.

How to Prepare for UPSC CSAT Paper

The “Civil Services Aptitude Test” (CSAT) is one of the two compulsory papers conducted in the Preliminary examination. Aspirants have to note that the Paper-II of the UPSC (Preliminary) is a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks i.e. 33%. To prepare for UPSC CSAT paper, aspirants should be good at English language skills, basic numerical competency, and reasoning.

Tips to Prepare for Prelims in One Month

As you all must know that preparing for the IAS Preliminary is a challenging task and requires complete dedication and a lot of hard work besides time. When the exam date is approaching, many aspirants study the whole night due to insufficient time. If we ask any aspirant about how to crack IAS Preliminary in one month, most of the successful candidates in the UPSC say yes! Anyone can crack the IAS exam by drafting a perfect study schedule and mastering weightage topics.

Important Topics in UPSC Preliminary Exam

When lakhs of aspirants fasten their seatbelts in the preparation of the UPSC Examination, one should be unique and planned to stand out from the crowd. Many successful Civil Service aspirants believe that “mastering the topics with maximum weightage” at the initial stage will help a lot. You will get the most important topics in the UPSC Preliminary exam in the Coachup blogs.

Preparation Tips for UPSC Preliminary in Last 10 Days

The last 10 days of the preparation plays a significant role in achieving a required score in the Examination. Starting from revising the basics concepts to taking a mock test, aspirants should know what are the preparation strategies for UPSC Preliminary in the last 10 days. One should not forget to read the latest Year Book.

Preparation Tips for UPSC Preliminary in Last Week

The last-week i.e. the final phase of preparation and aspirant should leave no stone unturned to revise every topic. One should recall all the preparation strategies and keeping distractions at distance specifically during the last week.

Tips to Crack UPSC 2020 Examination:

Preparing Time Table: Analyze your schedule long before the examination and plan accordingly. When it comes to UPSC exams, last-minute preparations will not help you in any way. Since the IAS is a yearly exam, there is always plenty of time to plan how many days you would want to designate for certain subjects. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. So early preparations will always help than brushing up when the exams are just a month away.

Study and Revision Should Be Part of Your Syllabus. The syllabus of the UPSC examination is very vast and can make anybody confuse. Hence, you need to plan and schedule your studies. You should plan your study method in such a way that you should be able to read and revise the prescribed subjects as many times as possible or till you feel confident about your preparation.

Focus On Basic Concepts: Since those who aspire to help in nation-building through UPSC need to know what exactly is required to crack this exam, they should be well aware of our country and significant developments. In-depth knowledge about your culture, society and language is an inevitable requirement to be well prepared for the exams. So the preparation does not mean you should cram everything, but an aspirant with the practical knowledge of his surroundings.

Current Affairs: UPSC exams are there to test an aspirant's in-depth knowledge about the society he/she is lives in. It is a common myth among the candidates that they should be well aware of what is happening at the international level. Knowledge about international events is also required, but knowing about your own country and culture is considered as the foundation of exam preparation. This does help in serving your country very well.

Newspaper Reading: From the moment your form for UPSC exams is submitted, you should start reading newspapers regularly. Reading English newspapers is the first advice of every faculty of UPSC. However, it is quite important for the UPSC exam aspirants to read English as well as other regional language newspapers. The idea here is to be well informed rather than acquiring limited knowledge. One newspaper may provide news with limited information whereas the same news may be given with a lot of details in another. HINDU English newspaper is very popular among UPSC aspirants.

Solving Previous Years Question Papers: Previous years question papers are very important. It is advised to study at least 5 years solved question papers. This activity will give you an idea about the structure of the question paper and what kind of questions can be asked in the UPSC exam. Solving question papers of previous years may appear a tedious task, but it is a pain worth undergoing. It will boost your confidence and give you a clear picture of what exactly you are going to face in the question paper of the upcoming exam. Many websites have downloadable question banks. So go ahead and utilize them to the fullest and you will experience the boost in your confidence and you will be more focused and confident.

Focus On Your Personality and Communication Skills: Interview is one of the most important yet difficult parts of the examination. It is vital for you to convey your thoughts clearly to the interviewer’s panel. Hence, polish your communication skills and body language. Some candidates are blessed with such skills and some need to practice to become excellent in expressing and communicating their ideas. Candidates with below-average communication skills can approach personality development classes nearby or can search online videos to improve communication.

Be Honest to Yourself: The interview part of the UPSC exams is not designed to judge candidate's bookish knowledge. However, a candidate has to speak from the heart or answer all the questions with honesty. Candidate should not lie anything about their hobbies just to get through the interview, it will never help them.

The interviewers are there not just to ask questions but also to evaluate a candidate's personality and ability to have a clear understanding that a 'no' is a 'no' and it cannot be replaced with a 'yes' and vice versa. So you have to be yourself and must face the exam and interview honestly.

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