UPSC examination especially the IAS and IFS is tough in nature and it requires a lot of command in the different subjects being included in the cirriculam. However, this must be done with the thorough time allocation in each subject and should be familiar with the latest pattern of questions being set in such examinations.
However, there must be a realistic approach for the persual of the courses. First of all basic familiarity with the contents of each subject is essential apart from picking up materials from the different books. However, there are certain points making you schedule less strenuous if followed religiously.
1) Make a time table - You will have to make table indicating your time of studies of each paper. In this respect, there should not be any deviation in maintaining the time - schedule of each paper. You may use the wall paper incorporating all the details of the test books, reference - books, notes etc for each subject. The books of each subjects should be from eminent writers. In this connection, you may refer to the section of the syllabus where in you would get the names of each author recommended for the examination.
However, never forget to read the NCERT books of CBSC since the language of those books is simple, legible and within the comprehension of the readers. A thorough reading of all such text books stretching from class nine to twelve in each subject would improve your basics in the prescribed subjects.
2) Keep a tab on current affairs - The aspirants would require to have main focus of the current developments within the country apart from sound familiarity with the International news. You may refer to the Hindu for updating your news - section. Apart from it, you must read the editorial comments though your views may not match with that of editor. Extract the reality behind the news.
However, you must read the following items -
1) Government Press Conference, Schemes and Reforms.
2) Important bills of the Parliament.
3) News related to ISRO
4) International News
5) Visit of PM/ President of different countries and its outcome.
6) Development New Technology in Science
7) Environment and Ecology
8) Sports etc.
3) Wise selection of the optional papers - There are two optional papers carrying 500 marks altogether and the papers should be chosen in such a manner that it may suit to your passion. Despite passing with Electrical Enginnering, you may choose Geography and Sanskrit if you are comfortable with these subjects. Here your main thrust should be maximise your scorings even not included in your graduation/ post - graduation level.
4) Preparation of Preliminary according to syllabus is important - This being the first phase of the examination and if not serious, it would spoil your future due tomhapazard preparation. It will contain objective type questions containing negative marks for the wrong answers and you should be careful in your studies.
5) Take classes in English tutorials so that you can attempt the Essay - writing containing 250 marks with an impressive style. You would be familiar with the basics of Grammar of this language and you would fare well in the final interview with your improved command of this language.
6) Enrol yourself in a reputed Institute offering coaching in the study material - You can have a specialised coaching in the different subjects from some well reputed Institute like T.I.M.E 's, Rao Study Circle etc so that you can improve upon your performance due to their specialised coachings.
The books recommended for UPSC examination are -
1) India Year Book ( Current - affair)
2) Economic Survey by Ministry of Finance
3) Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
4) Indian Polity for Civil - services Examination by M. Lakshmikanth.
5) NCERT text books of different classes ( From class 9 to class 12)
6) A brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir
7) Oxford School of Atlas by Oxford Publication
8) NIOS Study Material for Environmental Service etc