Managing and utilizing time properly and creating a plan
One of the most important habits IAS aspirants must develop is to manage and utilize time well. One must plan their schedule for exam preparation so that they have enough time to cover the entire syllabus properly.
They must create a solid study plan, covering all subjects and topics and adhere to it. They shouldn't postpone study sessions as will only increase their burden.
Aspirants should develop the habit of making self notes
Developing the habit of preparing self-notes is also essential for IAS aspirants as studying from the notes written in their own language helps them understand a concept/topic better and aid in quick revision.
This will also help aspirants memorize and get a solid grasp on topics easily. So, they must cultivate the habit of making notes on important topics and concepts for proper learning.
One must solve previous papers and mock tests regularly
Aspirants should also solve previous question papers and take mock tests to understand the paper pattern, difficulty level, and questioning trends. These tests should be taken in a time-bound manner, which will help them manage time better in the exam.
Another habit one must develop is learning from mistakes. They should know what mistakes they have committed earlier and ensure they don't repeat them.
IAS aspirants must develop the habit of reading newspapers, magazines, and books. The importance of reading newspapers in UPSC preparation cannot be emphasized enough. They can choose newspapers like The Hindu, Economic Times, and The Indian Express to enhance their general knowledge and language skills.