What and How to Prepare for UPSC IAS Mains GS?

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There are 4 General Studies (GS) papers apart from on essay and optional paper each. That is introduced from 2013. Each of them convey 250 marks and total they make 1000 marks.

Preparation Plan

Here, five tips for GS mains preparation:

  1. Strength your basics and refer to ICSE and NCERT books.
  2. Arrange quality over quantity and don՚t move on to the next topic without excelling in the previous one.
  3. Invest time in written practice. More practice will be helpful to your results in the exam.
  4. Revise daily, weekly and monthly will help you in remembering things you have prepared.
  5. Enroll for a test series offline or online. Your preparation will not be complete considered until you are evaluated.

Paper 1

  • Study the topic on Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
  • Study the Indian heritage and culture՚s all aspects from ancient to modern times.

Paper 2

  • Study the topic on Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.
  • To know in detail issues that pertains to Indian political system for instance reorganization of Indian states.

Paper 3

  • Study the topic on Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
  • About economic development, how we manage our economy and issues related to taxation and spending pattern should be covered comprehensively.

Paper 4

  • Study the topic on Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude.
  • Some basic understanding of the concepts is required.

Writing Paper Tips for IAS GS Mains

  • General Studies preparation for mains is all about writing.
  • Students need to focus in terms of language.
  • Students needed to basic understanding of all relevant issues and ability to analyze.
  • Students ensure that the answers are short and analytical.
  • Answers should be written in a precise manner.
  • Word limit should be adhered to, wherever mentioned.
  • Focus on providing their side of justification in a logical manner.
  • Avoid repetitive and complicated replies.
  • Keep a copy of the syllabus always with you.