Considered as one of the most elite examinations in the country,, brings you some of the most tried and tested methods for you to effectively manage time and succeed in your IAS exam preparations. 

Realistic Timetable
Students preparing for IAS exams are always advised to make a realistic timetable rather than a strict timetable. The reason, is simple, a realistic time table is easy to follow and allows you time and space to pursue a recreational activity, that would help to keep you focused. A strict time table would include a schedule that has your every minute and second detailed out, which would eventually lead to the student getting frustrated and switch off. A lot of coaching institutes assist their students in making of a more realistic time table.

Setting Achievable Goals
It is very important for a student to set an achievable goal depending on his absorbing capacity. Just like how a particular shoe size does not fit all. Similarly, it is important that a person's goal is tailor made depending on his learning ability, time spent in learning and other variable factors. An achievable goal would also allow the student to build up his confidence as and when he achieves his goals where as on the other hand if the goal set is unbelievable and the student lags behind for some known reason, his self confidence would take a major plunge. Hence students should always set achievable goals.

Developing a Reading Habit
The humongous syllabus that an IAS aspirant is required to cover is massive. It is not physically possible to memorize all of it, hence, it is important that every student preparing for the IAS exam, develops the habit of reading. Reading will not only increase the knowledge cauldron of the student, but also reading on a daily basis allow students to retain as much information as possible. Developing the habit of reading also allows students to increase their knowledge, which would be of use even after the IAS exam.

Revise Revise Revise 
It is extremely important for every student to constantly keep in touch with the syllabus covered. When the brain receives new information, there could be a possibility of overlooking or forgetting old information stored in the brain. Hence, to avoid this mishap, it is always advisable for the student to devout a certain amount of time each day to revise information that has been studied earlier. Revision will also help the student, keep a track of the amount of information that has been covered and the information that needs to be covered in the future. 

Practice Practice Practice
When a student commits himself to one of the most elite examinations in the country, studying alone would only be 50 per cent of the job completed. It is important for every student to regularly test himself on every topic covered. This way he would understand the the amount of information that he is studying and the amount of information that he is actually able to retain. Regular mock tests, online tests, practice papers and solving previous year papers are great ways to constantly challenge yourself in every stage of your preparation. 

Eat Healthy and Sleep
A lot of amateur students in the process of handling pressure compromise on food and sleeping habits. However, this is extremely wrong and would have an adverse effect on the student, his lifestyle and preparations in the long run. Eating healthy and being well rested are like fuel to the body and is extremely important for the body to function in its full capacity. Hence, every student should realize that food and sleep is extremely important and should not be compromised upon.  


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