UPSC Civil Service Mains Exam Study Strategies, Proven Tips

For any goal set, Strategy is a must .without this it can be difficult or failure can be the outcome And if a goal is UPSC then strategies are below to follow:

Before that take a look at the marking scheme like where we can actually score and where id the pressure beholding

The marks which are counted for final ranking (Mains + Interview) are:

  • GS Based Marks= GS Prelims 200 + GS Mains, 1000 + Essay, 250 (Essay means Mains GS and writing style) + Interview,  275 (It means Mains GS and communication style) = 1725
  • Optional Based Marks = 500
  • Aptitude based Marks = Prelims Aptitude, 200 = 200

What most important to have the post?

  1. Of course, sincerely devoted study
  2. Good writing style
  3. To the Point Approach
  4. Basic command over English and Aptitude Good grasp over current affairs
  5. Healthy competitions and feedbacks. i.e. critical self-assessment
  6. Quality material and guidance
  7. Patience and Self-confidence

When should we start the preparation for prelims is a general question?

Well, for the next year’s Preliminary exam in August, followed by Mains.
One should start preparation around seventh months prior to the exam. If you are going to appear immediately after graduation, then don’t waste time, start immediately after your final exam. If you are going to study while working, it is possible but starts earliest. No delay should be there to start otherwise you will experience time beat later.
If you are preparing during graduation, the generalized plan cannot be suggested, so discuss personally with us to evolve an individual plan.

How to start preparation is an another usually asked questions?

For that if you have joined Synergy, just follow the curriculum of the batch, you will reach the destination. If you are starting on your own, to begin with following the initial steps:

  • Analysis of previous question papers Understanding of Syllabus
  • Reading of basic study material
  • Start writing easy questions
There is also a great issue about how to select the optional subject?

This is a very important decision. Fortunately, in the new format, GS is much more important. So don’t take this decision at the beginning. First, start preparing for GS and then after some time take this decision. Because in four GS papers you will be introduced to a variety of optional subjects like History, Geography, Public Administration, Political Science and Sociology. This will help you to determine your interest in a particular subject. Every subject has its own demand (i.e. thinking pattern, writing style, presentation techniques etc). Your personality should be favourable to it. Following are some basic criteria:

  • Interest and understanding of the subject
  • Analysis of the syllabus and previous year’s question papers of shortlisted subjects
  • The writing style and presentation techniques suitable for that particular optional
  • Thinking Pattern expected for a particular optional (you will come to know about yours after you prepare for GS.) -Availability of study material Availability of guidance Weightage of optional in GS Graduation background Apart from this, some give importance to the length of the syllabus

While preparing for GS Mains, you will be also introduced with History, Geography, Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology etc. It will help us in deciding our interest in a particular optional subject properly rather than selecting an optional without having knowledge of other subjects or without knowing our own writing and presentation styles and thinking patterns, it is better to take time for this decision. It will be proof to one’s more informed and rational approach.

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  1. Devang Piplidiya says:

    thank you so much..

  2. yogesh more says:

    Why we should have to select optional subject for upsc exam.?

  3. sushi charthankar says:

    what is the plan if , I want to start my preparation during graduation ?

  4. Bhawana says:

    Thank you so much iaspaper. The article is really helpful.
    I am a last year student from computer science major. I am really confused about how to start my preparation. please help me with this.
    Thank you

  5. Nisha says:

    This Article about UPSC exam study strategy , really more informative. Thanks a lot for sharing the same, from this am getting some clear picture about exam study plan. I recommend students in and around chennai who are preparing for UPSC – get this type of strategy plan from the leading IAS Academy In Chennai

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