TIPS for Cracking IAS exams


Union Public Service Commission, which is India’s central agency to conduct and execute numerous exams like NDA, CDS, IFS, SCRA, Civil Service Exam including 24 services are also known as IAS exams. I is the toughest exam of the country. The candidates appearing for this exam need to put all effort into this examination. It requires knowledge and information in various fields and subjects like History, Geography, Political Science, Economics, Art and Culture, Environment, Ecology, Social Welfare, Science and Technology. The student/candidate needs to be fully focused towards his goal and work hard to clear this examination. It covers a vast syllabus and all kind of relevant information or current affairs.

Candidates appearing for this exam burn midnight lamps and study hard for every single day. There is no short cut for success but definitely a planned and systematic approach can open doors to success and glory. Here are few tricks and tips that can help IAS aspirants to making it easier:

Proper Schedule: In order to study a wide range of subjects, the candidate needs to prepare a time table which includes all subjects and reading/writing practice. The candidate should also maintain a timetable for his daily activities which includes all daily chores and physical activity that he performs on daily basis.

Every Student has his own strong subjects and weak subjects; it differentiates from student to student. He needs to find those subjects and topics and prepare them accordingly. An IAS aspirant requires studying every day; he can start preparing with weaker subjects and topics. This way nothing is left for last minute preparation. Remember Slow and Steady wins the race, so focus on every subject equally to win the race.

Strengthen Basic Concept: While preparing for this examination, the candidate must be well aware of the basic things. A complete knowledge of your country is most important. Its history, geography, economy, significant development, culture, society and the language spoken should be studies in details and memorized properly. Other than this, while preparing any topic, a candidate should make sure to understand the basic concept behind every theory. A practical knowledge of all these topics becomes very useful during exams.

Prepare Notes: An IAS aspirant must always rely on his notes. Sometimes it is very tedious to make and maintain notes for variety of subjects and topics but it is quite worth for the biggest exam in the country. There are benefits of this practice: a) it becomes convenient to memorize, b) systematic notes help while revising. Sometimes, due to lack of time, candidates tend to rely on notes made by others or from internet. Candidates must remember to prepare notes with an objective to understand the topic well.

Update yourself with Current Affairs: IAS Prelims evaluate knowledge in current affairs and other topics. An IAS aspirant should be well aware of current events and information around his society, state and country. It is required to be updated with national as well as international news. Newspaper is one of the best and authentic sources of current information.

Practice Previous Years and Mock test papers: While preparing for Civil Services, the candidate must include practicing mock papers and previous year’s papers in his timetable. There are benefits of this practice: a) the candidate gets an idea of pattern and structure of the question paper, b) it helps to boost up the confidence c) candidate familiarizes with the approach towards the question paper. It is always advised to going through previous 5 years question paper to get a clear picture of the situation. It is even advised to recreating the exam hall situation by setting up an alarm to finish the question paper in the limited time to increase the efficiency and learn to manage time. It even helps to boost accuracy and pace.

Personality Development and Communication Skills: Perfect Body Language and Communication skills play a vital role to succeed in an interview. The candidate experiences tremendous confidence when he or she strongly expresses himself/herself during an interview or any formal conversation. Interview requires a set of mannerism and etiquette which makes a person polite and presentable. The candidate should learn and practice for his better performance and definitely a refined personality is always accepted in educated society.

Stick to Authentic Source of information: While studying the candidate must refer authentic and reliable sources of information. He should not run around to every source or book. It creates confusion. The candidate must refer to one or minimal sources or books.

Adequate Sleep: It is seen that candidates avoid sleeping while preparing for such examinations. Sleep deprivation does not help in any kind of preparation. Studying with weary eyes and tiredness make a dull personality, absent mind and increases forgetfulness. An IAS aspirant must have proper sleep to ensure his fitness.

The candidate should always remember that preparing for such an important exam is not easy but a scheduled and systematic approach definitely helps. Confidence at every level is mandatory. Practice and repetitive revision is the only key to success.


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