• Aditya Sharma

Tips To Prepare For IAS Exam For Working Professionals

Updated: Jan 3

IAS Exam is one of the toughest exam in the world and it becomes even much tougher to crack while being a full time working professional. There are many candidates who appear in the UPSC Civil Service Exam along with their working routine. While many other IAS Aspirants students are devoting around 18 hours per day for UPSC Civil Service Preparation, you are managed to give only 3-4 hours that too not consistently.


In fact, this is one of the most common queries which the working professionals who are preparing for IAS Exam have. These candidates need a proper guidance of how to utilize their precious time as they have less time on a daily basis. Many working professionals who are preparing for this exam managed to crack this toughest recruitment exam through their hard work and determination. As said by famous philosopher that hard work without a proper plan is like a Ferrari without a steering wheel, so if you are planning to crack UPSC Civil Service Exam along with your job, your plan will play an equally important role as your hard work. So, if you are planning to crack UPSC Civil Service Exam along with your job here are some of important tips and tricks you have to follow to crack the UPSC Civil Service Exam surely -


. Establish a fixed routine of study

You must do study for around 2-3 hours on weekdays as you spend around 8-9 hours for work. You must establish a strict routine plan for the study of IAS Exam. Having a routine helps you to develop a good habits.

. Internalise the UPSC Civil Service Exam Syllabus

Since time management is the major challenge for the working professionals. You need to go through the Civil Service Exam syllabus and see which topic should be read and prioritised first. You must also have a solid grip on the syllabus and read only what that is precisely mentioned in it. When you make notes for revision, make them precise and to the point related to the syllabus.

. Formulate your topics first

It is very important point in regard to the preparing for IAS Exam, that what to study and what not to study. Since you have to streamline the syllabus for the preparation, you must be able to pluck out the irrelevant topic first. This will be possible only if you go through 10 years previous IAS questions papers.

. Stick to the few books only

You should refer to only few good books for IAS preparation as it is very important to limit the resources. Reading many books will take a lot of time and may also confuse you due to reading of unnecessary things. It is very important to understand the topic so that you are able to write answers well about that topic. So, read only a few important books recommended for IAS exam and avoid getting confused.

. Select your optional subject wisely

It is very important step to select an optional subject that you are familiar with in regard to your IAS preparation. The subject chosen as optional subject must be a subject that you have studied in your graduation or the subject that is related to your present job. By choosing that subject you don’t have to start from the scratch and this will save your time and efforts while preparing the optional subject properly.

. Practising

Last and final step regarding your IAS preparation is practising answer writing in order to get good marks in the main exam. You should also practise some mock tests as well because practise makes a man perfect. You should make some time for making practising mock tests from your busy schedule. Aspirants who practised more and more mock papers and answer writing become successful with their hard work and determination.

While following the above steps, it is important not to ignore your work as well as maintain a good sleep schedule. This would surely help you in remaining relaxed during your IAS Preparation and help you to clear your exam with flying colours.


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