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HOW DO I GET THERE?
You can start preparing for the Civil Services exam from the time you are in school. While in school, study your entire curriculum very seriously. Take a look at the Civil Services syllabus to get an idea of the exam. Focus on NCERT textbooks (irrespective of whether you studied in CBSE or not) and also make use of guides like Manorama, etc. It is important that you start reading the newspaper regularly. You could also read magazines that cover current affairs.
Go to a reputed university and get your graduation degree. You should choose your subject wisely. Pick a subject that fits well with your plans. If you would like to get into Administrative services, choose subjects like Sociology and Psychology. If you would like to get into the Financial Services, then choose subjects like Economics.
There are two conditions to be eligible for taking the Civil Services Examination. You need to be an Indian citizen. And you need to be between 21 and 30 years of age. The exam is conducted in two parts. Part 1: Preliminary Examination Part 2: Main Examination Preliminary Examination: You first have to pass the initial examination to take the Main Examination. The preliminary examination has two papers: General Studies An aptitude test Main Examination: This consists of nine written exams and an interview. Out of the nine papers, the first two papers are qualifying papers. This means the marks scored in these two papers will not be counted in your overall ranking. The topics for the qualifying papers are as follows: Paper A: One of the Indian languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India. The language for this paper will be selected by you from the list. Paper B: English The qualifying papers will cover Comprehension of given passages, precis writing, usage of language and vocabulary, a short essay and translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa. The topics for the remaining seven exams are as follows: Paper 1: Essay Paper 2: General Studies I (This will cover Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society) Paper 3: General Studies II (This will include governance, constitution, polity, social justice and international relations) Paper 4: General Studies III (This will cover technology, economic development, bio-diversity, environment, security and disaster management) Paper 5: General Studies-IV(This will include ethics, integrity, and aptitude) Papers 6 & 7: Two papers on subjects to be selected by you, from a list of optional subjects provided Based on how much you score in the exams and interview, and your preference, you will be placed in one of the services.
There is a hundred-day training period held at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. You will be typically taught law, management, accounting, history, polity, economics here. Guests speakers from various parts of the government will also give lectures on their areas of expertise. There are exams held at both the mid-term and end-term. You are also taken for a visit to the local villages. This is so you have first-hand experience with the people you serve. You will be expected to study and submit assignments and papers on what you observed there. This includes the local hospitals, farming patterns, village schools and functioning of the panchayats. After this there is the probationary training of another 20 months. This is organised at the district level, where you get to learn your duties in detail. Post this stage you will go to Rashtrapati Bhavan and collect your joining letters from the President of India!
You will be assigned to postings across the country; this could be in a large city or a remote village. It could be anywhere. Make sure you work hard and always keep the interests of the common people in mind. This will help you make a name for yourself and go ahead in your career.