Indian Administrative Service is the administrative of civil services in India. It has been often and widely abbreviated as IAS officer who have passed civil service exam in India. They hold key positions in the Government offices as well as in the public sector undertaking companies (PSUs).
Young graduates want to become an IAS Officer to serve India better. It is the most desirable post in Indian Government services. There are various reasons behind this trend. It provides financial security, administrative power in system and respect in the society.
The path to become an IAS officer is not easy and quick. You have to work hard in all the manners to achieve a good score in the civil service exam which is being conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) of India. In every exam, millions of candidates appears on the exam to get their dream job but a few candidates achieve their dream job. Only passing the civil service exam is not enough to become an IAS Officer. You have to score the best in merit to get your desired post i.e. IAS officer in India.
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How to Become IAS Officer in India – Best Tips & Guide
List of Steps/Stages of Civil Service Exam conducted by UPSC.
1. Preliminary Exam
2. Main Exam
Exam Pattern of IAS (Civil Services)
It is the most difficult and challenging exam in India. Let’s discuss some important information on this exam. It is the first step of your dream job. UPSC has changed exam pattern. Prior to 2013, you have to choose two options subjects. Now, in new exam pattern, aspirants are now required to choose only one subject. UPSC has given weightage to the General Studies papers. There are total four papers in General Studies. Each paper’s weightage is 250 marks each.
I am recommending you to visit Union Public Service Commission’s Official website for the latest and updated news/procedure as well as rules/regulations on Civil Service Exam. Online Application/Registration is also done through this website. As per my advice and recommendation, you should start your preparation after 12th standard i.e. during your studies of Graduation.
I have recieved lots of questions, May I able to pass IAS exam after BCA, B.Com, MBBS, BDS, B.Tech., CA, Diploma Engineering, MBA, B.Sc., BBA, BE, post graduation and even 10th standard. All I can say, candidates requires passion and best efforts to fulfill your dream. Your degree will not work here if you didn’t have passion and efforts. Its better to start your preparation as early as possible.
Limited Chance of Attempts for Candidates
UPSC has rule of limited attempts for appearing in the civil services exam. If you are General category candidate then you have maximum six attempts for appearing in the exam. OBC/SEBC candidates has nine chances (attempts) for appearing in the exam. SC/ST candidates didn’t have any types of bar to be appeared in the exam. They can attempt any number of chances to be appeared in the exam. Same thing applies to PH (PWD) candidates, they can also applies for this post any number of times.
Age limit in IAS (Civil Services Exam)
Age limit is the main concern for aspirants. In recent update, UPSC has raised the age limit for all categories. General category aspirants age limit is 32 years, OBC category 35 years and so on.
How many hours/time it takes to study
Do you have question that how much you have to study to become IAS? It totally depends on your skill and study power. My personal recommendation is 10 hours per day. Try to cover every topic in your subject including general studies.
How many years required to become IAS
Do not think that studying only for year will made you IAS. As per my recommendation, minimum two years requires to pass all stages. You have to study 10 hours per day constant for these two years.
Is it possible to start preparation while working?
Yes definitely, you can start your preparation while working. You didn’t required to leave your regular job. But your hard work will be more requires due to time constraint. You have to study after your job hours. After evening time, spend 5-6 hours and 2-3 hours during morning time to complete your study.
Where you will be posted?
Your posting will be depend upon your ranking in the exam. You will be posted anywhere in India. For example, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka or anywhere in the country. Do not join IAS if you are finding a stable job. Transfer is regular for IAS officers in India.
Is it possible to pass without coaching?
Yes it is possible to pass without coaching. You have to plan your studies, be active online. There are lots of forums online where you can get proper guidance from other candidates. Facebook Groups and Facebook pages are also running where you can get good knowledge. There are lots of PPT and PDF available which provides step by step guidance. Get knowledge from everywhere as much as you can.
How to be motivated for IAS
Motivation is the main source of energy for aspirants. You should read great personalities autobiography such as Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Vikram Sarabhai and others. Constant motivation is required to fulfill your dream to become IAS officer.
I hope that information given here on How to Become IAS Officer in India – Tips & Guide will be useful to all aspiring candidates in all over India. Let’s share your opinion on this exam.
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Article last re-published on June 4, 2015.