UPSC CSE Stratgies


While the UPSC civil services examination decision may be easy, the subsequent decisions will be both overwhelming and humbling. The first few months are used by a beginner just to learn what this study is about and to find out the correct path by their target.

I can honestly claim this as it’s not just my tale but also every aspirant’s. The MEANS you follow can determine how you hit the END when it comes to the IAS tests.

Here I am giving you a few tips which lead you through the UPSC cavern:

  1. Read the whole syllabus thoroughly.
  2. Practice on your planner daily
  3. Limit your sources
  4. Make short and concise notes for last revision
  5. Regular revision is a key
  6. Robust your basics.
  7. Newspaper is your gold. Read it daily.
  8.  Not to being social
  9. make targets
  10. Online video lectures

1. Know Your Syllabus:

One of the key factors for candidates failure while preparing for the UPSC is because they do not pay attention to the syllabus. The UPSC needs people who know something about everything and not everything. Focus on the syllabus and current developments that are relevant, if you adhere to the plan and grasp just what they want. You’ll be successful!

2. Practice a daily planner

Planning will be your asset as an IAS officer. Learn this skill at once by creating a roadmap for the rest of the year. Don’t depend on coaching institutes, remember, you know yourself better. Plan your studies so that you can optimize your performance. You can grasp the method and layout of your test quickly. You can take inspiration from many other topper but modify the strategy as per your personality.

3. limit your resources:

Tons of readings and books are required for this valuable examination. The most accurate, credible and detailed source is therefore a challenge. My advice here is to read the books recommended by others in the shortest period and then pick those you consider to be more suitable. Do not purchase books digitally unless you have been around them personally and felt useful. There is no substitute to NCERTs, no matter which additional books you apply to. Begin the training and carry on again and again.

4. Notes for final:

When you start a certain topic, do not start taking notes of it. Consult at least 1-2 references, in addition to the NCERT, highlight and compile key points while reading. I made the error of making notes of my history by reading the old NCERT, the books by R.S. Sharma, Bipin Chandra, and so on and then discovered the NCERTs of Tamil Nadu with plenty of necessary information. As a result, I made to develop my notes again.
Create notes as long as you can, because that is something you can think about during the last few months of your preparation. You won’t have the time at this stage to go through all the books, and so put it all in your notes.

5. Revision is regular:

You can know as you start learning that even the simplest subject has the broadest accessible knowledge. You seem to miss the old one as you learn further. Therefore, it is necessary to study the notes from previous days before gathering new details on a topic. It would take you less time to review every day than to complete a whole subject and read it again. For examples, every day in my current affairs, I made notes from PIB and Hindu. The next day I would review the notes yesterday and give a brief reading to the notes prior to actually it before the new information was written. This way you can retain more.

6. Basics are the key

Once you continue your preparation, you may wonder to giver more attention in school times! The preparation is simpler for those who do, as they just have to draw on it further and do not continue from scratch. There were other subjects I explored and had just to learn the specialized pieces. But don’t lose heart if you’re not sure on the definitions. The NCERTs can be interpreted and heard long enough. At this time your level of understanding has grown and the concepts from the NCERT junior class are easy to grasp. Before you clear your bases, seek not to learn specialized topics. Otherwise, this approach will make your morale down.

7. Newspaper is gold

The day you agree to appear at the exam, subscribe to The Hindu / Indian Express and get the PIB update. You can designate specific days for various topics, but before the interview stage, the newspaper is and should be a regular piece. It is necessary not only to read the news and be up to date with the latest affairs, but to shape your personality. Being well read and informed regarding a subject matter provides you with a confidence that represents your attitude. Don’t just read the papers, think ahead, evaluate it and condemn it. This practice will also assist you in better writing, irrespective of the topic, and in performing well in the interview.

8. Reduce being social:

The civil service examination is not for no cause called the mother of all examinations! Preparing it does not only require hard work and perseverance, it also changes your lifestyle. The use of social media and your social interactions with the world would be an important change to make. For the first year of your preliminary period and six months afterward you will have to achieve your priorities in line. I figured I could reconcile the two at first, but soon my insanity was realized!

When you’re in social media and the gaps are absent you can’t keep track of time. You can hang on to these stuff for some time, but have to stick to the date.

9. Target deadlines:

Setting your day and month individual goals is an ideal way to complete your syllabus on time and get your full day out as much as possible. During my planning I consider it highly helpful and useful. I was able to maximize my time by establishing goals and a timeline for anything. This allowed me to focus on my thesis and filter out more research. Give yourself a time table and you will see the difference both in the quality and quantity of your studies.

10. Go for online lectures:

If you, like me, are planning yourself too, you may notice that often you can not comprehend or are sick with reading a definition. I have seen tutorials online about other subjects to solve this. They not only helped me better understand a topic, but also saved me time. For eg, I would do the same by only watching a 15 minute video if reading and absorbing a subject alone took me an hour! Many may often hold knowledge of this type more than reading books.

IAS Exam Tips

Toppers’ Talk with Artika Shukla AIR-04, CSE 2015

IRS, Dr. AMAN BISHLA, RANK-314 in CSE 2017

IAS, Gaurav Agrawal (UPSC Topper, 2013)