How to prepare for UPSC exam?

Every day, we get queries from a lot of IAS aspirants regarding UPSC exam guidance. Many ask from where should they start the UPSC preparation. With mushrooming coaching institutes and a plethora of materials available online and offline, their worries are only compounded.

#Tip 1: Learn the requirements of the UPSC Civil Services Exam!

No. You don’t need to know everything under the Sun to clear this exam. That’s the first thing to get into your head. There is a prescribed syllabus by UPSC for the three stages of this 1-year long exam, ie Prelims, Mains and Interview. A good understanding of UPSC syllabus and exam pattern is the first step for all freshers. Also, understand the Eligibility criteria for writing UPSC CSE exam. If you still have questions in your mind, just go through our article ‘frequently asked questions on IAS exam preparation‘.

#Tip 2: Buy some essential books to get the stone rolling!

Everyone will agree that without investing in some books, one cannot clear IAS exam. That’s right. The syllabus is vast, the aspirant should develop the habit of reading. To start with, we recommend buying some useful books (like Indian Polity by Laxmikanth) in addition to all the NCERT books. List of essential books for IAS preparation is compiled in this website, taking inputs from many toppers. Links are also provided to buy online at discounted prices. Order a few basic books on the list today itself, so that you will feel that you are into it. Also, make newspaper reading a habit.

#Tip 3: Read ClearIAS online study materials (FREE)

Yes; there is such thing as a free lunch. We call it free online study materials from Clear IAS™. We write articles regularly on many topics – basically on those which aspirants find it tough to find the right materials. We publish study materials for every subject in Prelims and Mains like History, Geography, Economics, Polity, Current Affairs etc and ensure that the contents help in quick learning. Our readers are free to print the online materials in PDF form or even in paper form, except for commercial circulation. If you wish to extend your exam preparation from laptop to mobiles and tablets, download for free the Clear IAS mobile app which has been receiving a huge response from our users. The app received top ratings, mostly 5 stars and crossed 4,00,000+ downloads in Google Play store.

#Tip 4: Get the right guidance; follow ClearIAS articles on UPSC Civil Services Exam guidance

Requirements for each stage of the UPSC exam, ie Prelims, Mains and Interview are different. But there are many things in common too. Hence, throughout this website follows Prelims-cum-Mains Integrated approach, which is a fast and smooth approach to clear IAS. You may read our guidance articles for Prelims, Mains, and Interviews. Always get inspiration and right guidance from the topper’s interviews published on the website.

#Tip 5: Join ClearIAS mock test series: practice, learn, and revise!

You can learn and compete with thousands of aspirants across India by attempting our full length timed online mock test series with negative marking for UPSC Prelims. Always keep in touch with UPSC previous year question papers so that you won’t read wild things, and stay focused.

#Tip 6: Stop worrying too much; just do it!

Well, why don’t do get your feet wet? You have nothing to lose. But you will be a totally different person, well aware of our nation and things around you once you step in. Don’t worry about your age, financial background, lack of time or any other usual excuses. You are never late. Get involved. Just jump in and do it! Understand that a journey of thousand miles starts with a single step.


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