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

Lakhs of IAS aspirants take Union Public Civil Services (UPSC) Exam every year. This exam which is a time-consuming process ensures that only a few hundred make the cut at the end of the year as bureaucrats of the country. It is important to know that clearing the UPSC exam is not only a matter of hard work but also of smart work.

  • Many aspirants despair at the amount of time and hard work that they give to the IAS exam only to find that their work has gone unrewarded.
  • This is because ‘smart work’ differentiates the winners from the failures.

This article gives you suggestions on how to prepare for the UPSC IAS exam in the last 80 days. Keep reading.

Know How To Prioritise

Priority is the keyword when it comes to clearing the IAS exam. First of all, you must ensure that you can get a minimum of 33% in the UPSC 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 year IAS Question Papers and figure out the important and unimportant areas.

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.

Check the important IAS books in the linked article.

Revision plan for UPSC

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

  • To revise current affairs for UPSC, you can download the UPSC 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 Video Analysis for UPSC Current Affairs.

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 the time taken for each question by taking mock tests.

80 days break up

Number of Days



History and Art & Culture Preparation


Geography Preparation


Polity Preparation


Economy Preparation


Environment Preparation


Science & Technology Preparation


Current Affairs Preparation

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 Prelims segment. Download the UPSC Prelims Target Questions (Volumes I – IV) from the linked article.

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