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UPSC CSE Prelims- Last Minute Revision Tips, Check Do’s and Don’ts

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UPSC CSE Prelims- Last Minute Revision Tips, Check Do’s and Don’ts

Hello dear learners!

Exam day is just a few hours away but wait don’t be a pressure cooker now….

We are here with some UPSC CSE 2024 Pre-Revision Tips for you that will be beneficial for you in this final time which consists of some do’s and don’ts along with the exam day guidelines. 

So without wasting any time let’s directly come to the point because every single minute of today is important for us.

UPSC CSE Pre Exam Schedule 2024

The UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2024 is scheduled for 16 June 2024, with two sessions: from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. This exam will fill a total of 1,056 vacancies in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

Check the below table for the UPSC CSE 2024 Schedule:-

                                        UPSC CSE Prelim Exam Schedule 2024


Exam Date

Exam Timing 

No. of Questions


Exam Duration

Paper I - General Studies

16 June 2024

9:30 am to 11:30 am 



2 Hours

Paper II - General Studies (CSAT)

16 June 2024

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm



2 Hours





UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2024 Last Minute Preparation Tips 

We are not here to suggest you that read this book or that notes. Just do not waste your time by picking anything new in this final moment. We have provided some Do’t & Don’ts below that candidates should know and follow on the last day to perform well in the UPSC CSE Prelims 2024:-

Do's for UPSC CSE Prelims

  • Revise Key Concepts: Focus on important topics and key concepts you've already studied. Go through your short notes and summary sheets that you have prepared in the preparation days.
  • Practice Previous Year Papers: Attempt a few UPSC CSE Previous Year Question Papers to get a feel of the exam pattern. Review the answers thoroughly and understand the reasoning behind each one.
  • Mock Tests: Take a couple of timed CSE Pre-Mock Tests to simulate the exam environment. Analyze your performance to identify any last-minute areas that need attention.
  • Rest and Relaxation: Ensure you get a good night's sleep before the exam day. Engage in light physical activities or relaxation techniques to stay calm just like yoga or meditation.

Don'ts for UPSC CSE Prelims

  • Avoid New Topics: Do not start any new topics or areas of study a day before the exam. Focus on revising what you have already studied and are comfortable with.
  • Overburdening: Do not overburden yourself with excessive study hours. Take regular breaks to prevent burnout and keep your mind refreshed by playing your favourite game or watching your favourite movie.
  • Negative Discussions: Avoid discussing doubts and negative thoughts with fellow aspirants. Keep a positive mindset and maintain confidence in your preparation.
  • Skipping Meals: Do not skip meals; ensure you have balanced and nutritious food on the last day. Avoid heavy and junk food that might make you sluggish.
  • Stressing Out: Do not stress about the exam or think about the results. Stay focused on the process and give your best effort.

Exam Day Guidelines for UPSC CSE Prelims

A topper always behaves like a topper and when it is exam day then you have to be confident for what you have studied. Below we are providing UPSC CSE Exam Day Instructions for your reference that you should adhere:-

Before the Exam

  • Documents and Stationery: Carry your admit card and a valid ID proof. Bring necessary stationery like black ballpoint pens and a small water bottle.
  • Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for sitting in the exam hall for extended periods.
  • Reach Early: Arrive at the exam centre well in advance to avoid last-minute rush and stress.
  • Check Exam Centre: Verify the location and accessibility of your exam centre a day before to avoid last-minute hustle.

During the Exam

  • Read Instructions: Carefully read the instructions on the question paper and OMR sheet. Ensure you understand the marking scheme and the time allocated for each section.
  • Time Management: Distribute your time wisely across different sections. Do not spend too much time on any one question, if you are facing difficulty skip that question for the time being and if time allows then come to that question again.
  • Accuracy: Aim for accuracy, especially in the preliminary exam where there is negative marking. Avoid guesswork unless you can eliminate at least two options.
  • Stay Calm: Remain calm and collected during the exam. If anxiety arises, take deep breaths and refocus your attention.

Remember, the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam is just one step in a long journey. Success in this exam requires a combination of hard work, smart study, and a calm mindset. The day before the exam and the exam day itself are crucial, so follow the above strategies to maximize your efficiency and minimize stress. Believe in your preparation and stay confident. Best of luck to all the aspirants from the Utkarsh family!


Focus on revising key concepts and important topics you've already studied. Go through your short notes and summary sheets.

No, avoid starting any new topics. Focus on revising what you have already studied and are comfortable with.

Allocate your time wisely across different sections. Avoid allocating excessive time to any single question. If you face difficulty, skip that question and return to it if time allows.

Carry your admit card, a valid ID proof, necessary stationery like black ballpoint pens, and a small water bottle. Wear comfortable clothing.

Stay composed and take deep breaths if you feel anxious. Focus on the process and believe in your preparation.

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