When is the best time to start preparing for UPSC Exam?

When is the best time to start preparing for UPSC Exam?

Either you start Right Now, or Too Late

UPSC Civil Services Exam: The ultimate exam for an Indian citizen to prove his/her mettle. Nearly 1 million Indians apply, and about 5,50,000 (5.5 Lacs) people give the preliminary exam — every year; lured by the promise of a powerful, high-earning and respectable civil servant post and the high regard given by Indian society to IAS/IPS Officers.

Aspirants who are at least 21 years old and not more than 32 years old, and hold a graduate degree from a recognized University are eligible to give the UPSC Exam.

Right Age and Time to Start UPSC IAS Exam Preparation ?


There is no ‘one size fits all’ answer to this question. Many aspirants start UPSC preparation while still in school or after completing their 12th Boards, others start their preparation while studying in college or after graduation, and the rest start their preparation after a few years of graduation or working for a company.

16 and above year olds: These Aspirants typically have a family member who is an IAS/IPS Officer and get to know early on about the benefits of clearing UPSC Exam. They start preparation while still in school to get mentally prepared with the help of their family member acting as their guide. Starting UPSC preparation early on has its benefits as the mind of school student acts like a sponge: soaking up knowledge easily. School students are used to studying 8-10 hours everyday which is usually not possible for older aspirants.

18 and above year olds: Many students start UPSC preparation after completing their 12th Boards. There are many benefits to starting UPSC preparation after 12th Boards as the mind is still used to long hours of studying. Aspirants in this category usually choose subjects in college which can help them prepare for UPSC Exam later in life, thereby reducing their long-term work load. One drawback of starting UPSC preparation in college is that the student can miss out on extra-curricular activities which can help build their personality which is a vital part of clearing the interview round of UPSC Exam. However, it has a simple solution which is efficient time management that can allow the student to participate in other activities along with studying for UPSC.

Graduates and working professionals: Graduates who are typically older than 21 years of age, and/or are working professionals with more knowledge and maturity in dealing with real world in practical terms come in this category. Mature aspirants have less time to give attempts at the exam that’s why they typically tend to give their all in the preparation. Real world knowledge and stronger personalities of mature aspirants can also help them crack the interview round.

When to start preparing for UPSC IAS Exam?

If you’re about to clear 12th Boards exams, then it is the best time to start UPSC preparation as you can choose subjects in your graduate degree which will help you later for the UPSC Exam.

What are the right study material for upsc exam ?

Your answer is Disha Publication UPSC Books . If you are looking for UPSC IAS Books in hindi, you will also find it on Disha Publication. 


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