UPSC Civil Services Prelims will be conducted on October 4th, 2020. The admit cards have already been released and now the reverse countdown to the Prelims examination has officially begun. Although UPSC Prelims is a qualifying round, just about 2-3% of students make it to the mains round. Hence it becomes an extremely important part of the UPSC Civil Services scheme of papers.
With exactly 30 days left for the Prelims, in this article, we have discussed the last-minute tips for UPSC IAS 2020 aspirants. We’ve discussed what you should be doing in the last 30 days as well as on the day of examination to enhance your preparation and deliver your best! Let’s get started!
#TIP-1: DO NOT READ ANYTHING NEW
At this time, it is worthless to read anything new. There is a very little possibility you’ll be to retain what you read at this time. Hence, rather than covering new, focus on revising what you’ve already read before.
#TIP-2: ADOPT MOCK TEST BASED LEARNING APPROACH
Instead of revising books after books, adopt a mock-test based learning approach. For this, give a mock test in the morning and read more about the topics that you’ve missed. We provide mini mock tests for free at our Telegram channel (cl_civils). You can give these mocks to assess your preparation and gear yourself up for the main exam.
#TIP-3: REVISE IMPORTANT TOPICS FOR CSAT
Although it is a qualifying paper, getting 66+ marks in CSAT paper is a prerequisite for qualifying the Prelims. Hence, do not undermine the value of this paper. Revise the important concepts of Maths and reasoning. Dedicate about an hour each day to practice for CSAT paper. Solve at least one Reading Comprehension daily as it accounts for maximum marks in this paper followed by Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
#TIP-4: KEEP STRESS UNDER CONTROL
Do not get too overwhelmed. Keep your stress under check as stress affects your efficiency. Drink plenty of water and incorporate about 30 minutes of exercise and at-least an hour of leisure time in your schedule. Additionally, do not read anything just a day before the exam. Let your mind relax and get prepared for the D-day!
#TIP-5: KEEP YOUR ADMIT CARD & OTHER DOCUMENTS READY
Make sure you’ve downloaded the admit card and collated all the necessary documents for the exam day at least a week before the exam in order to avoid last-minute hassles. You need to have the admit card, Photo ID proof, photograph as well as a photocopy of the Photo ID proof to have a hassle-free entry at your exam center. Make sure you reach the exam center well in advance. Once you reach the exam center, follow the social distancing norms to keep yourself safe.
#TIP-1: MAINTAIN YOUR ACCURACY
If you’ve given sufficient number of mocks, you would know about your accuracy. Hence, don’t get tempted to do a lot of guesswork. It can wreck your accuracy that will lead to negative marking. Hence, mark the answers only if you are sure. In the second round, mark the answers via the elimination technique. If still, the count is too low, go for calculated guesswork to take a chance!
#TIP-2: KEEP A CHECK ON TIME
Time flies in the exam hall, quite literally! You wouldn’t know when the exam duration would be over! Hence, it is better to keep a check on time. But that does not mean you should rush yourself. Read the question and options properly before marking the answer on OMR. We would strongly recommend to mark the answers there and then and not wait for completing all questions before marking! It would help in avoiding the last-minute rush.
#TIP-3: WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
While the weather has gotten comfortable compared to May, we would recommend to you wear slightly loose and comfortable clothes. It is going to be a long day for you; and mask could make the problem worse especially for aspirants who have asthma or other breathing problems. Hence, wear comfortable clothes to keep yourself at ease. Drink sufficient water to keep yourself hydrated.
#TIP-4: SANITIZE YOUR DESK BEFOREHAND
Since UPSC has allowed the aspirants to carry a bottle of sanitizer, it is recommended that you should sanitize your desk beforehand to keep yourself worry-free about getting infected.
#TIP-5: KEEP CALM AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Last but not least, keep yourself calm and believe in your preparation! You are surely going to get through this hurdle. Believe in your preparation, your hard work, and your determination. Do not let any negative thoughts take over your mind. Have full faith and attempt the paper with a lot of confidence and positivity.
So, these are the last-minute tips for UPSC IAS 2020 aspirants. Career Launcher wishes all the best to all the UPSC aspirants. We hope you achieve your dream soon.