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IAS study plan for beginners

IAS study plan for beginners

Cracking the most formidable examination in the country requires systematic planning followed by a disciplined regime. Most of the successful aspirants have required 3-4 attempts to clear this Titanic exam. Most of the future IAS aspirants are curious to know the answers to the following questions:

  • What is IAS Exam and if he/she is a prospective Candidate?
  • What is the exam pattern and how is it evaluated?
  • What are the careers post my selection to the civil services exam?
  • Where can I get study material for the UPSC coaching?

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)

India's entrusted agency holds the responsibility of conduction of the Civil Services Examination (CSE).It intends to recruit candidates to top government services like IAS(Indian Administrative Services), IPS(Indian Police Services, and IFS(Indian foreign Services) besides others


Educational Qualification: Candidate applying for the Civil Services 2019 exam is required to fulfil the following criteria:
Candidate must hold a Bachelor's Degree from any of the recognized universities Candidates who have appeared for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results or those who are yet to appear for the qualifying examination are also eligible for the Preliminary Examination. Such candidates have to produce proof of passing the said examination along with the application for the Main Examination Candidates with professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government or its equivalent are also eligible to apply Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination but are yet to complete the internship can also appear for the Main Examination. However, they must submit a certificate from the concerned University that they have passed the final professional medical examination

Age Limit: A candidate should be minimum of 21 years and maximum 32 years old as on August 01, 2019. But he/she must have been born not earlier than August 02, 1987 and not later than August 01, 1998. 

Number of attempts: Restriction on the maximum number of attempts is effective since 1984: For General Candidates: 7 attempts (Up to 32 Years) Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Candidates (SC/ST): No Limits (Up to 37 Years) Other Backward Classes (OBC): 9 attempts (Up to 35 Years) Physically handicapped- 9 attempts



The UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) consists of 3 stages which are :

1.Preliminary Exam : The pattern of the exam is objective type questions:

It consists of two papers,

Paper 1 deals with general studies and contains 100 questions.
Paper 2 is of aptitude test and contains 80 questions. Paper 2 is only of qualifying nature (67 marks for qualifying)
Approximately 12 times the total number of vacancies qualify this exam to be eligible to appear in the next stage. Marks obtained in prelims are not counted for final merit

2.Main Exam : The Civil Services Mains examination aims to test the academic talent and the ability of the candidate to present the answers in a clear and coherent manner. The detailed Examination is targeted to access the overall understanding of the concepts and intellectual traits rather than merely checking their memory. The written examination consists of nine papers, two qualifying and seven rankings in nature. The range of questions may vary from just one mark to sixty marks, twenty words to 600 words answers.

3.Interview : The interview is personality based and candidates who pass qualifying papers are ranked according to marks and a selected number of candidates are called for an interview or a personality test at the Commission's discretion.

How Should You Start IAS Preparation?

As a beginner following the below-given tips can help you ace the ardent examination
1. Do Smart Work rather than Hard Work
2. Single Tasking is more Efficient than Multi-Tasking
3.Agree to the Just in Time Approach
4.Test Yourself Confidently
5. Make Micro Notes
6. For Preliminary Exams, Invest on the Right Books
7. Follow Prelims Cum Mains approach
8. Choose Best Subject which you love most
9. Don’t put all eggs in one basket
10. Take care of your health with healthy foods and yoga


There are two ways of exploring a place either one reaches the place or starts exploration or vice versa which means knowing the place and then getting a road map to access the place. It is obvious that one who adopts the latter method will not only save his time, money and energy but also enjoy the trip more since it has been planned systematically. The most adept mentors always guide the students in the same way and lay out a Road map for success which includes considering the following points:

1. Elements of planning

There are a lot of rules and regulations that the candidate needs to follow to achieve your goal. The candidate who can play by the rules achieves success.

2. Planning should be long-term

For serious IAS aspirants, it is advisable to start the preparation early. For instance, If you had decided in tenth grade that you want to get into civil services, it would have been very easy for you to achieve success.

3. Do not take time to get involved

Start your preparation early as the enthusiasm of individual decreases with age. The sooner you start the better the chances of success are there. Many students, especially those from rural backgrounds overlook an important fact about the civil services. 

4. Appear in other competitive exams

One would be surprised to know that most people who get selected for civil services are those who already have a job.

5. Manage preparation with regular studies

The subject for in IAS mains, you should choose that subject in your post-graduation too.This will not only help you prepare for IAS but you will get a postgraduate degree as well.

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