Recruitment to the Civil Services is through a Competitive Selection Procedure known as the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, covering 24 Services which include the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS),Indian Police Service (IPS) etc.
Aspirants should have Balance of Judgment; variety and depth of Interest; ability for Social Cohesion; ability to hold and delegate Authority; the art of inspiring Loyalty and stimulating and channelizing Enthusiasm; tact for dealing with a wide cross section of Society, both Bureaucratic and Otherwise; intellectual and moral Integrity and enjoyment of Responsibility.
Any Indian National who have attained the Age of 21 years, and have not attained the upper Age Limit (As spcified in the UPSC Notification) on 1st August of the Year in which He/She attempts the Exam, are Eligible.
The Competitive Examination comprises of two successive Stages:
(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of Candidates for Main Examination; and
(ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of Candidates for the various Services and Posts.
The Preliminary Examination will consist of two Papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions).
This Examination is meant to serve as a Screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the Candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of Merit.
Paper I (200 Marks), Duration: Two Hours:
Paper II (200 Marks), Duration: Two Hours
The Final Result is announced in June, around a year after the Preliminary Exam was conducted. Thus, the entire Examination Process from the Preliminaries to the Main Exam and the Interview takes a full Calendar Year.
The Civil Services attract Candidates from all Disciplines including Medicine, Engineering, Management, Law, Accountancy, Humanities, Commerce, Arts etc. It offers a fair scope to climb to the highest Post in every Service, based on Experience and Performance.
Success is the intersection of three immutable major Tenets: Ability, Interest, and Opportunity. The lack of any one of these factors effectively guarantees Under-Performance or outright Failure.
The beauty of the Ability tenet is that in the presence of sustained Interest, Ability can improve over time. Conversely, if Interest tapers off, the growth of Ability can be hampered. Additionally, Ability can decay over time as is proven by the saying,"If you don't use it, you lose it."
To use our Guitar Player analogy, It's easy to see that an interested Guitar Pupil will practice more often and be motivated to improve, whereas a Guitar Player that hasn't played in a while will notice that their skills have deteriorated since the last time they played.
Interest is Passion. Without Passion there is no Enthusiasm, without Enthusiasm there is no Effort, without Effort there are no positive Results, and without positive Results there is no positive Reinforcement - or Flywheel Effect.
The most transient and fluid of the three tenets, Opportunity is the most important for the scale of overall success. Opportunity can take on many forms, but is almost always due to exterior influence.
Many students tread down the path of Civil Services Examinations without knowing more about how difficult the Exam really is. Are you one of them? Statistics show that more than five lakhs Students applied for the Civil Services Exams for total of approximately 900 Vacancies.
Nothing beats hard work but at a later stage you need the edge of smart work to rise above Others. Revise and master the Concepts and Rules but make sure that you should possess some extra Quality Points as compared to your Competitors in order to get higher marks as compared to them. Attempt Practice Exercises according to stipulated time and have the Attitude – How can I get even a single Question Wrong.
(a) Easy Questions in which you made Silly Mistakes:
i.Reason – You are either not concentrating or you need to develop the stamina to use your brains for 2 continuous hours.
ii.Solution – Study for longer Periods of time without much needed breaks. It’s a Marathon, prepare Properly.
(b) Questions which you could not’Understand during the Exam but you could easily crack them later with a fresh Mind:
i. Reason – You need to have the ability to concentrate for 2 long Hours.
ii. Solution – Stop succumbing to the temptation of breaks during Study Sessions. You are justifying Yourself when you think that after a break you will understand better or get a better Score.
A lot of Students work really hard for the Exam. They peak up their Preparation before the Exam, get bored of covering the same Syllabus Topics and get Complacent. This should not happen. Follow a strict Study Schedule as per Pre-Designed Annual Study Calender. This will keep the fire burning in your belly and will give you Reasons to Work harder.
Even though you may have spent the last several months preparing for the Exam, you’re probably feeling slightly anxious about the CSAT. In addition to developing an approach to each section of the Exam, you need to be mentally prepared for the challenges presented by the CSAT. Most Test Takers feel some anxiety, and the most prepared are those who have worked hard and learnt to manage that anxiety. Having a Plan to manage stress is essential to achieving your Optimal Score.
If you encounter a Situation expecting to be Successful you are much more likely to be Successful than if you expect to Fail. Consider the following two Statements by two different Students:
1) I am never going to get this. If I attempt the CSAT I will be a Failure.
2) I am well Prepared and deserve to do my Best. I know what to expect and I am ready to Succeed.
It shouldn’t take too much to figure out which Student is going to do better. Whether it’s looking in a mirror and saying affirming Statements or writing a positive thought on your rough paper on Test Day, it’s very important to go into the actual Exam expecting to be Successful. This can be a difficult Exercise at first, but you must get Yourself in a Frame of Mind to Succeed. When you dwell on negative thoughts, your mind isn’t free to work on the Test. Trust that you are well Prepared.
When you take an Aptitude Test such as the CSAT, you have a lot of work to complete in a limited amount of time. Mastering the huge quantum of Syllabus, by its very design, makes the CSAT a stressful Experience.
There are two important keys to Visualization: See Yourself succeeding and imagine Yourself overcoming every type of Obstacle. You are Unstoppable. You have prepared hard to be Successful and you deserve to be Successful.
Continue to Practice regularly until you take your Exam. If any specific topic is still giving you trouble, do some targeted work in those Areas. Review your Notes and Practice Questions dealing with those Topics. Continue to work on QUIZ/Practice Questions given in the SCC Modules that will develop your Confidence.
In the days leading up to the Exam, try to get regular Exercise and adequate Sleep. Exercise, even a short Walk, helps you manage your Stress. You may have a little trouble sleeping the night before the Exam, so you want to be well rested in the days leading up to the Exam.
To be at your best, your body must be conditioned to be awake and ready to work at the time that your CSAT is given. Become accustomed to waking up at the proper time for the entire week leading up to the Exam. It is also important not to go to bed at a ridiculously early hour the night before the Exam.
Syllabus: CSAT (Prelims) - Paper I - General Studies (Marks: 200, Duration: 2 hours)
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR GENERAL STUDIES (Prelims) PAPER:
PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWERS (Only for Preliminary Examination):
General Studies–I 250Marks
(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and
Geography of the World and Society)
General Studies –II 250 Marks
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and
General Studies –III 250 Marks
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
General Studies –IV 250 Marks
General Studies-I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered.
Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
Attitude:content,structure,function;its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR GENERAL STUDIES (MAIN) PAPERS:
Recommended Reading Material:
Title & Author:
An Introduction to the Constitution of India D.D.Basu
Our Parliament Subash Kashyap
Biology for VIII-XII Std NCERT
Physics for VIII-XII Std NCERT
Chemistry for VIII-XII Std NCERT
History for VIII-XII Std NCERT
Economy for VIII-XII Std NCERT
Geography for VIII-XII Std NCERT
Polity for VIII-XII Std NCERT
Anatomy & Physiology for Nurses Courses
Evelyn Pearce Know your body Reader's Digest
Indian Economy Dutt & Sundaram
12th FYP plan Paper
Economic Survey of India Government of India
General Principles of World Geography Charles Farro
Monsoon Asia Charles Farro
Modern India Bipin Chandra
A Cultural History of India--Edited by A. L. BASHAM
Publication Division : Gazetteer of India (Vol 2 : History & Culture)
Gandhi Nehru Tagore & Ambedkar — Gopal Krishna
India after Gandhi R C Guha
Social Problem - Ram Ahuja
Social Welfare Magazine - Published by Ministry of Social Welfare
IIPa Journals on selective Topics
2nd ARC reports ( Selective Readings )
INDIA Yearbook 2014
ALL Backgrounders & Special Features of Last One Year - PIB Releases
Mental Ability - Quantitative Apitude by R.S. Aggarwal
Economic Times & Hindu Newspaper
Frontline and Political & Economic weekly Periodicals
Yojana,Kurukshetra & World Focus Periodicals
Our Modules Related To New Addition Of Paper IV (Ethics,Integrity and Aptitude)
Regular viewing of BBC World News & any Premier Indian News channel(Prime time Programmes like We the People of NDTV Channel, Prime Time News etc)
English Grammer Wren & Martin
Any good book on the Hobby you will mention in your interview Detailed Application Form of UPSC.
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