Can you clear IAS Prelims by studying for 100 days? Yes, if you are preparing using the correct resources!
How should you prepare for UPSC prelims in 100 days?
How to fast-track your learning?
How to bridge the gaps in preparation?
What should be your plan?
What are the books you should read to get the maximum benefit out of the minimum time?
How should you practice mock exams?
How should you prioritize your time?
To get answers to all these questions, go through this post, which we call the ClearIAS 100-Days Action Plan to Clear IAS Prelims.
100 Days Action Plan to Clear IAS Prelims
You can finish topics faster and score high if you incorporate two tools into your preparation strategy:
Tool Kit for UPSC aspirants who value time as the most crucial resource
- First Tool: ClearIAS PCM Program Video Classes by Expert Faculties
- Second Tool: Your own self-notes as the summary of ClearIAS video classes
- Third Tool: ClearIAS UPSC CSE Previous Year UPSC CSE Question Paper Re-Take Exams
- Fourth Tool: ClearIAS Prelims Test Series
- Fifth Tool: NCERT Text Books
- Sixth Tool: Standard Text Books
- Seventh Tool: ClearIAS Online Study Materials in website and app
- Eight Tool: ClearIAS Study Materials in PCM Program (PDF)
What is the best strategy by ClearIAS for a candidate to succeed in UPSC CSE in 100 days?
If you ask any ClearIAS mentor about the best strategy he/ she can suggest for an aspirant which offers the maximum Return on Investment (RoI), the immediate reply will be the ClearIAS Prelims cum Mains (PCM) Program.
ClearIAS Prelims cum Mains (PCM) course is an umbrella program which offers most of the resources of ClearIAS like video classes, mock exams, study materials etc in a single package.
You can finish the UPSC syllabus much faster than most other methods if you learn from ClearIAS recorded video classes.
We also strongly recommend revision of topics already learned. ClearIAS Team will be conducting live/recorded classes for the revision of important topics in a short span of time for our PCM students.
In addition to the action items mentioned above, the practice of the previous year’s UPSC question papers is a highly effective strategy to crack UPSC CSE in a short time.
ClearIAS Prelims Marks Booster Program (50-Days Online Course)
If you have time constraints to join a full-fledged Prelims cum Mains program, the next best choice which can produce maximum benefit in minimum time will be the popular sub-packages mentioned below:
Add 40-50 Extra Marks in the next 100 days!
All you need to clear the UPSC CSE Prelims is 100-110 marks out of 200. That’s what the previous year’s trends suggest. However, many candidates despite their hard work score fail to score above the UPSC cut-off. This is because of a lack of proper training and guidance.
If you fall in this category or if you find it difficult to score consistently above 110, join the Prelims Marks Booster (PMB) Training Program by ClearIAS.
A score of 85 becomes 110 if you just get 10 additional correct answers. 10 additional correct answers mean 26.66 marks!
A score of 70 becomes 110 if you just get 15 additional correct answers. 15 additional correct answers mean 40 marks!
Actually, 40-50 Extra-Marks is quite possible if you get the right guidance.
Learn fast and focused
You need proper training to bridge your gaps in preparation.
Experience the magic of the ClearIAS Prelims Marks Booster Program along with hundreds of other aspirants across India.
Make a big jump in your UPSC CSE Prelims Marks in just 50 days (100 hours)!
Once you join, you will get instant access to past classes as recorded videos and automatic access to upcoming classes as live videos.
Also, adopt ClearIAS TTT Approach
For those students, who cannot join ClearIAS PCM, PMB, or PMB+ Programs, ClearIAS has conceptualised the TTT Approach to clear IAS – which includes 3 Ts (tools) ie. ‘Test-series’, ‘Techniques’, and ‘Text-books’ as the core part of your preparation strategy in the next 100 days.
(1) ClearIAS Prelims Online MockTest Series
Enroll in ClearIAS Prelims Online Mock Test Series. This is the flagship service of ClearIAS at an affordable cost. This is a time-tested program that has helped thousands of aspirants clear prelims in the previous years.
We strongly recommend all serious aspirants join our mock test program. Our strategies are integrated with our mock exams.
Advantages: Pioneers in online coaching, trusted by toppers, 40 Online Mock Exams, 4000+ Questions, 2,50,000+ registered aspirants, performance analytics, all-India ranking, subject-wise proficiency etc.
ClearIAS also provides add-on-mock exams for CSAT as well as previous year UPSC re-takes (based on the official UPSC key).
Techniques and exam skills are as important as knowledge to clear UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE). ClearIAS has developed various techniques to clear the IAS exam with ease. Some of them:
Go through the techniques in detail and gain expertise in those. For more techniques, refer to the ClearIAS Prelims guidance link.
As the time left is limited, for the best return on investment, we suggest the below books.
- Modern Indian History – Sonali Bansal
- Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania
- Indian Polity – Laxmikanth
- Important Acts that transformed India – Alex Andrews George
- Important Judgments that transformed India – Alex Andrews George
- Indian Economy Key Concepts – Shankarganesh
- Environment – Shankar IAS Academy
- Geography – NCERTs
- Oxford Atlas
- Science and Technology – Ravi P Agrahari
- ClearIAS Current Affairs Compilations
- India Yearbook by McGraw-Hill
- CSAT Previous 12-years questions as per official key
- English medium NCERTs OR Hindi medium NCERTs
Tip: Whenever you feel that learning from textbooks is too much effort, and you feel time-crunched, focus more on ClearIAS Online Mocks. For example, if you need to revise NCERT History, take ClearIAS Mock Exam dedicated to NCERT History. By adopting this approach, you can learn the 100 most probable questions from NCERT History in just 2 hours!
ClearIAS Action Plan for Prelims: Day 1 – Day 30
Plan your work; work your plan!
Make a timetable, which suits your requirement. We suggest a plan which has 9 hours devoted to studies every day.
Rather than trying to finish a subject (which will never happen), try to split your time between all subjects – every day.
For example, if you have 9 hours a day for studies or revision – give 1 hour for History, 1 hour for Geography, 1 hour for Polity, 1 hour for Economics, 1 hour for Science and Technology, 1 hour for Environment, 1 hour for Current Affairs and last 2 hours for attending ClearIAS Online Classes. On weekends you can devote the 2 hours to taking ClearIAS Mock Exams.
Make notes and mind maps, if you come across a difficult concept.
Revise whatever you studied for each subject the previous day, in the first 15 minutes of your next day.
Spend weekends, entirely on the revision of textbooks and revision of mock exams.
Learn from ClearIAS Online Mock Exams
If you take 1 mock exam each day, you can cover all 40 mock exams in 40 days!
If you take 2 mock exams /per day, you can cover 40 mock exams in 20 days!
This means it would not take much time to learn 4000+ questions and 4000+ important concepts. This would make a big difference.
Note: If you ask us, the highest priority item for any aspirant is to practice ClearIAS mock exams in a timed environment with negative marking. We don’t encourage learning MCQs from photocopies or pdfs, because this would not help to avoid mistakes you are likely to make in the exam hall.
Attempt previous year’s UPSC question papers in a timed environment
Equally important is the practice of UPSC’s previous year’s question papers. On the ClearIAS Mock Exam platform, we have added the provision to re-take the previous year UPSC questions (last 9 years).
Once you submit the exam, you will get marks based on the official UPSC key!
Apply the IETs and 3-2-1-0-E method while taking mock exams
Also, while doing mock exams, always follow the 4-round elimination strategy – 3-2-1-0 E method. This will help you not only answer the questions you are 100% sure of but also analyse the risk benefits of attempting questions you are not 100% sure about.
This will be dealt with in full detail as part of the ClearIAS Prelims Marks Booster Program and ClearIAS Prelims cum Mains Program.
Install ClearIAS app
Install the ClearIAS app, it will help you use your time while travelling.
We, in the last several months, put in a lot of effort to fix all the compatibility issues some devices faced with the previous version of our app. Our new version is highly robust and useful. Install the ClearIAS Test Prep app now. It’s available on Google Play Store.
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By the end of the 30th day, you should have a good understanding of all the above-mentioned textbooks. We don’t mean you should cover every page line by line, but rather a good understanding of all the basic concepts.
The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.
ClearIAS Action Plan for Prelims: Day 31 – Day 60
Okay, now you have only 70 days remaining.
ClearIAS Online Notes and Study-Materials
Go through all the simple, free, and easy-to-learn online notes available on clearias.com.
ClearIAS Daily MCQs (Most Probable Questions)
Revise the Most Probable Questions we post in Telegram for free.
ClearIAS has released the compilation of Most Probable Questions (Daily MCQs) in PDF format. This is uploaded to the ClearIAS store. CMPPQ are provided FREE to premium users of the ClearIAS Prelims Test Series.
ClearIAS Current Affairs Capsules (CCC) – Monthly MCQs
Revise the ClearIAS Current affairs monthly Capsule available in the ClearIAS store.
Though there may be some overlap, questions in the CCC and questions in the Daily MCQ compilation are different. Cover both in-depth.
Don’t spend too much time on any resources other than what we discussed above, as the returns on the time you invest may not be high.
Also, don’t spend more than 1 hour on newspapers.
ClearIAS Action Plan for Prelims: Day 61 – Day 90
You will be nearing the final lap now. Some recommendations at this stage:
Get the book ‘General Knowledge’ by Manohar Pandey
Buy the book ‘General Knowledge by Manohar Pandey‘ and revise it thoroughly.
Though this book is titled General Knowledge, it contains all the basic information from subjects like polity, geography, science, history etc. This helps in quick revision.
Those who are from a non-science background, take a look at the Science section of this book. It will surely help in a quick understanding of what is needed in the exam perspective.
Analyse your progress and mistakes
Track your improvement while solving mock exams.
Revise our NCERT-based mock exams again. Whenever you need a reference, go back and read the corresponding portion of NCERT books.
Rather than mechanically doing mock exams, spend sufficient time analysing the results, learning zone, and performance reports.
ClearIAS Action Plan for Prelims: Day 91 – Day 100
In the final 10 days, this is what you should ideally do.
Revise Mock Exams, UPSC Question Papers, and your notes
Finish and revise all Clear Prelims Online Mock Exams in your account.
Attempt and revise the previous year’s UPSC questions.
Revise the notes you already made for Prelims.
Don’t go behind any new materials or mock questions, but focus only on the recommended items we discussed above.
Focus on the core areas for maximum Return on Investment
Make sure you revise for at least 8 hours in the last 10 days and ensure that you get 8-hour sleep until IAS Prelims.
100-Days Action Plan to Clear IAS Prelims: The Conclusion
In this 100-Days Action Plan to Clear IAS Prelims, we have provided you with the best plan to clear the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam in under 3 months. This strategy will help you to get the highest Return on Investment (RoI) without any overburden.
The ‘TTT approach’ comprehensively covers the core essentials you need for success – Test-series, Techniques, and Textbooks.
All you need to have is confidence and a focused mind. Don’t run behind too many resources in the last few days. Be laser-like focused.
Believe that it is perfectly possible to clear the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary exam in 100 days. Many candidates under our guidance have done it in the past, even with lesser time.
Have strong self-belief.
Believe that you can clear IAS Prelims with whatever time is left. Give your 100%.
All the best!