Today we are providing UPSC Civil Services Statistics Paper preparation tips & strategies. Now we will teach you strategy of “**How to Prepare UPSC Civil Services Statistics Paper 2019**“. This post is aimed to help you in forming your strategy for Statistics optional for Civil Services Exam, considering its various aspects.

**How to Prepare UPSC Mains Statistics Paper 2019**

To Prepare UPSC Civil Services Statistics Paper for 2019, you need to follow below given steps.

**Step 1 : Know the Syllabus – Statistics Paper**

**UPSC MAINS STATISTICS SYLLABUS 2019. **Get UPSC Mains Statistics Syllabus, Paper structure & Applicable Topics covered in UPSC Mains Statistics Syllabus. Earlier we’ve provided UPSC Mains Exam Pattern & Structure for 2018 & 2019 exams .

Read : UPSC Civil Services Statistics Syllabus 2019

**Step 2 : Select the Best Reference Books for Statistics Paper**

**Books On Statistics for IAS Exam**

- Introductory Probability and Statistical Applications – Paul Meyer
- An Introduction to Probability Theory & Mathematical Statistics -V K Rohtagi
- Fundamentals of Statistics (2 Vol.)- A M Goon, M K Gupta and B Dass Gupta
- An Outline of Statistical Theory (2 Vol.) -A M Goon, M K Gupta and B .Dass Gupta
- Fundamentals of Mathematical Statistics-A C Gupta and V K Kapoor
- Fundamentals of Applied Statistics-S C Gupta and V K Kapoor
- Sampling Techniques-William G. Cochran
- Sampling Theory of Surveys with applications – B. V Sukhatme & B V Sukhatm

**Step 3 : Prepare Important Topics**

The preparation for Mains must be over before you start with Preliminary preparation, as the Main exam syllabus covers nearly 75% of the requirements of the Preliminary examination.

If a student has not done graduation with Statistics, the suggested strategy would be as follows.

(1) Surveying the syllabus of Statistics carefully and identifying the completely unfamiliar areas.

(2) Doing a careful survey of the past 5 years’ Main Examination Question Papers and identifying the areas of significance.

(3) Identifying the most fruitful areas:

(4) If we see the Main Examination paper of last few years, then it is obvious that the UPSC can ask even a short note on a topic which is otherwise quite long in coverage.

**Answer writing**

- For Long answers-Introduction can be either indirect through some lines or quotes or direct with general explanation followed by exact definition.
- Thereafter topic need to be explained in short followed by establishing links with other chapters and focusing on the question again. Here give a pause,read the question again & think again. Diagrams can be used effectively.
- Ending of the answers should always be visionary/positive and solution based with example if needed or with some lines.
- There should be mixed use of paras and points. Examples should be quoted wherever possible but refrain from using one enterprise again & again.
- For short answers, write the basic definition and then directly hit the core.
- Ending should be solution based. For merit/demerit/feature use diagram or points.
- Test series can be joined for practice.

**Step 4 : Prepare Previous Question papers**

- Question Paper of the year 2017 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of the year 2017 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of the year 2016 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of the year 2016 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of year 2015 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of year 2015 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of year 2014 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of year 2014 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of year 2012 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of year 2012 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of year 2011 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of year 2011 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of year 2010 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of year 2010 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of year 2009 [PDF Format]
- Question Paper of year 2009 [PDF Format]

**How much time it takes to prepare?**

4-5 months, if you study Statistics 12-15 hours per week. This should be enough. Also, it depends on how much can you recall your graduation concepts.