Civil Services is one of the most aspired career options in our country. The recruitment process is through an examination conducted by a central recruiting agency, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The examination process consists of 3 stages:
- Civil Services Preliminary Exam (Objective type of exam)
- Civil Services Mains Exam (Descriptive type of exam)
- Personality Test (Interview)
Preparing for the civil services exam is not an easy task due to various reasons like vastness of the syllabus, the level of competition and very low success rate. The exam is also considered as one of the toughest exams for the same reasons. Among youth in India, aspirational levels to get into government services are very high and also most of them dream to become an IAS officer.
Though the competition for civil services exam is very high, it is possible to clear this exam with the right amount of effort and smart planning. Planning and efforts for the examination have to be in the right direction. Guidance is very crucial since the preparation for this exam is a long journey and even minute mistakes can take you off the track.
In this article, we will list 3 most important points to keep in mind before starting your preparation journey.
- UPSC Notification – Every year UPSC publishes official notification for civil services exam. The notification contains detailed information regarding the exam like exam date, number of vacancies, age limit, educational qualification and other information. It is very important to read and understand the exam syllabus, scheme of the exam, etc. So before you start your preparation read the latest UPSC notification to get a very clear idea about the exam. Any changes to the rules and regulations of the exam will be officially announced in the notification itself.
- Plan your preparation – Reading and understanding syllabus is the first step to starting the UPSC preparation journey. When you understand the syllabus, it is easy to mark the boundaries of the exam. Not everything under the Sun is important for the exam. UPSC has prescribed a detailed syllabus and questions asked in the exam are very much aligned to the syllabus prescribed. Apart from syllabus, aspirants can go through the previous year question papers to analyse the trends of the exam. After a thorough understanding of the syllabus and trends of the exam, preparation must be planned out and targets must be set. You can begin by setting short-term goals like for a week or two and then achieve long-term targets.
- To limit resources for preparation – Today there are multiple study materials available in the market for each subject. Most of the aspirants encounter this problem from the beginning of the preparation. Most aspirants watch videos and read about the preparation journey of exam toppers. Most of the toppers would have followed a different set of study materials and would recommend that for preparation. This does not mean an aspirant will have to prepare from the same list of study materials. You can prepare a list of books that you are comfortable with, for each subject and stick to it.
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