How to effectively prepare for UPSC without coaching?

Things to keep in mind while preparing for UPSC 

Things need to be considered before preparing for (UPSC) exams, which can increase your success rate UPSC exams are held  every year and thousands of candidates appear in the exams, but only a few make it successfully.

Every year many aspiring students prepare for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams with an aim to serve the nation and to have a contribution towards the development of the nation. Despite making all the efforts many fail to make it to the finals because of the high competition. The exam has three levels consisting of Preliminary exams, the Main exam and an interview. Considered as the toughest exam, to succeed candidates must prepare very hard and have a right strategy to make it. However, a positive attitude is very must as there are high chances that you can not make it in a one go.

1. Having a Positive attitude

To qualify the exam candidates, must study for long hours, so to have a positive attitude, well-motivated and confident about his/her abilities. Because only a positive attitude can help you to put the maximum effort.

2. News Paper reading

Choose one national newspaper and a magazine and stick to it for daily national and global updates. You must be updated about the current trends and affairs of the world. A newspaper can help you a lot to be updated.

3. Choose your subjects Wisely

The selection of your subjects plays a very high role in the success of the exams. Only select that subject you have a proper hold on. Usually, it is recommended to select only those subjects you have studied before; it will make your preparation very easy having knowledge of a subject helps you to a lot only a little effort and a revision will be needed.

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4. Time Management

As you are putting all your efforts you need to have a proper time schedule. It will keep you focused and having a schedule saves a lot of your time and you can prepare well when you know what is to be done and when it is to be done.

5. Know the pattern

Candidates should know the pattern of the exam which is a three-stage exam. Knowing the pattern will keep you focused so that you can put your efforts accordingly.

6. Analyse your Syllabus 

Before starting your exams, thoroughly check your syllabus and prepare your schedule accordingly. Candidate should choose one topic at a time and prepare it in a great deal.

Who qualifies for the UPSC exams?

To apply for the UPSC exams candidates must have one of the following education qualifications

A degree from the central, State or deemed university

A degree received through correspondence or distance education

A degree from an open university

Age limit 

A candidate must have attained 21 years of age and must not have attained the age of 32 on August 1 of the year of examination. For OBC the age limit is 35 and for SC and ST the limit is 37.

Number of attempts

People from the general category can attempt 4 times, the OBC category can attempt 7 times for the exams and SC and ST can appear unlimited times in the exams.


UPSC exams are conducted in three stages

Preliminary exams: It consists of two objective type papers (general studies and aptitude test)

Main Exams: it is a subjective section, consisting of nine papers of conventional essays

Interview: After two stages there is a personality test which is mostly conducted in the months of March and April.

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