How to Prepare for Government Exams while Working or Doing a Job?

Preparing for government exams and jobs while working is the hardest part. However, Special Study Plan to Save Time to Score More will help you while doing a Job. Financially, it may not be feasible for you to dedicate full time for studies. You may be working in the industry. You may be on 24×7 support. But still, you can crack any government exam including UPSC Civil Services. You can do both i.e. studying while working. If you manage your time properly and efficiently you would become a topper. Of course, you have to compromise on certain unnecessary aspects of your life.

Special Study Plan

The following plan is an example of your daily routine. You can tweak it to suit your needs. Assume your work timings are 12 PM to 9 PM shift.

  • Wake Up and Nature Calls: 04:00 – 4:30 AM.
  • First Study Session: 04:30 – 06:30 AM.
  • Second Study Session: 06:45 – 08:45 AM.
  • Breakfast: 08:45 – 09:00 AM – While eating breakfast, you can listen to AIR spotlight (duration is usually 13 to 14 minutes.)
  • Third Study Session: 09:00 – 11:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM to 12 PM: Ready for office and travelling time to the office. If work from home is available, use it to save travelling time. You can study something during that time.
  • It may not possible to study when you return from work. You have exhausted your energies with the office work. Concentration levels are very low. So go to bed so that you can wake up early in the morning.

This plan gives you around 6 hours of preparation during workdays. You need to study for 10 hours during the holidays. So on average, you will get 6*5= 30 hours during workdays and 20 hours during holidays.  That gives 50 hours of time for a week for your studies. These 50 hours are more than sufficient for your success.

You should also plan to utilise holidays, festivals, earned leaves, sick leaves that will give you two more months of time. Now, the ultimate question – do you still think you have no time for studies?

A Few Suggestions to Save More Time


It is advisable to read all NCERT books. However, due to paucity of time, you have to choose the most fruitful list. Such a list is provided in NCERT Books. You can safely read the list provided and ignore remaining books.

Standard Book

Choose only one standard book and stick to it. Revise many times.

Current Affairs

  • Instead of reading the full paper, read Only Editorials. Then read any standard monthly current affairs magazine. Though it is not advisable, cost-benefit analysis favours it.
  • Listen any audio/videos such as AIR spotlight, RS Big Picture while eating and travelling. This saves a lot of time. 30 minutes of time per day gives 150 hours annually. This is very huge.


  • It may not be feasible for you to write notes. Highlight the important things in PDFs or in Textbooks. This saves notes making time. At the same time, you are not compromising on revision.
  • However this has one disadvantage – Related content is in different places of textbooks. So your brain needs to organise automatically and retrieve during the exam. But don’t worry. Our brain has that capability. You just need to make the brain to practice a little.

Things to Do at Work

  • Since you are taking a salary from the organisation, work should not be compromised. Ensure you train at least one person in your team who is capable of completing your tasks in your absence. The back-up should be able to manage with very minimal phone support from you. He/she should be trustworthy.
  • If the management thinks that they can manage the work without you, well, you will be fired for many leaves that you are taking. So you have to balance here.
  • Do Not Inform to Your Organisation (Private) that you are preparing for competitive exams. They support you initially but when the time comes up, they torture you. They make more hurdles during the exams. So keep it as a private affair until you succeed.