Right Time to Start Preparing for IAS

Union Public Services Commission conducts the Indian Civil Services Examination every year. Through this exam, recruitments are made to the All India and Central Services like the IAS, IPS, IFS, IFoS, IRS etc. The exam is a year long process and is divided into three levels – the Civil Services Preliminary Examination, The Civil Services Mains Examination and the Personal Interview. The UPSC issues notification containing dates for registration, examination etc at least a year prior to the examination. Lakhs of graduates appear for the examination while only about one thousand candidates are selected for various posts, depending upon the vacancies.


The UPSC prescribes certain eligibility criteria for appearing for the examination. Age is one among those criterions. Only a candidate who is not less than the age of 21 years and has a graduation from any recognized university in any discipline can appear for the Civil Services examination. While there is an age bar for appearing in the examination, there is no age limit for IAS preparation. Any individual aspiring to get into the All India or Central Civil Services can start preparing for the examination. Many aspirants start preparing for the IAS exam along with their graduation; the others start the preparation after their graduation. It does not matter when one starts the preparation. What matters is the effectiveness of the preparation.


The UPSC exam syllabus is vast but an indicative one. The questions asked in both the prelims as well as mains examination are picked from within the syllabus. Therefore it is extremely important for a candidate to stick to the syllabus, cover all the topics and revise them over and over again before appearing for the examination.  Ideally, a candidate has to be thorough with the current affairs of at least 18 months prior to the date of the examination. Hence it is advisable to start the preparation at least one or one and a half years before appearing for the examination, to make sure that all the topics in the syllabus and UPSC related daily current affairs have been covered and revised thoroughly.


The UPSC exam is certainly not a hard nut to crack if the right strategy is adopted. It is necessary for the aspirant to make a proper schedule for completion of the syllabus, follow it religiously and revise from time to time. Only determination, hard work and consistency can sail one through this examination. Do not get carried away by hearsays, have faith in your strategy and give it all you have got.


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