Yes, you can appear for UPSC as its eligibility criteria is graduation in any discipline from a recognized university, no specific aggregate is required in this case candidates must have attained 21 years as on 1st August of the year appearing UPSC Civil Services Exam consists of three stages- Preliminary/Main/Interview
To give you a brief about the exam;
Preliminary carries 200 marks for each paper. It mainly covers the following topics in GS Paper-I like History of India and Indian National Movement, Indian and World Geography, Economic and Social Development- Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion Demography, Social Sector Initiatives etc., Indian Polity and Governance General issues on constitution, political system, current events at national and international level, general science, environmental ecology, biodiversity and climate change. You just need to score the required cut off as per your category.
And then we have the CSAT (you need to score 33%) aptitude which includes topics like basic numeracy, comprehension, logical reasoning and analytical ability, general mental ability, interpersonal skills including decision making and problem solving, communication skills, etc. Both carry 200 marks, MCQ based. Prelims is mcqs based but still it requires knowledge along with speed to achieve it, its numbers are not added to the final list,
It is of a subjective type when it comes to Mains, four general studies papers require answer writing viz.
GS-I covers Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society,
GS-II covers governance, constitution, politics, social justice and international relations.
GS-III covers technology, economic development, biodiversity, environment, security and disaster management,
GS-IV consists of Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude), two optional, one essay, two language papers, there are a total of nine papers. Each paper carries 250 marks, totaling 1750 marks and is followed by a personality test of 275 marks.
To start your preparation for UPSC, the first and foremost step is to be well acquainted with UPSC Syllabus, learn it by heart, this is the most important step to crack this exam, to know what to study and What to leave Also, never differentiate between prelims and mains, because what is happening nowadays is also in prelims, UPSC prepares questions based on mains syllabus, so there should be an integrated approach for both towards preparation.
Make a timetable, set goals on daily, weekly and monthly basis, that is the only way to complete this comprehensive course.
Another equally important part is to read any newspaper like The Hindu, or Indian Express on regular basis as well as gain knowledge which will be highly useful for you in future exam preparation part. Put more emphasis on issues of national and international importance, editorial part, economics, it will not only broaden your perspective but will help a lot in answer writing, and make sure whatever opinion you form should be well balanced.
When it comes to reading books, start with the basics, for each subject you can do with NCERT for it. This will strengthen your foundation, as you progress, moving on to other relevant books as mentioned below;
For Prelims, refer the following books:
History; NCERT Class XI & XII Struggle for India’s Independence by Bipin Chandra For Indian Culture see Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
Geography; NCERT Class VI to XII Physical Geography of GC Leong, World Atlas
Economics; NCERT Class XI. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
international relations; NCERT XII Political Science with Current Affairs
Arrangement of the governance; Indian Politics by Laxmikant
CSAT; Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal, M Tyra’s Quicker Maths
Coming to the Mains exam, you can refer to the following books for the four General Studies papers;
GS I – History For Class XI NCERT Book India with Freedom Struggle by Bipin Chandra, India After Independence by Bipan Chandra, History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
For Geography see World Geography and Geography of India by Majid Hussain, GC Leong’s Physical and Human Geography with NCERT Book of Class XI.
For GS II – Politics and International Relations, see Indian Politics by Lamikant, Foreign Policy of India by Rajeev Sikri.
For GS III – See Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh For Economics, read ARC Reports with Economic Survey and Fiscal Budget.
For GS IV – For Ethics refer the book Lexicon by Neeraj Kumar, You can also see the study material of IGNOU.
Always keep resources to a minimum, read one book several times rather than one book several times.
Start practicing answer writing well in advance, even in a small way, writing Mains for paper nine is a huge task, it requires a lot of practice as well as knowledge. There are many sites that provide questions on a daily basis which you may find very useful.
Practice previous year question papers which you can get on the official website of UPSC at https://www.upsc.gov.in/examinations/previous-question-papers. Apart from mock papers, and test series that you can get from any site dedicated to UPSC, it is extremely important to evaluate your performance while doing so.
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