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Success-Plan Civil Services Examination : Setting Goal Alone will not Work
Atul Kapoor Last Update on: 01 Oct 2021

As per the Calendar released by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the first stage Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2021 is going to be staged on 27th June 2021. The Main Examination will commence from 17th September 2021. This clearly indicates that you will have less than 3 months' time in hand between Preliminary Examination and Mains. For the candidates aspiring to appear in coming Civil Services Examination 2021, time has come to be focused and seriou...
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Exam Preparation during COVID-19 - Make it an Excuse to Excel
admin Last Update on: 25 Jun 2020

Be it Civil Services, Judicial Services or any other exam; all of the aspirants appearing in any open competitive Examination must be having a very mixed feeling about the way things are turning out in last three months. The world was at a pause, you guys were not able to attend coaching classes, getting no chance of sitting with your pears and discussing a hot topic or even didn’t had any source to purchase books or study material. Everything around was chaotic and obvi...
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IAS Exam - ‘Luck’ does play a role; but, only a little
admin Last Update on: 10 Jun 2020

This is not an examination where pure ‘luck’ can be the determinant for success. A multi-stage exam-plan with an evaluation process that encompass subjects from diverse disciplines makes it sure that only those candidates gets selected who possess aptitude for the posts in question. If you look at the historical trends for Main Examination, agreed, many candidates were not able to perform well in General Studies. But, despite of their average show in General Studie...
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NCERT BOOKS are a Must for Civil Services Exam Preparation; But How to Manage such Work Load?
Atul Kapoor Last Update on: 01 Oct 2021

In the beginning, be clear that you have to pick NCERT book for only those subjects which are present in the syllabus for General Studies or may relate to the optional subject you have picked up. I know it is easy to say that for Civil Services Examination preparation (particularly for General Studies) read this… this… and this and a long list of books starts with NCERT books from 6th to 12 standards. But, I agree with you, it is not a small task as you have 6-7 subjec...
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It is time to speak up to yourself before you commence Civil Services Exam 2021 Preparation
admin Last Update on: 26 Jun 2020

It is your battle and right from showing courage to appear in this examination, to preparation and facing real examination, you are at the centre-stage. So, before you indulge in serious preparation, it is time to speak your mind and converse with yourself by putting some essential questions about your dream, as regards to your attitude, outlook towards life, your commitment towards this examination, willingness to change and learn newer things, about certain choices you need to make,...
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3 broad categories of IAS aspirants that ultimately define their chances of success
admin Last Update on: 24 Jun 2020

In past more than 3 decades, I have met thousands of successful candidates in Civil Services Examination and out of these successful candidates interviewed by me would be crossing four digit figure. I have met as many unsuccessful candidates and numerous aspirants preparing for Civil Services Examination with a dream to make career in ‘Civil Services’. It has been really satisfying as well enriching journey and I keep on getting lots of insights as well as clues ab...
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Emerging new face of the Civil Services Examination
admin Last Update on: 25 Jun 2020

As UPSC has gone in inventive mode, many candidates have started believing that ‘luck’ is the biggest factor that plays a vital role in selection as in last few years we have seen some erratic trends the Civil Services Examination results have shown. If I consider the events in last twelve years (2008 to 2019); you will notice that gradually, the fabric of the exam has transformed radically. First, the weakening share of General Studies in...
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Understand your Goals - Career in IAS; and say, ‘Yes; I Can’
Atul Kapoor Last Update on: 09 Aug 2021

This is the time of year when many fresh graduates make up their mind to try their luck with Civil Services Examination. Each time I write, my endeavour is that these articles give you a little confidence and some insights to face the fierce competition boldly. Talk to a youngster who has just started thinking of making career choice and career in ‘Civil Services’ comes as one of the career options available. When one make up mind to decide about ‘Civil Servi...
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IAS Preparation: Manage it better
admin Last Update on: 25 Jun 2020

While preparing for Civil Services Examination as you move on the long path, your requirements expend and necessities increases every passing day. Each stage of the examination has some unique issues to tackle; so the best way to address these is to write down your plans and activities.  You keep on getting new ideas, suggestions and comments that help you in moving forward and make your efforts meaningful. Make a crisp note of all the stuff you come across an...
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Civil Services Examination: Confront the realities
admin Last Update on: 25 Jun 2020

As the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020 is coming close, candidates eyeing career in coveted Indian Administrative Services are engrossed with focussed preparation with an aim to outpace other counterparts. I have mentioned only IAS among host of services and posts for which UPSC conducts Civil Services Examination every year as it is top-of-mind career choice and majority of candidates put i...
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