UPSC Preparation Strategy: Commerce and Management

One of the premium attributes that is required to ace UPSC CSE exam is a well curated and sorted strategy.

Since the upsc syllabus is a mountain to climb, therefore, it is logical for you to make a distinct plan and base your journey as per the plan made.

While you can make your unique strategy but to save your time, I have done that task for you.

In this section, I will be sharing the methodology regarding how to efficiently prepare for UPSC CSE Mains (Commerce & Management Optionals).

1. Start With the Basics

Let me elaborate this, when aspirants decide to appear for UPSC CSE then they take the first step by looking for guidance programs or coaching. In the fear of not finding adequate guidance, they fail to do what they can do by themselves- an understanding of the syllabus and past year papers.

First access the previous year papers of the past 4-5 years. Identify the topics that you are aware of or have studied before, that have been a part of these exams.

2. Find the right booklist

After you are done with the basics, it is time to scale-up and put focus on bookwork. Preparing for UPSC, it goes without saying that you would have to deal with many books. However, you don’t have to become a bookworm. What I mean with it is that you don’t have to pick every book that has UPSC written on it. You know the syllabus and you have identified the subjects to initiate your preparation with. Now find out the relevant books of the topics and get on with the reading and learning process.

3. Follow the process for 5-6 months

Devote the next 5 to 6 months on thorough study. Plan out your route by formulating a plan to cover every subject of both Commerce and Management optional or just follow the detailed plan I have devised for you.

4. Start Answer Writing

After continuously studying there will come a stage when you will begin to feel like 50-60% of syllabus has been covered. This would be a cue for you to start practicing answer writing. Remember to make a note of this! Many individuals make this mistake and ultimately pay a heavy price. After you are done with more than 50% of the syllabus, you can start with answer writing subject wise.

Remember, answer writing from day 1 is a bad strategy. Also, answer writing only once the entire syllabus is over is also a bad strategy. These are two extremes that have the potential to destroy your optional prep.

5. Constant Revision and Regular Feedback

One of the most repeated queries of students that I encounter every now and then is, how to proceed with the syllabus without losing what’s already been inculcated. The answer to this is simple- Indulge in regular revision.

If you are done with a certain topic then don’t get complacent with it, solidify it by revisiting it again and again. You can make this a weekly exercise. Plan and pick a topic every week for revision.