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                                BEING AN IAS ASPIRANT 


Always in life, you have got two ways to reach your destination 

You either start your journey and start exploring the place alongside

or You get to know the place before and take a map and then you hit the road this will not only save you time but also makes sure you are prepared for the worst circumstances to face in this journey.

We at Believers IAS, Best IAS Coaching Bangalore are helping you with the road map so that you can embark on your journey of becoming an IAS officer. Deciding to become an IAS OFFICER  is not an easy feat and such a decision shouldn't be taken impulsively. 

In the process of transforming oneself from a UPSC aspirant to an IAS officer, a candidate has to cross all three hurdles. Many of our officers have made us proud by realizing their dream of IAS at BIASA.

Clearing the IAS exam is a long-term plan wherein the candidate has to slog 365 days covering all facts and data along with the syllabus. People do give tall claims of clearing the UPSC exam by just preparing for 6 months which is a fad.


It's the quality of preparation that matters and not the duration of your preparation. Best online IAS coaching-Believers IAS Academy focuses mainly on quality of preparation, which directly gets reflected in the answer sheets of our aspirants.

1st hurdle is mostly in the month of June, and it is called UPSC preliminary exam.


There are many rules and limitations in this exam.

  • A candidate from the General category has four attempts. 
  • Candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) have seven attempts. 
  • For those from the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST), there is no limit to the number of attempts. 

The next limitation is - Age. 

You can take the exam from the age of 21 to 30. For OBC and, SC and ST candidates, the age limit is 32 and 35 respectively.

There is inbuilt psychology behind preparing for an exam. Studying the same thing over and over again can get boring and frustrating. If we study with this mindset, it will not be of any use. Do not forget that as we age, our enthusiasm to study fizzles out. People also come under a lot of pressure due to increased age. So you should at least start studying at 21 years of age and aim to finish your preparation by the age of 26. If you take too much liberty, you can stretch it to the age of 27, but no more. Forget the fact that you can actually give the exam until the age of 30.

About UPSC preliminary examination 

The pattern of Civil services preliminary examination has been designed to test the expertise of a candidate on various subjects and his/her ability to present himself/herself in a systematic and coherent manner. The examination pattern intends to assess the overall intellectual traits and understanding level of the candidates. 

UPSC preliminary examination has two papers for 200 marks each; 

  1. General Studies [GS]
  2. Civil services Aptitude Test [CSAT]
  • Since this is a qualifying exam, the marks obtained in this test are not counted for determining the final order of merit and rank.
  • CAST is a qualifying paper in which a candidate needs to secure 66 marks out of 200.

The ghost of negative marking

There is a negative marking of one-third of marks for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the objective type of questions

2nd hurdle of UPSC main examination. 

IAS Exam Pattern for Mains

IAS Mains is an offline exam.

Each paper is for 3 hours. 30 minutes are given extra to blind students.

The exam will contain 9 papers. A candidate will be tested on the basis of their knowledge, understanding of the subject and language skills.

Questions will be only descriptive in nature. They will be given in both Hindi and English language.

IAS Mains is further divided into two types – Qualifying Exam and Merit Exam. It is compulsory to appear in both.

Optional Papers:

There is yet another roadblock that is linked to the optional paper. Unless and until you take the main exam, it is difficult for you to judge whether the subject you have chosen is the best choice for you.  However, once you have opted for a particular subject, try not to doubt your choice. Also, do not think of shifting to another subject unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. 

Only if you prepare well and still do not score well in the optional paper, indicates that you should change your subject. If you do this it would ultimately render your previous attempts to be trial attempts. There is no guarantee, however, that the next one is surely not going to be a trial attempt too.

Qualifying Papers- 

 Paper A: (One of the Indian Languages to be selected from the ones included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution – 300 Marks)

Paper B: English – 300 Marks

Candidates have to score at least 75 marks (25%) in both these papers to qualify.

Merit Exams- there are totally 7 papers in this section namely GS1, GS2, GS3, GS4, essay, and two optional papers. 

The aspirant is required to select one optional among the list provided by UPSC and will have to write two papers of 250 marks each on that particular subject. 

The complete descriptive nature of IAS mains demands learned writing skills. BIAS with its intensive mentorship program and daily answer writing practice has mastered the technique of guiding aspirants. 

Newspaper reading and having a thorough grip on current affairs is a must for a civil service aspirant. If you wish to make notes you can do but make sure it doesn't exceed a sheet. Only make a note of important issues and not the complete newspaper.

You can rely upon Believers IAS - Daily current affairs and Editorials for detailed notes for issues from the newspaper.

Example: If the newspaper article talks about Great Indian Bustard,

jolt down a few points about the news article or Editorial opinions but for the static knowledge just login to BELIEVERS IAS ACADEMY website and search the topic and take a print-out of the content. This saves you time for other subjects.

Don't waste time on useless topics on newspapers, and controversies.


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