Success in IAS exams depends heavily on your IAS preparation strategy and time management. Here is 15 must follow guidelines for ias exam aspirants that will take their IAS preparation to the next level.

15 Time Management tips for IAS Preparation Strategy

Don’t promise an unachievable target to yourself. Make short, realistic and accomplishable targets. Like ‘I will finish reading 20 pages in next 2 hrs’ instead of committing ‘I will finish 500 pages book in 2 days’ it’s not the way we are designed to perform. 

Don’t make a study plan for more than 12 weeks. See if it works for you, don’t make major changes in it during period small adjustments are fine but that too should not be very frequent.

Don’t make any exhaustive schedule with account of every minute – just make a timeline for accomplishments.

After spending time (say 2 hrs) with an assignment, assess periodically how much value it has added.

Keep a consistent reading (not study just reading) time of 3 hrs a day no matter what happens, don’t fail to use all 180 minutes reading a textbook may be NCERT or other text book. Prefer 7 pm – 10 pm or as per your habit. Don’t take dinner break during this time and also keep cellphones away, world is not gonna end in these 3 hrs.

Three are necessary IAS Preparation other than course – One text book of each subject (strictly one), NCERT Books (old and new), and tests (you don’t need to join any IAS Preparation test series, do it from previously asked papers in IAS Exams).ias preparation ias exam plan

Tests are not just to check your progress but to give you that extra push to prepare and perform. So, prepare well before each and every test as you are supposed to do for your final exams.

Revise, revise and revise everything you are studying, because unless you will not revise all your study will go waste. Keep a 40:60 ratio of time allotment for new readings and revisions.

Eat healthy food, sleep well (neither less than 6 hours nor more than 8 hours), meditate for at least 15 minutes everyday. Five to six hours of devoted study is enough.

Don’t consume alcohol even occasionally. Minimize and then quit smoking if you does.

Follow a regular routine. Don’t make changes every now and then. Stick to your plan.

Don’t seek advice from everyone you can be the best judge for directing your efforts. Don’t keep asking everyone you meet – the guy who topped, who failed 4 times, who has been teaching for 14 hrs, your aunty, intelligent brother etcetera. Take the charge dude, start making your own model for success.

Always remember that your IAS Preparation is to become topper. If you will aim at just qualifying the exam it will get reflected in your IAS preparation, and naturally you will not give your best.

Focus on optimum time utilization, instead of maximum time consumption.

Don’t keep any backup plan for the case of failure. Don’t even think about it. You are working to succeed. There can not be any backup plan for your ambition either you can achieve it or you can fail to do so. If you will donate some time for your backup plan will become the primary.

All the best for your IAS exam preparation.


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      • Dear sir,
        This is mahesh I am a B.TECH graduate right now worked as a instrumentation engineer in Hetero labs Baddi
        I am interested to become a IPS can you please guide me how to prepare the examination and also how I will manage my professional time along with my dream
        Can you please guide me

      • Sir,I’m a student.mai IAS bnna chahti hu but I’m a patient ! I cant study or mujhe afsos b bht hai par mai bnna chahti hu its my dream or mri disease long term ki hai jese thyroid and fibroids mai bht paresan hu plz gv me some advice

      • thank you prafull that you are helping students like me … in every aspect of IAS … from time management to study material

  2. Sir, I am persuing (ME) 2nd year. My target is to become an IAS. Please help me, how can I achieve my target, and with which subject, and how.

    • You can start with reading NCERT books in the beginning also keep reading a good newspaper preferably either The Hindu or Indian Express.

  3. Sir,
    I’m Nikhil wishing to become an I.P.S officer as I seek to serve my country. I have taken B.A Sociology as my major subject. Sir will this subject be beneficial for my aim???

  4. Recently I pass out my 12th examination(2014-15) in science stream,I want to become an IAS officer so,for further study which stream I should go for..?
    hopping for a response..

  5. Dear Rabbia If u Became An Advocate.. Why U will Not Become An IAS Officer …. Study Hard With A Dream U Will…

  6. I want to be become a ias officer now i am preparing for clat and this is my backup plan for ias.. I ask that is clat is good backup for ias or not tell me and advice me for further preparation for ias how to study means which way and give some tips and updates related to ias preparation…

    • What do you mean by backup? You are preparing for cracking the hard nut of UPSC, don’t waste your time in preparing for failure.

  7. Sir! You are doing great job..!
    My name is Sai Krishna. I am studying B.Sc. Ist yr. Is it better to take Physics as an optional in mains …

    • The cutoff generally remains at around 55% but we say 60% is a safe score in Preliminary Exams. To appear in exam you need to have graduation, no percentage is required, you just have to pass your 10th, 12th, grad exams.

      • sir, i want to know about strategy to read hindu news paper. it consume lots of time yet i am not able to judge that whatsoever i m reading is fruitfull or not. please guide me regarding this matter.

    • Answer writing is most important part of this exam process, you need to be serious about your answer writing skills and speed from day one of preparation. Practice it and get your answers assessed by qualified guy around you.

  8. sir, I want to be an IAS so please help me for my presentation.. how to start what to do.. it’s really getting mess..

  9. admin bhayya…..I was studying 11th class… dearest dream was to become an IAS officer….please suggest me some foundation and basic books for preparation of IAS, commencing preparation from now makes it rather easier for future na??

  10. Sir m pursuing B.E. in 3rd year wid Civil Branch…so how could I prepared for preliminary exam of IAS from any coaching institute…either myself…

  11. Hloo sir, i m doing msc chem … n i m 19 year old now.. n i want to b an ips officer… bt i want to qualify net for backup plan within msc… pls tell me m wrong or ryt … or wt should i do… pls..

  12. Sir,
    itxx really an amezing site dat provides me an egde how to start,accomplish ax well ax finish..Um very thankful to u sir……

  13. Sir I’m 26 years old, and I’m working in a private school as physics teacher. I’ve been preparing since last 3 years for upsc (IAS) but still it seems like I couldn’t do anything. I can understand my school and tuitions are disturbing my studies but it also is not possible to leave my job as I have to support my family. I can’t think about any other professions except being an IAS. This is the first time I’m asking for suggestions to someone. So can you sir please help me by giving some tips……please…

  14. Sir, i want to ask u that..if i do start prepration from today…then it is possible to clear the cse 2016 with good rank ?? N sir pls give some more tips about time management

  15. english is too how can i mange… it become an IAS..?
    nd whole..the examination..i could…passed without…better english?

  16. Sir,
    I am in class 10th in CBS board and I want to do IAS. So, which subject should I have to prefer Like Arts, Non-medical, medical.

  17. Sir,
    I am in class 10th in CBSE
    board and I want to do IAS. So, which subject should I have to prefer Like Arts, Non-medical, medical.

  18. Hello sir,
    I am graduation last year student and I want to prepare for cse and I am confused wheather I need to join any coaching or it make only with self study.
    Please suggest me the way how to start my prep for it and want to crack finally cse-2017.

  19. Sir, I think it may be a strange question but I want to ask u that is coaching compulsory to become an IAS officer. Pls reply for it sir

  20. sir I m studying in MSC previous in applied chemistry and I want to be an ias officer but I dont know how to prepare for this exam sir please help me in my preparation

  21. Sir ..I wan to serve my country and civil services is the best opportunity that I have…how should I begin my preparation, I am graduated from betch (civil)

  22. Dear sir,
    Can i prepare for ias or ips simultaneously by doing my job? And from where i start for prepare this exam? And from where i can get these ncert books.? Plz ur responce is important

  23. Dear sir
    I want to become an ias. Im weak in english no idea about this buti want.please advise. Am working in pvt comp. 9 to 6pm having time problum. I want to ias preparation please advise

  24. Sir i am gradute in arts i want to become an IAS offices plz suggest me how can i plan and prepare also suggest me subjects for this very exam…..

  25. Sir,
    I am doing my BE Civil engineering,Can you please suggest me on which subject I can take? And also I am not well versed in English, Will that affect in my examination point and in the selection progress?

  26. Sir, i was wst 3 yr in graguation , actually i have been RA in exm. I again admission in physics dept. Which is my field.. I just want to know, is my previous qualification (like ra) may hampared for ias exm or intervew… ?

  27. Dear sir

    Really it is a one of the good site which we are going through every day even am not missing single article some important articles am sharing too thank you very much. And Pls provide guidance to working peoples like me how we can plan Our time


  28. One day I’ll be so much thankful to this page! No wonder. Please keep posting important stuff. Its more than helpful.

  29. Sir I am doing mechanical engineering..
    And now I am in final year.
    Plzz suggest me Complete syllabus of IAS exam..

  30. Didn’t manage to get stick to my routine..!!! What can i do for this.???
    I am good at studies but fail to follow the schedule…!!!

  31. I passed my graduation (B.B.A)from sikkim manipal university.i passed 10th,then diploma and then B.B.A.i want to know sir,am i eligible for IAS OR IPS exam??plz ans me as soon as possible.

  32. I am just in my 11th standard and I wanna be an IAS. Please let me know as on how to prepare myself for the IAS . I know I have to first complete my graduation. I have dreamt of it and I am serious of getting into serious preparation for it along with my academics. Please suggest.!!!!!!!!

  33. sir/mam

    i am studying inter 2nd year in an I.A.S ACADEMY. i would like to complete my graduation & then want to attempt U.P.S.C . Am i took correct decision in the right time?pls give reply.


  34. sir mai 24year ka hoon nai 4saal se IAS ki taiyari ke baare me surf soch raha hun plan Bana raha hun
    an jab padne baidta hun to mind me time ko lekar tension hojata hai ki bahut time kharab ho gaya
    sir kya mai an bhi IAS ban Santa hu?

  35. Sir,can i prepare for upsc or bpsc with political sci.from ignou university.&how..plzz suggest me few major steps…..with a good book

  36. such a useful site I must say I learn a lot from this site,it is not like other site like complete nonsense such a useful and awesome site very valuable to students

  37. Hello sir, I am from computer science background. Which optional subjects should I choose?

  38. Hello sir, I m a student of NIT jalandhar in second year.
    Sir,how can I start for IAS.
    Should I have to give more efforts on or IAS…????
    Please suggest me the basic startup folder my preparation.

  39. hi sir iam studying btech 3rd i want to become IAS officer can u guid how to prepare for the examination??

  40. Gud eve. Sir my self Devender Kumar nd m from himachal pradesh sir i want to can we choose hindi medeum for main nd pre exam plz reply sir thnx

  41. I am gradulate I become achieve IPS officer sir please suggestion please and selection subject please hlep me

  42. Sir presently I am in 12th (commerce)standard and I want to be an IAS .I have interest in political science .so which subject will be beneficial in graduation for qualifying IAS

  43. Hi sir
    my self tarun bhardwaj. I am selected in ssc cgl as a income tax inspector and now I want to become an ias officer.. please suggest me which subject is better for me. I am in electrical engineering…

  44. What all topics should be focused on as I am from commerce background. Sir please suggest some books

  45. Really it’s a amazing site to getting perfect knowledge.for preparing IAS exam…


  46. sir,
    i want to know what strategy should be used to read hindu news it consume lots of time and still. i m. not able to judge whatsoever i m reading is fruitfull or not. only reading is sufficient or something extra notes is needed.

  47. Sir im continuing (agriculture ) bt there is no coaching facility how can i prepare without coaching

  48. Sir!
    How can jugde my shelf that my preparation is well and now can move ahead. I am reading ncert. Book. What can I do next. Please.

  49. Dear sir,
    This is biswa I am a B.Sc graduate right now.
    I am interested to become an IAS can you please guide me how to prepare the examination and also how I will manage my time along with my dream
    Can you please guide me

  50. hello sir
    I have started preparing pol sci as it is my favourite subject and moreover i am following M.Laxmikant’s book.
    So please suggest me if any other book is there to study about pol sci
    thank you

  51. I have finished my in Automobiles in 2016. I am 22 years now. I don’t read newspaper nor any books and almost watch news channels and through apps in phones keep myself updated about the current affairs. But I want to crack UPSC and become an IAS officer. So I have to manage both job as well as learning for UPSC. So what all I need to do to crack the exam. What are the books to be read. How to start and Where to start from. But I have somehow crack the exam. Please help……

  52. Sir ,
    I am a student from Allahabad University pursuing graduation in Media Studies (2nd year). I aspire to serve my country as an IAS Officer. Next year shall be my final year, Please guide me how to mandate myself to the rudimentary preparation of Civil Services Exam so as to crack it at the earliest attempt.

  53. sir, I have completed my graduation from a open university (Netaji Subhas open university), Can I appear for IAS or IPS exam? please reply sir.

  54. Hello sir I am studying engineering I would like write upsc exam which cbse book can I read sir please suggest me,,,,,,,plz

  55. Sir . You are just osm. I have been connected with you for last 2 years. And your motivational speeches & other data you provide us is worthless. So pls sir keep inspiring & lead us the right path.

  56. Seems quite helpful… Heart felt gratitude fa tat….! Nice job…! A valuable info fa all upsc aspirants…!

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