How to Set Effective Timetable for IAS Preparation?

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How to Set Effective Timetable for IAS Preparation?

“He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.” – Victor Hugo

You have made up your mind to prepare for the IAS exam. You did an in-depth study of the portions for the exams and that’s when you realize how do I organize my time effectively to cover the entire portion?

Discipline along with continuous and constant effort will help you reach your goal, one step at a time. A plan that includes the time for revision and mock tests should be formulated. You should also ensure that weaker topics are given more priority.

Study Plan

For effective time management, you have to create a daily timetable that has to be adhered to as a habit. The benefits of a routine or a plan are:

  • It gives you a goal or a sense of direction, especially when the subject matters are vast.
  • At the very outset of the plan evaluate an approximate time required and distribute your studies evenly.
  • With proper planning, you can avoid stress and tension.
  • It helps to pinpoint the weaker topics and tackle them early on.
  • It helps you to be better focused as you are on track always.
  • It increases your productivity and efficiency.
  • Periodical assessment is possible for a person with a study table.

The Effort Required from You

  • Be Serious and Never Give up

Just as the post of an IAS officer is full of responsibility and tough decisions, the path to one is the same. An IAS aspirant is required to be serious, hard-working and willing to make sacrifices.

  • Be True to Oneself

Make a plan that suits you. Be honest to yourself and stick to it diligently. Create a check-list and by the end of the preparation, all the checkboxes should be ticked.

  • Perseverance and Goal- Setting

Persevere even when the going gets tough. Put in the maximum determination to achieve the end. Set short term and long term goals that can help achieve your IAS dream.

Model Timetable 

The timetable mentioned below provides a rough idea of how to model your own. Each person is unique so the timetable you create should suit your body cycle, likes, dislikes, and activities.

Be an early riser as your brain is sharp and alert during the morning hours.

5.00 a.m. Wake-up, sleepy head Give you more time and alertness throughout the day
5.00-6.00 a.m. Morning routine/Exercise Exercise improves blood circulation and concentration.
6.00-6.15 a.m. Bath It freshens you up.
6.15 – 7.45 a.m. Reading time (newspapers) Strengthen your general knowledge and current affairs. Note important points.
7.45 – 8.15 a.m. Breakfast A healthy breakfast to keep you going.
8.30 – 11.00 a.m. Study time Start with the revision of the portions covered the day before. Then select topics that are tough for this session. Use the Pomodoro technique to help your concentration.
11.00 – 11.30 a.m. Break time
11.30 – 1.00 p.m. Study time Resume studies
1.00 – 2.00 p.m. Lunch time Avoid heavy lunch.
2.00 – 5.00 p.m. Study time Continue Studies
5.00 – 7.30 p.m. Tea break. Long break Take time to meet people, do what you like. Games, gym, an outing, etc.
7.30 – 9.00 p.m. Study time Resume studies
9.00 – 9.30 p.m. Supper Light meal
9.30 – 10.00 p.m. Newstime and Discussions Look out for quality discussions on UPSC related matters.
10.00 – 10.30 p.m. Relaxation Catch up with friends, music. Do whatever you enjoy.
10.30 p.m. To Bed Get a good night’s sleep with a warm cup of milk to begin a new day with vigor.


As mentioned before, this is a rough idea of routine to follow. Create one that suits you the best. Not sure what to do? Get in touch with our counsellors for more ideas.