New candidates should start preparing for Civil Services Exam like this, learn expert’s tips here


Expert: Ajay Anurag, Director, Wisdom IAS, Delhi

Today’s article is for the new candidates who start preparing for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The most asked question in this column of guidance for civil services is also that how to start preparing for IAS exam? Let us know how the new candidates can further their preparation‚Ķ

The IAS exam in India is not only considered to be the most difficult, but it is also seen with the most respect. But, the candidates who are just starting out should know that this exam is challenging and difficult, but if prepared with the right mindset and attitude, success can be achieved.

understand the exam pattern properly

UPSC exam consists of three stages- preliminary, main and interview. Each stage requires different preparation strategies. Hence, it is necessary to have a clear understanding of the exam pattern and syllabus.

strengthen your foundation

Start with building a strong foundation by reading NCERT books and other relevant books. This will help you to understand the basic concepts and prepare well for the preliminary exam.

develop the habit of reading

Developing the habit of reading will help you in the long run. Read newspapers, magazines and relevant books to keep yourself updated on current affairs and other relevant topics.

practice mock test

Practicing mock tests and previous year question papers will help you understand the pattern of the exam and identify your strengths and weaknesses.

join coaching institute

In order to prepare, guidance and counseling can be taken from the coaching institute. However, it is not necessary to join any coaching institute, because self-study can also lead to success.

get into the habit of revision

Revision is an important part of UPSC preparation. Regular revision is very important to retain the knowledge and concepts.

keep motivating yourself

Since there are many ups and downs in the preparation of IAS exam. So keep yourself motivated during the preparation journey by setting your goals. Remember, UPSC exam requires consistent effort and hard work. Remember that the secret of success in IAS exam is continuous effort and hard work. So stay focused towards your goal and always maintain a positive attitude.

pay special attention to

study material

There is no dearth of study material for IAS exam. For study material, you can refer to NCERT books, standard textbooks and various online sources. It is important to choose the right study material and stick to it.

time management

Time management is important while preparing for IAS exam. You can allot a certain time for each subject. Unless the time limit is fixed, the intensity of the preparation cannot increase.

current affairs

It is important to keep yourself updated with the current affairs for the IAS exam. Read newspapers, magazines and online sources to stay updated with current affairs.


Revision is an important aspect of IAS exam preparation. Regular revision will help you retain the concepts and information.

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