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8 Tips for Students to Prepare for IAS Exam while in College

Last Updated - January 07, 2017

Those IAS aspirants who are college have much bigger advantage than the other candidates. For such aspirants, college can be a better place to begin the IAS exam preparation.

College students can put the energy and focus on IAS preparation very well for clearing IAS exam. Through this post we will try to help all those who are looking for the right guidance for preparing IAS exam.

  1. Early Advantage

First remember the basic eligibility criteria for IAS exam is 21 years and graduation in any subject. Candidates in final year are also eligible for the IAS Prelims. But most of the students misses the early opportunity and start their preparations very late. The average age of person who clears IAS mains is the 28 years.

If you start early this would be advantageous for you. Candidates who start preparing early for IAS can have better chances and can enjoy campus life as well. But they need right directions.

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  1. During College you have Limited Time

Unlike other aspirants who can give full time for their preparation, the college going students will have limited time. So it is very important for the students to manage their time.

Try to go thoroughly from UPSC IAS Syllabus and previous year papers. This will be the must needed step for your preparation.

  1. Buy the most advisable book for IAS Preparation

Once you have decided IAS as your career goal, you should buy the best books for the preparation of IAS exam. We have made the list of IAS books. But you can start with these books.

NCERT Books

Polity – by Laxmikanth

Economics – by Ramesh Singh

History – by Bipin Chandra

  1. Utilize your spare time

If you get a free hour, utilize the time. Use various resources which are available online or go to library. You can try to online test series, books, read newspapers or watch news.

  1. Read Newspapers and Magazines

    Don’t compromise your newspaper reading. Believe us if you develop the habit of reading newspaper It’s not that too boring. For quality content The Hindu and The Indian Express are most preferable.

You can also read various magazines for current affair purpose. Also you can join Govt. schemes like Yojana and Kurukshetra.

  1. Keep Writing

In UPSC CSE Mains writing speed plays important role. Aspirant just out of college will have a big advantage as they are not out of writing stuff as compared to working professionals. So you can take maximum advantage of this.

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  1. Discuss current issues with your college friends

We won't state you stop all talk. Long discussions and level headed discussions are all piece of school life. Appreciate it, at the same time, build up a companions circle who think alike you, with whom you can talk about current issues.

Trust us, peer learning is a standout amongst the most critical angles which help the greater part of the wannabes in IAS exam. Build groups appropriate from the colleges.

  1. Finish 1-2 subjects during semester break

It is strategy of toppers to finish the optional subjects during their semester breaks, as they can concentrate on General Studies and current affairs after graduation.

You can complete the NCERT books from class 6 – 12. Also you can try free study material from Collegedunia.com.

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