Want To Become An IAS? Complete Preparation Guide For Beginners

Graduate this year and dream of becoming an IAS. Here is how you can start your journey.

If you are here, you probably have planted a seed in your mind to become an IAS. Feel assured you are in the right place. 

Undoubtedly, UPSC(Union Public Service Commission) is one of the toughest examinations in India and the world. Every year lakhs of aspirants appear in the examination, but only hundreds crack this with flying colors.

Don’t get afraid of numbers. More than 80 percent of aspirants who are preparing are not serious. Most of them are trying their luck and remaining prepared aimlessly. 

“If you want to crack the exam, first understand the exam.” This blog will provide you with a complete preparation guide for becoming an IAS.

If you are a beginner or fresh college graduate who dreams of becoming an IAS officer, this mini blog will be helpful for you. 

What is IAS?

IAS(Indian Administrative Service) is one of the most reputed & respected job profiles among all 24 services in UPSC. 

Once you become IAS, you will get a golden chance to serve our country as a District Magistrate(DM), commissioner, chief secretary, head of the public unit, cabinet secretary, etc.

IAS is responsible for maintaining the law and orders, implementing the union and state government policies, administering daily proceedings of the government, etc.

Examination Dates 

Event Exam Dates
Date of Notification  February 01
Last date for receipt of applications  February 21
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2023 May 28
Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2023 September 15, 16, 17, 23, and 24, 2022 (5 days)

Exam Pattern for IAS Examination

UPSC conducts the examination in three stages.

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Main Examination
  3. Interview(personality test)

Preliminary Examination(MCQ)

No. of Papers 2 compulsory papers
Type of Questions Objective (MCQ) type
Total Maximum Marks 400 (200 each paper)
Duration of Exam 2 hrs. each (20 minutes per hour extra time for blind candidates & candidates with Locomotor Disability & Cerebral Palsy [minimum 40% impairment])
Negative Marking 1/3rd of the marks assigned to a question
Medium of Exam Bilingual (Hindi & English)

Main Examination(Written)

Mains Examination is categorized into two parts. One is qualifying, and the other one is paper to be counted for merit.

Qualifying Papers Topics
Paper-A One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution
Paper-B English
Papers to be Counted for Merit
Paper-I Essay
Paper-II General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society)
Paper-III General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
Paper-IV Genera Studies-III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
Paper-V General Studies-IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)
Paper-VI Optional Subject – Paper 1
Paper-VII Optional Subject – Paper 2

Also, read NCERT Solution for Class 9 Political Science.

Preparation Strategy To Crack Ias Examination

Know the Examination

The journey of becoming an IAS starts from the first day of preparation. As I mentioned above, if you want to crack the exam, first understand the exam. Go through the syllabus to know the soul of the examination. Take the previous year’s papers and make a list of important topics.

Make a Full Proof Study Plan

Once you go through the syllabus, watch the topper video to know the strategy that helps them to crack this examination. Make sure to comprehend your strong and weak points, and after amassing all these, prepare your full proof study plan.

Read Newspaper Daily

Newspaper plays an essential role in the UPSC examination. If you want to crack this examination, you must have to read the newspaper. The questions asked in the examination are directly associated with current affairs. Without reading the newspaper, you are not going to make it.

Choose Optional Wisely

Choose optional wisely because it accounts for 500 marks in your examination. If you are confused about what to select in optional, consider these lines before opting for the optional subjects. 

  1. What is your interesting subject?
  2. Availability of coaching and material.
  3. Match your background.

Read NCERT(Most Important)

NCERT plays a significant role in preparing for the IAS examination. It is a highly recommended foundation book that helps you understand the core concepts of the examination.

Read NCERT Solution from class 6th to 12 coherently to strengthen your foundation. You can refer to NCERT Solutions for Class 9 Economics. 

Make Notes

The syllabus of UPSC is very vast. Every time you cannot open the reference books to remind the concepts. Prepare your own hand notes and revise them properly. Try different interesting note-making strategies to frame your notes. Use flashcards, notecards, stickers, and mind-map techniques to make notes. 

Practice Answer Writing

The IAS main examination is descriptive in nature. It is about testing your analytical, critical, and communicative abilities. In the main examination, aspirants need to frame their views, perceptions, and statements precisely. Practice answer writing and analyze it under the expert faculty guidance.  

Practice Previous Year Questions

Solve previous year’s questions as much as possible. Previous year’s questions help you to understand the current pattern of the UPSC examination.  You can analyze the trend of the examination by last year’s papers. 

Attempt Mock Tests

Once you complete your preparation, try to give a mock test as much as possible. It is very important to analyze yourself in the UPSC preparation. Maintain a proper diary of your weak points and target them individually. In the IAS preparation, everything is uncertain, and you can’t study everything. So analyze your preparation through mock tests and work accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

1- How to become an IAS officer after class 12?

You cannot directly appear for the examination after passing class 12. You need to be graduated from any recognized university in any stream to become an IAS officer.

2- What is the salary of an IAS officer?

As per the seven pay commissions, the basic salary of, an IAS officer is 56,100. Apart from it an IAS officer is entitled to several other allowances.

3- What is the full form of IAS?

The full form of IAS is Indian Administrative Service.

4- How Can I crack UPSC in First Attempt?

Surely you can crack the UPSC examination in your first attempt by following the strategy diligently. 

  1. Know your syllabus completely.
  2. Make a proper study plan.
  3. Start with basic books, NCERT.
  4. Make proper notes.
  5. Solve previous year’s questions.
  6. Practice answer writing.                                                                                                                                      7- Give  Mock tests.

5- How to apply for the IAS examination?

To apply for the IAS exam visit the official website of https://www.upsc.gov.in/ 

















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