Why IAS is considered as One of the Toughest Exam on the Planet?

Want to pursue IAS? And you are scared? Ever heard that Indian administrative service is one of the toughest exams on the planet? And that is scaring you? Well yes, Indian administrative service being one of the most elite jobs in the country and to acquire that position one must clear the set of exams to reach the position. But before considering it as the toughest examination one should know more about the examination.

What is IAS?

IAS (Indian administrative service) is one of the all Indian service examinations. This exam falls under the (UPSC)  CIVIL SERVICES EXAM.

The number of aspirants applying for this exam is approximately 1 million every year. According to the count in the year 2015, there were nearly 9 lakh candidates applying for this examination.  Every year only 1000 candidates are been shortlisted for 24 different type of services falling under the category of civil service examination.

The number of aspirants applying for this exam is approximately 1 million every year. According to the count in the year 2015, there were nearly 9 lakh candidates applying for this examination.  Every year only 1000 candidates are been shortlisted for 24 different type of services falling under the category of civil service examination.

What is the type of exam’s one has to clear to become an IAS?

  • Prelims (mainly called as preliminary exams).
  • Mains.
  • Interview.

What are Prelims?

The preliminary examination of civil services is popularly known as CSAT or civil services aptitude test

There are 2 exams under the preliminary examination or you can say civil services aptitude test.

General studies paper 1–  Duration: 2 hours, Examination marks: 200, Number of questions: 100

Subjects to study for general paper 1

  1. History of India.
  2. Current affairs.
  3. World geography.
  4. Indian polity and governance.
  5. General issues on the environment.
  6. General science.

General ability test (Civil service aptitude test )- Is the CSAT examination introduced in the year 2011, Duration-2 hours, Examination marks – 200, Number of questions- 80.

Topics to focus on for general ability test (paper2)

  1. Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  2. Comprehension
  3. Interpersonal skills and communication skills.
  4. Data Interpretation.

According to the past data majority of the questions asked in the paper 1  are from history, science and technology and general issues on the environment.

And the least questions are asked from the economy and current affairs all through the pattern of asking question varies from year to year.

And according to the past data, the major rate of questions asked in the general ability test (CSAT) are of logical reasoning and the analytical ability.

The candidates will qualify for the mains examination only if they qualify CSAT examination by 33%

So yes IAS has 3 sets of examination judging different types of skills of a person and one should clear the test’s with maximum marks he can to get the position as the passing will not directly help him to become an IAS. the ranking system has changed everything upside down! Your preference of cadre and job profile is only considered if one has secured that rank in the passing participants and is also dependent on the number of vacancies for the administrative service.

This all complicates one to achieve the position as the number of participants are comparatively higher than the vacancies available. But this should not demotivate a person. After hardships come to arise and many current IAS officers have finally achieved their dream after some number of attempts.

Revision is the key to success for the examination and one should not get saturated and one of the constant questions that haunt an aspirant is How do one study for the competitive exams? How to start? What should-should be the routine? And how to choose the right subjects? Well yes, choosing the right subjects do play a major role! One should always choose the subject that he has maximum knowledge in ! or else he will have to study from the scratch and invest maximum  time in knowing and understanding the subject  which will not be the case if the person really knows the subject that the matter will be only of revision and one can even save time and invest that time in the other subject which he is weak in . this rule applies to the IAS  mains examination where one has to choose one of his optional subjects and one is always advised to choose the subject of his or her league of knowledge.

Nothing is impossible if the level of determination is constant of the person throughout his or her journey.

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  1. Divya says:

    Hello Sir,
    Really impressed by this blog.
    But I think IAS is the 3rd toughest exam in the world.
    Check Top 7 toughest exams in the world here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyaA-pXiBzM

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