The UPSC Civil Services is one of the most prestigious services and is a career option most sought after by the youth. The Civil Services Examination is also considered to be one of the toughest examinations in the country. Many graduates plan on taking up the Civil Services Examination to realise their dream of serving the nation in the capacity of IAS officers, IPS officers, IRS officers, IFS officers etc.
Most of the aspirants might be pondering over the question, “How to start preparing for IAS”. Civil Services Preparation can be started by any person willing to take up the examination. Such candidates can go through the eligibility criteria, age limit and the number of attempts available for the candidate from the UPSC’s official website. The earlier one starts the preparation, the better it is. The candidates must keep the following points in mind while starting the ias preparation.
- Understand the syllabus:
Before starting the preparation, one has to go through the entire UPSC syllabus and understand the requirements of the exam. Contrary to the popular belief, UPSC exam syllabus is indicative and is well defined. The questions for both, the prelims and mains exam will be asked from well within the framework of the syllabus.
- Have a preparation strategy and a time table
It is important for an aspirant to have a well-defined preparation strategy and a proper timeline for completion of the syllabus. Only a proper strategy and consistency in preparation can sail one through this examination.
- Make a list of books:
One must understand that, for UPSC preparation, one has to read one book multiple times, instead of reading multiple different books for the same topic. For this, it is advisable to have a list of UPSC preparation books that would cover the syllabus and go through the same list of books multiple times.
- Cover Current affairs on a daily basis:
Current affairs for UPSC preparation is of utmost importance. It is highly advisable that a candidate covers daily current affairs regularly, by religiously covering at least one newspaper on a daily basis. Other online material on current affairs could also be used for reference, but must not be used as a supplement to the daily newspaper.
- Answer writing practice:
The Mains examination, besides testing the knowledge of the candidate, tests the ability of the candidate to articulate the question and answer it in a simple and a concise manner within the given time limit. The art of writing answers to the point by addressing the demands of the question comes with writing practice alone. Therefore it is necessary to start the answer writing practice from the very first day of preparation.
The ias preparation is a long process. An aspirant has to be determined, dedicated and consistent in order to crack this examination. It is possible to crack this examination in one attempt, with right strategy, guidance and preparation.