The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is the very toughest competitive examination in India. It is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The Civil Services Examination is conducted in two phases namely- UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains.

  • The  preliminary examination consisting of two objective-type papers (general studies and Aptitude test)
  • The  Main examination consisting of nine papers of conventional (essay) type
  • The last Phase includes a Personality test (Interview).

If you are aimed for the UPSC examination, you need to get acquainted with the factors mentioned below:


The exam dates

The examination dates for Civil Services are subject to change as per the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) guidelines. So, an Indian Administration Service (IAS) aspirant should keep an eye on the UPSC official website.

Before you start preparing for Civil Services examination, an Indian Administration Service (IAS) aspirant must evaluate his/her PI (personal interview) quotient. During personality test, applicant’s candidature would be measured against his/her performance. Once he/she gets the PI quotient evaluated, the candidate would have a clearer mindset throughout the preparation.

Preparation Approach

This is not an exaggerated fact that Indian Administration Service (IAS) is the India's toughest competitive exam and it requires intensive practice and preparation. There are no clearly defined answers to the most commonly asked questions, such as how many hours an aspirant need to spend on preparation? It differs from person to person so let us look at it from a general perspective.

Time required for Indian Administration Service (IAS) Preparation

Experts in this field believe that aggressive preparation for 12 months is a must. Out of every 10 Indians (21-32 years) four people aspire to become an Indian Administration Service (IAS) officer and competition is very high that only 5 percent of that huge number gets through. An IAS aspirant must determine a practical strategy and he/she must decide the ideal number of hours required to implement that strategy.

Civil Services aspirant must know that preparation for IAS examination requires qualitative approach and not quantitative. Ideally an aspirant should aim for two subjects every day. Most of the IAS top rankers have started preparing for the exams right from their school days, as most of the questions are mostly from Class 6 to 12th standard books. So preparing notes and devoting 10 to 12 hours per day before a year of examination is believed to be sufficient.

Analyze the syllabus and Start your preparation

Get to know the topics you are good at and the topics, which you need someone’s help. Do this for all the topics and work accordingly.

Analyzing the syllabus

Most of the Indian Administration Service (IAS) aspirants get discouraged by seeing the bulk syllabus. No doubt the syllabus is enormous, but if you divide the subjects into different parts, then impossible looking tasks will become easier for you.

Enjoy the preparation

No doubt, Preparing for Civil services examination is not at all an easy process. But if you start enjoying your preparation, all the stress and anxiety related to the preparation will die out. Civil services/Indian Administration Service(IAS) examination aspirants tend to give up their hobbies, but pursuing your hobbies side by side will make your preparation more Enjoyable.

Wishing you all the best for your future endeavors.


Best Regards,

Team Analog.