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I'm studying Pharm D a 6 year course of Doctorate in Pharmacy ( now in 2nd year). I am an IAS Aspirant. Can i write UPSC CSE exams in my internship (6th Year) ? How should i prepare accordingly?

Hi, Eligibility Conditions mentioned in the notification clearly mentions: "Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination. Note IV: Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examinat...... Read More


Hello sir my name is Faiz. I am an average student. I am basically from Uttar Pradesh. I come from middle class family; but my father want and I am also that I become an IAS officer. And I don't know more about IAS field and its syllabus. I need your help. Please any expert tell me more about this exam and its syllabus. I hope you will help me. Thank you very much

Hi, As you desire to become IAS, you need to appear in Civil Services Examination conducted every year by UPSC. It is a 2-stage exam-plan Preliminary Examination Main Examination (Written + Interview) Preliminary Examination is an objective-type test based timed test based on multiple choice questions. It consists of two compulsory papers General Studies Paper I General Studies Paper II... Read More


Dear sir, My name is Ankita Pandey, I have completed my 12th from UP board (Arts Stream). I want to become an IAS officer. Just the economic barriers are constraining me from doing this. I am planning to enrol for BA programme from IGNOU this year. Sir I ask you to guide me which subjects to opt for in BA and also I cannot afford Coaching Institute fees so is there any option to prepare for it on my own? I need it badly, please understand. Thanks Ankita

Hi, Preparation for Civil Services Examination doesn't necessitate coaching; every year lots of candidates do it with self-help and achieve success. So, first remove this barrier from your mind. For success in Civil Services Examination you need capability and commitment; you overcome meagre economic conditions when you focus your attention on your goal and give your best. It is too early to make final decision about the subject as first you need to understand ...... Read More


Sir, I am in my 1st year of engineering and my ultimate goal is UPSC. Should I change my stream and take arts so that I get more and more time for the preparation of UPSC or continue with B.tech without wasting my one year time period. I try to read newspaper daily and find difficulties in some of the topics (as I have no knowledge regarding that) and hence I find it a little boring. So what should be the correct procedure of newspaper reading so that I get the maximum and best results?

As we noticed you are really serious about your plans and have started taking small steps towards your dream destination. There is no need to change the stream as you must have witnessed lots of Engineers are opting for career in Civil Services and are making their presence felt. Your newspaper reading habit will certainly help you in long run as it keeps you abreast with the latest. Initially, it may not be of your interest so, you are feeling bored; but, gradually, you will ...... Read More


Hi sir, I already took coaching before 2 years and my optional is public administration. Some of my friends are guide me to change the optional due to less scoring in public administration. Do you suggest me which one is good?

It is all about your preparedness and how strongly you meet the specific requirements that each optional subject needs. No doubt, Public Administration as an optional subject has not been in flavour and in last few years' it has not delivered good results. However, many a candidates have performer well and even in recent CSE 2017 results, we have many successes with Public Administration as optional subject. A glance at marksheet of Sanjeev Kumar Maury...... Read More


Sir I have just completed my class 12th from CBSE board with 78% ( PCM) . I am currently doing mechanical engineering from a private college . What should be my study plan from today so that I can clear UPSC examination.

For cracking Civil Services Examination in the very first attempt, you need to understand the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of the examination and only a focused hard-work would help you to emerge successful. I had done an article about youngsters like you who wish to prepare for Civil Services Examination immediately after completing schooling. You may get some insights from the same, how to begin IAS preparation in small steps and can take some cl...... Read More


Sir I have completed my class 12th with 78% marks in science stream and now I am doing mechanical engineering from a private engineering college . My dream is to clear the UPSC examination . So what should be the strategies for the preparation of this examination so that till my 4th year I shall be able to clear the exams..

Well, you become eligible to appear in Civil Services Examination only after completion of graduation. Yes, you can plan your foray into Civil Services by the time you complete your fourth year so that you can indulge in serious efforts after that. Right now, commence preparation with small steps that include starting newspaper reading, strengthening your base with basic books like NCERT books and prepare a solid foundation for effective preparation. Always remember the Goal you have set for yourself and maintain consistency in preparation.... Read More


What should be the optional for aspirants from a B.A.LLB background, should they opt for law being the subject they qualified in or should they go for the subject they have more interest in ?

If you go by the trend, Law as optional subject is performing very well and lots of candidates are able to achieve success with the contribution that comes from optional subject Law. In recent years, this trend has gained momentum and even non-Law background candidates are making their presence felt. I think it is going to be strategic if you stick to your own subject provided you have full confidence in your choice. Have a look at the syllabus and previous years' papers to understand the current trends and examiner's expectations and decide if it is managable or not.... Read More


Sir, I want to answer mains exam in Hindi medium. After sorting all subjects I found Geography or Political Science is best for me to take as optional. But, as i can take only one subject, now it is difficult for me to choose any one, Can you suggest me, which subject has good contents in Hindi medium? Also, which subject marking in Hindi is best?

As answered in your earlier query, you can think of any of these two. In Hindi medium, Geography as well as Political Science and International Relations are really good optional subjects and candidates have scored good marks and have succeeded in Civil Services Examination. As Geography is your own subject, you can consider keeping Geography as optional subject.  When it comes to standard text-books, study materials as well as quality guidance you have a wide choice available in...... Read More


Can someone guide how-to-choose-an-optional-subject-for-upsc-mains?

Optional Subject for Main Examination is an important decision that requires little deliberation. Your choice has a bearing on your final result so, be careful in Optional Subject selection and zero-in on a subject that helps you in accomplishing the task in style. The following article will help you in getting some insights about Optional Subject selection: Optional Subject Selection: pick ‘One’ optional subject that suits you the best?... Read More


I am a petroleum engineer. Kindly advise which subject to choose for Mains Paper.

UPSC has given a wide choice for optional subject to choose from; still, for candidates like you it becomes essential to look beyond your own subject. As such, it has been observed many engineering background candidates make cross domain shift and opt for some popular subjects from Humanities or pick a Literature of Language as optional subject. You can get a little help from the article by clicking on the following story to gain some insights about Optional Subject selection: ... Read More


Hello sir, I can't find the good book for aspecially Indian Economy so Please refer to me the good book for Indian Economy

Pratiyogita Darpan Indian Economy Special is considered to be the best resource for preparing Indian Economy related areas for Civil Services Examination. It is quite useful as it contains lots of basic information alongwith latest facts and figure relating to Indian Economy. Union Budget and Economic Survey is also given highlighting important aspects and presented in an easy to use format. Besides, it covers brief coverage of various schemes, policies and programs that are often asked in examination.... Read More


Sir, I want to be an IAS. How to start preparation ?

To convert your dreams (to become IAS), you need to work hard as the competition is really big and an Exam-plan that will really test your mettle. To commence preparation, first be clear with the exam-plan, the syllabus and related requirements at each stage of examination. For conceptual clarity, you should commence preparation with NCERT books and other important thing is cultivating daily newspaper reading habit. Self-assessment in beginning will help you in identifying strengths and weaknesses and accordingly, you can prioritize your study-plan. You should have faith in your abilities and a positive frame of mind will keep you motivated.... Read More


Hello sir, I am now studying computer engineering so, Are there anyone exam in UPSC, GPSC or anyone else which for I require specific marks to apply for it....

In UPSC Civil Services Examination you need to possess a degree in any discipline from a recognized university. There is no minimum marks requirement for applying in Civil Services Examination. Computer Science Engineering is not an optional subject available in the given list of optional subjects for Civil Services (Main) Examination. Candidates like you make cross-domain shift and opt for another subject preferably from humanities/literature of languages subjects and perform well in the examination.... Read More



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