If you are a newbie in the UPSC service examination and worried about getting prepared for this examination, this guide will help you a lot. So read the article till the end, I hope you will find your way of how to prepare for UPSC.  

Among all other Government examinations, the civil service examination is the toughest and prestigious examination. Every year almost 11 lacs candidates get appeared in this examination.

As the toughest and highest-paid job-oriented examination, this examination needs more deduction for the preparation than other exams. In 2021 Civil service preliminary examination will be held on 10.10.2021. So if you want to prepare for this examination start your preparation from today. 

Now the question arises how you can crack the UPSC examination for the first time?

Be very honest the person who passed this examination can tell you the best. We collect the data from those people and based on their experience we prepare this article. 

Before moving forward let’s take a look at the common syllabus of the UPSC examination.  

The prelim examination consists of General Studies Paper – I and General Studies Paper-II. 

General Studies Paper I contain the following subjects:

  1. Current Events
  2. History of India and Indian National Movement.
  3. Indian and World Geography.
  4. Indian Polity and Governance.
  5. Economic and Social Development.
  6. Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity, climate change.
  7. General Science.

General Studies Paper-II contains the following subjects:

  1. Comprehension.
  2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  4. Decision-making and problem-solving.
  5. General Mental Ability.
  6. Basic Numeracy (Class X Level)
  7. Data interpretation (Class X Level)

Both the paper have 200 marks each and time allotted for this are 2 hours each

UPSC examination has negative marking. 

Now I hope you can get a basic overview of the syllabus of this examination. 

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How to prepare for UPSC examination successfully

This is one of the toughest examinations in India. So there are no magic formulas or tips & tricks for this examination. You just need to do hard work with lots of dedication. 

Be Mentally Prepared

This is one of the highest paying Government Job examinations. But don’t look at the salary or position of the jobs. Judge yourself first before preparing for this examination. 

As I told you earlier it involves lots of hard work and dedication. Ask yourself are you ready to do such kinds of sacrifices for this examination. Do you have the skill and determination for this examination. Do you can devote at least 10 hours a day to this examination.

If the answer to the above question is YES then proceed with this examination. Otherwise look forward to other less toughest examinations like WBCS, SSC, RAIL, or Bank jobs examination.  

Also, remember one thing that if you are unsuccessful for the first time, have you such kind of patience and tenacity to prepare for the second time. It is no doubt a tough word but before start preparation clear these things. 

Start preparation at least one year before

After getting the idea of the subjects or syllabus of this examination start preparation for the next year’s examination. 

See the above list of 14 subjects in the prelim, divide your study time whole day accordingly. Spent at least 2 hours on each subject. 

Also, allot a full day, which may be on the weekend for revisions. 

You should continue this type of study at least for ONE year for sure success.

Make an Effective Study Plan

UPSC syllabus is too broad and you must prepare any type of question that comes out from any corner of the syllabus. So be prepared for this. 

You can find the full UPSC syllabus available online. You may print this syllabus.

Deep down with every subject thoroughly. 

After going through the syllabus you collect the study material. 

You may collect the last 10 years’ question paper for UPSC. 

You can also get appeared for the various mock test available online.

Stay Updated with Current Affairs

Always updated with current affairs. Don’t miss any latest news of updation regarding current affairs. 

Read the popular newspaper regularly. If you have an android phone then see the website of popular newspapers like The Hindu, The Economic Times. Also go through the latest magazine website like Reader’s Digest, Competition Success Review, Pratiyogita Darpan, and so on.

It this advisable to read the newspaper and magazine on daily basis and make it a habit. Also, take notes on important news.

You can also follow some youtube channels that can produce content for UPSC aspirants.

Select the Optional Subject

In the UPSC exam, the optional subject has 500 marks. So this is immensely important to select the right optional subject. Make a list of all optional subjects then select the subject according to your strength. 

NCERT Books 

For preparation for the UPSC examination, you need to study the NCERT books available. From 6th standard to 12th standard, read the books thoroughly. Once you cover the whole syllabus then you can move forward with more complicated things. 

Apart from NCERT, you can buy other books for the UPSC examination. But I think NCERT books are the best in the lots and they explained the subjects in detail. 

Prepare for the Descriptive Writing Questions

Another feature of UPSC is that you have to write descriptive answers for the questions. 

You may get questions based on analytical knowledge, communicative abilities, and various type. So be prepared for writing descriptive answers for the questions with a stipulated time period. 

Solve Mock Test

Solve the mock test is another best option to test your knowledge. There are lots of website offer mock test question paper. You can download and print this then solve it out. Some website offers online test which is more easiest for appearing. 

Conclusions: While preparing for the UPSC examination always be motivated. Always be optimistic. Don’t give up in the middle of the preparation. Don’t scare about seeing the scale of the syllabus. Don’t indulge any negative thoughts inside you. Be focused and determined. 

I wish you a very successful career.