How to prepare for IAS Exam?

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The exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) every year. The selection process is divided into 3 parts:

  1. Preliminary Exam or Screening Exam- May- June
  2. Main Examination- September- October
  3. Interview- February- March

Preliminary Exam

The prelims exam is held in May or June depending on the schedule of UPSC but the date remain between may last and June beginning. The exam consists of 2 papers

  1. General Studies  paper 1- 100 question- 200 marks(2 marks per question)
  2. General Studies paper 2- 80 Questions- 200 marks (2.5 marks per question)-       ONLY PASSING

The GS paper 1 contains question related to general studies such as history, geography, polity, economy, environment and current affairs. Merit is based on the score in this paper

The GS paper 2 contains aptitude questions such as maths, reasoning, passage and data interpretation question. Since this paper is just passing, student has to score just 33.33 % for clearing this paper. 

Cut- Off Marks for IAS Prelims:  It is very hard to calculate the cut off marks before the paper actually appears because the cut off depends on many factors such as total number of seats,  number of students appearing in the exam, the difficulty level of paper,  the section focused in the paper etc. But is we see the trend the cut off remain between 100 – 120 marks if the paper is average. We should keep +5 and  -5 in case of change in difficulty level. If you achieve 60 questions in the prelims exam, you can hope for giving mains examination.

Mains Examination

The Selection in the mains examination depends on the number of seats. The ratio of selection is according to the number of seats. Mains exam is most important part of civil services exam. 

Time Table For Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2019
Date (Day) Forenoon Session 9.00 A.M. to 12.00 Noon Afternoon Session 2.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M.
20.09.2019

(Friday)

Paper-I

Essay

No Paper
21.09.2019

(Saturday)

Paper-II

General Studies-I

Paper-III

General Studies-II

22.09.2019

(Sunday)

Paper-IV

General Studies-III

Paper-V

General Studies-IV

NEXT WEEKEND
28.09.2019

(Saturday)

Paper-A Indian Language 

{Assamese/Bengali/Bodo/Dogril Gularati/Hityli/Kannada/Kashmiri/Konkani/Maithilli/Malayalam/Manipur/ Marathi/Nepoli/Odia/Punfabi/Sonskrit/ Santhali (Devanagari/Olchiki Script)/ Sindhi (Devanagari/Arabic Script)/TorniI/Telugu/Urdu}

Paper-B English
29.09.2019

(Sunday)

Paper-VI – Optional Paper-I

{Agriculture/Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science/Anthropology/ Botany/Chemistry/Civil Engineering/ Commerce & Accountancy/Economics/ Electrical Engineering/Geography/ Geology/History/Law/Management/ Mathematics/Mechanical Engineering/ Medical Science/Philosophy/Physics/ Political Science & in Relations/Psychology/Public Administration/Sociology/Statistics/ Zoology/Literature of ony one of the following languages: Assamese/Bengali/Bodo/Dogri/Gularati/Hindi/Kannada/Kashmiri/Konkani/Maithilli/Malayalam/Manipur/Marothi/Nepali/Odia/Punjobi/Sanskrit/Santhali/Sindhi/Tamil/Telugu/Urdu/English}

Paper-VII – Optional Paper-II

{Agriculture/Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science/Anthropology/ Botany/Chemistry/Civil Engineering/ Commerce & Accountancy/Economics/ Electrical Engineering/Geography/ Geology/History/Law/Management/ Mathematics/Mechanical Engineering/ Medical Science/Philosophy/Physics/ Political Science & in Relations/Psychology/Public Administration/Sociology/Statistics/ Zoology/Literature of ony one of the following languages: Assamese/Bengali/Bodo/Dogri/Gularati/Hindi/Kannada/Kashmiri/Konkani/Maithilli/Malayalam/Manipur/Marothi/Nepali/Odia/Punjobi/Sanskrit/Santhali/Sindhi/Tamil/Telugu/Urdu/English}

UPSC IAS Mains 2019 Most Important Topics

UPSC IAS Mains 2019 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Paper Syllabus Maximum Marks
Paper -A – Indian Language Paper

(Qualifying)

One of the Indian Languages from the languages included in the eighth schedule:

(i) Comprehension of given passages

(ii) Precise Writing

(iii) Usage and Vocabulary

(iv) Short Essays

(v) Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa

300
Paper-B – English

(Qualifying)

Comprehension of given passages

Precise Writing

Usage and Vocabulary

Short Essays

300
Essay Paper Any Topic/Topics (Current issues) 250
GS Paper I Indian Heritage and

Culture, Indian History, World History, World Geography, Indian Society, Important Geo-physical phenomena

250
GS Paper II Governance, Indian Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and

International relations, Welfare Schemes, Statutory, regulatory and quasi-judicial bodies, Role of civil services in a democracy, India’s relation with neighbour countries, International institutions

250
GS Paper III Technology,

Economic Development, Bio diversity,

Environment,

Indian Economy and its various sectors

Government Budgeting

Land Reforms

Inclusive Growth

Security and Disaster Management

250
GS Paper IV Ethics and Human Interface

Attitude

Aptitude

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

Public/Civil service value

Probity in Governance

Case study on above topics

250
Optional Paper-1 As opted by Candidate 250
Optional Paper-2 As opted by Candidate 250

 

Total Marks-                                                                                               1750 Marks

Interview                                                                                                    275 marks

The interview is held in Delhi in UPSC building. Interview is held for judging your personality. You confidence, ability to take pressure, knowledge and your attitude matter while giving interview. You can watch the videos of toppers who faced interview and learn from them.

The total Scheme is of 2025 marks. 

Kanishak Kataria’s Marks – Break Up

  • Essay Paper – 133/250
  • General Studies Paper 1 – 98/250
  • General Studies Paper 2 – 117/250
  • General Studies Paper 3 – 117/250
  • General Studies Paper 4 – 116/250
  • Optional 1 (Mathematics) – 170/250
  • Optional 2 (Mathematics) – 191/250

Written Total – 942/1750( 55.30 %)

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