UPSC Prelims Exam Strategy

Preliminary exam is the first level of the civil services exam. Success in preliminary exam enables the candidate to participate in mains exam and interview. Competition in the preliminary exam itself is very high. It is estimated by our experts that nearly 400,000 people take the exam. However, nearly 15,000 candidates are chosen on the basis of merit to take mains exam.

Thus, such high level of competition requires a good preparation strategy. A good preparation strategy is collection of multiple sub strategies. We at PrepMate follow a 7-fold strategy at preliminary stage to ensure the success of our candidates in the preliminary exam because we know what success is.

Our 7- fold strategy:

1. Complete coverage of the syllabus: As the level of competition is very high, so it is important that the candidate has prepared all the areas from which questions are asked in exam. We, at Shubham’s IAS, cover all the areas from which the questions are asked in the preliminary exam. Refer to the preliminary schedule given below for the details.

2. Regular tests: Regular tests of the students are essential as part of preparation because regular tests motivate the students to work hard, bring consistency among the students and valuate their performance so that appropriate remedial action can be taken, as required. In our curriculum we undertake the regular tests of the students and these tests are based on IAS exam level. The tests are mentioned in the schedule given below.

3. Review of Past year questions: Past year question papers asked in IAS exam guide the candidates as to the pattern and type of questions asked in IAS exam. Also, review of past years papers bring confidence in the students preparing for civil services exam. Thus, we have integrated review of past 10 years questions into our course curriculum.

4. Individual attention: Every candidate has a different apprehension power. Moreover, a candidate needs personal contact with the faculty. To cater to these requirements, our faculty emphasize on individual attention. Hence, Shubham’s IAS – The Best IAS Coaching in Chandigarh provides you with batches that are of small size ,the faculty keeps doubt clearing sessions for the students, the profile of each candidate is made and the candidate is encouraged to ask the questions in the class.

5. Comprehensive and yet concise study material : IAS exam contains questions from various topics and various study materials. Thus, the appropriate study material for IAS exam preparation needs to be comprehensive. The IAS study material provided by us is based on more than 70 text books. Apart from the text books, we keep track of news papers, magazines, government publications and international publications.

As the IAS exam requires coverage of such a huge syllabus, appropriate time utilization is important for success. Thus, it is important to study course material which is comprehensive but as the same time, focussed and concise as well.

6. Simple presentation of concepts: We understand that a beginner is unfamiliar with most of the subjects covered in various stages in IAS exam. Thus, we keep the level of fresh candidate in our mind and present the concepts in simplified manner. Presentation of concepts in simplified manner involves use of examples, relating concepts with one another and with day to day life, use of simple and crisp language etc.

7. Revision classes: We understand that it takes time to master the new concepts and thus, to facilitate mastery of concepts by our students provide revision classes as part of our curriculum. Shubham Singla’s critically acclaimed book General Studies Paper 2 is the best book on CSAT.

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3 Geography2550
4International and Indian Economics1632
5Conventional Science1530
6International organizations and events0510
8Science & Technology1020
10Current Events and Miscellaneous Issues1020





2General Mental Ability and basic numeracy2436
3Decision making and problem solving69
4Data Sufficiency , Eliminacy and Redundancy34.5
5Data interpretation812
6Interpersonal Skills including Communication Skills 11.5
7Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability2030