The UPSC Prelims exam is the first step in the civil services exam process. Only if you clear the IAS prelims can you move on to the subsequent rounds in the UPSC exam. Every year, on an average, about 5 lakh candidates take up the UPSC prelims exam. However, only about 10 – 15 thousand actually qualify for the IAS mains. This proves the intense completion in the exam.
Generally, the prelims are held in June/August every year. In 2019, the civil services prelims are scheduled to be held in June. In this article, we have given you ten tips to help you clear the first hurdle in the UPSC exam process.
Read ‘The Hindu’ newspaper every day. Reading the newspaper and analysing it is one of the most important steps in the IAS preparation process. Among newspapers, ‘The Hindu’ is the most trusted for the IAS exam. You can also watch the daily news analysis videos on our website. You may check out the link at the end of the article for the same.
Tip No. 2
Make notes of all the important events and news that make headlines. You must watch out for the latest developments that affect our polity, society and life in general. You should also link these developments to the USPC syllabus. Questions may not be directly asked from the event/news per se. But they can be asked indirectly. For instance, in the face of the recent #MeToo movement taking the country by storm, the UPSC may ask about the legal provisions that are present for women’s protection in the workplace against sexual harassment, and not on the movement itself.
Tip No. 3
The best basic books that you can read for the UPSC static topics are the NCERT textbooks. They contain the content matter in a simple and clear language. They would help you build a strong foundation for the UPSC exam.
Tip No. 4
You should not ignore the CSAT paper. Even though it is only a qualifying paper, it should be given adequate attention. You do need to score a minimum of 33% in it. So, practice CSAT questions properly and make sure that you clear it.
Tip No. 5
In the prelims exams, you need to solve 100 questions in one hour (for GS paper 1) and 80 questions in an hour (for CSAT). There is also negative marking for incorrect answers. So, you must get enough test practice if you are to clear the prelims exam. Enrol for a good IAS prelims test series in order to make sure that all your effort in preparation bears fruit.
Follow these tips and work hard. Success will follow!
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