Common Doubts During the UPSC IAS Exam Preparation

Many doubts must be revolving around fresh aspirant’s head regarding IAS exam preparation. There will be a lot of questions like how to become an IAS officer, how to prepare for IAS etc. The aspirants often find Civil Services IAS Exam a hard nut to crack. To crack the IAS Exam in the first attempt, the aspirant needs the right strategy and hard work.

In this article, we are clearing the common doubts regarding the UPSC IAS Exam and giving the success strategy as well as answers for IAS Prelims examination.

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Busting common doubts about the IAS Exam

The best way to crack civil services prelims exam is practical strategies and a positive mindset. The aspirants need not know everything under the sun to clear UPSC prelims, but most important is knowing the pattern and nature of questions asked by UPSC to crack this exam.

How will I divide my day?

Starting from the initial announcements of the exam date, candidates will only have a few months to begin preparation. So, each day is important each second is essential. Aspirants should divide their day like:

Time Slot Allotted for

Early morning Reading the newspaper and current affairs
Morning- Afternoon General Studies Paper I
Afternoon -Evening General Studies Paper-II
Evening – Night Solving UPSC  Previous year question paper
2 hours before sleeping Revision

* Aspirants should include time for short breaks and leisure time accordingly. Study plan without break will put you under stress.

Read more | How to Make Time Table for UPSC Preparation

How many hours should I study?

It is ideal to study 8-10 hours. Aspirants should effectively utilize the time. For IAS Prelims, one should study up to 8-10 hours, including solving previous year question paper etc. aspirants should know in which subject they are weak and should allow more time accordingly. If they are good at CSAT, then they can spend only 2 hours on it and can allow remaining time for another subject which they are weak.  

How can I beat boredom?

The diversity and wide UPSC syllabus for IAS Exam scare the aspirants. It generates a feel that candidates should know everything. But if you are thorough with the syllabus and approaching the exam with a proper study plan, then the process becomes interesting.

While preparing, the candidate should not force them to study. The desire for learning should come from your mind. Aspirants should not try to study the same subject for a long period. Mix the subjects and make the process innovative and interesting.

Candidates can also engage in watching useful programs like Rajya Sabha TV debates, news to rejuvenate their knowledge and mind. In between, they are supposed to take a short break and highly recommended to act physically to stay active throughout the preparation.

Stop procrastination

The UPSC aspirants might be postponing many things like reading the newspaper, reading NCERTs, solving question papers, answer writing etc. due to different reasons. Every time when you procrastinate something that can be done today, you are harming your chances towards success. When you feel like procrastinating a task, push yourself to do. Without shedding blood and sweat one cannot get into a prestigious position like IAS. It is easy to procrastinate, but hard to achieve. So never create a backlog, especially while preparing for UPSC IAS exams.

How can I stay active?

Aspirants should understand, a fact that there is no substitute for hard work. UPSC IAS exam is considered the toughest examination in the country. The decision to become an IAS Officer is yours. The aspirants should have a burning desire inside them. This desire will lead you further. To crack this exam aspirants need consistency. It is the key because momentum cannot be sustained for more than one year.

Along with preparation aspirants should find time to engage themselves in physical activities, yoga, meditation, family etc., this will help you to cope up with the mood swings and create a positive mindset. The UPSC IAS Exam is more about mental strength.  Aspirants should not get demotivated and disheartened while preparing for this exam. Be open to learning new things.

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  1. Sir my birtdate is 20 March 2000 so I want to know can I apply for upsc 2021 according to my birth date????

    1. Hi,

      Yes, you are eligible for UPSC 2020 and onwards as per your birth date.

      For educational qualifications and other UPSC Eligibility Criteria, please check the linked article.

      Warm regards.

  2. Sir i am a graduate and have keen interest in cracking this exam But i am not sure how to start my preparation due to the pandemic i have financial constraints too I feel really confused about my preparation Please guide me sir

    1. Hi Jisha
      Start reading NCERTs books for UPSC. Daily read a newspaper. Get help from BYJU’S Daily News Analysis. Then, you can start using UPSC books for each subject mentioned in the linked article.

  3. Sir myself Atmadeep , this year i have passed 12 board from CBSE and i have failed in maths which was 6 th optional but i have passed overall with 80% . Failed in the 6th optional subject but passed in other 5 subjects . So can i appear UPSC examination or i will face any problem while appeariy UPSC examination ?

    1. If you have a passing certificate from CBSE for 12th, you will not face any issues. Rest, check UPSC eligibility criteria in the linked article.

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