The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) Prelims Exam is the first stage of the Civil Services Examination held every year. It enjoys a fine reputation as one of the toughest examinations in India. Every year, lakhs of aspirants appear for this exam, but only a few manage to crack it. This year the UPSC has notified the 1105 posts in UPSC CSE. The preliminary exam is scheduled on 28th May,2023. To cultivate success in this exam, one should have a well-structured preparation strategy prioritizing his focus on both the content and the right mindset approach.

This article intends to simplify some helpful tips and tricks on managing one’s preparation in the last two months for the upcoming UPSC Prelims Exam 2023.

  1. Restrict your resources

The amount of resources available can be overwhelming for an aspirant. The proliferation of online channels has added to the problem. In addition to that there is a “fear of missing out” a resource among the candidates. A candidate needs to stick to only those resources with which they are familiar and trust those. Instead to multiplying the resources, multiple revision is suggested of the existing handful resources

  1. Create a 45 Day Study Plan

Once you become clear about the topics supplementing the syllabus, the next step is to create a well-executable study plan. Divide the syllabus into smaller sections and allocate specific time slots for every part. Remember to give equal importance to all the topics you must cover. Also, check that you always have enough time for revision at the end of your daily study sessions.

  1. Read NCERT Books (Important ones)

The NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) books are undoubtedly the best sources of information for UPSC Prelims Exam preparation. These books cover all the topics comprehensively and often provide the required study material in simple language. For History- Class 11th and 12th, For Geography- Class 9th and 10th , For Polity- Class 11th and 12th , For Economy- Class 11th : Indian Economic Development and Introductory Macroeconomics, For Environment- Class 12th (last 4 chapters).

  1. Previous Years Questions

The importance of Previous Years Questions in UPSC PRELIMS is immense. Being thorough through the PYQs helps the candidate to build the right mindset. It also gives an idea as to target which sub topics more than others.

  1. Practice Mock Tests

Mock tests make for an essential part of the UPSC Prelims Exam preparation. They help you to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and give you an idea of the precise exam pattern. Start practicing mock tests at least 2-3 months before the exam. Analyze your performance after each mock test and work diligently on the areas where you need improvement.

  1. Focus on Revision

Revision is always essential in achieving success in any exam. Make it a habit of revising all the topics you have covered at least 2-3 times before the exam. Also, prepare short notes on all the crucial points you come across during your preparation. These notes will automatically make your preparation easier during revision.

  1. Stay Motivated

Preparing for the UPSC Prelims Exam is undoubtedly daunting, but staying motivated is essential to sail smoothly throughout the journey. Keep reminding yourself of your goal. Stay laser-focused on your preparation. Take breaks whenever necessary and indulge in activities that you enjoy doing. Do not give up on your hobbies in the quest to ace the exam.


In conclusion, the UPSC Prelims Exam requires a well-structured preparation strategy prioritizing the content and the approach with equal importance. Understand the syllabus, create a study plan, read NCERT books, stay updated with current affairs, practice a lot of mock tests, focus on revision, and stay motivated. Follow these tips like a monk, and rest assured, you will increase your chances of cracking the UPSC Prelims Exam in the last two months.

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