Preparing for IAS Exam While Working – Golden Tips

There are many candidates who appear in UPSC Civil Services exam. Many of them are working professionals who prepare for the exam along with working. These candidates need proper guidance to manage their time well as they have less time on a daily basis. They need to work a little extra and prioritise their studies. In this article, we are giving some golden tips for doing IAS preparation while working.

Golden tip #1: Establish a fixed routine

On weekdays you might get the time of about 3-4 hours for studies as you spend around 9-10 hours for work. You must establish a routine and be a stickler for it to successfully employ the mere three hours you get to study for the exam. Having a routine helps you develop good habits. In this way, you can make weekly and monthly plans also to finish the entire syllabus.

Golden tip #2: Internalise the UPSC syllabus

Since the major challenge for you is time management, you need to go through the syllabus properly and see what topics should be prioritised and read first. You must have a firm grip on the syllabus and read only what is precisely mentioned in it. When you make notes for revision, make them precise and to the point.

Golden tip #3: Prioritise your topics

It is very important to understand, what to study and what not to study. Since you have to streamline your preparation, you must be able to weed out the irrelevant ones. This will be possible if you go through previous years IAS questions papers; you must go back at least till 2010.

Golden tip #4: Stick to a few books

It is very important to limit the resources for your preparation. You should refer to only a few good books for IAS preparation. Reading many books will take a lot of time and you might end up reading unnecessary things. What is important is understanding the topics correctly and being able to write answers well. So, read only a few recommended books and avoid getting confused.

Golden tip #5: Select your optional wisely

Selecting such an optional which works the best for you is very significant. It is important to select an optional subject that you are familiar with, preferably a subject that you did for your graduation or related to your present job. This way you don’t have to start from scratch. You can save much of your time and efforts and prepare other subjects also properly.

Golden tip #6: Practice

Practising answer writing is very important for getting good marks in mains exam. Along with this, you should practise by taking mock tests as well because practice makes a man perfect. You should somehow make time for this in your busy schedule. Successful aspirants are those who practised questions papers and answer writing.

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