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How to prepare for UPSC after 12th?

One of the most common questions that we have received from our students – Is how to prepare for UPSC after 12th? What subjects should we choose in graduation, what books should we follow, etc etc. In this blog, we answer most asked student questions. So let’s begin with this opinion piece – How to prepare for UPSC after class 12th?


Union Public Service Commission, commonly known as UPSC is the Centralized Recruiting Agency of India authorized to conduct various examinations to recruit officers at different positions of the government. The Civil Services Examination (CSE) stands as one of the toughest examinations in the country. The year-long examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Every year, over 10 lakhs aspirants compete for the All India Services, Central Services, Group A and B Services are also equally popular across India.


The positions offered by the UPSC exams are extremely coveted in the country. It serves as the gateway to the high ranked administrative positions in the various Government Departments. The good salary structure, the associated perks, and the respect and esteem that comes with these positions make them extremely coveted in the country. This makes the UPSC exam a really tough exam to crack and make it into the country's bureaucratic system.


For a person to be eligible to sit for UPSC Examinations, Graduation in any discipline is mandatory. The minimum age limit is 21 years and the maximum age limit varies according to category. Apart from that, you should be a citizen of India. There are three stages to this examinations- The Prelims, The Mains and the Interview


Being a really esteemed and coveted examination, what is essential is to have strategic planning, if one wishes to sit for UPSC post Graduation.

As a part of the strategic planning it is essential to choose the right subjects for your graduation. This requires to have a detailed understanding of the syllabus of UPSC. If the syllabus for the compulsory subjects is looked into in Prelims, we see that all the sister social science disciplines are covered - Indian Polity, Indian Geography, Indian History and Heritage and Indian Economy, and Socio-economic Developments occurring in India, apart from Current Affairs, Science, Technology, Ecology, Environment, etc. So a strategic move to begin with an early preparation of the same would be to take up these subjects/combinations of these subjects at your graduation level. This means for example you can take up Political Science as your honors, and have History as a minor subject. This allows you to have in-depth knowledge of these subjects and makes your preparation an easier process.

Another important step here is to be very updated with the Current Affairs and Static GK,.This requires to have a thorough reading of any National Newspaper. For Static GK-the the sky is the limit. What can be done here again is to buy a yearbook from a renowned publisher and be updated with it. Another way to be updated with GK and Current Affairs is to join various groups catering to these in Social Media like Facebook, Telegram, or subscribing to any portal.


Having ambition, passion, and motivation is a pre-requisite for preparing for UPSC. But is what imperative to be reminded here is that always prepare for Plan B. This is not to demoralize anyone, but to have a more practical outlook towards things, given the success rate of UPSC is quite low.

What to do for Plan B therefore? Research on the subject that you wish to major, in the most detailed manner in order to understand what are its career prospects, what opportunities does it hold, and most importantly if you are genuinely interested in the subject. For example, if Political Science genuinely interests you, you can pursue a career in it as an Academician, Political Analyst, in Public Policy, or in International Relations.

"A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work." This particular mantra also becomes essential to incorporate in our lives, therefore, to excel- not just for UPSC, but any chosen discipline in our life.


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