1. Prepare a Time Table

  • One thing that separates the wheat from the chaff in terms of those that will succeed in the UPSC exams and those who won’t, is a well-organized and properly thought-out daily study routine.

2. Choose your Optional Wisely

  • The optional subject-based papers account for 500 marks in the final tally of the UPSC IAS exam.
  • I have listed below, some of the factors that you should keep in mind while selecting your optional subject:
    • Availability of study material.
    • Availability of mentoring.
    • Your interest in the subject.
    • Prior understanding of the subject.
    • Overlap with subjects of GS papers.

3. Solve Past Year UPSC Papers

  • Solving past years’ UPSC papers is the most reliable way to get an idea about the actual difficulty level, pattern, and question types of the exam.
  • Therefore, solving past years’ UPSC papers is extremely important to gauge your strengths and weaknesses, and also to know the topics that are most important from the exam point of view.

4. Solve Mock Test Series

  • Solving mocks is an essential aspect of the IAS preparation, that’s because by solving mock you get to assess yourself by understanding your strengths and weaknesses better.
  • I’d recommend enrolling in one or more mock test series for your IAS preparations, especially if you are preparing for the exams without joining a coaching institute.

5. Make use of Government Resources

  • Therefore, when preparing for the IAS exam, one can also make use of the many government resources that are available, such as the government websites like the PIB, PRS, and national TV programs featured on the Rajya Sabha TV, etc.
  • Through these government sources you’ll be able to update yourselves with the latest events and topics pertaining to current affairs.

6. Revise, and then revise some more

  • Revision is the finishing touch you cannot do without, especially if it’s the UPSC IAS exams you have been preparing for.
  • You see, the IAS syllabus being so vast and varied in its nature, it’s only natural if you forget a lot of the things that you might have studied earlier. That is why timely and careful revisions are important.

7. Read from Relevant Magazines

  • Apart from all the points that I have mentioned above, you also focus on doing one more very important thing, that is read magazines like Yojana, Kurukshetra, and Economics and Political Weekly, etc. Reading from these magazines is an absolute imperative when preparing for the IAS exams.
  • These magazines will provide you with info on topics like governance, polity, economy, and agriculture, etc.