How to prepare for UPSC exam after 12th?/How to prepare for IAS exam after 12th?/How to start preparation for IAS after 12th?/IAS preparation after 12/How to prepare for IAS after 12th science?/How to prepare for civil services after 12th
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
The minimum educational qualification required to take on the IAS exam is graduation. You have to have a degree from a recognized university to attempt the IAS exam conducted by the UPSC every year. So does that mean you start preparing for the IAS exam only after your graduation? Absolutely not! If you have just finished your schooling, and are certain of your ambition to become an IAS/IPS officer and serve the nation, our advice is, start your IAS preparation right now! Don’t wait till you turn 21 or get a degree. If you start your IAS preparation early, you stand a chance to clear the IAS exam and start your civil services career early. This will take you a long way in your career and you may even become the Cabinet Secretary (which is the highest IAS post in India) depending on your caliber of course. This article gives you a few tips on how to prepare for UPSC after 12th standard.
What should you do after 12th to prepare for the IAS exam?/Preparation of UPSC after 12th
- Read more about the civil services. Find out about the life of a civil servant or a diplomat. If possible, talk to an IAS officer and get to know about ground realities straight from the horse’s mouth. Ask yourself is this what you truly want? If your answer is ‘yes’, read on…
- Take up a graduation course that involves history and polity. These subjects are of immense importance to the UPSC syllabus.
- During your graduation, study these subjects really well keeping in mind the UPSC syllabus.
- If you would acquire a level of mastery in these subjects, you can also opt one of them as your optional subject.
- Also, start reading public administration, economics, etc. You can even study these subjects as your main subject, all depending on your interests and aptitude.
- Don’t lose touch with basic maths that you learned in school. This is needed for the CSAT paper in the IAS Prelims. Read more about IAS exam pattern.
- Remember to study like an IAS aspirant and not a bunking college student.
- Make use of your college library. Read as many relevant books as possible.
- Inculcate the habit of reading the daily newspaper and keep abreast of the latest happenings in the country and the world.
- Work on your interpersonal skills and communication skills. Try to develop a good personality that would help you in the IAS interview later.
- Don’t throw away your school NCERT textbooks. These are the basic books to study for the UPSC exam. If you didn’t study NCERT textbooks, you can download them for free. Just click here.
- Learn how to make notes and start doing the same.
- Practice previous years IAS question papers.