15 Ways To Prepare IAS Pre-2017 [Last 30 days]

By | May 16, 2017
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In this article, we will discuss “ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days” which determines candidate’s success in the preliminary exam.


ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days

ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days


Whether an aspirant is preparing for pre-exam from a year or long but you can only assure your success in pre-exam only during your preparation before a month of the examination and it includes lots of revision process (You can prepare and take guideline from forum IAS) and other important factors which should be kept in mind apart from studies.

We will discuss step by step process of the following factors which will clear all your doubts on how to clear IAS Pre 2017 Exam in last 30 days:

a) What to do in the last 30 days?

b) What to do in the night before the examination?

c) What to do on the day of the examination?


 Here are the ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days



ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days

ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days


1)    Analyze your preparation level

Solve previous year UPSC CSE prelim question papers and identify your strength and weaknesses in different topics of the various subjects in the IAS syllabus.


2)    Identify your weaknesses and make these as your strength

a) Use mock test solutions which include more focus on explanation rather than getting a right answer. So pick question papers from your weaker areas using mock test papers and learn from them as much as you can and don’t forget to prepare notes of these study plans (If required).

b) The important thing in following this study method is that you do not have to worry answer because the main purpose is to just learn and improve your weaker areas.


Here are some important benefits of learning from mock tests:

a) Mock test preparation helps you in providing exam hall experience as taking mock tests at coaching classes (or anywhere) provides you with a great level of comfort on the actual day of examination.

b) The mock test also helps in learning time management. Try to finish every mock test 10 minutes before the allotted time which shapes your preparation within the time limit.


3)     Pay more focus on Revision

a) You cannot invest your time in preparation of new books and other coaching materials rather you have to focus on revising basic texts and current affairs you have already completed.

b) Revision makes you confident about your whole preparation, hence revise till you feel extremely confident.


4)    Make balance in stress management and study hours

a) Dedicate at least nine hours a day towards preparation.

b) Stay away from distraction activities like watts App, facebook or unwanted web browsing.

c) It is very important to dedicate not more than half an hour to relaxation activities such as Yoga and Meditation.


“The relaxation activity, keep you calm and increase your memory power and also removes unnecessary worries about the result (outcomes) of the examination.”


5)    Food, Exercise, and Sleep

This is the main part of the preparation of any exam. Yes! You heard it correct, a part of preparation because most of the students ignore this very important part of study out of tension and lack of understanding the value.

It is essential that you receive the optimum amount of nutrition, exercise and sleep for effective brain function and excellent memory recall. You have to keep your schedule updated with:

  • Balance amount of nutrition.
  • At least 8 hours of sleep.
  • Exercise for half an hour daily.


6)    Know about the route of the venue

Last but not the least; know about the venue of the exam center and its correct route along with the time taken to reach the exam venue from your destination. (Source: Competition Success Review/June 2017)


On the night before the Day:


ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days

ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days


7)    Do not try to recollect anything

A night before the examination, if you try to recollect anything or test your memory could lead to unnecessary panic and pull your confidence level down when you do not remember a certain piece of information.

8)    Avoid any kind of negative thought if possible.

Don’t let yourself merge in any kind of negative thought which build unnecessary pressure on your mind. It is not the time to regret on some unwanted things like you wasted that precious time in engagement in interest activities (Facebook, Watts App) or you skipped on some important topics and tests.

Rather you should feel confident, positive and satisfied with whatever effort you have made in the preparation of the exam. This approach will give you much better results than building a bunch of negative thought in your mind only a day before the exam.

9)    Focus on things that make you feel confident

Whether it is solving the previous year question paper that you are thorough with or a notebook that you have revised many times, do only that things in which you are familiar with. This will really boost your confidence and give you the feeling of assurance that you are in control and will do well.


10)    Packing your bag materials

Get all your bag materials from a ball pen and hall ticket to water bottle and snacks, get it all set for the big day.


11)    Do not experiment with your dinner

Do not taste any spicy junk food or caffeine. It could affect your quality sleep and keep you restless all the night.

(Source: Competition Success Review/June 2017)


On the day of Examination:


a) Re-check your admission hall-ticket and reach to the venue or the examination hall an hour before the mentioned time on the hall ticket.

b) Don’t forget to add some fruits and nuts to your breakfast before the examination which build freshness and good for your mental activities during the exam.

c) The most important thing is to go to exam venue by public transport or ask any of your friend or guardians to drop you at the exam venue to avoid the stress of self-driving.


12) Things to keep in mind after receiving the question paper.


a) Carefully mark your roll number and answer sheet code on the OMR.

b) Don’t get nervous: You will only increase your chances of mistakes if you do not stop yourself being nervous, so be positive and confident.



Stop over thinking about the outcome of the exam:


ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days

ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days


a) It is your duty to give the best performance without thinking about the results. If you do not stop yourself thinking about the results, it will build a huge pressure on your thought process which ultimately affects your actual performance in the exam.

b) Be prepared to see some different question which you do not expect to see on the question paper but be sure that it will just be the case with everyone else as well.


c) Do not jump into answering questions straight away: Go through each question in the paper with the calm and steady mind in the starting 10 minutes then familiarize yourself with it. This practice gives you an idea of how difficult or easy the paper is. Also, you can determine how much you will go to attempt the question paper.

d) The best strategy to solve question paper is to fill the OMR sheet after completing every 10 questions. If you have decided to mark all the question at the end of solving all the question is quite risky as your stress level could be high and you might end up making mistakes as the exam is about to end.

e) So it is better to make a decision of 10 questions and mock OMR sheet after solving a question which would also help you in receiving your answer after marking it finally on the sheet.



13 ) The Number of Questions to Attempt:


In the examination, out of 100 questions, 50 questions would be once that anybody with a little amount of preparation able to solve, 20 questions holds that much difficulty level that nobody would even attempt that difficult question 30 question are the medium level question any students with good preparation can solve with no major difficulty.

An aspirant of the pre-exam needs to attempt at least 80 questions to remain in the competition. If the paper is tough, this number goes down to 75 or below and if the paper is easy, the number of questions needs to be attempt increases to 85 and thus the cut-off marks are calculated.



14 ) Tips and tricks of the marking process in the exam:


ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days

ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days


a) Solve that question first which you are confident about.


b) Mark a circle around questions in which you are half sure about the correct answer. These are the questions you need to come back later.

c) Mark a cross on the question that you have absolutely no idea about and could not even think about making a guess. You can avoid marking avoid attempting these questions completely.  (Note: Marking is not done in the OMR sheet)

d) Read every question carefully and entirely. Do not start looking at the options without reading the question, only because the topic seems familiar.

e)  Pay careful attention to the words like NONE, ALL, ANY, EXCEPT etc, you may have marked an answer wrong if you do not understand these words careful even if you know the correct answer.

f) You should be sure that an answer is correct only after ensuring that all the other options are wrong. Hence, find the answer by first eliminating what is wrong.

(Source: Competition Success Review/June 2017)


15) Apply “Guessing and elimination Strategy” for half sure answer.


ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days

ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days


a) Attempt question in which you find 2 options that are absolutely wrong but do not know which one of the remaining two options is correct. In this case, guess a correct answer and attempt it.

b) Wherever possible try to get an answer for a guessing question by relating to any pre-knowledge you have about the topic but if you cannot do even that then JUST MAKE A GUESS.


The preliminary exam is conducted to test the common sense and a test of knowledge.It is important for you to work smart along with working hard and by following the ‘ways to prepare IAS Pre-2017 in last 30 days’.It is the phase that gives wings to all your efforts.Remove all the noise that you get from discussing the exam among friends and acquaintance. In moments of self-doubts, trust your inner voice and trust your effort. (Source: Competition Success Review/June 2017)


“Hard work always overcome talent when talent does not work hard “




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