(Topper TIPS) How to become an
IAS/IPS officer: PC Vinoj Kumar
How to become an IAS/IPS officer By P C Vinoj Kumar
'Udaan', the teleserial, where a village belle aspires to be an IPS
officer? The hugely popular soap was based on the real-life story of young IPS
officer, Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya, who was portrayed on screen by her
sister, actress Kavita Chaudhary. With role models like Kanchan and Kiran Bedi,
the IPS has broken the gender barrier and is the ultimate dream for millions of
across rural and urban India. But how do you go about realising your dream? What
are the qualifications you need? Here's the low down on how to enter the
Civil Services Exam: The Union Public Service Commission
conducts the Civil Services Exam every year. The Civil Services Exam holds
the key for entry into a number of prestigious jobs in the country
including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service
(IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS).
IAS, IFS, and IPS are the top three services of Group A, Central
Services. The other Group A services include Indian Customs and Central
Excise Service, Indian Revenue Service, and Indian Postal Service.
Civil Services Exam consists of preliminary exam (prelims), main exam
(mains), and interview. The prelims are usually held in May /June. Mains
are held in October/November. The exam is notified in December.
Application forms can be obtained from designated post offices around the
country and the exams are held in major cities.
A candidate is allowed to make four attempts. However, candidates
belonging to Scheduled Caste can make any number of attempts. Other
Backward Class candidates are allowed seven attempts.
Nationality: For IAS and IPS, only Indian nationals are eligible.
For other services, subjects of Nepal, Bhutan, Tibetan refugees, (who
arrived in India before January 1, 1962), and persons of Indian origin,
who migrated from specified countries, are eligible.
Age limit: Between 21-30 years as on August 1 of the year of exam.
Relaxation of age limit is available to SC candidates and a few other
Education: A degree from a recognised University
Prelims: You have to clear the prelims to qualify for the mains.
You got to write two papers in prelims: General Studies, and a subject
chosen by the candidate from a specified list of 23 subjects. Both papers
are in objective type and are of two-hours duration each. Optional
subjects include Civil Engineering, Commerce, Geography, Medical Science,
and Indian History.
Mains: Marks in the written exams and the interview will
determine your ranking. Based on your ranking and preference, you will be
allotted one of the Services.
Mains comprise nine papers in all.
I.English (300 points)
II.Any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian
Constitution. (300 points)
III.Essay (200 points)
IV & V. General Studies (300 points for each)
VI-IX. Two papers each from the two optional subjects chosen by the
candidate each paper 300 points.
The interview carries 300 points.
How to prepare:
General knowledge books and IAS guidebooks are available in plenty in
the market. Besides, there are also magazines that provide tips to IAS/IPS
aspirants. You may have to watch Indian and international news channels,
and read newspapers/ magazines that deal with politics, economics, and
business to keep abreast of current affairs.
It would be a good idea to enrol in a good institute for professional
guidance. Many institutes offer IAS coaching classes. But before
enrolling, make sure to check the credibility of the institute. Get
information about the institutes and choose one that has consistently
produced IAS toppers.
You may also want to get together some serious aspirants and form study
circles. You could hold discussions, and debates on burning topics to
sharpen your analytical skills, and learn to present your thoughts and
ideas in a coherent manner.
While preparing for Mains, you need to practice writing your answers,
so that you could learn to present your answers in a coherent manner