The aim of this article is to sensitize the aspirants of Civil Service about an approach that is very simple to prescribe but not so easy to follow. The attempt is to sensitize about certain aspects while preparing and not to prescribe “the only way” of being successful. Every person has different capabilities and depending upon their strengths or weaknesses, they must devise a way that suits their temperament.


Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.

Time management may be aided by a range of skills, tools, and techniques used to manage time when accomplishing specific tasks, projects and goals complying with a due date.

This set encompasses a wide scope of activities, and these include planning , setting goals , analysis of time spent. In the Civil Services exam it is a tool to success. Time management is essential and one of the important tool in the Civil Services Examination. In the first stage of examination that is called preliminaries, real-time testing is very important. When it comes to Mains time management has become more important one has to solve the whole paper in merely three hours.

Here aspirants should allocate the time as according to the requirement of the question paper. As the nature of Mains exam paper is that one need to stick to the word limits in all questions and here need proper time management, aspirants should keep in mind that if one is devoting too much time to one particular question will surely means that one miss out on others questions.

The UPSC exams among many other things, it also tests aspirants skill in time management, and how to organize the work in a systematic and efficient manner.

Time management is important not just in writing the exam, but also while preparing for it. It is advisable to break up long study sessions into a few compact ones with more breaks to refresh oneself. For example, two four-hour sessions prove to be more beneficial than one long eight-hour stretch. Some students prefer to study in short bursts of two hours, with 15-minute breaks in between.
Ultimately it is up to the individual to find his or her own unique time management strategy. It is also possible to use “free time” effectively.

Thus, time spent commuting, or relaxing can also be used to refresh concepts or read different, if not completely unrelated, books. However, it is important to “switch-off” for at least some time in a day.

Success in IAS exams depends heavily on your IAS preparation strategy and time management. Here is 15 killer must follow guidelines for ias exam aspirants that will take their IAS preparation to the next level.

Time Management tips for IAS Preparation Strategy

Don’t promise an unachievable target to yourself. Make short, realistic and accomplishable targets. Like ‘I will finish reading 20 pages in next 2 hrs’ instead of committing ‘I will finish 500 pages book in 2 days’ it’s not the way we are designed to perform.

Don’t make a study plan for more than 12 weeks. See if it works for you, don’t make major changes in it during period small adjustments are fine but that too should not be very frequent.

Don’t make any exhaustive schedule with account of every minute – just make a timeline for accomplishments.

After spending time (say 2 hrs) with an assignment, assess periodically how much value it has added.

Keep a consistent reading (not study just reading) time of 3 hrs a day no matter what happens, don’t fail to use all 180 minutes reading a textbook may be NCERT or other text book. Prefer 7 pm – 10 pm or as per your habit.

Don’t take dinner break during this time and also keep cellphones away, world is not gonna end in these 3 hrs.

Three are necessary IAS Preparation other than course –

One text book of each subject (strictly one), NCERT Books (old and new), and tests (you don’t need to join any IAS Preparation test series, do it from previously asked papers in IAS Exams).

Tests are not just to check your progress but to give you that extra push to prepare and perform. So, prepare well before each and every test as you are supposed to do for your final exams.

Revise, revise and revise everything you are studying, because unless you will not revise all your study will go waste. Keep a 40:60 ratio of time allotment for new readings and revisions.

Eat healthy food, sleep well

(neither less than 6 hours nor more than 8 hours), meditate for at least 15 minutes everyday. Five to six hours of devoted study is enough.

Don’t consume alcohol even occasionally. Minimize and then quit smoking if you does.
Follow a regular routine. Don’t make changes every now and then. Stick to your plan.

Don’t seek advice from everyone you can be the best judge for directing your efforts. Don’t keep asking everyone you meet – the guy who topped, who failed 4 times, who has been teaching for 14 hrs, your aunty, intelligent brother etcetera. Take the charge dude, start making your own model for success.

Always remember that your IAS Preparation is to become topper. If you will aim at just qualifying the exam it will get reflected in your IAS preparation, and naturally you will not give your best.

Focus on optimum time utilization, instead of maximum time consumption.

Don’t keep any backup plan for the case of failure. Don’t even think about it. You are working to succeed. There can not be any backup plan for your ambition either you can achieve it or you can fail to do so. If you will donate some time for your backup plan will become the primary.

This is my daily routine ( not recommend for anyone just posting on public demand …all inputs are not exact but mostly correct 😀 )

I prefer studying on day/Night time.Hence ,I use to wake up at 8 am in Summer days and around 9 in winter.

Then I go for brisk walk so as to remain fresh whole day with few exercises .

I actually start studying at 10:30 am with news paper reading and notes making from it.

Earlier ,it took me 3-4 hours to read news paper and make notes accordingly,but now it takes hardly 1 hr including newspaper readings, practice can help just be regular .

So I assigned 10:30 am -11 :30 am for newspaper reading.(Later I did reading and jotting down in 2-3 hours and rest two hours optional preparation ( including Lunch if available :-p )

Practicing answer writing on questions of INSIGHTS/CIVIL DAILY/OLD PAPERS and from editorial themes daily near about 2 hrs )

Then after taking a break of 30 minutes I use to study some GS topic .

(study for an hour and break of 15 minutes)

5 pm to 7 pm I assigned for revision of previous day topics.

7 pm to 8 pm was full long break . I do whatever I wanted to.

10 pm to 1 am GS Non Core Pre n mains including .

After 1 am I don’t study anything. I prowl internet randomly. Visit sites read anything just like that and go to bed at 2:30 a m .

Hope it will help you in your time management 🙂

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