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10 Feb 2019

#CareerBytes: How can law students prepare for UPSC IAS exam?

UPSC CSE preparation tips for law students

The UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE), popularly known as the IAS exam, is one of the country's toughest exams.

Law students are said to have an edge over other UPSC aspirants in some subjects, but they must work hard and prepare properly to do well in other subjects to crack the exam.

Here are some tips for law students to prepare for CSE.

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UPSC CSE preparation tips for law students
About the UPSC exam, syllabus, and pattern

UPSC exam

About the UPSC exam, syllabus, and pattern

UPSC aspirants need to know and understand everything about the exam, the syllabus, different stages, and the pattern.

CSE is conducted in three stages: Preliminary examination, Main exam, and Personality Test/IAS interview.

Prelims exam consists of two objective type papers, General Studies and Civil Services Aptitude Test (each carries 200 marks); Mains comprises 9 subjective papers; and the final phase is the Personality Test/Interview.

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Law students have an advantage over other UPSC aspirants

Law students have an advantage of logical and analytical approach over others. This will make Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability sections easier.

Similarly, Indian Polity and Governance would be easier as they would have knowledge of constitutional law and related subjects.

However, law students must focus on sections that could be difficult, including basic numeracy, data interpretation, reading comprehension, languages, technology, economic development, etc.

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Proper planning is a must; adhere to study timetable

#2

Proper planning is a must; adhere to study timetable

Aspirants must understand the UPSC exam pattern and collect the required study material. They should also prepare a practical timetable for themselves and adhere to it.

They should accommodate all the subjects in their timetable; they should identify which subjects/sections are easy for them and prepare a study/revision plan accordingly.

Candidates must also allot at least an hour for reading newspapers and books daily.

#3

Can score high by choosing law as optional subject

While choosing an optional subject for the CSE Main exam, too, law students might have an advantage over others as they can select law as an optional subject.

As they come from a legal background, they would already have a prior understanding of the subject. They can easily cover the syllabus and score high in the exam.

Must solve previous UPSC papers, take mock tests

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Must solve previous UPSC papers, take mock tests

Aspirants should solve as many previous question papers and sample papers as possible to get familiarize with the exam pattern. This will also help them know the latest questioning trends, manage time better, and perform better.

They should also regularly analyze their performance in these mock tests to identify their weaknesses and strengths and work on getting better at weak areas.

#5

Aspirants must read newspapers to enhance general knowledge, language skills

The importance of reading newspapers, magazines, books, and novels in UPSC preparation cannot be emphasized enough. Aspirants must make reading the daily newspaper a habit.

They can choose newspapers like The Hindu, Economic Times, and The Indian Express to enhance their general knowledge and language skills.

Also, it's necessary for aspirants to practice writing every day as UPSC Mains would test their writing capability.

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Kindly suggest a good online portal which can provide news updates in focus with UPSC and free online tests for UPSC.

Can I take economics as an optional subject in civil service exam?

Where can we get Kannada medium study materials for UPSC exam?

Which websites provide UPSC preparation material for Kannada medium?

If I refer to monthly current affairs magazines then do I still need to read newspapers?

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

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

Can you suggest some good books for UPSC?

Which websites provide UPSC preparation material for Hindi medium?

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Kindly suggest a good online portal which can provide news updates in focus with UPSC and free online tests for UPSC.

Asked on 10-02-2019 by shazia fathima

Answered by NewsBytes

The online portal which can provide all updates regarding the UPSC exam including news is NewsBytes. Here, we cater all your need from syllabus to the list of website and YouTube channels so that you can crack the exam in the first attempt.

Can I take economics as an optional subject in civil service exam?

Asked on 10-02-2019 by Reena arya

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, you can take Economics as an optional subject in the civil services exams. There are over 25 optional subjects and Economics is one of them.

Where can we get Kannada medium study materials for UPSC exam?

Asked on 10-02-2019 by Siddu Karabhari

Answered by NewsBytes

The websites which will provide study materials in the Kannada language are (1) Classic IAS, (2) ClearIAS, (3) Career Launcher, (4) Chanakya IAS Academy, and (5) InsightsIAS.

Which websites provide UPSC preparation material for Kannada medium?

Asked on 10-02-2019 by Siddu Karabhari

Answered by NewsBytes

The websites which provide UPSC preparation material for the Kannada medium candidates are (1) ClearIAS, (2) Career Launcher, (3) Chanakya IAS Academy, (4) Insights, and (5) Classic IAS.

If I refer to monthly current affairs magazines then do I still need to read newspapers?

Asked on 10-02-2019 by Shritika Vinayak Balkrishna Pawar

Answered by NewsBytes

Reading newspapers are suggested to stay updated on current topics on a daily basis. It is advised to not accumulate the data a day reading. Still, if you think you can prepare in the same way by reading monthly magazines then there's no issue in that.

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

Asked on 10-02-2019 by Ajay Jindal

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.

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

Asked on 10-02-2019 by Aradhya Trivedi

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.

Can you suggest some good books for UPSC?

Asked on 10-02-2019 by Aaradhya Verma

Answered by NewsBytes

Some books you should read to prepare for the UPSC exam are (1) NCERT textbooks of Classes 6-12, (2) India Since Independence-Bipin Chandra, (3) Indian Economy-Ramesh Singh, (4) Geography of India-Majid Hussain, (5) Indian Polity by M Lakshmikant (6) Mocks and previous years question papers by Arihant publications and Disha Publications.

Which websites provide UPSC preparation material for Hindi medium?

Asked on 10-02-2019 by Trishla Chauhan

Answered by NewsBytes

There are a number of websites that provide good content in Hindi medium which you can follow for UPSC CSR preparation. The websites through which you can prepare in Hindi medium are (1) DrishtiIAS.com, (2) IASportal.com, (3) ClearIAS.com, (4) IASexamportal.com, and (5) Jagranjosh.com.

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