The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Combined Medical Services (CMS) examination is one of the toughest competitive examinations conducted in India. Thousands of aspirants appear for the examination every year with the dream of getting selected as medical officers for the Central Government Health Services.
As the difficulty level of the UPSC CMS examination has been increasing over the years with the growing number of applicants applying for this exam, clearing the exam is not child’s play and requires an exceptional deal of hard work, dedication, and commitment to prepare for it. So, candidates must adopt a lot of smart work to excel in the UPSC CMS examination.
Here’s a list of 7 essential tips that one should follow while preparing for UPSC CMS:
1. Get familiar with the exam pattern and syllabus
The first and most essential step in preparing for the UPSC CMS exam is familiarising yourself with the exam pattern and syllabus. It will help you to gain an overview of the topics that will be tested, the question type asked, and the marking pattern. It is also essential to understand the syllabus in detail and create a study plan that covers all the topics in the syllabus.
2. Make a proper study schedule
A proper study schedule is the key to success in any examination. This habit will help you cover all topics quickly and stay organised and focused. It would help if you stick to your preferred schedule and do not deviate from it at any point in your preparation phase.
3. Practice mock tests
One of the ideal ways to prepare for the UPSC CMS exam is to practice mock tests. Taking mock tests will help you familiarise yourself with the exam pattern and the questions asked. It will also help you to track your progress and identify your weak areas that need to be worked upon.
4. Selection of the suitable study materials
Appropriate study materials and books for the UPSC CMS exam provide the proper guidance to the candidates during the preparatory phases. So, make sure to refer to quality books recommended by experts and use online resources. Also, remember to prioritise quality over quantity and opt for limited sources of study materials.
5. Time management
Managing time is a vital aspect of exam preparation. Candidates should divide their time between studying and taking mock tests, like allocating sufficient time to each subject and practising as many questions as possible.
6. Keep yourself updated
Staying updated with the latest news and developments is crucial to ace the UPSC CMS exam. Therefore, reading good newspapers and magazines daily to stay current would be best. Besides the latest affairs, you should follow the official UPSC website for all the latest updates.
7. Take regular breaks
Studying for long hours can be exhausting, so take regular breaks and care for your health through proper diet and exercise while preparing for the UPSC CMS exam. Taking breaks will help you to relax and de-stress. It will also help you to stay focused and motivated.
These are some crucial tips aspirants should never miss in preparing for the UPSC CMS exam. By following these expert tips and strategies, you can cover all the syllabus topics on time and easily ace the exam if you consistently work hard with dedication and perseverance. Good luck!
About The Author
Mr. Sriram Srirangam is the Founder and Director of SRIRAM’s IAS, a leading premier institute that offers quality training for Civil Service examination aspirants. At the company’s helm, he is responsible for imparting knowledge to candidates on various subjects like Indian Polity and the Indian Economy.
Mr. Sriram holds an enriched academic background as he earned a post-graduation degree from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), in 1982. Out of his zeal to help millions of students clear the toughest examination in India, i.e., the UPSC exam, Mr. Sriram established SRIRAM’s IAS in 1985. After initially starting the institute’s operations in Vishakhapatnam, he shifted the operations to Hyderabad and finally moved to Delhi in 2000 after achieving record-breaking success and growth.
Mr. Sriram’s expertise of 35 years in coaching over 30,000 candidates has supported more than 3000 civil servants to reduce their preparation time and successfully clear UPSC. Today, his economy book is well accepted by all UPSC aspirants who regard it as the Bible for economics in UPSC. The book has already sold more than 30,000 copies annually.