Last Minute Tips for UPSC Prelims 2024

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Last Minute Tips for UPSC Prelims 2024
Last Minute Tips for UPSC Prelims 2024

With the UPSC Prelims 2024 exam slated to be held on 16th June 2024, the pressure is mounting on the aspirants. While a year-long dedicated preparation is crucial, managing the last few days leading to the exam can make a significant difference in your performance. This article of NEXT IAS aims to provide some last minute tips for UPSC Prelims 2024, including an effective study plan, prioritising key areas, revision techniques, and handling exam pressure.

The UPSC Prelims, as the first stage of the Civil Services Examination, witnesses a cut-throat competition. While lakhs of aspirants appear for the exam, only around 10-12 thousand of them are able to clear it. As the exam date approaches, it’s crucial to fine-tune your preparation to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness. Here are some last minute tips for UPSC Prelims 2024 to help you maximize your score and ace the first hurdle in your IAS dream.

While you must have been following your usual study plan till now, the last few days before the exam entail a Special Study Plan in order to stay organized and reduce last-minute stress. Here are some important elements that should be incorporated into the plan:

  • Create a daily schedule for the remaining days, ensuring you revise all important topics.
  • Divide your daily study hours such that sufficient time is allocated to each of the key areas.
  • Ensure a fine and weighted balance between the static topics and current affairs.
  • Adopting the “Pomodoro Technique” of breaking down your study sessions into 2-3 hour intervals with short breaks in between helps prevent burnout and keeps your focus sharp.

With barely 10-12 days left for the UPSC Prelims 2024, one should focus solely on revision and consolidation. The following points can help you do this effectively:

  • Resist your urge to learn new things at this stage.
  • Focus on multiple revisions of the topics you’ve already covered, especially those with a high probability of appearing.
  • Stick to your existing materials and avoid introducing new sources or books at this stage.

This last revision before the exam has to be quick and effective. Here is how you can achieve the same:

  • Your short notes for each topic, which you have prepared during your year-long study, are the way out.
  • Go through your short notes 3-4 times before the examination. This will help you brush up and memoize the key concepts and facts.

The revision schedule for the last few days should be prepared as per the priority of the topics. Here are a few tips regarding the same.

  • Focus on revising key subjects that are frequently tested.
    • History, Art & Culture, Geography, Polity, Economy, Environment, and Current Affairs are essential areas that often carry significant weight.
  • Make sure you have a solid understanding of fundamental concepts and recent developments in these subjects.
  • Weak areas in these subjects, if any, need special attention.

It is a well-established fact that the UPSC Prelims Examination is current affairs driven. Thus, the last few days demand significant and special attention to current affairs. Here are some last minute tips for the current affairs section for UPSC Prelims 2024.

  • Focus on news related to Government Schemes, Policies, International Relations, Economics, Environment, and Science & Tech from around the last 1 year.
  • Here again, your news category-wise short notes will be of great help.
    • In case, you have not prepared your own short notes of current affairs, you can pick up any ready-made yearly compilation of current affairs.

In recent years, the CSAT Paper has been playing a crucial role in deciding one’s result in UPSC Prelims. Thus, it is pertinent that one does not neglect this paper. Here are some last minute tips for the UPSC CSAT Paper.

  • Revise key formulas and concepts.
  • Dedicate specific time to practicing CSAT questions, especially from previous years’ papers.

With pressure mounting in the last few days before the examination, most of the aspirants commit the mistake of stopping to practice the mock tests. This is not advisable.

  • Taking a few more mock tests can help you maintain consistency and improve your time management skills.
  • Thus, it is advisable to keep practicing the mock tests so as to keep yourself in “examination mode”.
  • Along with one’s study, one must pay attention to maintaining physical and mental well-being. Eat healthy and get enough rest.
  • Staying calm and composed is vital in the final days before the exam. Avoid last-minute stress and maintain your mental composure.
  • Believe in yourself and stay positive. Keep reminding yourself that you have studied hard throughout the year and hence you are bound to excel in the exam.
  • There is no one-size-fits-all approach to crack the UPSC Prelims Exam. So, tailor the strategy to your individual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Ensure that you have all your essentials such as your Admit Card, ID Card, Pen, etc in a bag that you will carry to the examination hall.
    • Being well-prepared with essentials will help you avoid last-minute panic on exam day.
  • Avoid late-night study sessions as they can lead to fatigue and decreased concentration levels.
  • Ensure you get enough sleep the night before the exam.
    • A well-rested mind performs better in recalling information and staying focused during the test.

Even after sufficient preparation, pressure does build up on the day of the examination. In order to perform well in the exam, it is very essential to handle this pressure effectively. Here are some tips to do the same:

  • Keep reminding yourself that it is not just you but all other fellow aspirants are having butterflies in the stomach.
  • Keep reminding yourself that you have studied well and deserve to crack the exam.
  • Keep yourself hydrated and breathe deep to stay relaxed.

The last few days before the UPSC Prelims are critical in shaping your performance. By focusing on key areas, effective revision, consistent practice, and maintaining a calm and composed mindset, you can optimize your preparation and enter the examination hall with confidence. Remember, the goal is to perform to the best of your abilities, so stay positive and believe in your hard work.

We wish you all the very best for your UPSC Prelims 2024!

Team NEXT IAS.

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