- 1.Revise,Revise and Revise: Whatever subject and topic you are studying, make sure to revise and remember so you do not make lose marks in those topics. Without proper revision, you will probably carry more confusion into the exam hall and end up with a higher negative score that will undo all the good work that you have otherwise done.
- 2.Make assessment on Facts vs Concepts: The UPSC prelims over the last few years in core subjects has become quite conceptual. So look at the last 4-5 year’s question papers and make an assessment of the type of questions that are asked on each subject. For example, in Polity, you do not need to rote learn names of past Presidents, Election Commissioners etc. (Qs used to be asked on them earlier but not anymore). The Economy paper is now highly conceptual and highly scoring. So concentrate on understanding the basics. Make assessment of all subjects. If your preparation is a mismatch to the exam pattern, then you will only be wasting time.
- 3.Space out your current affairs preparation: Many students make the mistake of picking up current affairs booklets in the last few weeks hoping to finish. Reality is that it will be overload of information and your memory may not be able to cope up with the sudden load. So spend a few hours everyday from now itself on current affairs and make sure again to revise regularly. Even if you are unable to finish all current affairs, do not worry. Study and revise what you can. Same applies to map work - allot a small time slot for it daily and keep revising.
- 4.Practice a lot of Test papers: Make sure to pick up some test series booklets and attempt them regardless of the level of your preparation. This will help you assess the level of your preparation, your ability to finish on time, and the kind of basic errors you commit like improper reading of the questions or options etc.
- 5.Make a routine to be most active during exam hours: During the last weeks leading up to the exam, make sure you are studying or practising with intense concentration in the two slots of 9am-12pm and 2am-5pm. Your brain will get accustomed to being most active during those hours.
- 6.Reach the venue well on time: Make sure you reach the venue 45 min to 1 hour before the scheduled time. Last minute rush and anxiety to reach the venue could negatively impact your concentration.
- 1.Do not be afraid: The paper is same for everyone. Trust your preparation and give your best. Any anxiety before or during the exam will hurt your performance. Close your eyes, shut out everything and take deep breathes for a minute to find calmness. Even if at first look, the paper looks tough and you feel you know nothing, do not get scared. Keep calm and go through the paper question by question and you will find ample number of questions that you can answer.
- 2.Do not think you are unprepared or under-prepared:Your preparation is an objective reality and cannot change on the day of the exam. Once you decide to give the paper, do not let thoughts of your preparation enter your mind. Focus only on what you know and make a smart attempt of the paper.
- 3.Do not lose momentum going into the exam:You need to be concentrating and studying as much time as you can in the days leading up to the exam. The mental state leading up to the exam is very important.
- 4.Do not leave OMR sheet filling to the end: Students often ignore the fact that filling OMR sheet not only takes time but is the most important part of the prelims. If you do not want to go to the OMR sheet after every question, make sure you fill it up after every 45-50 minutes at least. This will not only make sure you do not lose out for not filling OMR sheet but also help you plan your paper better towards the end. Also, while filling OMR sheet, make sure to read out the number of question in your mind; serial filling without looking at question numbers could lead to a big tragedy.
- 5.Do not make mistakes in attendance sheet:You will need to fill an attendance sheet during the exam where you also will have to fill out circles. Be very careful and it only takes 1-2 minutes. Although, the exam centers help you if you make a mistake, it will not only lose you time but also create additional anxiety. It is quite a common scene to see students making mistakes in exam sheets. So, be very careful.
- 6.Do not leave any question before looking at the options:Make sure to read at least once all questions and options. There will always be 2-3 questions which you can answer just by reading the questions and options carefully. Even with minimal information, you will be able to eliminate 2-3 options.
Ans : Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Services Exam (IAS Exam) annually to select candidates for various Government posts.
The UPSC CSE exam is conducted in 2 – stages: Preliminary & Mains.
UPSC CSE Preliminary Exam is objective type in nature, whereas, the UPSC CSE Mains exam comprises of 9 Subjective papers and a Personality Test (Interview).
Here, we will be discussing everything that a UPSC IAS aspirant needs to know about UPSC CSE Preliminary Exam in detail
UPSC CSE Preliminary Exam is a screening test to select candidates for Civil Services Main Examination. It comprises of 2 compulsory Papers that are conducted on same day in two – sessions via offline mode (pen – paper).
1. Both the papers of UPSC CSE Prelims exam will be objective type in nature (multiple choice questions).
2. Each paper will be of 2 hours duration.
3. Each paper will be of 200 marks.
4. There will be negative marking for incorrect answers. 1/3rd marks (0.33 marks) will be deducted as penalty for wrong answers.
5. Question papers for the papers of UPSC Preliminary Exam will be set in both Hindi & English.
6. There is a cut-off in the IAS Preliminary Exam which varies every year and is decided by the UPSC. The marks obtained in General Studies Paper – I of the UPSC IAS Exam alone are considered in deciding the cut-off and selecting candidates for the UPSC CSE Mains Exam.
7. The General Studies Paper – II of the Civil Services Preliminary Exam will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
|Paper Name||Time Duration||No.of Questions||Total Marks||Nature Of Paper|
|GS Paper I||2 Hours||100||200||Marks considered for
Preliminary Exam Merit
|GS Paper II(CSAT)||2 Hours||80||200||Qualifying in nature|
There are many important aspects to be kept in mind while choosing an Optional Subject :-
1. Interest and academic background of the aspirant:
Kindly identify your interest in a subject by exploring about it through school level NCERT’s (Class 11th and 12th preferably), going through Optional subject syllabus and your comfort level in reading the subject. For example:
(a) If you are from Commerce background, look for what you have already studied in college and choose accordingly between Commerce, Management or Public Administration.
(b) If you are from Engineering background, check the syllabus and content of optional subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Maths., Engineering optional – Civil, Electrical, Mechanical etc. If you are not comfortable with the science subjects mentioned, check other optional subjects such as Geography, Psychology, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Public Administration, Philosophy etc.
2. Coaching available in the subject:
Check from your peers, friends, civil servants who have already qualified, for identifying the best coaching classes available. Study material from a good coaching along with the classes conducted will accelerate your preparation manifolds.
3.Contribution of the Optional Subject towards General Studies syllabus:
Find out on your own from the past question papers and the syllabus regarding the contribution of the optional subject towards General Studies and essay papers of the Main exam.
4. Performance of the optional subject in the recent past (past 3 years):
A candidate’s individual performance can vary on a large number of parameters compared to his competitors. But there can be Optional Subject(s) that do not fetch the marks desired as compared to the effort put in by candidates. A few Optional Subjects that go through a few years of toughness either in the questions asked or the marks awarded.
5. Time Management:
Apart from the comprehending ability, a candidate should decide on how much of time he/she would be able to spend on studying an Optional Subject. A few candidates might be working while preparing or studying at a university etc, should be able to estimate the amount of time required to study the chosen optional subject along with General Studies.
Get familiar with UPSC
First get familiar with the process of UPSC Civil Services Exam.
Generate interest and curiosity regarding the services and whole exam process.
You can visit toppers blog and see their open session available on youtube. But be cautious not to over indulge in following many videos. Take clues from select topper’s experience and adopt a strategy effectual & convenient to you.
It is important that you keep track of the learnings and strategy which you get from those blogs/sessions. Incorporate the ones which are most suitable to you.
UPSC Exam Preparation:
UPSC releases its exam calendar a year before the exam. A candidate should start his/her preparation at least a year before the prelims exam he/she is planning to appear in.
1. Before starting preparation you should through the Syllabus of both prelims and mains exam.
2. Further a candidate should go through the past few year’s questions papers of both prelims and main exam.
3. Start reading a news paper regularly. applicable articles can be distinguished with the help of syllabus. It is better to make short notes based on issues.
4. First go through the basic NCERT books and then go through university- level standard text books.
5. It is important that you keep your formulation simple rather than going for multiple books. Only read bare minimum books and revise them multiple times.
6. You can make short notes(helps save time during revision) in whichever way you feel comfortable either online or in hard copy for both general studies and optional paper.
7. Make sure that you also are comfortable with CSAT paper and practice few past year papers to ensure that you can clear qualifying paper of CSAT. Otherwise also make plans for learning/practicing CSAT paper.
8. After covering basics from NCERTs, go through standard books and cover syllabus of mains exam of both general studies and optional subject with proper revision. Make sure that it covers your prelims syllabus also.
9. If you are attending coaching, then attend classes regularly and be ready for class session in advance as well as revise the content after class.
10. Make use of internet and social media for your preparation carefully and not waste time needlessly.
11. Start learning basics of answer writing as well.
12. Keep going through previous year question papers from time to time.
13. You can form discussion/answer writing groups to help each other.
14. Revise regularly the content you have been reading at least on weekly basis.
15. To keep apace of your of preparation, join prelims test series and regularly attempt question paper under exam conditions.
16. Start concentrating exclusively on prelims at least before 3 months before the prelims exam.
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