Q.1: What is Civil Services?
Ans: The word “civil” is in contrast to “defense”. As per UPSC 2013 notification there are 24 different services like Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), etc, in the category of civil services.
Q.2: What is UPSC?
Ans: It stands for Union Public Service Commission with its headquarters situated in New Delhi. It’s a constitutional body which conducts
examination like NDA (National Defence Academy), Civil Services Exam, etc and further it sends the list of recommended candidates to Ministry of Personnel & Training (MoPT), Government of India which issues appointment letter.
Q.3: Can I prepare only for IAS or IPS? Do I need to prepare separately for each?
Ans: The exam is common for all civil services. The services are allotted on the basis of rank of a candidate in mains examination and interview and the service preference of the candidate. So an aspirant need not have to prepare separately for each service.
Q.4: What are the various services allocated through civil services examination?
Ans: Click to see the various services allotted through civil services.
Q.5: When can a candidate take the examination?
Ans: The minimum age to appear in the exam is 21 years and maximum is 32 years. However the OBC candidates can appear till 35 years and SC/ST candidates upto 37 years. Similarly relaxation in upper age limit is given to Ex- Service men of the Indian Armed Forces and physically challenged candidates.
Q.6: How many times can a person appear in UPSC Civil Services Exam?
Ans: The maximum number of attempts for a general candidate is six, for OBC candidate is 8, and for a candidate of SC/ST category any number of times (maximum age limit of 37 years).
Q.7: I had applied for the exam last year but did not appear, is it considered as an attempt?.
Ans: No, unless a candidate goes to the examination center and writes the exam, it is not considered as an attempt.
Q.8: I have a degree but through correspondence courses, can I appear for the exam?.
Ans: Yes, you can. The basic qualification required is any degree irrespective of regular, evening college or distance education.
Q.9: When can a person start his/her preparation?
Ans: Preparation can be started any time, even while studying in the college or school. But one can appear in the exam only when he/she completes the age of 21 years.
Q.10: How much time is required to prepare for this examination?
Ans: This is not a school/college exam and cannot be done in 1 week or 1 month. It requires continuous preparation for atleast 6 months, preferably one year.
Q.11: How many hours every day, one need to put in for preparation?
Ans: It varies from person to person. But ideally a person needs to spend around 6 hours a day for 6 months.
Q.12: What is meant by ‘Optional Subjects’ ?
Ans: Every candidate has to choose one optional subjects for the mains exam
from a list of more than 20 subjects offered by UPSC..
Q.13: What are the books to be studied to plan the examination?
Ans: Click to see the bibliography
Q.14: Do I need to join any coaching institute?
Ans: This is not mandatory, but most of the toppers join a coaching class particularly for General Studies because the syllabus is very vast and cannot be covered by self preparation in 6 months.
Q.15: What will I gain by joining Insight IAS Academy?
Ans: We are the only institute which offers exclusive General Studies coaching and exclusive History and Art & Culture coaching under the guidance of Shri S Baliyan and other mosaic of experts. Our Pedagogical Approach is unique and enables our students to answer any type of question asked in the exam.
Q.16: I am a working person. I am unable to attend your class. How can I prepare?
Ans: The best way to prepare is to attend classes. If you are not able to attend the classes, you can access our study material (Upgrade- 2014) which is updated for 2014