8 Things you must know before you start preparing for UPSC

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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is India’s chief regulating body which is responsible for conducting a number of competitive exams to recruit for various civil service vacancies for the government of India. IAS (Indian Administrative Service) or the (CSE) Civil Services Exams are conducted in two phases and they are UPSC prelims and UPSC Mains. The Prelims exam consists of objective type questions, while the mains is of descriptive and essay type answering. If you have planned to appear for UPSC 2019 exams then here are key 8 things that you should know. Read on to know how to start UPSC preparation from scratch.

“When to start preparing for UPSC and how to start studying for UPSC”- this is the most haunting doubt revolving around the UPSC Candidates. Here we are giving the ultimate solutions for these doubts. 

How to start preparing for UPSC?

1. Know the UPSC Exam Dates

Check the table below for the date of IAS exam 2018:


*The exam dates are subject to change as per UPSC guidelines, so keep an eye on the dates as it may be changed in the new notification released by the UPSC.

Sl.
No.

Name of Examination

Date of Notification

Last Date for receipt of Application

Date of
Examination

Duration of Exam

1.        

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018

07.02.2018

06.03.2018

03.06.2018

1 DAY
(SUNDAY)

2.       

Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 (through CS(P) Examination 2018)

3.

Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2018

   

01.10.2018
(MONDAY)

5 DAYS

4.

Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2018

   

02.12.2018
(SUNDAY)

10 DAYS

 

Below given is the detailed calendar/timetable of UPSC 2018 Examinations/IAS exam 2018 time table.

 

UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
PROGRAMME OF EXAMINATIONS/RECRUITMENT TESTS (RTs) -2018

Sl.
No.

Name of Examination

Date of
Notification

Last Date for receipt of Applications

Date of commencement of Exam

 Duration of Exam

1

Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018

 

27.09.2017

 

23.10.2017

 

07.01.2018
(SUNDAY)

 

1 DAY

2

Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

   

21.01.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

3

C.D.S. Examination (I), 2018

08.11.2017

04.12.2017

04.02.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

4

Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

   

25.02.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

5

CISF AC(EXE) LDCE-2018

06.12.2017

29.12.2017

04.03.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

6

Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

   

11.03.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

7

N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (I), 2018

 

10.01.2018

 

05.02.2018

 

22.04.2018
(SUNDAY)

 

1 DAY

8

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018

 

 

 

 

07.02.2018

 

 

 

 

06.03.2018

 

 

 

 

  03.06.2018
  (SUNDAY)

 

 

 

 

1 DAY

9

Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 (through Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2018)

10

I.E.S./I.S.S. Examination, 2018

 

21.03.2018

 

16.04.2018

 

29.6.2018
(FRIDAY)

 

3 DAYS

11

Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist  Examination, 2018

 

21.03.2018

 

16.04.2018

 

29.6.2018
(FRIDAY)

 

3 DAYS

12

Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2018

   

01.07.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

13

Combined Medical Services Examination, 2018

11.04.2018

07.05.2018

22.07.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

14

Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

   

29.07.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

15

Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2018

25.04.2018

21.05.2018

12.08.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

16

Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

   

19.08.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

17

N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (II), 2018

06.06.2018

02.07.2018

09.09.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

18

Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

   

23.09.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

19

Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2018

   

28.09.2018
(MONDAY)

5 DAYS

20

Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

   

28.10.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

21

C.D.S. Examination (II), 2018

08.08.2018

03.09.2018

18.11.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

22

Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

   

25.11.2018
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY

23

Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2018

   

02.12.2018
(SUNDAY)

10 DAYS

24

S.O./Steno (GD-B/GD-I) LDCE

12.09.2018

05.10.2018

15.12.2018
(SATURDAY)

2 DAYS

 

2. Why IAS? / PI quotient 


Before stepping into the preparation of one of the toughest exams in the nation, do take a step back and ask yourself why and take a personal interview evaluate your PI quotient. This would help you have a clearer mindset throughout your preparation. The personality test is where your candidature would be measured against your performance.

 

3. The subsets of IAS


The IPS, IRS, IFS fall under the aegis of the IAS exam and the cutoff to get recruited in the services mentioned above is decided after the conduction of the exam. IPS­ Indian Police Service IRS­ Indian Revenue Service IFS­ Indian Foreign Service A proper understanding of what your target is, will streamline your preparation and keep you focused better.

 

4. How do you think you can contribute?


The final is the personality test, being an IAS officer places you with the nation’s finest. Ask yourself where is that you can prove your caliber, what changes can you bring. Your plan of contribution need not to be monumental but it should set you apart, as this will give you an edge over all the other applicants in the interview session.

 

5. Yes! IAS preparation is incredibly demanding


It is not an overrated fact that IAS the nation’s toughest competitive exam and it demands intensive preparation and practice. There is no generalized format or answer for the most commonly asked questions’ how many hours does an IAS aspirant need to put in every day. It will differ from person to person. So let us look at it from general perspective.

 

Time needed to prepare for IAS exam/When should I start preparing for UPSC exam?:

10-­12 months of aggressive preparation is a must. Four out of every ten Indians (21­-32 years) aspire to become an IAS officer. Only 5% of that massive number actually makes the cut. The reason is no rocket science; it is only because of the kind of preparation they resort to. A slow and delayed preparation is equivalent to no preparation. The 5% who make it go all guns blazing into their IAS prep are the one who put an effective and ideal number of hours in preparation every day. One should also understand that it is not about quantitative preparation and what required is qualitative. It is about the completion of your short term target. In an ideal situation, you should target two subjects every day. If you really are an UPSC aspirant then you should start preparing for exams right from your school days as the syllabus contains mostly of 6th to 12th standard books and keep making notes and sit for 10-­12 hours before a year of the exam. Don’t sit mugging for long hours take short breaks in between and always remember the right coaching; the right books; and the right motivation will make you crack the exam at ease. Ideally, there is no best time to start preparing for IAS exam. Whenever you do decide to take the plunge, put in your heart and soul into the effort.

 

6. Outline the syllabus and Design your preparation


From where to start preparing for IAS exam?

Heard of the biological process “catabolism” where you break down the original components into their by­products, do the same with your IAS syllabus. Find out about what topic you would have an edge and  the topics you would need help in. Do it for all the subjects. You have now marked your territory; the bulk of the syllabus wouldn’t scare you at all. Now you would know where to start IAS preparation. Also, this is an excellent confidence building exercise.

 

7. Objectifying the syllabus


Where to start for UPSC exam?

Most of the IAS aspirants feel that the bulk of IAS syllabus deters them. No doubt, the syllabus is huge, but remind yourself that it is something that you have already studied before. Let’s take a quick look at the definition for ‘Divide and Conquer’. It basically means that you divide the population in this case the subjects into manageable chunks and that makes it impossible for them to come together (dividing them) and fight against the sovereign authority (conquering them). Let’s subject IAS to it. Theory Papers: History, Economy, Polity, Geography, Optional subject (Demands a lot of your time!) Aptitude Test: CSAT (Demands a fragment of your time, more of your intelligence!)

 

8. Enjoy your preparation


Undeniably, UPSC preparation is a lengthy process, but you won’t find it easy if you don’t enjoy your preparation. Preparing for UPSC doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice all your hobbies, make sure to keep abreast your hobbies as it will make your preparation more fun. Don’t give up music especially if you are a music lover and there are people who study while listening to music and if you are one among them then definitely you make your learning more interesting and enjoyable. If you are passionate about anything make sure to keep it abreast during your UPSC preparation as this will keep you lively. Instead of wondering ‘How we can prepare for UPSC exam’ all day, just dive into it. Getting started is the only way to get to your target.

 

How to start preparation for IAS/How can I prepare for UPSC exam?


Now that you are armed with the basic know-how for how to prepare for UPSC exams, what are you waiting for? Here, we bring some tips on how to start your preparation for IAS whether you have decided to prepare by attending IAS Coaching Classes or prepare on your own, these tips would be helpful in your preparation for IAS Exam.

Dive in and prove your worth to yourself and everybody else. The UPSC preparation can be an exhausting affair but it needn’t be boring and burdensome. Treat it like a challenge and relish the knowledge that you stand to gain. Studying for the IAS exam is in your hands, but we at BYJU’S will guide you on how to prepare for UPSC 2018 exams, all along the way. Remember that how to start preparing for IAS exams is as important as what to prepare or when to start preparing for IAS exam.

You can also decide on going solo and prepare at home. But before you do, you must have an idea of how to start IAS preparation at home.

 

 

Now that you are equipped with all the relevant information on how to start preparation for UPSC exams, what are you waiting for? Get started and crack the exam that will change your life forever.

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