Last Minute Tips for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2019 | UPSC


Now that UPSC exam is very close, here are some effective last minute tips for UPSC prelims 2019. Every year, lakhs of candidates write the exam, and because of that, IAS exam is one of the most competitive exams in India. Our last minute preparation tips for UPSC prelims is written in an attempt to help you clear the UPSC prelims 2019, and to find clearance amidst the 11th hour nerves.

Mark, Time, and Question Division for UPSC prelims 2019

Total = 180 questions, 400 marks, 4 hours



Last minute preparation for UPSC prelims:

Revision, Revision, Revision


At this point of preparation, the main key is ‘revision’. The gravest mistake would be to try and attempt new set of topics. Make sure to revise the entire syllabus (the ones covered by you) to eliminate any kinds of doubts and confusions. While questions can be asked from anywhere, some of the important topics to revise for UPSC prelims 2019 are-

  • GS paper 1: National and International current happenings, Indian National Movement, Indian polity, Indian and world economy, Indian and World geography, environmental issues, and general science.
  • GS Paper 2: Logical reasoning and analytical ability, general mental ability, Numeracy (such as numbers & relations), data interpretation, comprehension.


Previous Years’ Question Paper and Mock Test:

Practice the previous IAS exam question papers to get an insight into the flow and pattern of the exam. Along with it, practice mock test regularly as part of revision, and for real exam feeling.


Time Management:


It is very important to maintain the right speed to complete the paper on time. Avoid dwelling on the questions that you’re stuck on. Focus on your strengths- answer the questions you’re familiar with first. Finally, because sometimes time slips away like sand in the wind, don’t forget to track the time while writing the examination.


Remember that the cut-off for GS paper I and GS paper II are different. While the cut-off for GS Paper I is released after the exam, GS Paper II requires 33% to qualify. Further, there is a negative marking of 1/3rd of the marks for incorrect answers.

Wishing you the best of luck for UPSC Prelims 2019!