The Civil Services notification has been recently issued by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This year the preliminary examinations shall be conducted on May 31 to fill about 796 vacancies. Here’s a preparation guide for you to crack the prestigious civil service exams.
The Perfect Time To Start Preparation for Civil Services
Here are some tips to crack the UPSC Civil Services Exam and become an IAS, IPS or IFS officer.
Though there’s nothing like any perfect time but data shows that most aspirants start preparation at the age of 20 or 22 or after graduation. Many candidates even start at 26 or 28 and get successful. It is your mindset that decides the perfect time. Also, if you’re a working professional, and worrying about work being an obstacle, remain assured that work can be managed by proper time management.
The difference between Civil Services examination and other exams
The scheme of this examination, its syllabi, and the requirements in the person are set to meet the “governmental attitude”. The difficulty level is such to select the best candidates who will be made responsible for directly or indirectly affecting the future of the country.
Elaboration on “governmental attitude”
This equals to an attitude to work in the public interest. There are three characteristics of the functionality of government that differ it from other institutions, and they are, breadth of scope, impact and consideration; public accountability; political character. Other institutions in the country cannot have all these features.
Actions taken by governments of democracies are debatable and investigable by the public. It is dependent on the public and needs to have appeal and concern for the public. Thus, the qualities required here are above than those that may help one succeed in the non-governmental sector.
Facts about attempts
An attempt is not counted unless one goes to write the exam and signs the attendance sheet. So, if you’re not the least prepared for the examination, it is advisable that you prepare thoroughly and then write the examination.
However, if you have prepared even to a little extent, you must make the attempt for you’ll find your performance better than your expectation. Also, practically appearing in the exam will give you a much clear idea about the exam itself.
There are a number of test-papers and question paper available in the public domain for you to practice and hence you can always test the waters for yourself.
If you’ve prepared well for the Prelims but not for the mains, the way ahead is to write the Prelims examination with confidence, giving your best. After that, start preparing for Mains right away, instead of waiting for the result.
Keeping faith in your capabilities, and doing the right amount of hard work, you can always succeed even at the most difficult examinations in life.