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Top 7 websites for UPSC aspirants

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Civil service preparation is one of the most prestigious and toughest examinations of India. The level of competition is very high as about 1 million sit in the examination for around 800-900 vacancies. This means that the selection rate is approximately 0.1%.

Civill Sevice examination is more about the test of patience and the ability of an aspirant to macro-analyse the situation than rote learning of the facts. Civil service exam has three stages — prelims, mains and interviews. A candidate has to clear all the three stages before getting the chance to serve in the Indian Civil Services.

Below we’ve mentioned seven websites — in no particular rank or order — that will be useful for UPSC preparation and are a must for every Civil Sevice aspirants.

Also read: Top 7 Telegram channels for Civil Services preparation

Insights IAS

This website provides daily current affairs from various news sources like The Hindu, Indian Express as well as Press Information Bureau. You can also download other resources like monthly compilations as well as editorial analysis from reputed news outlets.

Other than that, there are daily quizzes and test series, where the aspirants can judge their performance.

You can access the website here.


Here, you will get free study materials, monthly questions in MCQ format, as well as a list of standard textbooks for the Civil Services Examinations. Alongwith that, the website has topper’s interview section as well as other informative resources, like UPSC syllabus, eligibility for the examinations, among others.

You can access the website here.

Study for Civil Services

This website has tons of absolutely free resources. However, you cannot download the study materials but can access them only through the website. Furthermore, the website has NCERT summaries, monthly current affairs in MCQ format, as well as free materials for Political Science and Public Administration, as of now.

All the materials are in English and Hindi. Apart from that, the website has resources for other State Civil Services like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

You can access the website here.

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Study IQ

Study IQ requires no introduction, and here you will get full coverage of the study materials. Moreover, there are materials for State-level examinations, Staff Selection Commission (SSC) as well as for various Defence and Teaching examinations, among others. However, most of the materials are not free, and you will have to pay for it.

The free materials include daily current affairs, News on AIR, videos, etc.

This is a one-stop destination, not only for Civil Services but also for other examinations as well. You can access the website here.


Unacademy claims to be one of India’s largest learning platform. With thousands of educators, there is no dearth of study materials on the website. The website has videos of NCERT summaries, current affairs, newspaper summaries as well as of various subjects like History, Economics, International Relations, among others.

You can access the website here.


The website has study materials for almost every examination conducted in India — from the boards’ exams to Civil Services. For UPSC aspirants, this website is nothing less than a boon. Here, you can get answer writing strategies, success stories along with various free resources.

The website has monthly current affairs, The Hindu video analysis as well as downloadable NCERT notes.

You can visit the website here.


A well-known website for Civil service preparation. Free materials include daily as well as a monthly compilation of current affairs. One of the best features of the website is that here, you can find previous years solved question papers along with detailed explanations. Also, the website has summaries of magazines like Yojana and Kurukshetra.

You can access the website here.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: