UPSC Civil Services 2021 postponed till this date after postponement !!

[Postponed] UPSC Civil Services 2021: Check details here

Due to the prevailing conditions caused by the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), the Union Public Service Commission has deferred the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021, which was scheduled to be held on 27th June, 2021. Now, this Examination will be held on 10th October, 2021.”

The commission conducts civil services examination annually in three stages — preliminary, main and interview — to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.

UPSC Civil Services Examination 2021 has notified 712 vacancies including 22 vacancies for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category. To acquire the post, aspirants need to clear three levels – preliminary exams, mains exam and interview or personality test round.

In 2020, the Civil Services exam was also rescheduled from 31 May to 4 October. Till now, the main written examination has been over. The interview was put on hold due to a surge in the Covid-19 numbers.The UPSC has also postponed other examinations.

Getting in to  the Civil Services of the Government of India is a prestigious opportunity for many. However, as easy as it might sound, cracking the UPSC Civil Service 2021 exam is one of the most difficult feats to achieve.

Fortunately, this year, the turn of events have bought some additional preparation time for UPSC IAS 2021 aspirants. While the IAS 2021 registrations are already over, the Commission recently postponed the prelims exam to October 10 from the earlier scheduled date in June 2021. Thus, the focus of all Civil Service aspirants now must be on preparations for the exam.

About exam

The UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam 2021 was initially scheduled to take place on June 27, 2021. The notification issued by UPSC reads, “Due to the prevailing conditions caused by the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), the Union Public Service Commission has deferred the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021, which was scheduled to be held on 27th June 2021. Now, this Examination will be held on 10th October 2021.”

The online registration process for appearing in the UPSC Prelims Exam 2021 started in the month of March 2021. The last date for online registration was March 24, 2021.

The UPSC aspirants must note that the number of vacancies to be filled through the examination is expected to be approximately 712 which include 22 vacancies reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category.

The UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam 2021 candidates must note that various other competitive exams have also been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation in the state. The NEET PG 2021 exam which was scheduled to take place in the month of April has been postponed. The JEE Main 2021 April and May session exams have also been postponed because of the surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the country. The UGC NET 2021 exam which was scheduled to take place in the month of May has also been postponed.

It must be noted that the eligible candidates will be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available in the UPSC website at upsconline.nic.in for downloading by candidates. The candidates must note that no Admit Card will be sent by post.

For regular updates, the UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam 2021 aspirants must keep an eye on the UPSC official website at upsc.gov.in.

UPSC IAS prelims syllabus consists of two papers. While the indicative topics in Paper I are mostly based on History, Geography, Polity, Economics etc., Paper-II is centred around subjects like Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Aptitude, Decision Making etc. Nevertheless, cracking the Prelims is the first step to become Civil Services Rank 1 and it is by no means an easy feat.

When targeting the top of the UPSC Civil Service merit list 2021, candidates must be willing to put in some extra efforts. For example, preparations must have already commenced and those who are still undecided, must leave all things and start studying for the exam now. Since only objective type questions are asked in the Prelims exam, it is easier to go through a diverse number of study materials before the exam.

The candidates must have a well-devised study plan to cover the syllabus. One must divide each indicative topic viz. History, Polity, Geography throughout the study timetable and set milestones to complete preparation for each paper within a specified deadline. Candidates must sincerely stick to the plan and complete all study milestones to ensure that no part of the syllabus is left out before the exam.

The simple superficial reading will not help candidates secure the extra marks and bag the first position in the Civil Services recruitment shortlists this year. Solving the prelims paper, with the risk of negative marking in a manner that candidates are able to complete the most number of questions correctly is crucial. For this, the extensive practice of aptitude, mental ability, analytical ability, basic numeracy, and data interpretation is required. In addition, candidates must also be well prepared to answer questions on general knowledge, awareness and studies.

While sample papers, question banks and other guides are readily available for IAS preparations, candidates are encouraged to refer to the IAS question papers of the last few years. This will help to understand and identify a number of important information necessary for smart preparation. For example, candidates appearing in the exam for the first time this year will be able to check the type and pattern of questions asked in the exam. Similarly, one can also identify the specific topics that yield the highest marks in the question paper and therefore, redirect their preparation strategy to focus on these topics more.

Another important strategy is to complete mock tests for the upcoming UPSC Civil Service Prelims exam. Solving IAS mock tests can improve the time management capabilities of aspirants. It will only help aspirants to improve the overall number of good attempts in the exam and therefore, the chances of scoring subsequently higher marks than the stipulated cut-offs.

There are a plethora of other study strategies that candidates can adopt for topping the exam on their own.  Extensive self-study, clear understanding of important concepts, memorization of important facts and figures, the extensive practice of aptitude tests & numerical questions, etc. are some other important strategies to take one’s IAS preparations to a whole new level. Candidates must identify their own study needs and accordingly devise a fitting strategy to emerge as the next Civil Services All India first rank holder.

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There are a plethora of other study strategies that candidates can adopt for topping the exam on their own.  Extensive self-study, clear understanding of important concepts, memorization of important facts and figures, the extensive practice of aptitude tests & numerical questions, etc. are some other important strategies to take one’s IAS preparations to a whole new level. Candidates must identify their own study needs and accordingly devise a fitting strategy to emerge as the next Civil Services All India first rank holder.

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