Appearing for Civil Services? Here’s how it works!
The Civil Services exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year. UPSC through this exam selects candidates for different services in the government such as Indian Administrative Service, Indian Revenue Service, Indian Foreign Service and more. There are three rounds starting with the preliminary round which is objective, the main round which is subjective and finally the interview which is conducted by a panel. It is one of the most competitive exams in India. Approximately three lakh aspirants appeared for the exam in 2018 for under 1000 vacancies. Here are the different aspects that you can prepare for:
- Preliminary round: This is the first round covering two papers. The first paper tests a candidate’s knowledge on current events, politics, national movement and history of India, environment ecology, social and economic development, general science, and world geography. The second paper consists of numerical ability, comprehension and problem solving. Prepare from last years’ question papers, build a clear understanding of concepts and perhaps join a Prelims test series to keep yourself on track.
- Mains: You shouldn’t wait for the prelims results to start preparing for Mains. The mains examination covers nine papers, out of which seven will be counted for merit and the other two (language papers) just have to be qualified. To improve your knowledge, read newspapers and editorials, keep track of current affairs, and NCERT books. To clear Mains you need to know how to write crisp answers and essays and approach the question from various dimensions. A strong understanding of history and current events will help you provide relevant examples and rationale in your essays.
- Interview preparation: This round is a conversation that covers the personality and overall profile of the candidate. You can start by preparing what you’ve written in your Detailed Application Form. The idea is to know yourself and how to present your thoughts clearly. You can take mock interviews with experts or prior applicants. Be calm and confident while delivering your responses. Don’t get stressed if you don’t know all the answers. Focus instead on sharing what you do know and backing it up with examples.
In the Prelims, you need to secure a certain percentage to qualify for the Mains. The Mains are marked out of 1750 marks and those who qualify the Mains are called for an interview which is scored out of 275 marks. In the end a ranking is done and students are offered different services based on their rank. They are then sent for training, after which they are allocated different locations. It’s a rigorous process, so prepare well!
Talerang’s copyrighted curriculum was researched as a project Harvard Business School. Our training methodology integrates Harvard cases, proprietary assessments, interaction with guest speakers, industry exposure and personal mentoring for holistic professional development. Our programs offer exclusive opportunities to work with over 250 of the best companies in India including the Aditya Birla Group, Foxymoron, Teach For India, Mahindra Group, Avaana Capital, Z3 Capital and more. Our team is from McKinsey, Citigroup, KPMG, ZS Associates and our Panels include CEOs of top companies. Students get dedicated mentors and interact with industry stalwarts from our Young Leaders Panel and Senior Panel. Our Future CEOs alumni also get to access a network that is a close knit community of close to 1000 Future CEOs who are advised by young industry leaders and a panel of industry stalwarts.
Modeled on global best-practices
Talerang’s programs are different from regular trainings and courses due to the international approach to learning and the international curriculum. During the research at Harvard Business School, we interacted with Year UP, a U.S. based organization solving a similar problem. We further refined our learnings by visiting 100+ colleges and partnering with 250+ corporates who defined our training curriculum.
Our research shows that 6 key competencies - self-awareness, life vision, communication, working smart, first impressions and bridge to career help young talent succeed. Additionally, jobs of the future require a combination of 14 skills including research, analytics, digital marketing, finance, strategy, coding, communication and design. We ensure that you are learning in a planned and structured manner with a focus on being relevant for jobs of the future.
Proven track record
Talerang gets applications from close to 100+ premier colleges across India and has several rounds of selection. Our highly selective cohorts are academically bright, have demonstrated leadership and volunteered to impact their communities. Our previous students are articulate all-rounders including national level swimmers, debaters, festival organizers, entrepreneurs and performers. Over 4 years, we have placed 99% of our students and our proud that over 90% of them have been consistently rated as work-ready, with over 50% been given call-back offers for full-time jobs! The jobs and internships we provide are premium with a focus on quality.
As special projects, we have been invited by research teams from Stanford and Harvard to conduct trainings on their behalf and also been the organization of choice for pre-placement training for IIT Bombay, IIT Roorkee and IIT Madras in an official capacity. From Tata Trusts to Trilegal, various corporates have also invited us to on-board their entry-level hires.