IAS Prelims Study Plan 2017: Crack UPSC Civil Services Exam in 5 months

IAS Prelims Study Plan 2017: Crack UPSC Civil Services Exam in 5 months

IAS Prelims Study Plan 2017: UPSC IAS Civil Services Examination is regarded as one of the most challenging papers of the country. Millions of aspirants appear for the Civil Services Examination every year. As of now, IAS Prelims 2017 is scheduled on 18th June, 2017. You have 5 Months i.e. 150 Days to prepare yourself to face Prelims.

All you need is a right guidance and a study plan that boosts your confidence day by day and helps you stay focused till you achieve your dream. When you are under right guidance, the efforts you put will definitely yield results. Hence, to help you go with flow, we have formulated IAS Prelims Study Plan 2017: Crack UPSC Civil Services Exam in 5 Months.


IAS Prelims Study Plan 2017

After going through top rankers’ theories very closely and interacting with them on a regular basis, we have discovered that only dedicated, consistent and focused efforts will bear results.

Over here, we have built a detailed study plan for every section of the test. Further, section wise compilation of topics has also been mentioned. Please be rest assured, there is an enough time to prepare for IAS Prelims 2017. The need of the hour is to carefully structure and review our “Study Plan”. Let us assume (for the greater good) that you study for 6 hours a day (less than that may put you in fix). That leaves us with a total of 150 days before the ‘D Day’.  Please go through subject wise bifurcation of days to have a strategy in place:

Total Number of Days      150
Days dedicated towards History and Art & Culture Preparation 20 Days
Days dedicated towards Geography Preparation  21 Days
Days dedicated towards Polity Preparation 20 Days
Days dedicated towards Economy Preparation 24 Days
Days dedicated towards Environment Preparation 22 Days
Days dedicated towards Science & Technology Preparation 20 Days
Days dedicated towards Current Affairs Preparation 23 Days
 Breaking IAS Prelims Study Plan 2017, let us initiate with History and Art & Culture section.

IAS Prelims Study Plan 2017: History and Art & Culture

Out of 100 questions asked in CSAT paper I, it can clearly be observed that 15-20 questions have consistently been asked from the Indian History and Art & Culture Section that accounts for at-least 30-40 marks.

Before we take it further, here’s a brief analysis of Preliminary Exam conducted over the past few years. This blueprint will help you ascertain the weightage allocated to Indian history over the past few years and show you the corresponding trend:

Year Indian History Art & Culture
 2013  5  10
 2014  5  15
 2015  13  4
 2016  12  3

Focus area in Indian History and Art & Culture:

Most of the History questions asked in IAS Preliminary Examination usually comes from “Modern India and Art & Culture”. It has also been observed that “Medieval Indian History & Ancient Indian History” don’t constitute a major part in terms of the number of questions asked.


Specific Area

Days (20)


Study Material

Ancient History

Pre-Historic period, Indus Valley Civilization, Vedic Period, Buddhism and Jainism, Mauryan Empire, Pre Guptas, Guptas and South Indian Empire


History Ancient India E-Book

Ancient India Question Bank

Medieval History

The Delhi Sultanates, Mughal Empire, Provincial dynasties, and Bhakti Movemant


History Medieval India E-Book

Medieval India Question Bank

Modern History

British Administration, British conquests and Indian reactions, British economic policy, Religious and Social Reform Movements, Freedom struggle, Famous Personality


History Modern India Part-1 E-Book

Modern India Part-2 E-Book

Indian Modern History Question Bank

Art & Culture

Ancient , Medieval and Modern art, architecture, dance ,drama and Music


Art & Culture E-Book

History, Art & Culture Question bank

IAS Prelims Study Plan 2017: Geography

Here, Indian Geography is given more weightage in comparison to “The World Geography” in the Preliminary Examination.

Before we take it further, here’s a brief analysis of Preliminary Exam conducted over the past few years. Look at the numbers and analyse the weightage allocated to Geography over the past few years:

 Year  Geography
 2013 15
 2014 20
 2015 14
2016 12

Focus area in Geography:


Specific Area

Days (21)


Study Material

Indian Geography

Physiography, River Systems, Climate, Mineral, Soil, Agriculture, Human Geography, Natural Vegetation


IAS Geography E-book

Geography Question bank

World Geography

The Earth and the Universe, Landform, Atmosphere, Wind System, Clouds and Precipitation, Hydrosphere and Different Climatic types


IAS Prelims Geography E-Book

IAS Prelims Study Plan 2017: Indian Polity

Indian Polity is a must read for all Civil Services Aspirants. A significant number of questions are asked from this particular section. Look at the numbers and analyse the weightage allocated to this section over the past few years:

 Year Indian Polity
 2013 18
 2014 11
 2015 13
2016 12

Focus area in Indian Polity:


Specific Area

Days (20)


Study Material

Indian Polity

Constituent Assembly, States and Citizenship, Fundamental Rights and Duties, Directive Principles, President and Parliament, Judiciary, CAG, Governor and State Legislature, State -Central Relationships, Local government, UPSC, Election commission,  Constitutional Amendments


Indian Polity E-Book 

Polity E-Book

IAS Polity Question Bank

IAS Prelims Study Plan 2017: Economy

The number of questions asked from the Indian Economy section ranges from 12-21 in number. Have a look and ascertain the weightage allocated to Indian Economy in the Exam Paper since 2013.

 Year Economy
 2013 18
 2014 12
 2015 13
2016 21

Focus area in Economy:


Specific Area

Days (24)


Study Material


Introduction to Economics, Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment, Money and Banking Systems, Fiscal Policy and Budget, Taxation, Planning, Market,  Public Sector Public Sector Units, External Sector/Foreign Trade, International Economic Organisations, Economic Survey,  Social Development, Poverty and Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives



Economy E-Book

Indian Economy E-Book

IAS Economy Mock Test

IAS Prelims Study Plan 2017: Environment

From last few years a good number of questions are asked from environment related topics in the Civil Services Preliminary Exam. Now, let us look at IAS Prelims Exams conducted over the past few years and analyse the trend around “Ecology, Environment, Biodiversity & Climate Change” section:

 Year Environment
 2013 22
 2014 31
 2015 13
2016 10

Focus area in Environment:


Specific Area

Days (22)


Study Material


General issues on Environmental Ecology, Pollution, Bio-diversity, Conservation, Sustainable Development, Ecologically sensitive areas, Climate Change, International Organizations, Treaties and Conventions, and Current Environmental Issues.



IAS Prelims nvironment E-Book

Environment Mock Test

IAS Prelims Study Plan 2017: Science & Technology

Science and Technology is an important part of IAS Prelims. These are mostly analytical questions that show up in this section.

Here is the detailed account on the number of questions on Science and Technology in IAS Prelims Examination over the years:

 Year Science & Technology
 2013 13
 2014 5
 2015 6
2016 9

Focus area in Science & Technology:


Specific Area

Days (20)


Study Material

Science  and Technology

Force and Energy, Dispersion in nature, Spectrum, Total Internal Reflection, Refraction, Surface tension and capillary actions, heat and light, Elements in nature, Nuclear Energy, Properties of elements and compounds, Terms like Antioxidant, Isotopes and Artificial Rains, Cell biology,Photosynthesis in Plants, Carbohydrates and Proteins, Blood group, DNA sequence,           DNA Fingerprinting, Diseases like TB, Cholera, Foot and Mouth and Ebola etc, Stem Cells, Viruses and bacteria, Minerals and Vitamins, Technologies in news by Indian agencies like DRDO & CSIR ,Difference between Near Field Communication, Wi-fi, Wi-Max and Blue-tooth, Latest trends in technology like CFL and LED, Blu-Ray Discs and DVD, HD , Plasma TV, Wi-fi, Wi-Max, GSM, CDMA etc, Genetic Engineering, Satellites and Orbits,   Physical and Virtual Network and related concepts like VPN, WAN, LAN, router and hub, NFC, Wi-fi, Wi-Max, Bluetooth etc




Physics E-Book

Chemistry E-Book

Biology E-Book

Science & Tech E-Book-1

Science & Tech E-Book-2

Science & Tech E-Book-3

Science & Tech Mock Test

IAS Prelims Study Plan 2017: Current Affairs

The importance of current affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam varies each year. Here is the detailed account on the number of questions on Current Affairs in IAS Prelims Examination over the years:

 Year Current Affairs
 2013 20
 2014 14
 2015 17
2016 18

Focus area in Current Affairs:


Specific Area

Days (23)


Study Material

Current Affairs

Topics of national and international importance. This means questions related to subjects like Economy, Polity, Sc. Tech or International Relations will have current relevance.


Chronicle IAS Current Affairs Mock Test

Mug up the current affairs for the previous 10-12 months. Any major event that has happened needs to be studied in totality. Also, Prepare handy notes from different sources like Newspapers, Government publications eg. India Year Book, Economic Survey, Magazines like Yojana & Kurukshetra etc.


IAS Prelims 2017 General Studies Paper 1: Preparation Tips

Here are some tips which you should incorporate in your IAS Prelims study plan 2017 to crack UPSC in the final months:

Get acquainted with the Exam requirements

IAS Prelims exam tests the endurance of a candidate, hence a candidate should first mentally acquaint himself/herself to the requirements of the Exam. The main limitation that a candidate often faces is the restricted time. A candidate has to answer about 100 questions in 120 minutes, so on an average one gets around 40 seconds for each question. Hence, try to align your strategy accordingly.

Read right books for Prelims Exam

One of the most important things to crack Prelims is to have a conceptual clarity. IAS Mock Tests

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The questions asked in the paper are of 10+2 level and therefore, the books of this level should be read diligently to gain conceptual clarity, which means gaining an insight of what the concept conveys (its origin, merit, demerit), and how it is inter-related with other related concepts or related subjects or other subjects.

Solve previous years and model question papers

The exam is all about applying the logic in choosing the right option among the given four options as mugging up concepts won’t take you further than solving only 20 questions which are direct questions.

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Reaching the right option can be best achieved through the method of elimination, which is nothing but eliminating the least relevant option.  This can only be applied if one has made concerted efforts to solve as many as previous years and model question papers possible within stipulated time.

Attempt prelims mock tests

This is one area which sets apart successful candidates from unsuccessful candidates. Mock tests form the integral part of regular preparations of successful candidates.

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Attempting mock tests help them to know their mistakes and take corrective measures. Essentially, mock tests arms one with confidence: the key to success in prelims exam.

Now you are ready with all the essentials needed to be in IAS Mains 2017 Merit List. We wish you all the best for the upcoming IAS Prelims Examination.

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