Answered by Arushi Sharma, All India Rank 292, Civil Services Exam 2015
A typical day in my life during preparation looked like what I am sharing below. Though not all days were like this but most days would go by in this manner. This is a rather descriptive schedule, also it wasn’t as rigid as written but broadly this.
4:00 a.m Wake up
4:15 – 6:30 a.m Study (This used to be the most productive time for my study so I used to keep this time for THE MOST IMPORTANT TOPICS)
6:30 a.m -7 a.m Get Ready to go to coaching (Sometimes I would even sneak in a few minutes to take a quick “Power nap” :P)
7 a.m – 8 a.m Travelling time in the metro and the subsequent walk up to class ( I initially tried to read the newspaper in the metro during my travel time but later completely gave up on studying during travelling as I found it extremely hard to do, also I did not retain much of what I read during this time.
8 a.m – 10:30 a.m Pub Ad Optional coaching class at Vajiram and Ravi
10:30 a.m – 11 a.m Break (Generally went in eating idli at the South Indian joint below the metro in Old Rajendra Nagar or drinking juice :P)
11 a.m – 1:30 p.m G.S coaching class again at Vajiram and Ravi
1:30 p.m – 2 p.m Generally went in discussions like “This class was horrible!”, “So much to study!”, “ I will definitely fail in prelims!”, “How much course did you finish?”, “Once the result comes I will go for a long trip/Once the result comes I will not read NCERTs ever” etc.
2 p.m -3 p.m Travelling time in the metro to reach home (Again I NEVER studied during this time, I used to be pretty tired from all the note making I did in class. Yes, I made notes in three colored pens.)
3:15 p.m – 3 : 45 p.m Lunch (Sometimes I reached home by 3:15 p.m)
3:45 p.m – 5:30 p.m SLEEP (My most favorite time of the day!)
5: 30 p.m – 6:30 p.m Newspaper (My most dreaded time of the day!)
6:30 p.m – 8:00 p.m Study (This was the time I generally spent with NCERTs or studying my optional.)
8:00 p.m – 8:30 p.m Dinner along with some funny TV show (I used to watch The Simpsons because it was extremely hilarious and it used to calm my nerves and make me feel like there is still some joy left in this world! :P)
8:30 p.m – 10: 00 p.m/10:30 p.m Study (Again NCERTs, my notes or my optional depending on the mood/portion/coming test etc.)
10:00 p.m/10:30 p.m Lights Out!
Once my coaching was over I tried to use up all the time saved from coaching classes and travelling for studying. Though, out of this I would make sure to use up one hour to go to the park for a brisk walk or a jog. Without classes, I would try to keep my productive hours in a day around an average of 10 daily.
Hope this helps! 🙂