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Tips to Prepare for IAS with Full Time Job

The Union Public Service Commission conducts different exams like civil services, NDA, IFS, CDS etc at national level. Civil service exams are well known as IAS exams and cover more than 24 services that include IPS, IRPS, and IFS so on.  Considered to be one of the most difficult exams of the country, there exist 3 levels of screening for every aspirant appearing for IAS examination.

  • IAS Prelims Exam
  • IAS Mains Exam
  • Interview Test

Civil Services holds the image of being the most prestigious careers one can own in India and the reason why every student, MBA, graduate or Engineer aspires for it. The one who prepares with dedication have enough time with them, but people with full time job do face a few problems who intend to appear for the exam.

The eligibility criteria to attempt IAS Exam lies in the age bracket of minimum 21 years old. Many IAS aspirants are already full time employees working full time at different posts. To think about can you crack IAS exam while working for a 9 to 5 job? To answer you need to consider two preliminary aspects.

  • One needs to understand their restrictions and full time job.
  • Know everything about UPSC IAS examination.

To start with framing an appropriate exam strategy on how to prepare for IAS exam, honest self-evaluation is essential while answering these queries. The biggest factor that can make the difference is Time!

Time Management

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This is perhaps the obvious and most important IAS preparation tip to clear civil service exam. You need to assign maximum portion of your time to exam preparation. You need to fill gaps apart from regular 3 to 4 hours of study time like:

  • Read latest articles to improve your knowledge in current affairs.
  • Read Newspaper (preferably The Hindu and Economic Times) in the morning time while having breakfast.

Eclectic Reading

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Eclectic refers to reading from multiple sources. Reading from right sources is necessary while preparing for IAS exam. Referring NCERT Books is recommended to be preferred before reference books for later on.  NCERT textbooks are suggested due to following reasons:

  • Clarity in Basics
  • Language convenience
  • Authentic Information
  • Solved Examples

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The best way to store something in the memory for a long time is to study by preparing notes. It is advisable for even working professionals to prepare their own notes based on their reading and preparation. The personal notes serve as quick bites in the last days and revising what you have studied matters the most.

Don’t leave the Job

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The feeling of insecurity is the biggest fear that people preparing for civil service exam have somewhere in their mind. Your job is a backup that you own which you don’t want to lose. There are millions of job seekers who consider a well-paid job as a blessing and if you own a well-paid and reputed job, you stand much above millions and it’s a blessing in disguise for you.

Amit Paliwal

Amit Paliwal believes in the impact of writing along with developing articles, blogs and notifications. According to him, every word is an ornament of every content and language is the most powerful means of knowledge that can only be achieved through effective writing. Apart from content writing, music, painting and sports are his field of interest.

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