The Civil Services Exam for recruitment for the posts of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Forest Service (IFS) is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year. The exam requires a lot of patience, hard work and dedication as the whole process takes more than a year. The exam is conducted in three stages:
- IAS Prelims: The Preliminary Examination or the Civil Services Prelims (CSP) is the first stage of the Civil Services Examination. CSP consists of two papers i.e, General Studies paper and the CSAT paper. The candidates who manage to clear the cut off are issued the hall ticket for the Civil Services Mains Exam.
- IAS Mains: The next level is the Mains examination which is descriptive in nature. Only those aspirants who clear the mains exam cut off are summoned by the UPSC to take the Personality Test.
- Personality Test: The final test in the scheme of IAS exam is the personality test. A panel appointed by the UPSC takes the Personality test and a maximum of 250 marks is awarded for this test.
The candidate’s cumulative scores in the Preliminary Examination and the Mains Examination determine his/her ranking in the final merit list prepared by the UPSC. The candidates are then given the services of their choice based on their respective rankings in the final merit list.
The Service undoubtedly is a prestigious one but the preparation in itself is an enriching experience. One has to have a solid and realistic preparation strategy in order to crack the exam. The candidates must understand that there is not one strategy that is the best for all. “One size fits all” approach does not work for UPSC. The strategy, the time to cover the syllabus etc varies from person to person. While many students opt to study at the convenience of their homes, the others opt for coaching classes. In either of the cases, it is imperative to have a good preparation strategy and stick to it.
For people looking for best ias coaching in Kolkata, BYJU’s IAS tablet is the best option. The tablet consists of preloaded video lectures covering the entire UPSC syllabus for Civil Services Prelims and Mains examination. CSAT lectures are also included in the tablet. The student can, prepare for the examination by going through the lectures of India’s best IAS faculty and still have ample time for revision. The kind of flexibility in UPSC preparation that the Byju’s tablet programme offers is laudable.