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I am a student of 11th class right now I want to become IAS in future please tell me how should I start my preparation from now? 

                                                                RACHNA SINGH ( ODISHA )


Becoming an IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer is a commendable goal, and it requires dedicated effort and strategic planning. Here are some steps you can follow to start your preparation from now:

Understand the Exam Pattern: Familiarize yourself with the exam pattern of the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The exam consists of three stages: the Preliminary Examination (objective type), the Main Examination (written), and the Personality Test (interview).

Choose the Right Optional Subject: In the Main Examination, you need to choose one optional subject. Start exploring the available options and choose a subject that aligns with your interests and strengths. Additionally, keep in mind the availability of study materials and coaching support for the chosen subject.

Read the Syllabus: Go through the UPSC syllabus thoroughly. It will give you a clear idea of the topics you need to cover for each stage of the examination. It’s essential to have a comprehensive understanding of the syllabus to plan your preparation effectively.

Develop a Study Plan: Create a study plan that covers all the subjects and topics mentioned in the syllabus. Allocate specific time slots for each subject and topic. Make sure to include both static and current affairs topics in your plan. Set realistic targets and adhere to your study schedule.

Read Newspapers and Stay Updated: As an IAS aspirant, it’s crucial to stay updated with current affairs and news. Develop a habit of reading a reputed newspaper daily to stay informed about national and international events. Make notes of important news and events, especially related to government policies, socio-economic issues, and international relations.

Refer to Standard Books: Choose standard books recommended by experts for each subject. Building a strong foundation with quality study material is essential. Don’t rely solely on coaching notes or online sources. Some popular books for general studies include books by M. Laxmikanth, Ramesh Singh, and Bipin Chandra.

Take Mock Tests: Practice mock tests regularly to evaluate your progress and identify areas that need improvement. Mock tests help you get familiar with the exam pattern, manage time efficiently, and develop your problem-solving skills. Analyze your performance after each test and work on your weak areas.

Join a Coaching Institute (Optional): Consider joining a reputed coaching institute for guidance and expert support. Coaching institutes provide structured study materials, mock tests, and valuable insights from experienced faculty. However, it’s important to remember that self-study and consistency are equally crucial for success.

Enhance Writing Skills: Developing strong writing skills is essential for the Main Examination. Practice answer writing regularly to improve your articulation and time management. Seek feedback from mentors or seniors to enhance your writing style.

Maintain a Positive Attitude: Civil services examination is a rigorous and demanding process. It’s essential to stay motivated and maintain a positive attitude throughout your preparation. Surround yourself with supportive peers and mentors who can provide guidance and encouragement.

Remember, becoming an IAS officer requires perseverance, dedication, and consistent effort over an extended period. Stay focused, be disciplined, and adapt your strategy as per your strengths and weaknesses. Good luck with your preparation

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