Most aspirants are full-time students or office-goers who have to schedule their preparation within the time they can manage outside of their regular routine.
Being serious about the exam requires a steady focus, and thus a separate time-table to ensure a consistent approach towards assimilating the vast amount of information for the exam.
The UPSC website clearly states the intention of their test.
It is to find individuals who need not have a specialized in-depth understanding of the topics but rather a comprehensive awareness of the history, culture, geography, and other functional aspects of India and a bit of the world.
The secret, as many veterans have mentioned before, is to comfortably understand the basic concepts without taking the aid of rote learning schemes.
‘Coz memorizing may land you in trouble by virtue of the vastness of the syllabus.
This time management is only possible if the candidates are able to set up a schedule and fix deadlines for when they intend to cover the various portions of the syllabus.
For instance, studying and making notes for at least a few hours every day for 10 days to cover the basic concepts of Geography.
What may be good for one may fail miserably for another.
However, knowing that one has to at least begin with a formulaic baseline, here are some tips to help you get started to develop your own fashion of studying for the exam.