How To Prepare For UPSC Along With Job?

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Are you doing UPSC Preparation with job then you are at the right place.

UPSC is one such exam that gives everyone a chance to prove him or herself. It is considered to be exceedingly difficult to excel in. It is unimaginably strenuous for people who are working at a full-time job, classically a 9 to 5 job. The stubborn and pillaring tension and pressure that engulfs the minds of this section of candidates appearing for UPSC is overwhelming.

But, it is only because of the lack of guidance that they feel this way. With proper help and a peek into the inside story of previous candidates who have cracked the UPSC exam with a full time job in hand, we are going to get quick into the real deal here.

Read: How To Crack UPSC in One Year?

How To Schedule My Entire Week?

Take a deep breath and think. Introspect yourself. Allow yourself to get deep into your mind and realize how important it must be for you to think of switching career at this point of time. Something must have sparked and made you arrive to this decision. Stick with it, as it will help you gain self-motivation and vigour to prepare for your UPSC CSE. Here is how you should plan your days and weekends accordingly-

  • You must first analyse an entire week and figure out how much time you have in hand. You will find that an average of 4-6 hours is easily available to yourself during the working days and more time in the weekend. 
  • The next step is to lay before you all the breaks and free time you are getting.
  • Just after realising the available time in hand you have got, slowly put tasks under them. For example- 
    • You wake up early and have at least two hours in hand to study general studies subjects just before you get ready for work. 
    • During office hours, go over current affairs. You will get time to read the news and do that bit done at office itself on a daily basis.
    • After work, continue preparing for GS or Optional papers. You will at least utilize 2 hours for this.
    • After dinner, get half an hour in hand to go over and revise everything you studied for the day.

For the weekends

  • Prepare to revise whole week’s work early in the day to grasp whatever you have covered so far.
  • Write practice papers before mid-day and give mock tests in the afternoon. 

When you have 2-3 months left till exams arrive, go over General studies vigorously. After your mains, work over the current affairs more for it helps you in your interview. So, while doing your UPSC preparation keep the above points in your mind.

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What Books To Read?

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It is very important to read important books for the respective subjects of UPSC Exam syllabus. Here, important books relevant for the UPSC Preparation have been suggested so that UPSC aspirants with full time job in hand do not waste their precious time on reading twenty different books for the same topic. So now we will be going through some books which are best for IAS Preparation with job.

Books For UPSC Preparation

INDIAN HISTORY

  1. Ancient History: ‘Ancient India’ by RS Sharma (Old NCERT) has good coverage of UPSC Prelims syllabus and you will find a number of questions that has been directly asked from this book.
  2. Medieval History: History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra (Old NCERT) is more relevant in this section because it has good coverage of topics of Medieval History of India.
  3. Modern History: ‘A Brief History of Modern India’ by Spectrum, as well as ‘Concise History of modern India’ by Sujata Menon have good coverage of the Modern History syllabus for IAS Prelims Exam.
  4. Indian Culture: For this section, the aspirant should go through the book ‘Facets of Indian Culture’ by Spectrum and also through the website of ‘Centre for Cultural Resources and Training’.

INDIAN GEOGRAPHY

Old NCERT books are most preferred for the preparation of Indian Geography. For Physical Geography Goh Cheng Leong’s ‘Certificate Physical and Human Geography’ is more relevant. Aspirants must go through the Oxford School Atlas while studying physical geography.

Indian Polity

Books most recommended for the preparation of Indian Polity are ‘Indian Polity’ by Laxmikanth, ‘An Introduction to the Constitution of India’ by D. D. Basu and ‘The Constitution of India’ by P. M. Bakshi. With the above standard books for Indian Polity, the IAS aspirant must finish the old NCERT books of Indian Polity.

Economy

For the basic concepts and terminologies of economics NCERT books are enough for IAS Preparation. It is essential to reach the Macroeconomics Class 12th textbook by NCERT because it covers the basic terminologies of an economy which are quite helpful for understanding the growth and development of a country.

Most recommended books are-

Download: NCERT Books

Science & Technology

1.Newspaper (The Hindu, Economic Times, The Indian Express)

2.ISRO Website, other Online Resources

Environment and Ecology

1. NIOS Study Material for Environmental Studies

2. Newspaper, Online Study Material

English Comprehension

The passages asked in this section are generally taken from standard journals and newspapers like Yojana, Kurukshetra, Frontline and the newspapers like Indian Express, The Hindu, EPW and Livemint. Also, do the practice of Previous Year Question Papers.

Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability

Go over not only RS Aggrawal but also take the help of MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning.

Mathematics

RS Aggarwal of S Chand publication is enough for the preparation of Mathematics.

Decision Making

Read articles and editorials from newspapers. The news articles related to the problems of a particular area or community and how the respective civic bodies solving those problems will help you in developing decision-making skills. Furthermore, it will help you in enhancing your vocabulary.

Read: 10 Must Read Books for UPSC Prelims & Mains 2020

Tips To Crack UPSC Along With Job

Now, let’s discuss some tips which can boost your UPSC Preparation along with your job

  1. Indulge in effective time management.
  2. Select your optional subject wisely.
  3. Utilise office resources during free time (without breaking protocols, of course!) to do all your extra preparation work during breaks or after work.
  4. Weekends are not meant for partying and hanging out all day with people. You must understand that with a job in hand you already do not get enough to prepare for your UPSC. Weekends are the time you compensate for the whole week. So, use that time for your preparation.
  5. Utilise technology. Download apps and software that help you prepare 
  6. Get rid of all kinds of distractions. Social media does leave an impact on us subconsciously to distract us from our actual goals.Therefore, its up to you how you use Social Media.
  7. Buy a planner for the year.
  8. Do some Research on UPSC exam pattern and solve them in order to understand trend. Keep doing your research.
  9. If possible, travel in a manner so that you don’t get very tired and can get more time in hand to study.
  10. Your job will definitely give you an extra edge. So, do not quit your job. 
  11. You have the luxury to buy your own material as you earn money from your job. This should also work as a positive thing for you. 

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