How to getting start for IAS

Once, you have decided to be an IAS officer, you need to be determined and stipulated to achieve your goal. Assume that you stand at zero level of preparation and start from the initial stage. Of course, cracking any UPSC exam is not an easy thing to do. One needs to prepare oneself from every aspect to reach the goal. Here’s a guide, giving you the tips to clear the exam successfully.

Get a clear idea of the basics:

In the constantly changing pattern of the exam, you are required to pay special attention on understanding the concept of the UPSC exam. Rather than literally mugging up the data you need to devote a handsome quantity of time in understanding the basics of the exam before starting with the preparation.

Read the newspapers and editorials:

Firstly, you shall start reading newspapers and editorials. A lot has happened during this period and to update you with the recent happenings, this can be a great source. While, reading newspapers doesn’t mean simply paying a glance over the headlines or the highlighted content, you need to read it thoroughly and form a rational opinion over those topics. You shall continue reading the newspapers until you clear the exam.

Plan your reading:

Along with the newspaper reading, you also need to develop a habit of reading books. Reading NCERT books from 5th to 10th standard can be a great help. Though, reading any book randomly is going to serve no major purpose, you also need to plan your reading. Now, what does planning to read means? Well, reading is a skill that is helpful only, if you do it in an organized manner. It goes step by step. Firstly you need to read it as a novel; secondly a bit carefully and finally you need to make the notes of whatever you read. Make sure you cover every important point in those notes as that will be the final book to learn from.

Moving next, you need to choose particular books of history, geography, economics, political science, physics, chemistry, etc. of class 11th and 12th and add to your knowledge. Don’t forget to use the organized style of reading as mentioned above.

NOTE: You need to make it a regular habit to read the books as flipping pages a couple of days before the exam will not help.

Try your hand at Mock test papers:

Candidates are required to try their hand on solving previous year test papers. Of course, practicing these mock tests will give you an idea about the style and pattern of the exam. Moreover, you learn time management while solving the exam sheets and groom yourself up for the final day of exam.

Revise twice for exam:

To score well and clear the exam, you definitely need to keep time for revision. So, plan your studies accordingly. You are advised to revise twice before the final day.