How to Spend the Day before the IAS Prelims Exam?

The UPSC prelims are approaching. It is scheduled to be held on 2nd June 2019. All serious IAS aspirants would be well into their IAS prelims preparation. Many of you would probably be feeling the heat a bit. It is natural to feel a little nervous and anxious about the impending exam. Apart from the actual studies, it is also important to take care of yourselves, both physically and mentally during the course of the IAS preparation. Generally, a lot of aspirants feel queasy a few days before the exam. And this feeling amplifies a day before the exam. How do you deal with it in a positive manner? What to do one day before the exam such that your performance is not adversely affected and you fare well? This article gives suggestions as to how to spend the day before the IAS exam.

Things to do:

  • Keep ready all the material you would need like the admit card, ID proof, analog wristwatch, pens (black and blue), pencil, eraser, ruler, etc.
  • Keep aside what you will take to the centre apart from these like money, etc.
  • If possible, visit the centre beforehand so that you know how much time is required to reach there from your place of residence.
  • If you have studies properly for the past one year, this one day before the exam, you need not engage in hard studies.
  • If you want, you can revise your hand-written notes.
  • If you do not remember something that you have studies, do not panic. Focus on what you know and recall. If you are calm, you will recollect them during the exam.
  • Relax and meditate.
  • Listen to soothing music, chants or whatever relaxes you.
  • If possible, don’t eat any outside food. You do not want to have an upset stomach.
  • Eat light and healthy.
  • Sleep well. It helps you to wake up all fresh and raring to go. It is natural not to get sleep one night before the D-day, but try to sleep. Do all it takes to get a good night’s rest. This is important if you want to perform to the best of your abilities.
  • Read motivational quotes.

What not to do:

  • Avoid eating unhealthy food or food/drink from an unknown source.
  • Avoid asking your friends what they have or have not studied.
  • Do not try to remember all that you have learned the past one year.
  • Do not learn anything new this last day.
  • Avoid negative thoughts like, ‘what if I don’t clear the IAS prelims?’


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