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UPSC 2019: Strategies to ace Civil Services exam this year

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2019

A strategy to use the knowledge and applying it effectively is crucial to crack UPSC, reports Sharangee Dutta

Cracking the three stages – Preliminary, Mains, Interview, of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam takes dedicated preparation in the right direction. A number of factors such as emotional intelligence, decision-making skills, etc are taken into consideration before a candidate clears the Civil Services exam. “It is all about the right approach and correct preparation that turns an aspirant into an officer,” says AK Mishra, founder and director, Chanakya IAS Academy.

Clarity about subject
 
One of the biggest mistakes that most aspirants do, says Mishra, is that they rush into their preparation without having a proper clarity about the UPSC exam structure. “Candidates should read the entire syllabus not once but if possible, twice or thrice, simply to ensure that they are clear about the areas that they need to study.”
 
Selecting optionals wisely
 
One of the trickiest decisions that UPSC aspirants has to make is choosing the optional subject in the Mains exam. “A mere liking for a subject should not be the reason for choosing it as an optional subject. Candidates must truly be passionate about it, feel confident about studying and taking a test on that subject and most importantly, have enough study material to ace it.”
 
Refer to NCERT books
 
Mishra suggests aspirants to refer to class XII NCERT books of last five years as it will help them stay updated about the latest developments. “In case a candidate lacks any knowledge whatsoever of a subject that is a mandatory area of study in the Prelims exam.”
 
Integrated preparation
 
“Most UPSC aspirants look at each stage of the exam separately while preparing for it. Instead of that, students should adopt an integrated preparation mode,” says Mishra.
 
He adds that this strategy will ensure that aspirants augment the necessary skills such as logical reasoning, decision-making, communicative skills, to name a few, which play a key role in the final selection of an aspirant.
 
Apply your knowledge
 
Reading, thinking and writing skills play a vital role in the UPSC exams. Therefore, Mishra recommends that students must not only study but “think about its application too.

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