how to prepare for ias exam in with a time span of 4 years? where to start and where to end? how should my time table be?
If you have four years for the preparation of UPSC examination then you can prepare in a very well manner, in the first three years cover and complete the entire syllabus and keep the last one year for revision, test series and for current affairs
Follow the below tips to prepare well for your UPSC examination :-
To start the preparation first of all go well through the syllabus , you can check the complete syllabus at
Top books which you can follow for UPSC examination preparation are listed below subject wise:-
*NCERT XI (Ancient & Medieval)
*NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)
*Facets of Indian Culture Spectrum
*From Plassey to Partition - A History of Modern India
Indian Art & Culture
*Indian Art & Culture - Nitin Singhania
*Indian Polity M Laxmikanth
*NCERT VI X (Old Syllabus)
*NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus)
*Certificate Physical Geography G C Leong
*The Indian Economy Sanjiv Verma
*Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
*Economic Development & Policies in India Jain & Ohri
*Class XII Biology (last 5 chapters)
*Environment by Shankar IAS Academy
*NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)
*Current Affairs ( read newspaper )
To get the complete list of books go through
*Make a routine or a time table and try to give at least 8 hours to studies , keep short brakes of 20 to 30 minutes after every 2.5 to 3 hours
*Read newspaper daily and keep yourself updated with the current affairs
*Choose your optional subject wisely , choose the subject you have interest in.
*Make short notes after completing each chapter
*Revise :- there's no point of preparing for the exam if you couldn't recall anything in the UPSC Examination so you should stress on revision as well.
*Solve previous year question papers and mock test papers ;- You should solve these , it will give you idea of types of questions asked and their difficulty level and will help you a lot.
*Also work on your communication skills and personality development as it plays an important role in your interview round
For more tips go through