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The CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) is the preliminary test in the Civil Services exam plan. Candidate need to cross the Prelims hurdle before able to sit for the IAS Main exam. This is the first and the most crucial stage which decides the future of a candidate for a particular exam year. Since the exam happens only once in a year, candidates should give their best shot in Prelims exam. Here are few tips for IAS Prelims aspirants:

Proper guidance

When you are writing for the toughest exam in India, you better equip your preparation with proper guidance. It is not impossible to crack the Prelims without coaching or a trainer’s help, but the plus points of having an expert is – they will guide you through so that you don’t end up committing avoidable mistakes that can cost you dearly. As you know, you can write the Main exam only if you clear the Prelims test. So don’t hesitate to take proper coaching on time.


Understand your syllabus

Civil Services Prelims exam syllabus is huge and proper consideration should be taken which topics to study in-depth. You must build your knowledge, read as much as possible and retain facts and important events of India and the world. In General Studies Paper I, the test will gauge a candidates knowledge on History of India, Freedom Movement, Geography (India and the world), Governance, Indian Polity, Social Development, Economic Events, Environment, Climate Change, Science and more. A candidate needs to build his knowledge on these crucial topics that affects development and governance in India. Plus, you need to stay updated about current happenings in India and the world. In the second paper, candidates need to be good in interpersonal skills, comprehension, English language, data interpretation and more.

Opinions matter

It is one of the most coveted careers of all times, and to be able to crack this exam you need to have to form your own opinion from your initial stage of preparation. Reading very popular newspapers like The Hindu, The Economics Times, would help you form your original opinion on different important matters relating to governance, economics, social policies and polity. Opinions would play a huge role as it is going to be one skill that will influence your decision making at work.

Schedule your studies

You must schedule your studies. You will need a plan with time allotted for important subjects or topics. If you are planning to study one or two chapters from each book, then it is certain it is not going to help you much. It is better to take up one section and do in-depth study for a week and gather enough facts. Then you can move to another section, this will help you cover as many topics as possible and solve different problems.

Solve previous question papers

Writing an exam is all about knowing the question patterns. If you don’t know the question patterns then you are most likely that you won’t be able to solve the question papers. Solve at least 10 years previous question papers and understand where you need to work and focus more. It will also enable you to focus on important topics and questions which have higher chances of being asked in the exam.

Practice more

Practicing regularly is important in order to improve speed and accuracy. Take a previous year’s paper every day from UrbanPro.com and start practicing within a time limit. And make sure that you check your answers as well and understand where you went wrong.