UPSC IAS Study Material and Notes

The Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC is considered one of the toughest exams in the country due to the vast and dynamic nature of the UPSC Syllabus. To crack this exam, one has to crack the syllabus and have access to the right study materials. This article aims to provide some useful links to prepare comprehensively for this exam. 

The IAS Exam consists of three stages – Prelims, Mains and Interview. The candidates, who want to know more about each stage, can check the respective links below:

  1. UPSC Prelims
  2. UPSC Mains 
  3. IAS Interview

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UPSC Study Materials for Prelims

Before gathering and knowing about the study materials, know the UPSC Prelims Syllabus. Accordingly, select and gather relevant materials for your preparation. Check out the subjects that are needed to be prepared for the Prelims exam:

NCERT Materials for IAS Prelims Preparation
Subjects NCERT Notes Link
Ancient History Ancient Indian History Notes For UPSC
Medieval History Medieval Indian History Notes For UPSC
Modern History Modern Indian History Notes For UPSC
Art and Culture Art And Culture For UPSC
Geography Geography Notes For UPSC

Also, check out the Complete List Of NCERT Books Needed For UPSC Preparation from the linked article.

NCERT Materials gives base knowledge for the aspirants. Beyond this, the aspirants have to read from other sources also to crack the exam. BYJU’S also gives access to their classroom notes, which can be made use of by the students from the below-given links:

Preparing current affairs on a daily basis will give the aspirant an added advantage over others. In all the stages of the Civil Services Exam, the importance of current affairs and the number of questions asked in the exam has increased. Therefore, the candidates can check out a few initiatives by BYJU’S regarding current affairs links given below to strengthen your current affairs preparation:

UPSC Study Materials for Mains

One cannot prepare for Prelims and Mains separately. The candidates have to adopt a holistic way to prepare for both stages as it has overlapping syllabus topics. Also, the gap between prelims and mains exam is only 2-3 months and if the candidate didn’t cover the syllabus for mains beforehand, the time might not be sufficient. Check out UPSC Mains Syllabus from the linked article. 

The Mains (Written) exam has nine papers in total, out of which 2 are qualifying in nature and the other 7 papers are counted for merit ranking. 

Given below are the links that can help candidates understand the UPSC Mains syllabus for the General Studies papers and strategise a plan for preparation:

UPSC Mains General Studies Paper 1 Syllabus, Strategy & Structure Topic-Wise GS 1 Questions in UPSC Mains
UPSC Mains General Studies Paper 2 Strategy, Syllabus & Structure Topic-Wise GS 2 Questions for UPSC Mains
UPSC Mains General Studies Paper 3 Strategy, Syllabus & Structure Topic-Wise GS 3 Questions for UPSC Mains
UPSC Mains General Studies Paper 4 Strategy, Syllabus & Structure Topic-Wise GS 4 Questions for UPSC Mains

Apart from the General Studies paper, the aspirants also have to choose one optional subject from the list of optional subjects in UPSC. The one optional subject has two papers. Since the scope of the syllabus of the optional subject is a level higher than the bachelors’ degree and lower than the masters’ degree, the candidates have to be careful in deciding the optional subject. 

The candidates can practise UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice 2021-22 in the given link. 

Finally, those who are successful in clearing the prelims and mains level will be called for an Interview/Personality test, which has a total of 275 marks. 

To know the nature and type of questions asked by UPSC in Prelims and Mains level, the aspirants can check out the UPSC Previous Year Question Papers from the linked article. 

UPSC Preparation links:

UPSC Eligibility Criteria IAS Questions & Answers for UPSC 2021-22
IAS Toppers UPSC Calendar 2022
UPSC Age Limit Time Table for UPSC Preparation
CSAT Syllabus and Strategy Difference between Articles for Revision
Static GK UPSC Exam Pattern

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