UPSC is the perpetual executive branch of the Republic of India. The civil service system is the mainstay of the administrative mechanism of the country. The ultimate responsibility for running the administration in the parliamentary democracy of India, rests with the ministers. However the available ministers cannot deal the manifold problems personally, so it is for the civil servants to carry out the policies laid down by the ministers.

UPSC Services are directly related with public service. For many aspirants this exam is the toughest exam in India hence it is considered the most prestigious exam in the country.

Pattern of the UPSC Examination

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UPSC conducts civil services exam every year. The exam is taken by more than 6 lakh candidates each year for the available posts. UPSC CSE is conducted in 3 phases: Prelims, Mains and Interview. The complete process extends over a year. This exam needs rigorous preparation all through the year along with being constantly updated on current affairs.

UPSC Prelims exam is mainly a screening test and hence the marks are not evaluated for final ranking. The exam has negative marking, with every wrong attempt one can lose a portion of the marks gained with a right answer.

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UPSC Mains exam consists of 9 papers, with two qualifying papers and rest which will be counted for ranking. Interview is conducted face to face to evaluate the potential and commitment of candidate to the society. Civil Service Preparation needs proper guidance and strategies along with good study materials.

How is UPSC different from other competitive exams?

Though the qualification required as eligibility to appear for CSE is a graduation degree in any field, the upper age limit and number of attempts are restricted. There are no restrictions in number of attempts for SC/ST candidates. However, the upper age limit is restricted to 37. There are some stringent deadlines to be met in order to crack this exam. Qualitative preparation is needed. For those who enjoy the preparation it becomes comparatively easier. Unlike other competitive exams, syllabus for UPSC exam is extensive, so candidates are supposed to upgrade their knowledge and develop administrative attributes. The syllabus for UPSC prelims consists of questions from almost all the fields. Therefore basic knowledge on all of them is equally important. It is not important to spend the whole day preparing for the exam. Instead, candidates can dedicate 7 to 8 hours with full concentration to get a better hold on the preparation. Hence, the approach to the exam is of importance and can either make or break your chances of acing this exam. Number of hours of preparation is not significant but the amount of concentration during the hours spent in studies is what matters. UPSC exam tests a candidate’s general awareness and various attributes of aptitude.

Although Civil services examination is not very easy, practice with sincere dedication will definitely lead to success. So along with dedication it requires proper guidance, selection of relevant study material, excellent strategy, and good concentration. Health is equally important as only a healthy mind and body can help to reach success in one’s life.

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