How to score 150+ marks in UPSC CSE Prelims
Strategy to score 150 plus marks in UPSC CSE Prelims 2019
Candidates Preparing for UPSC Civil services should prepare Prelims and Mains stage comprehensively. The ideal time to start UPSC preparation is a year before the Prelims exam. However, the last three to four months should be wholly dedicated to the prelims exam.
UPSC Prelims Strategy
- Prelims preparation should begin with NCERT textbooks, Try to cover all basic NCERT books for all subjects listed in the UPSC syllabus.
- Read from standard textbooks and try to avoid reading the same topics from multiple resources.
- Follow Hindu/Indian Express (or any standard national news daily) regularly. Say for Prelims exam, follow one-year news updates, i.e. for June 2019 Prelims; candidates need to follow current affairs analysis from June 2018 to June 2019.
Tips and Techniques to score high marks in UPSC Prelims Exam
1. Previous years question paper analysis
Analysing previous years question of UPSC CSE prelims helps you understand the trend and demand of exam. It will help you realise which topics you should focus (High return on investment), e.g. Modern India, Physical Geography, Environment, Economics, Polity, Current affairs etc. and on what topics you can give less focus (low return on investment), e.g. Art and Culture, Science and tech etc.
However, this segregation of topics should be done only if you have a time constraint as what surprise UPSC will throw next year cannot be comprehended.
2. Connect the dots
3. Revision is the key
4. Analyse the mock test
Strategy for Last week before the Prelims exam
What should be done on the day before Exam
Ideally, you should not read anything the day before the exam. Do things that make you happy. The logic is that if you encounter anything that you are doubtful about or have missed in the course of preparation, it creates all sorts of negative chain reaction and hurt your confidence.
What should be done on the D-Day
- Reach the exam hall well before time
- Give a quick reading to the question paper before attempting the questions.
- In the first run attempt only those questions in which you are 100% confident.
- Do attempt questions where you can eliminate two options. You have to take a calculated risk.
- Avoid blind guessing for any question.
Getting high marks in prelims is not only about your knowledge, but a lot of factors comes into play the important ones being your presence of mind, ability to handle stress, self-belief and clarity of thought. But all these desired qualities develop in the course of preparation and so with the right strategy, you can develop these qualities and get through will flying marks.
Best of luck!!