With the UPSC prelims exam coming closer, you need to jumpstart your UPSC Exam preparation without further ado. However the seemingly never-ending syllabus and list of resources might be giving you jitters thinking, how to complete the entire UPSC syllabus in the time at hand. Well, worry not as the following piece will give you a fair idea of how to go about your UPSC Exam preparation in a focused manner. So, lets see How to Start Preparation for UPSC Exam 2017 Preparation.
The first and foremost step in your journey of UPSC Exam preparation is to be well-versed with the UPSC syllabus. Knowing the UPSC syllabus at the back of your hand will do you more good than you can ever imagine. Most importantly, it will help you separate the wheat from the chaff, given the ocean of information and resources you will find yourself surrounded with during your UPSC Exam preparation.
Nobody knows you better than yourself. Gauge the length of the syllabus and the time you would require to cover each topic, depending on your retention capacity and reading speed. Make a backward plan by dividing the topics among the number of days you have. This will ensure that you have covered all the important aspects of the syllabus well in time and you feel confident on the final day of the UPSC exam 2017. Make sure that the daily targets you set for yourself are ambitious but at the same time, realistic.
Reference Books for UPSC exam preparation
Instead of reading too many books once for UPSC Exam 2017preparation, read a few books many times. You should ideally be able to revise all topics thrice before the day of UPSC Exam. Focus on building the basics first by reading the NCERTs. Once you’ve gone through the NCERTs and made notes for ready revision, you can move on to the advance level books. It is not at all essential to read each book cover to cover. Spend some time analysing the UPSC exam question papers of previous years to understand questions from which topic feature regularly in the papers. Devote more time in consolidating those topics rather than studying everything in detail. Make sure that you don’t go for reading extremely lengthy books as you won’t be left with sufficient time for other topics if you devote too much time to one single book.
Current affairs for UPSC exam preparation
While current affairs have always formed an important part of the UPSC exam papers, the previous prelims papers give ample evidence of the fact that if you neglect current affairs, you’re bound to pay a heavy price for it. Make it a habit to read newspapers daily for one or two hours. You can either go for ‘The Hindu’ or ‘The Indian Express.’ Again, you don’t need to spend hours perusing the entire newspaper. Just study the news which is relevant to the UPSC syllabus because you need to make optimum use of the time you have at hand.
Peer group for UPSC exam preparation
Find the right set of friends who help you feel positive and aid your preparation with healthy discussions and debates. Detach yourself from any and every person who tries to tell you that it’s too difficult to crack the UPSC exam. Have faith in yourself. If you can dream it, you can do it!
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