For smart aspirants, College is the best place to start IAS exam preparation.
With all the energy of the young age and the sharpness of the student’s mind, the just-out-of-college guys have higher probabilities to clear IAS exam. But unless the preparation is focused on right guidance and strategies, the attempt may turn futile, resulting in the loss of precious attempts.
Aspirants should never let this happen. We hope this post would surely help those who are looking for right guidance to prepare IAS exam while in college, especially the final year students and pre-final year students.
Please remember the eligibility criteria for UPSC Civil Service Exam (CSE) is 21 years and a graduation in any subject. You should also take note that final year student can apply for IAS Prelims. Many candidates miss this early opportunity and come into UPSC Civil Service Exam preparation field only very late. This is clearly reflected in the fact that the average age of candidates who make it into the final UPSC CSE rank list is 28 years.
If you start early, that would give you a lot many advantages. And, we have no doubts that aspirants who start early can clear IAS exam compromising the thrill and happiness of campus life. But for that, you need right guidance.
Unlike many other aspirants who can dedicate a full year for UPSC preparation, those who prepare parallel for UPSE CSE while in the college will have time constraints. So what is very important is your ability to prioritize things. Do only what is extremely important.
Be through with the UPSE syllabus. Go through the previous year UPSE CSE question papers.
Once you have decided that IAS/IPS as your career goal, buy the most necessary books for the UPSE CSE preparation. We have compiled the master list of UPSE CSE books on a separate page. But to begin with, the below are the books you should start with.
You may write UPSE Preliminary Exam only after 1-2 years, but enrolling a mock test series as early as possible is necessary. Clear IAS online mock test series is trusted by more than 50,000 aspirants and no serious aspirant should miss our online mock tests.
You should not worry about the marks you score, but take mock exam as an opportunity for learning. Mock tests help you understand not only the UPSE pattern of questions but also difficult concepts. If you are lucky, you may get a lot of direct and indirect questions from mock test series alone, as it happened with clear IAS test series (more than 100 marks worth questions were asked in UPSE CSE prelims.
If you get a free hour, utilise the time Install Clear IAS mobile app (Android and I phone versions available) and use the resources provided in it for free whether you are sitting in the library or waiting for a bus.
More than 3, 00,000 aspirants have already download clear IAS app making it one of the most download mobile apps for the IAS preparation.
Don’t compromise your newspaper reading irrespective of the time constraints. Once you get into mood, believe us, it’s not that boring. We prefer The Hindu or Indian Express for quality articles. Give importance to editorials and op-ed articles.
And regarding magazines, EPW is a good magazine for getting current perspectives. For understanding, Government schemes and initiatives.
In UPSC CSE Mains, the speed of writing is very important. Aspirants just out of college will have a big advantage here as they are not out of touch with pen and paper when compared to working professionals. Take maximum leverage on this.
We won’t say you stop all chit-chat. Long conversations and debates are all part of college life. Enjoy it, but, develop a friend circle who thinks like you, with whom you can discuss current issues.
Believe us, peer learning is one of the most important aspects which help most of the aspirants in IAS exam. Build Groups right from the college.
IAS preparation strategies keep on changing with the availability of new materials and new question patterns from UPSC. This would keep you motivated. Have big dreams. All the best.