Stepwise Preperation UPSC

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Reasons Why Civil Services is a Dream Career

Civil Services offer an attractive and challenging career to the ambitious, the aspiring and the talented. Indian civil services paves the way for becoming an IAS, IPS or IFS officer

The Indian civil services is considered as one of the premier services which paves the way for becoming an IAS, IPS or IFS officer. Civil Services offer an attractive and challenging career to the ambitious, the aspiring and the talented. The wide variety of jobs within the fold of the Civil Services have relatively greater sphere of authority and power than any other services in India.

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What inspired you to choose civil service exam as a career ?

The real reason varies within each people.

1 . Inspired by Movies

Many movies are showing civil servants with power and capable of bringing change to the society. Don’t feel shy to say that you got inspired after  watching movies.Here we present a real life example .

IAS Topper 2010 RV Varun Kumar: Movie inspired me to join the IPS

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2. Inspired by family members,friends ,relatives who have cracked civil service exam

3 . Inspired by real life situation

a. From the humiliation you have faced in front of bureaucrats

b. By seeing the respect and power of IAS,IPS officers

c. Deciding to change the system after facing challenges like corruption,nepotism,authoritarianism in your life or in anyone’s life you know.

d. You or your parents may have faced many deprivations and you want to help the poor to overcome it.

e. To serve the society for its betterment.

f.Taking up a challenge to write exam after someone insults you very badly.

g. Social media , News showing certain incidents  sparks inside you to create a feel to change the system or to modify it.

4. Patriotism and Nationalist Feelings

5. Attracted to power,prestige , facilities of a civil servant



Some Myths About UPSC IAS Exam Preparation – Truths

1) They say IAS is the mother of all exams. Is it?

Wrong. This is just  another exam. The mother of all exams is Life. You can afford to fail in IAS, but not in Life. So, take IAS preparation as a phase in Life, not as your Life.

2) They say IAS is not for faint-hearted. Is it?

If you think you are faint-hearted, better start preparing for IAS soon – it makes you stone-hearted.

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What to do first ?

The first thing you have to do is read the syllabus of civil service exam. You have to be thorough with the entire syllabus of civil service exam .You should know what topics and subjects it includes ( In reality it is everything under the sun ).


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Before starting preparation you have to know when is the exam conducted . According to the timetable you have to set your strategy.

UPSC Calender

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Daily Timetable – Tina Dabi

UPSC Prelims 2017 Doubts

IAS PRELIMS 2017: Introduction, Eligibility, Application Procedure, Exam Pattern 


Civil Services Preliminary Exam, 2017:

UPSC IAS Exam has three stages. These are: IAS Prelims, IAS Mains & Interview Stage. It is necessary for a candidate to successfully clear all three stages to become an IAS Officer.

The Civil Services Preliminary Exam also known as IAS Prelims, is the first stage of the UPSC Civil Services Exam. Each year, lakhs of candidates appear for this exam and only those who clear IAS Prelims are eligible for IAS Mains. Therefore, even though marks for Civil Services Preliminary Exam do not get counted towards the final merit, it is very important.



How can I sit for the IAS Preliminary Examination? What is the eligibilty for IAS Prelims 2017?

The UPSC sets the eligibility criteria and syllabus for IAS Exam. In its official Civil Services Notification, UPSC has described in detail the eligibility criteria for appearing in Civil Services Preliminary Exam. Before attempting IAS Exam 2017, please make sure you are eligible to sit for the exam or not.

The Eligibility for IAS exam includes the following criterion: Nationality, Minimum Educational Qualification, Age Limit, Number of Attempts & Age Relaxation. These are described in detail below:

IAS Exam Qualification:
Minimum Educational Qualification for IAS Prelims 2017: Candidates need to have the following minimum educational qualification to be eligible for writing Civil Services Preliminary Exam: 
  • Bachelor’s Degree from any recognised University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.
  • Candidates who have appeared or intend to appear for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear for Preliminary Examination. However, they are supposed to submit the proof of passing in the requisite qualification along with detailed application form for Civil Services (Mains) Examination.
a. For IAS & IPS: Indian Citizen
b. For other services: A candidate must be either:
  • A Citizen of India, OR
  • A Subject of Nepal, OR
  • A Subject of Bhutan, OR
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, OR
  • A Person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.


IAS Exam Age Limit:

Age limit for UPSC Prelims 2017, would vary as per your category. Have a look:
  • For General Category candidates32 years
  • For OBC Category candidates35 years
  • For SC/ST Category candidates37 years
  • For Physically Handicapped Candidate42 years for General candidate, 45 years for OBC candidate and 47 years for SC/ST candidates.
Number of Attempts for IAS Exam 2017:
The number of attempts for UPSC IAS exam were recently revised by the Union Public Service Commission. These are given as under: 
  • For General Category candidates: 6.
  • For OBC Category candidates: 9.
  • For SC/ST Category candidates: There is no limit on the number of attempts.
  • For Physically Handicapped Candidate: The number of attempts are limited to 9 for both General and OBC candidates and unlimited for SC/ST category.
Age Relaxation for IAS Exam:
  • There would be a 5 year age relaxation for SC/ST candidates;
  • There would be a 3 year age relaxation in case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation;
  • There would be a 5 year age relaxation if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st December, 1989


How many candidates sit for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam?

The number of candidates applying for IAS Exam usually lies between 8-10 lakhs every year and this number is seen to be increasing every year. However, the number of candidates who appear for the IAS Preliminary Exam lies between 4-5 lakhs. This number is also witnessing an increasing trend every year. Out of these 4-5 lakh candidates, 13,000-16,000 qualify for IAS Mains. The number of candidates who are called to sit for IAS Mains Exam is usually 13-15 times the number of vacancies for that particular year.

In 2014, a total of 9,44,926 candidates applied for the Civil Services Exam. Out of this, 4,51,602 candidates appeared for the IAS Prelims 2014. Similarly, in the year 2015, a total of 9,45,908 candidates applied for the Civil Services Exam, 2015. Out of this, 4.63 lakh candidates appeared for the IAS Prelims 2015. Similarly, in the year 2016, a total of 9,55,407 candidates applied for the Civil Services Exam, 2016. Out of this, 4.67 lakh candidates appeared for the IAS Prelims 2016.



How to apply for UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam 2017?

The UPSC comes up with its Official Civil Services Notification every year. Through the Civil Services Notification, candidates are notified about the commencement of application for Civil Services Exam as well as the important dates. For IAS Exam 2017, the official notification will be issued on 22nd of February, 2017.



Candidates will be required to complete the “Online Application Form” containing two stages viz. Part-I and Part-II as per the instructions available in the above mentioned site through drop down menus.

Before starting filling up of online application, a candidate must have his/her photograph and signature duly scanned in the ‘.png’ or ‘.jpg’ format in such a manner that each file size should not exceed 40KB each.

If any candidate who took the Civil Services Examination held in the previous year wishes to apply for admission to this examination, he / she must submit his / her application so as to reach the Commission’s Office by the prescribed date without waiting for the results or an offer of appointment.

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How to choose optionals ?



Study and analyse previous years question papers of prelims + mains + optionals

UPSC General Studies Question Papers

Listed below are the UPSC General Studies question papers ordered yearwise for your understanding of the pattern of the IAS General Studies question paper. Please carefully go through this UPSC General Studies question bank that we have prepared for you so that you can get the trend for the questions that are set every year and as per analysis prepare well giving more time to recurring topics and important parts of the syllabus that carry more marks overall. The General Studies question paper listed below are actual papers that were given for the civil service prelims and mains examination held by UPSC.

CS Mains Answer Writing Strategy

After IAS Prelims 2016 results was declared, aspirants are left with a presumption on whether UPSC will continue emphasizing on current affairs or it may change the streak and ask questions about static questions based on current events, whatever may be the inclination, only one skill survive and can save the stinking  boat i.e., efficient and consolidated writing skills.

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General Studies Questions With Answers in PDF Format

UPSC Prelims Question Papers


IAS Mains GS Question Papers