In the previous blog, we had spoken about what strategy should be used by the UPSC aspirants for selecting the optional subject. Since optional is such an integrated part of UPSC mains, we also thought about sharing the preparation method for UPSC optional subjects.
If you have not read the previous blog about strategy for optional subjects, you can read it here.
Below in this section, we’ll highlight some points which the UPSC aspirants can go ahead and follow. Preparation for optional subjects is really important as the optional subject makes up to 30% of our entire portion.
Collect Preparation Materials
The UPSC syllabus is vast, and aspirants may have to refer to many books for all the information about the subject to be collected. So, before you start your preparation, we suggest you collect all the preparation materials required, and then start studying.
Another important preparation method for UPSC optional subjects and the entire UPSC CSE is to be consistent. Be consistent with your preparation. Follow a balanced and daily schedule to complete the UPSC syllabus.
Qualitative Preparation Rather than Quantitative
In terms of UPSC preparation, it is not about how many hours you spend preparing; it is about how many concepts you clearly understand and how many parts of the syllabus you cover. Conceptual clarity, syllabus coverage is important for UPSC CSE.
Make Reading Newspaper A Daily Habit
Being up to date with current affairs is vital for UPSC preparation. Hence, try to read newspapers daily rather than only the summaries you get in the market. Make notes while you read the newspaper, and do this daily as it would be difficult for you to catch up towards the end when the exams are nearing.
Stages For UPSC Preparation
Stage 1:- On this stage, you should focus on understanding the syllabus once you have understood the syllabus, please search for the materials related to each UPSC subject and keep them handy with you. Post which, you can make personalized notes for the syllabus.
Stage 2:- Stage 2 focuses on reading the syllabus, understanding what you have learned, and retaining the information. Revision is also an important part of the syllabus. So, revision of the UPSC Syllabus is a really important part.
Stage 3:- In this stage, the UPSC aspirants have to focus on revising the entire syllabus. It should also include answering questions and solving the previous year’s question paper, taking as many mock tests as possible.
As the previous year’s question paper, and mock test will help increase the confidence level of the IAS aspirational students and will give them a fair idea of how they can increase their speed and how they can answer the questions for UPSC CSE.