I am enrolled for M Sc (CS) from Kakatiya University, Warangal. I want to become an IAS/IPS officer. Please give me details of Group – I examinations held by UPSC. What optionals can I take? When are these exams notified and where? Which institutes of India provide guidance and coaching for IAS/IPS exams? Kindly help.
For becoming an IAS/IPS officer, you will have to qualify in the CSE (Combined Civil Services Examination) Preliminary examination and then appear for the CSE Main examination. Based on the marks you obtain in the Main examination, you will be called for interview. If you are selected in the interview, then you will have to appear for Medical test. On passing the medical test, you will be offered services.
The Preliminary examination consists of papers on General Studies and optional subjects. Questions are objective type. Optional subjects: Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, Indian History, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology.
The Main Exam consists of nine papers of conventional essay type questions. Paper I is on optional language. Optional languages: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. Paper II is on English. Paper III is on Essay (you can write in English or Hindi). Paper IV and V is on General studies. Paper VI, VII, VIII, and IX are on 2 optional subjects. Optional subjects: Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce & Accountancy, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, History, Law, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science & International Relation, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology.
You should always keep your aptitude and liking in mind while choosing a particular subject. If you have studied a subject since school and you are comfortable in it, chances of doing well in it are greater rather than taking up an unrelated subject which you may never have studied at the school or college level. On the whole do not make the mistake of choosing an entirely new subject wherein you will have to start fresh. If the optional is prepared well for the preliminary and the same subject is also planned to be opted as one of the optionals, it is very useful and saves a lot of labour.
Availability and access to good and prescribed books is yet another consideration. Books for preliminary examination are available in plenty in common subjects but in case of specialised optionals like Mathematics, Engineering, Agriculture etc, you have to look carefully for good books which cover all parts of the syllabus.
However, you can select subjects like History, Psychology, Sociology, Public Administration etc as good books are easily found in these. Subjects like Mathematics and Physics could be very scoring if you have exceptionally good preparation.
Notifications of these examinations are published in the Employment News and all the leading daily newspapers in India. Civil Services examination (Preliminary) for the year 2002 will be held in May 2002 and the Main examination will be held in October 2002. Notification for the Preliminary examination will be published on 1st December 2001. You will also get the notification on www.upsc.gov.in
For coaching you can contact Brilliant Tutorials, 12, Masilamani Street, T. Nagar, Chennai 600 017.
Rau's IAS Study Circle, 44, Dakshineswara Building, 10, Hailey Road, New Delhi 110 001.
Erudite, Adj. Ideal Junior College, Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad-500 060.
Elite Academy, 84, Janmabhoomi Marg, 2nd Floor, Fort, Mumbai 400 001.