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IAS Preparation – UPSC Prelims – Do’s & Don’ts

With the UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam waiting to greet you on 18th June 2017, most of the IAS aspirants appearing for the exam would have started feeling butterflies in their stomach. In order to help aspirants manage last minute glitches well, and make their IAS preparation experience a calm and enjoyable one, here we bring the most important Do’s and Don’ts checklist.

ias preparationIAS Preparation – DO’S

Take a print out of the e-Admit Card

Now, UPSC has made carrying the print out of the Admit card to the test center mandatory. Candidates should ensure that the photo on the e-Admit Card is clear and if not, it is advised to carry any other government approved photo ID card like Voter ID, Aadhar Card, Passport, Driving License etc., along with the e-admit card.

Carry a Black Ball Point Pen

Candidates who have already given more than one attempt for UPSC Exam would have at least come across this situation outside the exam hall, where the other candidates approach them and ask for an extra pen.
It is a very crucial point which candidates should remember that the answers on the OMR sheet is shaded using ONLY BLACK Ball Point Pen. Please keep in mind that pencils are not allowed. Instead of borrowing a pen from others, and bothering others, or in other way making yourself tensed, it is recommended to carry two BLACK ball point pens before you step out of your home.

The UPSC Civil Services Exam timings are:

General Studies Paper 1: 09.30 A.M to 11.30 A.M
CSAT Paper 2: 02.30 P.M to 04.30 P.M
Make sure that you reach the UPSC Exam Center by 09:00 AM because you have to find your hall number and you will see the notice board swarmed with candidates looking for the same. So, to boot out or revive yourself before the exam starts fill in the details like Roll No., Paper ID etc., in the answer sheet, deposit your mobile if you are carrying it.

Handouts for Quick Revision for CSAT Paper 2

As there is a 3-hour break between the GS Paper 1 and CSAT Paper 2, you can utilize at least an hour or two for quick revision on Paper -2. Ensure that you don’t get in too deep and stress yourself during the break-time revision, just take a glance on what you have prepared till now or run your eyes on questions related to Decision Making and Mental Ability.
If you are confident enough then it is advised to be calm and just recall your memories on CSAT paper preparation.

Always Wear a Wrist Watch

It is advised to wear wrist watch during the exam, instead of asking other candidates in the exam hall or the invigilator for a time. By wearing a wrist watch you have an eye on the time and keep a check on how much time left and analyze the pace of your answering.

Get a Good Sleep before exam night


The UPSC Prelims Exam at least requires 8-10 months of dedicated preparation. If you are prepared well in advance then don’t take any unnecessary stress and try to sleep astound.

Your IAS preparation is up to mark hence, be confident with whatever you have prepared till the exam date. Drop the plan of burning the mid-night oil on the eve of the exam. Be calm and cool, and keep your brain fresh, as it should be alert when it matters, especially during the exam.

Mark the Answer on the Question Paper for verifying.

It is advised, especially for the first-timers who are appearing for the IAS Exam to mark the answer option on their question paper that they have attempted, as it would be easy and necessary for checking and tallying your answers later.

IAS Preparation – DON’Ts

Do Not Carry Any Electronic Items/devices

Do to carry any gadgets including calculators or mobile phones to the examination hall. Even if you are carrying a mobile, make sure to carry a bag in which you can place your mobile safely as there is a guarantee for your mobile phones in the examination hall after you submit it.

Do Not Attempt All Questions

As each question carry negative marks, hence in paper-2 don’t hurry and try not to fool you by answering all the questions. Choose the questions and attempt it if you are totally sure about it then attempt for those questions which you are almost sure yet not completely confident as chances are you would have got it right. It is advised to leave those questions where you have no clue about the options given. By attempting all the questions don’t fluke your stroke of luck a mischance.

IAS preparation is a tough task. These are common do’s and don’ts which most of the IAS aspirants especially the beginners need to know and we hope these would be of use for the candidates before the prelims.
If candidates have any last minute questions or doubts regarding the UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam, please leave them in the comments below.

We wish you all the very best for the exam. Do well!


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UPSC Notification 2017 UPSC Syllabus UPSC Prelims Syllabus
UPSC IAS Exam Pattern UPSC Reference Books UPSC Eligibility
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