How to prepare for IAS while working

How to prepare for IAS while working

The desire for achievements, the desire for a meaningful life – constantly keep the person moving to attain the best in life.This is more apt for the working professionals, who though are settled in their life, are financially more sound but the desire and their dreams push them to the field of preparation for Civil Services as it is one of the most prestigious examination of India.

Why should you consider preparing for Civil Services?

    1. One of the main reasons to consider working for the government is the sheer number and variety of jobs available.
    2. Secondly, the perks and benefits provided to Civil Servants are huge, including health and life insurance and retirement benefits, than employees in the private sector.
    3. Thirdly, IAS officers enjoy huge power bestowed on them by the government At its best, public service pays its own dividends in job satisfaction.


Examples of toppers who have done it in the past

Candidates from a diverse background made it to India’s elite administrative service. Below are short profiles of a few of the successful candidates who had cleared examination while working:

        • Anudeep Durishetty


Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Anudeep Durishetty has topped the civil services examination. Anudeep is currently working in Hyderabad as assistant commissioner (customs and indirect taxes). A native of Metpally village in Jagatyal district, Anudeep is an engineering graduate from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. He hails from a well-educated family and his father Manohar is an assistant divisional engineer with the Northern Power Distribution Company Limited of Telangana. He opted for Telugu in Indian language paper for the civil services examination. Prior to joining the IRS, he served as a product quality analyst with Google in Hyderabad.

        • Abhishek Surana


A resident of Bhilwara in Rajasthan who bagged 10th rank in civil services examination, Abhishek Surana is coming to IAS through a circuitous route. He is already an IPS officer undergoing training. After graduating from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, he spent two years abroad. After passing out of IIT, he joined Barclays Investment Bank in Singapore and also worked for the bank in London later. He founded a company of his own and began working in Chile. He longed to be back in India and that’s how he decided to prepare for the civil services.

The above examples show that hard work and strong determination can help in clearing the examination but only few are able to achieve success.

This raises Question such as – Are they very hard working? Do they give extra time in studies? Do they follow some new study pattern?

Civil Services is toughest not because of vast syllabus but because of the requirement of high motivation to resist the pressure, high level of consistency, determination, an honest approach and heart to courageously overcome pitfalls. Hence the core competency required for being a Civil Services Aspirant lies on above stated features.

What is the right approach for study?

The basic mantra for success is RIGHT STRATEGY; RIGHT GUIDANCE and SOUND PLANNING.

But, no guidance will yield and no planning will work until and unless the aspirant resolves to make the things happen. We can just suggest few steps for preparation to reduce your effort and to utilize time judiciously.

Steps are as follows:

  • Firstly have faith in yourself that you can prepare for CSE with job also. You are not at lowerhand as compared to other aspirants. Aspirants who have been preparing full time for two or more years tend to become less productive make less than optimal use of time at their disposal. The motivation is must to keep oneself constantly moving.
  • Analyse previous year papers religiously to understand the pattern of questions asked and the depthness required in a topic.
  • Start your preparation by reading NCERT. As the language is easy, grasping of concepts becomes easy. If you are not getting time for reading books, you can check out videos related to that available on youtube. Visibility helps in better retention.
  • Make a proper timetable and follow that with complete heart and soul. Keep one day in a week off to recharge yourself as handling professional life and studies sometimes generate huge pressure.
  • Read newspaper daily and make notes on that. Many a times student get stuck in a trade off – to give more time to static syllabus or to newspaper (as reading complete newspaper atleast require minimum 2 hours). The answer is – newspaper should not be read in isolation….it should be clubbed with concepts – then only it will lead to complete preparation.
  • Read few topics daily – don’t feel bad about that – but read each thoroughly. Reading with efficiency is more important that reading it superficially just to complete the syllabus.


Can relying only on self-study may be a mistake?

When an aspirant prepare for Civil services while working, biggest obstacle is TIME and BALANCE of work and preparation.

Thus in the shorter period, he/she has to learn and gain more knowledge.

BIGGEST RULE – “Learn to what to study and how to study”

How can the ‘Weekend Foundation’ help you manage work and study better?

The Weekend Foundation Programme has been designed keeping in mind need of the working students.

Salient features are:

  • Comprehensive coverage of the syllabus (both Prelims and Mains)
  • Regular tests to evaluate progress
  • Personal Mentor ensure all doubts get resolved in a timely manner
  • The app and web-interface access to current affairs guarantees working professionals stay on course with their IAS preparations.

After two days classes, student gets complete 5 days for revision and preparation of tests.

This helps him to study according to the time-table.  With this step by step learning methodology –

  • Student develops sound conceptual foundation.
  • Develop inter-disciplinary approach
  • Learn to integrate the static and dynamic part of the syllabus and match that with the current affairs.



(The basic principle of clearing CSE)