Guide to study:
With the UPSC prelims exam coming closer, you need to jumpstart your UPSC Exam preparation without further ado. However the seemingly never-ending syllabus and list of resources might be giving you jitters thinking, how to complete the entire UPSC syllabus in the time at hand. Well, worry not as the following piece will give you a fair idea of how to go about your UPSC Exam preparation in a focused manner. So, lets see How to Start Preparation for UPSC Exam 2017 Preparation.
The first and foremost step in your journey of UPSC Exam preparation is to be well-versed with the UPSC syllabus. Knowing the UPSC syllabus at the back of your hand will do you more good than you can ever imagine. Most importantly, it will help you separate the wheat from the chaff, given the ocean of information and resources you will find yourself surrounded with during your UPSC Exam preparation.
How to prepare for IAS exam without coaching?
Many students qualify the exams without going for any coaching and some of them even top the exam. From this it is very clear that coaching is not the solution but your own preparation is – with or without coaching! Many students prefer coaching as it sets routines, targets and gives practice, but these can be done on your own. Only it require discipline and determination. You may actually end up saving more time and resources and putting it back into your preparations. A to-do list for self study
- Manage your time effectively and be disciplined. Develop a routine!
- Do selective reading but be thorough in those portions
- Remember to have a good mix of books and self made notes
- Take mock tests at regular intervals
- Start preparations early, its a vast syllabus!
- Make short notes and mind maps on a regular basis!They help your memory.
- Reach out to fellow aspirants. Discuss topics!
- Most importantly believe that you can do it without coaching!
How to prepare for IAS exam after 12th?
Starting early is great advantage as you can build your general awareness and really excel in the GS paper and interview as you will tune yourself to analysis and awareness. Also when the time comes you will not waste it on finding out about the exam and loosing precious time. A to-do list
- Find out everything about the exam
- Choose your Bachelor’s degree in such a manner that you may benefit for the IAS exam. If you need a fall back option by doing a B.Tech. Don’t worry. You can still start preparing and getting to know the social subject you wish to take for your IAS exam.
- Follow the news regularly – (How to read News Paper)
- Give your opinion and discuss the news daily
- Start giving IQ tests and getting to know about logical reasoning.
- Take up IASBABA (one of the best I came across) online test series for regular practice
- Subscribe to a magazine and read articles with understanding.
How to prepare for IAS while working?
With less time in your hands, time management is crucial to your preparations. Some to-do list
- Set a schedule as per your liking and stick to it
- Find people who are in your situation or in your organisation and socialize with them to utilize that time for discussions. You will thus have time to chill with friends who are serious about the IAS exam. It will also fulfill your social needs and keep you stress free.
- Look for notes and study material that are short and effective. But some topics you will have to do in depth studies.
- Listen to the short news and do not waste time in listening to unnecessary discussion based news unless the topic demands it.
- Use memory techniques that speed up your learning.
- Frequently practice giving tests and writing answers. That will work as revision and practice.
How to start IAS preparation during graduation.
If you have chosen the subject that you will also write for in the IAS exam, then start solving and writing Answers based on the chapters you cover. These will be the notes you will study from when you appear for the UPSC exam. If you have not chosen that subject then add the IAS subject to your study routine, so that by the time you fill the form you know the subject well and only need to update information and do revision. See the tips given for after +2 and they are the same for you.