UPSC has postponed the Civil Services Exam amidst the still unfolding Covid-19 pandemic. Prelims is scheduled to happen on October 4th, 2020 and Mains exam will begin from January 8th, 2021.
As a serious Civil Services aspirant you must have already prepared for Prelims exam 2020. Or in some cases, it could be that you might have not prepared well. So this postponement of the exam comes as a breather for those aspirants who might need some more extra time for their preparation and a little bit of disappointment for those who were ready to face the exam immediately. But this is not the time to debate about merits and demerits of postponement of the exam, but to strategize your preparation once again according to the UPSC schedule.
Here is a golden opportunity to aspirants to consolidate their preparation, no matter at what level of preparation stage you are. You must start focusing once again on your holistic preparation for Prelims + Mains. Since, now there is an extra four months of time you must start allocating time for your Mains preparation as well. So, now you should prepare your own timetable for the next 4 months giving adequate time for Mains Preparation.
What to begin with ?
This process should begin with a self-analysis and evaluation of your preparation level. Where do you stand in terms of completion of the syllabus, revision and tests. Take some time to complete this process and then depending upon that you start strategizing your preparation and timetable. You can start with the below mentioned points :
We shall now see how you can plan for your Prelims and Mains in an integrated way. The preparation for Prelims & Mains cannot be mutually exclusive. They must go hand in hand. Or else you will end up wasting lot of time and energy along with loss of direction . So here the few things you should be doing :
For Prelims :
For Mains :
Dear aspirants, your preparation must continue with full vigour. Try to have an integrated approach for Prelims and Mains. Try to utilise this time and opportunity efficiently and productively.
This four months of time is a blessing in disguise for many of the aspirants, now you have a chance once again to bounce back in the competition if your preparation till now was not up to the mark. For those who were already ready to face the exam, you need not panic or get disheartened. You should focus more on consolidating your Concepts and Revision of GS papers and Optional. Before you appear for this Prelims, you should be done with your entire Mains GS and Optional paper at least once.
Dear Aspirants, please use this time to fill the Gaps, Revise and Test yourself for the upcoming examination.
Wishing you all the very best for the examination from the entire ALCHEMY IAS TEAM .
Stay Safe, Stay Focused, Stay Steady .