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Cracking the IAS Examination

Cracking the IAS Examination


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Cracking the IAS, UPSC Examination
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Cracking the Competitive Examination Entry to the IAS, IPS and the Central Services is through the combined

Competitive Examination for the Civil Services. Recruitment to the Indian Forest Service is through a separate examination. The Competitive Examination takes place in three stages: Stage I: Preliminary Examination The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), an autonomous body that ensures unbiased recruitment to the Civil Services, conducts the examination. The notification for obtaining the application forms for the examination will appear in the Employment News and also in other leading dailies. The preliminary (prelims), a written examination is held in the month of June every year. It consists of two papers, both in the objective type format. Paper I: This paper is called the General Studies and carries a maximum score of 150 points on 150 questions. It is of two hours duration. It covers these six topics - Indian History, the Constitution of India, Geography, Economics, Science and Current Affairs. Paper II: This is an optional paper on a subject of your choice, for How can I become a Civil Servant Page 4 of 8 file://L:\Study\IAS\Articles\How can I become a Civil Servant.htm 12/2/2004 instance, Political Science, History, Economics, Psychology etc. A list of the optional subjects that can be taken, can be obtained from the UPSC website - www.upsc.gov.in. Paper II carries a score of 300 points on 120 questions and is also of two hours duration. Since, it is an extremely competitive exam, the candidates taking the prelims must be extremely diligent and hard working. Only the highest scorers qualify for the second examination, that is, the Main Examination. The success rate of preliminary exam is less than 10%. Stage II: Main Examination The Main Examination is a written examination in the subjective or essay type format. It is generally held in the month of November/December. It includes nine papers: Papers I & II: These are the language papers, of 300 marks each. One is the English language paper, which is compulsory; and the other is in any Indian language mentioned in the eighth schedule of the Indian Constitution. Marks obtained in these papers are not added in the total score, however qualifying or passing in them with the specified minimum percentage is necessary. Paper III: The third is an Essay paper of 200 marks. The candidate can choose to write the essay in either English or in any Indian language mentioned in the eight schedule of the Constitution. Paper IV and V: These are the General Studies (G.K. and Current Affairs) papers of 300 marks each. Paper VI, VII, VIII & IX: Here, the candidate will have to take two optional subjects, which would contain two papers each. Thus, a total of four papers, where each paper would be of 300 marks, with a total score of 1200. The number of candidates, who pass through this stage successfully, is

further reduced in percentage when compared to the numbers who succeed in the prelims. An indication of the tough competition is the fact that, (on a 1:10 basis), if for instance, a thousand candidates pass the Main exam, there is in reality, only 100 vacancies or civil service posts available.

Stage III: Personality Test In this final round of elimination, the competition gets the toughest. Candidates are selected on a 1:2 ratio. So, if there are ten vacancies, then twenty candidates will be interviewed. The personality test follows the pattern of an oral interview or a viva voce. An expert panel judges the candidate's over all personality, his/her social traits, presence of mind, and leadership qualities, apart from their intellectual capabilities and aptitude for the work involved. When all the hard work of the candidate finally pays off and he finds himself smoothly cruising out of, even the interview stage, he undergoes compulsory training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie as a probationary officer. Training will be imparted in academic areas, which comprise subject studies like economics, history, political science, etc. After this foundation course, specific job-oriented training is conducted separately by each service. For more Tips and Tricks Visit: UPSCPORTAL.com UPSCPORTAL is India's Largest Online Community for Civil Services Aspirants.

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