Is This Your Last Attempt At UPSC Civil Services? Here’s How To Handle The Exam

Civil Services, which is conducted annually for selecting the candidates to the All India Services along with the other central services, stands as the toughest entrance examination in the country. Cracking this year-long selection process examination is not an easy task and one has to put their best foot forward to stand out. Despite devoting more than four years for the preparation, many aspirants fail to crack this prestigious examination. In addition to this, restriction on the number of attempts intimidates aspirants a lot.


Many aspirants assume that the career will be uncertain after the last attempt in the Civil Services. If you are also one amongst them and trying your luck for one last time, you should always understand that everyone has an equal opportunity of cracking the exam despite the first or the last attempt. To be honest with you, aspirant who is aiming to take the Civil Services for the last time will enjoy a slight advantage in the preparation. Here are few tips that helps you in cracking the Civil Services in the last attempt.

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Keep The Concepts At Your Fingertips

The biggest advantage for the aspirants who are taking the last attempt is clarity over the concepts.

Many aspirants takes much time to read and understand the basic concepts. Compared to the newcomers, aspirant who have invested years stay front in this area. Now, the focus should be on making the concepts easy to rememberer. Starting from the Indian history to polity, one should keep all the concepts oat their fingertips.

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Use The Sources For Updates

For the budding aspirants, the major challenge is to find the reliable information to read the concepts. After investing several years for preparation, we hope, most of the aspirants are familiar with the sources of information such as Press Information Bureau (PIB). Try to visit the sources daily and keep yourself updated.

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Identify Where You Lose Consistently

If you are one amongst the failures, try to identify where you lose. To be honest with you, minimising the weak areas is the success formulae in the civil services. Start the subject-wise preparation and identify the topics where you are weak. The SWOT analysis will help you in this activity.

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Work On The Approach

Many aspirants might invest more time on reading the concepts, but this alone will not make you shortlisted. One has to work on the approach of the exam along with the concepts. Depending upon the respective year, one has to adopt a new approach of tackling the questions. Not updating to the new approach also pulls you down in the competition.

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Prefer In-depth Study

The organisers of the Civil Services always prefer to shortlist the candidates who has in-depth knowledge compared to generalised knowledge. The generalised study is good only for those who have just started the preparation. Reading the concepts in-depth also helps you for the main examination and personality test.

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