UPSC CSE Monthly Plan to clear IAS especially for Beginners
Civil Services Examination (CSE) is conducted by UPSC annually to select suitable candidates for appointment to various All India and Central Services. This examination is a three-stage selection process involving Preliminary examination, Main examination and Personality Test (Interview).
Over the years, a large number of students have found UPSC Civil Services as a tough nut to crack. This situation arises because of lack of proper understanding about the nature of examination and improper guidance. But at the same time, we are witnessing that many freshers (first attempt) are coming in Top 5 in the last few years due to their smart strategies and consistent hard work.
There are three fundamental pre-conditions for success in Civil Services Examination which are: Proper Guidance, Best Study Material and Honest Hard work. One thing is certain about the candidates who crack IAS examination successfully is that all of them are crystal clear about their goals and have firm determination to achieve that. I’ve provided a detailed month-wise plan for beginners which they should adopt if they want to crack IAS in first attempt.
CSE Month-wise Plan
1. Knowledge of Syllabus: An aspirant must start with knowing the syllabus of Prelims and Mains Exam and daily reading of ‘The Hindu’ for Current Affairs. Minimum of 1 hour should go for newspaper reading.
2. Reading the NCERTs from Mid-May to June end: Finish the first reading of recommended NCERTs from Class 6th to Class 12th in one and half months.
3. Go through Previous Year Questions: After reading the NCERTs, one should look at the previous year questions of each subject from which they realise that questions come beyond the NCERTs. This will help in understanding the trend of Prelims questions being asked in UPSC and aligning the future preparation in this direction.
4. June to December: These months involves three-pronged strategy – Revision of NCERTs with the help of NCERT Test Series, studying advanced concepts by joining Online GS Foundation Course and Completing an Optional for UPSC Mains Examination.
5. Prelims Test Series and Mains Answer Writing: While every aspirant must be reading the standard books, they must also join any Prelims Test Series to keep assessing his preparation and align their studies are in line with the demands of a UPSC CSE exam. In these months, one should also focus on Mains Answer Writing Practice especially of Optional subjects.
6. It will be of immense beneficial for the students if they go for Integrated PCM Test Series as this will ease their preparation, maximize their output along with optimal utilization of resources.
7. January & February: By now, every aspirant appearing in IAS exam must be done with Optional Course and have finished 80% of GS courses. Now after this, an aspirant must utilize these 2 months for Optional Revision atleast 1 time and completion of GS Course.
8. March & April: This is the time period when aspirants align their preparation exclusively for Prelims exam. These 2 months are very critical for clearing Prelims exam. The months involves revision of standard books atleast by 2 times, revision of year-long-current affairs and start practicing Full Mock Tests.
9. Revision of Attempted MCQs: Every aspirant must have practiced around 8000+ MCQs by the end of April. But practicing MCQs is not enough. Aspirant must also undertake revision of these MCQs very quickly in the month of April.
10. May – Last month before the Prelims Exam is the most crucial month as this will decide the fate of most of the students. Every aspirant must ensure atleast 2 times quick revision of their complete course and around 5 Full Mock Tests to be attempted.
Standard Books to Refer (Apart from the NCERTs)
Indian History & Culture:
1. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra
2. A New Look at Modern Indian History by B L Grover & Alka Mehta
1. Mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe
SOURCE: BALIYAN IAS