Common Doubts during IAS Exam Preparation

Common Doubts during Civil Services Exam Preparation

Among UPSC aspirants there are numerous doubts and questions regarding IAS exam preparation like books that need to be referred, how to read newspaper etc. The above-mentioned questions are doubt regarding IAS exam preparation strategy.

Beyond exam preparation strategy, students will have doubts about preparation for IAS examination like how to have a proper study plan, how to make time table and how many hours to study in a day and so on.

In this article, we will address doubts among UPSC aspirants while preparing for IAS examination.

Some of the popular doubts about IAS exam preparation

How do I plan my day?

It completely depends on the aspirant. Some individuals will be comfortable with reading during the day while some during the night. So, don t change your routine.

Here is an ideal plan for the day, if it suits you then try to follow it or follow your own.

Practically speaking students can efficiently read for seven hours and around the time of examination 12 hours. So, divide a day into four sessions and each session read for 2 to 3 hours.

Say for example:

Session 1: Morning 7 to 9

Break: 9 to 10 Breakfast and newspaper reading.

Session 2: Post Breakfast 10 to 1 pm

Lunch Break: 1 to 2 pm

Session 3: Afternoon 2 to 5 pm

Tea break: 5 to 5.15

Extracurricular activity or Hobby: 5.15 to 6. 30 pm

Session 4: Evening 6.30 to 9 pm

Dinner: 9 to 10 pm

How many hours should I study?

There are no hard bound rules like UPSC aspirants should study for 10 to 12 hours on daily basis. In the initial stage of preparation students are advised to read at their comfort without any fixed time limit. Say for example, if student is comfortable reading for 4 to 5 hours in the initial stage then it is fine.

As time progresses, say after 5 months of preparation, students can gradually increase their preparation time 7 to 8 hours.

Finally, at the time of revision before the examination dates candidates can read up to 10 to 12 hours. As revision plays an important role in the UPSC exams, students should utilise this period properly.

Note: One cannot consistently prepare for UPSC exams upto 7 to 8 hours on a daily basis. On a given day depending upon the student s performance it varies from 4 hours preparation to 16 hours preparation. So students are advised not to worry about the amount of time spent on preparation but give importance to the quality of content.

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How to overcome tiredness?

UPSC exam preparation itself is tiresome as it takes minimum one year to prepare for this exam. Even if the student clears in his/her first attempt it takes 2 years to clear the examination. Yes, it is tiresome and long exam process.

The only way to overcome tiredness is enjoying the preparation, there will be ups and downs in the preparation period. But don t worry about it. Students are advised to concentrate on their preparation progress.

To overcome tiredness, students can spend some quality time on extracurricular activities and hobbies. So by way of spending quality time on hobbies the aspirant will overcome tiredness and at the same it also reenergizes students for a better tomorrow.

In a way having a good hobby on regular basis is also helpful for students who appear for IAS Mains Interview, since in Detailed Application form (DAF), there is provision for hobbies and extracurricular activities done by candidates. If students have a genuine hobby, then it will help him/her in the long run.

Note: Start developing a hobby of individual interest.

Also Read: How to prepare for IAS Interview

How to stay focused and committed?

Since it is a more than a yearlong exam preparation, staying focused and committed to exam preparation is hard for UPSC preparing students.

If any students prepare for IAS exam without any focus means he/she doesn t have any strategy for exam preparation or else is preparing for this exam by force. (Note: Students can t prepare IAS exam without self-interest and self-motivation.)

IAS exam preparation is one of the toughest journeys for aspirants, during the course of preparation students will go through many emotions and struggles. It is not just an exam preparation; it is also a lesson for life.

The only way to overcome the struggle of IAS preparation is the aspirant should always try to be calm and composed.

Enjoy your preparation.

All the Best.

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