The ambition of joining the civil services drive at least 10 lakh people every year to give the UPSC examination. Their aim is to serve as the IAS, IPS, IFS, and other reputed officers of the department. However, the journey from being an aspirant to serving as a civil officer isn’t easy. 

The UPSC exam preparation requires sheer hard work and undivided attention on the part of the individuals. To crack UPSC, one needs to have a proper exam preparation strategy and a timetable to manage the vast syllabus. All aspirants should realize that it’s the elite services of the country and not a random government job. 

We have prepared this article to give an overview of how to construct a month-wise strategy for UPSC preparation.

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UPSC Preparation Routine

Since UPSC is one of the toughest exams to crack, the daily routine cycle becomes imperative for the aspirants. In experts’ words, this cycle needs to stay intact for at least a period of 12 months before the exam. This time period is important to cover the whole vast syllabus of UPSC exams. 

However, it should be observed that every finger is not of the same size. While some candidates due to their prosperous academic background excel, some strive rigorously due to their weaknesses. But, every UPSC candidate should understand that it’s the hours of burning the midnight lamp that will decide their fate. 

As the syllabus is known for each year, aspirants should be thorough with the syllabus of classes 6th to 12th. This will not only save time but will also prevent the extra drudgery of studying a new thing all over. 

On average, a candidate requires to put in at least 8 hours every day to cover the UPSC syllabus. While this may work for some candidates, surely, it isn’t for every other candidate.

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Month-Wise UPSC Preparation Strategy

The exam cycle of UPSC usually starts in the month of June every year. Every aspirant is clearly aware of the timetable for the Prelims and the Mains in advance. Now, the final target is to have a study approach that will put down all the milestones one by one. 

It has been observed that the UPSC syllabus of Prelims and the Mains are similar to one another. It’s just the nature of exams that holds a different outlook. The experts’ say that 80% of the Mains syllabus is buckled up in the Prelims Preparation. Therefore, instead of having a different strategy for both the phases, here is a combination of both strategies to reach the destination.  Going month-wise, we have listed below the subject-coverings for every month starting from June till May of next year. 

June to October:

During this period, the aspirants should focus on the optional subject of their choice. This is very important as it holds an important position in the overall marking. Additionally, candidates should concentrate on the syllabus of General Papers of both Prelims and the Mains. 

For this purpose, designing a proper weekly timetable to include every subject can help. 

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October to December:

Practice the statistics part of the Prelims and the Mains on a daily basis. Side by side, indulge in daily revision to memorize the past covered syllabus.

January & February:

The aspirants should practice the answer by writing regularly. But, to form a UPSC preparation strategy, we will advise going for this in the month of January and February. This is to focus more on the exams as they come closer.

During these months, the aspirants should completely devote their time to Mains Optional subject practice. 

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March to May:

Now, the UPSC Prelims are approaching. This time should be considerately given towards the Prelims preparation. Instead of indulging in new study materials, revive the past academics to fulfill the revision requirements. Focus on the revision of both Paper 1 and the CSAT. 

We have collectively given the above guidelines for the full-time UPSC students. It should be understood that every person has his/her own way of managing things out. Therefore, the above is just a sample rather than a predetermined standard for a timetable. 

There are many aspirants who take up UPSC alongside employment. For them, a different schedule will help, which will be based upon their daily routine and priorities. 

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Summing up, we sincerely hope, the readers will be able to understand what’s best for them. Thus, they will form a monthly strategy that will save their time and last minute nervous breakdowns. 


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