IAS (UPSC CSE) Exam also known as Indian Administrative Services is the dream come true for millions of aspirants in India. Similar is the situation with services like Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), etc Recruitment to 24 services including IAS, IPS, IFS etc is conducted via a common exam called the UPSC Civil Services Exam (UPSC CSE).
For cracking the exam like IAS (UPSC CSE) only a planned and guided preparation with the right focus can help. Aspirants, who are preparing for the IAS exam, their goal should only be to clear the IAS, and not to acquire knowledge in a subject. When you study at the university, you should study for knowledge; but when you are studying for the IAS, you should study solely with the intention of clearing the UPSC exam. This attitude and focus will make a huge difference in your preparation and performance in the exam.
“A VISION WITHOUT A STRATEGY REMAINS AN ILLUSION”
UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) consists of 3 stages. Candidate has to clear each stage to get into further stages. The stages are:
|UPSC Toppers Yearwise|
|Year||IAS Topper Rank 1||IAS Topper Rank 2||IAS Topper Rank 3|
|UPSC Toppers 2020||To Be Announced||To Be Announced||To Be Announced|
|UPSC Toppers 2019||Pradeep Singh||Jatin Kishore||Pratibha Verma|
|UPSC Toppers 2018||Kanishak Kataria||Akshat Jain||Junaid Ahmad|
|UPSC Toppers 2017||Anudeep Durishetty||Anu Kumari||Sachin Gupta|
|UPSC Toppers 2016||Nandini K R||Anmol Sher Singh Bedi||Gopalakrishna Ronanki|
|UPSC Toppers 2015||Tina Dabi||Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan||Jasmeet Singh Sandhu|
|UPSC Toppers 2014||Ira Singhal||Renu Raj||Nidhi Gupta|
|UPSC Toppers 2013||Gaurav Agrawal||Munish Sharma||Rachit Raj|
The prelims stage consists of two general studies papers:- 1) General Studies - I and 2) General Studies - II. Here are the number of students who filled registration form for the IAS(UPSC CSE) exam vs who actually appeared for the IAS( UPSC CSE ) Prelims exam in the past few years :
|Year||No. of candidates filled form||No. of candidates actually appeared in prelims round||No. of candidates who cleared prelims round and entered IAS Main round|
|2019||8 Lakh (approximately)||4,93,972 lakhs||11845|
After seeing the competition aspirant can understand the value of proper preparation.UPSC exam is an amalgamation of both Knowledge and strategy.
Mantra for success in IAS exam = 50% Knowledge + 50% Skills (strategies)
Once an aspirant clears the IAS preliminary exam, the aspirant has to clear IAS main exam, which has 9 papers - 4 General studies paper, 1 essay paper, 2 language paper, and optional papers. check mains GS syllabus and mains optional syllabus. Candidates should complete 60-70% syllabus of the mains exam.
|Year||No. of Candidates Appeared in Mains||No. of candidates who cleared mains round|
From the above table, as we can see we have a number of students appearing to selected for further rounds in the ratio of almost 5:1. Being part of those candidates who get selected to the further round need a comprehensive analysis of the syllabus and choosing the right optional subject.
After clearing IAS Main stage, candidates have to clear the Interview round, also known as the personality test. It is a test where the interviewer is not judging the knowledge of the candidate rather they are testing a candidate’s presence of mind, psychological health and wits, and control over language. The interviewer wants to check whether the candidate has the potential to demonstrate good administrative skills.
|Year||No. of candidates appeared in Interview round||No. of candidates who cracked the IAS exam|
Generally, an IAS interview lasts for about 30 minutes and aspirants face interview questions that cover a broad range of topics.
|UPSC Toppers' Strategy for IAS Interview|
How to complete UPSC Syllabus in one year (preparation strategy by topper Akshat Jain ( IAS AIR 2 2018).
UPSC preparation has been divided into 4 phases, which are mentioned below:-
|UPSC Toppers' Strategy for Optional Papers|
Everyone should prepare their own strategy and should refer to these strategies for building their own master strategy.
Must read: How to prepare for IAS by self-study
There is a need for appropriate knowledge and strategy for cracking prestigious exams like IAS (UPSC CSE) Exam.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.