How to Study More in Less Time for Your IAS Exam

The UPSC exam is considered one of the toughest exams in India. It can be a tough nut to crack. The reasons for this are the extremely vast and diverse UPSC syllabus and the fact that IAS exam is a long-drawn process involving three stages and almost a year of preparation before the first stage itself. There are a lot of strategies one can follow in order to achieve success in the IAS exam which has eluded even the most intelligent and diligent of candidates. This article gives you a very useful tip to study effectively for the UPSC exam. Read on to know how to study more in less time for IAS exam.


  • Concentrate

The foremost thing to do while studying is to concentrate on the task at hand. This itself can reduce the time you take to understand and internalize concepts and facts.


  • Avoid multitasking

Don’t try to multitask while studying. This means no mail-checking, no phone calls, messaging, etc. while on study mode. It is now scientifically proven that multitasking leads to poor quality of results and also, takes a longer time for completion.


  • Speed-reading

Speed-reading is a technique that helps to read more words in less time. This can be useful if learned properly in the IAS exam.


  • Prioritize your studies

To save time, know what to study. Do not think about buying all the books available in the market for UPSC exam preparation. Buy study material selectively and try to finish only those books. Always start with the most important topics and then move on to the ones that might not be on the UPSC’s priority list.


  • Revise

This might sound like it could expand the time you take to study. But actually, it saves time in the long run because only revision every day can reinforce what you have read. The revision will help you remember what you have studied.


  • Read summary first

    It is important to study the summary of each chapter before you start it especially if it is the first time you are reading it. This will prepare you for the contents of the chapter.


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