Things you must know before you start preparing for UPSC IAS Exam

Things you must know before you start preparing for UPSC IAS Exam

Since UPSC CSE examination is one of the toughest and most prestigious examinations in the country, this requires utmost dedication and smart preparation techniques. Every year lakhs of students appear for this examination and the competition is getting tougher day by day. So, it takes a few things to get acquainted with in order to face this huge competition and clear the examination.

So, if you are planning to appear for the upcoming UPSC IAS examination, here is a guide for you to make the process easy.  

Here are a few things you must know about before gearing up for the examination.

Exam schedule:

The exam schedule may change as per UPSC guidelines. So, an aspirant must always check the exam schedule to find out if there are any changes.

PI quotient:

PI quotient determines a candidate’s candidature through his performance in a personality test. Before stepping into the preparation of one of the toughest examinations of all times, getting this PI quotient evaluated may give the candidate a clear mindset about how he or she can cope up with the preparation journey.

Knowing about the civil services and what civil servants do

 It requires so much effort and hard work to make it happen. But why would you put so much attention in something to achieve without knowing what is it all about? So, this is important to know by yourself what type of job you are applying for and where your hard work is going to pay off.

The civil servants mostly work for the administrative departments of India. The officers get to work with MP or MLA for the betterment of society. Here are some examples mentioned below:


The aspirants securing rank between 1 and early 90s are allotted for this post depending upon their preference and category. They head all the central and state government departments and work as people’s representatives.


The central armed police force department is headed by the IPS officers. They mainly take up the responsibility of maintenance of law and order of the country including cybercrime, juvenile crime, narcotics etc.


The main task of these officers is to make a friendly relationship with other countries worldwide. They mostly represent India on international bodies like the United Nations too.

Time table preparation:

Time management is the key to success. Know the importance of things from your to-do list and then prioritize accordingly. Do not waste time sitting idle when there is so much left to do. Do take enough rest in between execution of tasks. Most importantly, break your tasks into smaller segments and take rest in between so that you can be more productive.

Read the syllabus carefully:

Before you start any type of preparation, it is always important to have a clear overview of the syllabus. So, go through it carefully, objectify it and do not get panicked. This is true that the huge syllabus can seem to you challenging. But if you consider breaking it into smaller chunks, it would be much easier for you.