Hey UPSC Aspirants, we bring you some of the UPSC Top Rankers who are well satisfied and have shared some of the strategies for you to learn from their experiences to help those who are now looking for UPSC as their target .
Number #1. Current Affairs: Ideally you should cover current affairs from the day UPSC became your goal but to be precise you should have thorough knowledge of current affairs of past one year before the exam. Read history, economics and political in brief or Read The Hindu religiously and make your own notes. It will help you in mains and Interviews as well..
Number#2. How To Read Newspapers: Follow newspapers regularly. Don’t be dependent too much on coaching materials, market is flooded with many sources. Initially devote atmost 3 hours for reading which should further be minimized to 1.5 hours as by this time you get the flare of reading the newspaper. Focus on the Developments, Judge Statements and Implementation of new Laws. Choose wisely and study smart.
Number#3. Follow Your Own Strategy: Do not go wandering after coaching notes or someone else’s plan. Make your own plan and execute. Coaching notes can only brush up your strategies. It is not one size fits all and so, everyone has their own unique ways of studying.
Number#4. Practice A Lot: Face as many questions as possible before the exam. Elimination Method is a common sense but you need the guts to do it in the exam hall. Try to eliminate those, you may think are least relevant choices and then focus on the remaining ones. The only way to get hands on it is – Continuous Practice.
Number#5. Tests Tests And Tests: Write chapter wise tests and review your performance. The next step is to study the solutions at least three times so that you can know where you are lagging.It can also be helpful in attaining tips and tricks to solve a particular type of question.
Number#6. Attention To Basics: Keep your attention to details for common topics. The first step towards UPSC preparations is brush up your basics. Focus on NCERT Books which will cover almost all the basics that you once studied in your previous classes.
Number#7. Play Clever: Specifically look out for changing exams patterns. Go through the previous year’s question papers which will help you to get an insight of the exam setter. Thus, it will give you a glimpse of the exam pattern.
Number#8. Intelligent Guess Work: Furthermore, most of the questions can be solved by guess work if you have some idea about the topic. Eliminate 2 options and choose the best possible answer from remaining. Taking risks is very important in high cut off regime.
Number#9. Absorb Whatever You Can: At times, you’re not sure on what the question paper will be based on, current affairs or static portion. Rather than investing your time and energy in planning what to do, absorb whatever comes in your way when you are short of time,.
Number#10. Test Your Exam Temperament: Revise and revise a lot. Take as many mock tests as you can before appearing for the examination. Devote last 15 days to only tests taking. For a serious UPSC aspirant, the final exam should appear like just another mock test.
Number#11. Analyze Your Error Patterns: Taking mock tests for almost 15 days can help you in evaluating yourself thoroughly. Analyze your error making patterns and work upon your strengths and weaknesses.
Number#12. Follow The Cardinal Rule: Conceptual paper should be conservatively attempted. Factual paper should be liberally attempted. Only then you will be able to stay ahead of a non-serious candidate.
You need to be good at both current affairs and static concepts, in order to sound convincing with your vocabulary in mains as well as your interview.
Keep cool in the exam hall. If you had scored mediocre in your test series earlier, do not worry about that. Test series are the way to introduce you to few hundred questions before the real exam. The main exam is much simpler than coaching mock tests.