Top 10 practical tips for IAS preparation
Lakhs of candidates aspire to be granted a post in the Indian Administrative Services cadre. The IAS prestige makes the UPSC Civil Service paper one of the toughest competitive exams. IAS preparation is the first stage to fulfil your career ambition and it should be followed both intelligently and diligently. Most importantly, it must not be treated as any other completive exam, but a big responsibility towards delivering competent bureaucracy, in short, the only input for self-motivation.
Here are some tips to be the next rank holder in IAS exam.
- Understand the UPSC Syllabus
Your exam preparation should be subjective and objective both. The objective in a way that you know, this is the syllabus to be covered in the given time-frame, and subjective in a manner of assessing your personal capabilities and abilities to achieve more in the minimum possible time.
- Exam Pattern
Try and understand the exam pattern first and then approach each subject in detail. There are high-scoring sections and there are lengthy questions too. You need to prioritise it right. And, this you can do by carefully mapping the exam pattern.
- Solve Previous Year Question Paper
During the time of studying the exam pattern, make sure you have access to the recent question paper database as well as the IAS previous years’ questions papers. It is important to map each section in detail. To do so, find out what kind of questions are asked, the difficulty level, etc. so that you know which subject or section needs more preparation or what level of preparation.
- Smart Work
A blanket approach will not work. The IAS syllabus is huge and one can only study as much. There is no point stressing or fretting looking at the massive task-to-do. Instead, opt for understanding the concept of each subject so that you have clarity on how to approach an unfamiliar set of questions, if it may so happen.
- Practice, Practice and Practice
Practice and practice more than you intend to. It is only through attempting questions in a real-life environment, in short, doing mock tests in the designated time-frame, that one can gain confidence. Time management is as important as getting well-versed in the various subjects. There is no point gaining knowledge if you don’t have the time to apply it.
- Proper usage of online resources
Maximise your resources. Use the big world of internet to add versatility to your IAS preparation. It means access to better and wider resources. You have a chance to practice one subject in multiple ways and fresh formats, to get into the depth of the concepts.
- Proper Guidance
Follow the latest trends in online IAS coaching. It is getting innovative and very accessible. For example, there is even a possibility of enrolling for ‘live’ expert interactions or joining a virtual classroom to add substance to your IAS preparation schedule.
- Learn from Toppers
It is understood you need to study and prepare diligently. But that should not stop you from engaging in refreshing activities. Do what you like and don’t make the mistake of having only ‘IAS’ thoughts on your mind. There are many ways to learn during the preparation period, like getting to know people who have cleared the exam or interacting with academic experts from all walks of life. Don’t enclose yourself in books or study material all the while.
- Time Management
Manage your time-at-hand.It can be many months together or lesser time. Whatever time you have decided upon to prepare for IAS exam, make sure you make an optimum use of it. Given today’s scenario of information accessibility, it can never get dull or boring to prepare for something as interesting as an IAS syllabus.
- Be Positive
Take the preparation time in your stride. You must realise own potential, ability and capability to do the IAS job. Only and only if you think you are tailor-made to deliver as an IAS Officer, can you reach the next level, isn’t it?
The IAS exam is just a precursor to your dreams to serve the country and there is no way, you should feel unconfident or lack in your approach to find the way to become an IAS rank holder. It is the attitude which gains precedence over everything else in sight.