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.
The IAS Notification contains all the information related to the recruitment process on a yearly basis. It is advisable to always refer to the latest notification, which is given in the linked article.
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.
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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.
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 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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