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Students around the country who decide to prepare for the Civil Services Exam conducted by the UPSC, are often faced with a number of questions. ‘How to Prepare?’, ‘What is the syllabus?’, etc. In fact, one of the first things which a Civil Services aspirant must do is to refer to the UPSC website and download the syllabus copy before they begin preparation. Preparing for the Civil Services Examination in a focused manner is extremely important. One must channelize his/her efforts well so that it meets the demands of the examination as well as the expectations of the examiner. Let’s recollect our college days- wasn’t it not important to go through the syllabus copy of our semesters in detail? The Civil Services Examination conducted by the UPSC is no exception. Often, aspirants are guided by hearsay and half-truths about what is and what isn’t a part of the syllabus.

A common misconception: In General Studies- I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society), many aspirants are initially of the opinion that ancient and medieval Indian history is also a part of the syllabus. While in actual fact, these topics are included in the Prelims level of the examination only. Thus, an accurate understanding of the nature, scope and extent of the syllabus is a must. The objective clarity that comes by studying the UPSC syllabus enables one to have an understanding of what to read, what not to read, and what are the sources that one needs to refer to. This applies to the optional subjects as well.

What should one do?

  • It is extremely useful if aspirants take a printout of the Civil Services Examination syllabus and paste it on their closet- this ensures that they are conscious of the syllabus and at the very least, do a casual reading of it whenever possible.
  • It is also helpful if aspirants break up each topic into subtopics and refer certain specific sources for each topic. Once this broad framework is in place, it becomes easier for aspirants to navigate through the vast extent of the UPSC syllabus for the Civil Services Examination.
  • Further, an analysis of question papers from previous years helps one to put the syllabus into better perspective, as often, the true breadth and depth of the syllabus can be better ascertained after analyzing questions which have been asked around the concerned topics.
  • A classic case in point from the 2014 Mains question paper would be the following: “The third battle of Panipat was fought in 1761. Why were so many empire-shaking battles fought at Panipat?”

This question in Indian History had to be answered mainly from a geographical perspective. The BYJU’s UPSC Tablet programme offers Civil Services aspirants a comprehensive course of recorded lectures, covering the entire spectrum of the Civil Services Examination syllabus. The lectures are immersive and provide students with easy access to premium content at their fingertips. Designed specifically for the Civil Services Examination, this course aligns an aspirant completely with the demands of the examination.

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