You have decided to embark on your IAS journey and the first thing you realise is just how vast the IAS Syllabus is.
As a beginner, you might be overwhelmed at the sheer size of the syllabus, but you know well that covering the syllabus is a crucial step towards succeeding in the IAS Exam.
This article will give some useful tips on how to cover the IAS Syllabus for first-timers.
The IAS Syllabus is a candidate’s go-to reference for everything related to the exam. Knowing it in and out is a crucial step to succeeding in the exam. Thus we come with some hands-on tips that will make any beginner’s IAS journey, an easy one.
1. Understand the IAS Syllabus carefully: If a candidate is not mindful of the IAS Syllabus, then chances are, that their exam preparation will be an exercise in futility. Thus, it is important to study the IAS Syllabus carefully.
Of course, one need not have a profound knowledge of everything under the sun. The UPSC merely needs those who know something about everything, however little it may be. Sticking with the syllabus and understanding exactly what is needed – your IAS preparation can be based around this idea.
Each subject has dynamic elements; so, being clear about the syllabus will help in picking the right answers, thus streamlining the preparation process.
2. Pursue through the right sources: To cover the IAS Syllabus, one needs to have the right type of resources at hand. As a UPSC beginner, you might not know which site is the most reliable and comprehensive in a subject. Usually, a cursory reading of books is suggested, but for beginners, going through NCERT books is by far the best way and far more effective than any supplementary books. Just perusing through NCERT books will cover a large portion of the IAS syllabus.
3. Leave the note making for last: Short notes are your best weapons during your IAS Exam preparation. However, it is advisable not to make these notes at the beginning itself as you might need to refer to other sources. Just relying on a single source means that you might have to make new notes when you feel the need to refer to new sources.
Only in the last few months of your preparation, you should devote the maximum time to make notes that you will be referring to. It is at this stage that you will have to go through those sources again.
4. Cultivate a habit of constant revision: Covering a vast syllabus will mean that there are chances that you might forget what you have already covered. Make it a point to revise the previous day’s notes before gathering new information. Revising everyday will take less time than finishing an entire topic and reading it constantly.
5. Make a strong foundation: Along with making notes, NCERT books are also good for another thing – they are good foundations for your basics. Going through the NCERT books will help make your foundations strong, about a lot of topics. Having a sound foundation will help you immensely in the IAS Exam.
Hopefully, this article will help you prepare well for the upcoming IAS exam. Regardless of how your preparation goes, on the day of the exam, keep a level head and calm composure. This will carry you through the most difficult phase.