Referring to the right sources is important to crack competitive exams like UPSC. So, to guide aspirants, IAS Divya Mittal shares eight technology tools that she found useful.

Print Friendly: It helps to optimise webpages and save them in PDF format, removes junk, and has an editable preview which helps in deleting irrelevant information.

Tiny Wow: It helps in editing and converting PDF files to different formats and offers multiple tools to process PDF files — edit, split, merge, and compress. It is also useful for making notes.

Google Keep: It helps you manage your time efficiently with options for checking the entries and a voice memo on the go which automatically transcribes text.

Notion: It has multiple uses ranging from making notes, capturing thoughts and managing projects, to saving tweets and threads automatically.

WolframAlpha: It can help students best in preparing for the Mathematics segment of the exam. It provides step-by-step solutions to algebra and plotting functions.

ChatGPT: It can be used to generate ideas for various essays and other long-form answers. As per Divya, it is your own “customised assistant” to answer all your questions. It is a free online speech recognition software that allows you to make notes. Aspirants can use it to write essays using voice narration without typing.

Blackout: Given that these tools increase productivity as well as screen time, she suggests using Blackout to block the internet for at least six hours. This time can be utilised to study.

“Technology is a major game changer in today’s times. You must use it to your advantage,” says Divya.