Civil Services Preparation
for Working Professionals
To discuss the nature of
the civil services, in India, time and again, is to state the cliche. Given the
status and power linked to the All India Services, a large number of working
professionals are driven towards the IAS examinations. However, given their
tight schedules and engagement in their jobs, it becomes an immensely difficult
task to prepare for the civil services examination.
Therefore, IASEXAMPORTAL has made an effort to
analyze and discuss the problems faced by the working professionals, while
preparing for the
As mentioned in our earlier
articles, Preparing a rational
study plan is of utmost importance for the working professionals. Given the
time constraints and other considerations, a working aspirant can only succeed
if he/she chooses a planned strategy.
The Working Environment: An Array of
A full time employment
hardly leaves any time for you to become a disciple of the
UPSC. Therefore, you
have to be in a distance relationship, and try to maintain the feelings. Like
the real-life long distance love stories, dealing with the civil services, while
working, is difficult. Also, an injudicious approach towards the
UPSC would only
lead to a wastage of money and mind. Therefore, put your foot down into the
arena of civil services, only if you are committed to it.
Once you have firmly
decided to go for it, before starting to go deep into the study-schedules, you
need to plan- how would you take time and mind out of your present work, for the
IAS exam. Once you are done with this initial planning, you are ready for 'THE
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While working, a number of
things invade your mind, and create distractions. Therefore, you would have to
draw a line between your work life and your personal life. Do what you are
supposed to do at a moment. Thus, Work when you are working, eat when you are
eating, sleep when you are sleeping, and most importantly, Study when you are
studying. Mixing your different tasks only creates distractions, and hampers
your productivity. Thus, Do not mix your different aspects of life.
Now, the biggest problem
that a working professional faces is, to get some time to study. For this, we
recommend the principle used by, our old friend, Mr. Tortoise- slow and steady
wins the race. Studying 10-12 hours a day might not be a rational decision, as
it would only raise your stress level. Instead, you must try to devote atleast 3
hours for your civil services studies. Remember, that those three hours should
be pure studying and no other consideration. In this regard, the most important
thing to remember is that, your study plan should be consistent and without
If you are able to
cultivate a habit of devoting, even 3 hours for your
IAS exam preparations, on
daily basis, you would be able to cover the whole syllabus in a reasonable time.
To help you psychologically, just assume that you are doing overtime for your
job, and the remunerations for it is in the form of an investment.
How to Study While Working Full Time!!
One of the prime
considerations of a working professional is to decide from where to study. Since
the working people have strict time constraints, it is very important that they
does not spend their precious time in experimenting with different source
materials from the exam point of view. Thus, instead of going out for an
expedition in the market, in search of
follow a reliable source for your preparations.
Also, since the working
people might not be able to enroll for
IAS coachings, it is important to
remember that coachings does not ensure you success. You can
succeed without coaching easily. However, given the time limitations and
other constraints, it might be advisable to take some correspondence course from
a reliable coaching.
In this regard, an
online coaching can be
very handy for you. Since you are not able to go for real coaching, you should
find it convenient to study online, as it gives the option of preparing 'on the
go'. Also, you may subscribe to the
test series to evaluate your preparations.
The Strategy for Working Professionals
It cannot be denied that
preparations for IAS examination need an extra effort by the candidates, who are
working full-time. But, it is also true that, this does not prevent the working
candidates from clearing the IAS exam. The only thing required is a good
strategy and dedication.
Prepare your future plans
in a practical manner. If you have a plan in mind, you would be able to cover
the planned syllabus properly. Do not let your job to become an impediment for
your studies. The same principle goes the other way round. Your studies should
not hamper your work.
We understand that many of
the candidates have to work, full-time, due to some obligations. So, keep your
preparations going along with your work.
Secondly, do not waste your
time in searching different study material in the market. Instead, spend your
time in preparing for the exam, by using the help of a reliable source. You
might take help from the IASEXAMPORTAL or any other reputed organization in this
field. Take the correspondence courses to expedite your preparations. Since the
coaching material is in concise form, and to the point format, you should find
it very convenient to study from there.
It might also be difficult
for the working candidates, to devote hours reading the newspapers. Therefore,
you might choose to prepare the current affairs portion from the current affairs
magazines and other such material in the market.
See the Gist of newspaper and magazines Additionally, you might find the
online courses more convenient, as it gives you the option of accessibility on
the go. Thus, we advise the candidates to utilize the information technology to
For the Working IT Professionals:
many of the aspirants
come from the IT background. The hectic schedules in the field does not give
much time for good preparations. Thus, such aspirants should focus
importantly on devoting time for the
IAS preparations. The best strategy is
to cultivate a habit of reading from the college days itself. However, even
if you get motivated while working as an IT professional, you must derive
some time from your busy schedule.
You should understand
your strength that- an aspirant with a IT background has a capacity to read
for long hours, due to your experiences in college. Thus, you must exploit
each and every opportunity that comes your way. An added benefit for the IT
professionals is their comfort level with the online options, which might be
effectively utilized to aid in the preparations. You might use the online
coaching courses to aid in your preparations. Thanks to the Indian culture,
that we get so many holidays in our professional life that it might actually
be possible to get adequate time for preparing for prelims. You might choose
to study part-time with your work, when the exams are months away. However,
you would have to devote yourself completely for the prelims as and when you
reach closer to the exam date. For a plan to study click here.
For the Aspirants Working in the
there is a great
confusion regarding the process through which a government employee should
sit for the civil services examination. It is important for the government
personnel to first take the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their
respective department, regarding the candidate's taking the civil services
examination. Not intimating the respective department might create problems
in the later stages. Thus, before submitting the form for the civil services
prelims, take the NOC from your respective department. Based on the internal
rules and regulation of a department, you should file the application in
order to take the IAS exam. As compared to the employees of the private
sector, it is easier for a working professional of the government sector, to
prepare for the civil services. You get many options to take a leave from
your job and prepare for your goal. Otherwise, you might prepare while
working, as the workload in the government services is relatively lesser.
For the Working Female
Candidates- there are no specific age or any other relaxations for the
female candidates in the
IAS exam, except the exemption of the entrance exam
fee that is charged for the candidates belonging to the General category
aspirants. Thus, the female aspirants shall follow the above mentioned
above mentioned points are mere suggestions, and might not be suitable for all
working professionals. The best way to prepare for civil services exam is to
prepare a plan, as per your respective profession.
We are always available to guide you, in
making decisions and in planning your preparations. Please feel free to
contact us, to
help you in any way.
We wish the Candidates All the Best!!