The most popular reason for individuals to opt for civil services in India is the prestige that comes with it. Few young people enroll in SPM IAS Academy in Guwahati with the hope of helping the citizens of the nation or addressing the problems that prevail in the country. SPM IAS Academy’s strategic preparation helps UPSC aspirants to gain an edge above other students in terms of quality of teaching, better study materials, better infra structure and much more. Here is a glimpse of strategy one must follow to clear Civil Service examination.


  • The Prelims


The first stage of becoming a civil servant is passing the prelims exam. For this test the right IAS candidate would be one who works on personality and the brain right from the start. And it is the juncture where most aspirants make a fatal mistake. They believe that learning everything under the sky adds to their knowledge, what they overlook is the fundamentals. Though the preparation strategy is dynamic, if you are new-comer you can start your preparation as mentioned below:


  • Reading the NCERT books from cover to cover thoroughly.


  • Solving questions that were asked in previous years.


  • Reading newspapers daily to have the affairs of the world on your fingertips or following SPM IAS Academy’s Newspaper analysis on Youtube.


  • The Mains


While flying through the first stage is a commendable job, the second is not easy. The main exam of the IAS competition is meant to test a deeper level of knowledge of the remaining candidates on diverse subjects. At this stage, the books and reading material are essential but equally important is the understanding of the society at large. It is why a civil service aspirant should not limit to academic studies. They should interact with peers and experts to get a higher and more comprehensive outlook of the nation.


Remember that a part of the mains exam is an essay; by working on what and how modifications can be brought to the society your capacity to think and pen an essay increase. To clear this step of the IAS ladder here is what an IAS candidate should do:


Don't mug up current affairs, if you have problem is choosing the source of current affairs then collect SPM IAS Academy’s monthly compilation from SPM IAS Academy’s centre. Have discussions about them to ensure they remain in your mind.

Be careful while choosing the optional paper; it should either be of personal interest or a subject of previous education.


Practice mock tests and previous years questions papers. This will help attain the required speed for answering all questions in the specified time succinctly and comprehensively. You can enroll for APSC test series or UPSC test series of SPM IAS Academy. Practice here means writing down the answer for each question with a timer set.


Do not ignore the essay writing; it is as crucial as studying for the general studies and optional paper.


  • The Interview


The final step to be an IAS officer is the interview. It is also the stage that most aspirants look forward to, eagerly. This part of the UPSC examination is purely a personality test that is held before a panel of members. Most often there are five to six judges with a leading chairperson to conduct the interview which happens at the Dholpur House located in CP, New Delhi.


The panel of judges is made of members who each have expert knowledge on the subject of their choice and hold a specialized degree in it. To pass the phase of the ladder, an aspirant generally has to show:


  • Meticulous judgment powers.


  • Accurate decision-making skills.


  • To tackle even the toughest situation while considering the circumstances and consequences.

In order to be more confident about the Interview you can join SPM IAS Academy’s special Interview Guidance programme for UPSC & APSC.