How to prepare for UPSC CSE or Civil Service Exams

How to prepare for UPSC CSE or Civil Service Exams

Union Public Service Commission or UPSC conducts CSE or Civil Service Examination, the exam provides us bureaucracy level highest rank services. You can see many students are fond of CSE. Nowadays, preparing for CSE becomes a trend, the student who have Bachelor degrees try atleast one attempt. Lots of students are preparing for this examination for the years. But the student who has not proper guidance tries more and more, but nothing productive happens. Today in this blog, we will get you the right direction for this examination.

How to prepare for UPSC CSE or Civil Service Exams

People want to become IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, and prepare for the exam. But most of them don’t have the type of good mindset which is required for this services. Before preparing for this exam, you have to develop a good, problem-solving, multidimensional, positive attitude mindset. For the IAS, you should become IAS first, and then only UPSC will certify.

UPSC CSE Syllabus/ Subjects

1. The Civil Services Preliminary Examination (objective type) is used to select candidates for the Main Exam. The Preliminary Exam consists of two objective-type papers worth 400 points. It is a qualifying exam, the first paper is GS-based, and the other is called CSAT. And it is with one-third negative marks.

2. Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview) to select candidates for various services and posts specified in the official notification. Here is the brief syllabus for the main examination.

I. Qualifying Papers on Indian Languages and English. It is not a tough paper; simply it is language-based paper.

II. Paper-I: Essay

Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. For the obtaining good marks, you should do writing practice on various topics or previous year topics.

III. Paper-II: General Studies-I

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society. NCERT books may cover history and Geography.

IV. Paper-III: General Studies-II

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations. For this we should focus on current relationship between India and foreign countries.

V. Paper-IV: General Studies-III

Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management. It may be covered by NCERT books also, and some environmental magazine.

VI. Paper-V: General Studies-IV

Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

This paper will contain questions designed to assess the candidates’ attitudes and approaches to issues of honesty, integrity in public life, and his problem-solving approach to a variety of issues and conflicts he will face in coping with society. The essential question asks about the case study. For this, we should solve more and more case studies.

VII. Paper – VI & VII

Paper VI & VII are optional subject; the candidate can choose one optional subject. Twenty-six subjects are listed so far.

How to choose an optional subject in UPSC

The optional subject can decide rank, so aspirants should choose a perfect optional subject. Regarding optional subject you should find an interest that what subject you can read more and more. 

Some standard books for UPSC Exams

First, We should always focus on NCERT books, and then you can move for some reference books. M Laxmikant for the polity, spectrum for the history, Modern history of India by Bipinchandra and for economic by Ramesh.

Interview in UPSC

The candidate who will make place in merit list, UPSC send them new admit card for the interview. Interview is the decidable exam for this exam; it decides your rank that which service you will get. Most of the candidates fail because they can read, write but they can not express their idea among the interview panel. For the interview, we have to have a positive approach, good dressing sense, simplicity not need to become oversmart and the most important is the presence of mindset. It would help if you went coaching center for this because it is the same as the interview.

Is Coaching necessary for UPSC and Civil Services Exams?

To be honest, if you know the CSE syllabus or have a good mentor or senior for this preparation, then not required to taking coaching else practicing interviews.

The Hindu or other newspaper?

Usually, candidates are confused that which is a good newspaper for current affairs.  You can prefer The Hindu if you are an English medium student. And the Hindi medium student can read Dainik Bhaskar etc. Apart from that, we should focus on revise whatever we make notes from whichever newspaper. More important than the current affairs should be revised for the examination

Practice set and previous year’s question papers

Following all these things, we should always analyze the previous year’s question papers and. And we should search which section or topic has more demand in CSE. Apart from that, we can take practice set daily.

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