How to prepare for UPSC Prelims 2023? – Strategy to Prepare for UPSC CSE
Prelims Mission 110+
It doesn’t matter if you are from a normal college or an IVY League, UPSC gives you a level playing field when it comes to Prelims. It all boils down to how you have planned on achieving the target of clearing the Prelims Cut-Off by a HIGH MARGIN.
The ideal target should be to make sure you try and get 110+ in your Prelims. But does this happen overnight? Of course it cannot if you are a first timer! But if you are planning it well in advance, have achievable targets to stick to, and you are properly accountable to the targets, there is no one who can stop you from acing in your UPSC Prelims 2023!
This is to ensure that the 1-2 weeks of your time trying to judge what would be the cut-off isn’t wasted! Most candidates lose the battle in these 1-2 weeks out of uncertainty of their Prelims!
How do you ensure you achieve 110+ in Paper -1?
You must do the following things:
Collate all the content, create summaries and revise according to the plan
This will be achieved if you exactly know which topics to cover. Every day you will be given a fixed syllabus to cover. On the first day, we would do the analysis of the Previous Year Questions according to the pattern we teach you. In the next 3 days of the week, we would complete the notes and current affairs of the allocated month. In the final day, we will practice a lot of questions according to the Previous Year Pattern! You must read the sources we have mentioned, and try to complete the current affairs part. Focus should be maximum practice and memorization!
Aspirants who have strong foundations – Notes, PYQs, Practice, Current Affairs – are sure to score good marks in Paper-1 of the Prelims Exam.Those who have a strong foundation of static parts – conceptual clarity, retention of key facts & examples, and ability to relate static with current issues will be able to score good marks in Paper-1 of the Prelims exam.
Solve questions as much as you can before the Test
Apart from notes, you must enroll to a Program which ensures that you are doing a lot of practice before a Full Length Test is given. If not a test series, you always buy questions banks and solve questions on related topics. This would ensure maximum output and you getting an opportunity of learning from the mistakes.
If you keep solving a lot of MCQs on a regular basis, it will help you get better at intelligent guessing and elimination techniques.
Current Affairs from ONLY One Source
The market is flooded with Current Affairs! What should be the ideal sources to trust? If you were to believe us, none of the content would be pathetic. Every monthly magazine would give you good coverage of current affairs. We would recommend our Monthly Magazine of Daily Gazette, so that you are in sync with the schedule that we provide you. The tests (both Subject Wise and Full-Length) would have at least 20% coverage of the current affairs. This would further be complemented with an yearly coverage through 20 classes spanned within 4 Months – Less Classes, more output, and check with Current Affairs Based Tests.
Sticking to a single source is the single most important thing that all toppers would recommend you. We quote our own toppers when we say this – Stick to Current Affairs from one source!
Revise, Practice, Test, Revise, Practice, Test
We have the RPT Formula for you for the UPSC Prelims 2022. Without revising your notes, you cannot retain your foundations, without practicing questions, you cannot fair well in tests, without doing good in tests, you cannot clear Prelims Exam with a high margin.
Don’t just enrich yourself with reading your notes. Revise it in such a way that you memorize it. Practice in such a way, that you make mistakes and learn from it. Give tests with so much passion, it is your D-Day.
What consolidates all of this?
Every plan, ultimately requires some consolidation. For us, the process of consolidation starts with your belief that you can achieve daily targets, and with you belief further, that you can ace the exam if you achieve your targets.
The moment you start believing that the plan may work, you start executing the things according to the plan. The moment you start implementing the plan, you belief of you clearing this Prelims with flying colors would actualize.
Your success in UPSC Prelims 2023 would depend on many factors. You have to be skilled, hardworking, have emotional intelligence, and have the right attitude.
Firstly, you must make sure that your ability to solve MCQs is better than the common crowd that you are in.
This can only happen if you have the right understanding of what you have studied. If you are a beginner, we expect you to start the revision process for Prelims in mid-December. If you are a veteran with experience in clearing Prelims, you can take the last three months. But how to plan on acing the MCQ Solving Skills, totally depends on how you plan it.
Secondly, you must realize that working under some pressure should only lead you to better performance in your tests, rather than you getting demotivated. You must stay disciplined to a plan. You must be accountable to someone, if not you. You must work on a Daily and Weekly Plan before you ace your next test. This is where our concept of Dedicated Structured Mentorship would be helpful.
The Mentor (in case you are doing self-study, you should be your own mentor) must help you work on a plan, and track your performance according to it. In the test, he should be exactly able to tell you where have you performed badly, or give you an analysis of where you must have worked diligently.
Thirdly, you should make sure that your emotions are under control. It is okay to be anxious, scared, angry, and frustrated if something doesn’t go as planned. Similarly, small successes in the journey shouldn’t get on your head. The outcome shouldn’t be something driving you – rather you should be detached from outcomes. The focus should always be on learning, the outcome would eventually follow. The focus should be on the goal rather than the outcome.
All three combined – Skills of solving MCQs, ability to work hard under pressure, and control over emotions – both positive and negative, push for shaping one’s attitude.
What kind of attitude you have decides what would be the outcome. It is good to be ambitious, but ambitions have to be backed by a proper plan, executed well, mentored well, and tracked well. Guidance must be a constant companion.
Unfortunately, very few students exactly know how to plan. You need an executable plan, where not only do you improve your skills, you are able to stay disciplined, learn a control over emotions while you are executing according to the plan, and simultaneously build the right attitude for the outcome.
Your plan should, however, must not be just “ambitious”, rather it should be achievable. Edukemy’s Prelims cum Mentorship and Test Series Plan focuses on giving such achievable targets and helping you stay focused on your goal, with the right attitude.
This is what you have to focus on: Prelims Mission 110+
Edukemy’s Prelims cum Mentorship & Test Series Plan is a weekly target schedule before you give the full-length test in the Program. The idea is that, if we have a day-wise achievable target planning, and practice enough on the subject before attempting the Test Series, we will have a better hold on how we perform in the paper. If you are able to achieve even 80% of the target that we give you on a daily basis, you are sure to increase your chances of clearing the UPSC Prelims 2023 by 100%.
The road to achieving these targets is, however, not going to be easy. Not only does it require immense dedication, but it also requires you to be disciplined, determined, persevering, and most importantly, have faith in yourself.
The following is how we planned your daily targets to move for you to crack the Prelims:
Currently, you are what Aristotle would call – a formless matter. You are at the bottom of hierarchy currently. But trust us, if you start believing in what we do, it wouldn’t take much time, before you become a formed matter – the highest in the hierarchy – the cream who clear the Prelims. The most sincere lot, who would ultimately go through the adrenaline rushing journey of 5-Days for UPSC Mains 2023.