How Many Hours of Studies per Day to Clear the IAS Exam?

How Many Hours of Studies per Day to Clear the IAS Exam?

As we all know, UPSC is one of the toughest examinations, it requires hard work as well as a smart study plan technique. The smart study plan technique involves a clear picture of a time table allotted for the preparation of the IAS examination. 

The UPSC aspirants sometimes find it difficult to decide when it comes to how much time he or she should invest in studying. If IAS toppers are being asked about their study hours, there will be so many different answers. The truth is that since the capability of studying varies from person to person, the study hours also change as per preference. 

If you already have gone through the syllabus thoroughly, you must know that the syllabus is huge and according to some experts, it almost takes 15 hours per day to study to accomplish the whole syllabus in time. But some candidates study nearly for six to seven hours to achieve their goal. This generally depends on the capability of the candidates. 

Having a clear overview of the syllabus is important before starting the UPSC exam preparation. This is true that the huge syllabus can seem to you unbeatable. But if you consider it breaking into smaller chunks, it would be much easier for you. Add to that, sitting and studying for such long hours is undoubtedly tiring and the ‘smaller chunks technique’ as per time might be beneficial. 

Studies have shown that there are UPSC aspirants who start 10 hours per day study technique but this becomes vigorously tiring as the days pass on and the students tend to lose interest. It takes about a year to be prepared for appearing for the UPSC examination. So, staying motivated and energetic is important during the whole period. The following tricks might help you while you are studying for long hours: 

  • Set smaller goals rather than big ones while studying. 
  • Take a break after one hour of relentless studying
  • During the break, do not use mobile phones. Rather go for a walk. Mobile phone use might interfere with your concentration level
  • Be focused and accomplish each subject with utmost dedication.
  • Use smart study method: The smart study method includes preparing an answer that can be written for different questions. This would not only minimize your labour in answer make but also it would save your study time.
  • Go through the newspaper: newspaper reading is beneficial because what you read in a newspaper, you can use the information in writing the answer and it would save your study hours.

Since the capability of studying varies from person to person, this is best to decide by the students themselves that how much effort they can put and how much time they can invest in this examination preparation. Studying intensively over a short period just before the examination cannot bring candidates success, rather preparing a timetable and sticking to it until and unless the success comes is the real deal.