I want to be an I.A.S. officer

I am a student of Class 10 and I want to be an I.A.S. officer. I'm not able to decide which subject I should choose as my intermediate. I like English, Maths, Geography, History/Civics and Environmental Studies. Is there any scope with these subjects?

To become an IAS officer, you need to appear in the Civil Services Examination, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Selection is done through three stages: Preliminary Examination (Prelims), Mains Examination (Mains) and Personality Test (Interview).

To appear in this examination one should have completed one's graduation in any stream. However, the standard of questions is usually an inter-mix of both graduate and post-graduate level of study. If your aim is to appear in this examination, I suggest you take the subjects in which you're most comfortable. You'll be able to spend more time studying only when the subject interests you.

Although regarded as one of the toughest exams in the country, with the right approach and strategy, an aspirant can crack the IAS examination in the very first attempt.


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I want to pursue my career in IAS

I am a student of Class 9 and I want to take Arts in Class 11 as I want to pursue my career in IAS, but my school doesn’t have Arts stream. I thought of leaving my school, but my school is one of the best schools in West Delhi. What is the solution to this?

Entry to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is through the Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC. The basic eligibility for appearing is graduation in any stream. So, do not worry about the subjects and institutes. Rather focus on subjects which you like and do your best.

This is truly an intense competitive examination and requires at least one year of dedicated preparation. The standard of questions is usually an inter-mix of both graduate and post-graduate level of study. Even now you can start preparing by reading at least two good magazines and two newspapers that deal with Indian and international affairs, political, economic and business issues, and other current events, thoroughly. Buy guide books on the IAS exams to practice and prepare.

The examination consists of three levels: Preliminary Examination (two papers of multiple-choice questions), Main Examination (nine papers of essay type questions) and Interview. Preliminary examination consists of two question papers. General studies (GS) test contains questions on the constitution of India, history, geography, economics, science, and current affairs. It is just a screening test to shortlist candidates for the further selection process.

Those who quality Prelims are required to re-register for IAS Mains, which assesses a candidate’s academic expertise in his specialized subject. Further, selected candidates will appear for the personal interview round.

The marks obtained in the Main Examination and Interview determines final ranking. The candidates are then allotted to various services on the basis of their ranks and the preferences expressed by them. Roughly 800-900 candidates make it through the final selection every year. The top ranking 100 or so candidates are inducted into the IAS.


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