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Title: How to prepare for UPSC: A beginner’s guide


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How to prepare for UPSC A beginners guide.
A career in Administrative Services tends to be
the goal of thousands of people. When a person
decides that he/she wants to get selected in
Civil Services Examination, they barely have any
idea about the environment of the completion.
This examination is very prestigious in it and
falls under the category of one of the toughest
exams of the country.
If you truly want to clear the examination and
face the competition, you are required to put
your 100 efforts. Now, there are a lot of
people, who put their effort but miss the mark,
it happens because the efforts you put needs to
be in the right direction with right management
and right guidance. By the end of todays blog,
youll be learning how to place your efforts
effectively, when to place them and where to
emphasize the most. 1. Self-Study- When we think
about preparing for an examination like UPSC,
the very first thing you must do is to prepare
yourself. Now, this is a very crucial step which
most of the people are not aware of. What it is
that you need to manage your studies on your
own. Preparation of Civil Services Examination
drains the aspirant completely, both physically
and mentally. So if you want to stand out in the
crowd of thousands of other aspirants, you need
to work on yourself first. Eat healthy, drink
plenty of liquids, get a sound sleep of around
6-7 hours, keep breathing in fresh air , try
meditation and do some activities to keep your
mind relax and body happy.
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  • Know the syllabus- A lot of aspirants directly
    join coaching institutes or classes without
    having an idea about the basics of the
    examination. Instead of doing this, you should
    get the overview of the examination first. The
    Civil services Examination takes place in three
    steps-
  • The Prelims- This is the first step it
    comprises of two examinations in total. One is
    General Studies exam and the other is Civil
    Service Aptitude Test. The general studies exam
    consists of total 100 questions for 200 marks.
    These questions are in MCQ pattern. The total
    time allotted is 2 hours. For every wrong answer
    one-third of the total marks allotted to that
    question is deducted. This exam checks the
    retention ability and conceptual knowledge of
    the aspirant. The CSAT is an aptitude exam, which
    checks the logical reasoning, aptitude and
    problem-solving skills of the candidate. It has
    80 questions for 200 marks to be solved in 2
    hours. The negative marking scheme is same as the
    former. The objective of the Prelims exam is to
    check the understanding of the candidate
    regarding the History, Polity, and Geography,
    Science and Technology and the Current events
    taking place in the country.
  • The Mains- When a candidate qualifies the prelims
    as per the cut off marks, he then appears for
    mains exam. This is a subjective exam that
    checks the writing skills of the candidates.
    Here, the in- depth knowledge of the candidates
    regarding various topics and events are tested.
    A candidate is required to have multi-
    dimensional knowledge of the historical,
    political and the current events happening in
    the country. It has a total of 9 papers covering
    almost all the general subjects under the sun.
  • The Interview- This is the final stage of the
    examination, clearing which makes you a Civil
    Services officer. This test assesses the
    personality, psychology, mental caliber and
    decision-making skills of the candidate. Most of
    the times, students are so engrossed in
    preparing for the prelims and mains examinations
    that they do not give proper time for the
    preparation of this stage. Avoid this mistake to
    get your name in the merit list.

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  1. Focus on Concepts- Once youre familiar with the
    exam pattern and syllabus, start preparing.
    Either youre preparing for prelims or mains you
    need to focus most on the concepts of the
    respective subject. Your syllabus and concepts
    are the most important part of your preparation.
    If you just mug up the syllabus, it will not
    help you. You need to have brilliant
    understanding of the subject so that you will be
    able to answer any question from that particular
    topic. There are some tricky questions sometimes,
    and conceptual knowledge is necessary to solve
    them.
  2. Take Guidance- When you start your preparation,
    always take guidance from someone who has the
    relevant knowledge. It may be your teachers,
    your parents, you friends, relatives, mentors and
    past year achievers. This helps you in the term
    of motivation and knowledge. Theyll introduce
    you to the practical aspect of the examination,
    subject or your career.
  3. Make a Routine- Now, comes the management of you
    time and resources. A very significant component
    of the preparation is how you manage your time.
    An ideal routine is , where you give all of your
    subjects equal time in the week or in the 10
    days, where you take 6-7 hours of fine sleep,
    where you give some time to yourself and where
    you take some time to revise what you have
    learned. Make a nice time table and follow that,
    no matter what. Do not procrastinate your work,
    because it you break the rhythm once itll be
    hard for you to make that again. Keep a
    consistency in your time. If you study 6 hours a
    day only, continue those 6 hours on a daily
    basis.
  4. Read Newspapers- Make a habit of reading any
    English newspaper everyday. It will not only
    increase your general knowledge but will also
    help you to speed up your reading game. Youll
    be amazed by the results if you continue it for
    about 6 months only. The newspapers enhance your
    vocabulary and make you habitual of reading
    everyday. Lay down special emphasis upon the
    editorial column and look at the writing styles
    to make you answers more creative and
    presentable.

4
  • Use Every Source Possible- In todays world you
    have no scarcity of sources. You have hundreds
    of books, magazines and websites providing all
    the things you need. Widen your scope, and try to
    get the best knowledge which you can.
  • Choose Your Optional Subject wisely- In the UPSC
    you have a choice of two optional subjects. You
    must choose those subjects which are of your
    interest and in which you have core knowledge. If
    done rightly, you can score so well in these
    optional subjects. You just need to recognize
    your strengths and weaknesses in respect of a
    subject and to choose your best
  • subject.

9. Test Series and Question Banks- Once you
memorize your subjects and move further in your
preparation, use a test series to give daily
mocks. These mocks improve you speed, increase
you attempts and teach you time management. If
youre familiar with sitting for 2 hours for
these mocks, youll feel familiar with the main
exam. Apart from these mocks, solve past year
question papers. There is a lot of repetition in
questions every year, so do not miss a chance to
score in these repeated questions.
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10. Personality Development- This is the part
that most of us skip. Apart from academics, the
final stage of this examination is personality
interview. You need to prepare for this as well.
Groom yourself, work on your public speaking
skills, work on your pronunciation and be
confident. Some people clear the prelims and the
mains easily but fail to clear the interview.
From the very first day when you start your
preparation, devote some time for your overall
personality development weekly on daily.
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