The topper of UPSC Civil Services Exam Rachit Raj has suggested 11 things to do in the last 20 days of preparation before the exam. These 11 points are highly recommended to every aspirant:

1. Focus more on revision now. You have studied a lot since you are preparing for a long time, so now give your time for revision so as to recollect maximum at the time of the exam.

2. Do a lot of question practice as it will prepare you for the final exam. With practice, you become perfect in how to select the best option, how to eliminate wrong ones, how to deal when you do not answer, how to deal when you have partial knowledge, etc.

3. Don’t break off with newspaper. It really gives you some information which may become fruitful. Don’t go into that depth but just have an overview which doesn’t take much of your time.

4. Try to give mock tests and while solving questions assume that you are giving prelims final exam so do accordingly and then check your score and mistakes and further try to understand where you have committed a mistake and how to rectify in future.

5. Get to know your strengths and weakness and you can hit upon accordingly. While solving questions you get the ability to control on guesswork which is really needed as negative marking gonna reduce your marks.

6. Don’t be depressed if you get low marks now as it is the best stage to learn for future and seriously the mock tests are designed in a different way as compared to the final prelims paper. So fewer marks should not bother you. I will narrate here about my experience. My prelims were on 26th May and around 10th to 20th May when I was giving tests I was getting a score of 50-65 out of 200. So don’t be depressed and off your mood.

7. In fact, you will tend to know which area you are missing and what are the reasons. So just honestly commit yourself and learn.

8. Don’t be afraid of a new type of questions if you get they are meant to teach you, so know and learn about them. No need to panic in such a situation.

9. Be relaxed and be confident about your preparation. If you have been honest all through, your honesty would be definitely rewarded.

10. No stress, no junk food, have a healthy diet and sleep well. Don’t take much tension as it is going to decrease your efficiency. Thereby follow your normal routine with effective introspection.

11. You have given your best and now the time has come that the whole world would conspire for your success !!! So cheer up and rejoice and give your best !!! It’s all yours !!!!

Author of this article is Mr. Rachit Raj (IAS)


  1. Thanxx a lot fr such a inspiring and helpful information.basically I m also from engg background so I don’t understand from I start my preparation.I want to know the best institute for the IAS.which help me to boost up my knowledge bcoz m at zero level.

  2. brothers and sisters i have a lots of financial and family problems bcoz my father is what shall i do?

    • U first do a job….may be its small one..don’t hesitate to do .. its necessary for ur family nd study daily evening nd night at least for 4hrs….

  3. I m a budding IAS on a initial stage of preparations fr civils …. It was a great motivational tips n its was jst needed fr me…
    I congratulate thank n convey my sincere best wishes to Mr.Rachit Raj … There are very few who really disclose d true strategy of preparations n after going through most of articles I m really blessed with a great confident booster in me ..
    I also thank all d people bcz of whoz efforts made dis precious information reach till me… Thank you one n all

  4. sir,
    I have no Idea how to start for PT.
    Which books should I prefer first to do it self because I m a government employee in Passport office nd have maximum 4 hrs to study

  5. I’m doing gov job but in my life I want to achieve more n so I thought of giving IAS exam .bcz itz true DAT life is all urs just I want to know some good material n books for preparing ias

  6. I am not an IAS officer but what I achieved I achieved it on behalf of my own and what I learned is that just read and re read masters and in the manner what suits u and satisfies u as every successful person has his own style and experience.

  7. HELLO ,
    Sir, i have a question……. students can give IAS exam or not……
    because, i have no idea qualification of IAS

    Sir, if students give IAS exam then sir, how study is doing sir……

  8. Hello sir mai job bhi krta hon aur mujhe tyyri bhi krni to mijhe kitne hours study krna chahiye dono possible hi ya ngi sir plz help me

  9. Sir I am also a btech student.. As a fresher how can I start my preparation. Which books I should follow. Sir please guide me

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