Gearing up to prepare for UPSC 2021? Then the first thing you should make your mind understand is that the coming few months are going to be a tough battle for you because to ace the UPSC 20201, first, you need to prepare yourself well and then prepare the syllabus even better.

Other than reading important books, understanding the pattern of the exam, making strategies and time table for UPSC preparation 2021, first you should focus on making yourself ready for the toughest exam in India.

Here in this article, you will get a fair idea about how your ideal study plan

should be to crack the UPSC 2021. So, let’s waste no more time and jump straight into the timetable for UPSC preparation 2021.

Also read: Here’s how you should start preparing for the UPSC 2021

Sample UPSC Time Table for 2021 Exam

Time What to do? How & Why
5:00 a.m. Wake up Rising early helps you to maintain a good healthy lifestyle.
5:00 – 5:30 a.m. Have tea/coffee. Indulge in some yoga or exercise. Good for improving blood circulation and better concentration.
5:30 – 6:00 a.m. Freshen up. Makes your mind and body fresh.
6:15 – 7:45 a.m. Read the newspaper. Keep your notebook handy and start making notes.
7:45 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Good food is the fuel that drives you easily for the rest of the day. So have a good and dull breakfast.
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Revision Give a quick yet detailed revision of your previously learnt things.
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Study Start your day with the topic that you struggle the most with.
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Break Take a bath.
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Study Resume and change the subject.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Lunch Have a nutritious lunch.
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Test Time Try doing mock tests and also try out sample papers.
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Resume your studies Pick up those subjects that interest you.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Break Have some snacks. Get into healthy chit-chat. If you are into any outdoor activities like swimming or gymming, do that.
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Study Focus on moderate subjects.
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Revise and Consolidate Take out your notes and go for a revision.
9:00 – 9:30 p.m. Supper Have a good and healthy dinner.
9:30 – 10:00 p.m. Watch news/ discussions Watch UPSC-relevant news.
10:00 – 10:30 p.m. Refresh Do what you feel like except watching TV or studying.
10:30 p.m. Time to sleep. Have at least 7-8 hours of sleep.

You can also check out these expert suggested time tables by Tina Dabi for taking your preparation a level up.

UPSC Preparation Study Plan for Working Professionals

The above-mentioned study plan is very much suitable for aspirants who are not engaged in any profession. For working aspirants, there should be absolutely major changes in the above mentioned UPSC time table 2021.

Working aspirants do not have the luxury of dedicating 12-15 hours a day for preparing for the UPSC but that doesn’t mean that they can not crack it. It’s just they need to maintain a proper balance between their UPSC preparation and their work.

Here’s a time table for UPSC preparation 2021 for all the working aspirants out there.

Weekday UPSC Study Plan for Working Professionals

Time What to do
Before work time starts Manage 2-3 hours every day and focus on General Studies.
During working hours Use every break you get at work. Utilise those minutes for keeping yourself updated with current affairs. Also manage time to read the newspaper.
Post work Manage 2 hours at least after you are done with your work and devote that for your optional subject.
Before bedtime Manage 20 to 30 minutes time and use that for revising your previously learned studies.

Also read: Cracking UPSC with a job is not impossible anymore. Check it out how !

Weekend UPSC Time Table 2021 for Working Aspirants

Weekends are a blessing for UPSC aspirants as on those days, they can completely indulge themselves into the preparation. It’s true that life is going to become too hectic for people balancing between study and work but hey, cracking IAS was never a cake walk right!

Let’s checkout the most suitable study plan to follow on weekends.


Weekend mornings should be completely utilised for revising the whole week’s UPSC preparation. The forenoons should be kept for dedicatedly practicing answer writing as this is a very important part for cracking the civil services exam. The afternoons are good for indulging in mock tests and solving sample or previous years’ papers.

Before the Preliminary Examination

As the UPSC MCQ pattern keeps changing every year, one has to dedicatedly practice the CSAT paper. General Studies should be given extra attention about two to three months before the prelims.

Also Read: Check out the entire pattern & syllabus of CSAT Paper 

After the Preliminary Examination

So now you are done with the first phase of the CSE. Ask yourself about your chances of getting high scores? If you are confident enough about that, apply for a study leave from your employer and use that period at the fullest.

UPSC Mains demand dedicated and in-depth study. As you are a working aspirant chances are there that you might need extra guidance for clearing this stage. Don’t waste much time in taking the decision and join a renowned online UPSC class. Choose online because at this moment you can not afford so much time to waste on commuting to the offline institutes.

Post Mains

Now you are done with the mains as well so you can resume your work and simultaneously keep preparing yourself for the interview round as well. Download suitable apps for current affairs, read newspapers on a daily basis and always try to form an opinion about the important things that are taking place on national and international level.


Hopefully, this time table for UPSC preparation 2021 will be helpful for you to prepare well for the upcoming examination. You should also keep your eyes on the UPSC calendar and prepare your strategies accordingly.

Also Read: A Detailed IAS Planner for Beginners: Guide to Crack the UPSC Civil Services Exam

Time Table for UPSC Preparation 2021: Here’s the Study Schedule You should Follow
Article Name
Time Table for UPSC Preparation 2021: Here’s the Study Schedule You should Follow
Aiming for UPSC 2021? What should be your strategy? What time table for UPSC preparation 2021 should you follow? Click here to find the right study timetable that can help you crack the CSE.
Publisher Name
UPSC Pathshala
Publisher Logo

About the Author


Shilpa is a professional web content writer and is in deep love with travelling. She completed her mass communication degree and is now dedicatedly playing with words to guide her readers to get the best for themselves. Developing educational content for UPSC, IELTS aspirants from breakthrough research work is her forte. Strongly driven by her zodiac sign Sagittarius, Shilpa loves to live her life on her own notes and completely agrees with the idea of ‘live and let live. Apart from writing and travelling, most of the time she can be seen in the avatar of 'hooman' mom to her pets and street dogs or else you can also catch her wearing the toque blanche and creating magic in the kitchen on weekends.

View All Articles