UPSC ! Is It A Strenuous Journey To Reach Up There? Let Us Check Statistics!

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UPSC Exams is found to be tougher by the aspirants who want to crack the exams easily. Success in IAS/UPSC Exams cannot be acquired so easily. The statistics show the success rate of the IAS Exam.

UPSC Civil Services Exam most commonly known as IAS Exam is conducted every year by the commission to recruit candidates for various posts like IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS, among others. Undoubtedly, UPSC Exam is one of the toughest competitive exams in the country, and many candidates find it difficult to crack this exam. But, nothing is impossible if you approach this exam in the right and systematic way. You can always rely on the best ias academy in Chennai to learn the methodical approach to learning.  In this article, we will discuss some UPSC statistics such as the UPSC pass percentage, candidates appearing for the exam etc.

Why is the UPSC Exam known as the toughest exam?

Every year the civil services exam is held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in three stages, and they are Prelims, Mains, and Personality Test/Interview.

It is a widely spread notion that Civil Services IAS Exam is the “Mother of All Exams” and one of the toughest exams, as lakhs of candidates take this exam and only thousand odd make it to the final list. But, if we take a look at the candidates who made the final list, most of them have a mediocre and average background. So, it is just a myth, or a notion spread that it is the toughest exam. Rather all it requires is one’s diligent and punctual efforts combined with a passion for the exam.

Below given is an interesting statistics about the success rate in UPSC Civil Services Exam as per the records provided by the top 10 ias academies in Chennai.

Year

Prelims Applied

Prelims Appeared

Prelims Cleared

Mains Appeared

Shortlisted for Interview

Selected

2017

10 lakhs

5 lakhs

13,366

2568

990

2016

11,35,943

4,59,659

15,452

15,445

2,961

1099

2015

9,45,908

4,65,882

15,008

15,008

2797

1078

2014

947428

446623

16706

16286

3,308

1,112

2013

776604

324279

14800

14178

3001

1122

2012

550080

271442

12795

12190

2,674

998

2011

499120

243236

11837

11237

2415

910

2010

547698

269036

12271

11865

2589

920

2009

409110

193091

11894

11516

2431

899

2008

325433

167035

11669

11330

2136

791

(*Some numbers are approximate).

The statistics of the success rate given above are just the numbers, which shows that the success rate is less than 1% and these numbers are the one major reason that gives the candidate the feeling that they cannot make it to the final list. But, if it is interpreted in the right way ignoring the factual numbers and considering the actual details, then candidates will come to know the different outlook of these statistics.

Let’s take the data given in the above table, if we observe, every year roughly around 50% of the candidates appear in the exam compared to the number of candidates applying for the exam. For example in 2015, around 9, 45,908 people applied for the prelims exam but only 4, 65,882 appeared for the exam. Let us forget about the numbers and look at the other facts behind these data, among 4, 65,882 candidates who appeared for the prelims exam how many were serious about the exam and took the exam with utmost interest and enthusiasm. Among these, some candidates take the exam without much seriousness, some with an indolent approach, some attend because of their parents’ insistence, while others may appear without proper guidance and preparation hoping luck to favour them.

Now, with this approach of interpretation, if we see, among lakhs of candidates appearing for the exam only a few thousand are serious about this exam, and we can roughly keep the number of serious candidates as 45,000. Considering this number and the final selection list of 2015, i.e., 1078, now the probability of the success rate is 2% (which is less than 1% according to the factual statistical data).

While the number of candidates qualified for the mains exam is approximately 14 times the number of vacancies, which shows approximately 15,008 cleared the prelims exam. Therefore, out of 62,000 candidates 15,008 clear the prelims, i.e., 1 in 4 serious candidates clear the prelims exam. For this reason, the success rate of clearing the IAS Prelims Exam is 25% for a serious candidate hence the competition is not with the 4, 65,882 candidates who appear but with those 62,000 serious candidates, which makes the job easy and all a candidate has to do is to aim to be one among that 15,008 candidates to qualify for the mains exam.

Now out of 15,008 candidates who qualify to the mains exam, 2797 candidates are selected for the final round that is the Personality Test/interview. Here again, the success rate in the mains exam becomes roughly 15% that will make the candidate move to the final round.

In the Personality Test, one among the two candidates is selected, and hence, here 50% becomes the success rate.

This interpretation reveals the other face of the success rate in the UPSC Exam if called it as the true face won’t be wrong, as it shows the real intensity of the competition that exists among the serious candidates as given in the above example and those are the 62,000 serious candidates.

If a candidate wants to be one among them, then all he/she needs is a good understanding of the examination, effective study plan for preparation, right guidance, well-organized and meticulous approach, utmost enthusiasm and passion, perseverance and never-give-up attitude that will push gradually one from the preliminary step to the final stage.