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UPSC CSE Preparation 2022 for Mains: Check Section Wise Preparation Tips

Updated By Diksha Sharma on 05 Jul, 2022 12:53

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How to Prepare for UPSC Civil Services 2022

The Civil Services Examination (CSE), conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), is a competitive and prestigious exam conducted on a yearly basis to fill-in various civil service vacancies for the Government of India. 

To be successful in a national-level examination like this, it is important to have a proper and effective preparation strategy in place. For those appearing for the exam this year, here are some tips and tricks that can be used to take Civil Services exam preparation to the next level. 

Be Acquainted with the Syllabus:

It is essential for all the candidates to be thoroughly acquainted with the entrance exam syllabus. If the candidates are familiar with the syllabus, it will reduce their mental burden by a great percentage. Candidates are advised to go through the syllabus thoroughly.

Know the Exam Pattern Well:

All the candidates should be fully acquainted with the exam pattern. If the candidates are familiar with the exam pattern, they will have a clear idea regarding the number and type of questions, total marks for every paper, the time duration for the exam, number of papers and number of sections in each paper.

Regular Practice from Sample Papers:

All the candidates are advised to regularly solve the CSE sample papers. This will help in improving your proficiency and speed level. 

Select the Right Preparation Material:

All the candidates should have quality preparation materials for all the subjects. It is advisable to choose one book per subject which will clarify all the basic concepts. If the candidates study from too many books on one topic, it will create much confusion and also waste a lot of time.  

Regular Revision:

All the candidates for UPSC CSE should regularly revise all the topics previously prepared. The revision will help to recall all the topics studied along with grasping new concepts. The revision process is an important part of the preparation as it helps to boost recalling and memorising power.

Don't be Stressed and Be Calm:

It is very necessary to remain calm while preparing for a competitive exam like CSE, for it is one of the toughest exams in the country. The candidates should not be stressed and should prepare well for the exam.

Making Short Notes:

The candidates appearing for the exam should make short notes which will make their revision much easier. This is one of the best ways to remember the topics easily.

UPSC Civil Services Important Instructions 2022

  • Candidates should not bring mobile phones, smartwatches, pagers or any other communication devices to the exam hall. 

  • Candidates must avoid bringing any of the banned items including mobile phones/pagers, Bluetooth or any other communication devices to the exam venue, as Commission cannot assure arrangement for safekeeping of such items.

  • Test takers must not bring any valuable/costly items to the examination halls. The Commission will not take responsibility for safe-keeping these items.

  • If a candidate is found guilty of being involved in any fraudulent practice such as obtaining support for his/her candidature by offering illegal gratification to, or applying pressure on, or blackmailing, or threatening to blackmail any person connected with the conduct of the examination, or submitting fake documents, he/she will be disqualified.

  • Candidates are strictly prohibited from resorting to any unfair means during the exam, writing obscene matters, drawing obscene sketches in the scripts, or misbehaving in the examination hall. The Commission might even take legal action if required.

Section Wise UPSC CSE Preparation Tips (Mains)

In order to prepare effectively for UPSC Civil Services (CSE), it is better that the students adopt a different strategy for different sections. The section-wise preparation tips for UPSC CSE 2022 have been given below:

Preparation Tips for Indian Language Paper

The students will have to select one Indian language from the available options. The preparation tips for an Indian language paper are as follows:

  • For the language paper, you should start preparing 2 months prior to the exam.
  • Start practicing writing as many of the questions in the language papers require descriptive writing. It can be difficult for some students to write as efficiently in the language paper as in English. Therefore, it is advisable to start answer writing practice.
  • Stick to the syllabus. Topics like reading comprehension, essay, precis, and translation sections will help you score the minimum cutoff marks.
  • Also, go through the sample papers and previous years' questions so that you get an idea of the type of questions asked in the exam and prepare accordingly.
  • Read newspapers and magazines in your selected languages daily which will help you learn new vocabulary for answer writing.

Preparation Tips for English Language Paper

The preparation tips for English language paper are as follows:

  • This paper is comparatively easy to prepare than other subjects. So, do not waste much time on English if you are from English medium background.
  • Stick to the syllabus. Topics like reading comprehension, essay, precis, and translation sections will help you score the minimum cutoff marks.
  • Also, go through the sample papers and previous years' questions so that you get an idea of the type of questions asked in the exam and prepare accordingly.
  • Read newspapers and magazines daily which will help you learn new vocabulary for answer writing.

Preparation Tips for Essay

The preparation tips for Essay paper are as follows:

  • Focus on your General Studies preparation and you don't need to prepare for essay topics separately. The questions asked in the essay will be based on GS topics. So, if you have prepared well for GS, you can easily write essay.
  • Start practising writing as it is the main pillar for essay paper. Make sure you write in simple, clear, and good handwriting.
  • Prepare Ethics concepts well as many concepts from GS-4 such as ethical values, principles, theories, etc. formulate essay questions.
  • Read newspapers and magazines daily which will help you learn new vocabulary for answer writing.

Preparation Tips for GS1

GS1 consists of core subjects such as History, Art & Culture, Indian Society, and Geography. The preparation tips for GS1 paper are as follows:

  • For history, cover Ancient, Medieval, Modern, World, and Post-Independence history. Many questions come from the History in GS1 paper.
  • Best source for preparation of GS1 are NCERTs and Spectrum. Use the summary at the end of the chapters to revise the concepts.
  • Geography can be prepared using Majid Hussain and NCERT. Cover topics related to current events too such as cyclones, earthquakes, floods, etc.
  • Indian Society – Ram Ahuja is the best book for preparing for Society. Apart from this, current events can also be prepared.
  • Practice diagram for GS1 paper. Using diagrams in questions will fetch you some extra marks in the exam. 

Preparation Tips for GS2

GS2 consists of core subjects such as political science and International relations. The preparation tips for GS2 paper are as follows:

  • Laxmikant should be prepared thoroughly. Cover the Laxmikant at least two time before the exam. Do not forget to memorise all the schedules, articles, and important amendments. Vital supreme court and high court judgements can also be quoted to gain extra marks in the exam.
  • Go through the current events topics. Try to relate your answers to Current developments like new acts, important judgments, NITI Aayog reports, new schemes, etc.
  • Also cover the international relations in respect to topics such as Recent summits, conferences, groupings, international politics, etc.

Preparation Tips for GS3

GS3 consists of core subjects such as economy, internal security, external security and disaster management. The preparation tips for GS3 paper are as follows:

  • For economics, budget & economic survey is one of the most important topics. Stick to NCERTs for basic concepts and then move to Economics Survey and budget.
  • You can go through Mrunal videos freely available on YouTube to prepare for Economics. 
  • Focus on major challenges to India’s internal and external security.
  • Coaching institutes materials or youtube videos can be used to prepare for Agriculture and the environment.
  • Information available on internet related to recent developments can be used to prepare for science and technology. Focus on learning important applications & definitions.

Preparation Tips for GS4

GS4 consists of core subjects such as ethics, ethical theories, philosophies, etc. The preparation tips for GS4 paper are as follows:

  • There is no specific book or material to prepare for GS4. Start by learning basic ethics principles. 
  • You can also go through the toppers' answer sheets and youtube videos to learn how to prepare for Ethics.
  • Also, go through the sample papers and previous years' questions so that you get an idea of the type of questions asked in the exam and prepare accordingly.
  • Use Coaching institutes materials or youtube videos can be used to prepare for Ethics.

Preparation Tips for Optional Paper

The students will have to choose one optional subjects (2 papers Paper I and Paper II for one optional have to be chosen) for Mains exam. The preparation tips for Optional paper are as follows:

  • The syllabus for some optional papers is short while for some it is wide. So make sure that you go through the detailed syllabus before starting the preparation.
  • Start practising writing as it is the main pillar for Optional paper. Make sure you write in simple, clear, and good handwriting.
  • Also, go through the sample papers and previous years' questions so that you get an idea of the type of questions asked in the exam and prepare accordingly.
  • For static subjects such as Medical Science, Mathematics, etc. keep practising as much as you can to prepare for answer writing.
  • You should aim to score above 300 in both optional papers. Since optional papers are the only paper in UPSC CSE that are syllabus oriented, it will help you increase your overall score.

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