10 Habits You Should Know To Become An IAS Officer In First Attempt

Undeniably, cracking an Indian Administration Service (IAS) exam is not an easy task because the success ratio is less than 1%. In order to crack one amongst the toughest entrance examinations in the country, aspirants should put their best foot forward in the preparation. To make the UPSC Civil Services preparation an integral part of daily routine, aspirants should develop some skill sets which is possible with the following habits. The below habits not only help during the preparation but also support aspirants to stand among India's elite IAS officers post selection.


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Time Management

Planning and preparing a time schedule for each activity is one of the best practice every individual should do. When it comes to an aspiring IAS officer, this is the first thing they should hone. Be it Civil Services aspirant or posted as IAS officer, one should be very particular about the time management.


The clarity is one of the habits a Civil Service aspirants should hone prior to preparing for the exam. This one will help candidates not only to crack the IAS examination but also in the real-time post selection. One should gain clarity over the concept before taking a decision.



''It takes a great man to be a good listener,'' by Calvin Coolidge. We hope there is no need to elaborate much because the job is done by this quote alone. A good listener can be a great decision maker which reflect in the administration.

Understanding The Pulse

One more habit a Civil Servant's aspirant should adopt is understanding the pulse of issue. After getting selected for the IAS, one has to read between the lines to solve the issue. Try to make this as a habit while preparing for the examination.

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Reading Newspaper

We know that many aspirants are familiar with this because newspaper reading is required to answer the current affairs questions. Reading the newspaper is very important to crack the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination. Budding aspirants should make this as a habit during their three-year graduation.


The Civil Services preparation doesn't mean locking yourself in the room with books. One should have a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet. Aspirants should devote considerable time for physical exercises such as Yoga, meditation, running, swimming and others. Ensuring good health will keep pressure and stress at bay.


The UPSC Civil Services selection process include both objective and descriptive. To stand out in the examination, focusing only on the objective alone will not work. The Civil Service Main Examination consists of descriptive papers and one should have good handwriting without losing the speed.

Micro Notes Preparation

The note preparation might be very familiar to many aspirants which is most common during the higher studies. Candidates have to start preparing the micro notes while preparing for the exam. The micro notes should contain all the information about the concept/topic in half a page.


Another important habit aspirants should hone is a discussion. Healthy and quality discussions will help to gain more knowledge in less time. This will also help in sharpening some skills such as communication, leadership and public speaking. In a discussion, try to make a habit of providing the composed reaction with this is much required while taking the Main examination.


The journey to IAS is not simple. Many aspirants come out of the competition after devoting for 3 or 4 years due to societal pressures and consecutive failures. The only thing that can help you is motivating yourself for the IAS exam. Hence, always be committed to your goals and try to strengthen the willpower. Good luck.

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