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General Science for UPSC

The UPSC syllabus is very vast and covers a variety of subjects. General science or basic science is also a part of this. Even though general science is not as important as polity or history or geography for the UPSC exam in terms of the marks they cover, it is nevertheless relevant for the exam. One cannot choose to ignore these topics. Aspirants should cover basic sciences mostly from the NCERTs as school level knowledge is sufficient for most topics. However, they must also scan the daily newspaper for updates in this field especially that are centric to India. Breakthroughs in science and technology that come up in the news are extremely important. The basic science behind the new technology should be looked up and studied as there are chances that the UPSC might ask questions from this topic.

FAQs for General Science for IAS Exam

  • Going by the trend of past seven years, general science coupled with its current aspects one can expect around 10-12 questions in the UPSC prelims examination.
  • Students should note that all the serious aspirants will cover the core subjects and they will be the main competitors. To get the extra edge, one should cover general science along with current affairs and environment part.
  • However, first priority should always be covering core subjects.
  • One need not worry about their basic knowledge in science. Make a start now.
  • The key for UPSC preparation is understanding the requirements of the exam. Up to class X NCERTs science will cover most of the basics part.
  • Students can reach to our team to get more info on this or our tablet course will give you the much needed focus.
  • Many students face the same dilemma during their preparation, the best way is to start with NCERT’s VI to X science textbooks.
  • But before starting students should go through at least previous 7 years of UPSC prelims science related questions to understand the pattern.
  • Students must read all the NCERTs from class VI to Class X. As a common guideline , we can say that don’t read much equations, calculations, formulae, focus on the basic definitions and applications part.
  • For example from class VI NCERT science , “Chapter 2 – Components of Food “one should focus on fig 2.4, fig 2.5, fig 2.6, fig 2.7 i.e sources of carbohydrates, proteins vitamins etc..
  • For detailed guideline and inputs, please get in touch with our mentor team.
  • For General science, you can read new NCERT’s .
  • Many students complain that New NCERT’s is not UPSC aspirant friendly as the flow is not concentrated like the old ones. Yes that’s true, but for your preparation for science topics idea should be to filter and read the main info.
  • To have some idea, please see the Science and Technology section in our Tablet course. We have covered all the key aspects from class VI-X NCERT’s science.
  • NO, we don’t recommend you to make notes for NCERT’s science.
  • Time is the most crucial resource for this exam.
  • Rather than spending time and energy in making notes use highlighters to mark in the NCERT’s itself and use time at your disposal to revise revise revise…
  • If one has studied NCERT’s science for prelims, their revision plan for Mains should be entirely different.
  • They can skip most of the basics and biology part and focus only on case studies and examples that they can use. It should hardly take one day to revise.
  • Because in GS paper III, one, two or at the max three science and tech related questions are asked and they all can be answered if one has covered current affairs.
  • If you cannot allot time to cover NCERT’s Science part, nothing to worry. You are not at loss.
  • But, you MUST allot time to read current affairs part and when you come across some developments in science, cover basics related to that.
  • If you have access, please see go through our tablet classes.
  • Student’s has to take a call on whether they feel comfortable reading soft copy or not.
  • All the text books are available for free download from NCERT website.( spend penny wisely )
  • Thanks to Adobe, one can highlight, edit and mark etc.. It’s making our lives easy!!
  • Yes, to get flow of the book, you should cover class wise.
  • But one should have time targets when they read and ideally all your preparation should complete atleast one month before preliminary exam except for some current affairs.
  • Writing regular test series and systematically planning your preparation always helps to streamline your approach.
  • In addition to that it can help you on time management and you can check your status
  • Ideally one revision of the test series questions you have written is needed. But you should not expect that same question to appear as it is, however it do happen sometimes though rarely!!
  • Many students have the same question. Cut off depends on multiple things like number of Posts notified that year, toughness of the question paper, students category etc..
  • However to have a rough idea based on previous 7 years of UPSC preliminary exam analysis, if one can score a net of 60 questions, safely they can expect to clear the first stage.

Also see:

Important principles in General Science for UPSC IAS Prelims
Can a Science Student do IAS?
Free Science NCERT Books PDF Download for UPSC

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