The study plan is strategic to succeed in achieving a government job. We are providing such a model plan. You can change it to suit your needs. This works for any examination.
The model plan assumes a duration of 1 year. This is the minimum time to achieve a decent job. Let us divide the year into 3 seasons. Each season has 4 months duration (about 121.5 days). Each season should have a short-term goal to achieve. Within the season, only 100 minimum number of days are taken into account after discounting 21.5 days for unexpected emergencies, depression, entertainment etc. The daily time table is also provided.
Model Seasons Based Plan
Season 1: Foundation – 4 Months – 100 Study Days
- Aim – Complete NCERT and Start reading Newspapers
- Major Subjects to cover – Geography, Economy, History, General Science and Current Affairs. (You can have different subjects here.)
Season 2: Standardisation – 4 Months – 100 Study Days
- Aim – Complete Standard Books and Comprehensive coverage of Current Affairs
- Subjects to cover – Polity, General Aptitude, Standard Books and Current Affairs. (You can have different subjects here.)
Season 3: Revision and Review – 4 Months – 100 Study Days
- Aim – Revise all the content that has been studied and Practice Previous Papers
How much you can cover?
If you combine all the seasons, you have about 300 days of productive study days. Consider you can cover about 10 pages per hour. The number of hours to spend varies based on your profession.
- If you can study 10 hours per day, then you can study 3,000 hours. That means you can read 30,000 pages. This is more than enough to crack even IAS exam (i.e UPSC Civil Services).
- If you can study only 5 hours per day, then you can study 1500 hours per year. That implies you can read 15,000 pages. This is sufficient enough to crack IAS exam (i.e UPSC Civil Services). However, you need to study with more concentration and pick only a limited set of books.
Daily Study Schedule
Daily study schedule considers all your nature calls, health requirements, revision, practice, office constraints etc. This is not a fixed plan. You can change it to your needs. For example, If you cannot study different subjects in a single day, then read one subject in all sessions. Start reading the next subject only when the ongoing subject is read.
- Wake up at 4 AM and complete nature calls. Take milk if you are hungry. Avoid coffee and tea for they are not healthy if you take daily.
- First Study Session – 4:30 to 06:30 AM – Subject 1, Subject 2 and Subject 3. Each subject should be finished in a 33 study day. Then start the next subject.
- Second Study Session – 06:45 to 08:45 AM – Subject 4 and Subject 5 and Subject 6. Each subject should be finished in a 33 study day. Then start the next subject.
- Breakfast : 08:45 – 09:00 AM
- Third Study Session – 09:00 – 11:00 AM – Current Affairs (Hindu Paper)
- If you are working professional, probably you cannot continue any more during weekdays. But the full-time schedule can be done on weekends.
- Fourth Study Session – 11:15 AM– 01:15 PM– Instead of studying, you can start making comprehensive notes so that revision before the exam become damn easy. Many aspirants suffer on this point. So your priority is to make notes for any subject. Take the subject that you feel difficult.
- Lunch: 01:15 PM – 02:00 PM
- Fifth Study Session: 02:00 to 04:00 PM: If the general aptitude is in the syllabus, then the afternoon is the time to practice it. Here you need more practice than reading.
- Evening Snacks : 04:00 PM to 04:15 PM
- Sixth Study Session: 04:15 PM to 06:15 PM – Practice previous question papers or test series or any type of quiz.
- Exercise, Bath and Dinner: 06:15 PM to 8:00 PM – Excercise is very important to keep you healthy and mentally strong. Meditation, Yoga, Walking etc. help you not only in health but also in studies. Meditation increases concentration and reduces tension. Do it for at least half-an-hour.
- Daily Revision Session: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM – Revise all the study material that you have studied so far on this day on a daily basis. This increases the storage capacity of your memory.
- Sleep 10 PM to 04 AM – Minimum of 6 hours rest is needed for our body and brain to recuperate for the next day battle. Sleep sufficiently.