How to Organize Your Study Area for UPSC IAS Exam

The preparation for UPSC IAS Exam should be a meticulously designed program. The Union Public Service Commission annually conducts civil services exam in three stages- Prelims, Mains, and interview. Generally, aspirants kick-start their preparation one year before the UPSC IAS Exam, as they have to complete the bulky UPSC syllabus. We have come across many preparation strategies but one of the important things in the UPSC Preparation is study area. The study area is the lab of an aspirant where he transforms to another level.

In spite of staying in home or boarding-house or a rented room, every UPSC IAS aspirant may have a separate area for studying. Some UPSC aspirants don’t study in a single place, altering their study places often and some aspirants have a single place for study every time. This is an important factor in your UPSC preparation. The aspirant who studies in a single place accomplishes his goal in a better manner than a wandering aspirant.

What to be organized?

As a UPSC aspirant, one should have the following material in their study area in an organized manner.

  • UPSC IAS Exam syllabus
  • UPSC Study planner and revision planner
  • A study table and a chair
  • Writing materials
  • NCERT books for UPSC IAS preparation
  • Detailed reference books for General studies and Optional subjects
  • Relevant magazines like Yojana, Kurukshetra etc.
  • Newspaper
  • Previous year UPSC Question papers
  • Calendar and alarm
  • Notes books and sticky notes
  • Dictionary
  • A study lamp.
  • A computer or laptop.

Need of a permanent study area

  • UPSC Aspirant must have permanent study area. This will help the aspirants to focus better on your studies.
  • Having a permanent study area helps the aspirant to start his studies quickly, whenever he sits for studying.
  • Aspirants can save time by organizing all of their study materials like NCERT books, reference books, previous year question paper, Newspaper, sticky notes, writing materials etc. in a systematic manner near the study area, so that they need not spend time each time they sit to study.
  • Having an organized study area, aspirants let know their mind that their principal business is to prepare for UPSC IAS exam without losing time.

Tips to organize your study area

  • An aspirant should keep their study area arranged and clean, so that aspirant may propel to sit and read.
  • Keep relevant books on the table rather than keeping all books on the table.
  • Use ring files and folders, so that aspirants can keep their newspaper cuttings, question papers, mock test papers in an organized way.
  • Keep all writing materials like sketch pen, pencil, ruler etc. in a separate table drawer and don’t let them conquer your reading table.

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