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

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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.

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(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

  1. For Long answers-Introduction can be either indirect through some lines or quotes or direct with general explanation followed by exact definition.
  2. 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.
  3. Ending of the answers should always be visionary/positive and solution based with example if needed or with some lines.
  4. There should be mixed use of paras and points. Examples should be quoted wherever possible but refrain from using one enterprise again & again.
  5. For short answers, write the basic definition and then directly hit the core.
  6. Ending should be solution based. For merit/demerit/feature use diagram or points.
  7. Test series can be joined for practice.

Step 4 : Prepare Previous Question papers

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.

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