Cracking Civil Services Along With a Full Time Job

Civil Services Exam

Each year lakhs of aspirants think of preparing for Civil Services examination and each year aspirants get perplexed thinking about the following carefully worded line –

“Job ke sath kaha hopaega IAS ka exam. Samaj nahi araha ki exam du ya naukri karu.”

At the outset, let me tell you that Civil Services can be cracked along with a full time job. Sure, you’ll have to be more disciplined, more focused and definitely more determined. But it is possible. 

The fact that Civil Services preparation  is strenuous, makes a lot of aspirants opt out of jobs to invest time on CSE 100%. Now that is ok but for aspirants who don’t want to leave their secure jobs, there is nothing to worry. All you need to do is stay methodical and have a damn good strategy.

3 Important Points to Consider for Working CSE Aspirants


You have got to prepare a plan (a time table/schedule) and stick to it. This way you’ll save precious time and will get the work done at the earliest. Without a plan, not only frustration get the better of you but also you’ll exhaust yourself.


Being a working professional, your time during week days will be limited. Nevertheless you still have to devote 4 hours daily – 2 before office in the morning and 2 after office during evenings. On weekends and holidays, you will have to invest maximum time.


Compile all the resources before hand and then begin preparation. If you don’t have good resources in your city, ask a good book seller to get them for you from Delhi. They do that easily. Personally, I will not suggest coaching to working professionals. Study by yourself. That is what I did. It saved my time and I had a much better grip of the Syllabus .Do enroll in test series but that can wait for later.

10 Tasks Expected Out of Working CSE Aspirants 

  1. Read the Hindu daily and make notes so as to have a ready in hand repository once the exam draws closer.
  2. Read and make notes on at least one important event daily – national or international. An event that you know will be important from CSE point of view.
  3. Relate the current affairs that you have been reading with your General Studies syllabus because that is exactly how UPSC frames questions.
  4. Alternate subjects from General Studies. For instance keep 2 days for Geography of India, 2 for history so on and so forth. This way you will be able to complete all the subjects within 2 weeks.
  5. Lay special emphasis on International Relations and Environment. Damn important seeing the recent trends.
  6. Once a week, read the India Year Book Make this book your bible.
  7. Once a week, read a magazine like Yojana and Kurukshetra. It’ll be very useful.
  8. Devote some time (even if its 1 hour) towards Mains preparation. This is very important.
  9. Devote time to optional preparation at least twice a week.
  10. Invest time on Sundays exclusively for revision. Weekly revisions of previously learnt aspects is essential.

Remember that Civil Services preparation is about hard work and smart work both. Avail the best of your time and make your attempt count. Best wishes.


Top 6 Do’s & Don’ts for Civil Services Prelims 2017

Hi CSE Aspirants, 

You are left with exactly 45 days before you attempt Civil Services Prelims this year. I know you must be under a lot of pressure and understandably so. But pressure won’t make things easier, reasonability will. 

I’ve prepared a list of Do’s and Don’ts that will help you stay focused on the aspects of the exam that matter. Wasting precious time overthinking about the worst will do you no good. Instead, stay calm and give CSE 2017 your best shot.

Here are the Do’s & Dont’s that I recommend for aspirants –



  1. Take revision seriously and go through all your notes (subject wise).
  2. Prioritize going through the topics from Current Affairs (that you must have compiled previously).
  3. Invest special time to ‘environment’ and ‘Science & Technology’ component of your syllabus.
  4. Attempt Mock Tests and time yourself. Assess your mistakes (even the minutest ones).
  5. Take a brisk walk daily and maintain a proper diet.
  6. Stay positive at all times.



  1. Do not read anything new. Invest your time revising your previous learning.
  2. Rote Learning of last moments concepts is a big no-no
  3. Do not go about reading randomly the archives of the Hindu newspaper.
  4. Avoid mugging and solving questions from previous year papers at all times
  5. Checking random websites for expected cutoffs is a big no-go
  6. Do not Panick . Else you’ll be under a lot stress.

I wish each one of you my very best. Make your attempt count.

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Civil Services Exam: Daily Doubt Solving Sessions

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I’ve received a lot of questions in the past  across social media pertaining to different aspects of the Civil Services Exam. I’ve tried my best to answer them on social media as well on the email ids given by many of you. But my blog seemed the best medium to address them collectively so that more and more aspirants can benefit. Feel free to post your doubts in the comments section below and I will answer them one by one within 24 hours.

If your questions are not visible in the comments section immediately, do not worry. It only means that they are pending for my approval.

Looking forward to guide you a little better. After all our country needs dedicated bureaucrats. 

Make this year’s exam your greatest attempt. I wish each one of you my very best 🙂

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Civil Services Mains: Answer Writing

Civil Services Mains

Civil Services Mains is one of the most challenging stages of the Civil Services exam.The syllabus is enormous, competition is cut throat and the time frame is a binding on the aspirants. Even the most hard working individuals tend to lose their peace of mind during the course of preparation. Yet, the best make it each year despite all odds and that is the category you should aspire for too.

One of the most effective hacks of cracking the IAS Mains examination is to practice writing answers. I say this with my own experience and insist on you trying out the same.

Practicing answer writing has 2 benefits –

  • Helps you with remembering concepts in the exam.
  • Helps you with Time management

An aspirant should develop the craft of writing good and crisp answers so that the examiner understands them clearly. Crisp and ‘to the point’ answers will make sure that you get awarded with the appropriate marks.

Here are 5 writing hacks that every Civil Services aspirant must do –

  1. Make notes and modify them regularly according to the word limit.This will not only help you gather useful content  but also help you save time in the exam.
  2. Use the content of the notes effectively in the exam as and when asked in the respective questions. Using your own content will help you gain confidence. Remember it is an exam and not an extempore competition where you need to express opinions on the spot.
  3. Always refer to multiple resources while crafting notes and hence answers.This way you will develop an excellent grasp on the subject matter.
  4. Each note should be an answer in itself. This will not be easy at first but eventually you’ll master the art.
  5. Lastly, revise notes daily, weekly, monthly and nobody can stop you from qualifying the exam

All the very best. Put in your hundred percent and make your attempt count 🙂

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