How to Prepare for UPSC IAS Exam in the Last 80 Days

Lakhs of IAS aspirants take the UPSC civil services every year. But the gruelling exam process ensures that only a few hundreds make the cut at the end of the year as civil servants of the country. Clearing the IAS exam is not only a matter of hard work but also of smart work. Many aspirants despair at the amount of time and work that they gave to the IAS exam only to find their work go unrewarded. This is because ‘smart work’ differentiates the winners from the failures. This article gives you suggestions as to how to prepare for the UPSC IAS exam in the last 80 days.

Limit your resources

In the last phase of your preparation, it is important not to get overwhelmed by any new material or book. This can only lead to frustration. Stick to a few good books and study them sincerely.


Prioritise is the key word when it comes to clearing the IAS exam. First of all, you must ensure that you can get the minimum 33% in the CSAT. If you take mock tests and find that you cannot, brush up on the basics first. Study specifically for clearing the CSAT. Remember that your GS paper I prelims paper will not even be evaluated if you don’t secure 33% in the CSAT (GS Paper II). You must also prioritise the important areas of the UPSC syllabus. Go through previous years IAS papers and figure out the important and unimportant areas.


Revision is most crucial towards the wee end of your IAS preparation. If you find that you cannot remember what you have previously read, it shows the lack of revision. Only regular revision will help you internalise the concepts and facts.


You must develop a routine for the last 80 days of your IAS preparation. Ensure that you revise all subjects. Give more time to areas that you find you are weak in. Also include time for mock tests in this routine. Taking tests can help you decide your weaknesses and strengths. It will also give you the much-required feel of the exams. You can learn to regulate time taken for each question by taking mock tests.


A lot of aspirants wonder when they can stop reading the newspapers. Frankly, you should not stop reading them. This is because many news items (for the latest current affairs) are covered in continuity. Also, reading will give you a lot of fodder to write for the mains exam not to mention improve your language. Of course, you could minimise the time you spend in reading the daily newspapers as you progress towards the UPSC civil services exam.


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