How to Effectively Prepare UPSC IAS Exam for Long Hours

Effective schedule for IAS Exam Preparation

How to Effectively Prepare UPSC IAS Exam for Long Hours

UPSC is a tough nut to crack and demands practice, perseverance, and patience. From the day while you plan to take this challenge till you get selected it is step by step process and demands lots of time and patience.

How to Effectively Prepare UPSC IAS Exam for Long Hours

UPSC is a tough nut to crack and demands practice, perseverance, and patience. From the day while you plan to take this challenge till you get selected it is step by step process and demands lots of time and patience. It is suggested to study for 12 hours a day which is long hours and aspirants have to maintain a daily schedule and adapt a strategy that will help them to study for such long hours. Here are few tips for the candidates to make it happen and achieve this study target of long hours effectively and efficiently.

1. Make a time table:

Prepare a time table for each day to make most of the day studying. Most important thing to remember make realistic time table which has to follow every day meticulously. Time table is plan to maximize your productivity. This plan involves your day to day routine not only studies. Let’s take a look at it.






Reading Newspaper




 Study Time




 Study Time


 Tea Break


 Study Time


  Outdoor Activity


 Answer Writing




Current affair


Study Time


Bed time

Proper time allocation for studies and rest activities needs a balance and that time allocation must be realistic. Human mind has a limited concentration span and beyond that concentration, span studies have no effect. All the subjects need proper attention and so your health and revision. This strategy will only let you sail and you will be able to study for long hours and concentrate. Studying for long hours doesn’t mean to just make up the hours but to make most of those studies and for that you need to follow the proper time table religiously. Nearing exam can make you panic and increase study time. Reduce the break time but don’t change your sleeping pattern and don’t reduce time for sleeping. Studying for exams and writing your exams with full concentration and energy needs you to be physically fit. 

2. Keep eye on current affairs:

Keep yourself updated on all current issues be it regional, national or international. IAS exam is a search of a candidate with alert and aware about current happenings. Current affairs have become a trend in UPSC and are of immense importance. At all stages of UPSC be it Prelims, Mains and Interview. Topics for current affairs in UPSC is regularly updated which are quite dynamic. For candidates it is a daunting task to keep track of all the current happenings. Basic fundamental questions are asked in prelims examination mostly from newspaper. Read newspaper everyday regularly and make a note of all the current happenings. In interview also you will have asked questions on current happenings. Social issues, regional issues, national issues. Sometimes answering these questions can be tricky and challenging.

3. Make a habit of note making:

Start preparation with taking notes of all the important topics and follow your instinct for that. Habit of note making saves your time later while revision. Make your own notes that will save your time later and save your time too while revision. Complex topics are simplified into small and simple study material. Write more learn more and remember better.

4. Revision:

The power of revision cannot be denied while preparing for the huge syllabus of IAS. Revision backs up your study schedule and makes sit effective. Include revision in your time table and follow it religiously. Try not to miss revision schedule and targets. Revision includes revising your notes and taking practice tests too. Revision is self-analysis and making you understand what way you are going. This will help you be in track and prepare accordingly. 

Key Notes to effectively prepare UPSC for long hours:

  • Stick to daily routine
  • Make a study plan
  • Make notes
  • Take regular breaks
  • Exercise
  • Revise
  • Take practice tests



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