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Is worry about the changes in CSE 2012 Main Exam pattern over?

There is no question of worry as far as changes at Main Examiantion level are concerned. Whenever and whatever is to happen, will happen with all candidates. You will not be alone. See, there is no communication from UPSC till date about the changes taking place from Civil Services Examination 2012. The clarity would emerge only when the notification for CSE 2012 is out which is still one and half month away. The best way to look at 2012 exam is to keep preparing at least for Preliminary Examination and General Studies...for more Tips for Preparation... Read More

sir gd evng. I need ur advice to know that which is the best institute from where study material for PUB ADM, SOCIOLOGY and GS can be taken. Medium ENGLISH. what about VAJIRAM $ RAVI. Regards.

Vaji Ram & Ravi is one of the most trusted coaching institute. It offers all the subjects you have talked about General Studies, Public Administration and Sociology. But, we are not sure if Vaji Ram & Ravi offers correspondence courses. So, in case you are planning to join regular class-room course, it can be trusted. But, if you are looking for study material only, you need to look at different institutes.... Read More

Hello,can you please share the cut off marks of last year CSAT?

Nothing is there in public domain regarding cut-off as UPSC does not divulge such information. However, based on estimation from successful candidates and coaching institutes, anything above 200+ was considered to be safe score for General Category candidates in Preliminary Examination 2011. How many correct answers needed while attempting Prelims?... Read More

sir mains ka sallybus badlega kya

In last few years, talk of reforms at recruitment level have been on forefront. We have seen changes hitting at Preliminary Examination stage in 2011. We have been listening about the proposed changes at Main Examination level as well but, nothing concreate has come up till now. It is certain that some changes are to take place in pattern of Main Examination, but, when and what all these changes would be, are still million dollar questions. Till the time there is no official communication, you should keep prepraing.... Read More

Sir, i am persuing btech 3 ece ..i am intrested in achieving I.A.S. ,how i need to be prepared from now... what i need to concentrate now....

Beinging early helps you in preparation as by the time you get eligible for examiantion, you are almost ready to take the shot. In the beginning, start preparing for Preliminary Examination. Start looking at Main examination requirements for General Studies and optional subjects with some basic books. Keep reading newspapers daily and cultivate habit of making self notes. ... Read More

Thanx a lot for ur rply sir. Sir can i make it without joining any institute?? As i hav stated earlier dat i cant go any other state due to my job.....Sir plz thoda preparation strategy btaiye????

Coach is not essential. Many candidates achieve success in Civil Services Examiantion with self-study. It is prudent to understand the needs of examination and the approach it requires, it would be easier for you. As you are in job, you should plan in such a way that the study does not hamper your daily activities. Fix small-small goals and try to stick to the schedules you make. Read newspapers daily and make self notes. These will help you a lot as UPSC is asking many questions on contemporary developments.... Read More

Sir i am from kolkata & in my final year of & also a state govt, employee as well., want to crack upsc. i am a bit confused abt my 2nd optional subj. I need ur guidance in ds regard, & sir please tell me the path how can i make it as dere is nt a single good institute in kolkata & i cant go to any other state due to my job. Plz do rply me sir.

Starting serious preparation while persuing graduation will certainly help you when you plan to face the examination. You want to ask about your second optional but have not given sufficient details with which we can attempt to suggest something to you. To start with, concentrate on Preliminary Examination related requirements an learn some mathematical/linguistic skills which will help you in attempting Paper II. Again, preparing General Studies with Main Examination point of view will certainly help. Lay hands on quality books for different constituents and prepare.... Read More

for hindi medium students which subjects pair is the best for main exam please guide me as i am new in civil service i have a keen desire and also know my goal so please guide about the subject......... thanking you

The choice of optional subjects is a crucial decision. The question of picking best optional subjects is not as easy as you have casually asked. No one can predict such combination as one subject may have helped other candidate suceed; may not work in your case. A subject can be scoring and producing very good results but, if you don't have interest, you can not do justice with it. Better, you shortlist 3-4 subjects which you like and then try to zero in on the best combination.... Read More

sir, i am in a gov. job but still hunger to do something extra now the best stage for me is to be an IAS. sir, please guide me which is the best coaching for pre. and mains also.

It is nice to be eager to suceed;but, first understand the examiantion requirements. Coaching can help you improve performance but depending solely on Coaching institute is not going to work. Even for selecting the right coaching you need to select your optional subjects first and for General Studies also, it depend on medium of examination you are opting for. As you are in job, you may not get time to join coaching as classes are conducted at different timings. So, better you pick up some basic book to start with and start preparing. Once, you have some base you can think of joining coaching institutes. ... Read More

Sir, I'm pursuing my Master degree in Mechanical and I looking for civil serv. so,pls,let me know rather I should go with one of the papers with Mechanical (If I see this mother of exams absolutely) and sir,what could be second paper for a good health?

The best way to reach at conclusion is to look at Mechanical Engineering syllabus and the type of questions being asked in Main Examination in past few years. This will help you in understanding examiner's expectations and standard of examiantion. Since Mechanical Engineering is your own subject and if you find it fit, you can opt for the same. But, while chosing second subject, look at some subject from humanities background as picking another scince subject would make your attempt risky. You can choose between Public Administration, Geography, Sociology or may be Philosophy. But, before you say yes to any of these, make sure that you understand the subject and find it interesting.... Read More


Civil Services Examination is tough for less prepared and a lot of youngsters who are focused and work hard find it easy to crack. Many committed candidates like you come with determination and achieve success in very first attempt. This is no ordinary examination and you have to outsmart others to make room for you at the top. As you wish to attempt immediately after graduation, you should make a strategy to cover Preliminary & Main Examination related preparation...... Read More

whether history and public administraion is good

History-Public Administration is a good combination. Many candidates achieve success with this combination. In CSE 2010, among top 100, there were 5 candidates with History-Public Administration combination. Rank Name 16 SHRUTI ...... Read More

hello sir!i m pusuing degree..i m third yr student...want to start prepartn for civil services side by side with which area i emphasis more now?

This is right time to look at General Studies related preparation both from Prelims/Mains focus. You should get your basics right and as you advance you should fortify your General Studies related preparation. As there is likelihood that by the time you get eligible, the pattern of Main Examination may undergo some change as proposed talks of removing Optional Subjects from Main Examination level also may be implemented by then. So, keep an eye on the related news flow and make fresh strategies based on these relating to emerging requirements.... Read More

Good afternoon sir , i m completed BCA in 2011 and now i want to preparation of cs2013 . i m confused in optional subject selection .which subject combination are better fo me - public add - geography ,public add-sociolgy,public add-history. My base in graduation is coputer so all of these are new sub for me .Please suggest me ?

Your query points toward the fact that you have finalized your one optional subject i.e. Public Administration. Looking at your educational background, it would be Pubic Administration-Geography combination which should suit you the best. ... Read More

about public administratn as an optional?

Public Administration is the most popular optional subject in Civil Services (Main) Examination. It has the distinction of being one optional subject which has produced maximum successes in CSE 2010. The most sought after optional for Civil Services Examination Which subjects are mostly liked by the candidates in civil services examination and why?  ... Read More

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