So, you just get started UPSC Preparation. right?
You don’t know that what it takes to be and also how much time requires for upsc preparation.
While it’s true that UPSC is the toughest exam in the world, you can clear if you keep motivated in your preparation journey.
Because one of the biggest challenges for many aspirants facing is, not developing their own ias preparation strategy.
I know, you’re inspired by toppers, they are claiming that they cleared civil services within short period of preparation time.
But most of the times, the problem with toppers is, they don’t reveal that how many years they prepared while in college or doing a job before they start full time preparation.
Remember whatever strategy you’re going to use, you have to be here in long haul .
So, here’s the no non-sense guide to start your preparation now.
Read syllabus and it’s better to memorize them
Reading the syllabus is the first step you have to took in your upsc preparation.
Memorizing syllabus is good for you and will help you to be productive in your preparation.
You can’t just take pick any source and read randomly because most topics are irrelevant in study material.
For say, It’s recommended to read newspaper within 1 hour of time. if you don’t know which articles should read and which should ignore, it would eat up half of the day.
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Get to know what upsc wants from you
Usually in school (in 12th and 10th class) and college, we would read previous year question papers for revision purposes at the exam time. right?
But in civil services examination, you need to do that in reverse order.
Because the pattern of questions asked in civil services is so different than other examinations. So, it is utmost importance for any beginners who did not have prior experience reading previous year question papers.
Read 4 or 5 times at least 5 years old question papers, then you will start to understand that what types of questions are asked and how can you align your preparation strategy.
Thus, reading the question the question paper is the second step of your civil services exam preparation.
Be picky when it comes to study materials
This is where most beginners stuck.
If you’re someone who tend to buy every study material that you came across, then that’s a sure fire sign, you will not crack ias anymore.
Don’t try to chew off more than you can. Your time is very very limited. And it is impossible to read many study materials for each topic.
Read: IAS preparation study materials where I listed a comprehensive list of study of materials for both prelims and mains General studies papers.
Just start your preparation with the study materials I recommended here.
. Over the time as you gain some experience, you can refer other sources as well, if you need.
Stay away from time suckers
This is a huge problem. Especially if you prepare at home.
Actually many parts your preparation would be done through online. Internet is indispensable, you couldn’t ignore.
But the problem is, the nature of internet – distraction.
Messing around facebook and entertainment youtube channels will suck both your time and energy.
Soon it will lead you procrastination. over the time it will cause you loose your motivation. And it will be hard to regain.
As much as possible practice to stay away from them from the beginning.
The only mistake you can make is not asking for help ~ Sandeep Jauhar
Remember most of the time for most of us, studying every subject on our own is impossible.
For say, if you are good at studying General studies papers, then that’s not mean you can study English, logical reasoning, and quantitative aptitude yourself.
Accept yourself that where you’re weak and reach out to someone who will help you. But it doesn’t mean, you should join a coaching institute, it may your friend, brother or sister.
Note taking is vital part of preparation. If you fail at note taking. then you will have nothing for your last time revision.
The syllabus is vast, and the study materials are over weighted. standard books like Indian Polity by Lashmikanth has bunch of information which is more than sufficient.
So, it becomes essential to refine irrelevant information from study materials and note taking is the only way to do that.
There are two ways, you can took notes – Manual note taking and Digital. Though hand written notes are good and will enhance your memory, I suggest you take notes using an application like Evernote.
Because digital notes are easier to maintain and update from time to time.
Work hard, have fun and make history ~ Jeff Bezos
Once you get started your preparation, you will face many hurdles and struggles in many forms like distraction, frustration, and feeling lonely.
In difficult times, remember why you started upsc preparation at all. And I found it very useful to being always social and exercise to survive in those situations.
Happy Preparation. 😉
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