How To Prepare For The Civil Services While Pursuing Engineering

By Sashikanth Sai

As the final results of the civil services are expected to be declared in April, henceforth, we will be listening to many success stories of the aspirants who clear India's toughest exam. Many of them start their story with days at college or coaching institutes.

Interestingly, one out of four selected candidates will be from engineering-related streams and at least one among the top ten ranks. As the competition is furious amongst aspirants who hold the drafter, they are advised to start their preparation while pursuing engineering.


Every budding engineer has to understand that there is a lot of difference between technical courses and general studies in the civil services. After this there will be a question on how to kick-start the civil services preparation? They should start their IAS preparation without disturbing the graduation tasks such as assignments, projects and semesters.

Understand The Civil Services

It will be a great feeling to say that, "I am a civil service aspirant." One should understand the importance of civil servants in the country besides their role and responsibilities. Assess yourself, whether this suits you or not.

Know The Syllabus

Great! Once you have decided that this is the right choice, you should know everything about the examination starting from the selection process to the syllabus. Explore each and every area of the syllabus and try to understand why the board has chosen these topics for the examination.

Gather All The Information

Gather All The Information

Staring from the study material to previous years' question papers, gather all the stuff while preparing because it will save time during real-time preparation. At least five years of previous question papers in both preliminary and main examinations are required.

Choose You Optional

Obviously, one should choose their optional depending upon their passion and interest. Understand the importance of the optional subject and choose the subject that can fetch more marks in the main examination.

Though public administration, anthropology, political science, geography and history are the most popular optionals, engineering students can also choose the core subjects like electrical, civil and mechanical engineering.

Plan Early To Stand Out

Since you are still in engineering, you do not have to devote all your time for civil service preparation. If you are in the final year of your graduation, you can allot 1-2 hours a day for the preparation. One can also enrol in the coaching centres to understand the tricks before starting the real-time preparation. However, enrolling to the weekend batch is enough.

Know The Daily Happenings

A civil service aspirant should know about all the issues happening around them. This only plays a key role in the main examination. One should relate today's news to yesterday's and predict what could happen tomorrow. Read the newspaper daily, including the monthly magazines such as the Yojana and Kurukshetra.

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