If you are looking to write the UPSC 2021 exam then you need to start preparing. With time ticking, preparation is a key. If you do not have a study plan that is okay. Do not be scared, it is time to get the most out of what you have.

Your study plan is going to be different than someone else. So, first, stop comparing the process with anyone else other than you. Your only competition is you. You can learn from someone else but do not compare or try exactly what they do. It is something personal to you, so keep it for yourself and by yourself.

UPSC 2021 Exam Date Calendar

With the UPSC 2021 exam date calendar being released you must have noticed that the first paper, which is the IAS prelims, is in June. It will be held on the 27th of June 2021 which is a Sunday and the mains exam will be held on 17th September 2021. You have 11 months for your mains exam so do not worry much about that now.

Here’s the Syllabus

You will start with focusing on general studies topics. This will also help you cover details for your mains exam. Your syllabus is very vast, so be careful. Pay very little attention to your optional subjects right now.

Pay attention to current affairs by reading the newspaper very well. It is important to use reliable sources and verified sources. Avoid reading news from social media websites as they are known for being unverified or fake news.

Prepare in bits. Break down the syllabus in such a way that you focus more on your weakness than your strengths. Try to convert your weaknesses into strengths.

Also read: Check-out These Experts Tips to Ace IAS


  1. Wake up by 7 am
Meditate and wash up
  1. Read the newspaper
Make this a daily habit, and take notes whilst you read the paper.
  1. Start studying from 9 am
After you have eaten, make sure you get one study session in the morning
  1. Study till 12 pm and take a break until lunch ends
It is important to be relaxed and taking a break will not cost you
  1. Study session from 2 pm to 5 pm
This session may be the most tiring session but also the most fruitful one. So put in your work
  1. Break from 5 pm to 5:45 pm
Rest, rest and rest. Meditate or do something fun and get good evening snacks.
  1. Revise from 5:45 pm to 7 pm
Revise whatever you did through the day
  1. 7 pm to 8 pm small study session
Study a small topic and call it a day
  1. From 8 pm to 10 pm is your time
Eat and rest in this gap
  1. Sleep by 10:30 pm or 11 pm
Sleeping more is very important!


  • Whilst preparing for your exam make sure you are active mentally and physically. This will enhance your ability to learn more and grasp more.
  • Eat healthy food. No matter what you do, eat healthy food. You cannot afford to fall sick so avoid eating food from outside or unknown places.
  • Take a rest. Do not be afraid to take big rests. This will allow your mind to absorb more.
  • Create a timetable that suits you. You need not follow the one given below and can create your own one. Make sure it suits you and your personality.
  • Work hard. Nothing can replace the importance of working hard. It is not overrated so just keep working hard and apply yourself.

Also Read: Check This IAS Planner for Beginners


UPSC 2021 exam date calendar is out and it is time to prepare for your IAS prelims and mains. Strap up, let’s get studying. Creating a timetable can be very confusing and tough. You may wonder how to create one. For your convenience, a timetable has been given to you.

If you feel that it is not something you can follow, you can change it to your need. Remember that, it is not about creating a short term hack but something that you can be with for a long time. This is the only way you will be able to stick to your timetable.

Keep yourself free from tension and do what you like. Do not shy away from social media, but yes moderation is a key. Keep it moderate and it will not bring you down. Make your efforts matter and results will come to you. All the best!

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