Making the First Step Towards IAS
“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another” –Helen Keller
The Aim of Civil Services
Civil services is not merely a job or profession, but it’s a platform to make contribution towards making a healthy and prosperous society. Every aspirant should understand the goal of civil services. This ultimate goal of civil service is: to serve the society and the people. So, we should develop a service-oriented attitude, even before entering the Services.
Pre-requisite of Civil Services Examination
Aspirants should understand the requirement of the Civil services Examination:
- Service oriented and Administrative attitude
- Assertive nature
- Critical and Logical thinking
- High Professional and Personal integrity
- Hard work
- Clarity of Thoughts and Expression
- Ability to take decisions
Some Initial steps to be followed by the Aspirants
“A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishments. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great fruits” –Anonymous
- Believe in yourself and just start the preparations, because starting is the most difficult step that you need to make. After making start, a number of ways open up. An anonymous scholar has said that:
“when you require something more than air, then even a stone lying on the path shows you the right direction”
- Read the UPSC notification carefully.
- Read the UPSC Civil Services Examination Previous Year questions carefully, and analyze your strengths and weaknesses. Try to make an analysis of the whole syllabus, according to your comfort level.
- Once you have understood the nature of the examination, you shall have a good insight into the nature of the exam. This should help in boosting your confidence.
- Make Long-term plans about your preparations and goals in life. Thereafter, divide the long-term plan into short-term viable goals.
Purpose of the Different Stages of the IAS Examination
The Questions asked in the Preliminary examination are of objective type. The examination consists of 2 papers- GS and CSAT- of 200 marks each.
The purpose of the Prelims is to test the wide knowledge, aptitude and awareness of the candidate.
The Mains Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding. The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers, according to the UPSC notification, is such that ‘a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The scope of the Optional papers is broadly of the Honours degree level, which is considered as a level higher than the Bachelors’ degree, but lower than that of the Post Graduate degree.
The Interview for the Civil Services Examination aims at unraveling and understanding the thoughts of a candidate to assess his personality. The views and opinions of the aspirants, his interests and abilities, his body language and communication skills, all are a reflection of his thinking and state of mind.
An IAS officer shared his experience saying that he had failed in his engineering examination several times. However, with his hard work and sincerity, he cracked the IAS exam, with a commendable rank of 40. A good idea that he shared was-
“It’s Attitude, and not the Aptitude alone, that decides the Altitude that you will ascend…”
Thus, Aspirant Forum recommends the future aspirants to KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
Aspirant Forum wishes all the followers and friends, All the Best for their preparations. Always remember, it’s never too late to start…
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