It is important to develop a strategy that has no loopholes in case you are aiming to clear the UPSC Prelims in one go. Aspirants often fail to clear the prelims not because of the dearth of hard work, but due to being unaware of the correct preparation strategy. With this blog, aspirants will have a clearer idea about a few requisites that they would need to pay attention to while strategizing their preparations for clearing UPSC prelims.
So, what should you keep in mind to strategize your UPSC Prelims Preparation:
- Understand the Cycle and level of competition of the civil service examinations.
- Figure out the type and pattern of questions that are asked in the UPSC examinations.
- Analyze and break down the prelims question papers for the previous years.
- What is the cut off required to clear prelims?
- What approach should be adopted to prepare for the UPSC prelims?
Prelims are becoming increasingly competitive every year. Taking into consideration that CSAT is out, aspirants should pay special attention to prelims in order to match up to the high cut-off scores. Hence, aspirants should focus on two main areas i.e. what is to be prepared and how the question papers are to be solved?
What should aspirants prepare for UPSC Prelims?
It is ideal to start with NCERT textbooks. Apart from learning them by heart, it is also important to understand and retain every topic as this is one area from which questions are sure to come. Once you have covered the NCERT textbooks, it would be ideal to move on to UPSC notes in Hindi or English (as per your convenience). The next to follow should be the various economic and budget surveys along with current affairs. Apart from this cover the various resources that focus on subjects like environment, culture and other conventional topics. Once you are able to cover all the above - mentioned sources, analyze the level of your preparation with the help of UPSC test series.
Quick Read:- IAS Study Material
How should aspirants solve the question paper?
The MCQ pattern of the answering the questions makes the whole paper very confusing. With the multiple options available, it becomes difficult to choose one with absolute surety. Hence, it becomes important for you to take intelligent calculated risks. Here, practicing the UPSC test series becomes crucial as it will accustom you with the pattern and type of questions that may be asked in the prelims. Practicing the UPSC notes in Hindi or English will help you focus on the main and relevant point of a particular topic. Thereafter, the UPSC test series will help you in revising and retaining the content that you have prepared. Having done this, you will be able to narrow down your options in the examination out of the various multiple choices provided. You will either know the answer to a particular question or will be able to make an intelligent guess on the alternate.
UPSC notes in Hindi and English are can be found on the various online sources at discounted prices. The notes and the UPSC test series come in book - bound form that can be ordered from the convenience of your own home. By adding a few extra bucks, you may have the providers spiral bind the notes for you, hence, saving the hassle.
Now that you have understood the strategy of preparing for UPSC Prelims, you are sure to conquer the papers irrespective of the time you are left with as regards to appearing for the civil service examinations.