Q I am a student of class X and I want to become an IAS officer. Please tell me about the institutions that would help me pursue this. Also, maths and science are not my strong subjects.
Aradhya Sinha / Deoria
A The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is considered to be the most powerful, glamorous and coveted of all Indian services. They have a wide variety of duties and responsibilities and cover the entire government bureaucratic machinery from the remotest rural areas to the Central Cabinet. India’s best brains compete for entry into the Indian Civil Services as officers.
Entry into the IAS is through the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), the examination conducted by UPSC (upsc.gov.in). The basic eligibility for appearing is graduation in any stream.
This is an objective type examination consisting of two papers. One paper tests general awareness, while another tests numerical aptitude, data interpretation and English language comprehension skills. On clearing this exam, you can appear for Mains, which consists of nine papers of conventional essay type in the subjects of your choice.
Since you are in Std X, you still have five years before you can apply for CSAT. There are no institutions that will help you; rather you have to do self-study for this exam. To be familiar with the preparation, subscribe to a magazine that is focused on this exam and read it regularly. Start reading the newspapers every day, as the latest happenings all over the world and having good general knowledge are very essential. Do multiple choice questions (of your level) to help improve quick decision-making and clearing your concepts. Also take only those subjects in 10+2 that you like and can spend hours studying them.