How to prepare notes for UPSC IAS mains examination

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 Getting selected in UPSC Civil Service exams is the dream of several youngsters across the country. Candidates work really hard to crack this exam. This exam is actually conducted in three phases:

 The Prelims – It comprises of two objective type papers (200 marks each)

 The Mains – It comprises of 9 papers. Two of them are qualifying papers (300 marks each) and rest of seven papers are of 250 marks each.

 The personality test

 Candidates often search out for effective coaching center in order to prepare  for this exam. However, joining the best coaching institute is not enough to qualify this exam. In addition to it, candidates are supposed to put in their personal efforts in form of self-study, It is very important to do self-study and devote additional time for studies.

 There are many candidates who spend hours and hours for self-study, but are still not able to crack the exam. Now, here comes another very important factor and that is how effective is the method of studying.

 The syllabus of this exam is so vast and therefore your approach should be so effective that it helps you cover more topics in much lesser time. Preparing notes for each and every subject is one of the most effective way to memorize the stuff. It also helps to go through the key points of all the topics in very less time. This makes it really helpful during the last minute revisions.

 You might have read several articles on how to prepare notes for IAS exam but do you know how to make notes in effective, concise, organized and easily readable form. Here in this guide, we have mentioned how to prepare notes for UPSC IAS mains examination, check out below:


 First of all maintain a register dedicated for IAS notes.You can now start preparing notes topic wise or months wise. Also you should ensure that whenever you are making notes regarding any event, then you should make a note of all the events that took place before and after that event.


Try to make notes in bulleted points rather writing it in paragraphs. Bulleted points are more readable and precise. This also helps in memorizing them easily as compared to paragraphs.


You should not write in very small font size in order to make them look compact. This puts lots of stress on your eyes while reviewing them.


You should use appropriate abbreviations and symbols to make your notes occupy less space on page. For example, you can use symbol “>” for “greater than”, abbreviations like wef (with effect from), wrt (with respect to), etc. to make your notes readable and compact.


If you feel that there is some information that is really significant, then you may highlight that using highlighter or underlining that particular information.


You can also bookmark the pages that have crucial information written on them. It will help you in quick revision of notes just before the day of exams.



Hope these tips will prove to be really helpful for you. You should keep these tips in mind while preparing notes for UPSC Civil Service exams.

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