IAS Topper Tina Dabi Tips for UPSC Exam Preparation
Reading Time: 2 minutes
Students must ensure the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
syllabus comprehensively gives out all the important areas to be studied for the exam including the current affairs. Basic books by NCERT
comes in handy and General Studies can be covered through the class XI and XII text books. It is important to read as many reference books possible that are available for different subjects.
Tina further said, “I found Laxmikant’s ‘Polity’ and Bipin Chandra’s ‘History of India’ very useful and its detailed study is important.
I never expected to top the examination with 1,063 marks. My total score was 2,025, wherein I scored 1,750 in mains and 275 in interview. While preparing, first of all aspirants must memorise the UPSC syllabus so that the important topics are on their fingertips. This also helps in upgrading knowledge of current affairs while reading the newspapers. Students must make a weekly timetable that offers sufficient time to study as well as relax.
Chalk out a plan to complete a set number of topics each week, and distribute sufficient time as per the difficulty level. This will ensure that you are focused and studying objectively. Minimum 6-7 hours should be devoted to study various subjects each day, and an additional 1-2 hours should be devoted on thorough newspaper reading. Most importantly, practice as many previous years question papers and mock test papers possible. This will not only give you an idea about what sort of questions one would face in the exams, but will also help you test your own performance.
Discipline and patience are the key to success. You need to have a good routine and plenty of patience since the entire process takes almost two years