Crack UPSC Civil Services

Strategy to Success in UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE/IAS/IPS) is very complex. It has some unpredictability. UPSC is well known for its Unpredictable Public Service Commission. However, there are still a few basics that get through the examination. UPSC Civil Services demands a variety of skills such as a combination of wisdom, knowledge, intelligence, and luck. Hence the following FAD (Foundation, Application, and Dynamism) success strategy works to clear UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE/IAS/IPS).

FAD – Foundation, Application, and Dynamism

  1. Foundation – Studying and understanding of NCERT and Standard books comprise the foundation part.
  2. Application – Once you have gone through the NCERT and Standard books, it is time to recollect and try to correlate these into real-life applications. For example, applications of light, any innovative technology, etc.
  3. Dynamism – Current affairs add dynamism to the preparation. These can be asked in three ways. Consider the new that president rule is imposed in a particular state.
    1. Direct Current Affairs – You can answer these questions if you regularly follow the news. The name of the state where president rule is imposed is a direct current affairs question.
    2. Current Affairs oriented Concepts – Now articles related to President’s rule may be asked. So concepts should be clear. These are already completed in the Foundation Stage.
    3. Mixing of Current affairs, Concepts, and Applications – Many reports, supreme court judgments based on indirect analytical questions can be asked. These are most difficult to answer. For example, if there is a statement that says “Governor is an agent of the centre.”. In reality, it is. You may mark it as Yes. However, the Supreme court decreed that the Governor is an agent of the centre, but the bridge between the centre and states.

Most Important Areas of Study

  1. Latest Laws, Constitutional Amendments and Landmark judgments
  2. Programmes, Schemes, and Policies of the Government of India.
  3. Environment, Current Affairs and Economy.

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Cut-off Marks (Prelims and Mains)

2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018

Examination Process

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Main Examination (Written)
  3. Main Examination (Personality Test)
  4. Medical Test
  5. Service and Cadre Allocation (All India Services Cadre Allocation Policy 2017 (IAS/IPS/IFoS))

Attributes Required

Irrespective of your academic background you can aspire to become a civil servant if you have certain attributes such as aptitude (capacity to do), attitude (willingness to do), perseverance (try try try until you success). Honesty, Integrity, hard work, determination, managerial skills, decision-making skills, leadership role, knowledge, and wisdom are required. Most of the toppers of previous exams are from a poor and medium academic background. Refer to Choose Your Niche Jobs Basket to check whether the attributes required for different exams and skills you possess match. Remember skills can be acquired.

Medium of Examination

  • All objective papers (mostly Preliminary Examination) are in English and Hindi medium only. So you need to understand English or Hindi and then answer.
  • But in descriptive papers (mostly Mains Examination), questions are printed in English and Hindi. But you can answer in any of the scheduled languages mentioned in the Constitution. These are major regional languages such as Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, etc.
  • In the interview also, you can answer in one of the scheduled languages. You will be assisted by a Translator.
  • As of 2018, 22 languages are listed. Yes. You are entitled to use scheduled language not only for the mains written exam but also for the interview.
  • They are – Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
  • This holds true for all UPSC exams.
  • All medium students got selected in the top ranks as well. So the medium of examination does not determine your rank.

Preliminary and Mains – Prepare Separately or Combined?

Don’t ever prepare separately for prelims and mains. However, the way of preparation is different. Start with books and topics that are common to both prelims and mains. Prelims require in-depth understanding and mains require an overview of all topics. Separate preparation is required only for optional.

Writing Speed

Practice makes one perfect. Practice daily so that speed increases rapidly. If the speed is not increased, then choose your words wisely and precisely. You can convey your answer in minimum words if you choose specific keywords.

Medical Test