Important Revision Tips for UPSC Civil Services Exam
Revision is a necessary tool that should be utilized wisely to get an effective result in UPSC exam. Usually, UPSC exam is a one-year marathon which has three hurdles i.e, prelims, mains and interview. In a marathon, the stretching up of brain cells is done by the proper exercise of revision.
The importance of revision is very decisive in the determination of scores in the UPSC exam. Especially in mains exam the content of General studies are more and have less time for revision after the prelims were over. So quick revision with simple tricks should be used in order to get desired marks in mains exam. The pattern of revision should be distinctive for different subjects.
In this article, we provide you with some important tips and techniques to revise your subject topics properly before the exam day.
Important Revision Tips for UPSC Exam
1. Books revision
In UPSC mains exams you will be reading different subjects from various books. Always try to follow a minimum number of books, so that it will be useful for quick revision before the exam day.
While reading books develop a habit of note making or underline important points, for revision it will be helpful.
2. Notes revision
While preparing for UPSC mains exams either you will make your own notes or while attending coaching you would have taken class notes dictated by teachers.
Try to revise these notes written by you, it is very important to revise the handwritten notes. Since it was written by you, you will be familiar with it and also you would have written in your own style of writing. It is an ideal note for quick revision before the Mains exam.
3. Current affairs
As you aware of UPSC asks most of the mains questions current issues based. You should be updated on all the last one-year current affairs. Say for example: If mains exam is scheduled for October 2018, then you should be aware of last one year (October 2017 to October 2018) current issues.
If you would have made your handwritten current affairs notes then revise those notes properly before the exams. If not, chose any one current affairs material and follow that material for reading and for revision before the exams.
4. Create a checklist
You should create a checklist of topics need to be covered in all the subject papers including your optional subjects.
So that you won't miss any topic before the exams. Even in current affairs, try to segregate news articles based on GS papers (Paper 1, 2, 3 and 4).
5. Three Tier Revision
According to psychological experts, in order to crack tough exams, students should revise their subjects before the exams.
Further, they also advise a minimum of three revision is mandatory before the exam. Say for example if you are preparing for 2017 Mains exam, then plan last 30 days before the exams for revision and in that try to revise maximum time as far as possible (Caution: Though three revisions are difficult to try to revise at least once or twice).
6. Mock Test
Try to take minimum one or two mock tests for each subject before the main exams. These mocks are very important in UPSC exam preparation. It gives a fair idea about your answer writing, structuring your answer, presentation, writing speed, number of questions able to complete etc.
So try to take a mock test before the exams. It will be helpful for your mains answer writing practice and also useful in one way or another in your preparation process.
Work Hard and do well in your mains exams.
All the best!