Just looking at the number of subjects to learn, the vast topics to cover, and the preparation needed for a Civil Exam, might feel like an impossible task. So, how can we overcome the hurdles and prepare to conquer the civil exam at the first take?
The answer: strategic planning and preparation.
Start your preparation a year before you write the exam. Read the syllabus and make sure you understand the portions that should be covered. Remember that each individual is different, so try to adopt a plan that suits you.
Let’s look at some of the basic things that can be done.
1. Mock Exams
It is always important to work on your weakest areas and the best way to do that is by conducting mock exams. There are online (free or paid) mock exams to help you to assess yourself. You could also buy books by civil exam reviewers. Check areas where you scored bad and dedicate more study time for these. Practice exam papers which will help you to understand the questions better, the difficulty level, etc.
2. Build a Realistic and Achievable Plan
Create a timetable a year before your exam. It should have two to three hours of study daily and should suit your lifestyle. Don’t wait for last-minute preparations and don’t get distracted.
3. Manage Time Effectively
In today’s world, it is easy to get distracted with social media and the internet. While studying, mute your phone and the notifications from social media. Stop the urge to check your phone and install website blockers in your browser. An effective way to manage your time is to use the Pomodoro technique. You can install it either both your laptop or mobile. It sets a timer for 25 minutes in length followed by short breaks.
4. Develop reading and writing standards for IAS along with Revision
Start writing from day one and removes errors as much as possible. Read as many current affairs magazines and papers as possible from various sources like The Hindu, Economist, The Indian Express, All India Radio News, Parliamentary discussions, etc. When preparing the timetable, ensure to include time for revising topics numerous times. Highlight important portions or notes for easy exam review.
5. Watch Your Health
Make sure you find time to interact with people and increase your communication skills and emotional well-being. You need to sleep 7-8 hours for your brain to work efficiently. Engage in activities and don’t let the exam stress take you down.
The UPSC exam tests the candidate’s dedication, effort, planning, analytical power, etc. Don’t worry if, despite all your efforts, you haven’t cleared the UPSC exam. What matters is that you don’t give up. Work smart and hard. We can help plan your preparation for the UPSC exam. So, call us and all the best!