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Before you should know how to become IAS, it is also important to know why you want to become IAS because that will sail the candidate through the long and turbulent journey of UPSC civil service examination. The reason can be anything but should be strong enough to keep you away from the distractions.

Due to the unpredictability of the UPSC Civil Service Exam wherein you cannot afford to make selective study purely based on previous years question papers.

Appearing for civil services has always been a tough decision to make and an act of courage in itself which demands a strong character and steely nerves. This is basically because of three reasons:

Because of the vastness of the IAS exam syllabus associated with it, wherein you are expected to know almost everything under the sun. Now the new dimension in the whole civil service preparation strategy is about your concept integration approach.

What is a good Mains answer? Million dollar question! Especially in the given scenario when good marks in IAS Mains Exam is distant dream. Mains examination questions of general studies unfolded many thing, about word limit, approach to the questions, analytical demand of the question, and many turn and twist attached to most of the question in the form of common instructions i.e. Analyse, Critically analyse, discuss, evaluate, explain etc. these are called directives of questions.

Analysis of UPSC Preliminary Examination pattern established that PT has become a different game altogether. A tough examination has become tougher as concepts are being asked indirectly linked through current issues, complexity has increased and number of erratic questions is increasing.  In this light there are two pertinent questions which demand immediate answer:

RC questions have had a big say in CSAT paper. The number of questions in the  last 4 years have ranged from 26 to 30(33 to 38% of the paper). The length of the  passages have been between 80 words for a 1 question passage to 200 words for a 4 question passage. Hence it becomes all the more important to understand the passage holistically and to solve the questions in a synchronized way. Here are some of the tips given below to understand and attempt the reading comprehension section.

DATA INTERPRETATION

Data Interpretation is one of the easy sections of one day competitive Examinations. It is an extension of Mathematical skill and accuracy. In the CSAT scenario, it has become important because more often than not, the civil services officers have voluminous data in different forms, from which they are required to churn out information and help the concerned authorities in formulating policy decisions. This section made a comeback in 2018 with 14 questions after being relatively out of radar in the last 3 papers before that.

The issue of selecting optional subject for IAS exam is a sensitive one as selection of right optional is the key to success. The issue had been discussed again and again but its relevance is eternal. Many more freshers join the race every year and they should be enlightened because selection of right optional subjects it the first step to success. DR Piyush Choubey highlights the preparation strategy for Political Science option for IAS examination.

Before you should know how to become IAS, it is also important to know why you want to become IAS because that will sail the candidate through the long and turbulent journey of UPSC civil service examination. The reason can be anything but should be strong enough to keep you away from the distractions.

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