Strategy to Crack UPSC Prelims in One Month
The month leading to the UPSC Prelims can make anyone fall weak in the knees. There is so much to revise, the entire UPSC Prelims Syllabus, Current Affairs, monthly gists, economic survey, and budget, along with the India Year Book. One should stick to their UPSC Preparation Strategy and revise the facts of information, and concepts again and again, which can prove to be very vital during this time.
Don’t lose hope, and always remember that the ‘Best view comes after the hardest climb’.
- As a serious aspirant, one must not lose focus during the final lap of the UPSC 2022. A month before, never pick any new resource to read, whatever was needed to prepare has already been done.
- Just revise and recall all the NCERT Books for UPSC, UPSC Books, notes, facts, and information on a daily basis.
- Along with the timetable suggested below, practice 2 hours daily, the CSAT Syllabus and Current Affairs.
Last One-month Strategy for UPSC Prelims
Follow the strategy given below the complete the entire UPSC Syllabus timely before the UPSC 2022 Prelims.
Week 1: Cover History and Art & Culture
- Cover the entire NCERT Notes for History along with the notes from the CCRT website and standard books.
- Divide the time slot accordingly to cover ancient, medieval, and modern simultaneously.
- More weightage should be given to modern history as direct questions are asked from this section over the past years.
Week 2: Cover Environment & Ecology with Geography
- Geography and Environment & Ecology are interrelated at various points and topics. To cover both, always rely on Geography Books for UPSC along with NCERTs.
- Revise the NCERT notes and relate the with Current Affairs.
- Whenever revising, sit with a map and locate places in the news. It will help in memorizing the places better and interrelating topics.
- After the NCERTs, refer to the standard books by GC Leong and Majid Hussain and revise their notes.
- Ample time should be given to Indian geography and world geography as many questions are asked from these two sections.
Week 3: Cover Polity
- Polity is an essential section of the UPSC Exam. A major portion of the questions is directly or indirectly asked from this section. Students must refer to the Polity Books for UPSC to cover this subject.
- To revise polity, consider only the NCERTs along with Indian Polity by M. Laximanth. Revision of notes from these resources is essential, coupled with a selective reading of cases from D.D. Basu’s Constitution of India.
- Seeing the past trends, try focussing on areas of Fundamental Rights, DPSPs, Forms of Government, and Constitutional and Non-Constitutional bodies.
Week 4: Cover Economy
- Direct concept-based questions are asked from Economy. An aspirant should consolidate the Economic Survey and Union Budget in such a way that it's handy for last-minute revision.
- Refer to the Economy Notes for UPSC for one-stop complete revision.
- It is seen that direct questions are asked from India Year Book, Economic Survey, and Union Budget, so it should not miss.
- Chapters like Money and Banking, Fiscal and Monetary Policy, National Income, International Trade, Public Finance, Inflation, etc. should not be left for last-minute revision.
- Concepts like the GDP, WPI, CPI, Repo Rate, Reverse Repo Rate, etc. should be revised thoroughly. Along with this, Reports and Indices of various national and international organizations should be memorized, along with India’s ranking in the same.
- In the end, complement everything with Current Affairs.
Week 5: Cover Current Affairs
- Current Affairs is the backbone of the UPSC Exam. Indirect or indirect, static or dynamic, anything can be asked from this section.
- To cover this section, along with the revision of subjects, dedicate an hour daily to complete the monthly compilations of Current affairs.
- In the last week of revision, refer to the Current Affairs Videos on our website for the complete revision part.
- Though anything under the sun is asked in Current Affairs, with patience and a calm mind, options can be eliminated and the right answer can be found in the trick questions.
Checklist for UPSC Prelims Preparation in 1 Month
- One month before the UPSC Prelims, revision of all NCERT books, notes, and basic reference materials should be done. No new material should be referred to at this time.
- Take mocks on a daily basis of the subjects you are revising, so that you do not lose momentum. Practice the Previous Year Question Papers. It is also important to give mocks and practice PYQs in exam-like conditions and in a timely manner.
- Follow the daily routine, wake up early in the morning, take proper periods of sleep and breaks, and sleep on time.
- If you score less in test series or mocks, do not lose hope. Try correcting your mistakes instead and focus on revision.
- Go through previous years' questions papers.
- Get the print of the admit card, photocopy of ID proof, and passport size photograph to the UPSC examination center.
- Have a balanced diet a day before the exam, and take a peaceful 8 hours of sleep.
- Be confident in what you have studied and you will definitely ace the exam.
UPSC Prelims 30 days Strategy PDF
The UPSC Exam is intense and mostly all students dedicate themselves for one long year to this exam. A month before the exam can make you anxious and get on your nerves. Never let that happen! Have the UPSC Preparation Strategy in such a way that the UPSC Syllabus is completed well in time with revisions.