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UPSC civil services exam: Here are 3 things IAS aspirants should remember

Less than 1% of the candidates who sit for the civil services exam get selected for the IAS, IPS and the IPS, so make sure you have a good back-up plan ready in case you can’t crack it

education Updated: Aug 07, 2017 16:19 IST
To increase your chances of success select a subject for graduation that not only enables you to score high marks in the UPSC exam but which can also provide alternative career options in case you fail to crack it
To increase your chances of success select a subject for graduation that not only enables you to score high marks in the UPSC exam but which can also provide alternative career options in case you fail to crack it(Hindustan Times)

While the civil services may be your primary goal, you must be advised that the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams are among the toughest exams to crack. Less than 1% of the candidates who sit for the exam get selected to various civil services, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Foreign Service (IFS). Here are a few things you must keep in mind:

1. To increase your chances of success select a subject for graduation that not only enables you to score high marks in the UPSC exam but which can also provide alternative career options in case you fail to crack it. If you are an above average hard-working and persevering student, you have a strong chance of getting into one of the civil services. However, due to the competitive nature of the entrance test it is advisable to keep a strong back-up option.

2. The study of political science is useful in the study of governance as it incorporates within its fold a discussion of the working of different political institutions and other factors that shape the output of a political system. It is therefore a useful subject to study if you are preparing for the civil services exam.

3. However, if you are unable to get into the civil services, or decide otherwise, alternative career options after graduation in political science include careers such as law, public administration, journalism, international relations and management. If these are not options you wish to pursue, I would advise you to consider other courses for graduation which too can lead to a satisfying career.