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Update on: 10 Feb 2022 18:50:14 PM

UPSC IAS Prelims Exam 2022 would be conducted on June 5, 2022. Check here for tips and strategies that would help you in competing for the exam this time. 

UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 would be conducted in June this year. Those who are in preparation for the toughest exam of the country must go through the preparation tips and strategies suggested in this article below. The candidates would come to know about the tactics they need to follow and can also go through the exam tips suggested by various toppers through the articles linked below. 


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UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2022: 

Before going further, one must know the exam pattern they are preparing for. Check UPSC IAS Exam Pattern below. 

IAS Prelims 2022 Exam Pattern


Number of Objective Multiple Questions (Marks)


GS Paper-I

100 Questions of 2 marks

2 Hours

GS Paper-II (CSAT)

80 Questions of 2.5 marks

2 Hours


180 Questions of 400 marks



  • Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks
  • The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Services (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper-II of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the Commission.
  • There will be a negative marking of 1/3rd marks for incorrect answers.
  • It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation.

UPSC IAS Syllabus 2022 Explained

UPSC IAS 2022: Important Tips

1. Revise the Important Topics and Notes:

Now that only a few months are left, the candidates must not at any cost skip revising the content they have already gone through. 

We have listed down some important topics for IAS Prelims 2022 Exam to aid in your preparation. 


Important Topics

GS Paper-I

Current events of national and international importance; History of India and Indian National Movement; Indian and World Geography: Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World; Indian Polity and Governance: Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.; Economic and Social Development: Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.; General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change; and General Science

GS Paper-II

Comprehension; Interpersonal skills including communication skills; Logical reasoning and analytical ability; Decision making and problem-solving; General mental ability; Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level)


2. Time Management Straegy:


Give proper and set time to the sections that are your strengths. While solving questions instead of getting stuck with a particular one, move to others. Candidates must keep track of time during the examination.

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3. Practice Mock Tests and Previous Year Papers:

IAS Pen Paper

Solving Mock Tests and practice papers along with theory always gives candidates the idea of what the exam would be like. It keeps one in the mode of the exam.

4. Finish Static Theory As Soon As Possible:


Now that there are 3 months left for your UPSC Prelims 2022, finish up your static theory chapters and start the revision. Solve as many questions as possible and try not to revise more than one boo for each subject. This would only lead to confusion. 

5. Maintain your Speed & Accuracy and Maximize your Score:


Remember that there will be a separate cut-off for GS Paper-I and minimum qualifying marks of 33% in GS Paper-II. Also, there will be negative marking of 1/3rd marks for incorrect answers. So your job is to simply maximize your score however you can. Try to maintain your speed and accuracy while solving the paper during the examination.

6. Imagine Yourself at the Exam Centre

Imagine yourself at the exam centre whenever you are solving a practice paper. Moreover, start the CSAT preparation now itself. This way you would have more time to cover CSAT and would not have to compromise with the Theory part of Paper 1. 

8. Stay Away From Stress

Don’t stress yourself too much before the D-Day. Do relax and stay calm. Giving exams with a relaxed mind will help you in delivering your best and achieving high scores.

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