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UPSC Civil Service exam prelims: A month left, follow these tips to analyse if your revision is on track

At this point in time, a candidate should switch the focus of their preparation from learning to revising. Check important tips to follow for your final UPSC Civil Service prelims revision.

New Delhi I |
Updated: September 13, 2021 1:56:57 pm
upsc civil service, upsc cse prelims 2021You can create a broad framework that you can follow. (Representational image)

– Sajal Singh

UPSC Civil Service prelims exam is due in a month and it’s time aspirants pull up their socks to complete the final revision on time. Utilising most of the revision time can make a big difference as aspirants gear up to appear for the UPSC prelims. The objective of a revision plan is to ensure that you put your best foot forward on the day of the exam day. 

At this point in time, a candidate should switch the focus of their preparation from learning to revising. A proper revision plan helps consolidate all the knowledge, improves memory of facts, and develops examination temperament, ensuring you get the most out of the hard work you have already put in. Here are a few tips that may help analyse if your revision is on track.

Make a plan

If you do not have a properly written revision plan still, you certainly need one. It will help you review your progress. Hence, you need a crystal clear schedule that prioritizes attempting MCQs and Mock Tests. Starting a completely new subject is counterproductive as it takes up a lot of precious time, and you might not be able to develop the competency. 

Assess your strengths and weaknesses  

Just attempting MCQs and mock tests is not enough. Post-test assessment is the key – as it helps you understand if you are on the right track. It further allows you to define your focus areas. A broad framework that you can follow would be:

— Keep track of the number of questions you get right because you are sure of the answer and how many through intelligent guessing/elimination techniques. It will help you assess your accuracy levels through different answering methods and suggest where you stand. Your sure-shot correct answers should be at least 50. At the same time, your intelligent guessing should have an accuracy of over 50 per cent.

— Second, keep the incorrect answers to a bare minimum. . If you consistently get over 25 questions wrong, then that’s a red flag. It means you require thorough introspection and need to make strategic changes. Try not to over attempt but revise thoroughly. You could argue that if you are attempting 90 questions, getting 25 wrong still gets you in. Yes, your Math indeed is correct, but those who get 25 incorrect may not stop at 25. There is a possibility to get even more questions incorrect.

— Third, there is no ideal number of questions to attempt in Prelims that can maximize your chances for selection. It depends on your skills in MCQs. If you think your guesswork is good your attempt can go up to 95 questions. , if not then keep it around 75. Don’t attempt below 75 in any case.

— Fourth, assess your mistakes. So, are you making mistakes in current affairs – the same subjects, repetitively? Then it would help if you work on those specific subjects. So shift your focus and spend more time on these.

Compiling last-minute revision points

Make sure you compile your notes so that your quick revision in the last couple of days is solid. Try making notes using bullet points, diagrams/charts or revision cards. Such notes increase recall.

Most importantly, it’s not just the number of hours you put in but about how you use your time. So being organized helps you use your time effectively and consequently reduces exam stress.

The author is the founder of government exam preparation platform Civilsdaily.

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