(Topper TIPS) How to become an IAS/IPS officer: PC Vinoj Kumar

(Topper TIPS) How to become an IAS/IPS officer: PC Vinoj Kumar

How to become an IAS/IPS officer By P C Vinoj Kumar

Remember '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 services. 



Civil Services Exam: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) 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 specified categories
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



I have given my 10th exames and waiting for results. I want to be an IPS Oficer & getting information on it, about how to be, what to do to become an IPS Oficer. Please give me information on it on my E mail.

If u want an IPS or an IAS Officer, ur age must be between 21 to 30, and ur must compleated any degree from an Recognised University..


Patel Good To hear, that you want to Become an IPS Officer . as i came to Know you have given ypur 10th Statandard Exam , So Let me Clear one thing you Should be Graduate to appear Civil Serivces Exam, in any Stream no specific % required for this Exam , But From this year Upse Made a major Change in pre Exam now it will be CSAT. mean to say according to old pattern there was Gen. Study And one optional Subject for Pre CSE but now this year onward there will be CSAT which include Gen. study paper 1 as well as one aptitude paper ( include Reasoning , tebulation , numeric ability upto 10th standard, Data interpretion, insufficent Data, English Topic ect.). so well prepared as you have 5 year For this exam preperation .
Good Luck
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I'm in Class 9 and I truly aspire to become an IAS.
But I don't know what subjects to be covered and what stream to be chosen for it......
I stay in Guwahati.I'm in a dilemma how to begin my preparations and where to take the required coachings for the same..........
Apart from having knowledge on the current affairs I also want to know what should I
start studying at this stage so that I would be quite qualified and elligible to become an IAS officer at an early age.

I am a diploma student. I like to become a IPS officer. Is there is a way way for me to become an officer?
otherwise i should want to go to take a btech through lateral entry....