How to Prepare for UPSC Civil Services 2020

Updated By Abhinav Chamoli on 13 Feb, 2020 15:20

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How to Prepare for UPSC Civil Services 2020

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. Revision will help to recall all the topics studied along with grasping new concepts. Revision process is an important part of 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 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.

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UPSC Civil Services Important Instructions 2020

  • Candidates should not bring mobile phones, smart watches, 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, or writing obscene matter or drawing obscene sketches in the scripts, or misbehaving in the examination hall. The Commission might even take legal action if required.

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