How UPSC-CSE aspirants should utilize crucial preparation time

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17 Jun 2019

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The UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) is one of the toughest exams. The three-stage CSE comprises Preliminary examination, Main examination, and Personality Test/Interview.

Though CSE is quite challenging, candidates can crack it with the right preparation. The time between Prelims and Mains (June-October) is considered crucial for preparation and aspirants must utilize this properly.

Here's how aspirants should utilize this crucial preparation time.

Crucial time

The months between Prelims and Mains are quite crucial

The months between Prelims and Mains are quite crucial

The four months between June and October (after Prelims and before Mains) is considered quite crucial for preparation.

After the Prelims, while some candidates are confident of clearing the first stage, some might be confused about their performance or discouraged if feel they haven't performed well.

Irrespective of how they have performed, candidates must cover the Mains syllabus and utilize this crucial time intelligently.

#1

Collect all books and study material required for preparation

One of the first and foremost things aspirants must do is, collecting books and study material required for preparation so that they don't lose time searching for the same during these crucial months.

Aspirants need not buy a lot of books/material, but investing in a few good ones recommended by experts is helpful. NCERT textbooks from Classes 6-12 for fundamental concepts are also essential.

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#2: Find a comfortable place to study

Apart from proper preparation, it is also essential to find a quiet and comfortable place to sit and study. Aspirants should designate an area for studies only; they shouldn't do anything else there. This will condition their brain to study and create a regular routine.

#3

Have a solid preparation plan; utilize time properly

Have a solid preparation plan; utilize time properly

CSE Mains involves a vast syllabus and the candidates must have a proper study plan and be organized when it comes to exam preparation.

For covering and revising the syllabus, they should create a solid preparation plan, daily timetable, and study goals for short and long terms during June-October.

Aspirants should also allot some time to read the newspaper and current affairs every day.

#4

Self-prepared notes are best; performance analysis is essential

While preparing, candidates should maintain a separate book for writing down essential points to grasp concepts better; making newspaper/current affairs notes is also useful. Self-prepared notes also help in quick revision.

Also, aspirants should solve previous question papers and take mock tests regularly. This will help them in familiarizing with the pattern, difficulty level, questioning trends, etc. and analyzing their performance to make improvements.

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

Asked 2019-06-17 15:14:56 by Ayaan Chavan

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Yes, one can crack the 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 current affairs, 6) Take online courses and test series.

What are some important, repetitive topics to cover for CSE?

Asked 2019-06-17 15:14:56 by Dhruv Jhadav

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Here are some repetitive and important topics every aspirant must cover: International groupings, treaties, environmental conventions and agreements; India's achievements in defense and space, trademarks and patents; Government's social welfare schemes; Acts passed by Parliaments, pending Bills; Important monuments, cultural sites, conservation sites; The country's independence movement and Indian freedom fighters.

Can you suggest some good books for UPSC?

Asked 2019-06-17 15:14:56 by Amit Malhotra

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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.

How many subjects do we have to choose for IAS Mains exam?

Asked 2019-06-17 15:14:56 by Trisha Patil

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For the IAS Mains exam, you have to choose only one optional subject. The optional subject will consist of two papers of 250 marks each.

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