August 18th, 2019       Civil Services Preparation

UPSC CSE Prelims will be conducted on 31st May 2020. There are around 9 months left for preparation. APTI PLUS has come up with a road map that will make sure you ace this exam. But like any other mission to unlock a ‘secret treasure’, there are certain rules and prerequisites.

Rules

UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 Rules

Prerequisites

UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 Prerequisites

The plan

  • The journey will begin on 1st September 2019.
  • The plan covers the schedule until March 2020.
  • April and May 2020 have been left for revision and taking full length mock tests.
  • The plan is focused only on Prelims. But the plan is flexible enough to inculcate topics for Mains exam. Aspirants are expected to do the same as per their convenience.

 

STUDY PLAN FOR SEPTEMBER 2019   
POLITYLaxmikant Part I to Part V
GENERAL STUDIESANCIENT INDIANCERT Class 11 thFull book
MEDIEVAL INDIANCERT Class 11 thFull book
MONTHLY COMPILATIONJAN TO MARCH, AUGUST 2019 Aptiplus compilation
DAILY QUIZ
CURRENT AFFAIRSAIR DISCUSSION SUMMARY
RSTV SUMMARY IASGYAN WEBSITE
PIB, YOJANA AND KURUKSHETRA GIST
THE HINDU READING AND EDITORIAL ANALYSIS
MOCK TESTS, UPSC PYQ

 

STUDY PLAN FOR OCTOBER 2019   
POLITYLaxmikant Part VI to Part XI
GENERAL STUDIESINDIAN GEOGRAPHY-PhysiographyNCERT Relevant Chapters
WORLD GEOGRAPHY- Earth and UniverseNCERT and GC LEONGRelevant Chapters
MONTHLY COMPILATIONAPRIL TO JUNE, SEPT 2019 Aptiplus compilation
DAILY QUIZ
CURRENT AFFAIRSAIR DISCUSSION SUMMARY
RSTV SUMMARY IASGYAN WEBSITE
PIB, YOJANA AND KURUKSHETRA GIST
THE HINDU READING AND EDITORIAL ANALYSIS
MOCK TESTS, UPSC PYQ
REVISION NOTES PREPARED FOR SEPT 2019

 

STUDY PLAN FOR NOVEMBER 2019   
MODERN HISTORYNCERT, Spectrum, Bipin Chandra1700-1857
GENERAL STUDIESECONOMYNCERT, Ramesh SinghFinance, Fiscal Policy, Money and Banking system, Markets
ENVIRONMENTNCERT, Shankar Environment BookEnvironmental Ecology
MONTHLY COMPILATIONJULY, OCT 2019 Aptiplus compilation
DAILY QUIZ
CURRENT AFFAIRSAIR DISCUSSION SUMMARY
RSTV SUMMARY IASGYAN WEBSITE
PIB, YOJANA AND KURUKSHETRA GIST
THE HINDU READING AND EDITORIAL ANALYSIS
MOCK TESTS, UPSC PYQ
REVISION NOTES PREPARED FOR OCT 2019

 

STUDY PLAN FOR DECMBER 2019   
MODERN HISTORYNCERT, Bipin Chandra, Spectrum1857-1947
GENERAL STUDIESINDIAN GEOGRAPHY-Minerals, ClimateNCERT Relevant Chapters
WORLD GEOGRAPHY- Landforms, atmosphere, clouds and precipitationNCERT and GC LEONGRelevant Chapters
MONTHLY COMPILATIONNovember 1, 2019 Aptiplus compilation
DAILY QUIZ
CURRENT AFFAIRSAIR DISCUSSION SUMMARY
RSTV SUMMARY IASGYAN WEBSITE
PIB, YOJANA AND KURUKSHETRA GIST
THE HINDU READING AND EDITORIAL ANALYSIS
MOCK TESTS, UPSC PYQ
REVISION NOTES PREPARED FOR NOV 2019

 

STUDY PLAN FOR JANUARY 2020   
BASIC SCIENCENCERTCLASS 8th, 9th, 10th
GENERAL STUDIESINDIAN GEOGRAPHY-Soil, Agriculture and IndustriesNCERT Relevant Chapters
WORLD GEOGRAPHY- Ocean/ Hydrosphere, ClimateNCERT and GC LEONGRelevant Chapters
ENVIRONMENTNCERT, Shankar Environment BookBiodversity and Agriculture
MONTHLY COMPILATIONDecember 1, 2019 Aptiplus compilation
DAILY QUIZ
CURRENT AFFAIRSAIR DISCUSSION SUMMARY
RSTV SUMMARY IASGYAN WEBSITE
PIB, YOJANA AND KURUKSHETRA GIST
THE HINDU READING AND EDITORIAL ANALYSIS
MOCK TESTS, UPSC PYQ
REVISIONNOTES PREPARED FOR DEC 2019

 

STUDY PLAN FOR FEBRUARY 2020   
ECONOMYNCERT, Ramesh SinghInflation, Business cycle, External sector, Trade and IMF, WTO, World Bank
GENERAL STUDIESINDIAN GEOGRAPHY-Forests, Wildlife and Human GeographyNCERT Relevant Chapters
Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, DefenceNCERT, Basics from any standard materialRelevant Chapters
ENVIRONMENTNCERT, Shankar Environment Book Climate Change, Energy and Environmental effects
MONTHLY COMPILATIONJanuary 1, 2020 Aptiplus compilation
DAILY QUIZ
CURRENT AFFAIRSAIR DISCUSSION SUMMARY
RSTV SUMMARY IASGYAN WEBSITE
PIB, YOJANA AND KURUKSHETRA GIST
THE HINDU READING AND EDITORIAL ANALYSIS
MOCK TESTS, UPSC PYQ
REVISION NOTES PREPARED FOR JAN 2020

 

STUDY PLAN FOR MARCH 2020   
ART AND CULTURENCERT, Nitin Singhania book/ notesRelevant Chapters
GENERAL STUDIESInternational Organisations, Indices, Report Aptiplus Material
IT, Robotics, IPR, SpaceNCERT, Basics from any standard materialRelevant Chapters
ENVIRONMENTNCERT, Shankar Environment Bookacts, policies, institutions/organisations, conventions etc
MAPATLASPhysical and Political Maps of India and the World
MONTHLY COMPILATIONFebruary 1, 2020 Aptiplus compilation
DAILY QUIZ
CURRENT AFFAIRSAIR DISCUSSION SUMMARY
RSTV SUMMARY IASGYAN WEBSITE
PIB, YOJANA AND KURUKSHETRA GIST
THE HINDU READING AND EDITORIAL ANALYSIS
MOCK TESTS, UPSC PYQ
REVISIONNOTES PREPARED FOR FEB 2020

How to analyse your preparation?

This will be a 3 step approach.

STEP 1: Ensuring that the task for a month is completed in that month itself.

STEP 2: Revising and revising.

STEP 3: Analyzing your performance through practice tests.

  • Here the approach would be:
  • Consider that you give UPSC level mock tests every month.
  • First you will check your total score, your percentile i.e. your overall performance relative to others. You are expected not to lose hope even if you score low in the few initial tests. The catch is that your performance should be gradually improving with every test. There should be no fluctuations in your performance.
  • Next step would be to check your mistakes. There are 4 types of mistakes (questions not attempted or wrongly attempted) you will face.

A. You simply don’t know the information. You are clueless and that’s why you don’t attempt the question.

IF THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS FALLING IN THIS CATEGORY ARE MORE THAN 25% there is seriously something wrong with your preparation on the particular subject/topic. You are not doing enough preparation from the required sources.

B. You know the concept but the question is a twisted one and you are not able to apply the concept.

IF THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS FALLING IN THIS CATEGORY ARE MORE THAN 10% then you need to explore all possible questions in your mind while reading the topic.

C. Anxiety/ fear- you wrongly understood the question, you misinterpreted it, you made silly mistakes like missing important key word or you marked the wrong answer.

IF THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS FALLING IN THIS CATEGORY ARE MORE THAN 5% then it means that you are either too excited or are not sincere/ diligent enough. You need to improve your concentration and focus.

Mistakes of this type are unpardonable. Remember these 13.33 marks you lost, is like digging your own grave.

D. Risk taking/ intelligent guesswork.

IF THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS FALLING IN THIS CATEGORYARE MORE THAN 10% you are taking too many risks and most of them are going wrong. You should not leave chance to fate.

Analyze the plan thoroughly. You can tweak it according to your understanding and convenience. If you are able to execute this roadmap then this will make sure you unlock your FIRST HURDLE to reach the FINAL TREASURE.

GOOD LUCK!  HAPPY LEARNING!

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