Do's & Don'ts While Self Study For UPSC

Every year, thousands of candidates take the UPSC examination, one of the most reputed examinations in the country. The UPSC examinations can get overwhelming for some candidates for having a humongous syllabus and the general myths that float around the examination. 

The UPSC examinations are divided into prelims, mains and the interview round. While there are several premium coaching centres that aid in preparing for this reputed examination, however, some UPSC candidates believe in self-study. There are several success stories of IAS aspirants as well who achieved a high rank by depending solely on self-study. 

If you are a UPSC candidate and practising self-study, then here are some do's and don'ts of self-study that you should follow to boost the productivity of your study sessions.

Do's for UPSC

1. Making study plans:

  1. While covering the syllabus of UPSC, it is essential to stick to a schedule as it helps in completing the syllabus effortlessly. 

Prepare short-term and long-term study plans according to your requirements. Regular study plans will also prevent last-minute preparations for the exam. 

Also, a quick tip, if you have not studied a chapter, then do not think of studying the chapter a few days away from the exams. The few days before the examination should be solely dependent on revising. 

2. Choosing optional subjects:

  1. Deciding optional subjects for the examination plays a crucial role as it acts as a determining factor for passing the examinations. 

You should consider your optional subjects keeping factors like interest in the subject and educational background in mind. 

3. Solving previous year's question papers:

  1. As you start studying for the examination, go through the question papers of previous years to understand the type of questions asked on that subject. 

It not only helps in preparation but frequent mock tests also help to assess your progress and manage your time more smoothly.

4. Giving special attention to current affairs:

It goes without saying that it is essential to remain abreast with current affairs. You should read newspapers, magazines and news blogs to remain updated on current affairs. 

For better preparation, you should practice developing opinions on the latest current affairs topics as such questions are often asked during the interview time.

5. Time Management:

It does not need to be mentioned that the UPSC syllabus is humongous. Therefore, time management becomes essential for completing the syllabus. You can use effective time techniques like the Pomodoro technique to balance time effectively to prepare all the subjects equally for the exam.

Don'ts for UPSC

1. Ignoring the syllabus:

  1. It would be foolish to ignore the syllabus of UPSC. It should be of utmost importance to complete the syllabus foremost as most questions are based on the syllabus provided to the candidates. 

The NCERT textbooks should not be ignored as questions on fundamental topics are asked frequently as well. You should also focus on all the subjects equally. 

Do not focus on general studies papers and leave out the optional papers. Try to keep a balanced approach for all the papers.

2. Studying too many materials:

  1. An aspirant can procure loads of study materials both online and offline. However, the primary concern should be to complete the syllabus and focus on learning and grasping the essence of the chapters. Having a thorough understanding of the different topics will help you in the long run.

UPSC examinations gauge your attitude along with your knowledge. Therefore staying positive during your self-study preparation is extremely important. Perseverance, discipline and staying motivated will help you to cover the syllabus and prepare effectively. 

We understand the UPSC examination can become overwhelming for some but working your way through the struggles will set you apart from the rest. Do not procrastinate and manage your time efficiently to reap the maximum benefits.