How to Prepare for UPSC at Home

Irrespective of you being a beginner or an experienced with respect to the Civil Services exam (Ias exam, as many call it), it does not make any difference if you are based at an area considered as a UPSC preparation hub or a small town. What matters is how well you sail the ship in those 2 crucial hours! In today’s time, it is the smart work that matters the most after hard work. Especially for an esteemed exam such as Civil Services/ UPSC, one needs to combine this hard work in a structured manner so as to get the best result with the given resources.

We have come up with an analysis with the purpose of guiding the aspirants to clear all roadblocks in their way and guide them very smoothly to the Civil Services. We hope this article will answer your question, all your questions with respect to preparation for UPSC at home. If your question is  ‘Can I prepare for UPSC at home?’ Read on to find out how to study for IAS at home and live the IAS dream!

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Must do’s for the aspirants that wish to prepare from home for the exam:

  1. Make a list of the standard textbooks that you must have. This can be in hard copy if not even soft copies are available online.
  2. Subscribe for Yojana. If not, try to find a shop where you can find the monthly edition of the same. Also, you can find them easily nowadays on the internet. If nothing works, what are friends for 🙂 BORROW!
  3. Subscribe to a well-recognised newspaper. The safest option right now is The Hindu.
  4. Make separate copies for each subject for note-making.
  5. Make a copy exclusively for current affairs.
  6. Decide on an optional subject.
  7. Make a practical and realistic timetable.

Other must-read articles for UPSC are linked down below:

Top 5 Must-Scoring GS Topics for Prelims 10 Must Habits Which Will Help You Crack UPSC in First Attempt
10 Must-Have Books for IAS Aspirants 10 Must-Watch TV Programmes for IAS Aspirants
5 must things to know about Civil Services Examination

After you have done these initials, start with your real preparation. Try not to spend more than 2 days for the above exercise. The points below will help you out in this.

Prepare Civil Services Examination At Home

  1. Choose the subject of your choice and start with it. Starting with the subject that interests you is very important as it will give the initial push to the preparation and keep your motivation levels high. Make sure that you make notes in your copy. You can take help of UPSC Notes PDF for your preparation.
  2. Read the newspaper every day and make notes. You can make the notes every day or every two days or every week. If you are planning to do it once a week, then it will be easy for you to find the related topics and then make a consolidated sheet. This can be done in hard or soft copy as per your convenience and the amount of time available at your end. Once you have got into this flow, try to cover the news in the same manner for the previous months if you couldn’t do so. When you read a topic, try to do overall research from the internet and collate the information available. Be careful to use the information only from the authenticated sources such as the government websites etc. After all, Civil Services is also a government exam. Learn about the best English newspapers for UPSC 2021 in the linked article.
  3. Mark a deadline for the completion of the subject, say 20-25 days. This depends upon the syllabus of the subject, and also one’s own learning or grasping ability. Whatever the case be, always be realistic. Learn how to make a timetable for UPSC from the linked article.
  4. Once the first subject’s reading and note-making is done, start with the second subject. However, now along with reading, understanding and making notes for the subject, you will need to revise the first subject too. It would be advisable to start solving the questions of the subject that you are revising. This will give you immense confidence and hold on the subject. You can keep half an hour to 45 minutes every day for this. Refer to the best revision techniques for UPSC in the linked article.
  5. After completing two subjects, it would be time to start with your optional subject too. Hence now your workload will increase. Now you will have to read a subject from GS + Optional + revision of notes of the previously read subjects + question practice + current affairs. Refer to the following links to make your preparation easier:

Yes, now the workload would definitely increase. But trust me, you wouldn’t feel like it as you would have accustomed yourself and your body by starting slowly and moving ahead gradually. It may seem a bit scary now, but is definitely going to be an exciting phase, once you see yourself being able to solve the maximum amount of questions, being able to relate yourself with the daily big national and international happenings around, it’s just pure fun. You now know that you are moving just on the right track 🙂 A bit of advice here. While putting in so much, try not to get deviated by the thoughts of  “WHAT IF I FAIL”? Here’s the fact. There is a very minute teeny tiny chance of you falling with all this preparation behind you. However, seeing the unpredictable nature of the exam or certain out of the hand circumstances, even if you do not succeed at once, the next one is definitely your’s. As a quote by Winston Churchill goes:

Success is not final; failure is not fatal;   It is the courage to continue that counts!

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The crux of the matter is that start in a simple manner, as to not to overload yourself. Once you get into the groove of this examination and a little experience too! you can then slowly go ahead with tougher timetables. Also, as important it is to cover the maximum amount of syllabus, it is equally important to keep revising the previous ones and putting oneself to regular tests, to keep your confidence levels high and to make you believe that ‘YOU CAN DO IT’.

The BYJU’S tablet is designed in a way that best suits the requirements of aspirants who are preparing at home. It is a very personalized way of teaching and has proved to be one of the most liked ways of learning. Here at BYJU’S, we ensure:

  1. The completion of the syllabus
  2. Simple and lucid explanations
  3. Inbuilt tests in the tablet + periodical online tests
  4. Current affairs coverage in entirety
  5. Economic Survey and India Year Book explanations in the tablet

We hope this article answers your question, “How can I prepare for IAS at home?” You have tips, study material, exam notifications, question papers, subject-wise strategy – all at your fingertips. What are you waiting for? Just dive head into your UPSC preparation and study hard! Results are sure to follow! Most of all, we understand that you need the guidance of a teacher, rather a mentor, a friend who can guide you and help you keep your motivation levels and be there when you need most. All our students are thus provided with a mentor throughout their journey with us. We wish all the aspirants all the best and would like to hear from you on how this helped you!

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