The civil services exam is among one of the toughest exams not in India but worldwide. People try very hard to clear this exam in their first attempt.

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To prepare for the civil services exam, you need to do a lot of hard work. Without proper hard work and dedicated study, the exam will be not be craked.

So in this article, these tips are for those who all dream of being a civil service officer and want to serve their country. The tips I will be share will help those who want to prepare for Civil Services Exam after the 12th class.

We know that the most important class was the 10th and 12th class in our school life because of the board exams. And based on these two certificates, our career is decided.

After promotion from class 12th, many students start preparing for entrance exams, go abroad to higher studies, and go for business to become rich. But for those who have made their decision to become a civil servants, they should follow these tips.

So what do you need to do to prepare for Civil Services Exam after the 12th?

To become a civil servant officer after 12th, first of all, get a bachelor’s degree from any recognized university. Gather study material for UPSC and do side by side studies for both and college and UPSC. You need to start reading newspapers and well get NCERT books to clear all the basics. Most importantly, follow the syllabus. Please don’t go out of it to prepare for Civil services.

Best Bachelor’s Degree Courses You can take to prepare for Civil Services Exam after 12th.

The best college degree you can choose to prepare for the civil services exam is of humanities.

Humanities Subject

In the humanities, there are many subjects you can choose after the 12th. But the best suitable subject or stream I would say is Sociology. Other than that, you can do a BA in political science, Economics, etc.

These subjects are very beneficial as they are directly related to social service, especially the sociology subject.

To get admission to any college, you must have at least 50% in your 12th class.

Other Subjects

If you are interested in learning other subjects or want to take the science stream, then it’s no problem. You can take whatever subject you like but compared to humanities, and the science stream requires more time for dedication and study. As here, you have to deal with practical assignments and projects.

Why you should prepare for Civil Services Exam after 12th.

#1. You will get 3 years of time

Taking about the exams, if it is of UPSC or any State PSC exam, it takes about 1 -2 years to prepare for the exams.

Every year more than 2 million people (20 Lakhs) give UPSC, and 2 Million People give their state board PSC exams. So from these huge numbers, only a few hundred people get selected. This is because the hundred people have made a strategy and studied to get to the top for a long time.

If you start your preparation after 12th std itself, you can clear this exam very easily. Most students 1-year gap to prepare for the exam of civil services after they get graduated. You may also take a gap after college, but you will be 1 to 2 steps ahead of those who started studying after college.

#2. All the Syllabus Will be Covered.

We know how vast the syllabus of UPSC and State PSC exams is. Some State PSC doesn’t have optional subjects like in CGPSC. There are no optional subjects for the State Service Exam they conduct.

But in UPSC I, the syllabus is too much, and only a few people have covered this, and they are those who may beiving this exam several times.

Almost every subject you have to learn in the civil service exam like.

  1. History
  2. Geography
  3. Political Science / Civics
  4. Economics
  5. General Science – Physics, Chemistry & Biology
  6. Environmental Science
  7. Sociology

Other than that there are 25 optional subjects from that you can choose one.

To cover this many subjects, you need time, and after watching many interviews and reading so many blog posts, I can say that only a few people have covered this in 1 year.

So that’s why I am telling you to prepare from the 12th class onwards to cover all the portions. You can have a look at UPSC Syllabus.

#3. You will be exam ready

Most people are afraid that they have not fully prepared for the exam. Due to this, they become anxious about this and cannot clear their exam with good marks.

If you start your preparation early then, I am sure you will not be afraid to give an exam for the first time. Who knows, you may top in the exam also.

Now you know the reasons behind your preparation after the 12th.

How to prepare like a pro for civil services exams after 12th.

So let’s discuss the study plan that you need to follow for 3-4 years for civil services exams.

You know the syllabus is vast, but break it down in three years will make it shorts and increase your chances of getting selected in your preferred post.

Don’t worry about your college studies because you don’t have to spend more than two hours daily preparing for civil services exams.

Also, if you feel that your college education is affected by the preparation, you can shorten the time period. So let’s jump to the tips.

Get the syllabus

You need to download the syllabus for the particular civil service exam that you are preparing for. If you want to give UPSC (Civil Service Exam), Go to the official site and download the syllabus.

If you are aiming for the State PSC exam, go to the official site and download it.

It’s better to get a printout of the syllabus; make sure to get at least 2-3 Copies of it so that it can help you later.

Make sure you keep your eye on the changes in the syllabus. However, the UPSC and State board make minor changes in the syllabus in 4-5 years. But for major changes, they will release the notification a few months or a year before the official announcement of the exam of that particular year.

You don’t have to start your preparation right now first. Make a strategy and properly analyze the syllabus.

Get the Study Materials

You don’t have to purchase all the books at a time. That will be the most stupid thing to do. Rather than purchasing books, you can read from your old books.

If you have studied in any CBSE board school, you will have more advantages as civil services exams follow the NCERT syllabus for the general studies.

Instead of buying books you can read from your old books or borrow from your friends if you don’t have any. Now I don’t recommend purchasing any books because we have to spend a lot of money on that particular thing during college.

Watch Interview Of toppers

During your college days, you don’t have to spend more time studying civil services. However, you can know it in detail.

Previously about 5-6 years ago, people use traditional ways to get an education, but now most everyone uses technology to solve their problems. We see a video or read an article to find solutions to our problems.

You can do the same by watching strategies to make for the civil services exam. You can also watch a certain video given by the toppers on youtube.

Now you know what to do once you made your decision about preparing for civil services exams after the 12th.

Now let’s see how you can divide your college’s three years to prepare for this exam.

Preparation for 1st year

In the first year of college, you first need to manage your schedule if you start preparing for the civil services exam. In college, the environment will be completely new, and it will get you to become stable with your daily routine.

Study-only one hour:– During the 1st year of college, I recommend you just read for one hour or complete any one chapter from the NCERT books. The books you need are from the 6th to 12th class, so completing them in one year is straightforward if you read one chapter daily.

You can also skip days if you have any important exams related to your college. Because a college education is also important, you cannot sit in any of the exams without this degree.

Preparation for 2nd year

Once you get promoted to 2nd year of college, you can now start making notes that you have studied in the previous year.

Start making notes with the Static part of the syllabus. For example, first start with the chapters like history, geography, science and then more to subject based on dynamic parts.

Now this time, you don’t need to pay attention to current affairs. The current affairs portion will only be asked from only the past 1 year. So you have time at least 2-3 years to sit the exam.

Preparation for 3rd year

Talking about the third year of college, this may be the final year for most students except the engineering students who have more than 1 year to graduate.

Anyway, this is the last year of college most students have to deal with a lot of things such as seminars, Projects. Assignments etc., you can skip the last two months and dedicate your focus completely on your college education.

Once you get a graduation degree, you can start your journey now to become a civil servant.

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Manish Pandey

My name is Manish Pandey; I am a full-time blogger at degreesetup.com. Here on This site, you will learn about content related to education and guides for students to make their lives easier!

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