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[UPSC Prelims Prep] Last 60 days Strategy and schedule to follow for UPSC Prelims!

Important Pointers to keep in mind before you read further

  • Study for 10-12 hours a day

  • Wake up early to study. Waking up at 4:00 Am is ideal.

  • Do not search for shortcuts there is none.

  • Working hard consistently and sticking to your daily schedule is the key to clearing UPSC.

  • Exercise and Meditate daily.

We will divide the strategy into two phases:

1. First 30 days

2. Second 30 Days

So for the last 60 days, you need to revise your syllabus at least 2 times and it's important that we read only that stuff that is important from a Prelims point of view. So what to read in different subjects? Here is a list of few : You can also make this list by analysing the PYQs and noting down the areas in which UPSC has been asking questions. Those areas become important for UPSC:

1. Indian Polity: Important topics

  • Historical British Acts from 1773 – 1947 (Combine it with History) we have already done that for you. You can watch the full playlist at:

  • Preamble

  • Fundamental rights

  • DPSP

  • Fundamental duties

  • The basic structure of the constitution

  • Amendments to the constitution – 42nd, 44th , 86th , 73rd , 74th , 61st , 97th

  • Salient Features of the Constitution

  • The parliamentary system of government – Part 2 (Federal system, Interstate relations, Emergency provisions)

  • Central V/s State Government ( President v/s Governor, Prime Minister v/s Chief Minister, Central Council of Ministers v/s State Council of Ministers , Parliament v/s State legislature, Supreme court v/s High court, Judicial Review, Subordinate courts, Attorney General v/s Advocate General) Study this part simultaneously to save your time as provisions as similar for both state and centre with some differences.

  • Local government (Part 5)

  • Schedule areas and tribal areas

  • Constitutional Bodies – Election commission of India, UPSC, Finance Commission, National Commissions, Comptroller and Auditor General.

  • National Human Rights Commission v/s State Human Rights Commission, Central Information Commission v/s State Information Commission, Central Vigilance Commission, Central Bureau of Investigation, Lokpal and Lokayukta.

  • Official Languages

  • Co-operative societies

  • Tribunals

  • GST Council

  • National Investigation agency & National Disaster Management Authority

  • Elections and laws related

  • Anti-Defection Law

2. Ancient History - Important Topics

  • Early India: From the Beginnings to the Indus Civilisation – Pre historic India (Paleolithic , mesolithi, neoloithic ages ), Harappan culture and Indus civilizations – Economic life , social life Town planning , Religion.

  • Early India: The Chalcolithic, Megalithic, Iron Age and Vedic Cultures – Social life , Economic life, Religion.

  • Rise of Territorial Kingdoms and New Religious Sects – Janapadas, Mahajanapadas, Ajivikas, Jainism , Buddhism etc.

  • Emergence of State and Empire – Mauryan Empire

  • Evolution of Society in South India – Satavahanas , Pandyas

  • Polity and Society in Post-Mauryan Period – Sakas, parthians , kushans , Trade and Economy.

  • The Guptas – Administrative system working, Economics, trade and commerce, Culture , Literature, Contribution to Science.

  • Harsha and Rise of Regional Kingdoms – Literature, Administration system, Inscriptions, Economy.

  • Cultural Development in South India - Chalukyas and Pallavas, Bhakti Movement

  • Advent of Arabs and Turks – Lodhi dynasty.

  • Later Cholas and Pandyas – Administration , Society , Trade and Economics.

3. Medieval History:

  • Bahmani and Vijayanagar Kingdoms – When, Administration , Society and Economy.

  • Cultural Syncretism: Bhakti Movement in India – Why ? Spread ? Features ? Proponents ?

  • The Mughal Empire - Full chapter

  • The Marathas – Administration , Anglo- Maratha wars.

  • The Coming of the Europeans

  • Effects of British Rule –Important

  • Early Resistance to British Rule – Causes, Peasant and Tribal Revolts, Effects

  • Towards Modernity - Reformist Movements & Revivalist Movements , Theosophical Society , Islamic Reform Movements, Significance ?

4. Modern History - Importance Spectrum topics unit wise

  • In Spectrum these Units/Chapters are extremely important :

  • The revolt of 1857

  • Unit 5 – Beginning of Modern nationalism in India.

  • Indian National Congress & its foundation

  • Unit 6 – National Movement

  • Unit 7 – Era of Mass Nationalism

  • Unit 8 – Towards Freedom and Partition

  • Unit 9 – India under British Rule : Governance and other aspects

5. Economy :

  • 12th Macroeconomics NCERT is important and we have developed a concise series explaining each and every concept of macroeconomics. 80% of questions in UPSC prelims 2021 were asked from our course which you can join for FREE at :

  • Also please help others and share this programme on your social media to help others as well.

  • 11th NCERT - Indian Economic Development ( IMP book )

  • Budget and Economics Survey – PIB India. Just read the concise summary of PIB India for prelims. We have covered it in our playlist:

  • Join our Master economics in 7 days Challenge

  • 80% of UPSC prelims 2021 questions were asked from here. Link:

6. Environment :

  • Read NCERT Biology Ecology unit – 4 chapters. We have covered it in our playlist:

  • Read Shankar IAS selectively: Chapters to read are given below-

  • Part 1 – Environmental Ecology – chapters 1-5

  • Part 2- Biodiversity – Chapter 9, 15

  • Part 3- Climate change - ocean acidification, Mitigation strategies, Climate change Organizations.

  • Part 5- Acts and Policies, Environmental Org, Conventions etc

  • Current Affairs related to Environment are extremely Important

  • Give Special Focus on Species, Rivers, NationalParks etc. in news

7. Geography:

  • NCERT Class 11th books are really Important Read both books:

  • Part 1 Fundamentals of Physical Geography

  • Part 2 India: Physical Environment

  • NCERT Class 12th

  • Part 1 Fundamentals of Human Geography

  • Part 2 Indian People and Economy

  • World Geography – Gc Leong Part 1+ Chapters 13 & 14 of Part 2 To simplify Geography we have created a playlist with animations and real-life videos to make you understand tough concepts easily. You can watch the playlist at:

  • In this, we have Combined Gc Leong and NCERT Class 11th Part 1 Physical geography and explained each and every concept beautifully

8. Maps :

  • Purchase ATLAS ( Black Swan or Oxford ) Link to buy:

  • Study National parks, Tiger reserves, Mountain ranges, Mountain passes, Natural vegetation, Soil distribution, Biosphere reserves, Mike sites, Ramsar Sites, Wetlands, Glaciers.

  • Note: National Parks should be studied with Rivers, Flora, Fauna etc.

  • Important Places, Species and all above in news should be studies ( V.IMP)

Maps Made Easy: To help aspirants we have created a basic course on static portion of Maps

  • We have made all this easy by covering all of the above static topics in our Maps revision series.

  • Enrol for it and start learning at:

  • Watch Demo lectures on YouTube:

  • UPSC Prelims 2021 Rivers question was from the series so its IMP

  • Alternatively, Prepare each map by yourself and stick it on your wall and look at those maps for 5 minutes daily. Also, buy the world map and stick it and revise 5 minutes every day.

9. Art and Culture

  • Read NCERT Class 11th Introduction to Fine Arts. Also memorise the Glossary given at the end of the book. Important words are often asked from here.

  • Refer to CCRT Website ( Summary )

  • The Layman Way notes which are uploaded in our free material section:

10. PYQs: Analyse PYQ’sPYQs

11 How to solve Prelims Questions?

  • Learn the tricks to eliminate options in UPSC prelims paper from our course on How to score 120+ in UPSC prelims:

  • Practice Mock Test and analyse your mistakes

  • How to score 120+ in UPSC prelims series.

12. Current Affairs: Prepare From Monthly magazines or your own Notes or Yearly compilations. But revise them thoroughly.

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In our foundation course we cover extensively all the below topics :

1. Number Systems

2. Ratio and Proportions

3. Averages

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5. Profit and Loss

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7. Simple and Compound Interest

8. Permutations and Combinations

9. Probability

10. Reasoning – Coding, Seating Arrangements, Alphanumeric Series, Puzzle,Symbols and Directions, Blood Relations, DataSufficiency, Syllogism, Linear Arrangements,

11. Comprehensions 12. Short Tricks 13. PYQs

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Solve a few mocks: Only full length

  • Analyse the mocks

  • Nothing is going to come from mocks

  • Experiment with techniques

  • It is okay if techniques don’t work.

  • Do not just start reading lengthy solutions at the back

  • Why you did do wrong? How could you have done it right?

  • How can you score above 100-110 on paper? Ask yourself and analyse

  • Do not cheat.

  • Give mock in time limits and test like environment

Schedule for 30 days: Includes 2 times revisions in a month for full UPSC syllabus.

This is a sample schedule you can use it and modify it or prepare a new one for yourself. The main aim is to have an account of each minute of the day and completing syllabus accordingly.

2nd Phase - Last 30 days

  1. Do PYQs and revise them. Also extensively analyse PYQs

  2. Do a mock test - 30 to get a basic sitting habit and analyse your mistakes

If you want to look at the detailed Strategy you can watch the below video:

Also if you want a step by step Strategy for UPSC you can have a look at the below playlist:

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