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13 Nov 2018

#CareerBytes: How to start preparing for the UPSC exam?

Tips to start UPSC Civil Services preparation

The Indian Civil Services are a dream for lakhs of students and many spend years preparing to crack the UPSC Civil Services Examination or IAS exam.

However, one of the common questions aspirants have is how to begin the UPSC preparation process. Most of the candidates are generally confused about how and where to start.

So, here are some tips to begin UPSC preparation.

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Tips to start UPSC Civil Services preparation
Get to know the UPSC basics, exam syllabus, pattern first

Know the Exam

Get to know the UPSC basics, exam syllabus, pattern first

Before getting started with UPSC preparation, candidates need to know and understand everything about the exam, including its purpose, eligibility criteria, requirements, important dates, the syllabus, different stages, and the exam pattern.

The UPSC CSE is conducted in three stages: Preliminary examination, Main exam, and Personal Interview or IAS interview.

Candidates should ideally start preparing a year before they want to appear for CSE.

Prepare a Plan

Start preparation in advance, create a schedule

Once the aspirants have a good understanding of the UPSC syllabus and requirements, they should create a schedule as IAS preparation needs an integrated approach.

They must have a good 10-12 months preparation plan apart from short-term plans and targets in order to be able to cover the vast UPSC syllabus.

Aspirants should follow the daily schedule without fail and manage time better.

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Get the right books, study material for the UPSC exam

Good books

Get the right books, study material for the UPSC exam

UPSC aspirants do not need to buy a lot of books but investing in some essential books and study material recommended by experts and veterans can help them in preparation.

In addition to NCERT books from Classes 6-12 for fundamental concepts, they should collect at least two good books per topic, read and revise them at least twice to boost their memory.

Read the right newspapers and magazines

Reading newspapers and magazines is essential for UPSC preparation. Candidates can create a list of good newspapers, magazines, and books and follow/read them. They can join Facebook groups, Telegram groups, YouTube channels for daily news analysis, newspaper PDFs, book recommendations, e-books, guidance videos, tips etc.

Preparation

Decide whether coaching classes are for you or not

While joining coaching centers for UPSC preparation could be helpful, it is not necessary for cracking the IAS exam.

In this digital era, aspirants can find the right guidance and required material online. However, they need to be serious, work hard, and dedicate themselves to prepare properly.

They must regularly take mock tests, analyze their performance, and make changes to their preparation process accordingly.

One can also use their smartphone for preparation

UPSC aspirants can also take help of their smartphones in the preparation process. They can download mobile apps, visit UPSC-dedicated websites, or access other useful online resources that provide study material, e-books, preparation tips, previous question papers, practice questions, mock tests, etc.

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What's the book for optional Geography for Hindi aspirants?

There are many books shown for medieval history by Satish Chandra. Tell me the Hindi medieval history book.

What are some useful YouTube channels to prepare for the UPSC exam?

Which is the best online portal for preparation of Uttar Pradesh PSC exam?

I am a BA 1st-year student and my subjects are English, education, and sociology. I want to crack the UPSC Civil Services Exam. Can you please guide me on how to start preparing early?

Is it possible to crack the UPSC Civil Services Exam without coaching classes?

I am in the first year of graduation and want to become an IPS Officer. But I don't know how to prepare for it. Can you please tell me?

Is it necessary to give the interview in English if anyone gives Mains in English?

Which book should I follow if I opt for polity as my optional subject?

What books are important for UPSC preparation?

What preparation l can do from class 9?

Can you please recommend me some books for Kannada literature exam?

I have a full-time job, but my aim is to crack the IAS exam. How can I create my study plan? Please tell me.

Can I appear for the UPSC exam in the third year of my graduation?

Can I start preparing for the UPSC exam in the 1st year of graduation? Is the time sufficient to crack UPSC?

Can you please give a list of UPSC dedicated websites which are useful for exam preparation?

What syllabus we have to prepare for preliminary exam?

What are some useful apps for UPSC?

How should I prepare for the IAS exam?

How to collect study material for political science?

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What's the book for optional Geography for Hindi aspirants?

Asked on 05-03-2019 by parvesh kumar

Answered by NewsBytes

The book for Geography in Hindi is Bharat Evam Vishwa ka Bhugol by Majjid Hussain.

There are many books shown for medieval history by Satish Chandra. Tell me the Hindi medieval history book.

Asked on 05-03-2019 by parvesh kumar

Answered by NewsBytes

Here's the book by Satish Chandra for Medieval History: Madhyakalin Bharat-1: Saltnat Se Mughal Kaal Tak (1526-1761).

What are some useful YouTube channels to prepare for the UPSC exam?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by hardik singh

Answered by NewsBytes

Some of the best YouTube channels to prepare for UPSC are (1) Unacademy, (2)Vision IAS, (3) Study IQ Education, (4) Rau's IAS, (5) Study IAS classes.

Which is the best online portal for preparation of Uttar Pradesh PSC exam?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Jivan Maurya

Answered by NewsBytes

For Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC), aspirants can follow websites like: 1) Gradeup (gradeup.co); 2) PSC Prep (pscprep.com); 3) Testbag UPPSC (uppsc.testbag.com); 4) Jagran Josh (jagranjosh.com); and 5) TCYonline (tcyonline.com) among others. These are some of the websites that provide study material, tips, question papers, and other required resources.

I am a BA 1st-year student and my subjects are English, education, and sociology. I want to crack the UPSC Civil Services Exam. Can you please guide me on how to start preparing early?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Aastha Chand

Answered by NewsBytes

You can start preparing for UPSC Civil Services Examination in the first year of graduation. If you start early, you will have sufficient time to prepare well. With hard work and dedication, you can definitely crack the exam. Here are some tips: 1) Prepare a study timetable, 2) Practice mock-tests and past years' papers, and 3) Read NewsBytes daily for current affairs.

Is it possible to crack the UPSC Civil Services Exam without coaching classes?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Md Israr

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, one can crack UPSC Civil Services Exam without taking coaching classes as right preparation is all that is required. Here are some tips: 1) Prepare a study timetable, 2) Focus on basics, 3) Study and revise regularly, 4) Practice mock-tests and past years' papers, 5) Regularly read newspapers and news apps like NewsBytes for current affairs, 6) Take online courses and test series.

I am in the first year of graduation and want to become an IPS Officer. But I don't know how to prepare for it. Can you please tell me?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Syed Miskeen

Answered by NewsBytes

You can start preparing for the UPSC Civil Services Examination in the first year of graduation. You will have sufficient time to crack the examination. You should have a good understanding of UPSC syllabus and requirements; create a schedule as the preparation needs an integrated approach. With hard work, dedication, regular practice, and revision, you can definitely clear the exam and reach your goal.

Is it necessary to give the interview in English if anyone gives Mains in English?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Raowdy Chokra

Answered by NewsBytes

The UPSC Personality Test or the IAS Interview can be given in English or any regional language that is mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution, according to an announcement by the UPSC in 2011. However, candidates exempt from taking the compulsory Indian language paper should give the interview in Hindi or English.

Which book should I follow if I opt for polity as my optional subject?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Nasib Ghanghas

Answered by NewsBytes

If you choose political science as the UPSC Mains optional subject, you can refer to some books like 1) A History Of Political Thought: Plato To Marx - Mukherjee and Susheela Ramaswamy; 2) Introduction to Political Theory - O P Gauba; 3) Political Theory - Rajeev Bhargava; 4) Politics - Heywood; 5) Global Politics - Heywood; and 6) International Relations -Khanna.

What books are important for UPSC preparation?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Vinoth Meena

Answered by NewsBytes

Books you should read to prepare for the UPSC exam are (1)NCERT of class 6th-12th, (2)India Since Independence-Bipin Chandra, (3)Indian Economy-Ramesh Singh, (4)Geography of India-Majid Hussain, (5)Manorama yearbook, (6)Mocks and previous years question paper by Arihant publications and Disha Publications.

What preparation l can do from class 9?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Rekha Ghodekar

Answered by NewsBytes

You can prepare from Classes 6th to 10th NCERT books, and also stay in touch with all major current affairs, by reading newspapers and news websites like NewsBytes on a regular basis.

Can you please recommend me some books for Kannada literature exam?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by NAVEEN S

Answered by NewsBytes

UPSC aspirants can choose Kannada as their optional subject for Mains Exam. Just like the other optional subjects, Kannada Literature exam also has two papers - Paper 1 and Paper 2. Some of the recommended books include- Linguistics, history of Kannada Language - MH Krishnaiah, Kannada Bhasha Shastra - RY Dharwadkar, Kannada Sahitya Charitre - RS Mugali, Bettada Jeeva - Shivarama Karanta.

I have a full-time job, but my aim is to crack the IAS exam. How can I create my study plan? Please tell me.

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Vikram Vicky

Answered by NewsBytes

You can crack UPSC Civil Services Exam with the right preparation and proper planning. As you are working, spend at least 4-5 hours a day on preparation. Allot a fixed number of hours for each topic/session. Here are some tips: 1) Prepare a study timetable, 2) Focus on basics, 3) Practice mock-tests, and 4) Read newspapers and news apps like NewsBytes for current affairs.

Can I appear for the UPSC exam in the third year of my graduation?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Munna Beta

Answered by NewsBytes

UPSC allows final year degree students to appear for the Civil Services Examination. However, there are certain conditions. Firstly, the candidate must meet the age requirement (21 years old on 1st August of the year the exam is held) to appear for Prelims. To sit for Mains, the candidate must produce proof of passing the requisite exam along with the Main exam application.

Can I start preparing for the UPSC exam in the 1st year of graduation? Is the time sufficient to crack UPSC?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Munna Beta

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, you can start preparing for the UPSC Civil Services Examination in the first year of graduation. You will have sufficient time to crack the examination. You should have a good understanding of the UPSC syllabus and requirements; create a schedule as IAS preparation needs an integrated approach. With hard work, dedication, regular practice, and revision, you can definitely clear the UPSC exam.

Can you please give a list of UPSC dedicated websites which are useful for exam preparation?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Prajwal Ganiga

Answered by NewsBytes

For the UPSC exam preparation, the aspirants can visit websites like BYJU's, SuperProfs, NeoStencil, ClearIAS, IAS Exam Portal, IAS Baba, and Civilsdaily among others. These websites offer the required study material, news analysis, current affairs, test series, e-books, preparation tips, previous question papers, practice questions, etc.

What syllabus we have to prepare for preliminary exam?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by kaduluri pratap

Answered by NewsBytes

You can refer to the syllabus given on the official website of UPSC to prepare for the preliminary exam. You can download the syllabus of UPSC or civil services exams by visiting the URL http://www.upsc.gov.in/sites/default/files/Engl_CSP_2017.pdf.

What are some useful apps for UPSC?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Sachin Mor

Answered by NewsBytes

Top useful apps for preparing for the UPSC exam are ClearIAS, IAS Baba, Civils Daily, Vision IAS, and Unacademy.

How should I prepare for the IAS exam?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Nisha Dagur

Answered by NewsBytes

1) Read newspapers and news websites like NewsBytes on a regular basis to stay updated with all the current affairs, 2) Study from NCERT and top reference books regularly and thoroughly, 3) Practice mock tests and past years' papers regularly. All the best!

How to collect study material for political science?

Asked on 14-11-2018 by Ashish Kumar

Answered by NewsBytes

For Political Science, study from Pol Sci NCERT books and refer to Indian Polity by M Lakshmikant. Also, stay in touch with all major political happenings in India as well as abroad. For this, reading newspapers and news apps like NewsBytes can help.

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