How Many Hours to Study for IAS?
The UPSC civil services exam is considered one of the toughest exams in the country. And, because of this, a lot of people recommend studying for about 15 hours per day during the IAS exam preparation time. In fact, a lot of aspirants wonder how many hours of studies are required to clear this demanding exam. Read on for possible answers to the question ‘how many hours should I study for IAS exam’.
There are some aspirants who claim to study 15-16 hours per day while preparing for the UPSC exam. And, there are others who clear the exam studying just for 6-7 hours in a day. There is no perfect answer to this question and the candidates should decide for themselves the number of hours of studies per day considering their own capabilities and requirements.
Some candidates, during the initial days of their IAS preparation, start off with studying for more than 12 hours a day. They continue this for about a week, maybe 10 days. After this time, they find it tiring to continue with this routine and gradually, their intensity of studies wane off along with their initial enthusiasm. This is because it is physically very demanding to sit for hours on an end and study.
Remember that the IAS exam process is a long-drawn one and you have to invest at least one year in it. To complete your IAS preparation successfully, you must feel motivated throughout this one year. You should also enjoy the learning process all this time. Ideally, the intensity of your preparation should be almost equally spread for the one year or 10 months of your UPSC exam preparation, with the vigour slightly rising during the days just before the exam.
To figure out a routine for IAS preparation, candidates should assess their own strengths and mental stamina. It is important to sustain the initial interest and energy throughout your preparation time, till you clear the civil services exam. That is why aspirants are suggested to take it easy on the number of hours of studies and focus more on the quality than the quantity.
Tips to improve the quality of studies:
- Learn smart studying
- Understand rather than cram.
- Study as per the demand of the UPSC exam.
- Take breaks at regular intervals. Study for 3 hours with a 10-minute break every one hour rather than studying for 3 hours at a stretch.
- When you are studying, give it your utmost focus. Study with intense concentration. Avoid distractions.
Remember that the question you should ask is “How to study effectively for UPSC exam” rather than “How many hours study for IAS”.
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