Civil Service Exam » Introduction


Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is India's central agency, which conducts various exams such as, Civil Services Exam, IFS, NDA, CDS, SCRA etc. Civil services examination is popularly known as IAS exam and includes almost 24 services like IFS, IPS, IRS, IRPS and so on.

Civil Services exam is one the most reputed and tough to crack exams in India. This year around 5 lakhs aspirants took the exam. According to the latest UPSC Notification 2017-18, there are around 980 vacancies for UPSC Civil Services. It clearly shows that only few hard working students can get success in this UPSC examination and this all can be done not only by hard work but by a planned hard work. Generally the number of vacancies varies every year.


As mentioned above UPSC exam is one of the toughest exams in the country. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication with perseverance. The basic tip to crack UPSC civil services exam is consistency, hard work, dedication and perseverance.

1. Multiple revisions before exam

Map out your studies in a way so that adequate time is left for revision. It is equally important that no topic should be skipped while revising. Revise everything.

2. Have strong foundation in basics

Having a strong command over the basics is better than just knowing the entire subject. Numerous questions are asked from subjects like current affairs, Indian history, Geography, Indian Polity, Ecology, Biodiversity and Environment, hence they should be prepared in detail.

Candidates tend to ignore prelims because the questions are objective in nature, but the questions are tricky and each question aims to check the knowledge of students in depth, and therefore, equal importance has to be given to the preliminary examination.

3. Solve mock test papers

Solving previous years' question papers zeroes out chances of errors in the examination and increases accuracy and speed. It provides the opportunity to get the hang of time management and have a clear idea of the paper. Accordingly, you can decide which section has to be attempted first.

4. Make short notes

Notes help to revise concepts quickly when a candidate wrestles with time; so, it is advisable to prepare notes especially on topics which are tough for you. Making notes help you remember things in a better way.

5. Know your exam syllabus

Getting well attuned to the syllabus is the first step to set about systematic preparation. It provides the right direction to your preparation and helps you stave off covering irrelevant topics.

6. Books

Most of the candidates get perplexed referring to countless books available in the market. Make your basics strong with NCERT books and count on standard book to farther go through relevant topics.