How to Prepare for UPSC

When to start preparing for UPSC?

A candidate can start preparing for UPSC once he/she has finished his/her graduation and has attained 21 years of age.
Hence, a person can start preparing for the UPSC Prelims a year before they wish to appear for it.

UPSC is also considered as the toughest exam in India and hence the candidate should study properly for it.

The most important thing is to plan according to the time left for the exam. Before you make solid prep plan, decide whether you want to study with the help of a coaching class or through self study.

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If you are preparing all by yourself you should be well acquainted with the portion. Gather the relevant study material and practice as many sums as you can. Make sure you appear for mocks available online. Secondly, it is necessary to realise the time left for preparation and schedule it accordingly. Do not forget to consider these points in schedule:

  1. Basics: Many people tend to skip this part and jump into sums directly. But starting from the basics like tables, mental calculation tricks, grammar, formulas,etc makes a huge difference.
  2. Practice: Once all the basics are covered, you should make sure that you practice as many sums as you can. The more questions you solve the more templates you will come across. An easy question would not take much time later when you are appearing for the actual examination as you have already done similar type questions previously.
  3. Mocks and analysis: Taking mocks regularly is the most integral part of consideration. Also make time for analysis of each mock given by you. This improves your efficiency and helps to avoid the same mistake again and again. Building a proper test taking strategy can save time and increase your accuracy.
  4. Stay updated with current affairs: The UPSC Exam tests a candidate’s knowledge about the Indian as well as international affairs.
  5. Read Newspapers: Reading newspapers is essential because it is one of the ways to know what is happening in our country as well as the other countries. This makes the candidate well informed about the world around him. Reading newspapers in english as well as other regional languages can also be extremely beneficial to the candidate as it helps him to be fluent in those languages. Reading more than one newspaper can be very helpful as it can cover all the information as compared to reading one.
  6. Improve communication Skills: The UPSC interview is the final and most important part of the UPSC Examination. It is important for a candidate to clearly be able to state his thoughts and perspectives in front of the interviewers. This cannot be done without proper communication skills. Body Language also plays a very important role in the interview. A candidate who is excellent in communication as well as has an excellent body language that includes posture, movements of the body, facial expressions, etc. is bound to impress his interviewers.
  7. Practice Previous years Question Papers It is extremely necessary to solve the question papers of the previous years. A candidate should solve at least 5 years question papers. This can make him familiar with the UPSC Examination. Because of this a candidate will know what to expect in his paper. Solving papers can also help a candidate to recognise his weak points which he can further work on and overcome his weakness.
  8. Honesty: In an interview it is important for the candidate to be honest to his interviewers. This is because he is tested on his personality. Lying about hobbies or qualifications will get him nowhere.
Top Coaching Classes for UPSC in Mumbai
  1. Prayas Academy
  2. A.A. Shah’s IAS Institute
  3. Chahal Academy
  4. Dronacharya IAS Academy
  5. Lakshya Academy
  6. Paradigm IAS Academy
  7. Royale IAS Academy
  8. Lokayan Academy
  9. Guidance Group
Top Coaching Classes for UPSC in Pune
  1. ALS IAS Academy
  2. Paradigm IAS Academy
  3. Abhyankar’s IAS Academy
  4. Pioneer Academy
  5. Chanakya IAS Coaching
  6. Unique IAS Coaching
Some books that can help you prepare for UPSC
  1. NCERT Books from Middle and High School of Geography, History, Biology, Chemistry and Economy.
  2. Prelim and main papers of the previous years.
  3. History of the modern world by Rao or Jain and Mathur
  4. History, Geography and G.K.Ethics books by Arihant.
  5. Economic Survey by the Ministry of Finance.
Why are UPSC jobs so prestigious?

UPSC offers jobs in the central government. The best part about having a job in the central government is that the job comes with many upsides such as pension, health insurance, family insurance, free schooling for children in good schools, housing, etc.

The salary of an IAS ranges from Rs. 56,100 to Rs. 2,50,000 per month excluding benefits.

The salary of an IFC- Foreign ranges from Rs. 12,750 to Rs. 90,000 per month excluding benefits.

The salary of an IPC ranges from Rs. 39,000 to Rs, 2,12,650 per month excluding benefits.

Along with these, there are several other job opportunities in other services but these are the most desired jobs.

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