A Note Before You Begin Civil Service Preparation or Coaching

Aspirants, when they begin Civil Service preparation, are generally confused. They are unsure about how to start, and what to study. They have numerous queries in their mind regarding exam eligibility, exam dates etc. Many are not sure if coaching is essential or not. Their worries are not unfounded.

Misguidance can cost any aspirant a lot of time and money. Many coaching institutes are unsure how to properly guide aspirants. There are coaching institutes which charge hefty fees, but provide poor service because these coaching centers are usually run by one person. That is where IGNITED MINDS is different from the rest of the coaching centers – a team of dedicated experts, a team of student oriented faculty, a team of intellectuals.

Whether you are a beginner in the arena of Civil Services Exam preparation or an experienced candidate, knowledge about the requirements of the Civil Service Exams is essential for success. This post covers the necessary things you should note before you begin Civil Service preparation or coaching.

The academy is imparting coaching for IAS/KAS since 2013 onwards. Six students of our academy qualified their KAS during 2013. AT present 3rd batch of KAS is undergoing intensive and extensive coaching. The faculty is drawn from universities of J&K and KAS officers. Regular test series are held to assess the students capabilities and shortcomings.

Know the eligibility criteria of the Civil Service exams first

  • The aspirant should be a Graduate in any subject.
  • To apply, the age of the applicant should be between 21-32(for IAS), if general category and 21-37 (for KAS)
  • If you still have questions in your mind, contact us anytime, we are here for you..

Keep in mind the Exam Dates and Syllabus

Your preparation should be aligned with the Civil Services Exam Cycle, which has three stages – Prelims, Mains and Interview, which normally has a fixed schedule like June (for Prelims), Nov/Dec (for Mains) and March/April (for Interviews).

Detailed syllabus of civil services is on our website under syllabus section, just follow..

Have a realistic idea about the competition in Civil Services Exam

  • Registration: More than 10 lakh aspirants/year(IAS) and 50,000 aspirants/year (KAS);
  • Preliminary Exam Takers: Around 4.5 Lakhs/year (IAS) and 40,000 per year(KAS);
  • Those who pass Prelims: Around 15000/year(IAS) and 5,000-7,000 per year(KAS);
  • Those who pass mains: 3000/year (IAS) and 1000 per year(KAS);
  • Those who find mention in rank list after interview: 1000/year(IAS) and depending upon vacancy this year 277 (KAS);
  • Note: As 49.5% seats are reserved, if you are general category, you may need to be in the top 50% to ensure a place in the final rank list.

How To Start Preparing for Civil Services?

To start Civil Services Exam preparation, it is not a must to attend any coaching institutes. But good coaching can be of great help to the candidates for proper guidance and knowledge.

Path 1: Civil Service Self Preparation (Online Videos and Books)

  • While doing self-preparation, if not following a systematic approach by referring right books, prelims mock exams, magazines and websites, one may lose focus.

Path 2: Civil Service Class Room Coaching

  • Expensive, time constraints- but don’t worry IGNITED MINDS comes with many scholarship programs to help the deserving hardworking potential aspirants.

Believe in your self and start preparing today with all your will and potential..

Remember you have enough potential to change your life..

What to study

Subject wise Civil Services Prelims cum Mains

  • Indian History  – You may start from Bipin Chandra’s History
  • Geography  – You may start from Geography of 11th 12th NCERT and GC Leong.
  • Economics   – You may start from Economics of 11th and 12th NCERT.
  • Indian Polity – You may start from Indian Polity by Laxmikanth.
  • Environment – You may start from Environment and Ecology Compendium Book for Civil Service
  • Science and Tech – You may start from Science and Technology by TMH.
  • Current Affairs – You may start from Current Affairs Section in News Section of this Website.

Additional Subjects for UPSC Mains

  • World History  – In Mains GS1 Paper
  • Indian Society – In Mains GS1 Paper
  • Foreign Relations – In Mains GS2 Paper
  • International Affairs – In Mains GS2 Paper
  • Internal Security  – In Mains GS3 Paper
  • Disaster Management – In Mains GS3 Paper
  • Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude – In Mains GS4 Paper

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