Secrets to crack UPSC exams
Cracking UPSC exam is the dream of youngsters who aspires to become IAS officer, PCO, IPS. Imagination takes minutes to see your dreams fulfilled but reality demands hardwork, focus and consistency. It’s really nice that in today’s time youngsters want to achieve heights of success into IT, marketing and other modern lines, still there are some who choose to serve country and its people. But as the saying says, “nothing comes easy as life is not the bed of roses. Hard work is mandatory, along with that follow the given tips, they would definitely help students notch up success in the UPSC exams:
1. Know your syllabus:
Syllabus is the first thing you must give priority while preparing for UPSC exams. A good understanding of UPSC syllabus and exam pattern provides the scope for focused vision. Understand the prescribed syllabus given by the UPSC which is bifurcated for three stages: Preliminary stage, Mains and Interview. Allocate timeline covering all important topics.
2. Work on your basics:
UPSC exams are more about basics into various subjects like – History, Geography, Ecology, Politics, Biodiversity and Environment. Out of over confidence, few candidates jump into preparation of mains, and tend to ignore prelims preparation. Don’t do that, equal importance should be given to the preliminary examination. Questions are objective in nature, mainly tricky and each question aims to check the knowledge of students in depth. NCERT books are the best sources to strengthen basics.
3. Prepare Notes:
It’s better to prepare notes side by side you cover the topics because few days before UPSC exams, there is only a rush – rush movement. And due to short of time, you can’t go through each and every topic, but avoiding that leads to unnecessary worries. The strategy of note making is always better, as you can get everything to learn at a single place and study efficiently with the quick methods.
4. Practice Mock test papers:
Solving previous years’ question papers for UPSC exams increase accuracy and speed. It provides the opportunity to focus on time management and have a clear idea of the paper. Accordingly, you may decide which section to be attempted first.
5. Proper sleep and Diet:
Nutritious food strengthens your mind and junk food makes it dull. So, you know what’s better for you? Have lots of green vegetables and citrus food, it helps improve grasping power and boosts memory. Also, make sure that you are having enough sleep. Sound sleep keeps you fresh whole day and pushes you to study with interest.
6. Strategize your studies:
Categorize all your topics judiciously as given:
- Geography: Focus on physical geography and maps. Atlas is the best book to approach for this.
- History: Be it ancient history, medieval history or modern history, cover all topics.
- General awareness: Start reading newspapers and guidebooks to embrace general topics.
- Current Affairs: Going through at least two standard newspapers (1English and the other, a vernacular) will keep you abreast of the current events.
- CSAT: This section covers the vast portion from comprehension, logical reasoning to the basic numeracy.
7. Have utmost faith in yourself:
Last, but not the least, you must be brimmed with confidence that you have potential to crack UPSC examination. Sincerely, follow your timeline; don’t jump into new topics few days before exam, be around positive people, people who motivate you. At the same time, dig into your weaknesses and root out them one by one.
Hopefully, the above tips will help crack your ultimate dream – UPSC exam. Stay optimistic, believe in yourself & we wish you all the best!