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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Examination (CSE) to choose candidates for the prestigious All India Services and other high-grade services. The All India Services include – Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and Indian Forest Service (IFoS).

Each of these services plays a primary role in the overall administration of the country. This is why UPSC follows meticulousness in selecting candidates for the posts. The Commission sees that young, enthusiastic and talented candidates are selected for the services.

In its notification UPSC clearly specifies the age criteria for selection. An aspirant as young as 21 years and a candidate with at an age of 32 years can give the exam. The upper-age limit varies depending on the category of the community.

Considering the entry age of 21 years, at what age one should begin the IAS exam preparation? In this write-up, we shall suggest a right age and clear some misconceptions concerning IAS preparation. It shall be done considering candidates in various stages of their lives who are pitching to give a try or determined to become a civil servant or whose parents have decided their career path.

Advice For Fresh Graduates

For fresh graduates who have decided to give the exam after their graduation, your right age begins with your present age. We can understand that the choice of career is difficult to make for some. If you have known earlier, you would have begun your preparation during the graduation days itself. So, begin now.

Advice For Parents

If the reader is a parent, who has decided to make his/her ward a civil servant, a word of discretion. Among young parents, a trend is being noticed. In the name of finding a safe career for their wards, they are joining their children of 12-14 years in schools which are professing to make their children IAS officers.

How naive is this? At that age, your child is still exploring the world and grasping the many truths it offers. It is an age where his/her personality develops. Pushing them and overloading them with IAS preparation is only harming them. Also, you might be a victim of immoral marketing by the so-called schools.

If you really want to see your children to become IAS officers, advice them to begin their preparation in their graduation years.

Advice For The Employed

If you are already employed and looking for a career change into civil services, do not wait for a particular age. You begin your preparation immediately. As stated above, the younger you join the services, the better is your career growth.

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