What I Learned When Preparing for the UPSC Exam

There are many reasons to want to prepare for the UPSC exam. You may be looking for a career in civil service, you may have long-term plans of becoming an IAS officer, or you may just need some time before deciding what path to take in life. Whatever your reason is, this article will teach you everything that you need to know about preparing for the UPSC exam.

Why I Choose UPSC over other Government Exams?

I always knew that I wanted to take the UPSC exam and become an IPS officer. Ever since my childhood, I was fascinated with the idea of being able to serve my country in a way that would make a difference. My parents thought it was just one of those fleeting phases, but they were soon proven wrong after I passed out from school early every day to read up on various topics related to civil services and public administration. Once they saw how committed I was, they became supportive.

My father had been in the army for 20 years before he retired so we already had some family history when it came to service-related careers; however, both my mother and sister are doctors so naturally, people assumed that’s what I would end up as. But the more I read about what civil services would entail, the more determined I became to take up IPS instead of medicine or engineering (my other two options).

How I Organized Myself for UPSC Exam Preparation?

The first step in preparing for the UPSC exam is to register with a coaching institute or enroll in Online Classes. Your coaching institute will help you prepare through mock tests and lectures on various topics that are important for the examination, such as English grammar or history. A lot of people may be hesitant to spend money when they’re still not sure if this is the right path for them, but it can be a good investment in the long run.

The second step is to prepare through self-study materials such as books and online courses. There are many options available on sites like Amazon or Flipkart that provide comprehensive material about UPSC topics at competitive prices. You can also prepare through online courses, such as those offered by IAS Academy.

The third step is to start practicing mock tests and other exams using the materials you have collected. No matter where you are on your preparation journey, it’s important for candidates to always be preparing in some way or another so they stay sharp during exam time.

The fourth step is to get stuck in and tackle your exam! When you’re feeling prepared, it’s time to take action. Book that UPSC Exam date and begin the journey of a lifetime.

What is UPSC Test Day Like?

  • Take an ample amount of time to prepare for test day
  • Bring the necessary items with you on test day
  • Ensure that you have your I.D and Admit Card before entering the exam hall
  • Keep a handkerchief or tissue paper handy for emergencies.
  • Leave any electronic devices outside of the examination hall, which includes mobile phones, calculators, pagers, devices with video or audio features.
  • The invigilator will be your guide during the exam
  • You are allowed to take water and snacks into the examination hall but not eat them inside
  • Take a break after every three hours of continuous sitting in order to avoid fatigue
  • In case you are not feeling well during the examination, tell the invigilator and then leave
  • If you have to go out of the exam hall after informing the invigilator, make sure that he or she knows where you are going. You might be called back in if a question is repeated multiple times.
    Choose your answer carefully as every question
  • The following topics are compulsory in the UPSC exam: a) Indian and World Geography b) History of India c) Economics d) Political Science e) Sociology f ) General Knowledge Part I g ) Current affairs h ) English Language.
  • Essay writing is one of the easiest ways to prepare for this examination
  • For essay writing practice, read essays written by various authors and analyze their style
  • Before starting with another topic, make sure you are confident that the previous one is clear. Otherwise, it will be difficult to remember what you have learnt in the past.
  • Maintain a routine for exam preparation so as not to get too stressed.
  • Do not wait till the last moment to start your preparation and do some initial reading so you can concentrate on one topic at a time
  • Make sure that you are prepared for every question in each section of the UPSC exam: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Essay Writing etc.
  • Eat healthy food as most questions are based on current affairs and you need to be in the best shape possible.
  • Importance of exam day mental preparation
  • Avoid getting into a situation where we are unprepared for any question even before starting the examination, as it will make us nervous and strain our brain which is already under stress due to UPSC preparations.

What I learned when preparing for the UPSC exam was that it is important to prepare well beforehand so you are not stressed during the examination day. With proper planning and guidance from experienced people, you will be on your way to a successful UPSC exam preparation.

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