Civil service is one of the most reputed and coveted career options available to the students. It has attracted a large mass of the youth with its exciting and challenging job opportunities, which not only offer a handsome pay but also provide additional benefits. In 2011, many students have enrolled themselves for various posts in civil services. An individual from the civil service is considered one notch higher above the others and is looked upon with due respect and honor. Such is the impact of this career field. However, it is not easy to get into civil services. You have to clear the tough exams that precede the final victory. In case of IAS (Indian Administrative Service), the syllabus is vast; you have to give two exams, prelims and mains in order to reach the interview level. Again, a tough session follows and the ones who are able to clear the interview round also are finally recruited.

The IAS exams are one of the toughest exams that come under civil service. Candidates clear the exams after months of hard work. It takes many attempts to clear all the three stages and be a part of the civil services. You need to prepare months before you appear for the exam to clear it. If you plan to give your exams in 2011, start preparing from 2010 or before because there are many students who appear for the exam but only a few are finally chosen. The exams are divided in two stages:

Mains exam: The mains exams consist of nine exams which are conducted on various days and you have to clear all the exams in order to reach the next stage.

Preliminary exams: Consist of general studies paper. The other part of the paper, optional subject has been replaced by CSAT, which consists of two tests. Speed test, to test your speed and accuracy and power test for standard questions. The reason for the change has been, that the optional subjects lead to variations in the final scores and made the results biased. Hence CSAT is introduced which is common to all the students and shows more genuine results.

Finally, the interview session is followed where you are face-to-face discussion with highly trained professionals in the respective field and you are recruited based on your over-all performance.

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