“Successful people are just those with successful habits.” — Bryan Tracy

To chase a big goal, set yourself up for daily progress with productive habits. In order to crack prelims in 50 days you need to be consistent and disciplined. Time management is the key to success.

The IAS Prelims exam is just a few days away. It will be held on 4th October, 2020. Many IAS aspirants might be wondering if it is possible to crack the UPSC Prelims in just 50 days. The answer is a resounding YES. People have done it before and you can do it too! You just need to follow a plan and work really hard. Remember, nothing is impossible!

Just follow the steps given below and see for yourself what magic you create!

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STUDY SCHEDULE

 

DAY

DATE

TOPIC

DAY 1

10 AUGUST 2020, MONDAY

POLITY – 1

DAY 2

11 AUGUST 2020, TUESDAY

POLITY – 2

DAY 3

12 AUGUST 2020, WEDNESDA 

HISTORY -1

DAY 4

13 AUGUST 2020, THURSDAY

HISTORY -2

DAY 5

14 AUGUST 2020, FRIDAY

CURRENT AFFAIRS– 1

DAY 6

15 AUGUST 2020, SATURDAY

ENVIRONMENT – 1

DAY 7

16 AUGUST 2020, SUNDAY

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 2

DAY 8

17 AUGUST 2020, MONDAY

GEOGRAPHY – 1

DAY 9

18 AUGUST 2020, TUESDAY

GEOGRAPHY – 2

DAY 10

19 AUGUST 2020, WEDNESDAY

ECONOMY -1

DAY 11

20 AUGUST 2020, THURSDAY

ECONOMY – 2

DAY 12

21 AUGUST 2020, FRIDAY

CURRENT AFFAIRS– 3

DAY 13

22 AUGUST 2020, SATURDAY

SCIENCE & TECH – 1

DAY 14

23 AUGUST 2020, SUNDAY

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 4

DAy 15

24 AUGUST 2020, MONDAY

POLITY – 3

DAY 16

25 AUGUST 2020, TUESDAY

POLITY – 4

DAY 17

26 AUGUST 2020, WEDNESDAY

HISTORY -3

DAY 18

27 AUGUST 2020, THURSDAY

HISTORY – 4

DAY 19

DAY 20

28 AUGUST 2020, FRIDAY

29 AUGUST 2020, SATURDAY

CURRENT AFFAIRS–5

ENVIRONMENT – 2

DAY 21

30 AUGUST 2020, SUNDAY

 CURRENT AFFAIRS – 6

DAY 22

31 AUGUST 2020, MONDAY

GEOGRAPHY – 3

DAY 23

1 SEPTEMBER 2020, TUESDAY

GEOGRAPHY – 4

DAY 24

2 SEPTEMBER 2020, WEDNESDAY

ECONOMY -3

DAY 25

3 SEPTEMBER 2020, THURSDAY

ECONOMY – 4

DAY 26

4 SEPTEMBER 2020, FRIDAY

SCIENCE & TECH – 2

DAY 27

5 SEPTEMBER 2020, SATURDAY

ENVIRONMENT – 3

DAY 28

6 SEPTEMBER 2020, SUNDAY

SCIENCE & TECH – 3

DAY 29

7 SEPTEMBER 2020, MONDAY

POLITY – 5

DAY 30

8 SEPTEMBER 2020, TUESDAY

POLITY – 6

DAY 31

9 SEPTEMBER 2020, WEDNESDAY

HISTORY – 5

DAY 32

10 SEPTEMBER 2020, THURSDAY

HISTORY – 6

DAY 33

11 SEPTEMBER 2020, FRIDAY

GEOGRAPHY – 5

DAY 34

12 SEPTEMBER 2020, SATURDAY

GEOGRAPHY – 6

DAY 35

13 SEPTEMBER 2020, SUNDAY

CSAT – 1

DAY 36

14 SEPTEMBER 2020, MONDAY

ECONOMY -5

DAY 37

15 SEPTEMBER 2020, TUESDAY

ECONOMY – 6

DAY 38

16 SEPTEMBER 2020, WEDNESDAY

POLITY -7

DAY 39

17 SEPTEMBER 2020, THURSDAY

POLITY – 8

DAY 40

18 SEPTEMBER 2020, FRIDAY

HISTORY – 7

DAY 41

19 SEPTEMBER 2020, SATURDAY

HISTORY – 8

DAY 42

20 SEPTEMBER 2020, SUNDAY

CSAT – 2

DAY 43

 21 SEPTEMBER 2020, MONDAY

 GEOGRAPHY – 7

 DAY 44

22 SEPTEMBER 2020, TUESDAY

 GEOGRAPHY – 8

 DAY 45

 23 SEPTEMBER 2020, WEDNESDAY

 POLITY -9

 DAY 46

 24 SEPTEMBER 2020, THURSDAY

 POLITY – 10

DAY 47

25 SEPTEMBER 2020, FRIDAY

HISTORY – 9

DAY 48

26 SEPTEMBER 2020, SATURDAY

HISTORY – 10

DAY 49

27 SEPTEMBER 2020, SUNDAY

GEOGRAPHY – 9

DAY 50

28 SEPTEMBER 2020, MONDAY

GEOGRAPHY – 10

MOCK 1

29 SEPTEMBER 2020, TUESDAY

FULL MOCK PAPER -1

(GS + CSAT)

MOCK 2

30 SEPTEMBER 2020, WEDNESDAY

FULL MOCK PAPER -2

(GS + CSAT)

MOCK 3

1 OCTOBER 2020, THURSDAY

FULL MOCK PAPER -3

(GS + CSAT)

SYLLABUS-WISE

 

History                                  – 10 days

Geography                            – 10 days

Polity                                    – 10 days

Economy                                 –  6 days

Environment                          –  3 days

Science & Technology         –  3 days

Current Affairs                      –  6 days

CSAT                                     –  2 days

STUDY MATERIAL

 

1.

HISTORY: ANCIENT INDIA

R. S. Sharma

2 days

2.

HISTORY: MEDIEVAL INDIA

Satish Chandra

2 days

3.

HISTORY: MODERN INDIA

Bipan Chandra & Spectrum

4 days

4.

HISTORY: ART & CULTURE

Nitin Singhania

2 days

5.

GEOGRAPHY – Fundamentals of Physical Geography

NCERT Class XI

4 days

6.

GEOGRAPHY – India: Physical

NCERT Class XI

4 days

7.

GEOGRAPHY – India: People and Economy

NCERT Class XII

1 day

8.

GEOGRAPHY – Fundamentals of Human Geography

NCERT Class XII

1 day

9.

POLITY

Laxmikanth

10 days

10.

ECONOMY

Study material

3 days

11.

ECOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT

Study material

3 days

12.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Study material

3 days

13.

CURRENT AFFAIRS

Study material

6 days

14.

CSAT   Aptitude +

Decision Making +

Logical Reasoning

R. S. Aggarwal

2 days

# 1: Know The IAS Exam Pattern

There are three stages for the IAS exam:

  1. UPSC Prelims
  2. UPSC Mains
  3. Personality Test

You have to clear the prelims exam to be eligible for the IAS Mains exam.

The Prelims consists of two papers – General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II (which is more commonly known as the CSAT)

EXAM PAPER I (GS) PAPER II (CSAT)
Total Marks 200 200
Duration 2 Hours 2 Hours
No. of Questions 100 80
Objective Type Yes (MCQs) Yes (MCQs)
Negative Marks Yes (1/3rd) Yes (1/3rd )

Paper- II (CSAT) will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualify marks fixed at 33%. It means UPSC will evaluate Paper- II first. If candidate secures 33% or more marks in Paper- II than only Paper- I will be evaluated

 

There are three types of MCQs in the IAS Prelims. They are:

MCQ – single response correct

Heat energy received by the earth from the Sun is due to :

(a) Convection

(b) Radiation

(c) Reflection of light

(d) Transmission of light

Ans. (b)

 

MCQ – many responses correct

Consider the following statements.

(a) Coral bleaching refers to the loss of colour of the corals that form the highly fragile ecosystems, coral reefs.

(b) Coral reefs are located in circumtropical, shallow tropical waters along islands and continents.

(c) The coral reefs are referred to as ‘tropical rainforests of the ocean’.

(d) Coral cannot survive in the waters having either very low temperature or very high temperature.

Which of the above statements are incorrect?

(a) Only 1 & 2    (b) Only 2 & 3

(c) Only 1 & 4    (d) None of the above

Ans. (d)

 

MCQ – match the following

Match the following items given under List – I with that of List – II.

List – I List – II
StateNative Language
1. Sikkim A. Garhwali
2. TripuraB. Pahari
3. Himachal Pradesh C. Kokborok
4. UttarakhandD. Lepcha

Choose the correct option from the following codes:

A. 1 – C           2 – D        3 – A       4 – B

B. 1 – D           2 – C        3 –  A       4 – B

C.  1 – C           2 – D       3 – B       4 – A

D.  1 – D          2 – C       3 –  B       4 – A

Ans. (d)

 

# 2: Know The IAS Prelims Syllabus

IAS Syllabus for GS Paper I:

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization General Science.

IAS Syllabus for CSAT:

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy & Data Interpretation

Download the UPSC Prelims syllabus.

 

# 3: Go Through Previous Year Question Papers

It is very important to go through the previous year UPSC question papers to get a fair idea of the kind of questions asked by the UPSC so that even with the time crunch, you will know the pattern of questions. This will help you prioritize your studies.

Download the previous years IAS question papers here.

 

# 4: Assess Yourself

Always assess yourself through mock tests. This is very important for the prelims since you have negative marks here. There are two key factors here:

  • You must complete your paper.
  • You must be careful while choosing an option since you will be penalized for wrong answers.

This is where mock tests can help you in the following ways:

  • You can know exactly how much time you can and are able to spend on a question.
  • You can learn the art of intelligent and smart guessing.
  • Practicing mock tests will increase your speed of answering the questions.
  • You will be aware of your own strengths and weaknesses. You can know for what topics you need more practice, etc.
  • Test yourself with AA Shah’s Prelims Test Series and boost your chances of clearing the UPSC Prelims 2019.

 

# 5: Subject-wise Strategies for IAS Prelims

HISTORY
  • For prelims, you must concentrate more on Modern History and Art & Culture.
  • Reference Books for history (for prelims):
  • History of Modern India – Bipan Chandra
  • For Art & Culture – NCERT Books or Spectrum
GEOGRAPHY

In this subject, you topics from Indian Geography and World Geography are covered. Indian Geography is given more weightage in the UPSC Prelims. Here, you must focus on:

  • Indian Physiography
  • Climate
  • Rivers of India
  • Soil and Types of Soil in India
  • India’s mineral wealth
  • Forests
  • Agriculture
  • Human Geography
  • Wildlife and conservation
  • Geography in news and Places in news

In World Geography, you must focus more on Earth, Universe, Land Forms and their Formation, Wind System, Atmosphere, Clouds and Precipitation, Hydrosphere, and Climate Types and Climatic regions of the world.

  • Books for geography (for prelims):
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G.C. Leong
  • NCERT XI- India Physical Environment
POLITY

In polity, questions asked are both static and dynamic in nature. So, give importance to any significant judgements given by the courts, any new bills and acts passed by the Parliament, etc. Always relate what you read to the UPSC Syllabus.

Books for polity prelims:

  • Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth
ECONOMICS

In the case of economics, if you don’t have economics background, just make sure get your basics right. For the basics, go through the NCERTs.

Topics to be covered for prelims:

  • Banking
  • Inflation
  • National Income Accounting
  • Securities Market
  • Schemes
  • Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
  • Go through the Budget and Economic Survey (selectively).
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Topics to be covered:-

  • Go through NCERTs for basics on General Science
  • Go through The Hindu’s Science & Technology section for current affairs on science and technology.
ENVIRONMENT

Topics to be covered:-

  • Current affairs
  • Various Climate and Environment Convention
  • Various Treaties
  • Book on Environment by Neeraj Nachiketa
  • CURRENT AFFAIRS A.A. Shah’s monthly magazine from June 2018

 

CSAT

In the case of CSAT, it is imperative that you score a minimum of 33% in order to qualify for the IAS Mains exam. Practise questions from ‘CSAT Manual: General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination (Paper – 2)’ by TMH for a good understanding of the topics covered in this paper.

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