UPSC is one of the most prestigious exams in India that almost everyone dreams of taking at least once in their lifetime. But just thinking of taking the exam; applying for it and then finally cracking it are different things. Everyone thinks of it; a few lakh individuals apply for it and just a few thousand candidates finally crack the exam.
So, just planning cannot do the things. Once you have made up your mind to take UPSC exam, you should begin your journey of preparation. Once you have decided to take the exam you need to start preparation of UPSC exam, immediately.
Those trying their luck for the first time have several queries regarding preparation, time management, right study material and coaching institutes. This blog addresses the queries to help the students prepare well for the exam and score top ranks.
- Understand the requirements of UPSC exam
Understanding the eligibility criteria, study material, and exam pattern are the major things every candidate should be aware of. Saying this doesn’t mean that you need to know everything about the UPSC exam. The major requirement is to learn about the syllabus for Prelims, Mains, and Interview.
- Buy right books to initiate the exam preparation
The exam has a huge syllabus covering different subjects. To ensure that you get maximum knowledge on different topics, you need to develop a reading habit and buy some good books. The basic requirement is to read NCERT books, but you also need some additional books that you can ask the teachers at your coaching institute. You can also request postal study material from the institutes like Vajiram and Ravi to save your time that you can utilize in reading other books.
- Go through online study material
Though the coaching centers provide all the required study material for UPSC exam preparation, you can still explore more content online. Good coaching institutes provide simultaneous online support and online content. A lot of content is available online, as many write different articles and blogs on latest topics, exam preparation tips, and other subjects to help the students, but in reality not all of them are helpful. Rather misguide students and disturb their preparation.
- Seek right guidance
All three stages of UPSC exam, i.e. Prelims, Mains and Interview have some similarities and differences. Experts at coaching centers guide you to perform well at every stage. They equip you with different approaches to make the preparation process smooth and interesting. For this, you need to find a right guide, who understands your requirements and inspires you to do well.
- Join test series for practice and revision
Mock tests are conducted by every Civil Services exam preparation institute. Join the test series session and take as many mock tests as you can to practice more. It will also help you get an idea of the examination pattern and the right techniques to answer different questions.
- Stay away from fake institutes
There are many unreputed institutes in the market who entice students by making huge claims and showing fake results in the advertisements. Attending coaching is really helpful in UPSC exam preparation, but only when you get it from a reputed and good center. You attend the coaching center to get guidance and assistance, and if you are not getting the same at an institute, it is a complete wastage of time and efforts.
- Focus on your efforts; not result
Undoubtedly, students get worried and feel nervous due to tough competition in the exam, but ultimately these are your efforts that pay you. Don’t let anything like your age, experience, coaching or preparation hold you back from performing well in the exam. Just have confidence in your efforts and jump in the race of one of the toughest exams in the country.
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