IAS 2021 Study Plan - How & What to do for UPSC IAS Preparation?
IAS 2021 Study Plan - How & What to do? - The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts a lot of exams, one such is the UPSC CSE exam, which stands for the Civil Services Examination. It is conducted on a national-level and is considered as one of India's toughest and most competitive exams. There are around 10-lac candidates from all parts of the nation who might be planning to appear in the UPSC CSE 2021 and making an effective IAS study plan 2021 is the need of the hour. As the exam requires a lot of strategy-wise preparation and a concrete plan before appearing for the exam, we have shared the IAS 2021 study plan right from the start till the date of the interview stage. UPSC IAS exam aspirants are advised to read the article till the end to know in detail about the study plan of IAS 2021.
Latest Updates: UPSC will release the UPSC CSE application form 2021 on February 10, on its official website. Candidates can the UPSC CSE syllabus here for the prelims IAS exam.
IAS 2021 Study Plan - How to start?
To start with the preparation of UPSC IAS exam, aspirants must go through the detailed exam pattern and the syllabus of UPSC CSE. The syllabus consists of the stage-wise subject and topics that candidates need to study while the exam pattern of UPSC CSE consists of the stages, number of papers, time duration and the marking of each stage. It is always advised for fresh candidates to start the preparations at least 1-year in advance, however, there is no hard and fast rule as such, but considering the vast syllabus and numerous study materials a minimum of 1-year is considered as a sufficient time.
Self Study or Coaching Classes?
This is one question which often gets tossed up in front of candidates preparing for UPSC IAS, and there are various answers to that. If a candidate is straight out of college they can try coaching classes given the professional advice, tips and tricks shared by the teachers. If the candidate is a working professional and is trying hard to juggle studying and also working a 9-5 job or more, they generally don't get enough time for coaching classes. and have to rely on self study. Both the ways work well, as there are a lot of candidates who have qualified the exam recently with and also without coaching classes. So, at last it all depends upon your expertise, your intellectual prowess and how much time you can devote to IAS studies.
What are the study materials?
Nowadays, there are a lot of study materials that are available in the market, and candidates can access them both offline as well as online. Some of the important IAS study materials as per the IAS study plan 2021 are mentioned here -
IAS Exam Pattern and Syllabus
Previous year UPSC CSE question papers
Daily newspapers and Monthly magazines
Annual reports (Government schemes, Budget and Case Studies)
Constitution of India (Not compulsory but an important one to keep alongside all the books)
IAS Study Plan 2021 for Prelims Exam
Start from the basics and that is by reading all the NCERT books from class 6 to 2 (History, Geography, Civics/Political Science, Arts and Culture and Economics). After completing the first phase of reading, repeat the same again and this time dive into the details while also making important notes. After completing the second phase, pick up the supplementary books - Indian Polity, Spectrum History etc and thoroughly read them, simultaneously don't read newspapers specially the editorial sections for essay purposes and for current events as well as for news related to international relations. Solve previous year question papers of Prelims exam, once the exam is near. Solve at least 10-15 years of papers and also appear for test series.
IAS Study Plan 2021 for Mains Exam
Once you are done with the interview, it is time for mains preparation. This is the hard part as you will have to write a lot.. and a lot. There are a total of 9 papers in mains and all of them are in descriptive mode, where candidates will have to write in essays and long answers. Start practicing writing essays the next day after appearing for the prelims. By studying for the prelims you have also covered the mains 30-40%, now its time to complete the rest of the 60% along with preparing for the optional subject. Practice writing answers by keeping a timer to keep track of the time and also use pointers, bullet points and write the answers in info graphical way.
IAS Study Plan 2021 for Interview
The last stage is the interview stage which is again an important step as many candidates are not able to cross this line despite coming this far. For the interview it is always suggested to keep your eyes and ears open as well as being a bit vocal. Start speaking fluently in English or another language in which you have appeared for the exam. Sit in front of the mirror and get involved in one-to-one conversation, work on your posture, attitude and personality. Ready some answers like -
The meaning of your name, family tree, city, town, village, state, famous things about these places, famous celebrities who have the same surname which you have, why you opted for UPSC Civil Services?, why you choose IAS/IPS/IFoS etc in the DAF?, questions based on real-life situations etc. Always remember one thing that maximum questions will be based on the DAF (Detailed Application Form), so fill it carefully.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IAS 2021 Study Plan - How & What to do for UPSC IAS Preparation?
Question: Is the UPSC CSE very tough or it just a saying?
Every year 10 lac candidates apply for the exam and only 800-900 cross the finishing line. So, more than the saying, it is hard work which the exam requires.
Question: Which is better coaching or self study?
It all depends upon your ability, you can clear it by self study also and you can fall short of clearing it with the help of coaching also. So, it is up to you.
Question: Is there negative marking in the UPSC CSE?
Yes there is negative marking in the prelims exam.
Question: What is the cut off of UPSC CSE?
You can check it here - UPSC IAS cut off.
Question: How many stages are there in the UPSC IAS exam?
There are three stages in the exam - Preliminary, Mains and Interview.
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Questions related to UPSC Civil Services Exam
who is bigger ias sp iwant it because i given form of upsc
According to the democratic system of government, people's representatives are more powerful than these officers. IAS and IPS services is a part of the prestigious Indian Civil services. The job profile of both these are very broad and both are posted on powerful posts, but IAS is more powerful as a DM. An IPS has only the responsibility of its department, but an IAS (DM) has the responsibility of all the departments of the district. First of all work hard for the examination power comes with the post to change the society.
Every year how many IAS,IPS,IFS,IRS are selected you can tell me average number ? thank you
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services exam for the recruitment of officers for IAS, IPS, IFS, and various Group A and B services.
- Every year lakhs of aspirants apply for the exam out of which only a few hundred are selected and appointed in the services.
- These services are allocated to the officers based on their ranks, the reserved category they belong to, and the vacancies available in that particular year.
- UPSC Civil Services 2019 results were declared on August 4. A total of 829 candidates from various categories have been recommended for the appointment in the Civil Services.
Telling you about the general category:
Central Services Group ‘A’- 196
Group ‘B’ Services - 57.
UPSC Civil Services 2019 Final Result was declared on 4th August 2020. The IAS Interview took place in February, March and July 2020. A total of 829 candidates from various categories have been recommended for the appointment in the Civil Services.
Hope this helps!!!
What are the optional subjects in IAS Civil Service Exam?
You need to choose one subject for optional for your UPSC main examination and there will be two papers for your optional subject.
-) both the optional papers are of 250 marks each
-) your optional papers will be subjective
-) your optional subject question paper will be set in both English and Hindi except for the literature subject
-) you can choose any one subject of your choice for your optional subject from the the given below list of optional subjects which include literature subject as well i. e English and Indian languages.
List of optional subject is provided below:-
-) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
-) Civil Engineering
-) Commerce & Accountancy
-) Electrical Engineering
-) Mechanical Engineering
-) Medical Science
-) Political Science & International Relations
List of literature optional subjects is provided below:
To help you for further, here's a brief of UPSC examination pattern
UPSC civil services examination has 3 stages listed below :-
*prelims exam :- it is objective paper and is of qualifying nature , so you just need to at least qualify it to be eligible for mains examination, the score /marks obtained by you in your prelims examination is not added up or used in your final merit. Your prelims exam consist of 2 papers: -
-) general studies 1
-) general studies II ( csat )
You get 2 hours for each paper
*Mains exam. :- it is descriptive /written examination . There are a total of 9 papers which are listed below:-
-) paper A :- compulsory indian language.
-) paper B :- english
-) general studies I
-) general studies II
-) general studies III
-) general studies IV
-) optional I
-) optional II
The compulsory indian language and english are qualifying in nature . You just need to qualify them. The marks obtained by you in these two papers will not be counted towards merit list.
*Interview :- After qualifying mains, you have to go through interview round, and it is more of test of your personality rather than knowledge.
So, if you managed to sail through all the three stages then congratulations you can become an ias officer depending upon rank obtained by you in UPSC civil services examination ,your preference of services and your category .
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which coaching center is best for IAS? where i can prepare for CSE exam for IAS?
There are many good coaching for Civil services examination are there in India. Its all depends upon your location. If you are living in Delhi or near by there are many coaching near Mukherjee Nagar and Karol Bagh like Vajiram and ravi, ALLAN, Patanjali Classes, Rao's IAS, Shankar IAS, Insight etc . You can prepare for Civil services through Online medium like Unacademy, Byju's and many youtube channel. Civil services examination has a very vast syllabus and it comprises 3 sets of exam Prelims, Mains and Interview.
how is ece branch in engineering as graduation for giving ias or ies exam?
ECE student can apply for IES exam . UPSC conducts IES/ESE exam for 4 branches which are : Civil Engineering, Electronics & telecommunication Engineering, etc. You can apply for IAS exam being a student of ECE engineering in the final year of Graduation Degree Engineering. IAS - INDIAN ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE. to become an IAS officer the candidate should have appeared and cracked Civil Service Exam conducted by UPSC every year.