Civil Services Exam – Things to Remember Before Preparation

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Civil Services

One of the most competitive and prestigious exams – Civil Services, is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). If you are planning to appear for UPSC Civil Services 2016, you need to get acquainted with some important factors.

Civil Services Exam 2016

Exam Dates

An aspirant should keep a close eye on all exam dates related updates. These will be available at the official website of UPSC

Why IAS?/PI quotient

Before stepping into the preparation of Civil Services exam, an aspirant must get his/her PI (personal interview) quotient scoped out . During personality test, a candidate’s candidature would be measured against his/her performance.

Once he/she gets the PI quotient evaluated, the candidate would have a clearer mindset throughout the preparation.

Subsets of IAS

IPS, IRS, IFS fall under the garb of the Civil Services exam. The cutoff to get recruited in the services mentioned above is decided after the conduction of the exam.

A good understanding of the target is what will streamline the preparation and to keep one focused better.

Your Contribution

Before commencing one’s preparation , one should know the ways in which he/she can contribute as an Officer. There should be a complete plan.

A candidate’s plan need not to be monumental but should be cogent enough to set him apart from the other aspirants.

Apparent answers to such questions will give a candidate an edge over all the other applicants in the interview session.

Preparation Strategy

It is not an exaggerated fact that IAS is the nation’s toughest competitive exam and calls for intensive practice and preparation.

There is no definite answer to the most commonly asked questions, such as how many hours an IAS aspirant need to put in every day?

It will differ from person to person so let us look at it from a general perspective.

 VIEW THE PREPARATION STRATEGY OF CIVIL SERVICES 2016 HERE

Time Required

Experts believe that aggressive preparation for 10 to 12 months is a must.

Four out of every 10 Indians (21-32 years) aspire to become an IAS officer and competition is so intense that only 5 percent of that massive number gets through. An aspirant must map-out an effective strategy and decide ideal number of hours required to implement that strategy.

VIEW THE EFFECTIVE 90 DAYS PREPARATION GUIDE FOR IAS EXAM HERE

Outline the Syllabus

If you have studied biology, you would definitely be familiar with a word “catabolism”. It is a process in which original components are broken down into their by-products.

You can do the same with your Civil Services syllabus. Find out the topics you are good at and the topics you would need help in. Do it for all the subjects and work upon them.

Most of the IAS aspirants get discouraged seeing the bulk of IAS syllabus. The syllabus is huge, but if you divide the subjects into manageable chunks, then impossible looking tasks will become easier for you.

VIEW THE COMPLETE CIVIL SERVICES SYLLABUS HERE

Subject Wise Preparation 

At the outset of your preparation you should form a time table so as to efficiently manage tour time. Subject wise planning is instrumental to success for civil services exam.

VIEW SUBJECT WISE PREPARATION PLAN FOR CIVIL SERVICES HERE

All the Best.

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