UPSC

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is India’s central agency, which conducts various exams such as, Civil Services Exam, IFS, NDA, CDS, SCRA etc. Civil services examination is popularly known as IAS exam and includes almost 24 services like IFS, IPS, IRS, IRPS and so on. Civil Services exam is one the most reputed and tough to crack exams in India.

What is Civil Service?

Civil Service is the permanent structure responsible for carrying out the administration of the
country. This service runs under the direction and control of 'elected representatives' of people and in accordance with the rules and principles. In India, civil service system is an executive
branch of the Republic of India and functions like the backbone of the administrative machinery
of the country. The primary function of the Civil Service is to implement policies and delivering
services.

Selection of candidates under Civil Services is done through the three stage exams: Prelims, Mains and Interview which are conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). There are many questions related to these exams. We are listing here the answers to some of the popular questions that are often asked:

Some Myths about UPSC IAS Exam Preparation

1. IAS is the mother of all exams. Is it?

Wrong. This is just another exam. The mother of all exams is Life. You can afford to fail in IAS, but not in Life. So, take IAS preparation as a phase in Life, not as your Life.

2. One topper in an interview said that she studied 20 hours every day for 365 days. Is this true?

May be she suffered from insomnia. Even now she will be working 20 hours a day as an officer. On a serious note, good sleep is very necessary to prepare well for this exam. It keeps you in good health. Don’t study beyond 14 hours unless you suffer from Insomnia.

Click here to Read More >>

How to prepare for Civil Service Exams?

In the initial stage, aspirants preparing for civil service exam are generally confused. Many of them are unsure on how to begin and what to study. They have numerous queries in their mind regarding exam eligibility, exam dates etc. Many are not sure if coaching is a must or not. But wrong guidance can cost any aspirant a lot of time and waste of money. Many coaching institutes are unsure how to properly guide students as per the latest requirements of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), leaving the student with poor coaching and low-quality study materials. Our advice to students is to first go through this website for clarity. Please search for any doubts or topics in our search box and you will get a lot of dedicated pages on the information you are looking for. So instead of asking people around – how to study for civil service exam, please refer to this website made only for you. This tip is for all students irrespective of the fact whether they choose to go for coaching or decide to prepare for the IAS exam without coaching.

How to prepare for IAS exam without coaching?

Many students qualify the exams without going for any coaching and some of them even top the exam. From this it is very clear that coaching is not the solution but your own preparation is – with or without coaching! Many students prefer coaching as it sets routines, targets and gives practice, but these can be done on your own. Only it require discipline and determination. You may actually end up saving more time and resources and putting it back into your preparations. A to-do list for self-study

  • Manage your time effectively and be disciplined. Develop a routine!
  • Do selective reading but be thorough in those portions
  • Remember to have a good mix of books and self-made notes
  • Take mock tests at regular intervals
  • Start preparations early, it’s a vast syllabus!
  • Make short notes and mind maps on a regular basis! They help your memory.
  • Reach out to fellow aspirants. Discuss topics!
  • Most importantly believe that you can do it without coaching!

How to prepare for IAS exam after 12th?

Starting early is great advantage as you can build your general awareness and really excel in the GS paper and interview as you will tune yourself to analysis and awareness. Also when the time comes you will not waste it on finding out about the exam and loosing precious time. A to-do list

  • Find out everything about the exam
  • Choose your Bachelor’s degree in such a manner that you may benefit for the IAS exam. If you need a fall back option by doing a B.Tech. Don’t worry. You can still start preparing and getting to know the social subject you wish to take for your IAS exam.
  • Follow the news regularly
  • Give your opinion and discuss the news daily
  • Start giving IQ tests and getting to know about logical reasoning.
  • Take up online test series for regular practice
  • Subscribe to a magazine and read articles with understanding

How to prepare for IAS while working?

With less time in your hands, time management is crucial to your preparations. Some to-do list

  • Set a schedule as per your liking and stick to it
  • Find people who are in your situation or in your organization and socialize with them to utilize that time for discussions. You will thus have time to chill with friends who are serious about the IAS exam. It will also fulfill your social needs and keep you stress free.
  • Look for notes and study material that are short and effective. But some topics you will have to do in-depth studies.
  • Listen to the short news and do not waste time in listening to unnecessary discussion based news unless the topic demands it.
  • Use memory techniques that speed up your learning.
  • Frequently practice giving tests and writing answers. That will work as revision and practice.

How to start IAS preparation during graduation.

If you have chosen the subject that you will also write for in the IAS exam, then start solving and writing answers based on the chapters you cover. These will be the notes you will study from when you appear for the UPSC exam. If you have not chosen that subject then add the IAS subject to your study routine, so that by the time you fill the form you know the subject well and only need to update information and do revision

UPSC Syllabus

Books for UPSC Civil Service Preliminary Exam

  • NCERT Books Set for UPSC Exam (Set of 27 books or 40 books)
  • History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  • India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  • India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma. (History)
  • History Of Medieval India – Satish Chandra. (History)
  • The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Bhasham. (Culture)
  • Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania. (Culture)
  • Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)
  • Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)
  • Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
  • Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
  • Economic Survey. (Economy)
  • Science and Technology in India – TMH. (Science and Technology)
  • Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan. (Environment)
  • Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khuller. (Environment)
  • India Year Book (Current Affairs)
  • Manorama Yearbook. (Current Affairs)
  • ClearIAS Current Affairs Capsule [Monthly MCQs] (Current Affairs)
  • CSAT Paper – 2 Manual by TMH or CSAT-II – Arihant (CSAT – Paper 2)
  • Analytical Reasoning – M. K. Pandey (CSAT – Paper 2: Analytical Reasoning)
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R. S.Aggarwal (CSAT Paper 2: Reasoning)

Books for UPSC Civil Service Main Exam Preparation

  • NCERT Books Set for UPSC Exam (Set of 27 books or 40 books)
  • The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Bhasham. (Culture)
  • India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma. (Culture)
  • Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania. (Culture)
  • History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  • India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  • Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)
  • Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)
  • Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
  • Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
  • Economic Survey. (Economy)
  • Science and Technology in India – TMH. (Science and Technology)
  • Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan. (Environment)
  • Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khuller. (Environment)
  • India Year Book (Current Affairs)
  • Manorama Yearbook. (Current Affairs)
  • Essays for Civil Services – Pulkit Khare (Essay Paper)
  • India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha (History – GS1)
  • Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur (World History – GS1)
  • Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja. (Indian Society – GS1)
  • IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2 (Arihant Manual – GS2)
  • Current Issues – What’s Hot Today (ClearIAS ebook – GS2)
  • Governance in India for CSE. (Governance – GS2)
  • Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
  • India and the World by Surendra Kumar. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
  • IAS Mains General Studies – GS3. (Arihant Manual – GS3)
  • India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)
  • Challenges to Internal Security of India. (Internal Security – GS3)
  • Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. ( Ethics – GS4)
  • IAS Mains General Studies – Ethics. ( Arihant Manual – GS4)