U.P.S.C GS Paper-2 Preparation Stratergy

By Jyothi Swaroop Makena

31st July, 2023

General Studies Paper 2 is divided into 4 sections: Indian Polity, Governance, Development, and International Relations. GS 2 is one of the most scoring papers in the UPSC IAS Mains exam, a good score in GS 2 will help you increase your mains score.


“” Here's everything you need to know about preparing for UPSC GS paper-2

It covers topics such as Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice, and International relations. Unlike General Studies Paper 1, the questions from UPSC GS 2 Syllabus require critical thinking and an ability to interlink various aspects to provide a holistic answer.

GS Paper 2 Syllabus

Analyse Previous Year's Trend

Knowing the trend in the UPSC GS 2 paper is crucial for preparing for the UPSC IAS exam. This would highlight which topics are more important than others so that you can dedicate your time and efforts accordingly.

For preparing each topic, start with the NCERTs to build up your knowledge base and then move to standard textbooks for the topic. Read current affairs daily, and practice questions based on the current affairs to strengthen your answer writing skills.

Read Books And Newspapers

Make Notes And Diagrams

Make short notes on the topic; it will help you revise the topics quickly. Practise and make diagrams relevant to each topic. This is especially important for Geography questions, where students can draw good diagrams.

To be fully prepared for the UPSC Mains GS Paper 1 in 2023, candidates must cover a range of topics including history, art & culture, geography, politics, and economics.