IAS - A Cherished Career

Prof.(Dr.) Samit Ray, Chairman of Rice Group and Chancellor of Adamas University
Mr. Kailesh Mishra, Director Destination IAS Academy

The Tie-up – It's Backdrop

Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other prestigious Central Govt Services, the recruitment to which is done through UPSC Civil Service Examination every year, are the most coveted jobs in the country. These services offer the best scope to the youth of India to serve the poorest of the poor and ordinary citizens of the country while playing, at the same time, an effective role to take the country forward on the path to progress and development.

RICE Education trains the IAS aspirants in a way that leads to holistic development of the candidates while toughening them up to face the rigours in their actual arenas of work. The methodology of teaching in RICE Education is such that things are made easy for the students. Emphasis is laid not on rote learning but on quick assimilation of facts by applying novel methods. The idea is to make the students think and comprehend every single aspect of the vast syllabus of the examination so that they can write cogently when they actually face the test. While in any kindred institute the Civil Services Examination is projected as a difficult barrier to surmount, the scientific approach adopted in the teaching-learning process in RICE education makes it an effortless sailing for the young aspirants that throng for admission in RICE Education.

Destination IAS Academy, Delhi has been training the next-gen IAS officers for about 23 years now. One of the most reputed IAS institutes of the capital, located in Mukherji Nagar, Destination IAS have on their roll senior and retired officers of the government besides having youthful but experienced faculty who are mavens in their own fields. They chart their course of training students in an innovative way, backed up by research and strategy formulations. Their success figures are mindboggling – more than 500 candidates have been selected for government jobs so far, capped by top rank holders featuring in IAS proper every year.

About UPSC Civil Services

IAS, IPS and other Central Services that come under the UPSC Civil Services examination are the most coveted services of India.

More than ten lakhs of students every year vie for just 800 – 900 jobs under different services.
Only the first 200 rank holders or so can hope to get into the cream of the services – Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and Indian Foreign Service.

The career of an IAS or IPS officer is most challenging. They are the pivots around which the administration of the country revolves. They hold important positions all through starting their career as Sub-Divisional Officer to gradually move up to Additional District Magistrate, District Magistrate, Joint Secretary, Special Secretary, Secretary, Principal Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary and finally to the highest administrative post in a state which is Chief Secretary.
A certain section of them are brought to various ministries of Govt of India as Joint Secretary where at the fag end of their career they hold such important portfolios as Home Secretary, Defense Secretary, Finance Secretary, Foreign Secretary and so on.

In such positions they look after the affairs of the entire nation ensuring, at the same time, the safety and security of the nation. The highest administrative post at the Govt of India level is Cabinet Secretary.

The preparation of IAS is long, hard and tenuous. The students have to fully devote to studies for at least 2 years to come out with flying colors in the Civil Services Examination. One has to keep oneself abreast of what is happening around – the world in general and the country in particular. Apart from studies, the student must develop good writing ability and be able to organize their thoughts while answering a question so that they can convince the examiner that they have written only a precise, to the point and within the given word limit answer to secure good marks.


  • Duration : Regular 14 months / Week-end 30 months
  • Interactive Live classes : 800
  • Study Material : English
  • Teaching Medium : English

For candidates who are aiming to pursue a prestigious Government job with the determination to serve our country in the highest order of government service, IAS (Indian Administrative Service) examination is the entry point for fulfilment of their dreams. The IAS Exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) annually. Those who qualify the exam become prestigious officers in Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and a host of other services.

More than 10 Lac candidates appear for UPSC exams every year. However 95% of them do not pass the preliminary examination. Only 0.1% get through each step of such a rigorous filter. RICE Education, the top IAS coaching institute in Kolkata, delivers the best training to the aspirants through a knowledgeable group of experts.

We offer the best UPSC coaching through a series of face-to-face offline classes which are held regularly. Here, we guide students to learn subject topics and prepare them to face the interview which is indeed a tough barrier. A strict classroom routine is a key feature here besides which we offer a library for all study references. Regular handouts are provided for practising different topics at home which are evaluated by the faculty. Evaluations are made on an ongoing basis covering the entire topic. We also offer face-to-face discussion between the faculty and the students that helps the aspirants build confidence, thereby enabling them to conquer any challenge.

RICE, the top IAS Civil Service coaching institute in Kolkata, imparts the best training to the aspirants through a dedicated team of professionals for the preparation of Civil Services Exam, conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). We offer the best UPSC coaching through a series of interactive hours of preparation, study material, well structured class routine, regular mock tests, quarterly examinations, doubt-clearing sessions, combined with a scientific approach of capacity building that helps our students qualify the written examination as well as successfully crack the interview. So, if IAS is your dream career destination, RICE is the institute you should choose to be on board.

UPSC normally releases their entire calendar for the next year in the month of November of the previous year. From that calendar any student can come to know when the detailed notification for civil services examination will be released. Normally, this notification for Civil Services comes in the month of February of the year of examination.

As this notification for civil services in itself is quite long, the most important contents that an aspiring applicant needs to know have been provided here in https://www.ricesmart.in/exam/exams-upsc-civil-services-examination-coaching/

RICE offers two types of courses:

  • Regular course for students who have completed graduation / post-graduation
  • Week-end course for working professionals or students undergoing graduation or post-graduation.
  • For regular course, classes are held on four days a week to start with. After some progress one more day is added to the schedule which is devoted exclusively to mock tests. The papers of these tests are examined by the faculty and necessary guidance is imparted to the students so that they can improve upon their previous performance. A mentoring system is also in place wherein the performance of the students is judged on a continuous basis so as to enable them know all by themselves where they lack and how, on their own, they can build upon their previous performances.
  • Classes are held for 6 hours a day for all the 4 days. Of these, 5 hours are set aside for teaching of optional subjects when, naturally, separate classes are held for different optional subjects. RICE offers 4 optional subjects – History, Geography, Sociology and Political Science & International Relations.
  • For the weekend classes, the students are exposed to the entire syllabus of UPSC gradually. The pace is hastened up as they grow in confidence. As for the teaching of optional subjects of these students, they are to attend the optional subjects along with the students of the general course.

The format of Civil Services examination is divided into the Preliminary Examination, the Main Examination and the Personal Interview.

Preliminary Examination: A candidate has to appear in 2 subjects – General Studies and Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). Each consists of 200 marks & exam duration is 2 hours. CSAT is a qualifying paper only. One has to secure one-third of total marks to qualify in CSAT.

CSAT has normally three portions:

  • Reading Comprehension & Answering Questions
  • Mathematics (upto Class X level)
  • General Intelligence covering numerical reasoning, logical reasoning etc.

General Studies:

  • It’s a screening test to qualify for the Main examination. There are 100 questions of 2 marks each. GS syllabus covers many areas such as Indian History & Geography, Indian National Movement, Constitution & Polity, Ecology etc.

Main Examination: It has 2 parts. The qualifying part includes examination in 2 papers-English & any mother tongue / any language included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Only after a candidate secures the qualifying marks in these 2 papers, his / her answer copies of other subjects will be checked.

The main part of the Main examination consists of 7 papers of 250 marks each. GS occupies the most important position in the Mains Examination. There are 4 papers in GS (GS-I to GS-IV). Therefore, the total marks in the Mains Examination for General Studies is 1000.

One has to take any one Optional subject out of the list of subjects offered by UPSC. The optional subject has 2 papers (I &II), consisting of 250 marks each.

The last subject of the mains examination is Essay Writing, containing 250 marks. 2 essays are to be written, each of 125 marks. The topics of the essays are divided into 2 groups. In each group, 4 topics are given. A candidate has to choose 1 topic from each group but not 2 topics from the same group.

Thus the total marks of Main examination is 1750 (7*250)

Personal Interaction: Based on the performance of the candidate in Main examination, only a certain number of candidates are called for personal interaction. These numbers vary every year & depends on the number of vacancies for the year. The marks for personal interaction is 275. It may be noted that no further examination of the knowledge of the candidate is checked at the personal interaction level. It chiefly aims assessing personality, composure, integrity & other such attributes.

Thus, total marks of UPSC civil service examination, other than the preliminary examination, is 2025 (1750 + 275). Based on the marks obtained by the candidate out of this 2025, rankings are made and as per the rank, and choice given by the candidate while filling up the form in Main examination, a service is offered. For the most coveted services like IAS, IPS, IFS, a rank within the 1st 200 is normally required.

  • Regular course is of 14 months
  • Weekend course is of 36 months.

Even after the completion of course, the students are accorded the facility to approach the faculty whenever they want, appear in mock tests that are conducted   and can gain all time access to   library.


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Political Science & International Relations

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Kailash Mishra – Director of Destination IAS academy

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Contact Numbers : 81008 19447 / 83369 51816

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Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate from a recognized university :- those who are in final year of graduation may also appear but have to submit the proof of passing at the time of main examination

Minimum 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on 1st August of the year of examination.
The above is for general category candidates only. For other categories age relaxation is available(For details UPSC website)

General category - 6
OBC category - 9
SC/ST category - Unlimited attempts till 37 years of age

There are 3 steps : Preliminary (Screening Test)
Main Examination : Marks - 1750
Personal Interview : Marks - 275
Main Examination has 7 papers of 250 marks each. There are 4 papers of General Studies, 1 paper on Essay Writing and 2 papers on an Optional Subject to be chosen from the list of optional subjects provided in UPSC website

Depends on the ability and preparedness of the candidate. However, on an average, minimum two years preparation is considered necessary.

IAS, IPS, IFS, IA&AS and a host of other central services of various government department like Railways, Revenue, Postal, Defence etc.

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