How to prepare for IAS Exam? – by Rachit Raj, UPSC Exam Rank 3

Rachit Raj, IAS, sharing his experience and explaining how to prepare for IAS Exam with all who are going to start or who have started their Civil Services exam preparation.

I did my B Tech in Biotechnology and probably I scored decent marks. Always I had the motto of clearing this exam and getting into IAS . During my college days I never studied for this exam and also never went through any newspaper which now I think I should have done. Only thing which was happening was the thought to clear this exam.

After completing my B Tech , I didn’t join any job . Also I got chance to do M Tech but one of my special friend asked not to go into research and PhD ( nothing intentional) so even I dropped this idea too. Lately I realised that I should have some back up before going to start my preparation for IAS. Therefore I decided to go for MBA as a backup plan . I joined an institution in Mumbai and started with my MBA program. Three months passed and honestly speaking I was not at all feeling inclined and interested into this field. So finally in November I left MBA and thought to go for IAS exam preparation . Everyone in my family was not in favour of this decision ( you might know the reason ). But still taking into my self confidence and ability I decided to go for it.

At this stage I will tell you my condition. I was really not interested in history , polity, geography, sociology and economics ( being engineering background , you might realise ). I didn’t know about constitution , modern history, geography etc. But with affirmative mind I joined a coaching and started my preparation.

Initially I felt problem in reading newspaper and how to proceed in the subjects. But I continued with whatever material I had . Later on I really got inclined and interested into all the subjects and enjoyed reading. But I will tell you that always have patience, perseverance and self confidence . This is required .

  • You will have to build your launch pad on your own and then you will have to be prepared to strive for the best .
  • You have strengths and weakness. Bet on your strength and aim to check on weakness part.
  • Just keep moving towards your goal and aim and you will see that you will automatically sail on the correct path .
  • But don’t deviate or be pressurised by negativity . These are the hurdles which you will have to manage .
  • Therefore if you think towards your aim and goal , just go for it with full passion and energy .
  • Life is all yours and its your method and way which will matter the most . So keep yourself motivated and have the passion to achieve your goal. You can and you will get it.

All the best !!!!!!!

This article is written by Mr. Rachit Raj, IAS.

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  1. i am really impress with the words of patience preservation and self confidence i myself in this motivation preparing for this achievment…………………..

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    • Hello sir.i am preeti.i am M.A. (Eng) .want to become IAS.but without knowledge and guidelines .,i cant become this.pls show me the direction.

    • Hi sir im gopal reddy from bangalore sir I am pursuing in machine design sir im really interested being a IAS officer pls help me to prepare for mains and for prilims. .. and guid me in choice of lectives. . Pls I’m e mail ID
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    • iam a ba students i have intrested to IAS
      sir plz let me some importance booke,Which coaching u have joined and where? ? or best coaching centre plsss help me

  2. In which institution u joined and vat books u preferred….I also hav dat goal bt dnt knw how to reach dat successfully….so frnds I request u to suggest me something….

    • actually evryones jst keep on asking about the institutes which really doesnt matter, the main thing we need is patience, re-reading, sync with updates. the books u should read for basic is ncerts so that u would a framework of that subject and depending on ur interest u can choose ur books, but dont rely on too many, jst 2.. at max 3. Reading books will surely improve ur english language, just prepare ur own strategy, no need to follow what others do, its a blunder coz sometimes it may not suit u, and no matter wat comes ur way dont deviate from the path..

  3. In which institution u joined nd vat books you preferred…I also hav dat dnt knw how to reach it successfully…so frnds I request u to suggest me something….

    • Their are many institute in NCR.. All are gud…main point is that until u dont try with hardwork and self studies. U cant get success. So my advice to join the institute for guideline. and do self studies.

  4. Thanq for motivating even i do have hope to do clear in civil service exams .bcs f my criticl situations i cant do now so by u r words i really insired

  5. Sir m also from enginreeng background.. Doing btech in ece.. Is coaching compulsory for this besides these ncert books?? Can i prepare side by side???

  6. Namshkar sir my name is Amit Rajoriya and I want to become IPS officer but I don’t know how to prepare or start of this exam so plz suggest me

  7. I am really inspiring by your note. I am studying mechanical engg in jvit Banglore. my ambition is to become a IAS officer & working civil services. I am in poor & rural background. please tell me sir in my future I become IAS officer.

  8. Hi ,I am student of b-tech (me)3rd year.I want to join IAS but i not understand which subject is best for me . Please guide me…

  9. Hello Rachit sir, my name is Bapi Paul. I have a question that how many subject in this exam and what? And which writter is best?

  10. Hello sir..i am Preeti.i want to become an IAS ..but without knowledge ,i cant become show me the directions..plsss

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  11. I really impressed by your notes and thoughts . My name is Ankush & want to become IAS ,please tell me about the 20 books which ur senior told u will help me to achieve the goal …

  12. Hello sir im bhagyashree…
    Am E n Tc engg.
    i want to become an IAS
    I didnt know about upsc sylabs and how to crack IAS exam…
    plzzzz give me direction and suggestion about books and classes if neccessary….!

  13. hlo sir….I’m pursuing B.A final year after this what should i do. I’m in confused that whether i do M.A in geo. or history i have no idea…i want suggestion plz…..

  14. Sir I’m a bsc agri student n I too want to prepare for IAS .so sir plz hive me too some good advice to study n follow..!!

  15. l got inspire with your words and m much interested in having the motive of civil service
    so pliz guide me what I have to do and where I to go for coaching and preparation


  16. Hi sir Iam Balaji from ranipet.I applied for RRB EXAM.I have no idea for preparation. Pls guide me sir to refer studymaterials,notes.pls send important notes(pdf) to email id sir.pls help me sir

  17. I am really impressed and strengthen with your inspiring words and motivate me to move forward keeping my goal ahead.

  18. Sir I’m from Rajasthan .I’m completing in Hindi medium.i ‘m face many problems about English so what I do to removed my weakness 😉

  19. I am 18 yrs old boy & I have decided to become IAS But the problem is that my parents want me to do MBBS as a backup plan & I think that after doing MBBS I will lose my whole studying energy as I will be very tired by studying 6yrs.Plz suggest me what to do and how to start my preparation for IAS.

  20. Sr my optional subject is mathematics can you. tell me which book is better I want score mark in optional subject. … 9910683606

  21. I need your help I’m from poor family….so I can’t move for coaching.. Or other classes but I’m ready to work hard but don’t know how to put ma first step…..

  22. Sir m Delhi nhi ja skta coaching k lie m jaipur rhta hu sir m without coaching ya jaipur m koi coaching join kru plz sir guide me or sir m apse bhi mil chuka hu jpr m ap khan academy k seminar m aye the ……plz sir guide me

  23. Thanks for such a helpful article. Getting inspiration and some success mantras from the toppers is the best part as they have already faced the situation. I am getting training from Vajiram and Ravi and my teachers there keep telling me about the importance of time management and discipline. They also suggest that after going from the class, students should revise all the things to save time at the time of final preparation.

    I loved the point on importance of health. While preparing for the exam students get so much involved in the studies that they completely forget about their health.

  24. Hello, I am Bilifang Brahma, my qualification is 12th(sceince) pass. I compleated 1 year ADCAP computer softarware diploma. Or etc…..sir i like IAS. I prepare IAS examition,

  25. Dude, thanks for telling your story.

    I almost see myself in you. I have passed my with a job in my hand but i am unwilling to go for it. I am preparing for MBA currently but i finally wish to become an IAS. 🙂

    Life seems quite strangled right now but its nice to see such people also have a change in becoming an IAS.

    Thanks 🙂

  26. Thank you so much sir for this wonderful Article. I am really inspired and this article really help me to avoid all the hurdles come during my ias preparation. Thank you so much.

  27. Hii friends.iwant be a IAs officer but i do agriculture frm ballia but I prepared for beat IAS examanation …

  28. I am in class 12 th studying ISC so I want to know that when should I start Ias coaching and preparation so it’s my humble request to any experienced person to guide me !!!!!!

  29. hello sir
    i am astudent of B.Sc.( Ag) frist year
    i want to be a IAS officer
    sir plzz tell me
    what will i have to do for complete IAS exam
    plzz guide me

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