On 05th June, Union Public Service Commission commonly abbreviated as UPSC, released the REVISED CALENDAR 2020 prelims. Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said the announcement of fresh date for the civil services preliminary exam would allay apprehensions in some quarters of it being cancelled. The UPSC Prelims 2020 exam will now be held on 4TH OCTOBER, 2020 with the IAS MAINS 2020 exam starting from 8TH JANUARY, 2021. Candidates can log on to the official website — upsc.gov.in — to check the revised schedule online. An e-admit card will be issued before the examinations which can be downloaded from the official website. UPSC IAS Result 2020 will be announced in form of pdf file containing the roll numbers of the selected candidates. Candidates will have their roll number to check the UPSC IAS 2020 result. It is expected that the UPSC IAS Result 2020 for prelims will be announced in November 2020. Selected candidates will be eligible for IAS 2020 Main exam. Final UPSC IAS 2020 result will be announced after the IAS interview and medical test in March 2021 .“The dates of notification, commencement and duration of examinations/recruitment tests are liable to alteration, if the circumstances so warrant,” the Commission said. The Indian Forest Service (Preims) will be held along with the UPSC Civil Service examination and Mains will be held on February 28, 2021. Ever since the civil service aspirants are in a buzz. Now, the examination appears to be round the corner. It is time for the aspirants to jump on the preparation bandwagon with electrifying speed.
UPSC IAS exam is the most prestigious exam in the country and lakhs of candidates dream about the Indian Administrative Services as their dream job. All the ministries and the departments in the union and state governments are headed by the IAS officers. Hence the IAS exam has acquired this much of importance. The topper of the IAS exam has the opportunity to become the Cabinet Secretary to the Government of India. It is the highest bureaucratic position one person can have in India. Merit-based Civil Services was first introduced in India in 1854. For this purpose, a Civil Service Commission was set up in 1854 in London and a competitive examination was conducted in 1855. This service was called Indian Civil Services(ICS) at that time. For the first time in 1922, the Indian Civil Service Examination began to held in India also, first in Allahabad and later in Delhi with the setting up of the Federal Public Service Commission. The ICS examination in London continued to be conducted by the Civil Service Commission.The civil services examination is held annually in three stages – prelims, mains and interview — by the UPSC to select officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others. Lakhs of aspirants take the examination every year to be part of the country’s coveted civil services. At least 796 vacancies were announced by the commission to be filled through the civil services examination 2020. Every year, the preliminary examination is conducted in the month of April or May, and the main examination is conducted in June. There is no clear number available on the number of candidates applying for the civil services exams. But, nearly seven lakh candidates register for the UPSC prelims every year and it is considered one of India’s most coveted examinations. But, this year around 10 lakh aspirants have registered for the UPSC prelims examination.
ELIGIBILITY: For Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), a candidate must be a citizen of India and must be graduate from any recognized university. For all other services, they must be graduate from any recognized university, can either be a citizen of India or
1) A subject of Nepal/ Bhutan
2) A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
3) A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
Note: Candidates who are subjects of Nepal/ Bhutan or Tibetan refugees are not eligible to apply for Indian Foreign Service (IFS).
Candidates must be minimum 21 years and maximum 32 years of age as on August 1, 2020. This means that candidates must have born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 1999. There is also age relaxation of some years for reserved category candidates:
|SC/ ST||5 years|
|Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof||3years|
|Ex-servicemen including commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years of military service as on August 1, 2020 and have been released||5 years|
|PwD [(a) blindness and low vision; (b) deaf and hard of hearing; (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness; and (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness]||10 years|
The IAS syllabus has no limit since UPSC can ask anything from any topic and no one can question the UPSC about the depth of the IAS topics. The UPSC design the IAS question paper in a way so that the standard of the question paper remain the same. The question break-up from the IAS topics is altered every year.
IAS Syllabus is the limitless entity. But with a thorough understanding of the IAS question papers and exam pattern, we can limit the IAS syllabus to the relevant topics. Relevancy is the only criteria which can define the contours of IAS syllabus. It takes over a year to study all the topics defined in the IAS Syllabus. IAS preparation incorporates to study, understand and interrelates all the topics defined in the IAS syllabus.
There is nothing which can be termed as out of IAS syllabus. There is one common saying about the IAS syllabus that ” Everything under the Sun is IAS Syllabus“.
A candidate appears in any one paper of the IAS Prelims Exam, then it is deemed that he has made an attempt in the IAS Exam.
|CATEGORY||NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS|
|ECONOMIC WEAKER SECTION (EWS)||6|
|OTHER BACKWARD CLASSES(OBC)||9|
|SC/ST||Till the age limit|
|PERSON WITH DISABILITIES||Till the age limit|
At this critical juncture, aspirants will be getting anxious. Their minds will be clogged with lots of questions like How to approach the remaining 4 months? Now is the time to put in the efforts and work smartly and toil till you reach the goal.
THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP NOW IS TO PLAN AND PUT THAT PLAN INTO EXECUTION…
Initially the exam was to be held on 31st May. But, due to COVID-~19, it has been postponed and rescheduled now. So, it is now given that all the serious aspirants would have achieved a considerable level of preparation by this time. Now is not the time to procrastinate. These 120 days will pass by in a whiff. Remember, every single aspirant is getting these 120 days. Competition will be really high as aspirants are getting enough time for multiple revisions. Moreover, the gap between prelims exam and mains exam has been reduced. Added to this, is the unpredictable times we are living in. All this calls for a refined strategy on how to approach the exam now.
A GOAL WILL ALWAYS REMAIN A GOAL, IF YOU DO NOT IMPLEMENT IT STRATEGICALLY.
Let us first focus on the Prelims exam
The prelims exam consists of two parts: static and dynamic. Dynamic includes the current affairs based questions. Let us first deal with how to approach this part.
Aspirants should keep in mind that the current affairs from Prelims 2019 (June 2019) till September 15, 2020 have to be covered for the prelims exam. There will be two categories of aspirants:
⦁ One who have been thoroughly following Current Affairs both on daily and monthly basis and have been revising too. To further strengthen their preparation, they should go through the compilations of IASGYAN- IAS GAZETTE, Prelims Xpress and attempt mocks.
⦁ The second category is of aspirants who have not been able to read Current Affairs properly. They need not worry. Now is the time to clear their back logs. Make a plan and follow it to the letter. Go through the monthly compilations. And the priority of the Current Affairs syllabus for them should be 12 months before the prelims.
Always remember that Current Affairs is a very dynamic area. It is imperative for the aspirants to follow a well- crafted and structured strategy. For prelims 2020, the aspirants should attempt as many mocks as possible for mains should practice answer writing to hone the skills required. Also one should remember that to prepare current affairs and to develop linkages, conceptual clarity is a must and thus, aspirant should never compromise on referring to standard text books like NCERT.
⦁ There should be not a single topic of the syllabus which now should be left. UPSC has given enough time.
⦁ Basics should be very clear. Revise the NCERT and the standard books multiple times.
⦁ The key here is to do multiple revisions and keep giving as many mocks as possible.
⦁ Previous year questions become very important at this juncture. The best strategy is to revise a particular subject and then do PYQs asked from it.
⦁ There must be some grey areas of preparation. Resolve them at the earliest and strengthen your strong areas.
Remember the basic rules of preparation remain the same:
Let us now first focus on the Mains exam-
UPSC has reduced the gap between prelims and mains exam. There is 96 days gap between Prelims and Mains . So, aspirants also have to focus on the mains exam now. There are many areas like optional, world history, ethics, essay etc which do not fall in prelims syllabus. For the initial 2-2.5 months, aspirants need to create a balance between prelims and mains preparation and devote adequate time for both. Answer writing is a must now. The key lies in how the aspirants will strategize their preparation for both the exams simultaneously.
Further, there will be many aspirants who have done and revised the entire syllabus of prelims, have done PYQs and are attempting mocks regularly.
What will be the strategy for them?
- First of all, they need to regularly update their current affairs preparation. Second, they keep attempting prelims mock tests at regular intervals. But, now their focus in initial 2 months should be on their mains preparation. Cover the syllabus which has not been prepared. Start answer writing.
- In the last 2 months before prelims, focus should again shift to prelims with multiple revisions, mocks and PYQs.
- There are also number of aspirants who have their interviews left. They should have all their focus on preparing for the interview for the next 1-1.5 month. No doubt they will be automatically, covering current affairs and also revising the static portion for the interview.
IN A NUTSHELL,
⦁ Aspirants appearing for Interview 2019, will focus on interview till middle July. After interview they will jump to prelims.
⦁ Aspirants who are confident with their prelims preparation, will focus more on mains for the next 2-2.5 months. However, they will continue giving prelims mocks and regularly update their current affairs.
⦁ Aspirants who have their backlogs pending in static/ dynamic part of the prelims will focus on and cover those first and simultaneously try to devote time to mains preparation.
⦁ For all aspirants, last 2 months before prelims, the focus will solely be on PRELIMS and PRELIMS ONLY. They will do multiple revisions, practice mocks and do the PYQs sincerely.
Dear friends, it is being repeated again. This is not the time to procrastinate. Sit down. Do a SWOT analysis of your PRELIMS preparation and MAINS preparation. Go through the above points, make a plan and follow it to the letter. And most of all, take care of your health…
IF YOU HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF,
IF YOU HAVE COURAGE TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR DREAM AT ANY COST,
IF YOU PREPARE TO SACRIFICE YOUR LOVABLE MOMENTS FOR YOU GOAL,
IF YOU ARE CONFIDENT AND READY TO PUT YOUR 100% EFFORTS,
THEN YOU ARE DEFINITELY AT THE RIGHT PATH…
Best of Luck..
Source: APTI PLUS