The Civil Services is one such career option which is associated with lot of pride, dignity and a social stature that many of us want to achieve. Getting into the civil services is not easy. It requires the highest level of mental and physical endurance and a strong will power. The qualifying exams are conducted mainly in two phases – The IAS Prelims and IAS Mains.

These exams are conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Regarded as one of the toughest selection pattern in use, these exams demand a lot from the aspirants. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare well for the civil services: -

Conceptual understanding of the subject matter, interpret the concept, the related outcomes from a new and fresh perspective. Always remember, ’Winners don’t do different things, they do things differently.’ The trick lies in making that impact on the examiner’s mind. That you are different, you have new ideas, you have visions that others don’t. Try to relate the concepts with real life examples keeping in mind the matter of interest; explore new ideas to solve a problem from a fresh perspective.
1.#While preparing for the exams, one needs to keep in mind the fact that these exams are designed to test certain aspects of the aspirant. Like a sharp memory and basic retention power. Try making charts for remembering the important facts and figures. There are various techniques to memorize the concepts easily. For example, using abbreviations, diagrams, link words; whichever is more comfortable for you.
2.#Don’t ever commit the mistake of overloading yourself with too much information. Careful filtering of the information is very important. Filter out the irrelevant parts, as much and as carefully as possible.
3.#As this is an objective type exam, the candidates are required to choose the correct option from the given options within the stipulated amount of time. This requires quick decision making capabilities and good presence of mind
4.#When you are preparing, always keep in mind – never study a topic in isolation. It is better to understand and establish a correlation between related concepts from other subjects and current events and happenings.
5.#Taking all the above mentioned points into consideration, it’s still tough to crack the IAS Prelims and Mains to get into civil services, unless you have the passion, the Zeist, the will power to succeed at the highest level, with flying colors of course!

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