Top 7 Tips to Boost your IAS prelims score in the last 30 days

by youth ias youthdestination

You have prepared with full dedication for the civil service exam and want to score good marks? Every aspirant wants to score good marks in the Prelims exam, but it is a bitter truth that half of the candidates will not even qualify for the Prelims exam. 

Last year approx 9 million students appeared in the Prelims exam, but only 12000 candidates were selected for the mains exam.

Cutoff gets higher every year. The exam pattern of civil service is ultra-competitive. Are you worried about it? Don't worry, and you just need only one seat. Is it easy now? Follow these tips to boost Your score in the last 30 days.

Understand your exam pattern

When the exam is nearer, don't try something new. Understand the exam pattern clearly. The prelims exam contains two objective papers. There will be multiple choices of questions, and you have to choose one correct answer. Paper second of prelims is qualifying in nature, and candidates have to obtain only 33% marks in this paper. Paper first marks are used for cutoff.

Try to avoid negative marking.

  • The concept of negative marking was introduced in 2007. It is also a part of the UPSC Prelims exam now, and negative marking stops you from scoring more. One wrong answer is enough to decrease your rank down by a significant margin. So make sure that you attempt the questions that are 100% correct. Solve the doubtful question later after giving all the correct answers, and in the last time, you can solve hard questions.
  • Read the question carefully for answering because many aspirants know the answer to the question, but then also they choose the wrong option because they don't read the question properly and it is true.
  • Check all your answers again before submitting the paper.
  • Practice MOCK TEST SERIES daily. Practicing UPSC PRELIMS TEST SERIES 2021 daily will help to improve your accuracy and speed. This is high time to practice for the prelims test series.


Mindset plays an important role while preparing for the UPSC prelim exam. Some Aspirant doesn't give much attention to the mind said, but it is very important. A candidate should be able to recall what he studied in the exam hall; otherwise, there is no use of hard work and preparation. The right mental state or attitude is essential while preparing for the civil service exam. 

  • Don't overthink about the results, be positive and keep calm. 
  • Don't feel pressure at the last minute; otherwise, it will lead you literally to the worst thing to do. 
  • Concentrate on your studies rather than thinking about the result. A proper mindset will help you in getting more correct answers. 
  • Take proper sleep before the exam minimum of 6 hours. When your body feels relaxed, then you can attempt the paper more easily.
  • Take a break of an hour daily from the study.
  • Do something that you like most.
  • Listen to the motivational videos of successful candidates.
  • Avoid the people who have the negative mindset.
  • Take a break of one day every month.


Revise your syllabus regularly and go through the NCERT books again and again. You will have to read all notes by this time and don't start anything new. Revise your notes, and don't mix up all subjects. Revise subject-wise and read a standard newspaper every day, solve previous year's questions.

Concentrate on contemporary topics

Current affairs are significant for civil service preparation. You are expected to know everything. Focus on contemporary issues as it will help candidates get a good score in the Prelims exam and the mains exam. Contemporary topics are in the news right now and need proper attention, like the covid pandemic. 

You may receive more questions related to the covid pandemic. The covid pandemic has changed our lives drastically, and it also has affected International treaties. Keep an eye on all these changes carefully.

Be familiar with the syllabus as it is very long. Now you lack time, so you can avoid some topics that carry fewer marks and be practical about what to read and what not to read at that time. Read the syllabus carefully and search the topics that need less attention, and questions are also asked very few from these topics. 

It will not only save your time but also enable you to focus on essential topics.

Prelims paper first contains a hundred questions which you will have to solve in 120 minutes, and in the second paper, 80 questions are. You cannot spend more than 1 minute on each question, so don't spend much time on a question; otherwise, you will not be able to solve all the questions. 

Don't get stuck on any question; use every second of the given time. If you don't know the answer to any question, then move on to the next. Don't waste time. You can leave the doubtful question for the last time of the exam. You have only a month for the Prelims exam, so keep studying regularly and stay focused.

Best of luck

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