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What are UPSC and MPSC?

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is body which every year conducts several exams to recruit personnel for Central Services. Same task is done at Maharashtra State-level by Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC)

What should I do to become an IAS/IFS/IPS officer?

For selecting IAS/IFS/IPS officers, UPSC every year conducts Civil Service Examination. Any aspirant for IAS/IFS/IPS needs to pass this exam for getting selected.

What is the structure of UPSC Civil Services Exam?

he examination is conducted in three stages– Preliminary, Mains and Personality Test. The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of objective type (multiple-choice questions) carrying a maximum of 200 marks each. One paper is on General Studies and other is of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). The Question Papers (Test Booklets) are set in English & Hindi. Mains Exam is descriptive in nature and consists of 9 papers: Compulsory English, Compulsory Indian Language, Essay, General Studies I, General Studies II, General Studies III, and General Studies IV. Besides you need to choose one Optional subject on which you will have 2 papers. Personality Test of successful candidates will be conducted.

Is there any age limit for appearing in UPSC Civil Services Examination?

As per revised rules, any person from General category more than 21 and less than 32 years of age is eligible to appear for the above mentioned exam. The upper age limit is relaxed up to a maximum of five years for candidates belonging to SCs or STs Categories and up to a maximum of three years for candidates of OBC category among others.

Is there any limit on number of attempts that I can take for UPSC exams?

As per revised rules, a candidate belonging to General category can take upto 6 attempts; those belonging to OBC can take up to 9 attempts. There is no limit on number of attempts available for candidates belonging to SC and ST communities. For more details visit the UPSC website: http://www.upsc.gov.in/

How to select an optional subject?

Optional subject should be such that you are comfortable with the subject. Following are some thumb-rules you may follow while selecting your optional:
* Look at your interests: Considering the comprehensive manner in which the study of subject is necessary, you must select only such subject that interests you.
* Refer to previous question papers (Available on http://www.upsc.gov.in)
* Look at your abilities: Though you may not be able to solve all the questions initially, select the subject you are most comfortable with as your optional

I have completed my graduation in engineering/medicine. Can I select any other subject as my optional?

Yes, you can either select the subject of your graduation (if it is available) or any other subject as your optional. The only criterion is that you should be comfortable with that subject.

Where can I get detailed syllabus for the exam?

Every year UPSC issues a notification before the Prelims of Exam. In that notification you can find the detailed syllabus. The notification for each year can be found on the UPSC's website. www.upsc.gov.in

I am not very good in English. Can I give exam in Hindi/Marathi or any other language?

The Prelims exams are conducted in Hindi and English only. However, for Mains you can select any one of the 22 languages which includes English, Hindi as well as Marathi. In Personality Test you can select a language different from one selected for Mains. Thus, if you appear for Mains in English you can still appear for interview in one of the languages mentioned in the list.

I know only Marathi. Should I appear only for MPSC?

In UPSC too you can appear in Marathi. Thus, there is no reason to let language be a hurdle for your aspirations. The only criterion is that you should be able to express yourself clearly in the language that you choose for yourself.

How should I start my studies?

Study of newspapers along with other books is crucial for success in UPSC exams. You should read one good quality national newspaper everyday. The Hindu and The Indian Express are two good newspapers from which you can choose. Those appearing in Marathi should either read Loksatta or Maharashtra Times. But it is still advisable to read one national newspapers.

What is the right time to start preparations?

As the syllabus for UPSC is very vast, it is advisable that candidate should begin studies at least one year before attempting the exam. It is better to start studies as early as possible.

I am doing my graduation along with UPSC preparations and thus I am stretched for time. What should I do?

Try to prepare an honest plan for your studies. However if regular studies of UPSC subjects is not possible and you are not appearing immediately for the exam, try at least to complete newspaper every day.