A study schedule for the Civil Services Exam!

Here is a suggested Study time table by Exam topper Santosh Kumar Misra. It can help you plan out your studies for giving the exam!

Start in December

December to February: Finish your Optional Subject preparation. The "Optional Subject" is NOT the one you are going to be giving in the prelims! The other optional subject! The one you will be giving in the Mains!

March & April: Devote fully to the Preparation of Optional 1 (i.e., the subject you'll opt in the prelims) thoroughly.

May should be spent exclusively for Prelims. A selective and precise coverage of syllabus for the prelims is required.

Give your Preliminary Exams!

Take a break after the Prelims for 10-15 days. Relax and re-energize yourself for the last four months.

Complete the Optional-1 where you left it at the time of Prelims. This should be done by the middle of July.

Give second half of July and August to your Optional 2, once again.

Prepare all your General Studies including current events in September and leave October for Revision. Also prepare for your "English qualifying paper" and "Indian Language qualifying" paper now! However, you are weak in English or the Indian language, you will have start this preparation a little earlier!

Give your mains!

After your Mains are over, take a break for say a month or so. Just keep reading Newspaper/Magazines (Hindu & Frontline's international events are a good combination). 

From January you should start preparing for your round two. Prepare the topics you could not do in your 1st attempt and try to cover any, new areas where you feel you were weak. By March, you should be fully prepare to tackle the Mains once again (hopefully you won't need it, still it pays to be prepared).

In March the results come out and immediately afterwards you should start your interview preparation. 

Give your interview! Get selected! OVER!

We hope that you found this article useful. If you did, remember to tell your friends who are studying for the IAS/IPS or Civil Services Exam about it. Besides that, we wish you BEST OF LUCK! Just writing all this is easy. However, actually doing all this is a very different story!

We hope that YOU do succeed and help change the face of the county and contribute to India becoming a super-power!

Best Of Luck!

Jai Hind. 

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Table Of Contents

  1. How to become an IAS/IPS officer? - Introduction
  2. Civil Services Exam - FAQ
  3. Pattern of Civil Services Exam
  4. How to prepare for the "Preliminary Exam"?
  5. How to prepare for the "Mains Exam"? - Part 1
  6. How to prepare for the "Mains Exam"? - Part 2
  7. What to do in the Interview?
  8. Preparing a study schedule!