Aug 18, 2021
With less than two months left for the upcoming UPSC Prelims exam, it’s time to give your preparation the required dose of “Revision”!
The exam earlier scheduled for June 27th this year was postponed by the UPSC to October 10th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the postponement of the Prelims exam has given the aspirants extra time to prepare, it should not be taken for granted. As the competition still remains the same.
With every passing day and the exam approaching close, one common concern of every aspirant is how to revise the syllabus for the Prelims effectively? Having a well-structured strategy and a comprehensive revision plan is the key to perform well in the exam and pave the way to UPSC Mains.
Let’s look at the revision plan for the next 50 days, which should be coupled with dedication and consistency. Consider the following suggestions to effortlessly sail through the exam preparation and ace the Prelims exam with ease.
To crack the Prelims exam, adhering to its preparation rules such as referring to self-prepared notes and timely revision is pertinent. And for this, you should have a definite plan at hand like how much time to be given to a particular subject, as per its importance in the exam. Read further as this article will navigate you through the best practices to effectively revise for UPSC Prelims.
Undoubtedly, current affairs remain the most crucial aspect of the Prelims exam. The Prelims syllabus mentions “Current events of national and international importance”. Hence, revising Current Affairs should be an inevitable part of your daily studies.
Pro Tip: Align your current affairs preparation with static subjects. Try to correlate the important current events with the relevant subjects, wherever possible.
To excel in the UPSC Prelims, it is advisable to thoroughly read the current affairs of the past year. It should be covered in a speedy manner with a special focus on prelims.
Also read: How to Prepare for Current Affairs in UPSC
If there is one thing that is predictable about the Prelims exam, it is the Static syllabus. But it is extensive and requires a consolidated approach for its timely revision. Hence devising a daily, weekly, and monthly study plan is of paramount importance to effectively cover the static syllabus in time.
To make the study session more productive you should consider the 2 steps revision method. You can follow the below-mentioned study plan to cover the static subjects:
In the first 35 days, you should revise all the subjects by giving adequate time to each one of them. In this step, revision should be comprehensive but strictly within the number of days allocated for that particular subject. Also, appropriate time should be given to practice previous year questions, Mock tests and CSAT.
In the last fifteen days, you should revise the syllabus again but this time in war footing mode where you will be reading about the highlighted and important information only without wasting any time.
Please note that the above plan is only suggestive and should be customized as per the aspirant’s choice.
If you study the syllabus once and do not practice mock tests and solve previous year’s papers, that means you haven’t studied at all!
Reading and learning is one part of the UPSC exam preparation and solving questions based on those topics is another. It is strongly recommended to solve as many mock tests as possible. This will boost your confidence and solving previous year papers will help you to understand the exam pattern.
Rather than exploring and switching to other learning resources, it is a wise idea to stick to your current resources for preparation at this stage. There is no scarcity of information available on online and offline mediums for the current affairs preparation, but relying on a different medium other than your existing one for the Prelims preparation will only complicate the process.
With most of the available information repetitive, it is suggested to limit and trust the resources you have at this stage and believe in yourself.
Last but not least, take care of your health.
We hope the above-stated information will help you to effectively revise for the upcoming Prelims exam. If you want more assistance with the UPSC exam preparation, you can take the assistance of PrepLadder.
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Raminder is a Content Manager at PrepLadder. He has worked in several aspects of the education industry throughout his career and has assisted numerous candidates in cracking major competitive exams.
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