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    How to prepare for IAS exams

    IAS exam is one of the toughest competitive exams in India. UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) is the agency which conducts IAS exams for the recruitment of officers for the All India Administrative Civil Service. Also, UPSC takes care of the entire recruitment process.

    If you want to prepare for IAS exam, start with the below given important aspects.


    • IAS Exam Pattern
      Understand the pattern of IAS exams. There are Two stages of the exam.

      Stage I – Preliminary Exam (objective)
      Stage II – Mains Exams (written) + Interview (Personality Test)
    • IAS Exam Syllabus
      Get to know about IAS Syllabus, Preliminary IAS Exams consists of two papers of objective type. Each paper is of 200 marks.

      Syllabus for Paper I – (200 marks)
      Duration: Two hours 


    • Current events of national and international importance.
    • History of India and Indian National Movement.
    • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
    • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
    • Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
    • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
    • General Science.

    Syllabus for Paper II- (200 marks)
    Duration: Two hours 

    • Comprehension.
    • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
    • Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
    • Decision-making and problem-solving.
    • General mental ability.
    • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X level.

    Mains Exams consists of 9 papers (7 Papers counted for ranking and 2 qualifying paper).

    Total marks
    Main Examination –> 1750 Marks + Personality Test –> 275 Marks = 2025 Marks.


    • Join an IAS Coaching Institute
      You can join the best IAS Coaching Center and do self Study. As they provide you IAS study material and also helps you to manage your time. They will provide you test series and daily current affairs. Otherwise, you can do an online study or self-study to prepare for IAS Exams.
    • Start Reading Newspaper and books
      Start reading newspapers regularly and make important notes. I would like to recommend THE HINDU and THE INDIAN EXPRESS. Read NCERT books and magazines relevant to IAS syllabus. 
    • Time Management
      Make a time-table, and divide your time into sections for each subject. Also, give your time for other activities too. It’s not necessary to do 12 to 13 hours study. You can take your time according to your abilities. 
    • Determination
      Be strongly focused and determinant towards your goal. Keep one thing in your mind that “you can achieve it” and do not prepare it for just a try. Stay focused and be positive. Do not waste your time and try to avoid social media.