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Last month strategy for UPSC CSE Prelims 2020

UPSC CSE prelims 2020 is scheduled for 31 May 2020. Unlike other examinations, UPSC
CSE Prelims is still following the timeline; therefore, one month left for the UPSC Prelims

The last month of the UPSC Prelims Preparation is the most crucial as it can substantially
improve your chances of qualifying the exam. Over the past year, every applicant must have
covered most of the syllabus, including the current affairs. Now, the last lap of the UPSC
Preparation is all about revision, practice and consolidating all the knowledge collected over
the previous year.

In this article, we have compiled the strategy for the last month to improve your score in
UPSC Prelims and improve your chances of qualifying the exam.

1. Revision is your constant companion

UPSC Syllabus for Prelims 2020 is vast and exhaustive. Even if you have completed the
syllabus, you must revise it numerous times. Multiple revisions ensure that you have good
memorisation of the subject, and it is easier to recall topics from the vast syllabus during the
Recurring revisions also ensure that you apply the correct logic for the appropriate questions
which consequently reduces your negative marking and brings you a step closer to the

1. Follow a plan

The last 30 days are the most crucial ones for your UPSC Preparation; therefore, it is
advised that you make a revision plan and follow it religiously.
Your revision plan must be divided across all the subjects and test series. In the beginning,
start by allocating 2-3 days for one subject revision. Your day must be planned, such as half
the day is devoted to the subject revision and the second half for the UPSC Mock test. In the
end, reduce the number of days to one day for each subject and gradually cover two
subjects in one day.

In this manner, you will be able to revise the complete syllabus thrice in a month.
Such a revision plan, if followed thoroughly, shall give you a considerable confidence boost,
and you will be better prepared for the examination.

1. Test Series and Previous year papers

If you do not test your preparation, you will be unable to determine the flaws and gaps
remaining in the preparation. Hence, you must solve at least one UPSC Prelims mock test
for GS and one for CSAT.

As mentioned earlier, in the second half of your day, you must solve the UPSC Test Series.
Practising UPSC Test Series provides a complete revision and a practice of solving the
exam paper. It teaches you how to effectively utilise the time while minimising the negative
marks and increasing your score.

You must also solve the last 10 years of UPSC Previous year papers to test the water before
facing the actual examination. It provides insight into your level of preparedness, and you
can effectively manage your time to make the required improvements.

You can also check Gradeup for UPSC CSE Preparation for various UPSC CSE Test Series
and UPSC Mock Test. You can also get access to expert-curated study material and other
guidance material.

1. Current Affairs

Current Affairs is a considerable part of the General Studies syllabus. UPSC Prelims contain
numerous current affairs questions, and you are expected to cover past one year of current
affairs. You must revise your current affairs notes thoroughly. If you haven't prepared notes,
you may refer to a monthly compilation of current affairs which curate all the relevant
information in one place.

Given the recent conditions and uncertainties, you must ensure a healthy lifestyle along with
your exam preparation. Follow a proper routine, practise social distancing and be safe.
The last month of UPSC Preparation can be overwhelming as it all comes down to 2 hours
of exam time.  Hence, you must practise to remain calm and do not compare your
preparation with others.

Lastly, the most crucial point is 'Do not start a new topic now'. If you have missed specific
topics, do not start them now as it will hamper the remaining preparation. You can focus on
the completed syllabus and fetch maximum marks from it.

Follow the points mentioned above and trust your hard work. Remain consistent in this last
lap of the race, and you will surely come out as a winner.


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