UPSC Exam Preparation: How to Recall a Whole Book in 5 Minutes

The UPSC civil services exam is probably the toughest one to crack in India. There are many factors contributing to this image of the IAS exam and one of them is the sheer volume of material an aspirant has to internalize.  There are many subjects one has to study and each of them has tons of material to be read. You have to study approximately 40-44 NCERT textbooks for the IAS exam. And then when you count the other textbooks and material to read for the UPSC exam, the total number of books would come to a rather steep number. How do you ensure that you recall all that you have learnt? Of course, there are various memorization techniques and learning methodologies that are proven to aid you in the process. BYJU’S free IAS prep website has a number of articles on this topic to guide you in effective studying. This article gives you a trick mastering which you can recall an entire book in 5 minutes. Let us see how…

What is your reading objective?

The first thing to set aside before starting to read anything is to decide on your reading goal. In your case, it would be to read UPSC-oriented material that would help you answer the questions from the subject in the IAS exam. So, remember this, whatever you read must be from an IAS exam perspective. You are indeed studying for knowledge and information, but learn to filter and read so that you can maximize your time spent in studying the subject. To be able to do this, you need to be well-versed in the UPSC syllabus and question paper pattern.

Create a mind map

The next step is to create a mind map of the book you are reading. This is a powerful tool being employed by scores of students and academicians around the world today. Read more about mind mapping. The human brain processes information in pictures rather than text and this is where mind mapping helps. By creating a mind map of the data, you will be able to recall it easily. A lot of information can be stored in one map.

Benefits of mind mapping a book

  • When you make mind maps while reading the book, your understanding of the topics will improve.
  • In your mind map, you should store only relevant information. This way you can distil out unwanted stuff.
  • Another advantage is that a lot of information can be revised in a very short time.


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