100-Days Action Plan to Clear IAS Prelims 2020

IAS Aspirants who are planning to prepare UPSC Prelims Exam 2020 Examination. UPSC Prelims Exam 2020: GS Paper-1: Complete Study Material: Here we are providing you a complete study material for UPSC Examination General Studies Paper-1 . In this study kit we are covered 100% syllabus with new pattern. We have covered right resources for traditional section and as well as Current Affairs and History, Geography, Polity,Economy, Science, Environment and General Awareness.

UPSC Prelims 2020 New Exam Date: UPSC has released the exam schedule for various examinations which had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UPSC Civil Services Prelims Examination is now scheduled for October 4, 2020. As per the UPSC Exam calendar, the UPSC Civil Service (Prelims) exam 2020 was scheduled for 31st May 2020. However, with the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, it was not possible to conduct the exam on a pan India basis with more than 9 lakh candidates to appear for the same. The new guidelines mentioned by the Union Government in the “Unlock-1” plan would have helped the Commission come to a final decision. The candidates who are eligible to take up the exam will have to possess an e-Admit card that they can download from the official website. This year, admit cards will not be sent via post.

The UPSC Civil Services Mains Exams have also been rescheduled for 8 January 2021.

Meanwhile, the countrywide lockdown compelled several candidates to travel back to their hometown hence it had been difficult for them to commute to their exam centers. With transportation facilities in the country will take time to get back on track with Unlock-1 imposed, the candidates would require pertinent time to travel to their exam centers once the commutation facilities resume. 

UPSC Civil Services Personality Tests 2019 scheduled from July 20 onwards

Apart from the UPSC (IAS) Prelims 2020 exam, the Commission had also deferred the Personality Tests (Interviews) for the UPSC (IAS) Exam 2019 which were scheduled between March 23 and April 3, 2020. New dates for these tests have been scheduled for July 20 onwards.

100-Days Action Plan to Clear IAS Prelims 2020

Can you GRASP IAS Prelims by studying 100 days? Yes, if you are preparing using the correct resources!

How should you prepare for UPSC prelims in 100 days? What should be your plan? What are the books you should read to get the maximum benefit out of minimum time? How should you practice mock exams? How should you prioritize your time?

To get answers to all these questions, go through this post, which we call the GRASP IAS 100-Days Action Plan to Clear IAS Prelims 2020.

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UPSC Prelims 2020: Revision through 6000+ MCQsCurrent Affairs Yearbook 2020 for UPSC PSC Exams
UPSC Prelims Exam 2020: GS Paper-1: Complete Study MaterialIndia Yearbook 2020 New Edition Volume-1
Target PT: UPSC Prelims 2020 day 1-15 MCQsPT 2020 in 100 days: UPSC Prelims: day 16-30 MCQs
Target PT 2020 in 100 days: UPSC Prelims: day 31-45 MCQsTarget PT 2020 in 100 days: UPSC Prelims: day 46-60 MCQs
Target PT 2020 in 100 days: UPSC Prelims: day 61-70 MCQsTarget PT 2020 in 100 days: UPSC Prelims: day 71-90 MCQs
1000+ Solved MCQs: Indian History Question BankPolity and Constitution 1000+ MCQs in Hindi PDF download
Indian Geography 1000+ MCQs in Hindi PDF download2500 MCQs: UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 Expected Question Bank
2000 MCQ: IAS Preliminary exam 2020Indian Geography-NCERT MCQ Compilation Class 6-12th
Physical Economic and Human Geography of IndiaGeneral Studies of Rajasthan: RPSC RAS RSMSSB and Other Competitive Exams
India General Knowledge Yearbook 2020UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 Solved Test 1-40
Important Topics: UPSC Prelims and Mains Exam 2020 Study Material:Part-1Important Topics for UPSC IAS Prelims and Mains Exam 2020 Part-2

How to Prepare UPSC Exam 2020

  • Time management
  • Understand the Exam Pattern
  • Structured Study
  • Practice Testing
  • Give Priority to revision
  • Current Affairs

Time management:

One of the most vital roadblocks for the UPSE CSE is time management. The exam is directed over three stages – the Preliminary, Mains and the Interview. Each has a moderately large syllabus and the exam prolongs over a year. Most aspirants are full-time students and some are office-goers who have to program their How to prepare UPSC Exam within the duration they can contrive outside of their regular routine work.

Being sober about the exam needs a constant focus, and thus a unique time-table to guarantee a consistent path towards grasping the vast amount of knowledge for the exam. This time management is only possible if the aspirants are able to set up a plan and fix deadlines for when they aim to cover the numerous portions of the syllabus. For example, reading and making notes for at least a few hours every day for 10 days to reach the fundamental concepts of Geography.

The process and the person timelines may change but working out the plan for time management is required to everyone. Last-minute cramming has rarely, or rather hard, served for most UPSC CSE aspirants. It is also essential to understand that most of the time to study will truly involve revisiting concepts you have previously studied. So, set downtime for regular revisions and workout your brain regularly.

Understand the Exam Pattern:

The UPSC website clearly affirms the intention of their test. It is to find people who need not have a functional in-depth knowledge of the topics but rather comprehensive knowledge of the history, culture, geography and other functional characters of India and a bit of the world.

Questions get more specialized in the Optional Subject papers, but only as much as somewhat more than an undergraduate level. For example, In the case of Engineering, Medicine, and Law, an undergraduate understanding is sufficient.

Familiarize yourself with the scope of the syllabus, so you can start building your study plan accordingly.

Structured Study:

The amount of information, towards an exhaustive preparation, may appear intimidating. Hence, it is more obvious to structure the study plan focusing on building on the basic concepts, usually from the prescribed NCERT books.

Some topics may need a follow up with more specific books.

It is a good idea to find various source materials, while not getting disturbed your schedule with too many books. Aspirants usually refer to online material for information.

Practice Testing:

It is necessary to keep up a consistent habit of writing, reading, analyzing, and testing content. Many successful aspirants have emphasized on the point of having regular conversations and discussions with their friends and colleagues, on topics correlated with the syllabus and current affairs. It presents an excellent system for logically exhibiting your views while also assisting you to realize the depth of your insights.

There are mock tests available on our website online to test your preparation in a timed manner. These can help in making all your things in action as needed on the day of the exam.

The UPSC website has a storehouse bank for previous year question papers. Although the exam organizers are known to almost never repeat questions from previous years, the previous question papers do provide a glimpse of the type of questions preferred by them.

You can find the difficulty level, significance to the designated syllabus, the extent of needed understanding, analytical and logical complexity, and scoring, by revising your performance on questions that have been asked before.

Give Priority to revision:

The length and breadth of the UPSC CSE exam need frequent revision to the study material. Your preparation program should cover the time demanded to revise the read topics various times.

It is often beneficial to highlight significant passages, or make notes, for a sharp look close to the exam date. Make sure you have such preparation for the sake of efficiency.

Current Affairs:

A lot of queries are correlated with the candidate’s general awareness of current affairs in the world, with importance on the happenings in India. Get in the fashion of reading an abundance of daily newspapers to stay knowledgeable about current topics.

Various sources recommend The Hindu, Mint, The Indian Express, PIB, Parliamentary discussions, regional language newspapers, and magazines like Yojana, Kurukshetra and Manorama Year Books.

Examine previous question papers

By examining previous year question papers, aspirants can follow the pattern of the question papers. This activity helps aspirants in knowing the allocation of marks across various sections and recognizing important areas from the exam point of view. For the advantage of aspirants, we have recognized a few important areas that are repeatedly asked in the exam. 100 Days Study Plan for UPSC Prelims Exam 2020.

History of India and Indian National Movement

  • Features of the Harappan Civilisation
  • Religions in Ancient History with a special focus on all about Buddhism and Jainism.
  • The Mauryan Age
  • In modern India, the focus should be on the Indian freedom struggle after the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The plans, committees, and conferences between 1925 to 1946
  • All the congress party sessions with their Presidents and associated important events.
  • Jawahar Lal Nehru, Shahid Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Motilal Nehru, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and Lala Lajpat Rai
  • Nehru Report
  • Round Table Conference
  • Poona Pact
  • Shimla Conference
  • Education under the British rule
  • Social status of women in Modern India
  • Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Ishwar chandra Vidyasagar, and Jyotiba Phule

Geography (India and the world)

  • Concepts related to monsoon in India (very important)
  • Climate types of the different parts of India
  • Different types of soil and climate
  • Water divides of India
  • Cities at the bank of major rivers
  • National Highways
  • National Waterways

Indian Polity

  • Union Executive
  • State Executive
  • Supreme Court
  • High Court
  • Fundamental Rights
  • Fundamental Duties
  • Parliamentary Proceedings
  • Types of writs
  • Types of Bills
  • Union and State relations
  • Emergency Provisions

Environment and Ecology

  • Basic concepts related to environment and ecology
  • UN Conferences and agreements related to the environment
  • Location of important protected areas

Allocate a weekly 1-2 day for revising the topics you have previously studied. Revision helps in 100 Days Study Plan for UPSC Exam recollecting the concepts you have studied. Go through question papers and analyze the type of question asked and prepare according to it.

Make notes and mind maps, if you come across a difficult concept.

Revise whatever you studied for each subject the previous day, in the first 15 minutes of your next day.

Spend weekends, entirely for revision of textbooks and revision of mock exams.

Don’t spend too much time any resources other than what we discussed above, as the returns on the time you invest may not be high.

Also, don’t spend more than 1 hour on newspapers. Don’t go behind any new materials or mock questions, but focus only on the recommended items we discussed above.

Make sure you revise for at least 8 hours in the last 10 days and ensure that you get 8-hour sleep until IAS Prelims.

All you need to have is confidence and a focused mind. Don’t run behind too many resources in the last days. Be laser-like focused.

Believe that it is perfectly possible to clear UPSC Civil Services Preliminary exam in 100 days. Many candidates under our guidance have done it in the past, even with lesser time.

Have strong self-belief.

Believe that you can clear IAS Prelims with whatever time left. Give your 100%.

All the very best!

UPSC Prelims Exam 2020: GS Paper-1: Complete Study Material

100-Days Action Plan to Clear IAS Prelims 2020
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