To join UPSE Civil Services is a dream of millions of students. This is indicated by ever increasing number of aspirants, year after year. There was a time when civil service exam (CSE) preparation was concomitant with post-graduate students. The trend then shifted to students who had completed Bachelor’s degree. But today, awareness level of students is much more and there is no ambiguity in their minds about what they want to do. Therefore, those who have civil services as their goal of life start preparing for CSE immediately on completion of 12th class, alongside bachelor’s degree studies. However, many students get overwhelmed by the syllabus and lose sight of their goal midway. This blog is to help students understand the requirement of CSE, what is expected of them and how they should prepare for IAS exam after 12th.
There are two broad models for a student to prepare for IAS after Class 12:
- Do regular graduation from any university and join weekend course for preparing for CSE.
- Do graduation through distant learning program (many acclaimed universities are now offering very good options) and join a regular course for CSE having classes on weekdays.
Both the choices are equally good and both the models have produced candidates who have excelled
- In our education system, duration of graduation varies from three years to five years depending upon the type of course. Most of the professional courses like Engineering, medicine etc. are between four to five years whereas most of the graduation programs offered by Universities are for three years.
- Since the minimum educational qualification for CSE is bachelor’s degree and most of the aspirants are from three-year graduation programs, we will discuss the issue from the perspective of a three-year undergraduate student.
- For smart aspirants, college is the best place to start preparing for IAS exam. Three years of college will give enough time to prepare well and one can reap the benefit of starting early.
- The first decision which an aspirant has to take is to decide in which stream he/ she has to do graduation. Since Humanities subjects form the core of CSE syllabus, those who do graduation with humanities subjects will certainly have a slight advantage, especially in optional subject. Humanities subject such as Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology are popular optional subjects. But by no means this should discourage any non-humanities background student. Optional subject choices offered by UPSC cater for students of all streams.
- An aspirant who has started graduation will have 3+ years’ time to prepare. The plan for an under-graduate student should be to prepare for GS subjects in the first two years of graduation and to prepare for Optional Subject in the final, third year. Those who are pursuing a professional course of four/ five years will have additional advantage of time availability.
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