1-When, how and from where to start the preparation?
Ans: – Initially you have to read the entire syllabus properly and then go through the notifications sometimes. Please read by yourself and don’t rely on others. You can take the help of internet and decide what you should study for every topic. Just remember that you should start your preparation with the NCERT books and then gradually move to the specialized books.
2-How to make my timetable? How many hours should I study every day?
Ans:-Once you get the UPSC syllabus, then go through it and accordingly divide the entire syllabus into parts and then the subjects and topics as well. Once you have divided them then allot certain period for studying current affairs as well. Collect all the relevant books which you will be required to study. Once all this ground level work is done, then plan in how many days you will be able to complete the entire syllabus, and then chronologically allot how many topics you will cover in each day and the required duration. But remember that the timetable should be practical so that you can follow it regularly and so you will complete your whole syllabus on time and have ample time for revision.
3-Which is the appropriate age for starting the preparation? I am in school and want to become an IAS officer, what should I study now?
Ans:-Please understand that you have to complete your graduation successfully and try to get excellent marks as well, so for the period you should forget about UPSC exam and only concentrate on your present studies’ know that you might have heard that students start preparing for UPSC exams from class 10 onwards but honestly so much time is not required, if you are passionate about clearing IAS exam then after graduation, rigorous and one year concentrated studies will be sufficient. So if you still want to start your preparations during graduation, then you can start studying the current affairs daily.
4-I am doing my graduation? Shall I start IAS preparations now?
Ans:-First of all take all the decisions of your life practically, by this I mean to say that if you will not concentrate on your graduation exams and get poor or average marks and simultaneously don’t clear UPSC, then you will face the biggest trauma of your life. I am not pessimistic instead trying to make you aware of the future consequences. I would always suggest that first do your graduation and pass out with good marks so that you can quickly get a job, once you are relaxed and composed then try for UPSC, never be overconfident that you will clear UPSC, please be ready to face all the scenarios which will be unfolded before you. So first be professionally and financially secured and then with full concentration prepare for UPSC and see what there in your fortune.
5-Which graduation is best for becoming an IAS officer?
Ans:-IAS exams are not dependable on the graduation stream. But you should always opt for a professional graduation degree, to be safe in case you will not be able to clear UPSC exams. If you are fortunate and clears UPSC exams with a professional degree, then you will be beneficial than the other selected candidates, as you will be having more knowledge than others. Please understand that life never runs according to your wish, so it’s always better to play safe so that you have something in your hand to do ….as “something is always better than nothing.”So be a smart thinker and live your life without unnecessary tensions.
6-Should I directly prepare for UPSC exam or directly do some job after graduation?
Ans:-I would advice you that it is always better to pursue a job, it will help you in many ways. Firstly, if you are already perusing a job and simultaneously doing your preparations then it will be very motivational and always you will be relaxed that if things don’t work out as you want then you can always concentrate and try to achieve more in your current job. Secondly, it is very important you have to be finalized independent, it is a known fact that the books, accommodation and coaching centre’s fees are really high, so if you are doing a job then you can do all your expenses by your own and will not be able to depend upon others for your expenses. Thirdly, an employee is very punctual and refined, your work experiences helps a lot in writing answers as well as in the interview sessions.
Please keep in mind that it’s a life and always everything will not happen according to your wish so be much grounded and have a solid base so that you can face whatever life unfolds for you.
7-Will it be very late if I want to appear for IAS exam after completing my PG degree?
Ans:-the answer to this question no, as it’s always a better idea to pursue higher studies and opt for this exam, it’s never late if you are passionate about clearing any exam or if you desire to achieve something in your life. All the candidates who wish to become IAS officers aim at changing and improving the condition of the country , so the changes can be made anytime, and for this it’s never ever late , so just do what you want to do and don’t think so much that studying or doing job first will waste your time. Just be focused and positive in your life.
8-What is the reason behind the fact that maximum students who clear IAS exams are from English medium and not from Hindi medium?
Ans:-This question has many answers. First, the successful candidates are mostly from English medium because , maximum number of appearing candidates are from English medium, so high percentage of applicants means high number of candidates selected. Mostly all the higher secondary schools are English medium as well. Secondly, English is the most common language which is understood by maximum people, so mostly all the study materials are also available in English rather than in Hindi. Today students prepare from internet and there also English reading students are more compared to Hindi so online as well study material is available in English. All these are a big disadvantage for the Hindi medium students. Thirdly, there are many technical terms in Hindi which are also transformed into English and we use them frequently, so candidates face lots of difficulties in reading and remembering such tough Hindi technical terms, so they prefer to use English words rather than Hindi. To be honest this is not limited to Hindi language, the same condition implies to other regional languages as well.
9-What is the importance of making notes? How can I prepare notes from newspapers/books etc?
Ans: – Making notes or reading directly from the books depends upon you as it’s your own preference, as there are no rules that if you make notes then only you can clear UPSC exam. I would suggest that just sit down calmly and analyze which way you can work out, if making notes suits you then, you can make notes from different books for one topic and follow this pattern for the entire syllabus or for the topics you think it’s very important and if you think notes making makes you confused so you can do one thing, start underlying the important lines with the pencil in the book.
Making notes from newspapers is not required as you can cut out the important news and file them, and whenever you get time read them, if you read the important news a number of time then you will notice that your current affairs for the cut outs are already done.
10-How to select the optional subject for UPSC exam?
Ans:-While you are choosing the optional subject, keep in mind that you should choose the subject which you love and always have a thirst to know more about it. Please don’t think that you can clear if you choose certain subjects or cannot clear if you have selected some particular subjects. If you are passionate and work really hard you can clear with any subject you want to. Ask yourself which subjects attracts you and you really want to do a research on it, as studying that subject while your UPSC exams will not be less than that, so choose wisely your optional subject keeping in mind that you cannot afford to get bored from it and have to know in and out about it, so that from where ever question is asked you can answer it and score good marks which helps you a lot in achieving your dreams.
11-Is it necessary to join coaching or I can clear IAS without coaching as well?
Ans:-joining a coaching center or not is solely your personal decision. But let me tell you one thing that your clearing the exam does not depend on the fact whether you join coaching center or not. Coaching centers are joined for proper guidance and to inculcate a habit to study in a routine which makes your preparations very easy and comfortable to be followed. Keep in mind that you can only clear IAS with hard work and strategic timetable. It is not essential that if your friends are joining the coaching center, you also have to join it. Just think a number of times and then decide whether you have to join the coaching center and if the answer is yes then be very clear why and for what you are joining a coaching center.
12-I cannot concentrate on my preparations as I have scored very fewer marks in the test series. What should I do?
Ans:-First of all its ok, if you have not scored good marks in you don’t have to get demotivated about it and waste your time thinking about it. Instead, you have to work hard so that you don’t repeat these mistakes in your final examinations. I would say it’s good that you have not scored good marks, as now you will prepare with more vigor, I have often noticed that candidates who score well in their test series tend to fail to clear IAS exam as they become overconfident and think that no more preparation is required. You are lucky that this will not happen in your case.
So start with a new day and fresh mind, and I am sure you will give more than 100% and who knows you can even clear your IAS exam. Good Luck!
13-How can I keep myself motivated as I am becoming demotivated very easily?
Ans:-There are many ways to stay motivated throughout your preparations, but first ask yourself that why are you demotivated, if the reason of demotivated is the fear that you will not be able to clear IAS then, leave it and try to do something in which you are comfortable. See try to live happily, if you are demotivated every time and feeling that the preparations are really a burden then it’s better to choose some other profession.
IAS is a very tough exam, and it’s essential that you are motivated from within so please think a lot of times and then decide to opt for UPSC exams.
14-Everyone thinks that I am good for nothing and clearing IAS is next to impossible. What should I do now?
Ans:-First of all, no one can empathies your position and situations better than so, so you don’t have to think what other s think about you. You should decide what you want to do and not to do in your life. If you are confident that you can crack IAS then give it your 100% and if you know from inside that it is worth nothing and you are only wasting your time then it is better that you leave preparation and do what you are confident about. It’s your life and you should be the decision maker as well as taker , there is no place for interference of anybody but remember one thing you should be open to healthy avarice but don’t start living your life according to other’s will.
15-What happens in the IAS Interview round?
Ans:-In the interview round the candidate is evaluated whether he/she is liable of becoming an IAS officer or not. The interview round caters the three vital topics:-
- Your educational qualification, what are you doing-job or fresher etc.
- To know how you will cope up during the peculiar situations, basically they analyze and scrutinize how you will handle difficult situations.
- Current affairs.
Just relax and give your best shot, only remember that you should be honest, confident and to the point. If you will try to make stories then you will be caught and all the hard work which you have devoted and cleared prelims and mains will go to vain.
16-Everyone gives me different information about the IAS exams? Whom to trust and believe?
Ans:-It is better that you don’t believe anyone, just stick to the information which is published on the website of the UPSC. There are chances that people are only making you fool and at end of the day that will be landing with unnecessary information and may be the information which you get are meaningless. So just rely on yourself and never depend upon others or do what others say.
17-How should I improve my English for IAS exam?
Ans:-the easiest way to improve your English is to start reading English novels, magazines and newspapers. Start conversing with your friends in English and also watch English movies. It is always said that you learn fast what you listen maximum of the time, so if you’re listening and talking in English maximum of the time then you will learn it fast. Once you are fine with the verbal part start solving English grammar question banks regularly and meanwhile practice writing essay type answers as well. You will notice that there has been a remarkable improvement in your English.