Civil Services Exam or IAS Exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year. Qualified candidates are appointed to higher posts under the Government of India such as the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Foreign Service, etc. Every year around nine to ten lakh candidates take the exam. This increases the competition level and thus requires a lot of effort to crack the exam. Candidates can apply for this exam by filling out the application form if they are meeting the eligibility criteria.
It is considered to be the toughest examination in India because of the diversity of the questions. It is said that anything under the sun can be asked in this exam, of course, which is related to the prescribed syllabus. There are three stages in this exam prelims, mains, and personality test. A candidate has to qualify all three stages in order to be selected for posts that are vacant. However, the appointment to the posts depends upon the marks obtained in the exam and in the interview.
Candidates can prepare for this exam either by doing self-study or by joining any coaching (online and offline). The best way to prepare for this exam is to make hand-written notes, refer to the standard books and revise as much as possible. Candidates should stick to limited study materials so that they can revise them properly. Going for more than the required materials will create hustle at the last moment. Hence it is not a good idea. The same was shared by many toppers in their interview that they were stuck to the limited study materials and revised them on time. So, candidates are advised to do the same.
Importance of UPSC Books to Crack the Exam
Books play a crucial role in the preparation for the IAS exam. UPSC books for different subjects like History, Geography, Polity, Economics, etc. can be purchased either from the market or online. The right choice of books helps in devising a concrete strategy to ace the examination. It helps in gaining in-depth knowledge of the subject which is required for this examination. Without having complete knowledge about the subject, candidates cannot write an effective answer in the exam. Hence, we can say that the role of UPSC books is directly connected with the selection.
Some candidates get confused when it comes to the selection of books. It is obvious because of the availability of numerous books in the market for this examination. To sort out this problem, they can check the booklist shared by a few toppers on the internet or can go for the suggestion of someone who has qualified the exam. There are some standard books like NCERTs of Class 11 and 12 for History, Geography, Polity, Economics, etc. Then the reference books are India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra, Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations by M. Laxmikanth, Indian Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania, Geography of India by Majid Husain, etc.