Simple Strategy to crack IAS 2020
Simple Strategy to crack IAS 2020-Many feel IAS preparation strategy would be very complicated and difficult as UPSC is, but in fact neither the exam is complicated and difficult, nor its preparation strategy would be. Its just a matter of discipline, dedication and determination to keep consistently preparing and improving yourself.
IAS preparation strategy for beginners would be different than that of those who have some idea about this exam or have given an attempt or two. But the basics remain the same.
Here In this article we would discuss about simple UPSC preparation strategy that will be helpful for both beginners and experienced.
1. Start with the syllabus
Be it prelims or mains, especially mains you need to be well versed with the syllabus, well versed means it should be at the tip of your tongue. This is important because
A. Reduced newspaper reading time
what is important from the newspaper can only decided based on the syllabus, read only those important and relevant NEWS articles.
B. To select relevant books Select source of material based on its fulfillment of the syllabus, if the input output ratio according to syllabus is not good then the source is not worth reading.
2. Go through Previous Year questions
Any next move in this UPSC preparation strategy will be based on correlation between previous year questions and the syllabus, both in prelims and mains.
Not every topic of the syllabus is equally important, and some topics are very important i.e. some topics are regularly asked (women, Poverty).
Analyzing previous year questions preferably last 8 years, try to understand the pattern and making a note of it, and while studying emphasizing those topics will streamline your IAS preparation strategy.
3. Start with NCERTs
Every UPSC topper, educator emphasizes the importance of NCERT, but not everyone truly abides by it.
NCERT are an important part of UPSC preparation strategy, to learn basics in simplest way possible, to understand topics like society in more understandable way, that will help immensely in Mains answer writing.
Make note of all relevant information from the NCERTs of standard 6th to 10th, and Biology NCERT of 11th and 12th. Only reading it is not enough, make a note to read, reread and revise.
4. Daily Current affairs
Recently the importance of current affairs is felt with more questions directly asked in prelims and in Mains. This can be effectively tackled with everyday newspaper (Preferably The Hindu or Indian Express)
Current Affairs for Prelim and Mains are not as a watertight compartment. Every topic can done with both point of views with a different approach, this approach can built by studying previous year question papers and syllabus.
Making a note about current affairs and segregating. It according to Prelim and Mains, also dividing it further for mains into GS 1,2,3,4.
5. Optional selection
While you start making your IAS preparation strategy, also start thing about selection of the optional.
Optional preparation can also done in the same ways as analysis of syllabus and previous year questions. Along with studying start writing answers for your optional topics which you have covered from the previous year question papers.
Be wise in selecting your options, here are some guidelines on that.
6. Mains only subjects
Many of the topics overlap in mains and prelims, but some topics are to be done only for mains and have a higher weightage in counting for the merit. Subjects like world History, Essay, Ethics (GS4) are subjects which should not forgotten in planning for IAS preparation strategy.
Start making a timetable, if you follow all the above points then you are all equipped with the resources. Now you just need to plan your study on daily basis and also on long term.
Long-term means till what time to continue studying optional and till what time to start with the core prelim study.
8. Mock tests
It is very important to evaluate yourself for what you have studied, mock tests are the best ways to do it.
For prelims daily MCQ on currents affairs, MCQ on basic subjects like History, Geography, Polity can practiced. It is a must in you UPSC preparation strategy and timetable.
For Mains write answers on the current issues in news, build a perspective and relate it to the mains Syllabus.
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