Danujari Prasad

I am a Manager at SBI and want to prepare for Civil Services Exam. Kindly guide, which is the better option, either to stay in a bank or prepare for civil services exam?


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RE: I am a Manager at SBI and want to prepare for Civil Services Exam. Kindly guide, which is the better option, either to stay in a bank or prepare for civil services exam?

Avadhut Desai
Avadhut Desai
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  • Kolhapur

Well,

I am happy to guide you on this topic and we will discuss it at length for every angle of the possible solution leaving no stone unturned. As your question states that you currently are working in banking profession as a Manager which is itself a good career too. It’s good that you are aspiring for a great and challenging career like IAS/IPS through Civil Services. The Civil Services career is more challenging and dynamic and involves great skills and direct relations with the public which gives you satisfaction being an agent of change for many lives. Indeed your orientation towards Civil Services is commendable. Now let us see whether to prefer Civil Services Preparation or to stay in the current Job.

 

 

Qualification and Eligibility Criteria for Appearing in Civil Services Exam

It becomes essential to check if the candidate is qualified as per the prescriptions of the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). If you are eligible according to the following some of the general criteria, you can try your hands on starting your preparation as soon as possible to avail the first available attempt.

  • Candidate is required to have the Bachelor Degree from a recognized university
  • Candidate in the last year of the degree course or awaiting the result can also appear for the Civil Services Exam (CSE)
  • Candidates will be having generally Six (6) Attempts (Relaxation in attempts for SC/ST/PH and Woman Candidates)
  • Candidate must attain the age of 21 years and not be more than 32 Years on 1st August of the exam year (Relaxation can be availed by the SC/ST/PH and Woman Candidates accordingly) – For more information, you can check the official Website of the UPSC, i.e. www.upsc.gov.in

Also Read: Physical requirements to join Civil Services

The above mentioned were some of the general criteria to be eligible for appearing in the Civil Services Exam. If you think you fulfill the above criteria, we can go ahead to the main part of your query- whether to continue with the current profession or give try to the Civil Services Preparation.

The dilemma and the solution: Whether to continue with the Current Profession or try Civil Services Exam

There are many examples around us who cleared the Civil Services Exam while working. It is possible for sure and simultaneous preparation even while remaining in Job can be possible provided you would have a sound strategy and right approach towards the Civil Services Exam. Doing smart study equally putting your best in place can let you have that rare taste of success which very few people have every year. We may enlist some points below to which if you think you agree then really you can think of this proud journey of preparing for Civil Services Exam.

  • You will prepare your mind and if the decision is done, you will try your best persistently for longer period like for year or two
  • If you are going to prepare while remaining the current job, you will make sure of finding sufficient time for preparation.
  • As the exam comes nearer you will be having sufficient time like a month or two to prepare fully and with dedications. (You may be required to apply for leaves)
  • If you find yourself more confident and are going to quit the current job then you will not have the time paucity.
  • There is an uncertainty in this Exams so you must have the backup plan in case you exhaust with your available attempts (still honest efforts pay off)
  • You will stick to the decision

 

What does it take? Preparing for Civil Services Exam

Civil Services Exam is all about consistency and honest efforts for a considerable time. The process takes a year in general which consists of Preliminary Test, Main Exam and the Interview (Personality Test). Being objective test, Preliminary is rectifying stage and the score of the Pre-test is not counted for the final ranking. Passing the Pre, you qualify for Mains Exam which is descriptive and you need to write for diverse issues (The syllabus is given by UPSC). The marks of the Mains Exam are considered for final ranking in addition to the score of the Interview. The total marks against which the candidates enlisted for ranking are 2025. You can see the structure of the CSE through the links provided below.

 

Read Also: Procedure to be followed for IAS exam? What is the qualification required?

 

If you are determined, stick to the decision

If you have decided to throw yourself into the preparation of the Civil Services Exam then prepare your mind and dedicate your time. Honest efforts will always pay off and you will have success for sure. The exam sometimes may check your patience as you may feel the syllabus is vast but with the right approach and thorough but selective study the success can be yours and it has been proved by many candidates who started from the scratch but achieved in the least period and some even has cracked the exam in their maiden attempt too! Daily reading of reference material (Standard Reference Books) with selective newspaper articles will prepare you for Prelim and the writing practice and note making will help you in Mains exam.

Read Also: What are the materials I can refer to crack the IAS exam with high rank?

Dear Aspirant, we discussed the topic for every possible angle of your query though in brief. For more information please let me know if I can help you further or just speak to the Professional Career Experts at CareerGuide. Hope, this helps you!

RE: I am a Manager at SBI and want to prepare for Civil Services Exam. Kindly guide, which is the better option, either to stay in a bank or prepare for civil services exam?

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