Exams are what many students fear as it is the toughest moment for them. Pass or fail in exams is what determines their future. The tougher the exam, the greater is the pressure on the students and more anxiety issues. The UPSC Civil Services exam top the list of being the toughest exam of India. Due to the toughness popularity among the students, not many dare to attempt the exam.
Looking at the success rate, one can understand why it is considered one of the toughest exams in India. Every year, lakhs of individuals sit for the UPSC exam. Out of this, only about 25% qualify prelims and move onto the mains. After the mains exam, around 15% make it to the interview stage and the success rate for the interview round is 50%. Thus we can figure out that the pass percentage in the UPSC exam is less than 1%.
The Civil Services Examination is a national level competitive exam in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission that is responsible to recruit government officials like IAS, IPS, IFS, etc. It is conducted in three stages – a preliminary examination, the main examination, and an interview round.
There is a certain limit of attempts one can apply for-
The UPSC exam is conducted in three stages – the Preliminary exam, the mains, and the interview round.
Preliminary Exam:- It is a screening test for the students to be selected for the further process. It comprises of two paper objective type of 200 marks each and focuses on the analytical abilities of a student. Paper 1 comprises of questions from topics like Indian history, Current affairs, economic and social development, biodiversity art and culture, etc. Paper 2 comprises of questions pertaining to logic reasoning, interpersonal skills, data interpretation, problem-solving, etc. Students who manage to score above the cut off marks declared by UPSC are eligible for the mains.
Mains Exam:- It is the second level in the process of selection. Mains exam comprises of 9 descriptive papers out of which 2 papers are elected by the subject according to the options. Mainly there is 1 paper that is essay related, 4 papers are related to general studies and 2 are optional papers. In order to qualify for the interview round the candidate has to score at least 25% marks in each paper.
Interview Round:- The last step in the selection process is a personality test i.e. interview round. Those who qualify mains are eligible for the interview round. After the interview, candidates are shortlisted according to the performance. In this round skills like communication and leadership are tested by the officials taking the interview.
In the initial stage, aspirants are quite confused and are unable to figure out how to start with the preparations. Many are not sure of whether to take coachings or not. But remember always whatever sort of guidance you seek is worthless until you do self-studies. Just going to the coachings will not prepare you rather not help you in any way. UPSC exam is tough but if you follow some strategy and prepare then you can surely succeed. Below mentioned are few strategies one can go for-