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How to prepare for UPSC Preliminary Examination 2018 ?

Before a candidate starts to prepare for UPSC exam they should be aware of some important information related to the civil services examination including syllabus, eligibility. Once they have good knowledge of the basics of the UPSC exams, they will realise that preparation requires a unified approach to Prelims and Mains exams. Only the preparation method varies. For prelims you will need to cover vast amount of information but need less to go much depth. We are providing some tips that may help the candidate to focus on the Prelims exams.

Since Prelims syllabus covers everything under the sun, building a sound strategy to tackle this exam is very important. You should not panic after seeing the Prelim syllabus which is sketchy and undefined. It may look much easier for you when you glance at the question' paper and relate them with the syllabus.

Now you have to concentrate on the pattern of questions being asked after the changes made in the Prelims exam with General Studies as its main focus.

How General Studies (GS) paper is categorized ?


Broadly the General Studies paper is classified under the following sub topics:

History: A huge stress is given to modern history and freedom movement. Also emphasis is given to Ancient India. A cursory glance over the medieval history is also necessary.

Geography: A huge stress is given to physical geography and maps related questions. So get yourself well-acquainted with maps with the help of a good Atlas.

General Science: It covers a major chunk of this paper and a standard guidebook can make you well-versed on the topics of general science.

Current affairs: Going through a standard newspaper daily can keep you updated on the current affairs topics. General knowledge and awareness: Any good guide book or year book will help you cover this segment.

Familiarity with other areas: Get yourself well acquainted with the other areas of the syllabi and cover those topics as well. A thorough familiarity with those topics and working on them with the work sheet will help you prepare those areas well. Here we are providing some links that may help you how to prepare for Prelims exam.

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Prelims Syllabus
  3. Analysis of Prelim Questions Pattern
  4. Cut off Marks for Prelims
  5. How To Prepare For Prelims Exam
  6. Strategy for General Studies
  7. Books For IAS Prelims

How to Prepare for General Studies

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