So you have decided to appear for the UPSC civil services exam in 2022? That’s great since you now have ample time to study. However, the syllabus is so vast that time will fly very fast.

Initially, you will start studying hard but as time passes you will lose steam. Or you would study a subject and like it so much that you keep studying it for months, ignoring the rest. The risk of going astray is high if you study haphazardly. Therefore, you must have a proper IAS planner to guide you.

So in a marathon exam like the UPSC civil services exam, creating a foolproof study plan is very important. And more importantly, sticking to it is very very important!

As Benjamin Franklin says,’ If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.

A Detailed IAS Planner 2022 for Beginners

The UPSC issues an official notification for the IAS Exam in February, and the UPSC Exam is typically held on the first Sunday in June. The UPSC Exam 2022 schedule has already been released by the commission. Take a look at the UPSC 2022 important dates:



Release of Notification – UPSC CSE 2022


UPSC Online Registration for UPSC CSE 2022 (Begins on)


Deadline to Apply For UPSC CSE 2022


UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 Exam

05.06.2022 (Sunday)

UPSC CSE Prelims 2022  Result


UPSC CSE Mains 2022 Exam


Take a piece of paper and make your macro plan first. Write down the various months on a piece of paper. From July 2021 to February 2022 there are 6 Months that you have to not just finish the syllabus but also revise.

Know the Exam Dates

It should come as no surprise that you should have a good idea of the dates ahead of time. It will assist you in organising your study schedule based on the number of hours you wish to devote. Make a decision about when you want to take the exam. Candidates in the general category are allowed a maximum of six attempts. As a result, don’t go into the exam unprepared. If you’re a new student, you’ll need at least 12-14 months to study thoroughly.

Also Read: UPSC Engineering Services Exam Pattern: All About IES Exam and Latest Notification of 2022

Divide the Subjects

Now you need to divide your studies into these various months. List down the subjects which are there for both Prelims and Mains.

In all, there are 9 subjects in General Studies:







International relations

Internal security


Now your plan is to complete studying these subjects and also to revise them.

Keeping this in mind let us now break up the syllabus in the various months that we have. Remember to keep the last 2 months for revision and practice.

UPSC Civil Services Exam Study Plan from July

You have to follow discipline at this time. During this time you should start your preparation for General Studies. Take up two subjects as studying one subject becomes monotonous. Take up one subject which you are familiar with and one which you are completely new to.

This will help you have comfort and also step out of your comfort zone. You can opt for History if you are comfortable in it and Polity if you are afraid of it.

The idea is to first generate interest and discipline for your need to study for a long period of time. Understand and revise the various concepts in the two subjects that you have chosen.

IAS Planner for August and September

Now that you have studied for the previous month you will probably be in the mindset to study. Now the plan is to increase the hours that you study from 5 hours to 7 hours.

It is expected that you have finished the earlier chosen subjects. Now the target for these two months is to finish the tough subject completely and also begin the other subject.

Also Read: UPSC Engineering Services Salary: Get the Latest Notifications, Syllabus and Exam Pattern for 2022

You can choose the geography of India, environmental geography. The UPSC geography syllabus is easier to finish.

IAS Planner for Prelims

With a complete syllabus for Prelims done and 2/ 3rds of optional like geography optional done, now the time has come to fully focus on the prelims. Keep the optional papers aside and revise the notes for GS that you have made while studying the subject the first time. You should revise the entire syllabus at least 3 times.

Solve as many question papers as possible for both GS and CSAT. If you do not solve at least 100 -120 practice papers then you are not going to pass. You should at least solve 10000 questions in all.

Refer to papers from many sources so that your brain is conditioned to expect the unexpected.  A warning to all aspirants, do not ignore CSAT as it can backfire in the exam.

Also Read: UPSC Optional Syllabus 2022: Know the Entire Syllabus with Important Topics to Prepare

UPSC Civil Services Exam Preparation Post Prelims

Post prelims focus on completing the syllabus for Ethics, Integrity, and Attitude and the remainder of the optional papers like geography optional syllabus that are left. Here you should be running at full speed. Study a minimum of 10 hours. You will have 3 months before the mains. In this period, complete the incomplete part in the first month itself. Later your complete focus should be on revision.

Keep notes handy on topics like the functional classification of towns, earthquakes, tsunami, environmental pollution, Panchayati raj etc.

One thing that the majority of the UPSC IAS main exam aspirants miss out on in these three months is answer writing. Do not procrastinate. Write as many answers as possible in these three months. Pay close attention to answer writing for both GS and optional papers. It is said that UPSC is a writer’s exam.

Simplified Method for 2022 UPSC

To begin, you must improve your skills in solving MCQs, writing answers, writing essays, presenting answers in General Studies and Optional papers, and remembering large amounts of information in a structured manner (to do well in Personality Test).


Second, you must constantly improve your abilities, such as working hard under pressure, enduring long processes without exhausting yourself, staying disciplined and informed on a regular basis, self-control in terms of avoiding multiple strategies or sources, sticking to a plan, and the ability to speak about any issue with precision and relevance, among others.

Also Read: Last Minute Preparation for UPSC Prelims Examination 2021: Tips to Keep in Mind Before Exam Day


Finally, you should be able to control your emotions. Equanimity is a quality that you should strive for. It doesn’t work to become frustrated, scared, anxious, or angry because something isn’t going your way. Small victories along the way should not be a source of self-satisfaction.

Neither are the previous accomplishments. You should develop a detached attitude toward the outcomes. You can only achieve true focus on the process and your goal if you maintain equanimity.


If you follow the tips, you can cover a lot during this time and will have a positive result in the exam.

During this preparation ensure that you read the newspaper daily or at least refer to some current affairs notes and keep yourself well aware of the different regions of the world and topics like the space relationship of India. Even if you give 5 hours daily for your preparation initially and increase it to 10 hours later, you can comfortably complete the syllabus and succeed in cracking the exam.

You can get enrolled in the online preparation course for this so that you can get all the subjects in the form of videos. You can also get a customized study plan.

Also Read: Last 25 Years UPSC Prelims Question Papers with Answers: Check this to Boost Your CSE Preparation

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