Can we prepare prelims and mains together?
We recommend that you start your mains preparation along with the IAS prelims preparation. Focus on covering the portions in the prelims GS paper first. Then move on to the other sections even before the prelims. Only this way you will be able to cover the UPSC syllabus before the mains exams.
How can I start preparing for UPSC Prelims at home?
Understand the UPSC pattern and procedure first. Go through the UPSC syllabus thoroughly. Start reading a few books and watch video lectures online for a few basic subjects like polity, history, geography, etc. Read the newspaper regularly.
What to study for Prelims and Mains?
Current Affairs. History. Geography. Polity and Governance. Economy. Environmental Studies. General Science. Comprehension and Communication Skills.
Is UPSC Prelims tougher than mains?
The UPSC Mains exam is very tough as compared to the prelims. Consider these stages as a hierarchy which only increases the challenging intensity with every level. Many think that the competition is lower in mains which is true.
Can a beginner crack UPSC in first attempt?
It is a myth that no one cracks the UPSC Civil Services. Exam in the first attempt.
How many attempts are allowed in prelims?
It is usually presumed that the entire paper, that is 100 questions, should not be attempted. There is no such hard and fast rule that attempting this number of questions will make one clear the exam. Instead, it is generally understood that approximately 70-85 questions can be answered to be within a safer limit.
Is only Ncert enough for UPSC?
Are NCERT books enough for IAS? NCERT books are a must for the IAS exam. However, candidates should also refer to subject-specific books (e.g. Indian Polity by Laxmikant) and keep tabs on current affairs.
Is 1 year sufficient for IAS preparation?
One year is more than sufficient for IAS preparation. One does not need to join coaching for the IAS exam if one prepares well with the right guidance and UPSC exam strategy.
Can I study alone for UPSC?
It takes a lot of guts to go solo in your IAS preparation. But if you are regular at your studies and plan well, you will surely get success. Work hard and smart, and never lose focus.
What are the 7 papers in UPSC mains?
Paper‐I: (Essay) – 250 Marks. Paper‐2: (General Studies 1) – 250 Marks. Paper‐3: (General Studies 2) – 250 Marks. Paper‐4: (General Studies 3) – 250 Marks. Paper‐5: (General Studies 4) – 250 Marks. Paper‐6: (Optional Subject Paper 1) – 250 Marks.