Many people dream of working for the Government of India. There are some very prestigious jobs available there. Furthermore, it is a great honor to be able to call yourself part of India’s government. Jobs at IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IPS (Indian Police Service), and IFS (Indian Forest Service) all belong to the All India Services group. They are all very honorable jobs and people from all over the country dream of accomplishing all the necessary tasks to be able to claim a job at one of these three services. However, in order to accomplish this there are several things that must be fulfilled, one of which is to pass the UPSC exam. But before we proceed, what is the UPSC exam exactly?

The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) is the central agency of India that is authorized with conducting Civil Services Examination, Engineering Services Examination, Combined Defence Services Examination, National Defence Academy Examination, Naval Academy Examination, Combined Medical Services Examination, Special Class Railway Apprentice, Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service Examination, Geologists’ Examination, and Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant) Examination. All of them are required in order to be able to work in the appropriate field for the Government of India. In order to prepare for the UPSC exam people have to spend months of learning on various subjects. The assessment is very hard and not all are able to pass it, and only an even smaller number actually manage to get a job at the place that they want to.


However, in the end it is all worth it since there are many benefits to be working for the government. Hundreds of people take the examinations every year and you might be one of the people that wants to give it a go as well. But how to prepare effectively for UPSC exam for IAS/IPS/IFS?

When it comes to the UPSC exam for IAS/IPS/IFS, there are a few things that you have to concentrate on. First off, and most importantly in order to take part in the examinations you have to have a degree from a recognized by the government university or the equivalent. Only people between the ages of 21 and 30 are eligible to take the examination. What’s more you have to be a citizen of India in order to participate. In order to effectively prepare for the examination first you have to know what the whole process is.

The UPSC exam for IAS/IPS/IFS is based on the British Raj – era Imperial Civil Service. It is considered to be one of the most difficult exams of all. There are three stages to the examination:

1.    Preliminary examination, which is held in August.

2.    Main examination, which is held in December.

3.    Personality test (Interview), which is held in April/May.

To clear the exam you have to pass through all the three stages.

In order to effectively prepare for the preliminary examination you have to do a couple of things. The examination has two papers: the first one is made to test the knowledge of the candidate on current events, history, geography, economics, and general science; and the second one is made to test the candidate’s skills on comprehension, communication, logical reasoning, decision making, problem solving, data interpretation, and so. For the first one you have to read various textbooks in order to prepare, while the second one requires some exercises. With time and preparation you will be able to pass.

The Main examination consists of seven papers. The first one is an essay; the second, third, fourth, and fifth are general studies; and the sixth, and seventh are on any subject selected by the candidate from the available options. For the essay, you have to prepare by making sure that your writing skills are good and a good idea is to practice writing essays on different topics while preparing. For the general studies tests you have to continue studying from textbooks just as for the preliminary examination. However, the papers here have harder questions so you should spend more time on each subject. Finally, the two subjects that you choose for the last two papers should be ones that you are well aware of and that you specialize in. This will give you an advantage and will help you pass.

Lastly, for the interview you have to be able to think fast under pressure and be confident in yourself. There are several coaching classes for UPSC exams in Raipur, Bilaspur and Durg-Bhilai. One can enrol with them as well to prepare in a more systematic and structured way. Managing to pass the UPSC exam for IAS/IPS/IFS is hard but with dedication and preparation, it is possible.

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