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How do I become an IAS officer?

I'm interested in serving as an IAS officer. Which subjects should I study in school to become one? #educator #ias #career #military #government #college


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Lindsey’s Answer

Hi Manu! I wanted to be sure to direct you to a couple other Q&A threads on CareerVillage.org that will be SUPER helpful for you to read.

How to become an IAS officer:
https://www.careervillage.org/questions/19297/i-want-to-become-a-ias-officer-what-i-do-it-after-12-std-which-course-i-choose-in-college
https://www.careervillage.org/questions/20292/i-want-to-become-a-police-officer

Additional insightful Q&A threads on CV about IAS:
Tips on preparing for IAS exams:
thttps://www.careervillage.org/questions/18867/exams-and-preparation-for-ias
https://www.careervillage.org/questions/33317/how-to-prepare-for-the-ias-exam

I hope reading the advice on these threads is helpful! I'd encourage you to read through them in detail and then asking more specific questions about the process or the experiences of others on CareerVillage.org from there. Good luck!!

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Venkatesh’s Answer

To become an IAS Officer, you need to qualify the Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Exam (CSE). The exam itself is conducted as a means to recruit civil servants to one of the 25 services that comprise of the All India Services (IPA, IFS and IAS), Central Services (IRS, Railways, etc) and Group B services

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Venkatesh’s Answer

To become an IAS Officer, you need to qualify the Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Exam (CSE). The exam itself is conducted as a means to recruit civil servants to one of the 25 services that comprise of the All India Services (IPA, IFS and IAS), Central Services (IRS, Railways, etc) and Group B services

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Tina’s Answer

One of the primary factors that make the Civil Service Exam tough is the exam pattern. It consists of three stages, Prelims, Mains and Interview. Students have to cross each stage to move onto to the next. The level of difficulty increases with each stage. The last stage can also be a tough nut to crack because the UPSC tests not only the aspirant's knowledge and ability to write, but also their mental strength and ability to deal with situations. It requires a special kind of preparation to overcome the UPSC interview stage. Another important feature that adds 'toughness' of the exam is the syllabus, as it covers a diverse range of subjects, unlike many other exams.

Starting early is great advantage as you can build your general awareness and really excel in the GS paper and interview as you will tune yourself to analysis and awareness. Also when the time comes you will not waste it on finding out about the exam and loosing precious time. A to-do list

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Choose your Bachelor's degree in such a manner that you may benefit for the IAS exam. If you need a fall back option by doing a BTech. Don't worry. You can still start preparing and getting to know the social subject you wish to take for your IAS exam.
Follow the news regularly
Give your opinion and discuss the news daily
Start giving IQ tests and getting to know about logical reasoning.
Take up online test series for regular practice
Subscribe to a magazine and read articles with understanding
Remember to have a good mix of books and self made notes
Take mock tests at regular intervals
Start preprations early, its a vast syllabus!
Make short notes and mindmaps on a regular basis!They help your memory.
Reach out to fellow aspirants. Discuss topics!
Manage your time effectively and be disciplined. Develop a routine!
Do selective reading but be thorugh in those protions

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Treasa’s Answer

1: Deciding on your true calling
Preparing for the civil services is a time-consuming affair because unlike many other competitive exams, it has three rounds and many dimensions to it. So, before you embark on this journey, you must decide whether it is what you really want. Ideally, if it’s your heart’s desire to serve your country and be a part of the system to bring about positive changes, you should consider the IAS as a career option. It is challenging and demanding, but it can also be immensely satisfying and fulfilling. You can reach to be the Cabinet Secretary of India. Career prospects and perks aside; you can also enter the hall of fame of those officers whose names fill the heart of every Indian with pride.
2: Conducting a recce:
In this stage, you must gather information about the mountain you are going to conquer. Find out all about the IAS exam schedule and updates.
3: Charting your IAS study plan
In this stage, you should break up the syllabus and make a realistic and time-bound study plan. Resolve yourself to stick to the plan no matter what.
4:Marching ahead
This is the stage where you actually start studying. You will have to spend long hours at the study table. But also ensure to take the much-needed occasional breaks. Avoid burnout. A systematic approach can make your IAS preparation a smooth journey.
5: Assessing your course

It is extremely important that you take periodic tests to assess your preparation. Taking mock tests both for the prelims and the mains helps you know your weak areas like whether it is a few topics that require extra attention or a particular subject, or whether you need to up your speed while answering the papers.
hope this helps.

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