IAS Exam 2015 Preparation Strategy

Now that IAS exam 2015 schedule is out, it’s time you started preparing for it in the right earnest. The following strategy for IAS 2015 will help you prepare for IAS 2015 in the right manner well before the Prelims to be held on 23rd August.

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IAS 2015 Dates Announced

UPSC has issued the calendar of exams to be held in 2015 and the surprise is that Prelims 2015 is going to be held on 23rd August 2015. The notification will be issued on 16th May 2015 and last date for receipt of applications is 12th June 2015.

While people were speculating that prelims 2014 is being held in August due to General Elections held in May this year, it seems they were wrong and going forward UPSC will hold the Prelims in August of every year.

Consequently, it has also pushed the Mains dates further and Civil Services Mains will be held from 18th December for a duration of five days.

The reason or opportunity UPSC has received is due to the change in pattern of IAS exam and having common subjects in Prelims for all candidates as well as removal of one optional subject from the Mains. Due to this the Mains exam now lasts for just 5 days as compared to 20 plus days earlier.

So as UPSC has pushed the Mains down to December it has allowed it to hold the Prelims in August instead of May during earlier years. So IAS aspirants should accordingly re-orient their preparation schedules keeping this changed reality in mind.

Finally, IASPreparation.in is running a Prelims-exclusive course which covers current affairs from 2013 onwards as well as Prelims-focussed General Awareness bits. What’s more you also get 20 Tests completely free with this course on UPSC pattern.

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