IAS EXAM 2019 PREPARATION TIPS
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It is never bad to follow certain IAS Preparation Tips to prepare for UPSC Examination. IAS Exam is conducted in two successive stages – UPSC Prelims which is Objective type in nature and UPSC Mains which is both subjective and objective in nature.
Before reading the IAS preparation tips, candidates must take a look on some recommended books to prepare for IAS 2019 Exam.
It is very much important for a candidate who appears for IAS 2019 to choose the right and useful IAS Preparation books. It is not important to study a large number of useless books but to read a few but actually useful books that cover all the topics effectively of IAS Syllabus.
Given below is the list of some important IAS Preparation Books along with the names of their author or publication:
|History Of Modern India (History)||Bipan Chandra|
|India’s Struggle For Independence (History)||Bipan Chandra|
|India’s Ancient Past (History)||R.S. Sharma|
|History Of Medieval India (History)||Satish Chandra|
|A New Look at Modern Indian History||BL Grover|
|The Wonder That Was India (Culture)||A.L. Bhasham|
|Indian Art and Culture (Culture)||Nitin Singhania|
|Our Parliament||Subash Kashyap|
|Geography of India (Geography)||Majid Husain|
|Oxford School Atlas (Geography)||Oxford|
|Science and Technology||TMH|
|CSAT Book Cracking the CSAT Paper-2||Arihant|
|Certificate Physical and Human Geography (Geography)||Goh Cheng Leong|
|Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations (Polity)||M. Laxmikanth|
|Indian Economy (Economy)||Ramesh Singh|
|Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure (Environment)||Rajagopalan|
|A History of Modern World||Ranjan Chakravarti|
|Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains (Environment)||Khuller|
|Facets of Indian Culture||Spectrum|
|Indian Constitution||PM Bakshi|
|Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning||R. S. Aggarwal|
IAS Exam is believed to be a very tough government examination in India. Around 97% of total candidates appearing for IAS Exam fail to qualify IAS Prelims Exam which is the first stage of IAS Selection Process
Reasons being a few vacancies are there and another main reason for such poor result is that student lacks the right approach while preparing for the IAS exam. But, if a candidate is serious enough, embraces the right strategies, guidance and study material then even self-study is enough to get through IES Prelims. Given below are some major IAS Preparation Tips which a candidate can follow to score high in IAS Exam:
Mock Papers are an essential part of regular preparations of successful candidates. This is one area which tells apart successful candidates from those who fail to crack UPSC Prelims. By revising the attempted tests you get a chance to identify your mistakes. Writing mock tests not only helps you to revise your IAS Syllabus but also helps to increase your speed to solve the exam in time. There is always a crunch of time in IAS Exam, one has to be very fast in solving questions. Mock test papers help in increasing the speed of mind to make calculations. Download IAS Practice Papers
It is of utmost importance to pick up only recommended books and right study material for IAS Preparation. NCERT books are always highly suggested and are considered as a must-read by experts as well as successful candidates, as they clear up doubts at a fundamental level and help candidates in scoring higher scores at both stages i.e. IAS Prelims and IAS Mains.
Although there are the number of books available for IAS in the market but one needs to select only the best out of them and should prepare for only a few best ones.
Till 2014, scoring high in GS Paper 2 was the easiest way to clear UPSC Prelims. Putting less effort as compared to GS Paper I, aspirants used to score high and clear prelims. But, with changes in the IAS Exam Pattern in 2016 this strategy don’t work anymore. On the basic level, covering every subject of IAS Prelims Exam is the best approach to clear Prelims test. It's not recommended to give priority to any particular book or area thinking that questions will come from that source. Likewise, one must not miss the easy questions from traditional subjects like Polity, History, Geography, History and Economics. Current affairs are also important to prepare as they are definitely asked, other than that latest schemes and bills launched by the government are also valuable.
Even though the type of questions asked in UPSC Prelims and Mains are different, but there are also many areas where one can find some kind of similarity in the questions. For GS Paper I, an ideal strategy suggests covering GS Mains and Prelims syllabus in detail first that gives the concept clarity about all major topics. Good knowledge of overlapping and non-overlapping areas in the IAS Syllabus of General Studies for Prelims and Mains certainly fetches you more score than others.
All your efforts and hard work go in vain if you lose your cool on the doom day. It's very much important to read IAS questions carefully and make sure that you do not make silly mistakes. And that can only happen if you are in a relaxed state of mind, otherwise, you gets confused and selects the wrong answer and even takes more time in solving a question then what is actually needed. So, all you need is to keep your calm and stay confident.
All you need to do is to manage your time in a way that you can easily cover your decided syllabus and gets proper rest and sleep at the same time. Distribute available time according to the sections you have to cover. One must note that you do not need books or notes on bulk to completely go through but only a limited no. of good books and a deep study of that study material. It is very must important for a student to get proper rest and sleep. Your mind needs break and rest to work on full force again.
Both the papers are of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in the qualifying papers are not counted in the formation of IAS Merit List. The questions in UPSC Mains Exam are set to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The scope of the IAS Syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the exam is broad of the honors degree level. In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and law, the level corresponds to the bachelors’ degree.
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