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Preparation Strategy, Plan and Books For UPSC 2017 Prelims

The UPSC 2017 prelims is most awaited exam of the year, which is scheduled this year to be held on 18th June, 2017. Now only around 50 days left for the preparation, its high time for the aspirants as they need to follow their inner self now for UPSC 2017 Prelims Exams.

What can be done in these 50 days, you have to plan according to that. One can easily get lost in the sea of information or get bogged down by different ideas, strategies and topper tricks. IAS exam is believed to be a very tough government exam in India. Furthermore prelims of this exam considered to be toughest stage in whole process.

All you need is a proper guidance of paper pattern, books, plan etc. Here we are providing a overall preparation strategy for those who are preparing for UPSC 2017 Prelims and seeking for the guidance.

Some Useful Tips for UPSC 2017 Prelims

Candidates who are studying for the UPSC civil services / IAS prelim exam should ensure that they study in a focused and strategized manner. Given below a few tips for the aspirants who are self-studying for civil service exams.

  • All you need to do is manage your time in a way that you can easily cover your decided syllabus. Along with that its very important for a student to sleep and take proper rest.
  • It is important to go through the detailed syllabus of IAS prelims.
  • Make a time table that should be followed on daily basis.
  • Mock test papers and IAS question papers should be solved by students as they help in maintaining the speed as well as speed up the mind for fast calculations.
  • Mental peace is the most important key, read the questions carefully and try to avoid silly mistakes.
  • The focus should be on building fundamentals and conceptual clarity and not on mugging up information. UPSC tests knowledge and understanding and not factual information. So, focus more on building concepts and less on information.

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Paper Pattern For UPSC 2017 Prelims Exam

The exam shall comprise of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each, both papers will be objective type. The general studies paper-2 of civil services will be qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks of 33%.

The question paper will be set in both Hindi as well as English, each paper will be two hour duration.

Paper-1 is  General studies paper of 100 questions with 100*2 = 200 marks

Paper-2 is CSAT Paper of 80 questions with 80*2.5 = 200 marks

Recommended Books For IAS Prelims Exam

Paper-1 composed of seven different areas – History and culture, science and technology, Indian polity, geography, Indian economy, environment and ecology, current affair ( national and international). NECRT is mandatory and is referred for all the subjects but along with NECRT other books are mentioned here:

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Subjects Books
History History of modern India by Bipin Chandra

India’s struggle for independence by Bipin Chandra


Indian polity M. Laxmikanth

The constitution India by P.M.Bakshi

Science and technology Science and technology in India by TMH
Art and culture Nitin Singhania
Geography Goh Cheng Leong

NCERT (6TH TO 10TH old syllabus) and ( 11th to 12th new syllabus)

Environment and ecology Majid Hussain

Environment studies : from crisis to cure book by Rajagopalan

Indian economy Ramesh Singh

Sanjiv Verma (For those who find economy to be very difficult)

Paper-2  composed of these areas – Comprehension  communication skills, Logical reasoning and analytically ability, Decision-making and problem solving, General mental ability, Basic, Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. -Class X level), English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)

CSAT Paper 2 Manual TMH
A Modern Approach To Verbal And Non Verbal Reasoning CSAT paper 2
Quantitative aptitude and reasoning R.S.Aggarwal
Highschool Grammer & Comprehension Pal & Suri /Wrein Martin

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Basic Plan For Preparation

Divide your time in different segments according to the subjects. Like there are 7 days in a week you can decide the particular day for a particular subject and study that on that day. Give more time to the subject which you found to be difficult, you have to spend atleast 10 hours per day so for 50 days you have 500 hours in total. Divide these hours accordingly.

Keep aside all the tensions and be focused on your study pattern. Stick to your study schedule and depart maximum time to the preparation. Difficulty is not only limited to the number of attempts you need to crack the exam but mostly rely upon our mental strength, perseverance, never give up attitude that we need to ingrain. Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.

 You need to keep evaluating yourself from time to time and follow AfterGraduation’s mantra “Process of self correction”. Keeping that in mind remember each day is new , you need to have goals and targets for each day. Its important to wake up with a clear purpose and sleep with a dream that aspires towards goal attainment. By due planning, utilizing resources wisely, and constant practice, one may crack the UPSC 2017 prelims in the first go.

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