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100 day study plan for IAS Preliminary Exam 2018

Mar 14, 2018 15:35 IST
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Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2018
Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2018

Recently, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the notification of the Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2018 and the last date for receipt of applications is March 06, 2018. As the exam is nearly 100 days away, Jagran Josh is providing a study plan for the IAS Exam 2018. It will help aspirants in successfully clearing the CSE Preliminary Examination, which will be held on 03 June 2018.

Aspirants are advised to do the following activities in the coming 100 days to clear the CSE Preliminary Examination.

Read the crux of NCERT text books

The books published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) must be read to clear the CSE Preliminary Examination. IAS toppers’ always suggest that the candidates should start their preparation with NCERT and then read other study material. The NCERT books provide you conceptual clarity, which is essential to clear the exam.
Since, 100 days is very less time to go through the complete NCERT text books, aspirants are advised to read at least the crux of the books that are available in the market.

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Analyse previous question papers

By analysing previous year question papers, aspirants can understand the standard of the question papers. This exercise also helps aspirants in understanding the distribution of marks across various sections and identifying important areas from the exam point view. For the benefit of aspirants, we have identified a few important areas that are frequently asked in the exam. They are given below.

History of India and Indian National Movement

• Features of the Harappan Civilisation

• Religions in the Ancient History with the special focus on all about the Buddhism and Jainism.

• The Mauryan Age

• In the modern India, the focus should be the Indian freedom struggle after the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi.

• The plans, committees and conferences between 1925 to 1946.

• All the congress party sessions needs to be memorised with their Presidents and associated important events.

• Jawahar Lal Nehru, Shahid Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Motilal Nehru, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Lala Lajpat Rai

• Nehru Report, Round Table Conference, Poona Pact and Shimla Conference

• Education under the British rule

• Social status of women in Modern India

• Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Ishwarchand Vidyasagar and Jyotiba Phule

Indian and World Geography

• Concepts related to monsoon in India (very important)

• Climate types of the different parts of India

• Agricultural variety of crops associated with different types of soil and climate

• Water divide of India

• Cities at the bank of major rivers

• National Highways

• National Waterways

Indian Polity

• Union Executive

• State Executive

• Supreme Court

• High Court

• Fundamental rights

• Fundamental Duties

• Parliamentary Proceedings

• Types of writs

• Types of Bills

• Union and State relations

• Emergency Provisions

Enviornment and Ecology

• Basic concepts related to environment and ecology

• UN Conferences and agreements related to environment in the last 25 years

• Location of important protected areas

Practice tests

Aspirants are advised to practice subjectwise and mock tests. These tests will help you in identifying your weak and strong areas. Once the weak areas are identified, read the study material mentioned below for those areas.

History of India and Indian National Movement

• A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir (Spectrum Publication)

• History of Modern India by  Bipin Chandra

• Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

Indian and World Geography

• Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong

• Geography of India by Majid Hussain

Indian Polity and Governance

• Indian polity by Laxmikanth

• An Introduction to the Constitution of India by D. D. Basu

Economic and Social Development

• Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

• Indian Economy by Mishra and Puri

Environment & Ecology

• Environment by Shankar IAS Academy

Besides the above mentioned books, the following government publications will be helpful for the exam.

• India Year Book

• Union Budget 2018-19

• Economic Survey 2017-18

• Books published by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)

• Yojana and Kurukshetra magazines

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Read newspapers daily

Since current affairs have become ‘the most important aspect’ of the examination, reading newspapers is a basic prerequisite. Read at least one newspaper, most preferably The Hindu, daily and prepare notes. These notes will be helpful for revision. As mentioned above, analyse previous year question papers and identify important areas of the current affairs section.


Allocate one day, at least, for the revision. If the topics that you studied months back are not revised, it is as good as not studied. Revision helps you in better recollection of the essential facts in the exam hall. It also improves your understanding of the subject at a deeper level.

While in the month of March, the focus of the preparation should be on reading and revising, in April and May, aspirants should give more time for revision as well as practicing tests.

Best wishes from Jagran Josh!

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