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UPSC PRELIMS PREPARATION STRATEGY

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With new pattern changes in prelims in 2011 and in Mains in 2013 while preparing for UPSC Civil service examination more emphasise is needed on GS coverage, current events analysis, answer writing practice, mock tests for Prelims and Mains.
 
Let’s consider the marks which are counted for final ranking (Mains + Interview) first,

 

Now, if Prelims is also added,

 
We can rearrange all this information in following manner as well…
  1.  GS Based Marks= GS Prelims, 200 + GS Mains, 1000 + Essay, 250 (Essay means Mains GS and writing style) +  Interview, 275 (It means Mains GS and communication style) = 1725
  2. Optional Based Marks = 500
  3. Aptitude based Marks = Prelims Aptitude, 200 = 200

 
So from above, it I clear that weightage for GS in Civil Service Examination has increased tremendously i.e. more than 70%.
 
What is required to get the post?
  • Devoted study
  • Good writing style
  • To the Point Approach
  • Basic command over English and Aptitude
  • Good grasp over current affairs
  • Healthy competitions and feedbacks…. i.e. critical self assessment
  • Quality material and guidance
  • Patience and Self confidence
When to start the prelims preparation? (for the next year’s Preliminary exam in August, followed by Mains)
  • One should start preparation around seven months prior to the exam.
  • If you are going to prepare immediately after graduation, then don’t waste time, start immediately after your final exam.
  • If you are going to study while working, it is possible but starts earliest. Don’t delay to start otherwise you will experience time crunch later.
  • If you are preparing during graduation, generalized plan cannot be suggested, so discuss personally with us to evolve an individual plan.
How to start preparation?

To begin with follow the initial steps…..
  • Analysis of previous question papers
  • Understanding of Syllabus
  • Reading of basic study material
  • Start writing... easy questions

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