It is never bad to follow certain IAS Preparation Tips to prepare for UPSC Examination. IAS is conducted in two successive stages – UPSC Prelims which is Objective type in nature and UPSC Main Exam which is both subjective and objective in nature. IAS 2020 prelim and main will be conducted on May 31 and Sept 18, 2020 respectively.
UPSC sets a certain syllabus for Civil Services Main examination. A candidate can prepare properly by following IAS Preparation Tips related to the exam. A candidate can study the important topics mentioned in IAS Exam Syllabus and continue his/her preparation in the direction. There are 9 sets of papers in the Main exam out of which two are qualifying language papers. Check IAS Exam Pattern
UPSC Prelims is the basis for the selection of candidates for IAS Main that is a written descriptive exam followed by Interview, the final stage of IAS Selection Process. After reading the IAS preparation tips, candidates must take a look at some of the recommended books to prepare for IAS 2020 Exam.
IAS Exam is believed to be the toughest government examination in India. But, if a candidate is serious enough, embraces the right strategies, guidance, and study material then even self-study is enough to get through the IAS exam. Given below are some major IAS Preparation Tips which a candidate can follow to score high in the exam:
Mock Papers are an essential part of regular preparations for successful candidates. By reviewing the attempted tests you get a chance to identify your mistakes and the area where you lack knowledge. Writing mock tests not only helps you to revise your IAS Syllabus but also helps to increase your speed to solve the exam in time. There is always a crunch of time in IAS Exam, one has to be very fast in writing questions. Mock test papers help in increasing the speed of mind to make calculations.
It is of utmost importance to pick up only recommended books and the right study material for IAS Preparation. NCERT books are always highly suggested and are considered as a must-read by experts as well as successful candidates, as they clear up doubts at a fundamental level and help candidates in scoring higher scores at IAS Main level. Although there are a number of books available for IAS in the market one needs to select only the best out of them and should prepare for only a few best ones.
Till 2014, scoring high in GS Paper 2 was the easiest way to clear UPSC Main. Putting less effort as compared to GS Paper I, aspirants used to score high and clear prelims. But, with changes in the IAS Exam Pattern from 2016 onwards, this strategy does not work anymore. On the basic level, covering every subject of the IAS Main Exam is the best approach to clear the Prelims test. It's not recommended to give priority to any particular book or area thinking that questions will come from that source. Likewise, one must not miss the easy questions from traditional subjects like Polity, History, Geography, History, and Economics. Current affairs are also important to prepare as they are definitely asked, other than that latest schemes and bills launched by the government are also valuable.
Even though the type of questions asked in UPSC Prelims and Main are different, but there are also many areas where one can find some kind of similarity in the questions. For GS Paper I, an ideal strategy suggests covering GS Main and Prelims syllabus in detail first that gives the concept clarity about all major topics. Good knowledge of overlapping and non-overlapping areas in the IAS Syllabus of General Studies for Prelims and Mains certainly fetches you more score than others.
All your efforts and hard work go in vain if you lose your cool on the doom day. It's very much important to read IAS questions carefully and make sure that you do not make silly mistakes. And that can only happen if you are in a relaxed state of mind, otherwise, you get confused and selects the wrong answer and even takes more time in solving a question then what is actually needed. So, all you need is to keep your calm and stay confident.
All you need to do is to manage your time in a way that you can easily cover your decided syllabus and gets proper rest and sleep at the same time. Distribute available time according to the sections you have to cover. One must note that you do not need books or notes on bulk to completely go through but only a limited no. of good books and a deep study of that study material. It is very must important for a student to get proper rest and sleep. Your mind needs to break and rest to work on full force again.
It is very much important for a candidate who appears for IAS 2020 to choose the right and useful IAS Preparation books. It is not important to study a large number of useless books but to read a few but actually useful books that cover all the topics effectively of IAS Syllabus.
Given below is the list of some important IAS Preparation Books along with the names of their author or publication:
|History Of Modern India (History)||Bipan Chandra|
|India’s Struggle For Independence (History)||Bipan Chandra|
|India’s Ancient Past (History)||R.S. Sharma|
|History Of Medieval India (History)||Satish Chandra|
|A New Look at Modern Indian History||BL Grover|
|The Wonder That Was India (Culture)||A.L. Bhasham|
|Indian Art and Culture (Culture)||Nitin Singhania|
|Our Parliament||Subash Kashyap|
|Geography of India (Geography)||Majid Husain|
|Oxford School Atlas (Geography)||Oxford|
|Science and Technology||TMH|
|CSAT Book Cracking the CSAT Paper-2||Arihant|
|Certificate Physical and Human Geography (Geography)||Goh Cheng Leong|
|Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations (Polity)||M. Laxmikanth|
|Indian Economy (Economy)||Ramesh Singh|
|Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure (Environment)||Rajagopalan|
|A History of Modern World||Ranjan Chakravarti|
|Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Main (Environment)||Khuller|
|Facets of Indian Culture||Spectrum|
|Indian Constitution||PM Bakshi|
|Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning||R. S. Aggarwal|
The exam for both the phases of IAS is different. Candidates can get a clear idea of the same from the details provided below:
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.