UPSC CSE 2024 Expert Tips and Last Minute Strategy

Abhik Das

Updated On: January 10, 2024 01:43 am IST | UPSC Civil Services

The last-minute preparation strategies and expert tips for the UPSC CSE 2024 are given here. The candidates will be appearing for the preliminary exam on May 26, 2024. 

UPSC CSE 2024 Expert Tips and Last Minute Strategy

UPSC CSE 2024 Expert Tips and Last Minute Strategy: The Union Public Service Commission will conduct the UPSC CSE 2024 preliminary examination on May 26, 2024. The examination will be conducted at different examination centers across the country so that the students can easily get a chance to serve the UPSC organization. The examination is conducted once every year and lakhs of students participate in the examination. UPSC CSE Main Exams 2024 will be conducted on September 20, 2024, by the concerned authorities. The candidates can start preparing for the preliminary and the main examination by taking into consideration the details related to the UPSC CSE 2024 Expert Tips And Last Minute Strategy given below.

It is probably the best time for the candidates to get some tips from the UPSC CSE exam experts as part of their last-minute strategy inventory. This is the last step before the UPSC CSE 2024 candidates face one of the biggest challenges of their lives. The dream of lakhs of candidates to become a part of the regulation and policy-making process of the country hinges on how well they are prepared for the entrance exam. In that pursuit, UPSC CSE expert tips and last-minute strategy can be the difference between them and their competitors. Let us then dive straight into what the experts have to suggest to the UPSC CSE 2024 preliminary aspirants to help them secure eligibility for the UPSC CSE 2024 mains examination.

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UPSC CSE 2024: Important Dates

The candidates can check out the important dates for the UPSC civil services examination for the year 2024 from the table provided below:

UPSC 2024 Important Events


UPSC 2024 Notification Released

February 14,2024

UPSC Application Date 2024

February 14, 2024

UPSC Application Last Date 2024

March 5, 2024

UPSC Prelims Exam Date

May 26, 2026

UPSC Mains Exam Date

September 20, 2024

UPSC CSE 2024: Exam Pattern

The selection procedure for UPSC CSE consists of Prelims and Mains examination. Both exams will be conducted offline and the instructions will be available in Hindi and English both. There will be two papers in prelims and 7 papers in the main exam out of which two papers are optional. The maximum mark for prelims is 400 and for mains, it is 1750. The duration will be two hours for each paper for the prelims exam and 3 hours for each paper for the mains exam. You can check out the important information about the UPSC CSE 2024 exam pattern from the table given below:




Exam Mode



Medium of Instruction

English & Hindi

English & Hindi

Number of Qualifying Papers



Maximum Marks



Type of Questions


Both Objective & Subjective

Negative Marking

0.33 (one-third)

One-third (for objective-type questions only)

Exam Duration

2 hrs per paper

3 hrs per paper

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UPSC CSE 2024 Expert Preparation Tips 

The candidates can check out the information about the UPSC CSE 2024 Preparation Tips by Experts from the pointers given below and prepare themselves accordingly for the exam:
  • Stop preparing now and focus more on the revision part. No point studying with only a handful of days remaining for the exam. Instead, consolidate what you have studied till this point. By revising what you have learned till now, you can cement your knowledge. The revision will help boost your confidence and is the only possible way to reduce test anxiety with a few more days to go for the exam
  • Start solving more and more previous years’ UPSC CSE preliminary question papers which will help you evaluate your exam performance. By solving previous years’ UPSC CSE question papers, you will have a fair idea regarding your strengths and weaknesses. Through this process, you can still have the time to eliminate a few of your weaknesses. It will also give you a fair idea about how much time a question takes to be answered which will help you immensely on your exam day
  • Taking mock tests is another way of identifying your weaker areas before appearing for the examination. By solving mock test papers, you will get a hold of the intimate details about the UPSC CSE exam which will boost your chances of securing the required qualifying marks. It is the best way of assessing yourself and you will have a tentative answer to your question regarding how well are you prepared to take on the most challenging exam in the country
  • Formulate a realistic plan and follow the plan at any cost. By preparing a realistic plan, you will gain confidence in achieving your goals. Slowly and steadily, you can then bolster your exam targets and goals. If you refer to any previous years’ success stories of candidates, you will find they followed the same strategy. It is as simple as that - if your plans are ambitious from the very beginning and if you fail to make those plans work, then your motivation is bound to take a massive dip which is not very good with the exam around the corner. A realistic plan is a key to success as it guarantees you a stress-free final preparatory push
  • Healthy food and a rested mind are the final tips that are essential for the candidates appearing in this year’s UPSC CSE (Prelims) exam. Nutritious food will help you keep your anxiety level at bay and a rested mind means you will be all charged up for every session of your preparation plan.
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UPSC CSE 2024 Last Minute Strategy

It is important to take into account preparation tips and tricks right before the exam because sometimes the exam can cause panic among the aspirants. This is a very prestigious competitive exam available in India and the students who will be taking the UPSC civil service exam can check all the major information about the last-minute strategy given below:
  • Candidates who will be taking their UPSC CSE Exam 2024 must note that they do not read any new topics right before the exam is to be conducted. It can be very difficult to read and learn a new topic right before the exams are conducted. 
  • It is a very healthy practice to solve mock test papers available before the exam and this will help in boosting the confidence of the aspirant. Time management is one of the most important things that you need to focus on so when you are solving the mock test you will be able to manage your time accordingly.
  • The most important thing to consider before the exam is to make sure that you have all of the documents that are required to sit inside the examination hall. The applicants are required to carry all of the important items that will be needed in the exam and this will help them to be confident when they are entering the examination hall.
  • It is important to revise the things that you have learned during your preparation for the UPSC civil service exam and make sure that you are practicing all of the facts and figures. The students are requested to go through the notes that they have made during the preparation for the exam and this will help them to revise the portion.
  • Last but not least as mentioned above, it is important to meditate and price your mental health and well-being before the exam is to be conducted. Make sure that you are in the right state of mind and that you have had a good sleep right before the exam.

In the end, these expert tips and last-minute preparation tips to crack the UPSC CSE 2024 exam are for those candidates who have seriously put in their efforts. These are not tricks for those who are trying to get through this stage with minimal effort and are promising to pick their pace up for the UPSC CSE 2024 (Mains) exam. To all those who have invested the right amount of time until this point, we wish them all the very best. And to only them, our final tip - have belief in yourself and your preparations! 

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What is the examination date for UPSC CSE 2024 exam?

The UPSC CSE 2024 preliminary examination will be conducted on May 26, 2024, by the concerned authorities of the Union Public Service Commission.

What are the main examination dates for the UPSC CSE 2024 exam?

UPSC CSE Main Examination will be conducted by the organization on September 20, 2024. The candidates who will pass the preliminary examination will be eligible for the main examination.

What is the number one UPSC CSE 2024 expert tip?

In order to successfully pass the UPSC CSE 2024 exam, the candidates must start revising all of the subjects which are included in the examination and must follow the study plan.

What is the last-minute strategy to prepare for UPSC CSE 2024?

The candidates must solve the previous year's question papers and also take into account mock tests in order to prepare for the UPSC CSC 2024 exam.

What is the application date for UPSC CSC 2024 application form?

The application form was available for UPSC CSE 2023 on February 14, 2024, and the candidates filled out the application form before the last date of March 5,2023.

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