UPSC IAS 2020 Exam: Preparation Strategy for UPSC IAS Prelims Exam

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the new prelims exam date, for the recruitment of 796 vacancies in Indian Civil Services of IAS/IPS/IFS/other posts. The new exam date for the UPSC prelims exam is 4th October 2020. The COVID-19 outbreak in the nation has severely impacted the preparation of UPSC IAS aspirants. Every year, over 10 lakh candidates register for UPSC civil service preliminary examination, out of which around 10 thousand qualify for mains. Aspirants need the right approach, an enormous amount of hard work, honesty, and commitment to get it through the Civil Services Exam. 

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UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

Paper Nature of the Paper Duration of the Exam No of Questions Marks
Paper I: General Studies Merit Ranking Nature 2 Hours 100 200 Marks
Paper II: General Studies (CSAT) Qualifying Nature 2 Hours 80 200 Marks


  • Questions will be asked in MCQ Format.
  • The exam is held offline mode; candidates have to mark their answers in OMR Sheet.
  • There is negative marking for each incorrect question, There is Negative Marking of 1/3rd marks for each incorrect answer.
  • GS Paper II (CSAT) is Qualifying in nature; Candidates need to score just 33 percent marks to qualify this paper
  • PwD-blind category candidates are given extra 20 minutes to attempt each paper

UPSC IAS 2020 Exam: Preparation Strategy for Prelims Exam

UPSC Civil Service examination is considered as a tough nut to crack, So you need the right strategy to crack the examination. you can ace the examination with the right study plan and complete focus. Right strategy will help you to  achieve high score in the UPSC IAS Prelims exam.only a few months left to prepare for Civil Services Prelims, it is important that candidates not only work hard but also work smart. Check out some tips to enhance your preparation strategy.

Analyze the Pattern and Syllabus of the Exam:- The first step while preparing for UPSC IAS 2020 Exam is analyze the syllabus and pattern of the exam. The UPSC aspirants should keep a copy of the syllabus with them and utilise it as your checklist.Check all the datails about the pattern and syllabus.

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Analyze the Previous year Question Papers:- Students who are taking the examination for the first time should go through and analyse the question papers of the last 10 years. “There is a logic to the way questions are asked in the UPSC prelims and candidates should try and understand it. Try to get the idea about what type of questions asked in the exam and you should prepare according to that. When you practice with previous year question papers, you will know which topics to be covered in-depth. You will also get an idea about the less important topics.

Make a Time Table:- If you are preparing for UPSC 2020 Exam then you must have to prepare a time table through you can consistently study. Daily Routine helps you to achive your goals, you will more focussed on goal and try to make always make shorter goals and try to achieve that in certain time period.

Revise the Syllabus on regular basis:- Do multiple revision As you are aware, the syllabus of the UPSC preliminary exam is vast and exhaustive. Always make short notes after studying each topic. To remember all the topics you have learned, revisions would be required.

Read NCERT Book:- The NCERT textbooks from classes six to twelve play a very important role in IAS exam preparation. Aspirants can get basic concepts and theories from NCERT books. In previous year exams UPSC has asked some questions directly from NCERT, If you are a beginner then start your preparation with NCERT Books.

Read Newspaper on Daily Basis:- You have to make a habit of reading newspaper daily, If you are preparing for IAS Exam then Newspaper plays a very important role in your preparation. The question asked in IAS Exams are from current affirs so you have to be updated from the lastet happening and Important data. Studying at least one newspaper daily is a must especially opinion columns that give you a perspective on current events. If you do not read the daily newspaper or follow the daily news, then you can’t clear the UPSC exam.

Solve Mock Test:-  Solve daily atleast 2-3 mock test on regular basis, Solving mock tests also help you to limit your negative marks, with the help of mock tests you get the idea about where are you lacking and which is your stronger points.solving mock test will help you to manage your time and adjust you in the exam time schedule. Solving mock tests will help you to  boost your self-confidence.

Prepare Notes:- Make a Habit to prepare short notes of different topics, As the syllabus is vast you must have to revise things in certain time period. Short notes are very helpful in revising the topics. Prepare the notes while reading the newspaper it will help you in long run.

Stay Positive:- During the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the country, it is obvious that the aspirants must also be worried about the safety and well being. In such a time, it is necessary to stay positive and focused. Aspirants should avoid unnecessary use of social media and should focus more on their preparation. It is important to maintain calm. Practising a 5-10-minute meditation also helps to cope with stress.

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Frequently asked Questions

Q1. What is UPSC Prelim’s new exam date?

Ans:-The new exam date for the UPSC Prelims exam is 4th October 2020.

Q2. Is there negative marking in the UPSC Prelims exam?

Ans:- Yes, There is negative marking in the UPSC Prelims exam. There is a Negative Marking of 1/3rd marks for each incorrect answer.

Q3. Can I crack the UPSC Exam through self- study?

Ans:- Yes, you can crack the exam with self-study, You can get help from an online source and just have to practice mocks.

Q4.How many vacancies are released by UPSC in the year 2020?

Ans:- Total 796 vaccancies released by the UPSC in the year 2020.