Civil Services Exam The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services Exam every year. The successful candidates in this exam go on to join various services in the government. Some of them are the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and the Indian Revenue Service. The Civil Services syllabus consists of various subjects which the commission considers important for bureaucrats to know. The examination consists of three stages, which are:
● Preliminary Examination: Two papers, General Studies and CSAT conducted over the course of one day.
● Main Examination: Nine papers conducted over the course of five days. The papers are:
○ Compulsory Indian Language
○ UPSC Essay Paper
○ General Studies I
○ General Studies II
○ General Studies III
○ General Studies IV
○ Optional Paper I
○ Optional Paper II
● UPSC Interview
Candidates who clear all three stages and make it to the final merit list are called to join a service. The allocation of a service is based on a number of factors such as the preference indicated by the candidate, availability of vacancies and the position of the candidate in the merit ranking.
Securing a position in the merit list requires extensive preparation. Over the years, the number of candidates appearing for this examination has grown manifold. Many study centers and preparatory classes have mushroomed all over the country to capitalise on this trend. However, a diligent aspirant does not need to attend coaching for the exam. They just need to prepare with dedication and discipline. The strategy for preparation should also be sound and cover all aspects of the exam. In addition to this, access to good study material for the Civil Services syllabus cannot be overemphasized. The focus should be maintained on current affairs related to the exam all the while studying the basic and advanced concepts that are included in the syllabus.
It is helpful to follow the strategy of a UPSC topper and tweak it according to your own strengths. You can get some insight into a topper’s mind as UPSC AIR 80 Khushboo Gupta takes you through her Civil Services Journey in this video.