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18 Feb 2019

#CareerBytes: 5 habits every IAS aspirant should develop

Habits that help aspirants crack IAS exam

The UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE), popularly known as the IAS exam, is one of the most challenging competitive exams in the country.

Many students dream of pursuing the Civil Services but only a few manage to make the cut. CSE is tough, but with thorough preparation and strong determination, one can crack it.

Here are 5 habits that help aspirants crack IAS exam.

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Habits that help aspirants crack IAS exam
Managing and utilizing time properly and creating a plan

#1

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.

#2

Read only what's important; practice selective reading

CSE involves a vast syllabus and aspirants are required to study and consult various books, which might lead to confusion.

So, they must practice selective reading and cover only those topics/subjects given in the syllabus and consult 1-2 good books per topic to avoid confusion.

Also, after studying or learning something, aspirants should revise on a regular basis to retain information for longer.

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Aspirants should develop the habit of making self notes

#3

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.

#4

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.

#5: Must make reading newspapers, books a habit

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.

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Is it good to watch YouTube videos to prepare for UPSC?

Can we write answers in IAS Mains optional in English and general studies in Hindi?

I can't download the pdf of UPSC syllabus. Could you provide me the link?

Where can I get the whole UPSC syllabus?

What are some S Chand publication books to refer for IAS exam?

Should I read every NCERT books i.e. Hindi, English, Maths, and Science of 6 to 12th?

What are the websites that offer test series for UPSC exam?

Which is the most helpful mobile app for the preparation of UPSC?

What are the jobs we can get under CSE other than IAS?

Which books are the best for IAS preparation in the preliminary examination?

Which book a Hindi medium candidate can refer to for the IAS exam?

What is the best way to prepare for civil services examination?

What are some books to refer for IAS exam?

Which websites offer UPSC exam test series?

How can we apply for the UPSC exam?

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

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Is it good to watch YouTube videos to prepare for UPSC?

Asked on 19-02-2019 by Jyothi Sahana

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, watching YouTube videos about UPSC topics has been proved as a successful method to prepare for the UPSC exam. You can always retain more when you watch something as compared to reading. It also saves time and provides you the summary quickly.

Can we write answers in IAS Mains optional in English and general studies in Hindi?

Asked on 19-02-2019 by Pawan Yadav

Answered by NewsBytes

No, you cannot write answers in two different languages in the IAS (Main) examination. You have to select a single language and follow that throughout the examination. You can take the Main examination in 22 languages which are officially recognized by the constitution of India. This makes it easier for candidates from regional areas to clear the UPSC examination.

I can't download the pdf of UPSC syllabus. Could you provide me the link?

Asked on 19-02-2019 by vishal kitekar

Answered by NewsBytes

You can download the syllabus of UPSC or civil services exams by visiting the official website at https://upsc.gov.in/sites/default/files/Notification_CSP_2018_Engl.pdf . Along with the syllabus, you'll find the eligibility criteria as well as the pattern of the exam mentioned in the PDF.

Where can I get the whole UPSC syllabus?

Asked on 19-02-2019 by Shriya Jaiswal

Answered by NewsBytes

You can download the syllabus of UPSC or civil services examination by visiting the official website of UPSC at https://upsc.gov.in/sites/default/files/Notification_CSP_2018_Engl.pdf . Along with the syllabus, you'll find the eligibility criteria as well as the pattern of the exam mentioned in the PDF.

What are some S Chand publication books to refer for IAS exam?

Asked on 19-02-2019 by akesh mirdha

Answered by NewsBytes

Some of the S Chand publication books that you can refer for IAS preparation are (1) A New Look At Modern Indian History-Rohit Mehta, V. K. Mehta, (2) A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning- R.S. Aggarwal, and (3) Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations- R. S. Aggarwal.

Should I read every NCERT books i.e. Hindi, English, Maths, and Science of 6 to 12th?

Asked on 19-02-2019 by Dharmesh Kisku

Answered by NewsBytes

It is advised to read the NCERT books to prepare for the UPSC exams as they provide you the basic knowledge of the topics you're going to read further. Since you cannot read each and every book from class 6th to 12th, you can simply refer to these books for covering certain topics thoroughly.

What are the websites that offer test series for UPSC exam?

Asked on 19-02-2019 by Kamalkant Sharma

Answered by NewsBytes

The websites that offer test series for UPSC exam are (1) ClearIAS, (2) Career Launcher, (3) Chanakya IAS Academy, (4) Insights, (5) Class IAS Academy.

Which is the most helpful mobile app for the preparation of UPSC?

Asked on 19-02-2019 by Amaluddin Ansari

Answered by NewsBytes

Some of the useful mobile apps you can refer to prepare for the UPSC exam are (1) ClearIAS, (2) IASbaba, (3) IAS UPSC by Civilsdaily, (4) Vision IAS, (5) Unacademy.

What are the jobs we can get under CSE other than IAS?

Asked on 19-02-2019 by Shankarramarao Rao

Answered by NewsBytes

Different type of jobs you can get through the Civil Services Examination are (1) Indian Administrative Service, (2) Indian Police Service, (3) Indian Foreign Service, (4) India Forest Service, (5) Indian Revenue Service, (6) Indian Audit and Account Service, (7) Indian Information Service, (8) Indian Railway Personnel Service, (9) Indian Postal Service, (10) Indian Defense Estate Service, and (11) Indian Defense Account Service.

Which books are the best for IAS preparation in the preliminary examination?

Asked on 18-02-2019 by subharam samanta

Answered by NewsBytes

The books that are considered as the best for the preliminary examination are (1) NCERT book set from 8th-10th, (2) History of Modern India by Bipin Chandra, (3) Geography of India by Majid Husain, (4) Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh, and (5) Manorama Yearbook.

Which book a Hindi medium candidate can refer to for the IAS exam?

Asked on 18-02-2019 by SANGEETA CHAKRAWATI

Answered by NewsBytes

The list of IAS preparation books for Hindi medium candidates are as follows (1)Indian history books (Hindi) by Bipin Chandra, Vipan Chandra, (2) Bharat Evam Vishwa ka Bhugol by Majjid Hussain, (3) Bharat Ka Samvidhan by D.D.Basu, (4) Bhartiya Arthvyavastha by Ramesh Singh, (5) Samanya Adhyayan by Mc Graw Hill Education, and (6) Manorama yearbook- Hindi edition.

What is the best way to prepare for civil services examination?

Asked on 18-02-2019 by Santhoshreddy Mogatala

Answered by NewsBytes

You can prepare for CSE by covering the following topics: (1) Plans and policies by NITI Aayog, (2) New Aviation policy, (3) Latest bills and Acts such as Section 377, Triple Talaq and Constitution (Amendment) Bill, (3) Latest schemes by central and state governments, (4) Details about budget, demonetization, and GST, and (5) MoU and agreements signed with the US and neighboring countries.

What are some books to refer for IAS exam?

Asked on 18-02-2019 by Vihaan Sarin

Answered by NewsBytes

Top books you should read to prepare for the IAS exam are (1) NCERT of Classes 6th-12th, (2) India Since Independence by Bipin Chandra, (3) Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh, (4) Geography of India by Majid Hussain, (5) Indian Polity by M Lakshmikant (6) Manorama Yearbook, and (7) Mocks and previous years question papers by Arihant publications and Disha Publications.

Which websites offer UPSC exam test series?

Asked on 18-02-2019 by Navya Gupta

Answered by NewsBytes

Here are 5 websites for online UPSC exam test series: ClearIAS, Career Launcher, Chanakya IAS Academy, InsightsonIndia.com (InsightsIAS), and Classic IAS Academy.

How can we apply for the UPSC exam?

Asked on 18-02-2019 by Vibhore Bhatnagar

Answered by NewsBytes

You can apply for the UPSC exam by following these steps: (1) Visit the official website, (2) Click on 'Online Application for Various Examinations of UPSC', (3) Now fill the part 1 of registration, (4) Click on submit.

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

Asked on 18-02-2019 by Harini Yadav

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.

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