Mission UPSC 2018: 8 Things to know before starting Your Preparation

Mission UPSC 2018: Information about UPSC exam

Every year the Union Public Service Commission conducts various exams to recruit candidates for various posts in the Government of India. The Civil Services Exam is one such exam among others which is held by the UPSC each year to recruit candidates for various posts in Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ of civil services. 

Candidates who aspire to write the civil services exam especially the beginners writing the exam for the first time, it is always advised to know the prerequisites of the civil services exam beforehand as it will give them a fair idea of what kind of preparation plan to draft and how to make their preparation organized and effective.

Hence to create a right strategy and face the civil services exam with the right approach, here we bring the top 8 things an IAS aspirant (A BEGINNER) should know before starting their preparation straightaway.

 

1. Know about the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

As it is important to know about the civil services (IAS) exam, likewise it is important to know the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) the constitutional body or the board, which conducts the civil services exam every year because eventually, a candidate has to face the board before the selection.

Hence, it is necessary to know the UPSC Board and its members.

 

2. Keep an eye on the UPSC Notifications

Every year the UPSC releases notifications that have all the details about the exam like the exam fee, exam dates, scheme, timetable, detailed syllabus, and much more.

The UPSC releases notification for the Civil Services Exam a year before so that candidates who aspire to write the exam can plan their preparation well in time and get sufficient time to cover the UPSC Syllabus.

Check BYJU’S UPSC Notifications section, which covers all the news related to UPSC, UPSC Exams, Notifications, Calendars/Timetable and they don’t miss on anything related to the civil services exam.

 

3. Know the UPSC Civil Services Exam Dates

It is a must that candidates should always keep a watchful eye on the exam dates, which is announced in the UPSC Notification and made available on the commission’s official website or else candidates can also refer BYJU’S website.

The important UPSC Exam Dates every aspirant should know are:

  • When the UPSC Online Notification i.e. the Civil Services Exam Schedule is released
  • The Online Application filling start date and last date
  • Civil Services Prelims Exam Date
  • e-Admit card Notification for prelims
  • UPSC Mains Exam Date
  • UPSC Main Exam Timetable
  • e-admit card Notification for Mains

Click here to know the important dates and events of the UPSC Exam.

Find below the Calendar 2018 of UPSC Civil Services and Indian Forest Service Examination.

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

 

4. Know the Eligibility for IAS

It is important to know whether you are eligible to take the UPSC Civil Services Exam and to know whether you meet each eligibility criterion set by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The Eligibility for IAS includes certain criteria and rules as mentioned, click the below links to know in detail about the eligibility criteria of UPSC Civil Services Exam.

 

5. Know the UPSC Exam Pattern

It is always advised to candidates to do some analysis about the UPSC Civil Services Exam before starting their preparation as it will make the IAS Exam Preparation easy and effective.

The UPSC conducts the Civil Services Exam every year and the exam is held in three stages and they are:

  1. Prelims
  2. Main
  3. Personality Test/Interview Round

Click here to know the UPSC Exam Pattern in detail.

 

6. Understand the UPSC Syllabus

This is the one major important part, which every IAS aspirants should know. Knowing the UPSC Syllabus makes the IAS Exam Preparation easy by doing this aspirants’ will know the basic concepts to be covered in the syllabus and on what topics to make notes which also will make their revision easy.

Click here to know the complete UPSC Syllabus

 

7. Go through the UPSC previous years’ question papers

Going through the UPSC Previous Years’ question papers and solving them totally makes a difference. Before starting your preparation have a look at UPSC Previous Years’ question papers and scan the types of questions asked in the prelims exam. Write down what you observe by scanning the question papers like what type of questions were asked, the weightage given to factual and conceptual questions, the way questions were formatted and etc. as it will help you while solving the previous years’ question papers and also in the mock tests. By following this approach, candidates’ also develop skills to predict questions that may be asked by the UPSC in the prelims or mains exam.

 

8. Know the right sources to refer

The most important point which every IAS Aspirant should know before starting their preparation is to pick the right sources. As most of the IAS Experts recommend to refer few important books over many, so it is important candidates choose books wisely to study for IAS exam.

Candidates’ choose too many books to cover a single subject or a topic and by doing this they are burdening themselves and in a long run, this will give them a feel that they have lots to study.

Hence, it is advised to choose the right sources to refer for the UPSC Exam Preparation.

These are the important things which every IAS Aspirant should know before starting their preparation blindly.

If you are planning to appear for UPSC 2018 Civil Services Exam instead of starting your preparation right away, do some analysis hardly it will take a day or two. Once candidates’ know the basics and understand the UPSC Exam then the rest falls in right place like your preparation strategy, sources to refer, how to make notes and others.

 

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