How to Prepare for RPSC RAS Exam while Working Fulltime

How to Prepare for RPSC RAS Exam while Working Fulltime

RPSC RAS exam is one of the most prestigious and sought after state-level civil services exam that is conducted by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission. It is responsible for the recruitment of many candidates to the various positions in the department of the state government. These positions include deputy secretary, additional district magistrate, joint secretary, deputy commissioner, special secretary, head of departments, principal secretaries and chief secretary. This exam is conducted twice a year.

As the age limit for these exams is 21-35 years, most of the people that fall in this range are mostly employed or are working full time which becomes a constraint for the ones who want to appear in this state-level administrative exam. Owing to the difficulty level, studying for this exam becomes very challenging. Adding to the rugged path, are constraints of time, resources, energy, focus, and responsibilities. But in spite of all this, if you have made up your mind and you are fully devoted towards your goal of cracking the RPSC RAS examination, then there’s nothing that can stop you from doing that.


RPSC RAS Exam Pattern 2016

Before we proceed any further, you need to understand about the pattern and structure of the RPSC RAS exam which is described below.

There are two levels that you have to clear in order to clear the exam,

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Mains Examination
  3. Personality Test

Now let us undertake these in detail so that you know what exactly you have to deal with while studying for the exam.

STAGE I: RPSC RAS Preliminary Examination

At this level, the RPSC RAS Preliminary Exam will consist of a single paper which will be objective type in nature i.e multiple choice questions. The maximum number of marks for the exam is 200 and the number of questions in the exam is 150. The total time allotted for the exam is 3 hours. The preliminary examination will only serve as a screening test.

Subject Maximum Marks Time
General Knowledge and General Science 200 3 Hours
  • History, Art, Culture, Literature, Tradition & Heritage of Rajasthan
  • Indian History (Ancient, Medieval and Modern)
  • Geography of World and India
  • Indian Constitution, Political System & Governance
  • Economic Concepts and Indian Economy
  • Reasoning and Mental Ability
  • Current Affairs

STAGE II: RPSC RAS Mains Examination

At the second level, in the mains RPSC RAS exam, you will have to undertake four papers which will be analytical in nature. This is mainly a written test in which you will have to answer all types of long, medium-ranged, brief and descriptive type questions. Attempting all the four papers is compulsory.

Subject Marks Time Allotted
General Studies-I 200 3 hours
General Studies-II 200 3 hours
General Studies-III 200 3 hours
General English and General Hindi 200 3 hours

STAGE III: RPSC RAS Exam Personality Test

The candidates who qualify the mains examination will be invited for this interview. This interview carries 100 marks in total. Here, you will be judged on the basis of character, personality, address, physique, marks shall also be awarded for the candidate’s knowledge of Rajasthani culture. The marks obtained in this test will be added to the marks obtained in the written exam.


Basic Principles to prepare for RPSC RAS Exam while Working Fulltime

So, now we come to the primary agenda of this article which is to help you and cater to you the basic principles that you need to abide by to crack the RPSC RAS Examination while you are employed full time. We are determined to help you and if you are determined too, then there’s no looking back.

Utilize your time to the fullest

A famous proverb goes by, “A stitch in time, saves nine”. The actual meaning of this proverb is that if things are kept sorted out beforehand, it saves extra work later on. So, this is the first thing that you have to swear by before beginning your preparation for the RPSC RAS exam. Also, as you are working all day long, time management becomes essential for you. 

  • You need to make optimal use of your time by planning a strategy towards your goal.
  • You must remember that you won’t have time to attend coaching classes just like your fellow beings who are going to appear for the exam with you. So, in order to compensate with that you need to be active and set your priority towards smart study. Try to select important topics and sections where it is easy to score.
  • You should try to read newspaper in the morning, and read latest articles on current affairs during traveling hours or during the office break as these topics require less focus and concentration and are easy to understand.
  • Leave the more time-consuming topics like Science, History etc to weekends and holidays or early morning schedule.
  • Don’t let the feeling of self-pity arise in you as it will make you more prone to postponing your chores to the next day.

Have a better understanding of the RPSC RAS Exam Structure

We have already discussed this in our previous section, but you need to pay utmost attention to this as it is the first step or the building block of your entire preparation scenario. You need to keep these very important points in mind,

  • First and fore most you ought to prepare for the preliminary examinations and shift all your focus on them, as only if you clear the prelims, you will be allowed to sit for the mains.
  • The written test, i.e the mains are descriptive in nature. So you need to study the topics and subjects mentioned under it in detail. You need to have a deep understanding of your subjects.

Evolve a Routine or Develop a Time Table

Doing this becomes extremely essential as people who are working have very limited time and they can’t even afford to waste a single minute of their precious time. A time-table helps you to prepare the syllabus in a short span of time.

  • Allocate a specific time each day maybe in the morning hours or maybe during late night, whatever suits you the best. Since you are working along with exam preparation, you will have to put in extra efforts but the hard work is worth the end result.
  • Organize the topics that you have to study on the basis of priority.
  • Study for 3-4 hours daily and extend the time for as long as you can during the weekends. Try to solve mock tests on weekends and test your progress.
  • Try to be alone at the time you study. This will help you from getting distracted.

Importance of your Job

Your job provides a sense of security which will help you in your time of need. We are not saying that it is not possible to crack these exams if you are working rather it provides you extra benefit over the candidates who are not working as you always have a direction whether you clear the exam or you don’t.

  • The candidates who are already working get an advantage over the others in the interview test as they have previous job experience.
  • You feel secure of a possible failure that helps you feel relaxed and calm and in turn you can focus better on your studies.

Some people think that they might have to leave their ongoing job to prepare for the exams with full devotion but this is just a myth. If you divert all your attention towards your goal and have the will power to achieve it, nothing can come in your way. It is not even possible for some people to leave their jobs as some are the sole bread winners of the family or have other responsibilities. So, you don’t need to worry.

Studying from NCERT Books

If you did well in your academics during your tenth standard, that means your basics were clear and if not then you need to work on your basics first. Half the battle is won, once your basics are clear. For this, you can refer to your old time NCERT books. They are always there for your rescue as they are simple to understand, have good examples, and it is compiled by trusted sources. All together it’s the best bet that you can get for understanding the basics.


This is the most important of all. If you don’t revise, retaining so much of data that you have studied over the months becomes a tedious task. This is a small step but has great powers as if you don’t follow it religiously, months of your preparation will not bear the fruits that you expected. So, always allot some of your time for retaining and recollecting whatever you’ve studied over the course of time.

Therefore, if you plan your schedule with a goal in your mind and work very hard towards it, there is no force that can stop you from doing it. This is one hard-fought battle which can have glorious results and can land you a job in the public sector of Rajasthan.

We wish the best for all the aspirants of the RPSC RAS Examination 2016.

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