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Time Management Tips for IAS Exam Preparation


The Civil Services Examination is conducted every year, by the Union Public Services Commission for the recruitment of candidates for the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Revenue Service, Indian Forest Service, Indian Police Service etc. It is one of the most preferred career options among the youth, for the exposure, experience and self-satisfaction attached to it. Many aspirants start their UPSC preparation at a very early age. Despite the vastness of the UPSC Civil Services Examination syllabus, one can cover the entire syllabus in a year’s time with proper guidance. However, a strong sense of commitment, determination and a proper strategy is required to crack this exam. This article presents a few tips for managing time during the IAS Exam preparation as it is one of the most crucial aspects to be taken care of while preparing for the examination.


1.Set realistic timelines for covering the UPSC Syllabus

The UPSC syllabus is huge. Many aspirants believe that the syllabus is comprehensive. However, it must be noted that the syllabus for both the prelims examination and the mains examination is indicative. The questions that appear in the exams would be well within the periphery of the syllabus issued by the UPSC. One must set a timeline for covering the syllabus such that there is at least two months’ time for revision before the prelims examination. Emphasis must be placed on completion of Economy, History, Geography and Polity syllabus as these subject assume greater importance in the exam than the rest, in terms of marks.

2.Prepare a timetable for the daily activities:

The overwhelming seems manageable when one is organized. Preparing a timetable helps in covering the syllabus in an effective and an efficient manner. By consistently following a timetable, key tasks could be turned into habits over a period of time. It is necessary to be rigid about the timelines for completing the subjects while leaving room for some flexibility for changes to be made in the daily timetable with respect to covering the subjects.

3.Stick to the UPSC syllabus:

The aspirants are often misled by the hearsay that the UPSC syllabus contains everything under the Sun and beyond. While the fact remains that the syllabus is indicative. An aspirant can benefit from strictly sticking to the syllabus while studying.

4. Make judicious use of the internet:

The Internet is a vast ocean of resources, especially for the UPSC current affairs preparation. Every doubt can be cleared with just a click. There are many websites that also aid the preparation, as the resources are prepared by veterans. Choose a few websites and follow them regularly. Make sure that the precious time is not spent on unnecessary details and in-depth study of a topic.
Set aside some time for leisure:
“All work, no play makes Jack a dull boy”. One has to understand the importance of rest, to be able to function effectively. To learn, remember and understand better, 6-7 hours of sleep and breaks are imperative. Leisure would make the preparation less monotonous.
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