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Sir, as we know that there are four General Studies papers in CSE Mains 2013 consisting 250 numbers in each paper. I want to know that how much minimum marks is required to qualify in each paper?

When you are preparing for exam like Civil Services, you should not have any apprehension mind about issues like this. There is no such evidence of minimum qualifying marks in each of General Studies papers. Your aim should be to understand the related requirements and preparation should be such that you are able to amass reasonably good marks in each paper and aggregate performance helps you in accomplishing the task in style. Now, after CS Main Exam 2013, we have seen the style and trend, take some clue from it and indulge in serious preparation that involves lot of answer-writing practice. All the best!... Read More


Please provide me the details regarding institutes in Delhi for Civils and also provide fee structure.

There are many coaching institutes of repute imparting guidance for Civil Services Examination. Some of the prominent players are Vaji Ram & Ravi, Sriram’s IAS, Alternative Learning Systems (ALS), Dhyeya IAS… Generally speaking, for Preliminary Examination fee varies from Rs. 15,000/- to Rs. 20,000/- and that for Main Examination General Studies is available between Rs. 50,000/- to Rs. 1,00,000/-. Coaching for optional Subject costs around Rs. 30,000/- to Rs. 45,000/- The complete foundation course (Prelims + Mains) is ranging between Rs. 1,00,000/- to Rs. 1,50,000/-.... Read More


Hello Sir. First of all my regards to you for creating such a useful website n helping candidates. Now, coming to point....sir, I have done my B.Tech from computer science engineering. I haven’t started my preparation for civil services yet but I want to. I am completely a newbie and all this CSE preparations are really a fuss to me right now. But the biggest dilemma for me is choosing the optional. I know that people say that go for a subject for which you have a liking. But sir, my problem is that I don’t know about the subjects available at all. Of course, I have studied subjects like History and Geography at my school level. But that I am not sure that these subjects I can carry on with the depth and level which this exam requires. And with rest all other subjects I am just completely unfamiliar. So, kindly throw some light sireas to which subject should I take. I have the following set in my mind to choose from Geography/History/Psychology/Sociology/Public Administration. However, I am starting to think to consider Geography as optional just because I want to choose a subject which can also help me in my General Studies section. Rest every other subject is like same for me in learning. I guess the syllabus and all will be vast for every subject. So, what you think sir if I choose Geography, considering the fact that I am a very average student. I know this exam is like chasing rainbows for a guy like me....but I think the only thing which can keep me motivated is the charm for civil services which is increasing day by day. Also I wanna ask sir that choosing a subject other than your graduation field...is that create negative impact on the examiners or at the time of interview.... I mean don’t they ask that you are from this field than why you opted that subject? (as I am a computer science engineering graduate and thinking about conventional subjects). Thank you sir for reading such a tedious post. Waiting for reply and thanking you in advance.

You are not alone, almost everyone in beginning is surrounded by such queries and optional subject selection has been one of the major decisions one has to take during Civil Services Examination preparation. First of all we would like to clarify that UPSC gives you liberty to pick any optional subject of your choice and for candidates like you selection of any subject is obvious as there is no subject available that match with Computer Science. When you write Prelims or Main E...... Read More


TIME IS VERY LESS HOW DO I MANAGE TIME FOR PRE AS WELL AS MAIN EXAM.

It is really crucial and if you planning to appear in CSE 2014, you are having a big task in hand. Still, you should not give up. If you dedicate yourself fully for Civil Services Examination preparation, you can put up a decent performance. As such, the exam-plan is such that you can’t look at this examination stage-wise. You need to adopt an ‘Integrated Approach’ for prep...... Read More


I am doing job in Defence force & unable to find the way where to start? Please suggest.

We understand the problems working candidates face as scarcity of time makes preparation for Civil Services Examination really challenging. Still, you need to find ways and means to fulfil your aspirations and with planning, you can cover it effectively. Before you start, we suggest you to look at the exam-plan and understand related requirements at each stage of the examination. This will h...... Read More


RESPECTED SIR/MAM, I .AM IN CLASS 12TH FROM (CBSE BOARD). I PRPARE FOR CIVIL SREVICE EXAMINATION FROM NEXT YEAR. I AM 16TH YEARS OLD. I AM 2019TH ASPIRANTS. WHICH INSTITUTE IS BETTER AND WHICH BOOK IS BETTER FOR (PRE , MAIN).

It is too early to think about coaching institutes and relevant books as you have enough time to prepare for Civil Services Examination. It is a big examination and requires systematic approach in preparation as it involves study-plan that has participations from various disciplines and lots of intricacies. You should go slowly and aim should be to keep your dream alive. If you will stress y...... Read More


Best coaching centre for commerce optional in Hindi medium in Delhi?

Rankers Classes (R S Agarwal) is one of the finest teacher imparting coaching for Commerce & Accountancy (Optional Subject –Main Examination).... Read More


please tell me about that in which stream i should do graduation as i am from maths side in class 12 and waiting for board result and i want to prepare for civil services.tell me i should do graduation in engineering or arts side

You should choose your subjects as per your aptitude and interest. Candidates both from engineering as well as humanities background make it to Civil Services every year.  ... Read More


Sir/Mam, plz suggest that which type of book I prefer to GK for Pre and Mains exams because I am not able to join any coaching. Plz tell me author names for every book which is related with GK and Mains.

Preparing current affairs for Civil Services Examination is really challenging and requires a consistent effort over a long period of time. You have to understand the requirements first that clearly indicate that no guide-book or specific General Knowledge book would suffice the purpose. Read: Can we have a single source with which General Studies preparat...... Read More


Sir, I am a Defence employee. Want to prepare for Civil Services, guide me as I am confuse selecting optional subject and medium.

In the beginning of the preparation, the real dilemmas that crops up in mind of most of the candidates are such issues only. Medium of writing examination is really important as the conceptual clarity of the subjects and while answering your writing skills and expressions matters a lot. Read: Medium of writing examination In new format for Main Examination, you are to pick only &ls...... Read More


Sir, I am doing MBBS internship. I want to take my career in Civil Services. So, plz suggest what would be my optional subject of choice. I am from Hindi background before MBBS; so, can I choose Hindi medium without scaring rumour about Hindi?

Don’t think too much about performance of Hindi medium candidates in recent years’ as this is just a transition phase and most of the Hindi medium candidates find it difficult to cross the first hurdle – Preliminary Examination. Read: Dismal performance by Hindi Medium Candidates persists even in Civil Services Examination 2012... Read More


As I am a fresher, so, which place is best for IAS preparation Delhi, Allahabad or Patna or Any other place?

Each of the cities you have mentioned are major centres for Civil Services Examination preparation although most of the aspirants end up in Delhi. With lots of aspirants from Delhi University, JNU and IIT chase the Civil Services dream; more than anything else, presence of well-established names in IAS coaching makes Delhi top-of-mind. But, before you plan to move out, we suggest you to understand the requirements and commence preparation with self-help. You can order books an...... Read More


Respected Sir, A Very Warm Greeting from my side. I am pursuing MBA from IIT Roorkee, which is on the verge of completion and I am planning to prepare full-fledged for CSE from May onwards. Earlier, I had thought of taking Geography as Optional and even I studied it also in SAMKALP. But anyhow I think I am not much comfortable in it. As I am about to finish my MBA, I am contemplating on MANAGEMENT as optional subject. So, I require your guidance on MANAGEMENT as subject. i.e. 1) How Management has been doing as subject in past few year. 2) Recently, the way of asking question has changed drastically, so keeping this in view, will management be good compared to geography? 3) The problem with Management is no guidance is available but in geography very effective guidance is available (coaching) 4) With management even I think I will be able to do justice in Interview i.e. I can say I have taken subject which I have studied. 5) Can you tell me how been marking in Geography and Management in recent year so that I can compare. 6) In all popular option paper two has been coming completely differently so I am thinking why not put that effort in Management 7) How has been success ratio in Geography and Management? 8) If I talk of myself I am equally comfortable or uncomfortable in both subjects (Though pros and cons are there) Last but not least, it would be very kind of you if you can connect me to someone who has joined services with Management as optional. Any Suggestion from your side is most welcome. Thanking in anticipation and waiting for reply... Note: Management and geography I have cursorily studied. ( Even a bit of Public administration I have studied.)

A typical youngster chasing the Civil service dream, muddled up with optional subject selection dilemma – to go with own subject or to pick one of the most popular optional subject. By reading your mind with so many queries, we think that you are more or less convinced with Management as optional subject and are looking for someone to back-up your choice. With new format for Main Exami...... Read More


Preferred books for Anthropology

Suggested Book-List Optional Subject (Main Examination) Anthropology  ... Read More


Sir, do you have any similar site for Bihar Public Service Commission?

No, but soon going to cover the State Public Service Commission related info here.  ... Read More



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