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Q - i am 12art student how to prepare in IAS studies

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First, you should understand the procedure and pattern of IAS exam. Then, make a detailed study plan. You can apply for UPSC Civil Services examination after graduation. But you can start your planning and preparation right now.
According to the current pattern, there are two written examinations and an interview. First, there is Civil Services Preliminary examination which comprises of two compulsory objective type papers. Candidates who clear preliminary examination qualify for Civil Services Main examination. The Main Examination consists of a written examination and an Interview Test. The written examination consists of 9 papers of essay type in various specified subjects. Selected candidates of written examination are called for interview.

Two compulsory papers under Preliminary Examination(200 marks each) are based on current affairs, general awareness, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision making, comprehension skills, etc.
Main written examination has 9 papers i.e. one of the Indian languages, English, Essay, General Studies(4 papers), and optional subject(two paper). These optional subjects include subjects such as Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Commerce and Accountancy, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, History, Law, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science and International Relations, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, and many more.
The papers on Indian Languages and English are of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers are not counted for ranking.
The number of candidates to be summoned for interview are about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 300 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks). Marks obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) determine final rankings. Candidates are allotted to the various Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and Posts.

You can find detailed information about syllabus, subjects, pattern, marks, procedures, list of optional subjects, etc. in advertisement of civil services examination. Read it carefully. Then, study and draw a detailed plan, set goals and checkpoints. Collect study material. Take help of sample papers and previous papers.
You should make short notes and keep yourself updated with current affairs and general issues. It will help you in both written examinations and interview. You can also start working on your English subject & Indian language paper and writing and communication skills. You can pick optional subjects of your choice which can help you in IAS exam and prepare detailed notes alongwith your graduation.
A good planning, dedication and hard work will help you get success.

[Answered on August 9, 2012]

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