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Step-by-Step Preparation Guidance Tips For UPSC Civil Services Prelims by Sarat Chandra IAS academy

Let us look at a 5-step full-proof preparation strategy for preparing for the Civil Services Examination.

Step 1: Know the exam well

Step 2: Strengthen your foundation

Step 3: Upgrade Your Knowledge

Step 4: Practice Answer-Writing

Step 5: Mock-Test Based Learning/March Towards Prelims

Now let us look at each of these steps comprehensively:

Step 1: Know the exam well


Before preparing for any exam, it is important to know the nitty-gritty of the exam well enough.

Read through the notification of the UPSC exam carefully in order to acquaint yourself with the exam syllabus, exam pattern, exam timeline, and eligibility criteria.

Once you’re through that, pick up the previous year papers and skim through them to get an understanding of what is actually asked in the exam.

If you give a dedicated amount of time to do this exercise, you will save a considerable amount of time through your preparation journey!

Alternatively, you can glance through the articles on our website to get comprehensive information about what the exam is! At this time, you should also start reading the newspaper. Check this article to understand how to read newspapers for UPSC!

Step 2: Strengthen your foundation


No matter what your background is, you need to understand the basics of the core subjects of the UPSC syllabus.

Hence, refer to NCERTs, they can be downloaded from the official website of NCERT for free.

Read them at least twice before making notes, and then read our NCERT compilations.

You can get the NCERT compilations on our Telegram Forums for free. Prepare your notes alongside these compilations in order to save time! Check out which NCERTs you need to refer to from here.

Step 3: Upgrade Your Knowledge with standard books


Once you have read all the NCERTs, it’s time to expand your knowledge by reading the standard books.

You can get the entire booklist for UPSC preparation in the linked article.

Read the books at least twice and then make your handwritten notes to be used for answer-writing practice at the later stage!

You can also watch video lectures on our YouTube channel for important topics to supplement your knowledge.

Step 4: Practice Answer Writing + Revision


Answer-writing practice and revision play an important role in the entire scheme of UPSC preparation, especially for the UPSC Mains Exam.

Once you have completed a subject from the NCERT as well as standard books, then you can start practicing answer-writing.

Before that, it will be a futile exercise as you will have to depend on books for the content of the answer.

At this stage, it is also important to incorporate consistent revision. You should keep your weekends free for a dedicated revision of whatever new you’ve learned during the week.

Step 5: Mock-Test Based Learning Approach


Two months before the prelims exam, you should incorporate a mock test-based learning approach. It will give you an exam feel. Once you get acclimatized, it will reduce exam-time stress.

Sit for an actual exam-like mock test at the same time and then analyze your performance.

Check your weak areas and brush up on the concepts that you may have missed.

It will not only help you in anxiety management during the actual exam but will also prepare you extremely well for the exam!

All the best!!

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