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Civil Services Interview

Civil Services Personality Test Exam

How to choose important topics from a newspaper for IAS

Strategy to read newspapers for IAS exam preparation

The HinduIn our previous articles we have already discussed the importance and approach of reading newspapers for the civil services examination. We all know that it is a required task and in this article we will learn that how to read newspapers to get the best out of it. Preferably one should finish the newspaper in 2 hours including making notes and current affairs.

Most Common Questions About UPSC Exam

यूपीएससी: आईएएस सामान्य अध्ययन सिलेबस (परीक्षा पाठ्यक्रम)

भारतीय प्रशासनिक सेवा
(यूपीएससी आईएएस सिलेबस)

सामान्य अध्ययन प्रारंभिक परीक्षा (Prelims Exam)

विषयों की सूची:

  • राष्ट्रीय और अंतर्रराष्ट्रीय महत्व की सामयिक घटनाएं.
  • भारत का इतिहास और भारतीय राष्ट्रीय आन्दोलन.
  • भारत एवं विश्व भूगोल – भारत एवं विश्व का प्राकृतिक, सामाजिक, आर्थिक भूगोल
  • भारतीय राज्यतन्त्र और शासन – संविधान, राजनैतिक प्रणाली, पंचायती राज, लोक नीति, अधिकारों संबंधी मुद्दे, आदि।
  • आर्थिक और सामाजिक विकास – सतत वकास, गरीबी, समावेशन, जनसांख्यिकी, सामाजिक क्षेत्र में की गई पहल आदि।
  • पर्यावरणीय पारिस्थितिकी जैव-विविधता और मौसम परिवर्तन संबंधी सामान्य मुद्दे, जिनके लिए विषयगत विशेषज्ञता आवश्यक नहीं है।
  • एवं सामान्य विज्ञान

मौलिक अधिकार क्या हैं | Lecture on Fundamental Rights in Hindi

मौलिक अधिकारों का अर्थ

मौलिक अधिकार उन अधिकारों को कहा जाता है जो व्यक्ति के जीवन के लिये मौलिक होने के कारण संविधान द्वारा नागरिकों को प्रदान किये जाते हैं और जिनमें राज्य द्वार हस्तक्षेप नही किया जा सकता। ये ऐसे अधिकार हैं जो व्यक्ति के व्यक्तित्व के पूर्ण विकास के लिये आवश्यक हैं और जिनके बिना मनुष्य अपना पूर्ण विकास नही कर सकता। ये अधिकार कई करणों से मौलिक हैं:-

UPSC Exam Syllabus for IAS Prelims & Mains

Introduction Aspirants,

Indian Administrative Services (IAS) Exam is one of the most toughest and prestigious examinations in India conducted by UPSC. Hence to win this race that gives a chance to get most eminent position offered by Government.

Here we are providing complete list of subjects/topics for Civil Services Exams syllabus as per the UPSC. Remember that a comprehensive look throughout the syllabus is mandatory in especially for those candidates who are appearing in this examination for the first time.

A Brief introduction to Civil Services Exam

About Civil Services Exam

  • Eligibility Criteria: The candidate should be 21 years of age and should have graduated in any discipline from a recognized university. Students in their final year of graduation can also apply.

  • Applying for the Exam: The candidate should log on to and follow the instructions given on the website.

  • E-Admit Card: Candidates have to download the e-admit card from the website The admit cards can be downloaded three weeks before the examination.

How to crack civil services exam in first attempt

How to Clear IAS in 1 Year

The First Attempt

The first attempt of the candidate is a very crucial one and that is the attempt in which we can give the attempt with the full fire. So you should not waste this opportunity for just a sake of writing the Preliminary examination. Many can clear the Preliminary exam in just sake of writing but you can not be done with the Mains examination. Let us explain that what advantage you have in first attempt is the thought about the civil services examination and how you approach to the preparation is desired by whom you approach to get the advice. Whether it is the successful candidates or those who are at to succeed. Successful candidates can give you the positive approach, they would have had some fallbacks and how they rectified them. They will help you to focus in preparation with a positive way.

But if you go for some candidates who have not succeeded, they might give you some negative thoughts about the examination that you have to study too much to cover the vast areas of study and course etc.

नये छात्र आईएएस परीक्षा की तैयारी कैसे करें। (Prepare IAS Exam During Graduation)

आईएएस परीक्षा की तैयारी कैसे करें।

Process, Pattern and Strategy to crack IAS Preयह तो हम सभी जानते हैं कि संघ लोक सेवा आयोग (यू०पी०एस०सी०) सिविल सेवा परीक्षा आयोजित कराता है, और यह देश की एक कठिन व प्रतिष्ठित परीक्षा है। फिर भी लाखों युवा छात्र देश के कोने-कोने से इस परीक्षा की तैयारी करते हैं और एक आई०ए०एस० अफसर बनने का सपना देखते हैं। यदि हम इस परीक्षा की प्रक्रिया व प्रकृति को देखें तो हम पायेंगे कि इस परीक्षा में सफलता पाने के लिये हमें चाहिये कि हम एक सटीक रणनीति और व्यवस्था के साथ तैयारी करें। सामान्यत: एक अभ्यर्थी यदि इस परीक्षा की तैयारी स्नातक स्तर से ही शुरू कर दें तो यह भी संभव है कि इस सेवा में जाने की संभावना कई गुना बढ़ जाती है, और अभ्यार्थी सफलता पूर्वक इस प्रतिष्ठित सेवा में अपना भविष्य निर्धारित कर सकते हैं ।

सिविल सेवा परीक्षा (Civil Service Exam - An Introduction)

सिविल सेवा परीक्षा

परिचय: प्रतिवर्ष यू०पी०एस०सी० सिविल सेवा परीक्षा का आयोजन तीन चरणों में करता है - सर्वप्रथम प्रारम्भिक परीक्षा फिर मुख्य परीक्षा तथा अंतिम चरण में अभ्यार्थी का साक्षात्कार / व्यक्तित्व परीक्षण होता है। साक्षात्कार में चयनित अभ्यार्थी अपने अर्जित किये गये अंकों व वरीयता के अनुरूप आई०ए०एस०, आई०पी०एस०, आई०एफ०एस० तथा अन्य केन्द्रीय सेवाओं (ग्रुप ए व ग्रुप बी) के लिए चयनित किये जाते हैं। देश की इस सबसे मुश्किल परीक्षा और इसमें अचूक सफलता के लिए अनुशासन, कठिन परिश्रम, अध्य्यन प्रबंधन और धैर्य ही मूलभूत अधार हैं।

संघ लोक सेवा आयोग - एक परिचय (UPSC - An Introduction)

सिविल सेवा व सिविल सेवा परीक्षा

ऐतिहासिक पृष्टभूमि: भारतीय स्वतन्त्रता आन्दोलन के दौरान राष्ट्रवादियों ने जो राजनीतिक आन्दोलन चलाया उसकी एक प्रमुख मांग थी कि लोक सेवा आयोग में भर्ती भारत में हो, क्योंकि तब इसकी परीक्षा इंग्लैंड में हुआ करती थी। प्रथम लोक सेवा आयोग की स्थापना अक्तूबर 1926 को हुई। आज़ादी के बाद संवैधानिक प्रावधानों के तहत 26 अक्तूबर 1950 को लोक आयोग की स्थापना हुई। इसे संवैधानिक दर्जा देने के साथ साथ स्वायत्ता भी प्रदान की गयी ताकि यह बिना किसी दबाव के योग्य अधिकारियों की भर्ती क़र सके। इस नव स्थापित लोक सेवा आयोग को संघ लोक सेवा आयोग नाम दिया गया।

Free Online Dictionaries/Glossaries by CSTT

Online Dictionaries/Glossaries

Here in this page, we are providing subject-wise list of important terms in both Hindi and English. We refer candidates to use this resource as a reference material (also suggested on UPSC's official website). These terms are useful for many competitive and research exams. You can also search and study useful terms alphabetically from the category page.

Pre Guidance Programme

Study Kit for IAS (Pre) CSAT Paper-1 (General Studies)

General Studies Kit for IAS Preliminary

Dear Aspirants,

UPSC exam is not an easy nut to crack. As it is a well known fact that Union Public Service Commission conducts civil Services Examination every year in three stages. This exam is not only a skill test, neither it has thousands of vacancies like SSC, Banking, Railway, and other One day Competitive exams. This examination is a mission, thus only those aspirants can achieve this next to impossible task, who has acute desire to achieve their goal.

Interview Preparation tips by UPSC Toppers (Presentation and Opinion Building)

Interview Preparation tips by UPSC Toppers

Preparing for an interview can be very tough, as the elements of surprise and arbitrariness is there!

How Interview can be a game changer?

Personality Test or Interview carries 275 marks out of a total of 2025 marks, where as the mains exams are of 750 marks. Scoring the 70%  of these 275 marks are in your hands and you can easily score them , where as from those 750 marks from mains even scoring 40% is tough. So, even if you were not so strong in the mains examination you can makeup for it in the interview for some extent.

Presenting Yourself Matters

It is a test of your personality, not your knowledge. How you will present yourself will matter. It might happen that you answer 100/100 questions correctly and still you get a low score, just because of your presentation. In other hand some person who got 99/100 wrong and still got good marks, because he was very good in presentation and board loved him. So, your presentation is the only thing that will matter along with your knowledge. Also no one can tell you that "How to present yourself in a better manner". For this you have to take points like:

Gaurav Agrawal from Jaipur tops Civil Services - 2013

For the first time in four years, a male candidate has topped the prestigious Civil Services Examination 2013, result of which where declared on Thursday. City-based Gaurav Agrawal has got the first rank in the exam with Economics as his optional subject.

He holds Bachelor of Technology (Computer Science) degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow.

He Said; "I realised that the duty of a civil servant is much more challenging and quite different. Here we understands the public issues and ground problems of people in the country. So, I finally decided to quit my bank job and returned to India from Bangkok for the preparations in 2011." This was his second attempt.

UPSC Civil Services Exam Structure - 2015

Orientation Session of UPSC Civil Services Examination - 2015

The Civil Services Exams for the Year 2014 will be notified on 17th of May, 2014, and the last date for submitting Application Online will be 16th of June, 2014. One can log on to UPSC's website or look up in the Employment news paper for details notification.

The Preliminary exam will be held on 24th of August 2014 and the Main examination will be held from 14th December 2014 for a period of 5 days.

The Prelim Exam contains two papers

  • General Studies [2 Hours and 200 Marks]
  • CSAT (Aptitude Paper) [2 Hours and 200 Marks]

Both papers conducting on same day and there are no sectional or separate papers cutoff. (Projected cutoff for CSP 2013: 230-240 out of 400)
What is important here is combined score, so when you look at the combined score out of 400 and if you scoring 230 or 240 then you have a chance to clear your prelims and go for Mains.

How to prepare for civil services interview

Importance of Thought Process in UPSC Personality Test Exam

Interview is slightly different from your prelims and mains examination. It is not a test of your knowledge, because your knowledge and information already tested in Prelims and Mains. They have already confirmed that you are very good at expression, memory, analysis and writing.

Now what they want to test is your qualities as an officer. When you will sit in a chair of an officer, how you will take the decisions. They will see you as future administrators, and they try to fit you into the frame of an administrator. They want to test that how far you qualified for that framework or eligible for the post. 

Now the first Mantra is that Know Yourself and Present yourself, as you are. So it is basically a test of your personality. How you think, tackle issues, face pressures. If you see the patterns of few interviews are very tense interviews where interviewer starts questioning about topics which you are not familiar with, then he catches you in the corner, then he ask further questions goes deep down and then tries to corner you regarding the particular subject.

Haritha V Kumar from Kerala tops Civil Services Main - 2012


Fulfilling the childhood dream Haritha V Kumar, a women from Kerala and her fourth and last attempt has back the first place in the Civil Service Examination for the first time from the state since 1991. The delighted topper says " Never giving up was the secret behind her success".

Meet UPSC Topper Haritha V Kumar, 27 year old from Kerala went on to become the topper of the UPSC for 2012.

"After graduation I started my preparing for civil services, First time wrote and I couldn't qualify the mains, so didn't get any interview call but I was 18 marks shorten the interview. Then in second attempt and during my second attempt I was placed in 179 rank (CSE 2010), since I had not preferred IPS, I came straight to IRS. Then I had given third attempt and my rank slipped to 290 but I didn't loose the hope, and I thought that one more attempt left so I gave it."

How to Appear for IAS Interview

How to prepare yourself before UPSC Interview?
An example of attending IAS interview by candidate, and some important points to remember before appearing for Interview.

A candidate with Master's Degree in History from Delhi University, He is a dynamic young man of average height and medium built he has opted for off-white shirt and gray pants his shining black shoes and dark blue socks match admirably well with his outfits, and make him smart and efficient.

He has kept his dark well grown hair properly shampooed and combed after a decent haircut. He walks with confident steps, head held high and chest forward. By looking at him one can not but conclude that he is serious about the interview.

He arrives fairly in advance at his interview venue in auto rickshaw to avoid last minute rush and unexpected traffic holdups or crowded bus journey and the consequent risks of getting his cloths crumbled.

Understanding of UPSC (IAS, IPS, IFS) Exams

Understanding of UPSC (IAS, IPS, IFS) Exams

Let us discuss about Civil Services Exam in detail. In this article I am going to ask some question and giving answer like frequently asked questions about Indian Civil Services Examination.

What is IAS, IPS, IFS?
First part is that whatever you want to prepare, for example IAS, IPS or IFS the system of exam is same. You have to appear for exam that is called the Civil Services Examination or now a days it is called CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test). So if you want to appear for IAS, IPS or IFS that means you have to appear for CSAT exam. This exam is conducted by a Board or Commission that is UPSC (Union Public Service Commission), So frequently it is called as UPSC exam also. But not only this exams conducted by UPSC, variety of other exams also conducted by UPSC like CDS (Combined Defence Service), NDA (National Defence Academy) etc.