Tools and Apps that will Help You in IAS Preparation
Today’s world is a connected and digitised world and e-learning is an important aspect of this reality. No wonder then there are so many online courses, websites and blogs to help you in preparing for IAS exam. In this post I have listed some tools and apps that will save your time and at the same time boost your preparation effort.
Although this could be an endless list of apps I have listed only the most essential and highly recommended ones since spending too much time on apps can backfire as well.
This app is highly recommended for brainstorming and mind mapping. What is mind mapping? As per Wikipedia, “A mind map is a diagram used to visually organise information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole.”
Suppose you are preparing the Quit India Movement topic in Modern history and you want to arrange the various events related to this topic in an hierarchical and orderly manner. So you can proceed by creating a simple mind-map using this free and popular app. The output will look somewhat like this:
You can add as many topics and sub-topics as you need and this mapping idea works well for preparation planning as well.
Download the free app from Google Play
If you have a smartphone then it already has a free and basic notepad app inbuilt. Note apps are, as you guessed it, very useful for taking down notes and creating to-do lists. The beauty of this free app is that it combines both the functions into one, i.e., creating your to-do list and jotting down notes for each point in the list.
You can cross a particular task once you have completed it. Let’s say you want to prepare the following topics of Polity:
- Fundamental Rights 2. Directive Principles 3. Fundamental Duties 4. Powers of the President
It will look like this in the app after completing the first two topics:
You can create a to-do list in the app and you can stick this list on your mobile screen. You can arrange the elements as per your priority. Once you have completed a particular topic you can mark it as completed and move on to the next topic in this list. It is very useful for prioritising your preparation.
Download the free app from Google Play
Flipcards are very useful for creating micro notes that can be used for quick revision just before your IAS papers or in-between exam papers. You can jot down the important points from a topic on both sides of the flipcards which you can want to quickly go through. But remember, you should not try and write everything from a topic on a flipcard rather jot down only the important points so you don’t miss anything during the exam.
These are also very useful for recollecting important facts and figures which you may otherwise forget. These are easy to carry in your hand bag and very convenient to use.
Available at your local stationery shop.
This is a Google Chrome app which will block distracting websites while you use your PC or tablet for reading exam materials online. How will this help you? Suppose you are attempting mock tests online then you want to ensure you are completely focussed on the online tests and not wasting your time on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other sites simultaneously.
You can set various options like sites to block, the duration for which to block, at what time to start the blocking etc.
Download the app on Google Chrome
Remember this list is not an exhaustive list but only contains the most useful apps and tools that I feel will help you in preparing for IAS exam more efficiently. If you have more suggestions that will help other IAS aspirants in their preparation then please share you ideas in the comments below.
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