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    Query about IAS career

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    I am studying in 11th (PCM) standard. I want to become an IAS officer.
    What is the procedure required to become an IAS officer?
    Is best coaching like IIT important?
    Can you provide suggestions regarding optional subject?
    How to crack it in first attempt?
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  • You have asked many lengthy questions at one go. However, I am trying to give brief answers of each of yourquestions.
    (a) The basic elgibility to become an IAS officer is very simple. The candidate should be of above 21 years of age and a Graduate or in final year of Graduation to appear in Indian Civil Services Examination. If he/she clears the Prelim., Mains and Interview and among the top candidates, he/she can be selected for IAS.
    (b) If a candidate is confident to cover the ocean-like syllabus of various subjects on his/her own, coaching is not required. However, most of the applicants get coaching in General Studies and in one optional paper.
    (c) There is no suggestion regarding optional papers. You have to take those subjects in which you are most comfortable and confident.
    (d) Start reading newspapers, periodicals, informative (but boring) magazines like Yojna. Mentally prepare yourself to seriously attempt world's toughest examination. Remember General Studies paper is the key.

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  • A candidate must be graduate in any discipline. However some posts require special qualifications and post-graduation, Such as the posts of asst. labour commissioner, District welfare officer. Age should be minimum 21 years and maximum 32 for OC, 35 for OBC, 38 for SC/ST. 3 year's relaxation for defence personnel and 5 years relaxation for Ex- servicemen. For detailed eligibility conditions please visit and see the notification. Visit
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  • Aspiring IAS career while studying 11th standard itself, is appreciable. That means you have a clarity on your future. Quite good.

    As far as basic information is concerned, our seniors have already briefed you. To become an IAS officer, you have to be top in the civil services examination which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. Civil Services Examination consists of IPS, IFS and other allied services alongwith IAS on top. As our Partha sir said, optional subjects have to be selected properly in which you are most confident and comfortable else you will be in trouble. General studies also play a pivotal role in clearing the exam.

    For preparation, apart from mastering in your present studies, you have to habituate in referring all kinds of competitive exams magazines, Reading of daily newspaper (preferably The HINDU) and for general studies NCERT books of social, science from 6th to 10th standard. If you cater certain time exclusively for your goal apart from routine study, you dont need to have a coaching. Cracking in first attempt is also possible.

    All the best my dear.

  • It is said that success comes to those who are ambitious. Only thing is hard work and persistence is required to convert the ambitions to reality.
    The members have already given the details regarding eligibility and entrance examination.
    Now I will like to add something regarding getting through the entrance examination of this most coveted service in our country.
    For this type of competitive examinations one has to start quite early that is while one is in school say class IX or X. In this respect you are quite close and I appreciate the timely concern you posses.
    Preparing a particular subject is something within the boundaries of that subject syllabus but preparing for general knowledge or general English or logical analysis requires a bigger canvass.
    I will like to mention the case of a voracious reader who read so many books and so much variety that one day when someone wanted to check on his credentials found that he can give the names of the various books and their authors and the book summaries in such a spontaneous manner as we utter alphabets. It looks unbelievable but it is true.
    Human brain is having tremendous capacities and capabilities, only thing is the individual - how he is nurturing them.
    What I want to impress upon is that general knowledge, general English, logical thinking are not limited to a small bundle of questions that a person can prepare and clear the examination. These areas require a sustained and serious reading and studying. For example simply cramming historical dates and events will not be of much use until unless one studies it from a perspective of understanding different events in the world history at different places at some particular time in past. Remember, memory works magnificently if things and information are linked to each other rather than in different chunks.
    A student in science stream does not give much attention to commercial or business mathematics thinking that he has to concentrate more on scientific side but this philosophy does not work well when you are preparing for an examination like IAS. Here one has to link everything which is in the vicinity however trivial it may look.
    So syllabus for preparing for IAS may look very vast but when you will start your preparation with open mind and proportionate zeal there is no reason why one will not be able to compete.
    Best of luck.

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  • First I will appreciate your decision to go for IAS examination and you decided in 11 th standard.And the educational qualification required to apply for IAS officer exam is Bachelor degree in any discipline from UGC recognised institution.And age limit to apply for this exam is 21-32 years and age relaxations are as per government rules.And there is limit in number of attempts for IAS exam I.e., 4 for General category and 7 for OBC category and no limit for Scheduled caste,scheduled tribe category candidates.And selection of IAS officer is done in written test,personal interview and medical test.

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