Last Minute Preparation Tips for UPSC Mains 2017

“The clock is running. Make the most of today.” – Alice Morse Earle

There are just about 50 days more to go for the 2017 UPSC civil services mains exam. It starts on the 28th of October and goes on till 3rd November. Candidates who were successful in clearing the IAS prelims exam must now be up to their necks in the mains exam preparation. This would seem like a foggy time with a ton of things to do and not enough time to finish them. A success in the UPSC mains exam would mean a summons to the UPSC panel interview. Read on for some amazing last minute tips to help you clear the UPSC mains exam.

What not to do?

  • Avoid reading bulky textbooks now if you have already covered them. You should focus on revising from your notes. You can revise better and cover more topics this way.
  • Avoid gathering new information and reading them now unless it is absolutely important from a current affairs point of view. Your static portions should be done with.
  • Avoid wasting time browsing unnecessarily on the web. Stick to a few standard websites like BYJU’S Free IAS prep so that you get your daily dose of current affairs.
  • Avoid cramming books on ethics. Focus on previous years’ questions asked by the UPSC. That and common sense should work in your favour in this paper.
  • Avoid reading bulky reports like ARC and Five Year Plans, etc. A good summary of these will suffice.


What to do?

  • Practice mock IAS mains question papers. This is important for you to develop speed. Do time yourselves when you practice IAS question papers.
  • Have a list of relevant quotes by famous personalities like Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose, Karl Marx, Emmanuel Kant, etc. These will aid you in your ethics and essay papers. Check quotes here.
  • Read newspapers daily. Know how to read newspapers for the IAS exam.
  • Make a habit of writing down any important piece of fact or news that you feel would come handy for the exam.
  • Focus more on current affairs. The GS papers all focus on these aspects, especially GS 2 and GS 3.
  • Think positive. Think about how to clear the IAS mains rather than harbouring self-doubts. If you panic at this crucial juncture, you wouldn’t be able to perform your best.
  • Stay healthy.


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