Is it possible to become an IAS officer in one year?
Of course it is possible. In this possible world, nothing is impossible. Having a keen focus on what needs to be done is very important during this phase. Indian Administrative Service or IAS exam is considered one among the toughest exams in INDIA. In order to crack it, one needs to work hard with persistence and consistency. Preparing for UPSC is like signing up for a full time job. One should work at least six to eight hours a day to secure the desired position.
First step to preparing is self-evaluation and one needs to evaluate oneself based on all possible circumstances. It is always important to know what is your goal and where you actually are in the process. This gives an individual and idea of how to tackle the situation in favorable manner. In order to have a fruitful outcome one needs to prepare a time table and make sure you follow it. Making this a routine, will help you slow down your burden a bit.
It is really very important to know the syllabus of UPSC exam thoroughly. Only when you understand the syllabus, will you know what needs to be focused on. IAS has three stages wherein consistency is a must. You need to be prepared for each stage IAS prelims, IAS mains, Interview or personality test. Each one has its own challenges too. Make a habit of going deep into each stage and learning what is needed.
Try to divide one year into three phases
Phase 1: Start with NCERT text book because it has everything that an individual needs for basic knowledge. Politics, history, economics, geography and science is the basic or the building blocks of IAS exam syllabus. Only when you complete the NCERT text book, go for standardized books.
Phase 2: Here, you should focus on subject wise information. As you have gained information from NCERT text books, its time to focus on each subject with the help of standardized books. Make sure you read only essential books. For one subject focus on one book because too many books are going to make you confused.
Phase 3: This is the time for revising whatever you have covered in phase 1 and phase 2 . Decide on your source for easy revision because the last two months should be devoted for revising the portions. Make sure you revise daily to keep in touch with the syllabus. After revising, evaluate your progress by solving previous year question papers. This will make you know your strengths and weakness because knowing it will help you eradicate your weakness.
Based on Monthly preparation
First month should be spent on reading and understanding what is in the store for you. Do not try to cover a lot a day. You are starting from the beginning, so make sure you are comfortable. Get syllabus copy of the UPSC exam. Make sure you process in particular pattern and manner. Start reading newspapers and articles, especially related magazines. Talk to your seniors and grab more information and buy study materials that are needed.
Start making notes as you cover a particular portion. Making notes will help you in revising each and every portion. For general studies focus on NCERT text books for basic information.
Here you have to focus on GS preparation because now is the time to devote on optional subjects. The optional subject that you have chosen is the mandatory part of IAS exam. Your optional subject will be the core area of your specialization and because of this, one needs to work a lot.
Month 9- 12
During this month, as you have covered the conceptual knowledge of the syllabus, you now have to focus on writing part. Essay writing is very important for IAS mains. Here, using good content one has to write essay and for this you need to read a lot.
By following this method, one can actually become punctual and stern, making them work hard. Only when you become consistent and hard working, will you gave the confidence in writing the exam. IAS exams are tough but not hard to accomplish so have faith in yourself and move forward.
All the best for the upcoming stars.
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