UPSC will conduct Civil services (Prelims) in about 50 days from now, i.e. June 18, 2017. We understand that many aspirants will be wondering if they can clear it.. The very resounding answer is YES. Most of the aspirants think that preliminary examination is a tough nut to crack and they feel that it is the GS paper which makes their attempts miserable. It is a wrong perception. The truth is that GS is easy to score when it is prepared smartly while framing UPSC preparation strategies.
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There is no one size fits all preparation strategy for the aspirants, it will vary from depending on one’s strengths and weaknesses. Educolada is here to provide you the study plans and we leave up to you, what suits you the best.
One can complete one test area (out of 7) every week. So, with this strategy, one can complete seven different test areas in about seven weeks’ time period. Also, every two-three days, the aspirants should write tests pertaining to topics that has completed from that test area. For e.g, the test area of History can be divided across three parts – Ancient, Medieval and Modern. If one is planning to complete the test area of “History” in the first week, one should spend about 2 days time on Ancient History, 2 days time on Medieval and about 3 days time on Modern. After 2 days of study, one should write the test related to the “Ancient History” and similar strategy will follow for other areas as well.
Second plan could be to focus on at least two test areas on a daily basis. On Day -1, One can study History & Polity. On Day-2, one can concentrate on Indian Economy & Geography and so on. The idea is to go through all the test areas every week. With this strategy, one will be in touch with all the areas every week.
Third way can be to look at 2 test areas every week. For example, first week, one can focus on History and Polity (say first 3 days -History and then next 4 days -Polity). Focus on other two areas in the second week.
If you want to realize your dream you must pass the prelims and here your optional plays a crucial role. You must solve last 5 years question papers in your optionals not once or twice but as many times as possible. This will definitely help you in getting more than 40-50 questions correct at least by intelligent guesses.
All your efforts will go futile if you lose your cool on the exam day. It’s pertinent to read questions carefully and make sure that you do not make silly mistakes. In a relaxed state of mind, you will be able to answer questions accurately and in less time. Count on your abilities and be confident that you can clear civil services preliminary exam, and you will.