New Normal in UPSC CSE Preparation

The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected every aspect of the society. It has also brought changes in the way the aspirants prepare for the toughest exam i.e., UPSC.  There were days when UPSC examination could be mastered through a tangential overview of few topics. UPSC examination is attributed as ‘mother of all exams’ as the pass percentage is less than 1%.

A civil service aspirant can make the most out of this crisis. A candidate now has to spend most of his time indoors and they can use this time to brush up their skills, revise their syllabus, work upon their grey areas, increases self-assessment and so on.

Changes Brought by Pandemic: –

  • It has necessitated to ensure the safety of our students
  • Ensuring the quality of education is the priority.
  • There is a need to improve our online platform, make it more interactive
  • Value addition materials are being added constantly on the online platform
  • Various new tools are being developed that would help candidate give an edge to their preparation.

Basic approach to be followed: –

  1. Understanding the syllabus in its entirety. The nuances involved must be fathomed. Knowing and comprehending the syllabus is one of the most important steps.
  2. Reading and understanding the basic concepts. One can refer to standard textbooks and NCERTs for the same. Every subject and topic have some key concepts. They should be dealt with on a priority basis we IQRA IAS give special attention on NCERTs.
  3. Being aware of your surroundings, i.e., the major happenings in and around the nation and the world. For this, newspapers and magazines can be used as the source material you can refer our weekly and monthly Current Affairs magazine at
  4. Timely and consistent self-assessment in the form of writing mock tests and through other means available.
  5. Understanding the pattern of the examination.
  6. Analyzing the question papers of the previous years can be of big help.

Adapt with time

There is a rising concern amongst the students over a change in preparation method owing to covid-19. Students are uncomfortable with the technological shift. Previously, aspirants were very much at ease with taking physical classes, being surrounded by a competitive environment, participating in group discussions and studies.

But with restrictions of social distancing, they are forced to take online classes, get acquainted with reading through PDFs rather than books, and give online mock tests. It has proven to be very frustrating, but one needs to adapt to the latest trend, as it is always the survival of the fittest.

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