Acoustic Post - UPSC Exams

By Tanmay Pal

We all know that India’s Toughest Exam has a success rate of less than 0.01% engages and it has also made its name in the list of World’s toughest Exams.

Can you name it?

Yes, it’s UPSC Exams (CSE or IAS as we commonly say) with its top post as an IAS officer.

When most of us hear this word, our mind starts thinking about respect, prestige, salary, dominance, and more. It is a dream for a lot of Indian students to be an IAS officer. Although the success rate is very low, determined aspirants get involved in it by saying ‘humme toh ek he seat chahiye’ (we need only one seat).

Here are some of the things that are involved in The Making of an IAS Officer.

1. The Study Portion

The big question is whether there a need to take coaching?

This is the biggest question asked by many of the aspirants because they don’t know where to start. A coaching institute can provide study materials and exposure to the correct syllabus because the syllabus is too vast to be finished. So these institutes take high fees which are not affordable by many aspirants. Some aspirants even sacrifice their family property to pay this fee but what about the aspirants who can’t pay this fee.

They can start reading blogs of the toppers and their strategies so that they could get exposure to the trend UPSC is setting every year. The recommendation is always to make your own plan because the strategy you will read is made on the personal ability of that topper. Let’s take an example. If the topper is weak in history but you have a good grasp of it then it may not work for you till you update it by replacing that section with your own weak section.

Everything is available on the internet so if you have the passion then you can easily prepare for IAS with online resources.

Make sure to limit your study resources.

“Don’t fear the man who knows 1,000 techniques. But fear the man that has practiced one technique 1,000 times.”

                                               -Bruce lee

So whatever you study you have to revise it thoroughly.

Although everything is available on the web, here is are a few tips to prepare for UPSC exams.

  1. Read NCERT books so that you could consolidate your knowledge and make your base strong.
  2. After consolidation, just expand your empire with advanced study books (available on the web).
  3. When you will start expanding your knowledge you will gain confidence.
  4. The last thing that an aspirant feels confused about is “Current Affairs” as it is the widest portion of the syllabus. Two things you can do: either read newspapers daily and mark the knowledgeable content from it or you can use monthly magazines which are specially made for this exam. Again the question arises for aspirants that what to read from newspapers? Although the newspaper is essential as it helps to improve our writing capability and flow of the answers in exams but there are few toppers who only used monthly magazines as they don’t want to waste time in reading newspapers daily, so it depends on you to which path you want to take.

2. The Personal Life

Being a UPSC aspirant, your personal life also gets disturbed as you have to be in isolation for a year or more to avoid distractions. Life of a UPSC aspirant is really very tough as out of millions only thousands are selected in the mains exam and out of thousands only hundreds our selected in Personal Interview round which makes it a tough competition to make it to the list. Based on the trend, we can see most of the toppers are usually from IITs or from big educational institutes. Some toppers are in their 4th or 5th attempt which makes it a wait of almost 4 to 5 years in isolation.

The preparation is worth it as the honey they are going to get after their result is really very sweeter than we can imagine. Usually, they don’t own a social life or any kind of entertainment in their life that causes distraction to them. The aspirants who go to a coaching center have a friend circle which helps them in studies as their classmates are pursuing the same thing.

But what about those who study at home or who could not afford any coaching center. These aspirants really are in a critical situation as at home they could also get disturbed by their family members and don’t own a friend circle that could help them in studies.

Although both kind of aspirants faces problem in their lives but one always need to remember the universal law:

“Hard work pays off”

Let us know your thoughts if you or your friends have any experience with UPSC exams.


  1. thanks for the tips. which magazines should I read for current affairs?

    1. You can definitely go for “Yojana” or “Kurukshetra” monthly Magazine but choose according to the language you understand easily.

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