How to Prepare for IAS Exam in the Last 80 Days [IAS Preparation Strategy]

Lakhs of IAS aspirants take the civil services every year. But the gruelling exam process ensures that only a few hundred 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 under specific headings.

UPSC Books

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.

You can get a list of IAS books from the here.

Know how to prioritise

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 perform well in them, 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 question papers and figure out the important and unimportant areas.

Revision plan for UPSC

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.

To revise current affairs for UPSC, you can download the BYJU’S Monthly Current Affairs Magazine absolutely free.

You can also keep up-to-date with the latest news every day by listening to our daily news analysis of ‘The Hindu’. Check the daily news analysis for UPSC video here.

Develop a routine

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.

Boost your chances of clearing the UPSC Prelims exam by solving as many UPSC model test papers as you can. You can download more than 1000 prelims questions from the BYJU’S Target Prelims 2019 segment. Download the UPSC question bank (volumes I – IV) from here.

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