In our previous article we had in-depth discussion regarding Prelims strategy for Indian Foreign Services Exam but now we move a step further and now discuss a sound strategy with the help of a case study which will eventually help us in giving us a boost.

Read: Indian Foreign Services Examination – Prelims Strategy, Booklist.

Focus and hard work are two gems for success. Keep your eyes at your aim and take small steps each day to achieve it. If you don’t understand what to do, which way to go, do it both ways and see what actually works for you.

First of all let’s discuss the 5 mantras for mains preparation.

5 Mantras For UPSC Mains Preparation

  1. Keep your resources limited.
  2. Have a balanced approach towards studying. It simply means give all subject equal importance.
  3. One should focus on improving his presentation skills, answer writing skills, time management skills,etc.
  4. Apart from these give mocks and try to analyse your mistakes and learn.
  5. Do maximum revision again and again.

We have been analysing the preparation Strategy of KV maheswara Reddy. So let’s get started.

kv maheswara reddy mains marksheet

Indian Foreign Services Exam- Current Affairs

As far as current affairs are concerned, he followed the same approach as in prelims which I have discussed earlier. But apart from this, he took several steps

  1. Read ‘The Hindu’ newspaper and make notes of it.
  2. You can read online summaries of daily news.
  3. Solve daily some questions related to current affairs and try to revise them.
  4. Make notes of all the above things and revise them. You will see it’s benefit during revision.
  5. Make notes concise and in points format.

You have follow this thing during your prelims and Mains as as a result you will have enough content to revise in precise form.

Indian Foreign Services Exam- Static Part

  • Static portion is same as in Prelims
  • For mains, you can read standard books and can revise them.
  • Make notes of reports of various committees, summarize them, make its notes and revise.

Indian Foreign Services Exam- Previous Years Question Papers

  • When you read a topic properly then solve it’s question from past year papers and try to analyse your answer. This exercise will help you to check how much you have learned.
  • When you read a topic try to frame probable questions from that topic and try to think about it’s probable answer.
  • If you get confused in any question try to Google it and check it’s answer and understand how the answer is framed.

Indian Foreign Services Exam- Test Series

Guys, it depends upon you whether you join a test series or not. But 90-95% join a test series. They may not join a foundation course but they do join test series as it has a purpose that is to empower you to perform with confidence, better accuracy in the exam.

  • Give a lot of mocks. Try to take mocks as actual exam and then try to give the exam.
  • Answer Presentation
    • Follow a specific format for answers writing. You can follow Intro-Body-Conclusion format.
    • Answer the body section in points to enhance it’s understandability.
    • Answer all the questions in the same order as given in the paper. This make paper checking easy for the examiner.
    • Make headings from the words used in the question.
    • Highlight the important data, points,etc.
    • Give a positive conclusion.
  • Time Management
    • First thing you have to do is to write limited content in the answer. Many students write some answers too long and other too short. So maintain same content in each answer.
  • Speed is the King, it’s importance is very high especially in Mains because you have to answer 20 questions in 3 hour. So if you are unable to do so, you probably gonna wait for next year.
  • What to do? In every mock test try to complete your answers on time and try to figure out the reasons why you were unable in not completing your paper on time.
    • Your priority while writing answers should be Speed, Body, Format. This is because you have to first complete your exam on time and rest things comes later.
    • Skip all those questions which are different or difficult in first iteration/revision. Solve them later on. This ensures that you have done at least those questions about which you are confident.
  • Try to get feedback from your coaching regarding your mocks. This will help you a lot.
  • Hey, you should try to understand that in the exam you have to complete the paper on time without leaving anything and without decreasing the quality of your answers.
  • You should not only rely on mock test solve at least 1-2 questions daily. If you are a slow writer then speed up and write 5 answers.

Guys, you should understand that UPSC is unpredictable. You cannot expect the same question every year. To counter this unpredictability, you have to do hard work and practice more and more.

  • You have to tune your mind to tackle this unpredictability. Avoid negative thinking as it will perish you.
  • Only those will succeed who have done quality practice, revision and have faith in themselves and their capabilities.
  • Don’t think too much, develop your ability to counter stress in the exam hall. Nobody knows about the D-DAY. So be positive.

Read: Toppers Strategy: UPSC CSE 2017 AIR 2 IAS Anu Kumari

Indian Foreign Services Exam- Booklist For Mains

This Booklist is made after discussion with KV Maheswara Reddy.

  • History: NCERT (6-12), Tamil Nadu Board Class 11 History Book, Spectrum’s Brief History of Modern India
  • Economics: Economic Survey, 11th NCERT, Ramesh Singh, Google.
  • Geography: NCERT Class 11-12, GC Leong
  • Science and Technology: The Hindu,  Internet
  • Environment & Ecology: Shankar IAS Notes
  • Polity:M Laxmikant & Vision IAS Material
  • Art & Culture: Nitin Singhania’s Art and Culture Book & NCERT Class 11 Fine Arts
  • Current Affairs: The Hindu, GK Today Magazine, Insights, PIB (Press Information Bureau)website.
  • World History: Mrunal Videos
  • Internal Security: Ashok Kumar
  • Ethics: Subbarao and Google

Download: NCERT Books

  • Vision IAS Revision Notes
  • Rajya Sabha TV: Big Picture, Security Scan
  • Strategy/Preparation Tips: Crack UPSC

Try to make notes and revise them. Inspiration or motivation is one thing and these won’t stay with you for too long, you can’t control it, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving throughout the journey. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work. You will see good results.

At last, I would like to say that you can crack UPSC’s Indian Foreign Services Exam to become an Indian Foreign Service Officer. Just believe in yourself and you will see the change.


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