What Role do Frequent Revisions Play while Preparing for IAS?

Making frequent revisions plays a highly important role while preparing for IAS. It can be argued that the syllabus prescribed by UPSC is too vast to be prepared in a little time. Thus, not only do the IAS aspirants are required to read a lot, but they are also expected to finish preparing the entire syllabus within a limited time. So, going through the entire syllabus thoroughly is not everybody’s cup of tea. Besides, there are a number of factors related to the preparation that must be taken care of in a suitable manner if you want to clear the exam and score higher than your competitors.

So, where is the time left for making revisions? Won’t it suffice to give a thorough reading to all what UPSC prescribes and be there in the UPSC examination hall to face the exam? The answer is a big NO!

How does making frequent revisions help an IAS aspirant?

As already said above, it is simply not possible to clear the IAS exam successfully without making frequent revisions. Revising quite often,  helps a candidate prepare for the IAS exam in various ways. The prominent ones are described below:

  1. It sharpens your memory: You are very likely to forget the information you have gained by studying hard, sooner or later. What if, to your great dismay (rather, read horror), you realize that you have forgotten the important details, when you should not have, at the time of answering the question paper in the IAS examination hall?  However, revising often helps sharpen the memory, and the probability of forgetting the important facts and details while facing the exam gets minimized.  
  2. Revisions result in better time management: When you are aware of the need to revise, you are more likely to finish reading in a fixed time for you are going to revise as well as the fixed schedule of time. Even if you revise at your convenience, you would, of course, spare some quality time for the activity. It, of course, results in better time management, specifically when you have to prepare the entire UPSC syllabus within a limited time. It is an added advantage provided to you by opting for making revisions frequently.
  3. Revisions help you make a self-assessment that goes a long way: While making the revisions, you realize what you have forgotten. On the other hand, there is also a feel-good factor as you feel confident concerning the details and facts that your memory still retains correctly. This self-assessment often goes a long way. It gives a sharp insight into your weak points as what all you have forgotten needs to be revised again. And by making the revisions as required, you are only equipping yourself better for facing the examination finally.
  4. Revisions help you seek guidance: Many a time, the IAS aspirants are left with queries and doubts even after making a good revision. If it so happens, you should seek guidance from the knowledgeable, be they the faculty members or those who have already cleared the exam successfully. Thus, seeking knowledge from the experienced is very likely to gain a few tips to prepare for the exam, apart from solving your queries and clarifying the doubts.
  5. Revisions help you strive towards perfection, making you more competent: As it is widely believed that practice makes a man perfect, the same rule applies to revise as often as required while preparing for the IAS exam. Besides, when you strive near perfection, you get more competent. Being highly competent is the only way to clear the IAS exam in the first attempt. Also, if you aim at joining IAS, which is the most sought after cadre by the youth in India, you are required to be at your best, and also at the competitive best. UPSC allows only the highest of the rank holders to join IAS.   
  6. Revisions add up to your confidence: As you keep revising, you will feel that with every revision, the weak points are well taken care of, and the strengths get strengthened further. Thus, you are bound to feel more confident.
  7. Revisions help alleviate the examination blues: It is none other than the IAS exam that you are going to face. And who can deny that anxiety because of the exam and panic in the examination are among the worst of the examination blues? Making frequent revisions help take care of these problems, hence enabling you to face the examination with a relaxed mind and score higher.

Finally, it is through making multiple revisions that you make a practice of recalling the information that you have gained by preparing hard. So, the practice is obviously going to help you stay relaxed and answer the question paper correctly while facing the exam.

Besides, as already said earlier, with a poised mind, not only does the likelihood of answering correctly increases, even the probability of answering incorrectly is also reduced to a great extent. And, it of course, minimizes the extent of any marks being lost due to negative marking.

What’s more, many a times, with a poised mind, free of all anxiety, the probability for answering correctly increases even for those of the questions, where you are not sure of the answers.

All of these advantages as discussed above are definitely going to count to help the  IAS aspirants clear the Prelims that is the Qualifying Paper. You are required to clear the CSAT Paper, so that GS Paper I of the Prelims is evaluated.

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As the Prelims must be qualified, you have to prepare for the same and revise as frequently as required. No Prelims would of course, imply no Mains and hence no Interview. In other words, No Revisions would result in not clearing the Prelims and hence, it would only amount to a failure to join the Indian Administrative services.

Thus, it can be safely concluded that all the IAS aspirants should be wise enough to realize the importance to REVISE!

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