You can make your own success story if you just keep in mind the below points:
Know the UPSC exam pattern and syllabus.
Learn the UPSC syllabus thoroughly.
Get the right books and material.
Get the current affairs notes up-to-date.
Practice mock tests.
Practice answer writing for the mains.
Work hard without losing energy and hope!
UPSC Civil Service Exam consists of three level-
Preliminary numbers are not added in the final list, you just need to score the required cut offs against your category.It mainly consists of GS Paper-I and CSAT. Both consists of 200 marks, MCQs based.
Mains is more of a subjective type, one needs to write answer for Four General Studies Paper,Two Optionals, One Essay, two language paper, there are total nine papers here. 250 marks for each paper, total is 1750
You can go through the gradual steps as mentioned below in order to start your preparation for UPSC:
Be well acquainted with UPSC Syllabus, learn it by heart, that's the most crucial step to crack this exam, to know what to read and what to skip. In addition to this, never ever make a differentiation between prelims and mains, what I mean is do not prepare separately for each, because nowadays what's happening is even in prelims, UPSC frame questions based on Mains syllabus, So, the first towards preparation shall be a combined preparation for both.
Read any newspaper like The Hindu, or Indian Express on a regular basis to be updated as well as gaining knowledge which shall be highly useful to you in future exam preparation part.
Start with basics, for each subject, you can do with NCERTs for this.
As you progress, move on to other relevant books, keep your resources minimum like Polity by Laxmikanth, History of Modern India by Bipin Chandra etc.
Start practicing answer writing in advance, even in a little way, writing mains is a huge task for nine paper, it requires immense practice along with knowledge.
Practice previous year question paper which you can get from the site of UPSC,in addition mock papers, and test series which you can get it from any of the sites extensively dedicated to UPSC, , it's highly important to evaluate your performance while doing so.
Prelims is mcq based, but still it requires knowledge coupled with speed, and for mains, as I already mentioned the importance of answer writing.
To clear UPSC Civil services Exam, you have to firstly pursue graduation with 50% marks in any field.
After this, you are eligible for the exam.
The exam is conducted in two parts premiums and mains. If you cleared the prelims ,then you are allowed to sit in the mains followed by interview procedure.
For studying ,you should read the NCERT class 6-12 books for history, geography, political science and economics. For current affairs read a Newspaper daily followed by the competition success and other magazines. You can also consult other Books for each of these subjects like for modern history go for Spectrum, environment (Shankar las book) etc.
Practice the test series and mock tests . You can follow up the syllabus you have studied for it.
For English, make your vocabulary good and practice general English from Arihant Competitive Exam book.
Make a proper time table so that you can devote time for each subject.
Practice daily and along with it revise the syllabus which you have already studied.
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Let us talk few things frankly.
First, be aware of laziness. And home preparation is not at all going to work for becoming IAS officer. You may workout the syllabus by sitting at home,but what about the important thing,topics, experience. So, Institution is must.
Now if you can't afford the institutions, you need to seriously sacrifice your sleep and peace. Working core hard is the only way to success if you can't afford Institutions. Now coming to syllabus,maths plays a vital role for scoring out with good marks, daily news paper and general awareness is must, should have a deep information about history.
You need not worry about syllabus, if you are going to Institute, they will help you out with all important things to go with. Is still want to know about IAS syllabus here is the link,