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How to crack upsc in 3 months: Tips and Tricks for Mains 2024

How to crack upsc in 3 months

Every year Lakhs of IAS aspirants appear in Union Public Civil Services (UPSC) Exam with holding dream of becoming IAS. This examination is a time-consuming which follow the rigorous process which ensures that only a few hundred make out to the final cut out list. Aspirants should remember that; it is important to know that clearing the UPSC exam is not only a matter of hard work but also collaboration of smart work.

There is also believe among aspirants that the amount of time and hard work that they put out in this examination has gone in vain as their work has gone unrewarded. It is true to some extent that aspirants failing in this examination may feel about themselves as being failure, however it is also true that the amount of knowledge you have extracted and these collection of information will be utilised by you in some form or other. So, aspirants should first focus about how to clear preliminary stage of the examination?

Read Also: “5 Tips for Preparing for the UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE)”

Define the Priorities

  • When it comes to clearing up the IAS Exam on the first attempt, having a strategy is a must. A candidate should make a UPSC Preparation strategy best suited for him/her.
  • Before starting, it is a must to go through the detailed syllabus, which covers both the Prelims and the UPSC Mains Syllabus.
  • It is important to remember that clearing Prelims is not only a matter of hard work, it is also a matter of smart work.
  • Candidates must also make sure that they are fully aware of the CSAT Syllabus so that the preparation is done accordingly.
  • If possible, enroll for Online UPSC Coaching.

Analyse Previous Year Question Papers:

  • Before jumping to the barrel e. Before stating preparation of civil services examination, aspirants should understand UPSC Syllabus and pattern of the examination. Aspirants must prioritise the important areas of the UPSC syllabus and then only they can plan their action to tackle their different segments of the examination.
  • Going through previous year IAS Question Papers can help in figuring out the important and unimportant areas of the civil services examination along with understanding the pattern of asking question in this examination.

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Focus of Frequency of Revision:

  • Aspirants should focus on revision module as whole to have perspective on subject matter. Aspirants in the last phase of their preparation should focus on frequency of the revision, it is important not to get overwhelmed by any new material or book. This can only lead to frustration. Stick to a few good books and study them sincerely.
  • Revision is the most crucial step towards the end of your IAS preparation, before aspirants can appear for Preliminary stage of the examination. If you find that you cannot remember what you have previously read, it shows the lack of revision. Regular revision is the only thing that can help aspirants internalise the concepts and facts.

Be consistent in Covering Current Affairs:

  • Aspirants should cover current affairs for UPSC on consistent basis. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest news every day by listening to our daily news analysis of ‘The Hindu’.
  • Aspirants must develop a routine for the last 90 days of their IAS preparation. Ensure that you revise all subjects. Give more time to areas that you find you are weak in. Also include time for mock tests in this routine.

Clear Prelims in 90 Days:

  • Aspirants can clear IAS Prelims by studying 90 days, if you are preparing using the correct resources along with study plan.
  • How should you prepare for UPSC prelims in 90 days? What should be your plan? What are the books you should read to get the maximum benefit out of the minimum time? How should you practice mock exams? How should you prioritize your time? Are few questions that aspirants should look to answer by themselves for clearing prelim exam in 90 days?

Plan of Action for 90 Days:

  • Make a timetable, which suits your requirement. We suggest a plan which has 9-hours devoted to studies every day.
  • For example, if you have 9 hours a day for studies or revision – give 1 hour for History, 1 hour for Geography, 1 hour for Polity, 1 hour for Economics, 1 hour for Science and Technology, 1 hour for Environment, 1 hour for Current Affairs and last 2 hours for taking mock test.
  • If you take 1 mock exam each day, you can cover all 40 mock exams in 40 days. If you take 2 mock exams /day, you can cover 40 mock exams in 20 days!
  • This means it would not take much time to learn 4000+ questions and 4000+ important concepts. This would make a big difference. If you ask us, the highest priority item for any aspirant is to practice mock exams in a timed environment with negative marking.

Aspirants should formulate their own set of strategy for their examination and should think about, how then can tackle different segments of preliminary examination in well-coordinated manner. Although, it is quite tough to clear prelims in 90 days but, it is quite possible to clear this examination in 90 days if they follow their strategy with sincerity and have set of believe in their ability.

Read Also: “5 Tips for Preparing for the UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE)”

UPSC Prelims in 3 Months: Subject-Wise Tips

To get an overall decent score, it is advised that you study each and every subject judiciously. Follow the strategy given below to complete the entire UPSC Syllabus timely before the Prelims examination.

History and Art & Culture

  • Cover the entire NCERT Notes for History along with the notes from the CCRT website and standard books.
  • Divide the time slot accordingly to cover ancient, medieval, and modern simultaneously.
  • Candidates can also refer to the Tamil Nadu Board History Books, to explore in detail the dynasties present in the south.

Environment and Ecology with Geography Exam Tips

  • Geography, Environment & Ecology are interrelated at various points and topics. To cover both, always rely on Geography Books for UPSC along with NCERTs.
  • Revise the NCERT notes and relate them to Current Affairs.
  • Whenever you are revising, sit with a map and locate places in the news. It will help in memorizing the places better and interrelating the topics with current events.

UPSC Exam Tips for Covering the Economy

  • Direct concept-based questions are asked from the Economy section. An aspirant should consolidate the Economic Survey and Union Budget in such a way that it’s handy for last-minute revision.
  • Refer to the Economy Notes for UPSC for a one-stop complete revision.
  • It is seen that direct questions are asked from India Year Book, Economic Survey, and Union Budget, so this portion should not be overlooked.

Polity Prelims Exam Tips

  • Polity is an essential section of the civil services exam. A major portion of the questions are directly or indirectly asked from this section.
  • Students must refer to the Polity Books for UPSC which are mostly picked by toppers to cover this subject.
  • To revise Polity, consider only the NCERTs along with Indian Polity by M. Laximanth. Revision of notes from these resources is essential, coupled with a selective reading of cases from D.D. Basu’s Constitution of India.

UPSC Prelims Exam Tips for Current Affairs 

  • Current Affairs for UPSC are the backbone of the exam. Direct or indirect, static or dynamic, anything can be asked from this section.
  • To cover this section, along with the revision of events, dedicate an hour daily to complete the monthly compilations of Current affairs.

Read Also: Last Days strategy for UPSC Prelims

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