Civil Services Examination preparation requires a study-plan that is vast and diverse.
Looking at the time at your disposal, your preparation level and your capabilities, you can determine how much is enough for you.
Understand the examination requirements: In the beginning of you preparation you should understand the examination requirements as it is established this examination assess your accumulated knowledge and personality, you need to inculcate few skills and traits which will prove to be the measure of your success.
In my viewpoint, the answer to this query lies in your effective preparation through extensive study with a view to cover the overall perceptive and by considering complete details including the minute ones.
And to achieve this kind of preparation level, an average candidate needs to put in a minimum of 8-9 hours in weekdays and approx. 10-12 hours in weekends. This includes time spent on newspaper reading that is integral part of your preparation.
Essence of whatever we suggest is that being the toughest and unpredictable nature of civil services examination, systematic planning, consistency in preparation and patience are the keyword here which you should strictly follow and adhere to.
Examination focused approach: It demands depth and conceptual base; but, that does not mean you spend much of your time on reading too many books for that particular topic.
The kind of design this examination has, it is difficult to score 100% marks in particular topic even if you are well prepared and even if you are able to do so than probably may not be able to repeat that with all the topics your syllabus have.
You must have come across a phrase in the context of this examination’s preparations ‘Smart Work’; this is nothing but this balance and prioritizing issues as per your needs.
A constant evaluation of your phased study-plan along with an eye on the emerging trends will keep you guiding about what and how much you read and what you leave.