Do’s and Don’ts for UPSC Preparation


UPSC Civil Services Exam is considered to be one of the toughest examinations in the country. Many of you might not be knowing the UPSC Full Form, well, it is Union Public Service Commission which is a central recruiting agency.

UPSC PreparationIAS Exam Pattern is also a rigorous one. It takes almost one year for the entire process of examination to get completed and there are three stages namely-

  1. UPSC IAS Prelims Exam
  2. UPSC IAS Mains Exam
  3. Personality Test or Personal Interview

UPSC 2019 Exam will commence on 2nd June 2019.

Those who qualify the prelims will take the Mains examination which will start from 20th September 2019 and will continue for 5 days as there are 9 papers in Mains Exam.

Out of those appearing in Mains, the qualifying candidates are called for the Personality Test which is the final round of UPSC Exam and it is generally held in the months of March or April of the following year.

In order to excel in all the three stages, an individual has to follow a proper strategy while preparing. This strategy includes some do’s and don’ts for the exam preparation which are given below-


  1. Do the proper analysis of the UPSC Exam pattern and Syllabus. Without knowing how the questions are asked in the exam, the preparation will not move in the required direction.
  2. You need to focus on certain important subjects in detail like History, Polity, Economy, Geography, etc from the very beginning as there are many facts to be learned and revised repeatedly.
  3. Current Affairs is the most important part of UPSC preparation. Thus, you need to focus on daily newspapers, understand the issues in the news and correlate with basic subjects.
  4. Precise and selective reading is a key to success. Gather the information regarding important UPSC books and study from them. A selective study from confined resources is better than scattered study pattern from numerous resources.


  1. Don’t prefer to go for a lot of books for studying. You need to understand that revising the important concepts repeatedly from good specific resources is more important than going through many books just once or twice and not retaining the details of topics in the exam.
  2. Don’t just mug up all the facts and figures. Numerical data related to several surveys keeps changing and you need to focus on the trend analysis of data over a period of time.
  3. Don’t take current affairs lightly. You need to make short and precise notes of what you read in current affairs for future reference.
  4. Don’t just keep on reading new content. Revision and solving previous years’ papers is equally important for UPSC preparation.

These are few do’s and don’ts that a serious IAS aspirant should follow to be successful. These will surely boost up your preparation and help you achieve your goal as early as possible.

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Pranab Mishra
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