How to prepare for civil services exams?

A competitive examination is an examination where candidates are ranked according to their grades and/or percentile and then top rankers are selected for the particular post. In India, every year a large number of candidates prepare for civil services exams. Civil aspirants are dedicated to their study and regular activities. These exams are taken for hiring for different roles as well as for the responsible Government jobs. The numerous applications come every year from different parts of the country, so students are required to be at their peak in terms of performance and preparation before the final dates of the exam.

Which are the different civil services exams?

  • MPSC AND UPSC are the main exams in the civil services. There are different types of posts in the UPSC exam.
  • PSC posts for 23 different Civil Services are filled through Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by Union Public Service Commission. Out of lakhs of aspirants, only a few thousand students can successfully clear this examination. Although there are 23 different Civil Services, the most popular services are Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS), Indian Revenue Services (IRS), and Indian Foreign Services (IFS).
  • The allotment of services to successful candidates depends on the rankings obtained in the examination. 
  • A candidate after getting selected in service is appointed to various posts (in a span of his career) within that service except in some cases where he/she may go on deputation to another department in another service.

How to prepare for the civil services exam?

If you pass these exams you will get opportunities like Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and more. If you want to survive in this competition you need to focus on four things, Hardwork, Patience, Time management, and consistency. The key to success defined by your hard work.

Here are ways for the preparation:

Find out the right time to start preparation.

It is important to know when to start preparing for the civil services exams. Some students start preparing from high school or some starts before the seven months. Make sure that you are mentally prepared for the exam and its preparation. Your attitude decides what is going to happen next.

Make timetable.

Making a proper timetable helps you to understand which topics and subjects you need to cover. You can plan out time limits and days to learn these topics. A timetable of everything helps you to release stress, confusion as well as pressure. An everyday planner is one of the best practices for success. This thing helps you to make consistency and make you positive and habitual for everything.

                                     Steps for making the timetable

Step 1: Check your current schedule properly and understand it well.

Step 2: Set your academic goal, like what you want to achieve in this exam.

Step 3: List deadlines and commitments so it will boost your confidence.

Step 4: Prioritise your list according to the subjects.

Step 5: Decide on a format. 

Step 6: Schedule your classes, study sessions, and commitments, and self-study time period.

Prepare hand made notes

Make habit of writing notes every day. Find out all the bullet points and write them down. Stick it on your wall. Writing things down by hand help you remember and use the information even if you never read your notes. Handwriting matters even if you never read it. You also get used to writing practices.

Read again and again.

Read again and again. Try to understand important concepts while learning. Underline the main points while reading so you can read it easily during the exam period. 

Write down all the dates and days in the diary.

You can also write down all the important dates regarding the exam. So, you cant forget dates and it will also push you to do study more and more.

 Practice difficult things every day.

You’ll Learn Easier and Faster if you do practice every day. The more you practice learning you will understand topics better.

Dedicate the same time period for every subject.

Do not ignore subjects by thinking it is easy. Do study for every subject. Do not take subjects easily. Understand the importance and start preparation for every subject.

Start studying difficult subjects first.

Start learning subjects that you think are challenging and difficult. If you get confidence on difficult subjects you can study easy subjects efficiently.

Be positive and consistent.

Always stay positive. Positive thinking helps you to boost your confidence and to feel relaxed.

Do meditation and exercise:

It is also important to keep your mental health good and strong. Exercise will make you physically and mentally strong. Your study will get more effective and your understanding level will get improved.

You can also get in the habit of thoroughly reading newspapers on a daily basis, for at least 2-3 hours, and compare the current events with theoretical knowledge studied in Political Science, History, Geography, and Economics.


  • Focus on your weak points, and how you remember things best. 
  • Take the help of all the resources in your power, whether it’s aid from former teachers, online videos, guidebooks, and coaching centers. 
  • Be sure to use your time wisely, study with full concentration, and test yourself at each step of the way. 
  • Make a revision of your best friend and be confident in your abilities.

Use these all ways, and keep studying every day. Be confident, Be consistent, and Be positive!

If you have more ideas mention them in the comments below.


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