Tips for clearing UPSC examination

Remember UPSC takes only those people who can administer. Who can manage things, who can get their work done, Who can be made to learn anything, who can be taught, who can be moulded, who can be trained to be adapted to situations and not those who think they know everything, and not those who can’t be moulded, not those who are not flexible, not those who are not malleable, not those who are always bickering over problems, not those whose thinking is constricted, not those who create more problems than they solve like the numerous IAS officers at present.

If the students are really determined and have a rational attitude, the examination is not difficult and students can have 100% certainty in results with respect to their efforts. The steps which the students can follow are going to be in phases.

Phase I

Must finish your school books first, before thinking about anything else, and emphasis must be given on revising the entire of school learning and revisiting all the school books.

Find gaps in whatever they have not learned—fill this gap

Make a concerted effort to develop the language comprehension and expression.

Start reading the newspaper regularly, study new words, comprehend the language, and prepare a synopsis.

Phase II

Start concentrating on your personality. Expose yourself to different situations. Your personality development effort should be based on the following objectives.

  • Completing your sentences while conversing
  • Don’t leave loose ends while conversing
  • Stop taking extreme viewpoints.
  • Start balancing your perception and thought
  • Read as many newspapers as possible. Try to read between lines.
  • Meet with a variety of people. Try your best to understand them. Understand that everyone is different.

This understanding will be important for preparing a base to study Paper V of General Studies. As a first step Paper V preparation and understanding is important, it will develop a perspective for understanding General Studies.

Phase III

  • Select an optional
  • Prepare a daily routine
  • Find gaps in whatever they have not learned—fill this gap
  • Start studying GS topic by topic
  • Complete the whole syllabus of GS and optional once.

Phase IV

Preparing a synopsis of the topic

Go for a writing practice by selecting questions and answering them.

Once in writing practice, start perfecting writing.

Phase V

  • Keep developing perspective
  • Learn about the topics but not only form books
  • Go for extensive writing practice
  • Keep meeting people, keep discussing topics
  • Continue reading magazines and topics of choice so that the perspectives and innovation remain fresh and the candidates keep innovating with ideas and concepts.
  • Explore options of methods of studies, not always following the beaten track or conventional track.

In addition to tips as mentioned above, command on at least one language is a must. Everything one studies, everything one learns, ultimately has to be written. Inability to write what one has studied will compel the candidates to borrow someone else’s language and this will amount to memorization. Once Memorization starts, preparation stops, and drudgery sets in. In the absence of language, UPSC preparation becomes next to impossible.

Change your way of studies, follow these suggestions

  • Pick up a chapter.
  • Read and understand it, then learn it from some sites which offer you composite chapter.
  • Comprehend the chapter for better understanding.
  • Prepare a summary after having read the chapter.
  • Attempt some questions.
  • Get it checked by an experienced person, (not by your age group people who have made answer checking in a thoroughly wrong manner). Remember teachers always are good and become good when they become older. Younger people are not experienced enough to evaluate you.
  • Compare yourself in intellect with others. Look for an elderly company.
  • Explore online option for education & entertainment- download files and arrange them in systematic order.
  • Try to learn from a variety of sources, such as observation or discussion or travelling, and write about the experiences as if you are writing answers.
  • Be a part of the peer learning group.
  • Invest in yourself; invest in quality material, leader material not mass material.
  • Read books that please you not which are popular.
  • Be a collector; on every topic have two books.
  • Never become a bookworm, enjoy learning rather studies. If you enjoy, your receptivity, grasping capacity will be always high, your insights will be wonderful and your efficiency sky high.


Of course, the basic abilities are always required for example ability to gather relevant information, conversion of information into knowledge and conversion of knowledge into wisdom. A sound conceptual base, a stronghold over the basics and a language to express is the basic minimum required. To say that a candidate has to study, practice writing and gather information is the least of the academic trait that will be required. Without a language, it’s simply not possible that a candidate will EVER qualify. An absence of expression will force the candidate to memorize and if anyone who intends to memorize can never ever complete even half of the syllabus. That’s why a planned and smart way of study is always recommended to qualify this prestigious examination.