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Strategy- How to Prepare for IAS Prelims Exam in 5 Months
(Note: If you have wrote mains exam, please follow your own strategy)
Here we are talking about how to prepare for UPSC Civil Service Prelims Exam in remaining 5 month. The countdown has begun, you have less than five months to prepare. Now the question is what to read? What to skip? How to manage time for every single subject?….etc etc.
So let’s have discussion and try to find out perfect solution.
There can be two type of aspirant, first who are preparing for prelims 2018 since 2016 or early 2017 and second who are preparing for prelims since (Just after prelims 2017) but at this time both are equal because hopefully both type of aspirant should have equal subjective knowledge but if you have not prepare yourself completely in theoretical part …….. You are not in the race.
Now come to the point, I will try to find out the perfect solution in some steps
Step 1: Know your Subjective Knowledge
Just give 20 to 30 minutes, Open your notebook and write-down How much (approx) you have covered in various subjects but don’t judge yourself negatively or in over confidence.
- Art & Culture: ……% (give 90% if you have read first 100 pages of Nitin Singhania)
- Modern History: ……% (give 90% if Bipin Chandra has covered and revised)
- Indian Polity: ……% (give 90% if DD basu has covered and revised for M. Laxmikant consider 80% max)
- Geography: ……% (give 90% if NCERTs of geography(6th to 12th) have covered and revised)
- Environmental: ……% (give 10% if any reference book has covered and revised but 90% if you have good command on current affairs of last one year )
- Science & Technology: ……% (give 10% if any reference book has covered and revised but 90% if you have good command on current affairs of last one year )
- Indian Economy: ……% (give 90% if Mrunal’s videos are seen and revised)
- Current affairs: Please do not give any judgment for this but make sure you are not weak in this section.
(Now calculate average percentage and if it is more than 75% there is no need to bother about the things)
Step 2: Take mock tests for GS
First Make sure
- you have completed step 1 and if you are below 75% please improve yourself
- You have solved last 4 to 6 years paper
Now, in this step you will have to pay sufficient time. Try to take full length mock tests as much as possible for General Studies and write down your marks on the same paper but do not forget to deduct 25%.
Step 3: Check your approach on current topics
Actual there is no working method to check this but what you can do is, make sure you are preparing-
- Vision IAS monthly current affair magazine or any other institute’s magazine
- Yojana Magazine
- Newspaper (If you read any)
If you are perfectly preparing any two (1 and 2 or 3) give 70% and write it on the same paper.
Step 4: Manage your time
This step can not be discussed because it depends on your work but one curtail thing is you have to manage minimum 3 or 4 hours if you working and if you are not working try to give at least 8 to 10 hours every day.
Revise subjects as much as possible and give minimum 2 hours for current affairs and don’t break your routine for even a single day.
Step 5: Make final judgment
Now it’s time to make a final judgment. Calculate average percentage of Step 1, Step 2 and Step 3.
What is your score
- 20 to 40 % (Note: Prelims 2018 is not for you, prepare for Prelims 2019)
- 40 to 60% (Note: Prelims 2018 required a lot of hard work)
- 60 to 80% (Note: Keep revising )
One book for Revision, Mock test, Current affairs-
Arithant’s Manual is very famous among the CSE aspirant and my personal experience is very good with this book because Current affairs section is very compressed but helpful in exam.
Steps 6: Major aspect related to CSE prelims exam
- UPSC is searching for Administrator not for Clerk, this thought directly reflect in nature of last year’s questions.
- Do not bother about facts or data collection, develop a dynamic approach on the topics
- Current affairs will play an important role in prelims 2018 (Hopefully)
- Entertain yourself it will make you more productive
- Have discussions with friends on various current topics
I have bought Arihant’s manual 2018 and have a lot books (English & Hindi both) if you want to see only 2, 3 or 4 topics of any book, in this condition you can contact me. I will try to email softcopy.
- Usually I make some mistakes when writing english, If you find any grammatical mistake or wrong spelling, Please correct me.
- If you have any suggestion about the strategy, please let me know. I will share it with others with your name.
Article Credits: Aashish Jain(wrote Mains 2017), Vikas Patanker(Wrote Mains 2016), Jagdamba choube (Lecturer Mathematics Optional)