India’s most competitive exam | UPSC

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India’s most competitive exam | UPSC

Hi, I’m Toby, and welcome to another exam
review video. So imagine over a million students applying
to take an exam for which there are less than a thousand spots waiting for them at the end. This insane competitiveness is the reality
for students who are taking India’s UPSC exam, making it one of the toughest exams in the
world. So i have some of the UPSC exam papers here
today but this isn’t even all of it, it’s a huge exam. It takes up to two years of preparation and
when everything’s said and done, if you make it all the way through, you would have sat
32 hours of exams. I’ve covered some other tough exams coming
out of India, like the JEE advanced exam for engineering or the NEET exam for medical students,
but this UPSC exam is different, in the fact that you need to be really on top of all your
subjects, from technology to current affairs to philosophy. The scope is extremely broad. UPSC stands for Union Public Service Commission,
and the exam recruits graduates who have already done a university degree, who want to come
and work for the Indian civil services. So that’s basically working for the Indian
government in various administrative roles. It’s a highly sought after position, and people
who do really well in this exam are really admired by their fellow peers. So let’s have a look at the kind of questions
that would be involved. The exam is held in multiple stages. There’s the prelims that are two papers: general
studies and an aptitude test, and if you make it through that, it’s the main section. Now the mains consist of nine papers, each
three hours long, and this is what they cover: there are two that are just qualifying, an
English exam, and an exam in an Indian language of choice, but then we have: an essay, four
general studies exams and two papers of your choice. These papers of your choice are on optional
subjects which range everything from: physics, maths, philosophy, engineering, but also basically
every subject you could imagine. So let’s have a look at a few of these papers. So I’ve got here the first general studies
paper. This one covers: Indian heritage, culture,
history, geography of the world, and so everything’s written in Hindi and English, there are twenty
questions in this booklet and all questions are compulsory. So let’s have a look – they’re not joking
that this is a lot of work: all of these questions are little, like, mini-essay questions. Yeah, like this is kind of Indian history,
things about an 1857 uprising, the linkages between the nineteenth century Indian renaissance
and the emergence of national identity. So everything from that to the impact of global
warming on the coral life system, what makes Indian society unique in sustaining its culture? Discuss in 150 words. So i think what you really need to do to prepare
for an exam like this, that’s kind of testing your general knowledge, and i’ve seen many
preparing students talk about this, is reading newspapers. Reading newspapers to prepare for an exam
seems kind of bizarre to me but it makes sense, newspapers should give you a pretty good idea
of what’s going on in the world. This is another general studies paper, number
4, this one should cover ethics, integrity and aptitude. They want to know, what are the basic principles
of public life? Illustrate any 3 of these with suitable examples. What do you understand by the term Public
Servant? That’s very relevant since that’s the job
you’re applying for, then we even have some very philosophical Ideas over here. An unexamined life is not worth living – Socrates,
discuss that in 150 words. One from Ghandi, man is but a product of his
thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes. I’m left feeling that someone who’s prepared
for an exam like this wouldn’t just be good at sitting this exam but they would be a really
knowledgable and smart citizen of the world. Questions like this one history, philosophy,
geography, general knowledge, are that, they are general. You are tested on them kind of every day in
your life. It’s what allows you to contribute to interesting
discussions with random people that you meet. And I don’t think this knowledge would be
lost when you finish this exam. Some of these ideas just help you to understand
the world better and even if you don’t get in, it’s kind of like you haven’t wasted your
time. You spend all this time becoming knowledgable
about your country and I don’t think that’s something to be upset about. So this is the essay paper of between 1000-1200
words on something like wisdom finds truth. Or biased media is a real threat to Indian
democracy. Or the rise of artificial intelligence, some
of these ideas are interesting to think about. Now that’s kind of a look through the general
studies and my thoughts on those, let’s have a look at some of the optional papers now. So since this is basically a physics channel
I picked a couple of the options physics papers. I’ve got physics paper 1 and physics paper
2. So let’s have a little bit of a look through
these. They’re starting off not too difficult, what
is a central force? Give two examples. How does Reynolds number help in the study
of fluid motion? What I noticed straight away is that these
are not multi choice questions which was the case for some of the other Indian exams I
looked at. This page is pretty interesting, section B,
you’re asked to explain these physics questions in about 150 words each. So you have to be really good at your communication
of scientific ideas. For example. we’re asked to discuss in brief the ultraviolet
catastrophe, how did Planck solve this problem? All right so that’s paper 1 of physics, let’s
have a look at paper 2 before we make any judgements. This is starting off with some quantum mechanics
questions, again a lot of explainer type questions. How do you define density of states? Define mathematically the Bohr radius. Calculate the numerical values for the hydrogen
atom. I should mention that if you make it through
all these papers, you make it through the main round, then there is an interview and
that interview would be a bit of a personality test, so even if you ace all of these I guess
it’s still possible that you’re not quite what they’re looking for. And that interview is maybe one of the most
subjective parts of all, it’s hard to put a number on someone’s personality. Just like I did for my NEET exam, I’ll give
this exam a little rating. So name UPSC. The scope, well we covered everything from
philosophy to physics, that’s a pretty big scope. It gets an A and a plus. Difficulty, well it’s a tough exam, I will
give it an A. I guess the difficulty will depend on your strengths and weaknesses and
how prepared you are feeling and how much preparation you have done for it. Time pressure, well it’s kind of a test of
stamina, this is such a long process. Like I said you would have done 32 hours of
examination if you’ve done all of these papers, the interview, the mains, the prelims, that’s
intense. In terms of actual time pressure, you have
3 hours to answer heaps of questions, i’ll give it an A as well. Now the big one, competitiveness, this is
the most competitive exam I have ever covered on the channel. I thought that NEET was competitive but students
here are competing for only hundreds of spots. So this is going to be a never-before-seen
rating of A ++++. And that’s what makes this one of the most
difficult exams. If you want me to compare it overall to the
JEE advanced exam I would say that UPSC is tougher on the basis of selection but JEE
advanced is probably tougher on the basis of the questions. But they are totally different exams, testing
different things for different people who want different jobs. I wanted to finish this video with a little
story. So I printed out these UPSC exam papers at
the library and while I was doing so some of the papers got caught in the printer and
there was a little printer jam. You might be able to see this page here is
a bit crinkled. Anyway, one of the staff members at the library
came over to help and as he was fishing these pages out from inside the printer, he recognised
the exam and he asked me, Are you preparing for UPSC? He was from India and he himself had prepared
for the UPSC. I told him that no I wasn’t preparing for
it and it was a little bit hard to explain what I was doing printing it out if I had
no interest in sitting it myself. But he ended up telling me his story about
how he had done a lot of preparation himself when he used to live in India and he had gotten
quite far through the exam, he’d done quite well, but he didnt make it all the way to
the end. So he had faced the disappointment of not
getting through the UPSC. But life had taken him on a different journey, he had gone to University in India and studied languages and he’d done a PhD. I guess that PhD had allowed him to apply
for a job in Australia at the library and he was living a happy life here. So it was kind of a coincidence for me to
bump into a UPSC alumni here in Australia but there were two things that I kind of took
away from it. One was that UPSC is so widely known in India
and so many people apply for it that you might bump into people who have done it anywhere
around the world. But also that UPSC and passing it are not
everything and there are multiple paths to happiness. Even if you try really hard to pass an exam
and you think you want to take your life in a certain direction, there are other directions
that life can take you even if you don’t get what you want. Sometimes not getting what you want can even
be a wonderful stroke of luck. So keep that in mind and thank you for watching.


Sourav Saha · January 30, 2020 at 9:18 pm

JEE advance has 3 subjects….UPSC has 24 Subjects…JEE is joke near UPSC…. 😀

Tamish Upadhyay · January 31, 2020 at 1:48 pm

UPSC is not an exam. It is a body which conducts many exams. The one you are referring in the video is called Civil Services Examination.

Adeeba Qureshi · February 1, 2020 at 11:32 am

A upsc aspirant

New feets · February 1, 2020 at 11:55 am

314000 subs?Getting close to π…🥺 casualities are beatifulll

isha bargale 123 · February 1, 2020 at 12:53 pm

I m preaparing for this exam trust me its a great journey .

Ipshit Shaha · February 3, 2020 at 12:59 pm

Report card doesn't even compare to what it is…

anupam mahor · February 3, 2020 at 3:45 pm

Review GATE

Yaswanth Kumar Rayapati · February 3, 2020 at 3:58 pm

JEE be like: Am i a joke to you?

Manvendra Singh · February 4, 2020 at 2:59 am

This was the video I had been hoping from ur channel. Thank you.

Mr X · February 4, 2020 at 4:31 am

My friend started preparing right after graduate i.e when was 21 years old and now he is 28 , he clears the prelims though.

fahmida faiza · February 4, 2020 at 7:34 am

Try BCS in Bangladesh

nimSquare · February 4, 2020 at 10:22 am

PhD for a job at a library? Are you kidding me?

Slacku · February 4, 2020 at 12:14 pm

UPSC makes me sad. I didnt care much about it before cause I i was too naive and disinterested about politics , history , philosophy in general, but then in the past few years i went through a big transformation, I read a lot of books and today I understand India and i’m quite informed about current affairs. But then i found out I’m just above the age limit… welp i guess there is no place in India for late bloomers! 😂😂😂

edushikh by shikhar · February 4, 2020 at 7:27 pm

Smart fact : only smart people clear this exam..because one needs near about 50 percent to clear this exam

rajeev3983 · February 5, 2020 at 1:24 am

I might end up getting a lot of hate for this comment, but i feel that this exam is a giant waste and some of the people who have cleared this and i strongly emphasize not all some are so stupid and incompetent.
Many of these bureaucrats manage departments which they have no expertise in and so I feel that there should be experts hired using lateral entry and the bureaucratic system of India need review

ʞɓ 5445 · February 5, 2020 at 2:44 am

Students can clear jee and neet but upsc is entirely difficult compared to all others

Prabha amit · February 5, 2020 at 6:32 am

React to upsc interviews(ias)

Subrata Dey · February 5, 2020 at 6:34 am

Try India's second most competitive- UPSC- ESE (IES) Engineering Service Exam, exam qualifying percentile 99.998 where as UPSC (Administrative Service) most competitive have percentile of 99.99998

ishya kancherla · February 5, 2020 at 7:30 am

Hey! May I know which website you downloaded the UPSC question papers from?

Ok Google · February 5, 2020 at 9:48 am

Cover CAT for entrance to IIM

anand jha · February 5, 2020 at 10:55 am

This is not your cup of tea .

prince kumar · February 5, 2020 at 2:07 pm

No specific Salybuss
Limitations of words
If u pass this then you will come under nearly 3000 genious mind out of 1 to 2 million people
Then they will check your presence of mind presonalty problem solving capabilities and many more thing
1000 marks mains paper and 1000 marks interview
In 2018 topper score 54%marks 40%last ranker
Topper score around 900 in mains rest in interview
Then you will come under 1000 people
In which top 200 people get good rank 200 -400 get pretty deccent rank like department head officer incomtax drugs controlled etc 400 t0 1000 ABC grade having different responsibility

Mohammed Pk · February 5, 2020 at 5:04 pm

Please do a video on the GATE exam.
It is a nightmare for Engineering graduates

Gautam Gandhi · February 6, 2020 at 7:38 am

Talk about CA exams of India.. It is also one of the toughests to clear

kim jong un · February 6, 2020 at 8:13 am

Prepare actually and then give review

9 year old · February 6, 2020 at 9:54 am

difficulty … u dont even have the idea how much competition is here.

WhiteBoard Channel · February 6, 2020 at 9:57 am

Wow , its great

rahul rexy · February 6, 2020 at 10:44 am

Hehe i have been preparing for upsc since 2018. 😂😂😢

Sanjay Raj Hindu · February 6, 2020 at 4:17 pm

Life ki mc bc ho jati hai kabhi kabhi

Ethal Gaming · February 6, 2020 at 6:04 pm

The interview is actually hard not the exam i pass the exam but i failed the interview

LDR · February 6, 2020 at 7:18 pm

its funny hearing u say Students taking UPSC exam. students take entrance exams like JEE not employment exams.. secondly UPSC CSE is the exam UPSC conducts many other exams too….

LDR · February 6, 2020 at 7:20 pm

U could hav a Career as ASMR artist too

Mercedes Benz · February 6, 2020 at 10:10 pm

the only problem is they don't give u marks…

Aayush Sharma · February 7, 2020 at 7:39 am

The way the exam is structured and checked , they manage to select mostly the wrong candidates . Proof – just look at India and how anything related to the govt is a big mess in India .

So it's a huge voluminous exam but end result is that they fail to get the candidates they really want .

Debasish Ray Chawdhuri · February 7, 2020 at 1:20 pm

It is supposed to be tough, the UPSC qualifiers end up designing and executing policies for the country. Anyway, later these people would be working under uneducated politicians, some of whom are actually goons.

Hardik Siroha · February 7, 2020 at 4:07 pm

Most overrated exams in India, all it takes is a lot of memorisation. Period.

md sayeed · February 8, 2020 at 11:31 am

U Forgot To Mention CA Final Exam Where Passing % Normally Below 5%

Muntazir nigga · February 8, 2020 at 3:01 pm

Are 4 years enough for preparation?? After 12th? With law

Muntazir nigga · February 8, 2020 at 3:04 pm

It's not the paper but the sheer competition which makes it a fucking nightmare

Vivek Tomar · February 8, 2020 at 3:50 pm

The biggest mistake when you decide yes I will take UPSC and will clear it (not talking about all)

Arpit Tiwari · February 8, 2020 at 3:55 pm

Make a vedeo on world's toughest exam.

Arijeet Tripathy · February 8, 2020 at 4:16 pm

The name of the exam is CSE ( Civil Services Examination )
UPSC is not an exam. It is a commitee that conducts various exams like CSE, ESE, FSE etc… more than a dozen exams. Lol but cse has become synonymous with upsc 😂😅

Ananjay Gurjar · February 9, 2020 at 4:27 am

Irony is that most of the students who top jee advanced are the one who actually get through upsc.

A theist · February 9, 2020 at 9:40 am

I know of a person who after selection to the UPSC did not take up the offer and today runs a catering business for existence due to family pressure.

Ashi Sharma · February 9, 2020 at 3:09 pm

Is it only me or anybody else too who feels this video is like asmr👀😂…..such relaxing voice

Vimal Rathod · February 11, 2020 at 2:27 am


Tarun Thakur · February 11, 2020 at 3:44 pm

Level of questions in Prelims is also a bit high in UPSC than JEE advance, because you have to read lots and lots of books … you should have knowledge about almost every thing in past 2-3 years., lots of subjects with great knowledge…and oh man! the level of Prelims is so high…even Toppers says that Prelims is the most difficult part of UPSC bacause UPSC is unpredictable

mk patel · February 11, 2020 at 4:52 pm

Ranking of exam as per toughness
2) JEE
4) CET

Imran Ali · February 11, 2020 at 6:43 pm

Currently preparing for UPSC started with NCERT.

Imran Ali · February 11, 2020 at 6:44 pm

Everything in India is determined by exams before I cleared SBI PO I was a nobody, now at least people respect me, though I know its not that big a deal.

Be a learner · February 12, 2020 at 6:55 am

When 1 Million People gave this exam.
UPSC select only 800 to 1000 person..
Now you can understand how hard process follow by UPSC in Selecting People..

Umang Singhal · February 12, 2020 at 8:21 am

Please make a video on GATE exam

Beauty Reviews · February 12, 2020 at 11:32 am

may be 5 years of preparation!! 0:35

PHTM 777dev · February 12, 2020 at 3:50 pm

UPSC the baap of all exams.

Vishal Dubey · February 13, 2020 at 4:37 am

Students crack upsc only when they have a break up….

jaskaran · February 13, 2020 at 5:47 am

And you pause to think, the prime minister of India is a tea vendor (Chaa vala Modi) 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Mohit Kumar · February 13, 2020 at 2:12 pm

Its actually the IAS exam, UPSC is the body that conducts it and many other exams like NDA, CDS,and many more.

Chirag · February 14, 2020 at 6:48 am

Bihari be like – "Yeh to humari baat Kar rahi hai" 😂

A K · February 14, 2020 at 2:49 pm

i was going to dislike it bcoz u have no idea about UPSC . but kinda like ur effort to present it.which is very less.

KISLAY MANAS · February 15, 2020 at 5:32 pm

NO option except upsc for me…i will

vinayak singh · February 15, 2020 at 5:53 pm

i dont mean to be rude or anything but is she high?

Animesh Singh Rajawat · February 16, 2020 at 4:01 pm

Stop praising IAS officers, they are all Robbers, big robbers

Udhav Sharma · February 16, 2020 at 5:33 pm

If your heart is not broken 💔 you can't creak this exam.
Eg- apne sattu bhaiya 😄

M. Arjun · February 16, 2020 at 7:20 pm

pata hai isne achhi dukhan kholi, chalta acha hai, mogambo khush huva

vj v · February 16, 2020 at 8:43 pm

A little bit of math about the mains exam…….. you got 20 questions to be written in 3 hours, ………so its 180 minutes for 20 questions……or 9 minutes per question………and here comes the tough part….most of the questions are new….in the sense, new dimensions…….. so the problem is, you may know a lot about the topics asked in the 20 questions……but what should you write is another problem, because you have to make your answer unique………and for the uniqueness, you have to establish a flow within the given 200 words+9 minutes….and have to do this continuously for 3 hours each for the subjects …….:)

Rinyapam Shatsang · February 17, 2020 at 3:54 pm

It's a stupid exam that doesn't prepare the candidates for the job.
A reason why India is so corrupted n under-developed.

olong dx · February 17, 2020 at 6:41 pm

UPSC is a myth of happiness, every year many young people waste their time in preparing this exam, its a dream for many but achievable for only fraction. Instead coaching institute are capitalising our fancy dreams. I encourage young minds to look for other opportunities, UPSC is not a means to an end but beginning of our career end. Views are personal.

Youtube User · February 18, 2020 at 12:58 pm

We have Sheldons on this exam!

osho dhawan · February 18, 2020 at 5:59 pm

Why are u torturing yourself

Yash B · February 19, 2020 at 10:18 pm

If u clear this u can make millions by corruption…millions

Siddhant Raghuvanshi · February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

hey Tibees 👋, you know you can add a bunch of +++++'s when you are done with the video.😁👍

RATIONAL PERSON · February 20, 2020 at 7:57 pm

Hum kya kum the
Jo aap videshi log aake strategy share karoge
Aur search about last 100 days preparation for UPSC
Waah ji waah

Dinesh Mohapatra · February 21, 2020 at 12:18 pm

Quantum mechanics with history & geography with ethics with aptitude with literature
What else am i missing !!😂

Amrish Tripathi · February 22, 2020 at 4:17 pm

Exam with 60% reservation and rest who come under rest 40% are the best

Aminudin Leman · February 23, 2020 at 2:26 am

You're face looks like emma watson

Manish Kumar · February 23, 2020 at 8:40 am

Thanks for expressing your ideas about upsc.

manu mudgal · February 23, 2020 at 9:46 am

After seeing these competitive exams and scenario of education and employment in my country. I sometimes think….was I born in wrong country? offence…just a joke….I like my country a lot

Prince Vegeta · February 23, 2020 at 10:23 am

A Friend of my friend wants to become IAS officer, just because he wants to teach people lesson who discrimate with him because he belongs to other state. And I thought that, he is going to waste an important job because of his revenge.

RAJ YADAV · February 23, 2020 at 3:52 pm

India's future is bright.🇮🇳with highest youth in world also knowledgeable.

Sridhar Kaushik · February 24, 2020 at 11:50 am

If only India had competitive exam for leadership role!

Divine Ray · February 24, 2020 at 5:38 pm

UPSC preparation means studying everything you've studied in your life again at once.

Gaurav Varshney · February 25, 2020 at 9:53 am

You forgot CA. 🤓

ayush khare · February 25, 2020 at 12:54 pm

Do you even have an idea about the length of the syllabus? [ In contest with your rating for difficulty level ] 😀

dommeti tejavivek · February 25, 2020 at 4:44 pm

Thank u sis

Navneet Yadav · February 25, 2020 at 6:43 pm

UPSC : Ek panch varshi yojna

tej krishan singh · February 25, 2020 at 9:57 pm


Ricky S · February 26, 2020 at 7:50 am

Have given that mains
Need very fast writing as well
Newspaper are like our bread and butter

Dhananjay singh · February 26, 2020 at 12:13 pm

Now add the time limit as well. In 180 mins you need to solve 20 questions.

Gulki · February 26, 2020 at 12:18 pm

my sister is getting mad before this exam

Anirban Das · February 26, 2020 at 2:34 pm

its not that tough for me All the subjects in the paper is of my deep interest

Filip The Gamer · February 26, 2020 at 6:13 pm

India sucks

bronx zoo · February 27, 2020 at 5:01 am

Seeing those indian exams just makes me appreciate how intelligent indians are and also how difficult the system is for them

Heisenberg yo · February 27, 2020 at 1:39 pm

The biggest success you get from India is leaving it and getting settled somewhere else.

Quares · February 27, 2020 at 5:28 pm

People who are complaining about exams, saying they are killing dreams
Guys get a life
Exams are necessary but the narrow mindset of parents are Killin your dreams

Kim Taehyung · February 29, 2020 at 5:08 am

Why dont u make video on ssc or bank po exams????

SiR GriNdeR · February 29, 2020 at 5:16 am

And I thought Algebra 2 was hard

Shubhang Mehta · February 29, 2020 at 5:48 am

UPSC is a commission which has many functions. One of many functions is to conduct recruitment exams. Among Many exams that it conducts, you are holding the preliminary question paper of Indian Civil Services exam. It also conducts Indian Engineering Services and SCRA exam which have quite challenging technical questions.

Deepak Gurnani · March 1, 2020 at 1:42 pm

Are we IITians a joke ?

Oh well ig we are

Harsh Mahajan · March 2, 2020 at 10:13 am

Where ever you throw stone in India, you will find an aspirant

mehul mishra · March 3, 2020 at 9:29 am

From past four years I have been preparing for upsc,yet I don't know whether I am getting inn or not..

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