Minimum Books + Maximum Revisions – IPS Officer Shares Tips On Cracking UPSC Exam

by Dhrubajyoti Haloi
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The UPSC exams are considered among some of the most rigorous exams in the country, where only a handful of people can crack it. Lakshay Pandey, IPS who aced the UPSC exam in 2018 shares the recipe for success with the candidates appearing for this year’s examination and offered a simple strategy on how to start preparation for the UPSC civil services exam.

IPS officer Lakshay Pandey, who is posted as an ACP in Delhi, took to his Twitter handle to share handwritten tips on how to start preparation for UPSC civil services exam. Based on personal experience, he mentions “Self-study is better than any coaching. He adds, “Minimum books and maximum revision. Solving and revising the tests.”  


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Drawing from his personal experience, he emphasizes on the importance of reading less books multiple times. Mr Pandey says, “Self-study is better than any coaching.

Mr Pandey also put up a few photos of pages from a notebook where he had jotted down a lot of tips for this year’s prelim exam hopefuls. One of the things that stand out is the advice: “Quality matters and not quantity.”

Mr Pandey also advises aspirants to include 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily, spending time with family and friends, watching TV, taking part in outdoor activities like running and jogging, and using “Facebook and Insta” in moderation.

Pandey suggests reading the newspaper for 45 to 60 minutes every day to become an expert in current affairs. He has advised aspirants not to join any coaching classes or subscribe to online tests. Instead, he says, “Just go to the market. Purchase tests from the shop.” He also tells candidates not to refer to multiple sources, but focus on one book or current affairs magazine, such as vision IAS.

Lakshay Pandey originally from Uttarakhand is currently posted as an Assistant Commissioner of Police (UT) in Delhi.

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