Revision Strategy for UPSC

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Revision Strategy for UPSC

The IAS exam is considered one of the toughest examinations in the country. UPSC Prelims exam is just a screening test to shortlist candidates for the main exam. The prelims exam will be conducted on 5th June 2022.

Revision is one of the most important parts of IAS preparation. In this article, we will give you details of revision techniques that will improve your preparation level for the IAS exam 2022.

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Candidates should adopt the technique which suits their learning style while preparing for a prestigious exam like UPSC. There are two types of revision technique 

1-Normal revision technique 

2-Frequent revision technique

Normal revision technique

The normal revision technique is a method followed by school or college students for exam preparation. In this common method, students study and as the time passes by, they study again and again. It is common to lose recollection levels of a subject as time passes by. Therefore, candidates have to spend more time keeping their preparation at an optimum level. They can choose this technique in the preparation process at an early stage but later they will have to switch to frequent revision 3-4 months before the exam.

Frequent revision technique

Frequent revision technique is different in the time period between studying a topic for the first time and revising it. In this technique, candidates should study repeatedly with no more than a 5 or 6 days gap between the two readings of a particular topic.

The core idea of the frequent revision technique is steadiness. When you study more it saves time and energy because smaller portions are easier to cover. 

Tips for IAS Candidates

  1. Make sure the revision gaps should not go beyond 10 to 15 days. Since the syllabus is vast, you should revise topics frequently in intervals to avoid loss of memory level and not to get overwhelmed.
  2. Follow a meticulously designed IAS study plan as well as a revision plan. Make sure your revision plan corresponds with your study plan.
  3. So once you start studying one topic then don’t forget to revise the previous topic.
  4. Furthermore, candidates should solve previous year’s question papers and mock test series at regular intervals. It will help to fill knowledge gaps, spot weak areas and revise in a focused manner.

Revision strategy for Prelims exam

  • The prelims exam is objective in nature so practice mock tests based on MCQ and not subjective.
  • Revise your selective notes regularly and keep in mind the important dates, people etc.
  • Moreover, talk to your fellow candidates’ family and friends and discuss the random facts in the middle of a conversation with them to test your knowledge.
  • Don’t learn anything new last time but focus on what you have completed already. Don’t be overconfident and try to learn new things but stick to what you already know.
  • Don’t read the questions too fast as it might lead to your misinterpretation of any question.
  • Read all the options carefully. Sometimes you don’t know the correct answer but you know which option is not the answer. It increases your chance of right guesswork. Don’t panic but keep yourself calm and cool. It will help you not choose the wrong option in a rush.

Revision strategy for UPSC mains

  • UPSC mains exam is a bit more difficult than prelims because it is subjective. The repetition of writing practice is the best way for the UPSC Mains exam. Therefore, candidates should practice mock test series for the Mains exam daily along with essay writing practice.
  • Revise whatever you have learned whenever you get time.
  • Make a balance between the core subjects and the optional ones. Also, devote more time to the weak subjects. Write and practice more and more.
  • Keep yourself updated with current affairs otherwise, they can give you a little trouble. 


No revision strategy will be fruitful for the UPSC examination until you have a fire in your heart and a willingness to give your 100% in the exam. If you are a beginner then you can join Youth Destination which provides the best coaching and also help you in your IAS preparation.

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