Published On : Sat, Aug 22nd, 2015

UPSC Civil Services Prelims on Sunday: Last minute tips

The UPSC Civil services Prelims exam is to be conducted on August 23. Candidates are preparing for the examination with their whole strength as last minute preparation matters a lot, being the determining factor of their success.

There is no short cut to hard work, however, being prepared for an exam means not only prepared study, it also means a calm mind and sound health.

Here are 9 tips suggested by Success Guru A.K.Mishra (Managing Director, Chanakya IAS Academy) that a candidate should keep in mind before appearing in the preliminary examination:

Good Sleep or Power Naps: Sleep means relaxing the mind. It is like powering up the brain for a next session of toil. Stressing too much on the last minutes only meddles what you have studied before. Therefore, avoid last minute stress and relax your mind. Take a good sleep of 7 to 8 hours to freshen up the mind and enable it to work optimally

Note Making: The candidates should make notes of all the major current events for mugging up at the last minute. They should thoroughly revise the major current affairs and related issues. Prelims is about your awareness and your presence of mind.
Revision: Instead of reading or learning new things at the last minute, the candidates should revise the important things they have studied, in order to develop a deep insight and clarity

Be confident: Confidence is the key to success in any examination of life, so is the case with UPSC. Confidence is the driving force to success

Presence of mind: Never panic on discovering a weak spot in the paper. Instead, try to open your mind, brainstorm a little and focus on your presence of mind. Common sense and presence of mind would improve your prospects in preliminary examination
Handwritten notes should always be there with the candidate. To remember the points better, one should always write it down themselves. This helps in remembering things real fast

Concentration: Although your aim would be to get the maximum benefit in the minimum time, it needs to be done neatly, with a focused mind. Concentrate on the questions and get the answers right

Strategise: Pre-plan how you are going to handle the exam. Schedule your priority according to your interest and capacity. For instance, if you are good at numericals, try to solve all the numericals at the first go, leaving aside the history questions you are not sure of

Be alert: It is certain that you are not the only one preparing for the exam. You will meet friends or other students at the exam venue. Do not eavesdrop, but be alert and do not ignore any information. Their conversation may get you marks! The point is, learn wherever you can.