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Title: Top Tips for Students to Prepare for IAS Exam while in College


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Top Tips for Students to Prepare for IAS Exam
while in College
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INTRODUCTION
  • Becoming a civil servant, one of the most
    prestigious job profiles in India, is the dream
    of many parents and students alike. With the
    increasing competition in past few years many
    aspirant are starting their UPSC journey vary
    early. Every year more and more dedicated and
    hard working aspirants in college are the
    starting IAS exam preparation by joining UPSC
    coaching institutes in Chandigarh.
  • We at O2 IAS Academy believe that it never too
    soon to start preparing for IAS exam. Since it is
    a well known that an early start is always good
    for any journey. College going students have more
    energy due to their young age and have the
    sharpness of the students mind. Thus they can
    utilise this to clear the UPSC exam. But students
    have to ensure that their preparation is focused.
    For this they require right guidance and
    strategies. Since lack of proper guidance or
    erroneous strategy may lead to the loss of
    precious attempts. Thus, aspirants should never
    let this happen. In this blog we will discuss
    tips which will help aspirants looking for right
    guidance to prepare for UPSC exam while in
    college after their 12th.

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INTRODUCTION
  • If you are in college and you want to become
    IFS? IAS/IPS, you should know that UPSC involves
    three rounds of selection
  • PRELIMS. ( Factual knowledge )
  • MAINS. ( Content writing and Analysis )
  • INTERVIEWS. ( attitude and Character )
  • So, all aspirants have to plan according to it.
    During graduation while starting your preparation
    for UPSC following tips will aid you in your
    journey

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Take full advantage of early preparation
  • The eligibility criteria for UPSC Civil Service
    Exam (CSE) as per their guidelines are 21 years
    and a graduation in any subject. In addition
    final year students can apply for IAS Prelims.
    But due to lack of awareness, many candidates
    miss out on this early opportunity. Since, they
    start UPSC Civil Service Exam preparation very
    late. This is reflected in the data which shows
    that the average age of candidates who make it
    into the final UPSC CSE rank list is 28 years.
  • If you start your civil service exam preparation
    early then you will reap many advantages.
    Undoubtedly aspirants who start their preparation
    early can clear IAS exam without losing out the
    joy and happiness of college life. And start
    their career as a young bureaucrat after clearing
    UPSC exam. However you need proper guidance to
    make your UP journey smooth and easy.

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Realise the time constraints and prioritize
tasks
  • While preparing for UPSC examinations as a
    student you cannot prepare for this exam full
    time like many other aspirants who can dedicate a
    full year for UPSC preparation. Since the
    students who are preparing for both UPSC CSE and
    their graduation exams will have time
    constraints. Thus it is very crucial for you to
    learn the art of time management and to
    prioritize tasks. You should do only what is
    important and relevant to your UPSC journey and
    not waste time n frivolous things.

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Look at the previous year Question papers and
UPSC syllabus
  • Next step should be to read the question papers
    and to understand the pattern. You should try to
    analyse how UPSC pre and mains questions are is
    different from your college/university question
    papers.
  • You should read the UPSC syllabus multiple times
    and be familiar with the topics and sub topics.
    Going through the previous year UPSC CSE question
    papers of pre and mains and the syllabus. This
    will give your preparation right direction and
    keep it focussed.

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Read basic standard books
  • Then next step in your preparation should be
    reading basic books like NCERTs. When you read
    them for the first time, you should just try to
    understand what is being said and make yourself
    familiar with different subjects. Do not mark and
    underline or try to learn the lines word to word.
    Just read them once fully page to page without
    stressing about learning them.
  • For your convenience we are listing below a few
    books you should start with
  • Indias struggle for Independence by Bipan
    Chandra
  • India since Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • NCERTs of Geography from 6 to 12th
  • NCERTs of Economy 11th and 12th standard
  • NCERTs of Science 6th to 8th standard
  • Fine arts NCERTS11th

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Read basic standard books
  • Then next step in your preparation should be
    reading basic books like NCERTs. When you read
    them for the first time, you should just try to
    understand what is being said and make yourself
    familiar with different subjects. Do not mark and
    underline or try to learn the lines word to word.
    Just read them once fully page to page without
    stressing about learning them.
  • For your convenience we are listing below a few
    books you should start with
  • Indias struggle for Independence by Bipan
    Chandra
  • India since Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • NCERTs of Geography from 6 to 12th
  • NCERTs of Economy 11th and 12th standard
  • NCERTs of Science 6th to 8th standard
  • Fine arts NCERTS11th

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Enroll for mock test series
  • You can appear for UPSC Preliminary Exam only
    after 1-2 years, but enrolling in a mock test
    series early will benefit you. Attempting mocks
    regularly will aid in learning difficult concepts
    and long term retention. Mock tests will also
    help you in understanding the UPSC pattern of
    questions. In addition, you need not to worry
    about the marks you score. They should be taken
    regularly and religiously as an opportunity for
    learning. You may or may not get direct/ indirect
    questions from test series in UPSC exams. But
    their main purpose is to help you in revision and
    retention.

10
Invest your spare time wisely
  • During your college years if you get free time
    then you should utilize the time in a
    constructive way. For example, you can read
    e-newspaper online, watch Rajya sabha or Lok
    sabha news and discussions online on youtube etc.
    Thus you should use the free time wisely by
    taking advantage of the free resources provided
    on online platforms whether you are sitting in
    the library or waiting for a bus.

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Read newspapers and magazines
  • During your graduation years one of the most
    important skills and habits that you should
    cultivate is newspaper reading. If you have not
    been a regular follower of current affairs before
    this then there is no need to panic. You need not
    start with THE HINDU newspaper from day 1 if you
    are you are not yet comfortable with it.
  • Starting with a newspaper you cannot understand
    will make you feel demotivated. Thus instead you
    can take the baby steps first. You may start from
    The Times of India or The Indian express or any
    local newspaper. The main goal should be on
    understanding, getting a broader idea of an
    issue, whether in English or in your mother
    tongue.
  • Instead of watching sensationalised news on TV
    you should shift your focus to Rajya Sabha TV(The
    Big Picture Debate), AIR(9pm news), Doordarshan
    news . Start by watching any one debate from
    these channels and watch it regularly. This will
    aid your understanding of complex issues.
  • In addition start with issues you are
    comfortable with and later give importance to
    editorials and op-ed articles. Start with issues
    like gender equality or any social issue,
    elections in states or country, governance etc.
     Regularly reading news articles of your choice
    will build up your interest to learn further.
    Then you can slowly expand your reading horizons
    to other areas like political, international
    relations, economic , etc

12
Answer writing
  • In UPSC CSE, the art of writing is very
    important.  As pre marks are not counted while
    making the final list. Only mains exams and
    interview marks are considered while declaration
    of results. College going students have ample
    amount of time to practise answer writing and to
    hone their analytical skills. Regularly writing
    essays and answers will slowly build up your
    acumen and analytical skills.
  • Thus during your preparation you must focus on
    this aspect of UPSC examination if you wish to
    score a rank in top 200.

13
Discuss current issues of importance with your
friends
  • While preparing for UPSC CSE along with
    graduation you need not stop all chit-chat. We
    recognize that long conversations, debates and at
    times healthy gossip are all part of college
    life. But at the same time you should avoid
    wasting too much time on frivolous gossip.  It is
    advisable to develop a small friends circle of
    like minded individuals. What we mean by like
    minded is people who are as dedicated, focussed
    and hard working as you are and, with whom you
    can discuss current issues and have an
    informative discussion
  • We believe that peer learning is one of the most
    essential aspects that aid many aspirants in IAS
    exam. Thus it is important to build groups right
    from the college.

14
Utilise semester break
  • We strongly recommend finishing the optional
    subject during semester breaks during college.
    Then after wrapping up your optional paper you
    can concentrate whole heartedly on General
    Studies (GS) and current affairs after graduation.

15
Get in touch with a mentor/institute.
  • The role of a mentor is a pivotal one during any
    journey. This stands true for UPSC journey as
    well. During your UPSC CSE preparation at various
    stages you will require a source of
    inspiration/guidance. During you preparation find
    out if there are any IAS officers whom you can
    approach (your college alumni or your family
    friend/relative) or any teacher who can guide you
    through. List out various potential coaching
    institutes in your area and after scrutiny join
    the institute that you find the best. Joining a
    UPSC coaching institute in Chandigarh will
    provide you with best quality study material,
    guidance and mentorship for all stages of your
    UPSC journey.
  • We hope that these tips will help you. These were
    our views and opinions on Top Tips for Students
    to Prepare for IAS Exam while in College. What
    are your thoughts and inputs or queries on this
    topic? Comment below and share your views with
    us. We would be happy to assist you in your UPSC
    preparation battles and answer your queries.
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