IAS Exam Preparation
IAS Exam is one of the most difficult examinations of the country. Every year many IAS Examination aspirants apply and register for this exam to fulfill their dreams of serving the nation. For this, it becomes extremely important to follow a full-fledged strategy that will cater to their path in the times to come. However, in order to prepare for the Indian Administration Services, time plays a very predominant role.
There are several factors that are needed to be taken into consideration while pursuing the UPSC examinations. Joining a full-time coaching class is definitely not one of them. In fact, many aspirants, in the beginning, do not even think about it. This article serves the reader with a guide to clear their notions and start off with their IAS examination journey from home itself. So as to clear the IAS Examination.
However, these tips will only work if a proper time schedule and the routine cycle is followed.
Here are 5 tips on how to start IAS Exam preparation from home
1) Age and qualifications play a role:
This is imperative to understand that the IAS preparation should be started at the right time, neither too soon nor late. Most candidates, usually lie in the age group of 23-28 years. However, there are many who start early or late rather than the stated above. The best time to step up with the preparation is considered to be the year of graduation when the student is completely relieved. At this time, the aspirant can focus and concentrate without any mental anxiety.
2) Know the Syllabus of IAS Exam:
Before starting with IAS Exam preparation, it is superlative to have an exact idea of the syllabus to be followed. This will help in forming a routine structure that the aspirant can follow accordingly to achieve the daily set tasks.
When you have great information on the fundamentals of the IAS exam, you will understand that the IAS Exam preparation requires an incorporated way to deal with Prelims and Mains tests. However, the approach will be different. But, it is recommended by the officials to prepare for both the exams at the same time. Both the examinations follow the syllabus that incorporates the prevailing scenarios related to social, political, and economic issues.
However, it should be noted that the Prelims is MCQ-based, therefore, not much in-depth. While the Mains test will be in writing/subjective in nature.
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3) Get the right study material:
Well, this clearly indicates that the student is not planning to join any coaching center. So, in such a situation, it becomes very important to get a source from where the right study material can be purchased or borrowed. Moreover, go online and search for the recommended subject study.
How to start with them? Well, start reading from somewhere. It is extremely important to begin and not procrastinate. Reach a point where he/she went through the books at least twice in the whole study cycle.
Studying for the IAS Exam is full of monotony and boredom. It is also a hefty task at hand but aspirants will have to do whatever it takes to beat it.
4) Stay up to date with the current affairs:
It goes without mentioning that current affairs form the base of the civil services examination. Reading one newspaper and a magazine can serve the purpose. The Hindu is the most recommended newspaper by the UPSC council since it involves articles on socio-economic issues and other aspects related to the national as well as the international economy.
However, it is highly important for the students to set a particular time schedule for reading every day. As this habit of reading one newspaper can take up to 6 hours. Do follow your schedule properly when you are at home.
5) Practice and test yourself:
Even while preparing from home, the purpose of cracking the Civil Services examination remains the same. Therefore, never ever undermine the power of practice. Practice, practice, and practice. This is the success mantra of many IAS toppers. Since it is one of the best ways to evaluate and screen yourself at home. So, get a hold on all the previous years’ questions papers and answer them.
Start by forming a schedule where you are solving two papers every day. You can find samples of mock tests and revision tests online, free of cost. A person should follow this approach at least 6 months from the date of the examination.
However, with the help of this, an aspirant will get to know about his/her weak areas and therefore, the time to strengthen them for the future.
Practice mediation on a daily basis for about 10 minutes to achieve a positive mindset. As a result, the whole being will be fully-prepped for facing the challenge on the day of the showdown.
As of 2020, the UPSC examination is scheduled to be held in the month of May. The UPSC prelims will be conducted on 31st May 2020. While the UPSC Mains will start on 18th September 2020. The dates are tentative in nature.
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