Preparation Tips and Study Plan for UPSC


By the time a candidate makes up his mind to gear up for Civil Services examination, conducted by UPSC, a lot of suggestions starts pouring in from family, friends and well wishers. Some will be judgemental, while other will act as torchbearers. This results in a whole lot of confusion, arising plethora of questions in the mind of the candidate. These could be how to start preparation, what to study, which subject to choose for Optional Paper and where to go for right kind of approach. We at NirmanIAS believe that most important step is to understand and hear your inner voice, apart from a clear tab on your subjects of interest. Here, NirmanIAS plays a vital role.


In the present era of information technology, there is no dearth of information about the list of books (basics) to be referred for preparation of Civil Services Examination, online also. However, one thing that is majorly ignored by most of the aspirants, keeping in view the vast syllabus of UPSC is what not to study. With a clear understanding of what not to study, a candidate can save himself/herself from going astray and focus strategically on the whole syllabus, important areas and pattern of questions, asked by UPSC. We are not just another coaching institute, but somebody who will mentor you throughout your journey, while contending for the highly reputed examination of the country.


We have expert team of counsellors who will go through your educations history and areas of interest to help you choose the right optional subject and then work on study plan. In fact, our courses are designed in such a way that you can seek expert guidance at any given point of time, be it enhancing writing skills before Mains examination or facing the interview. We have “Quality Enhancement Programs” also known as QIP and Mock Interviews to ensure that the candidate stay assured and confident throughout the process.


Some of the broadsheets, every candidate must refer to are The Hindu, Frontline, World Focus, India Year Book, Economic Survey and Yojana magazines. All India Radio news analysis at 9.15 p.m., the audio recording of such analyses on the AIR website, panel discussions and expert opinion at Lok Sabha TV are also beneficial. News coverage and editorials pertaining to important developments and conferences on these topics have to be read thoroughly. NirmanIAS offers a special weekly class for Current Affairs, which encapsulates important information from all the above mentioned sources and many more.

Major percentage of candidates find difficult to deal with newly added topics such as biodiversity, climate change, environment and sustainable development carrying almost 15 marks in the prelims. NirmanIAS offers specialised classes and comprehensive, easy to understand study material for the same. We put emphasis on the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) as the potential for scoring is high in this paper and most of the candidates find it rather intricate to deal with.

For Interview Preparation

Candidates who get through the Civil Services Mains Examination need to appear before a panel of experts for Personal Interview. It is a sort of personality test, where the candidate will be judged over his personality, mental and social make up, views on anything and everything (i.e. social, economic, national, international, cultural and political issues). This would also include your personal interests, hobbies, educational and professional background.


Candidates will be judged based on mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity. Here, the key is staying calm and composed, reflect your true self, yet be at your diplomatic best whenever the situation calls for.




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