BYJU’S: Tips on How to Prepare for the Civil Services IAS Examination

While some students prefer taking guidance from coaching Institutes, others would rather study on their own. Regardless, CSE is a prestigious exam that’s attempted by lakhs of IAS aspirants across the country every year. The examination consists of three stages, i.e., Prelims, Mains and Personality Test and getting through all 3 stages successfully requires not just talent but effort, sincerity, and dedication. To make your preparation much simpler, here are some tips and tricks to help you crack the exam on your very first attempt.

  • Know the UPSC exam: Knowing details like eligibility and the pattern of the exam can help you set targets and chalk out plans to ace the exam.
  • Be aware of your Opportunities: While most candidates attempt the civil services examination to be an IAS officer, the exam makes them eligible for 24 different posts. Knowing their functions, responsibilities, and salaries will provide a better perspective on the possible career options.
  • Know your syllabus: Internalizing the syllabus will help you set boundaries and help you study efficiently. It also aids in choosing your optional subject for the UPSC Mains exam. With prior knowledge of the syllabus, you’ll be able to understand and relate to topics you read from current affairs sources.
  • Stick to your timetable: The UPSC exam requires a candidate to have a planned schedule given how vast the syllabus is. Hence, to prepare well for the exam – it’s important to create a timetable, get accustomed to the daily routine and meet deadlines to avoid distractions and work faster.
  • Current affairs: Civil services exam is all about current affairs. Therefore, it’s important to go through daily newspapers, magazines, and other sources to have better chances of clearing the exam. Also, making notes of what you’ve read will make things easier while revising before the exam.  You can check out BYJU’S Comprehensive News Analysis for daily news updates that are provided in a concise manner through an exam perspective.
  • Online preparation: Learning from one source is less confusing and beneficial than referring to multiple sources. Websites like BYJU’S are more than enough to assist you during your preparation for the UPSC exam as they provide access to study material, previous years’ question papers, current affairs news, etc., all in one place.
  • Solve previous years’ question papers and attend mock tests: By solving previous years’ question papers, you will understand the difficulty level, pattern and the type of questions appearing in the exam. It’ll even help you judge the trends, assess your preparation, and help identify your strengths and weaknesses.

BYJU’S offers comprehensive study material that has current affairs notes, exam strategy focused articles, trending news topics, video-based lectures, etc., everything in one convenient place. Register today to attend their free online workshop.

Chandan D

I am a digital marketer by profession and a gamer in my spare time. Nowadays I am more involved in the kitchen and learning how to prepare some delicious dishes.

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