How to prepare for UPSC after 12?


Actually, it is good to know that you are so excited about UPSC at search young age and starting early will help you for sure. But there are some things which are important and I want to share those things with you.

There is no separate Quota for College Students or for working professionals because UPSC doesn’t discriminate among aspirants. Their job is to give equal opportunity to everyone.

Following points we will discuss in this:-

  1. Approach for 2-3 years
  2. Syllabus- What UPSC wants from you
  3. Which Newspaper you should read
  4. Which NCERT books you should read
  5. Habit
  6. When to take an exam

First things, you should not take any kind of pressure anytime. When you are preparing for UPSC make sure you are enjoying the process. Whenever you are reading the NCERT read it like a storybook don’t stress yourself. Also don’t neglect your graduation totally. After thinking only you have chosen your graduation. So, give respect to it also and do justice for it also. You can expect the question from your graduation during Interview or you can be asked to choose that subject as your optional in UPSC. Your Optional can be Game Changer scoring 300+ will help you find yourself in a good position in your final ranking. If not, there are chances that you will not find yourself on the list.

Structure of UPSC

The UPSC exam is conducted into 3 stages:-

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Personality Test

The first stage is clearly the reading out session, where UPSC filters the non-series candidate. This question asked is multiple-choice questions. There are two papers in this:-

  • GS
  • CSAT

Both for 200 marks if you score more than 33 % in CSAT then only your marks for GS paper are considered. And the final list of qualified candidates based on GS marks. Generally, the cut-off for the open category is between 100-120 marks. Also, note that these marks are not carried for your Mains exams.

The second stage is the mains exams which have 9 papers.

Two language paper- Paper A and Paper B. These papers are qualifying in nature and the marks obtained in them don’t count in final ranking. But you must clear this paper. You have to get 25% of marks on this. Also there is an Essay paper which is of 250 marks that is very important. Then there are 4 papers- GS1, GS2, GS3, GS4 each paper consist of 250 marks. So, the first step of your preparation is downloading the syllabus and previous year's question papers after that analyzing those papers. Then there are two Optional paper 1 and 2 for 250 marks each. 

The Third Stage is the personality test for 275 marks. So the final merit list considers the marks obtained in Stage 2 and Stage 3. So, the total marks obtained for final list are 2025 out of which toppers usually score around 1110 or more than this. You can find all this information on UPSC site.

What UPSC is looking in you?

UPSC is looking for mam and women who understand the nation, a person who is committed to the development of the nations, one who understands the ethos or basic principle of the nation on which our nation is built and evolved. This is why we are learning subjects like Indian History, Indian Polity, Indian and Geography etc.

Which Newspaper to read?

This exam is quite different from other exams. We don’t have to rely on standard books completely but we have to read the newspaper regularly. But why we have to read the newspaper? As we have to understand the nations and for understanding the nations we must understand the issues and challenges nation is facing daily. To understand the issues we need to read the newspaper daily. Either The Hindu or Indian Express is the best newspaper to read for daily current issues

To understand the Newspaper we must understand some terms and conditions

Which NCERT’S To Read?

Read higher class NCERT books like Class 11th and 12th and prepare daily notes.

1. Study 4-6 hours every day.
2. Read Newspaper daily.
3. Be attentive
4. Maintain Balance.
5. Try to read few pages daily.
6. Try to make a balance

When to give the Exam?

Just after graduation, you can give your exam that is the best thing you can do. It’s cool but can be stressful. In my point of view one year after graduation is a good option. So, assist your position and do your best.

It is good to take help but first try to figure out issues yourself. It is always good to ask your query before preparation.

Most Importantly

Always consider context in which a statement is made even when you listen to statement of a topper. We often tend to neglect context. Try to figure out the solution to your problem yourself.

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