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Revision strategy for UPSC/IAS Exam

Revision strategy for UPSC/IAS Exam

Revision strategy for UPSC exam is one of the most substantial requirements for IAS aspirants. There are many IAS academies in Bangalore as well as in other parts on India, but none of them help students in developing a good revision strategy. A good revision strategy is not universal. A strategy that works for one person might not work for the other.

Many institutes and teachers offer their students a variety of techniques to help them remember the content of their courses and recollect them while writing their answers. These include re-reading notes, summarising them and highlighting the important points.

Others involve testing knowledge and using mnemonics and other ways of assisting recollection of facts and lists, or creating visual representations of the knowledge like infographics or mind maps.

But teachers do not know enough about how memory works and therefore which techniques are most effective for what type of students.

Some more tips:

  • Read things out loud in different accents or voices. 
  • Find a friend who is on good on other subjects to you and teach each other about your courses. The act of having to explain things to help someone else understand something will help to highlight what you yourself have learned.
  • Stick Post-it notes everywhere. Literally everywhere. Just being surrounded by your revision notes will mean that something will have to sink in.
  • Make your revision timetable as detailed as possible, writing exactly what you need to do each day, for how long, and make sure you schedule in regular study breaks too. 


The earlier you start, the more prepared you will be. Starting early gives you enough time to learn the material in the true sense of the word and understand it – and it means you can cope with any factors that may unexpectedly disrupt your revision. Also, “cramming” is just not effective for everyone, and will often only create more stress. Spend a couple of hours figuring out the material you will need to know for UPSC exam and map out a revision timetable that takes into account when each of your exams is.

February 2024