How to start IAS preparation The Beginner’s Guide to Clear IAS Exam

How to start IAS preparation The Beginner’s Guide to Clear IAS Exam

Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the dream career of millions of aspirants in the country. The same is the case with services like the Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), etc.

Recruitment to 24 services including IAS, IPS, IFS, etc. is conducted via a common exam called the UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE).

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the agency that takes care of the entire recruitment process.

How should you start IAS preparation?

UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) consists of 3 stages. The stages are:

  1. Preliminary Exam (objective)
  2. Main Exam (written)
  3. Interview (personality test)

In this age of the internet, you can clear the IAS exam by self-study and online preparation. Classroom coaching is not necessary.

Online IAS Preparation – Clear IAS by Self-Study!

Success in UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) = 50% Knowledge + 50% Skills (Strategies).

Knowledgekart IAS as a self-study portal for UPSC aspirants has been giving equal importance to knowledge part as well as skills. Our unique products like Knowledgekart IAS Prelims Online Test Series incorporate both subject knowledge as well as skills. We recommend the below steps, to start your preparation.

  • Step 1: The first step you should make while you begin IAS preparation is to enroll in Knowledgekart IAS Prelims Online Mock Test Series. The ClearIAS test-based approach is faster and will keep you focussed.
  • Step 2: Buy the recommended UPSC CSE Preparation books from the links ‘IAS Books‘. Refer to Knowledgekart IAS Test Series Timetable, and collect the textbooks mentioned in it. Our mock exams cover NCERT textbooks (Class 6-12) as well as other standard reference textbooks. Read the textbooks on weekdays and take mock exams on weekends.
  • Step 3: Take your UPSC Mains preparation side-by-side with UPSC Prelims preparation. There are some topics relevant only for Mains (for example, Ethics, Internal Security, World History etc). We have explained when and how to cover those in our Prelims cum Mains approach.
  • Step 4: Mock Exams are equally important for Mains, just like Prelims. You need proper answer writing practice to structure your answers in a time-constrained environment. Get your answers evaluated by experts and seek their suggestions for improvement. You can refer the feedback given for answers in our Answer Writing Practise sessions.
  • Step 5: For UPSC Interview, your bio-data (Detailed Application Form or DAF) is the most important thing. Try to figure out the most-probable questions from the DAF. Knowledgekart IAS Team can help you with DAF analysis. Once you register for Knowledgekart IAS Interview program, we will send you a list of 30 most probable questions based on your DAF. Also, take mock interviews to polish your communication and presentation skills. All the best!

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