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How to Crack UPSC in First Attempt


An Overview of the Prelims 2023!

The Union Public Service Commission conducts a series of annual exams for recruiting the most elite posts under the country’s bureaucracy. The program starts with holding the UPSC Civil Services prelims in the months of May- June, followedby, UPSC Civil Services Mains and the Interview sessions. The candidates who successfully clear these levels of assessment are then trained in the very astute Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) located in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand in India.

This year’s Preliminary examination will be conducted on May 28th, 2023. Every year more than 500000 candidates appear for the same. With the onset of this exam around the corner, the candidates are both anxious and overwhelmed. If you are one of them, looking for the right guidance, Inspiration Study Circle (ISC), the best coaching institute in Dehradun for the preparation of UPSC and several other governmental and public exams, brings to you the key points and strategies to be followed in your line of passion.

Veni, vidi, vici! I came, I saw, I conquered- a phrase very popularly attributed to Julius Caesar gives a realization of the kind of determination and hard work one requires to walk the path of preparation for the civil services exam.

How to Crack UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam?

The preparation starts the minute you start searching for tips and strategic planning for the same. The first step is to be aware of your syllabus and the exam pattern.

Here is the complete information on the said topic, i.e., the Civil Services prelims exam 2023, brought to you by ISC, Dehradun.

Prelims pattern and syllabus

The UPSC civil services prelims exam has two papers: Paper 1 and Paper 2.
The paper-wise content, duration, and weightage are as follows:

Total No. of



Topics covered

Paper 1



2 hours

• Indian History
• Geography
• Indian Polity
• Economic and
• Environment

• General
• Current affairs

Paper 2
(CSAT- Civil



2 hours

• Interpersonal
• Logical and
• Decision
Making and
• Mental Ability
• Basic
• Data
• English
Language and

The above said topics with the techniques for solving them are covered thoroughly atInspiration Study Circle, Dehradun.

The candidates must remember that there are a limited number of attempts and age criteria.

The minimum age to appear for the UPSC Civil Services exam is 21 years.

Category-wise Number of attempts and Age Criteria


Max. No. of attempts

Age Limit

General and EWS


32 years of age



35 years of age




Marking Scheme of UPSC Civil Services Prelims


Marks awarded for
every correct

Negative Marking?

Marks deducted for
every wrong

Paper 1 (GS)

2 Marks


0.66 Marks

Paper 2 (CSAT)

2.5 Marks


0.83 Marks

Important Points:

• If a candidate happens to give more than one answer for a question, it isconsidered wrong, irrespective of any of them being correct.
• It is mandatory to cross the expected cut-off marks in Paper 1 and 33%minimum marks in Paper 2.

The ‘IT’ factor for excelling in the exam

The very important aspect of success in any field is dedication and consistency. The rest are supplementary to your hard work.

• The first and foremost thing is to understand the syllabus and pattern of the UPSC Civil Services Prelims exam.
• Divide the entire journey into short-term goals.
• The entire syllabus should be well divided and read, along with regular revision.
• Focus on one topic at a time and divide your time accordingly.
• Always look for debates and discussions around you, that provide quality and knowledge to your brain. This is the best exercise ever.
• Read! Reading not only enhances your vocabulary but also widens your horizon of knowledge.
• Read specific works like books on culture, politics, insights, newspapers, and most importantly the editorial columns.
• Make sure whatever, you have worked for is revised regularly, at least twice.
• Current affairs must be regularly noted down and revised thoroughly. A good chunk of questions is made from them and they also help in long-term knowledge goals, especially for mains and interviews.
• Get your basic doubts and queries cleared.
• Focus on CSAT. However, it is qualifying but candidates do need to clear the cut-off in it.
• Line up your preparation by practicing previous years’ questions and mock tests.
• Your strategy might have different steps at every stage of preparation, but the work should be continuous.

ISC, Dehradun lays a good emphasis on current affairs and burning topics. These are not only discussed in class but are also provided to students through various digital means as well as hard copy handouts.

The Director of Inspiration Study Circle, Dehradun, Mr. Nisheeth Saxena,is an expert in General Studies and Geo-political issues.

Can I crack UPSC Prelims on the first attempt?

The question is more of self-introspection. The UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam, though is very hard to crack and only a few dedicated and hard-working ones achieve it, but it is not impossible. Once, you know what it takes to achieve your goal, the only thing left is to put it to use.

Can UPSC Prelims be qualified in 1 month?

This is an uphill battle that takes back-breaking work and persistence from one’s side. It is possible to make it happen if you decide and dedicate most of your time and efforts to it.

How to manage stress during preparation?

Preparing for Civil Services can be very stressful at times. Working regularly with arigorous schedule can get apprehensive and concerning. One must not forget that stress is a part of every journey. It comes as a counterpart of all the decisions that we take.
• Taking a break for rest and leisure can always refresh your mind. It gives a good reset option to our brain, increasing our productivity in the long run.
• Your schedule/ time- table should be flexible enough to provide you with enough rest as well.
• Remember, stability and constancy are the keys.
• There might be breakdowns, distractions, inter-personal issues, or change in priorities, but your concentration should remain on your aim.
• Even if you must start again, you will be starting with better knowledge and experience.

If you ever think of quitting, remember, why you started and how far you
have come!

A Note from the Director’s Desk

The aspiration for UPSC exams can be very rightly expressed in the words of the Great Missile Man of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, “A dream is not what you experience in your sleep. A dream is that which does not let you sleep.” Your dream can always become a reality once you start aiming for it in your awake state. Understand and get familiar with the syllabus. Brush up your basics with NCERT books. Your target should be your priority. Regularity and revision should become your rituals. It should be kept in mind that UPSC demands an analysis of a topic. It aims at evaluating your critical thinking and decisiveness.

Adapt the “Read and Stay Updated” strategy.

Best Wishes!

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