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UPSC Prelims 2018 – 150 Days Study Plan (Part V)

UPSC Prelims 2018 – 93 Days More To Go – How To Prepare?

There is a general feeling among people that every year, the first three months of January, February and March go by at the blink of an eye. And for a UPSC aspirant, it seems like it flies faster than that! Yes, the much-awaited Prelims 2018 is only 78 days away! This is the last leg of your preparation and the most crucial of all. Sit tight, the ride’s almost getting over. Lets dive into the last blog in the series of syllabus-wise tests.


This time, we have four different subjects to tackle. The particular test could prove to be like a pre cursor for the full paper test where you will have to be tackling multiple subjects and information at once. Lets take a look at the topics for this test.

1. Geography – Population, Resources, Irrigation and Agriculture, Industries, Transport, Trade and other Economic Activities.

2. Science and Technology – Nuclear Technology, Nano Technology, Biotechnology, Robotics, Health and Hygiene, Intellectual Property Rights, Information Technology

3. International Organisations – Ideological and Political organisations, Financial and Trade organisations, Cultural and Religious organisations

4. Environment – Climate Change – Concepts, Causes, Effects, Mitigation strategies, India and International Climate Change negotiations and its initiatives, Environmental organisations, Treaties, Conventions and Summits, Environmental Governance (Institutions, Acts and Policies), Impact of Environmental issues on Health of Organisms, Pollution.

5. Current Affairs – January 2017 to January 2018

6. India Year Book – Energy, Industry, Transport, Water Resources, India and the World, Communication and Information Technology,Environment, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Environment, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland.


The most important part to follow during your preparation is to plan and draw up a schedule suiting to your needs. This has been emphasized in the previous blogs too. A few tips to make your schedule a bit more effective:

• Incorporate time for physical activity and relaxation. This will refresh your brain only to improve its grasping capacity.
• Try and concentrate on that one subject in the allotted time. Focus on a topic and finish it for better remembrance and understanding.
• Don’t skip the revision part.

So here we have a sample table that can help you get through two weeks of preparation for the specific tests


CA – Current Affairs;

IB – India Year Book;

Envt – Environment;

S & T – Science and Technology and International Organisation;

Geo – Geography

T3 – Test 3;

Rev –Revision;

Old qs– Old Questions;

AN – Afternoon;

FN – Forenoon.


As in every other blog, lets take a look at the previous year’s question papers to give us a look into how these topics have fared.

A close look at the above tables will give us the following insights:

  1. The pattern in both environment and the topics of geography have changed.
  2. Environment in the given topics is more tilted towards current happenings and the related topics such as climate change and acts and policies.
  3. There has been a sharp decline in the questions from these geography topics. The questions are tilting more towards biodiversity in India and other topographical and map related questions.


Current Affairs – Two national newspapers on an everyday basis will cut the chase for current affairs preparation. For a more detailed analysis of everyday news and also to distinguish which is UPSC material and which is not, do check out the link here – http://www.iasparliament.com/.

India Year Book – The India Year Book is a Government of India publication which is available online to download as well as hard copies. You can find the topics for this particular test in the following chapters in the book –

  • States – Chapter 20
  • Energy – Chapter 11
  • Industry – Chapter 19
  • Transport – Chapter 26
  • Water resources – Chapter 27
  • India and the World – Chapter 18
  • Communication and Information Tech – Chapter 8
  • Environment – Chapter 12

Environment – A thorough reading of NCERT biology textbooks along with the most recommended Shankar IAS Academy Environment textbook will be a perfect pair to ace all the questions from this subject. One must not forego following current events regarding environment either. It is absolutely imperative to know the international events in line with environment.

Geography – The best advisable source for having a thorough understanding of the variousmentioned topics from world geography would be the 11th STD NCERT. It can be accessed here –http://www.ncert.nic.in/NCERTS/textbook/textbook.

S & T and International Organisations – For the topics mentioned regarding science andtechnology, go ahead and revise them from the 11th and 12th grade NCERTs asmentioned in the syllabus of the test schedule. As far as International organisations go,keep track of any news regarding treaties or conventions signed along with basicinformation about the conventional organisations like United Nations and such.


As time gets lesser and lesser, it is imperative to start focusing on revision of the already studied topics for better remembrance of the topics.

India year Book can be an exhausting read. It has a lot of information. As far as facts about the states go, these are the areas to take note on: Topography, Soil, Dance, Music, Culture, History, Climate, Rivers, Dams, Industries, Minerals and other Natural resources, Demographics, current affairs related to the particular state.

Another essential thing to follow is to attempt and answer old questions related to the topics. Here’s how that can go: Make use of the table given above where there is a clear split of how many questions each topic had in every year for the last five years. Try answering the questions and then check if your answers are right. If not, check for the logic of your answering and the right answer and rectify your thinking process.

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