Why is UPSC Exam so tough? How to Crack Civil Services Exam?

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is considered one of the toughest competitive exams. Let’s try to find out, why is the UPSC exam so tough and how can you crack it?

Why is UPSC Exam so tough?

UPSC CSE seems to be the toughest exam because of its very low success rate. Every year, around 10 lakh people apply for the Civil Services Examination, out of which approximately 5 lakh people appear in the exam and hardly 700-800 candidates get recommended for selection in different civil services.

Also, even the UPSC toppers couldn’t score more than 60% marks. And when people compare this score to other exams, it seems to be the toughest exam to crack. But more than that, the more obvious reason why it is considered a tough exam is its very vast syllabus.

The syllabus for the Civil Services Examination covers a wide range of subjects ranging from History, Geography, Economy, Polity, Ecology, Science and Tech to all the important current events of national and international importance. And the weightage of current affairs in this exam keeps expanding its syllabus which makes it one of the toughest exams.

Due to its vast syllabus, when you appear in the exam you never feel fully prepared for it. There is always something that you miss and when you look at the questions, you feel like you’ve studied about it but you lack surety about the exact answer to write. The questions in this exam are, no doubt, different in comparison to any other exam out there, and they never have a definite standard answer.

How to Crack the toughest exam of UPSC?

These are some of the reasons why people consider the UPSC Civil Services Examination tough, and at first glance, it seems to be true. But another perspective is that every exam has some demands, and as you’re going to become a bureaucrat, an important policy maker in the country, UPSC also wants you to fulfil this exam’s demands.

And the reason why it seems to be the toughest exam for you is that it demands you to be a conscious citizen who is aware of everything happening in this country and worldwide. Its syllabus is really vast and diverse, but it doesn’t want you to become an expert, but need to develop a basic understanding of everything. And if you are determined to crack the UPSC exam, everything will be easy for you because, in comparison to other exams, it’s different and not difficult.


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