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hello sir can i take philosophy & hindi literature as mains subject

Yes, you can. There are a lot of candidates who achieve success with Philosophy & Literature of Hindi Language as optional subjects.... Read More

sir,i am starting my preperation for prelims 2012 and planing to join a coaching institute from october, but i am very confused between sri ram and vajiram & ravi. please guide me with merits and demerits of both. thank you

Both Vaji Ram & Ravi and Sriram's IAS are coaching institutes of repute. For Main Examination, their utility is proven. As far as preparation for Preliminary Examination is concerned, it would be premature to talk about merits and demerits as the pattern is new and last year, there was limited information relating to new pattern. But, now as the Prelims 2011 has given the direction, coaching institutes would find it easier to train people with more accurate and systematic plan. So, you can chose any one between these two.... Read More

sir i have choosen history and public ad. as optional subjects please suggest me is it better to study the study material of rau study circlle for both optional subjects and gs both?/is it sufficient for both or should i to sudy something else also........suggest those??///

The study material for General Studies and optional subjects can be useful to understand the basics and would help being familiar with the requirements. No harm in getting these but be sure it is latest and updated. Now, the examination pattern is much above and moving towards the contemporary developements. Just see how much it suffice the purpose. So, better you build a base with these and then move ahead with further requirements from text-books and other trusted so...... Read More

what books are essential to learn public administration?

To begin with, you can read the following books to have a feel of the subject. New Horizons of Public Administration: Mohit Bhattacharya Administrative Thinkers: Prasad & Prasad Indian Public Administration: Institutions and Issues: Arora & Goyal Public Administration and Public Affairs: Nicholas Henery Once you understand the basic requirements, you can move to other books for advanced preparation as this subject requires a close watch on the contemporary developments. Besides, government reports like ARC etc. also would help you in preparation.    ... Read More

dear sir, i m planning to appear in CSE 2012 with physics and public adm. as optional subject...i m hindi medium student...can u suggest me any postal course for physics...also i would be thankful if u guide me in preparing economic part of General studies as well as the current issue..which news papers or magazie in will be would be good if u suggest me magazines in hindi..

for Public Administration in Hindi Medium, you can look for Abhay Kumar (Synergy IAS, Delhi),  Atul Lohia (Prabha IAS, Delhi) or may be Uniyal (Uniyal IAS, Delhi). Physics in Hindi medium is not very popular. Still, you can talk to Vimal Singh (Photons IAS, Delhi) or Dr. Vajpayee (DIAS, New Delhi). For preparaing Indian Economy for General Studies, you can rely upon Pratiyogita Darpan Samanya Adhyaan: Bhartiya Arthvyavastha The Hindu, Times of India among Newspapers and Pratiyogita Darpan or any other good magazine like Civil services Chronicle would serve the purpose.  ... Read More

sir, i am 2 nd year student and i want to prepare for the civil services. what should be the strategy for general studies?

General Studies has a vast and vague syllabus. It is a long term planning to prepare effectively for GS as UPSC is adopting a creative and innovative approach. You need to look at the different constituents defined in the syllabus and prepare an effective plan covering the whole syllabus. Reading newspaper daily particularly the editorials is must. you can start with NCERT for building the basics which would act as foundation as you move further. You have to adopt a contineous study-plan and accumlate information which would help you in effectively handling General Studies paper in Prelims as well as in Main Examination.  ... Read More

sir, i have just started for preparation for upsc,how long it will take to cover syllabus,what plan should i follow?

It all depends on you when you plan to take a shot. Your capabilities, understanding about the requirements and focus towards goal would determine how much time will it take to prepare effectively. However, if you plan to appear in CSE 2012, you need to start seriously imeediately. The Preliminary Examination 2012 is schedules on May 20 and the Main examination would commence from October 5, 2012. Make use of October-December period for preparing your optional subjects. with t...... Read More

sir i have heard that CS main is going to change

There is lot of talk about Change in pattern at Main Examination level but, nothing is finalized yet. You should continue to keep preparing without thinking too much about such things. As and when UPSC decides, they will give you ample time to adopt changes.... Read More

can i take combination of sub as chemistry and philosphy iam hindhi medium student

Yes, you can. Philosophy in Hindi medium is among most popular optional subjects. Shiv Sahay Awasthi (AIR 34, CSE 2010),  topper with Hindi Medium and Mithlesh Mishra (AIR 46, CSE 2010) deserve special mention as both had Philosophy as one optional subject. But, before you decide for subjects like Chemistry, be aware of the exam related requirements. Look at syllabus and past year's papers. Not many candidates appear with Chemistry and in Hindi Medium, it is not popular. So, if you feel confident that you can do justice with your choice, you can go ahead. All the best    ... Read More

i want postal guidance for general studies,geography and sociology.please tell me from which institute should i get it?

You can get correspondence course in General Studies, Geography and Sociology from Rau's IAS Study Circle, New Delhi. ... Read More

Hello sir, I am Chandan Raman. I did BScIT from Kuvempu university(NIIT). I want to sit in CSE Exam. Am i eligible for that? Please show me true path...

For eligibility look at the following link: If your institution matches he requirement, you are eligible to appear in Civil Services Examiantion.  ... Read More

Good institutes fro Economics optional subject.

In Delhi, there are a few institutes specializing ECONOMICS - Kalinga IAS - Origin IAS - AXIOM IAS... Read More

I have been gr8 fan of yr articles in PD. Plz give details relating to Economics as optional.

Economics as optional is a good subject but, for those who have prior knowledge base and interest in the subject. It has produced some outstanding results, which includes ranks in top 10 (Ashima Jain, topper among women). There are instances of 400+ score with Economics. In CSE 2010, it has many results, Pooja Jain (AIR-66) and Deepti Uppal (AIR-81) are among prominent ones.... Read More

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