Time Management Tips for IAS Exam Preparation

Time Management Tips for IAS Exam Preparation

The Union Public Services Commission conducts the Civil Services Examination on a yearly basis for recruitment of candidates for the posts in the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Revenue Service, Indian Forest Service, etc. Civil Services examination is one of the most coveted exams in the country. Lakhs of youth begin the journey to reach their goal of becoming a civil servant at an early age. They combine the UPSC preparations with the college curriculum and try to cover the vast syllabus. Despite the vastness of the syllabus, it is possible to thoroughly cover the syllabus in just one year before the UPSC Prelims examination. All that is required is a well-structured strategy and a strong commitment to achieving the targets. Here are a few tips to manage your time while preparing for IAS Exam Preparation.
Have a Time Table for your daily activities:
When you are organized, the overwhelming seems manageable. Prepare a timetable for yourself and stick to it for a few days. You will eventually get habituated to it and subconsciously follow the timetable. This way you will turn all the key tasks into habits.

Set timelines for covering the syllabus:
Though both UPSC Prelims syllabus and Mains are vast, they are indicative. The aspirants must set timelines for covering each of the subjects in such a manner that there is ample time for at least two revisions before the examination. The aspirants can first cover the four core subjects Polity, Economy, History and Geography and then complete the remaining topics, as those four subjects assume great importance in terms of marks in the IAS exam.

Stick to the syllabus:
UPSC syllabus is undoubtedly very vast. But do not go by the hearsay that it contains everything under the sun and beyond. The UPSC syllabus is not inclusive but is indicative. The aspirants need to strictly stick to the syllabus while studying. Cover only those topics that are relevant to the UPSC exam syllabus.

Use the internet judiciously:
Unlike older times, everything you want to know is just one click away. You do not have to spend your time on finding a book in a huge library to get your doubts cleared. Do not let this boon become a bane in your UPSC exams preparation. There are wonderful websites and videos to aid your preparation. Select a few sources and follow them regularly. Do not spend hours together on the internet looking for unnecessary details. UPSC does not expect you to have a Ph.D in a subject!

Devote some time for leisure:
Leisure is as important as work, in one’s life. “All work, no play makes Jack a dull boy”. In order to be productive and to learn & remember things better, you need some rest. 6-7 hours of sleep and short breaks in between the study hours will make the preparation less monotonous and a lot more effective.

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