How to start IAS preparation?

One should do all the groundwork before starting preparation for IAS exam. Students aspiring to become IAS should start their IAS preparation with determination, dedication and hard work to reach Mussoorie.

Here in the article, we will provide students with details about how to start IAS preparation.

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1. Basics need to be covered

When Students start their IAS preparation, they should lay a strong foundation for the UPSC Civil Services Examination. For that, students should start their IAS preparation with an understanding of UPSC syllabus and exam pattern of UPSC.

To understand UPSC exam pattern students should go through Prelims and Mains Previous years question paper for better understanding. (Note: Instead of answering questions in the Old question papers, students can use online resources to know the origin of questions because mostly UPSC asks questions based on current issues.)
Once students understand the basics correctly, they can develop the subject topics with the recent developments from current affairs.

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 2. Recommended books to Start IAS Preparation for beginners 

In the initial days, students start purchasing all the books they come across, and the books start piling up on their study table. But at the end of the day, they would not have read a single book properly.

What we recommend students is to follow NCERT books and also refer to one standard textbook for each subject. What is essential in IAS preparation is understanding and analysing ability be it for prelims, mains or interview.

Stick to a minimum number of books and read maximum time possible from the same sources. (Note: Students can refer other text as a reference.)

3. How to Read Newspaper in the begining stage of IAS Preparation

Develop a habit of reading the newspaper daily and at the same time make newspaper notes for revision.

Newspaper reading is the core of IAS preparation and students should be aware of how to read a newspaper for the IAS examination because students spend lots of time in newspaper reading and waste time on paper reading alone.

Current affairs play a crucial role in IAS exam as it gives more importance to current issues. For that, students should be aware of the IAS exam pattern so as to read current affairs better from IAS exam point of view.

4. Significance of Mock Test at for IAS preparation

Students should take a regular mock test after the initial days of preparation say after 3 to 4 months of starting the preparation.

Mock tests will help students analyse their preparation and also help in identifying one's strength and weakness in any particular subject.

It is advised to students to take the mock test along with previous year prelims and mains exam question paper.

5. How to Revise topics in IAS Preparation

In IAS exam preparation, those who revise subjects before the exam have a higher probability of clearing exam than those who avoided the revision.

The best time to start revision is 30 to 45 days before the Prelims exam and 20 to 30 days before the Mains examination.

During the revision time, students should avoid reading new topics and revise as many times as possible the topics they prepared over the last year or so. Because psychologically revision is significant for any exam especially for competitive exams like IAS exam it is more than crucial and critical as per exam perspective.

6. UPSC Coaching for IAS Preparation

Proper guidance and assistance are needed in IAS preparation especially in the initial stage of IAS preparation. As most of the aspirants don't have sufficient information and support for their IAS exam preparation, there comes coaching as a rescue to them because in coaching teachers provide the right guidance and support to the students for IAS preparation. They are aware of exam pattern and UPSC trend. Most of the IAS mentors have more than a decade of experience in IAS preparation and teachers will provide proper guidance to students.

7. Self Study for IAS Preparation 

Teachers can only share their knowledge and provide guidance for IAS preparation, but it is the students who have to put a lot of efforts and hard work to clear the prestigious exam.

Students should dedicate a minimum 7 to 8 hours for studying if they prepare only for IAS exam. (Note: Working aspirants needed minimum 4 to 5 hours of preparation daily.).

While preparing for IAS, students should concentrate on more things, and they should give importance to understanding the subjects instead of memorising the subject.

One should clearly understand that at the end of the day he/she is going to write the exam and for that he/she needs more practise and effort to clear the IAS exam.

8. Major Issue in the begining of IAS Preparation is distraction

Concentration and Focus is the key to success!

As Swami Vivekananda says "The power of concentration is the only key to the treasure-house of knowledge."

Students should try to avoid distractions during the IAS preparation. There are a lot of opportunities to get distracted during IAS preparation be it Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media websites. So don't fall into those traps, always focus on your exams because if you miss or fail in the IAS exams, then you will lose one year in life! So, don't get distracted and be committed towards your IAS exam preparation.

9. Rectify your doubts in the initial stage of IAS Preparation

At the time of preparation, students will have many doubts regarding IAS preparation.

We advise students to get their doubts cleared then and there either from their peers (friends and seniors) or from mentors and teachers because one cannot move forward with lots of doubts piling up during their IAS preparation process.

Again, start your IAS preparation with a positive mindset and definitely, you will get positive results in future!

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