Importance of a Timetable for UPSC Prelims


Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts civil services examination (CSE) every year. The examination consists of three stages – Prelims, Mains and Interview. The Preliminary stage has two papers – General Studies and Aptitude Test.

The exam schedule for IAS Exam 2020 has been out by the official notification of the commission. UPSC Prelims will take place on 31st May 2020. The exam will host the aspirations of millions of candidates. Aspirants coming from different walks of life will attempt this exam, which allows you to serve one of the most coveted services of India. IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS are the topmost services, one aims for. Hence, when an individual decides to take this exam, the first thought that strikes his/her mind is how to prepare.

UPSC Prelims

Since an aspirant knows that preliminary stage has two papers of which one is of a qualifying nature; a candidate should prepare in a manner that serves him the best. One such approach to preparing for UPSC is to make a habit of designing a timetable for the exam.

It is never too late to realise the importance of a time-table for IAS Exam 2020. Time-table helps you to track your preparation and at the same time, it acts as a critique for your pace of preparation. If you want to land up in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), the timetable will be helpful.

There are two things a candidate should know, once he decides to make a time table for the exam:

  1. The time-table should be made for different periods such as – weekly time-table, monthly time-table and yearly time-table.
  2. The time-table should include all the subjects, major or minor so that no chance is left for you to fail.

Importance of setting your time-table periodically:

  1. Weekly Time-Table: The weekly time-table should include your short-term goals for UPSC syllabus. Factors while making a short-term time table should include – the inclusion of the NCERT’s readings, revision and time for test
  2. Monthly time table – monthly time table should have a mid-term plan for aspirants where they categorise their syllabus into parts and then complete that particular part in a month.
  3. Yearly time table – A year long time table is more of a design where aspirants’ weekly and monthly time table culminate into a big planner.
  4. The periodic timetable will hence, help aspirants to align their preparation for UPSC 2020.
  5. Religiously follow the periodic timetable.

How to set a timetable?

An aspirant has to keep the below points in mind while making a time table for IAS 2020:

  1. Set the timetable as per UPSC syllabus – While making a timetable an aspirant should always adhere to the syllabus. Divide the timetable as per the parts given in the syllabus.
  2. Make time table subject wise – Divide your days for each subject.
  3. Every subject should be included in the time table – Subjects like History, Polity should be given preference in the timetable but also minor subjects like society, art and culture too should be included in the time table biweekly or monthly.
  4. Visit your timetable daily – An aspirant should be perseverant while following a timetable. If an aspirant is consistent with a timetable, it can help them finish the syllabus on time.

Hence, to compete with fellow aspirants, a timetable for UPSC can help a lot.