IAS – How to Crack IAS Exam in first attempt?

IAS is the abbreviation of Indian administrative service, [IAS] which  is one of the dream jobs of every youth in India. UPSC conducts civil service exams [CSE] popularly called IAS Exam annually, for selecting candidates. CSE is a three step selection process as Prelims, Mains Exam and Personality Test ( interview ). Due to its challenges and scope of transforming millions of lives in India, makes it as the prestigious services . Along with IAS, there are 24 other services including IFS, IPS, IRS and so on . and ultimately top ranker hold IAS offices . An IAS officer holds many positions like collector, chief secretary, cabinet secretary, head of various public sector departments etc .


PM Narendra Modi addressing IAS Probationers of 2015

How to become an IAS Officer ?

UPSC Civil Service Exam is popularly known as IAS exam which is a three tire exam process . The exam comprises of preliminary exam conducted in June, followed by mains in November – December and finally interview in March . The final result published by UPSC in the month of May . Preliminary exam marks are not accounted for ranking while the marks scored for mains and interview will be counted for ranking . It is not easy to crack IAS Exam due to its tough competition and wide syllabus, but hard work along with smart work, right approach, proper guidance and right attitude will enable an aspirant to get a high rank in IAS Exam and get a desired service.

Civil Service Exam – CSE

Civil Service Exam (IAS Exam)Conducted by UPSC, a government agency, who selects appropriate candidates to top most services . Every year around 4- 5lakh of candidates appear for exam and only around 1000 are got  selection .

It is considered as one of the toughest exams in the world, because of its high competition, huge syllabus and exam duration [extends to one year] .

Preliminary exam is objective type consists of two papers General Studies Paper and CSAT . General studies paper counted for screening to the Mains exam stage while CSAT is minimum qualifying in nature.

Mains exam consists of 9 papers including optional (2 papers) which is  Descriptive in nature . English language paper and regional language paper are qualifying in nature. Essay paper, four General Studies papers and 2 optional papers are considered for merit  along with interview marks.

IAS Exam Eligibility

An Indian with any degree from: [ For IAS and IPS]

  1. Any of the universities incorporated by an act of central or state legislature in India .
  2. Other educational institutions established by the act of parliament .
  3. Or declare to be deemed as a university under section 3 of university grants commission act, 1965 .
  4.  Posses an equivalent qualification .
  5. Final year students and candidates awaiting for results can also apply. Results need to submit at the time of filing application for mains exam .
  6. No percentage bar for any of the services .

For other services :

  1. A citizen of India or,
  2. A subject of Nepal or,
  3. A subject of Bhutan or,
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came to India, before January 1, 1962, with an intention to settle permanently in India .
  5. A person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries [ Kenya, Uganda, the united republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zaire, Malawi, Ethiopia and vietnam ]with the intention of permanently settle in India .

IAS Exam – Age limit

The minimum age limit is 21 years. Age limit  calculated as on 1st of August every year which exam take place .Maximum Age limit for General Category is 32 years,for OBC it is 32+3 = 35 years and SC/ST it is 37 years.

Note : Cumulative age relaxation: apart from mentioned limits SC/ST and OBC candidates will get cumulative age relaxation . In other words, age limits added in special cases . For example, if a person is OBC and ex service man, he will get 5+7=12 of extension. Hence, his upper age limit will be 42 years .

IAS Exam- Number of attempts

Category Upper age limit Number of attempts
General 32 6
OBC 35 9
SC/ST 37 Unlimited attempts
Citizens of Jammu and Kashmir 37
Defense personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with foreign countries or disturbed area 35
Ex servicemen 37
Physically handicapped / disabled 42 9

IAS SyllabusUPSC Syllabus - Prelims and Mains

The Civil services examination is considered as one of the toughest exams  not only in India but also in the World itself . Every year UPSC conducts exams under prescribed IAS syllabus. Having a clear idea of the  Syllabus and proper methodology of study will help aspirants to tackle the dream of clearing Civil Service Examination . Here is the list of IAS Syllabus as per UPSC.

  1. UPSC Syllabus for Prelims and Mains
  2. General Studies(GS) Paper 1 Syllabus(Mains)
  3. General Studies(GS) Paper 2 Syllabus(Mains)
  4. GS Paper 3 Syllabus( Mains )
  5. General Studies Paper 4 Syllabus(Mains)

How to Crack IAS Exam

  • Candidates should adopt the methodology of hard work+ smart work+ right approach+ proper guidance + right attitude. That is known as proper strategy.
  • For proper guidance and approach aspirants opt for class room teaching from coaching academies .
  • Online sites like IASSolution.com  are a real treasure that provides proper guidance and approach .
  • Importance of mock tests cannot be neglected.

Also read: How to start Preparation without coaching 

Tips for clearing IAS Exam

  1. Role of coaching institutes are just 3 percent while online sites like IASSolution.com treasure trove of knowledge played 50% of role.
  2. For common subjects like historygeographyEconomics  study materials and guidance are easily available.
  3. Moreover Clarity of thoughts and ideas is vital because  most of the questions opinion based.
  4. Empathy is most important factor for government servant for providing better solutions to common man.

IAS Coaching – Online PreparationIAS Preparation

Coaching classes are not necessary  to succeed in IAS Exam Why because, you are already graduates!  Apart from optional subjects, none of the questions asked in the examination requires specialized study. If your optional is not your subject of graduation, you might need coaching for that, else it is not a necessity. Interesting read : How to select optional Subject for UPSC.

Also read : Optional Book list for UPSC Civil Service Exam Preparation 

We provide right guidance ,study material, Daily Current Affairs  Quiz etc. So u can easily prepare at home without paying lakhs of rupees to coaching institutes. Although, those who want to join class room coaching they can join, we are not against it. We primarily want to help aspirants those who have financial constraints to afford coaching expenses. Self preparation is enough to crack UPSC Civil Services Exam.

Also read : How start UPSC preparation without coaching

IAS Mock Test Series

Lastly, importance of mock tests cannot be neglected.  It will help you to learn quickly from quality mock questions and boost your confidence to face the exam.“Everything we do is practice for something greater than where we currently are.” Register and Login now to take our free and paid prelims mock tests.

Essential Books for UPSC CSE

Right selection of UPSC/ IAS books for Prelims and Mains will be a game changer. We cannot buy all the UPSC Books  in the market and experimenting a trial and error game. So we collected reviews about the books from toppers. Here is an exhaustive list of standard books which is very relevant for IAS Exam preparation. Wish you success.

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