What is one way to pass a civil service exam if I have a job?

Updated on : January 17, 2022 by Frederick Lawrence



What is one way to pass a civil service exam if I have a job?

Yes and no..!!

It depends on the stage of preparation you are in and also the job you are in.

1) if you are a BEGINNER and want to prepare for civil education while working, then
a) if your job is stressful, difficult to decipher the CSE
b) if your job is less stressful then there are good chances of passing the CSE as you are not you will get very tired and you will also have good time to prepare for the exam

2) if you have already spent a year or more in preparation and then want to work and prepare,
a) if you manage time and prepare consistently, then you have a good chance of clearing
b) if you find it difficult to manage office work and

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Yes and no..!!

It depends on the stage of preparation you are in and also the job you are in.

1) if you are a BEGINNER and want to prepare for civil education while working, then
a) if your job is stressful, difficult to decipher the CSE
b) if your job is less stressful then there are good chances of passing the CSE as you are not you will get very tired and you will also have good time to prepare for the exam

2) if you have already spent a year or more in preparation and then want to work and prepare,
a) if you manage time and prepare consistently, then you have a good chance of clearing
b) if you find it difficult to manage office work and civil preparation, then it is difficult to clarify, as you will lose your way between n and eventually you can give up on preparation as well ..

So the bottom line is
>> Stressful job - Beginner mode - hard to figure out

>> Less stressful job - Beginner mode - good opportunities to clear

>> Stressful job - senior player - good clearing opportunities

>> Less stressful job - senior player - very good clearing opportunities

Happy preparation :)

How to prepare for the IAS exam with a full-time job?

Taking the world's toughest exam is an insurmountable challenge for many, but taking the IAS exam while looking for a full-time job is an entirely different ball game. If you are also planning to take the IAS exam with a full-time job, the following tips and tricks are sure to help you pass the UPSC civil services exam.

The IAS exam is a tough nut to crack and becomes even more difficult if you are trying to do it while you are a full-time professional. Most candidates who sit for the UPSC civil service exam consider the

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How to prepare for the IAS exam with a full-time job?

Taking the world's toughest exam is an insurmountable challenge for many, but taking the IAS exam while looking for a full-time job is an entirely different ball game. If you are also planning to take the IAS exam with a full-time job, the following tips and tricks are sure to help you pass the UPSC civil services exam.

The IAS exam is a tough nut to crack and becomes even more difficult if you are trying to do it while you are a full-time professional. Most candidates who sit for the UPSC civil service exam view their full-time job as a liability in their pursuit of the ultimate goal of becoming an IAS officer. And frankly, at first glance, it looks like one.

When other IAS applicants spend around 18 hours per day preparing for UPSC civil services, you can only manage 3-4 hours which is not consistent either. In fact, this is one of the most common queries and dilemma faced by working professionals who are preparing for the IAS exam.

1. make every second count

For an aspiring IAS, time is the most precious and scarce resource available in their arsenal. This statement becomes even more true for working professionals trying to take the most competitive hiring exam in the world. Therefore, as a staff working a full-time job, it is vital that you maximize the time available to you. Taking an 8-hour shift as your standard work schedule, you will not be able to dedicate more than 3-4 hours of time spent preparing IAS.

2. Study in minutes, not hours

We have already commented that as a working professional preparing for the IAS exam, you will not be able to spend time preparing for the IAS. Therefore, you will have to plan your study sessions very carefully. Limited time availability also means that you will have to make every second count and therefore it would be better if you come up with a study plan that is based on minutes rather than hours. For example, if you have to cover the modern history of India; you can break it down into smaller topics like

  • 1857 Revolts and reforms undertaken
  • Formation of the Indian National Congress
  • India after Gandhi
  • Indian National Movement
  • Government of India Act 1935

Now these topics can be categorized into smaller subtopics that can be studied and covered in a few minutes. Dividing large topics into smaller chunks will not only help you manage your time well, it will also help you study and retain more information over a period of time.

3. Stay close to your office

Although not really groundbreaking advice, it certainly serves the practical purpose of opening up more time for ISS preparation. Staying close to your workplace office will help reduce travel time, which can then be spent studying for the IAS exam. Another advantage of being close to your office would be less effort and fatigue. If you come home fresh, you will be able to focus on your IAS studies which will ultimately help your performance on the UPSC Civil Services Exam.

4. Avoid studying while traveling

In their quest to maximize their study time for IAS preparation, applicants often tend to use their commute time to and from the office to study. This is a very common mistake made by almost all aspiring IAS who work. At first this seems like a very optimal use of the limited time available to you, but trying to study while riding a bus or train puts a lot of strain on your eyes. With constant movement, jerks, noise and crowd around you; Not only is it hard to concentrate, but it makes your eyes and brain work overtime to read a sentence.

Reading while in a vehicle will tire your eyes when you get home and may not do justice to the time you have set aside for IAS preparation. Instead, it's best to rest your eyes and brain during the trip by listening to soothing music or just taking a nap, so that when you get home you're cool and ready to read your books.

5. Don't rely entirely on the internet

The Internet is surely your ally when it comes to preparing for the IAS exam. But it can also be your worst enemy if you don't show due diligence. In most cases, the Internet format "the world at your fingertips" may be an advantage for most, but IAS preparation requires a focused approach to all the topics covered in your syllabus. This also includes current affairs and GK. So reading a news story or editorial on your smartphone may seem like a great idea; it may not be the best for your IAS preparation. With the Internet, there is always the risk of deviating from the central focus you are trying to study. Whether it's the latest meme, a viral video, or a hilarious tweet; It may seem like they are consuming only a few seconds, but ultimately,

On the other hand, newspapers and magazines go through a meticulous editorial process and only include articles and stories that are worthwhile. In fact, newspapers such as Hindu and magazines such as Yojna or EPW have earned a cult status among aspiring IAS for this very reason.

6. Opt for selective study

We have already emphasized the limited availability of time that will make the IAS preparation process a very difficult process for all working professionals. One way you can use this to your advantage is by opting for selective study. Undoubtedly, the UPSC Civil Services Exam program is quite long and IAS applicants who are dedicated to the cause full time also struggle to cover everything.

Therefore, it would be wise for you to choose selective study. Selective study essentially means performing SWOT analysis on the entire IAS curriculum. In this way, you can preselect topics according to their level of difficulty and dedicate time only to those that will help you pass the IAS exam. There will be some topics that will be difficult to understand even if you spend as much time on them. Rather than wasting time on those topics, you'd be wise to use that time to strengthen the topics you're good at.

7. View your job as an advantage, not a disadvantage.

The biggest mistake you can make as a working professional preparing for the IAS exam is to view your job as a liability. Your full-time or even part-time job is one of your greatest assets in your quest to be an IAS officer. Your job will financially support your IAS preparation with the help of your salary, which will not be possible for others. In addition to this, having a backup job option in addition to IAS will also ease your mental stress compared to those who are completely dependent on the IAS exam to get a job.

It has also been observed that during the interview stages of the IAS exam, candidates over the age of 25 are expected to work and contribute to India's GDP according to the interview panel. In fact, over the years many committees such as Alagh, Hota, ARC II have suggested lowering the UPSC CSE age limit due to this factor. Simply put, it means that being a working professional will earn you extra points in the interview; thanks to his work experience and his eagerness to serve the country despite having financial stability.

8. Outperform your competition

Another very important aspect of the professional work that prepares for the IAS exam is understanding your competence. The UPSC Civil Services Exam is considered the most competitive exam in the world for a reason! Although at first glance your competition may seem daunting, it should be noted that only 30% of all IAS applicants are seriously preparing for the exam. Even among those 30% of serious IAS applicants, many follow the tried and tested route of selecting the 'safe' subjects and opt for the usual techniques and tricks to pass the exam. If you want to beat them and become a winner, you will have to outsmart them when it comes to preparing your IAS. This means choosing the appropriate electives for the IAS core exams,

Remember, at the end of the day, UPSC is looking for winners who can run this country efficiently. Therefore, it is your job to show them that you are the right person for the job. If you think we have missed other important tips that can help working professionals pass the IAS exam, please indicate them in the comments section below.

Let me point out four features of the CS exam that are relevant here:

  1. CS Exam is a long run with a cycle time of approximately 1.5 years. This is for one attempt and more attempts add many additional years to this journey.
  2. The success rate is less than 1%, which means that more than 99% of applicants will not make it. What do these unsuccessful applicants do when they return?
  3. The exam emphasizes general awareness as the mainstay (an online-only subject) that one could earn even at work (although there could be some limitations and restrictions that full-time employees face).
  4. The age for t
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Let me point out four features of the CS exam that are relevant here:

  1. CS Exam is a long run with a cycle time of approximately 1.5 years. This is for one attempt and more attempts add many additional years to this journey.
  2. The success rate is less than 1%, which means that more than 99% of applicants will not make it. What do these unsuccessful applicants do when they return?
  3. The exam emphasizes general awareness as the mainstay (an online-only subject) that one could earn even at work (although there could be some limitations and restrictions that full-time employees face).
  4. The age to take the exam is the best youth in life that, hopefully, will not be wasted by anyone (aspiring or not) remaining financially unproductive.

Taking all four together, should we expect the applicant to remain unemployed and economically unproductive during the prime youth of his life when the success rate is extremely low? Obviously not.

Now this brings us to the question of how: how do you prepare even while having paid employment in another way?

Smart methodologies can be adopted that would reduce the time required to achieve the same level of knowledge and preparation as full-time preparers.

If someone can intelligently spend 3-4 hours on a split day, for example between early morning and late evening (with extra hours on the weekend, assuming the day is spent at work), that can be enough.

But this time of study and preparation must be intense so as not to waste it. Sometimes forming a group or getting coached can help, but watch who is around you and don't envy or compete with your own close friends (don't see it as a zero-sum game).

Best of luck!

Yes, why don't you give it a serious try? Since you are working, you will have financial freedom, allowing you to pay for private training classes as well.

Keep remembering and thanking the 'Almighty' for all that you have been able to accomplish. Be strong about the basics and be meticulous - success runs after you.

Keep going, and all the best.

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I myself prepared for the UPC full time and did not look for a job. But yes, you can prepare for the exam while working on a job. As an example, at CSE 2016, a friend of mine, Utkarsh Gupta, got AIR 78 while on a job at IBM. He has explained how to do it in this article: How I Cracked IAS With A Full Time Job: Strategy By Utkarsh Gupta (AIR 78) | IAS34.com. I hope that helps. ☺

Yes absolutely. How can I know? Well, a lot of my friends and older people have. How to do it? Time management is the key.

You have to make sure you use your mornings and breaks effectively, you also have to be much more careful with your weekends and make the most of them.

There is no shortage of selected candidates who were also working. If they can, you can too.

Good luck!

Look, I know what your situation is, since I am also in the same situation.

Look, I don't know if you're a morning person or a night person.

I'll tell you mine adjusts accordingly

My day starts from 5 a.m. M. A 6 a. M., Just review what I read last night.

Things in the morning from 6 a.m. M. A 7 a. M., How to bathe and everything

7 a. M. At 7:30 h. Light exercise for 15 min and meditation for 15 min.

730 to 800 I get ready for the office.

I return at 7 pm.

In the office I try to read the newspaper and finish the editorial for the day and take little notes.

While coming from the office, I went over the notes I made during the day.

After office, I have light snacks and study 2 subjects.

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Look, I know what your situation is, since I am also in the same situation.

Look, I don't know if you're a morning person or a night person.

I'll tell you mine adjusts accordingly

My day starts from 5 a.m. M. A 6 a. M., Just review what I read last night.

Things in the morning from 6 a.m. M. A 7 a. M., How to bathe and everything

7 a. M. At 7:30 h. Light exercise for 15 min and meditation for 15 min.

730 to 800 I get ready for the office.

I return at 7 pm.

In the office I try to read the newspaper and finish the editorial for the day and take little notes.

While coming from the office, I went over the notes I made during the day.

After office, I have light snacks and study 2 subjects every alternate day, such as Geo and Eco etc.

On the weekend review the work of the whole week.

Sunday write an essay and an optional mock preliminary test.

Repeat up to 1.5 years.

Each year, many candidates pass the UPSC CSE while on the job. Even the best of this year was working as an IRS officer. Last year, an IPS addressed the IAS. Here are some examples where civil servants took the exam and improved their grades. As I can recall last year, an IFoS officer was also authorized and joined the IAS cadre. If you look at the list of officials, you will find many examples each year. The incumbent CM of New Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, was working in the TATA group when he approved the CSE of UPSC and obtained the Revenue department and became IRS. Be confident and confident in yourself, you can d

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Each year, many candidates pass the UPSC CSE while on the job. Even the best of this year was working as an IRS officer. Last year, an IPS addressed the IAS. Here are some examples where civil servants took the exam and improved their grades. As I can recall last year, an IFoS officer was also authorized and joined the IAS cadre. If you look at the list of officials, you will find many examples each year. The incumbent CM of New Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, was working in the TATA group when he approved the CSE of UPSC and obtained the Revenue department and became IRS. Be confident and self-confident, you can do IAS while on a job.

You have to take a lot of time out of your busy schedule to prepare for civil service.

Start reading the newspaper every day.

Get some study material from the coaching and, if possible, review the old tests and the answers of the first ones.

Be an observant person and a quick learner.

Make a schedule to study and work.

But don't forget to rest between study hours.

Don't get burned out or frustrated, this will reduce your ability to learn and make you short-tempered.

So get a good night's sleep and plenty of rest and make a very simple and gentle schedule that suits you for easy study and work.

All the best

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You have to take a lot of time out of your busy schedule to prepare for civil service.

Start reading the newspaper every day.

Get some study material from the coaching and, if possible, review the old tests and the answers of the first ones.

Be an observant person and a quick learner.

Make a schedule to study and work.

But don't forget to rest between study hours.

Don't get burned out or frustrated, this will reduce your ability to learn and make you short-tempered.

So get a good night's sleep and plenty of rest and make a very simple and gentle schedule that suits you for easy study and work.

All the best for the future.

By managing your time, you can better prepare for the exam. If you are working, you can also adjust your study according to your work.

Try to put in 3-4 hours in the morning and as many times as you can in the evening once you get home from your office. If you have 5 business days, you have 2 full days to plan and dedicate your study.

While doing so, if you clear your pre-exam, it is suggested that you can take 2-3 months license for the network.

Rest, you can decide to adopt another method as well.

By taking at least 4-6 hours a day out of your daily schedule and taking out the bets, make every second count. Even the minute you spend reading this, make it count too.

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