How to Prepare for UPSC IAS Exam 2020 Online - A famous quote which suggests that ‘‘Well begun is half done’’. So if proper strategy is put in place then applicants can secure a good rank in the UPSC Civil Service exam. Hence applicants who want to qualify the exam should ask themselves, Why UPSC IAS? Which service IAS/IPS/IFS/IRS appeals you the most? Because the answer to this question will be the motivation to qualify for the exam.
Latest: UPSC has postponed the IAS prelims exam due to COVID-19 outbreak. New dates will be announced on June 05, 2020. Check previous year UPSC IAS question papers for preparation.

How to Prepare for UPSC IAS Exam 2020 Online

How to Prepare for UPSC IAS Exam 2020 Online

Below are the IAS preparation tips that can help you in preparing during the self-isolation time

1. Follow the Official website to update the data

Applicants who want to qualify the exam should abide by the below-mentioned website which will be helpful for them to know & update the information about various departments and places. Candidates can check the official link of the below-mentioned website to prepare for the UPSC IAS exam online.









2. Follow Important youtube channel to know issues in details

Aspirants should follow the below mentioned youtube channels to give a boost to their preparation for UPSC IAS 2020. These online channels for UPSC exam are also important for mains to answer writing and interview preparation.

  • Rajay Sabha debates.

  • Lok Sabha debates

  • Study IQ

  • Study for Civil Services

3. Don’t forget the basics of Civil Services preparation

Candidates should note that along with the above-mentioned tools, applicants should know the UPSC IAS syllabus in detail. Because knowing syllabus and civil services exam pattern are complementary to each other and then only candidates can compose their strategy to qualify the exam.

4. Religiously follow previous year paper of UPSC IAS question paper

Since UPSC often repeats a few questions from previous year exams. Hence applicants should at least solve last 15 years question papers repeatedly 2-3 times and that can ensure that they will mark the correct answers to those questions which are asked the same in the exam. Along with knowing the question papers you should also know the previous year cut off of UPSC IAS so that applicants must know what to score and from where to score.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - How to Prepare for UPSC IAS Exam 2020 Online

Question: Can I prepare for IAS at home?


Yes there are many applicants who not only prepare for UPSC IAS sitting at home rather they also qualify the exam with good marks.

Question: Which stream is best for IAS?


The art stream is best to qualify UPSC IAS as it also includes General Studies topics.

Question: What is the salary of IAS?


Applicants who qualify the exam are entitled to receive rs 56,100 as basic pay along with this TA, DA and other benefits are also provided.

Question: How many hours do IAS toppers study?


Though hours are not fixed as different students have different thinking powers but generally 6-8 hours of regular study is required to qualify the exam.

Question: What are important websites to prepare for the UPSC IAS exam online?


Few important websites are, and

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i have just passed class 12 with science stream now i want to crack upsc ias which course i choose ba or bsc i am interested in both courses

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 27th May, 2020

Eligibility criteria for UPSC is passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university, you need to be 21 years old and can apply even in final year,you can pursue any degree program,  but as UPSC is more humanities oriented so if you have inclination towards arts subject you can go ahead with this choice, it'll make your foundation strong,you'll be well acquainted with the subjects, hence the effort to start afresh won't be there say in case of other streams where they have to go through the basics in fresh manner because they haven't studied the subjects at intermediate/graduation level.

i am just passed 12thclass from science stream i want to crack upsc for ias now i do ba or bsc

Aditya Kumar Student Expert 27th May, 2020


You can choose any of BA or BSc based on your interest for your graduation,

This is because,
To be eligible for UPSC or the IAS examination there is no compulsion to be a graduate in a particular subject, all you need to be eligible is that you should be a graduate in any discipline so you can choose either of Bsc or BA for your graduation

But yes if you are interested in Arts then choosing BA can be really helpful for your UPSC or the IAS examination, this is because in Arts you will be learning subjects like history , polity etc which are a part of the UPSC syllabus so it will help you in your upsc examination.


how to become a IAS officer i want to become A big officer

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 26th May, 2020
In order to become an IAS officer you will have to pass civil services examination conducted by UPSC, now if it is about highest post then I would like to inform you that you directly cannot take on the highest post, the highest post of an IAS officer in a state is chief secretary while in the top level cabinet secretary of the union comes, this post will be given to you after many promotions in the beginning level you will be posted with the common tags then after some promotion your post will be incremented, in order to be at the post of general secretary of union there are various options one may be the direct choice of prime minister and other includes your your experience so you need to have at least 12 year experience of working as a DM.
Best of luck.

May I know if Jain aspirants come under OBC or general category for IAS exam ?

mibinmammen467 25th May, 2020

Dear krupa,

Thank you for your query. According to the official website of UPSC which conducts the IAS exam Jain will be considered under the category of OBC. OBC candidate has 9 attempts and can write till 35 years of age.

All the best


Hi sir/madam, I did a practical course(2yrs), its not a degree course..... I am interested to study IAS... If I do correspondence degree course is eligible for IAS exam.....if eligible, which course i will select....please answer me please....

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 24th May, 2020


Eligibility for UPSC is passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university, you can apply even in the final year, there's no minimum aggregate required for this, UPSC is more humanities oriented if you have inclination towards arts stream then you can choose subjects like political science,public administration, geography, history etc to name a few, it entirely depends on your interest in which field you want to apply,having any of this subject will also have an added advantage when it comes to choosing optional in the exam, you can also consider going through the entire list of optional subjects to choose your subject.

Eventually, it doesn't matter which stream you're from,the reason being UPSC allows people from diverse backgrounds to appear for this exam and even those selected candidates belong to varied streams like arts,science, engineering, medical etc what matters is your strategy and planning.

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