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best institute for history coaching as second optional

1. The Study - Mr. Manikant Singh 2. Career Point - Mr. Hemant Jha 3. Insight - Mr. Baliyan 4. ALS . . .   ... Read More


I AM A HOTEL MANAGEMENT GRADUATE, AM I ELIGIBLE TO TAKE UP IAS EXAM?

As per eligibility conditions given by UPSC, any recognized degree is eligible. Just check the following to make sure it meets the requirement: "The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification."... Read More


Each toppers interview add to confusion. Can dis be the basis of picking coaching institute?

Topper's recommendations are valuable but blindly following that can be dangerous particularly in case of coaching institutes. It is up to you how you take it. Each candidate who is benefited with any coaching is bound to talk about the mentors. If the teacher has played any role in their success, many toppers don't hesitate to endorse the coaching institute. For most popular optional subjects like Public Administration, History, Geography, Sociology... you have many good teac...... Read More


best sociology coaching institute in delhi

For Sociology, you can think of Mr. Mohapatra (Vaji Ram & Ravi) or Mr. Upendra (Upendra IAS). 3rd Rank (CSE 2010) Varun Kumar took coaching from Mr. Mohapatra and 9th Rank (CSE 2010) Ajay was student of Mr. Upendra. Besides, ALS, Rau's IAS and Daksh IAS are some other coaching institutes in Delhi for Sociology.... Read More



Hello, I'm a Doctor completed my mbbs recently..I am interested in taking up chemistry as one of my optionals as I have a deep interest in this subject and always used to top but that was during my higher secondary days. Can I opt for it now. What level of qualification is expected for taking up chemistry? And which is a good institute for chemistry preparation in Delhi?

Chemistry is not among very popular subjects which candidates opts for in Main Examination. As you have mentioned about good performance at senior secondary level, It won't help you much here. Better you have a look at the syllabus and type of questions asked in Main Examination to understand the level. For Chemistry, you can contact anyone of the following: DIAS, Evolution IAS or Photons IAS... Read More


sir/madam,i want to appear in civils 2012 exam,but i have decided to join in institute in delhi in october/november 2011.till then in these 3 months gap,please suggest me preparation plan.

It is right time to be serious for CSE 2012. You should analyse your General Studies related requirements and find out which all constituents require how much attention. Plan your studies accordingly. Besides, you should look at your optional subjects and start reading some basic text-books to have a feel of the subjects. This will help you in Coaching as well to understand it better. Newspaper reading is a must and you should be keenly observing important events...... Read More


sir/madam,i completed my b.e in june this year and want to appear in civils exam next year.i have selected geography and political science as my optionals and want to join institute in october/november this year.please suggest best institutes for the optionals and general studies.

For General Studies, Vaji Ram & Ravi and ALS are really good. For Geography, you can choose between ALS or Alok Ranjan IAS. K Siddhartha, and Vaji Ram & Ravi are also good for Geography. For Political Science & International Relation, Vaji Ram & Ravi is good.... Read More


i am in the second year of enng. .how should i go about for my preparations from now along with my degree studies? how should i plan out ?

Civil Services Examination is a long preparation. You should look at the exam related requirements and start with General Studies related studies. You can start with NCERT books for traditional part of the syllabus. You should read daily newspaper regularly particularly news relating to India's relations with other countries, Economic, social and other events of significance. Important judicial judgements and new policies/plans of governments should be keenly observed. Cultivate ...... Read More


Hello Sir/Madam, I did my masters in electrical engineering and working as an asst prof. in some engg college.I am aspiring to be in civil services.I am taking coaching since june 2011 for generel studies (prelims cum mains).I want choose my optionals as 1) electrical engineering 2) public adminstration.Please let me know my strategy in choosing optionals and preperation time for CSE2012 is ok or not.Please suggest me for effeective preperation.

This is right decision to prepare for General Studies now. Your aim should be to complete GS preparation by October. You should look at past year's papers to understand the approach and need fresh strategies to prepare for General Studies. One of the optional subject is your own subject so it should now be a big problem. Still, We suggest to follow some successful candidate's advice to show good performance. Public Administration is a very safe choice and is delivering ve...... Read More


i will turn 30 on 17th august 2012.can i sit for the csp 2012?

The notification for CSE 2011 says "A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August, 2011, i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1981 and not later than 1st August, 1990." As per present age-limit, for CSE 2012, you should be eligible.... Read More


sir i am happy to see some one like you assiting in this sacred carrer i would like to know important books for public administration and sociology.any way i am accustomed to THE HINDU as i heard from somebody interview patterns are changing any newspaper that is worth enough for my preparation.

The Book list for Public Administration and Sociology are uploaded in Optional Subjects link. Use seach to find out. Besides, The Hindu, you can start reading Times of India as their editorial's approach will certainly help you in better presentation and help you in securing better marks.... Read More


Sir, Which institute is the best for History Mains in Delhi?

Y D Mishra (ALS), Hemant Jha (Career Point), Manikant Singh (The Study), S Baliyan (Insight IAS) and Rajnish Raj (Sihanta IAS) are among leading institutes for History.... Read More


Sir/Madam, I am going to appear for Prelims in 2012.I have decided to opt for Sociology and Political Science as my optionals for mains. Could you tell me the best faculty and coaching centres for both these subjects in Delhi? How much of a difference does it back to have your optionals on back to back days in the mains exam as I also like History but as History and Political Science are almost back to back every in the mains every year I am confused.

Upendra IAS (Upendra Sir) and Vaji Ram & Ravi (Mohaparta Sir) are among best places for Sociology. For Political Science you can think of Vaji Ram & Ravi or Nirvana IAS. Gap between the papers is important factor as within two days, you have to appear in 4 papers. But, it is not that difficult to manage if you are prepared well. If, only this is the reson to drop History than think again.  ... Read More


i am an 2nd yr management student from mumbai. i would like to ask u whether should i start preparing for my entrance exam for ias" from now...nd if yes......den should i take up coaching for it...or do it myself...nd also tell me where is d study material available for it.

It is the right time to think about the CSE as the moment you would be through with academics, you would find it easy to handle preparation. The Civil Services Examination preparation is a long term planning, particularly General Studies. First, you should understand the exam related requirements and start with basic books. Coaching for Civil Services should be as per your requirements. So, first you need to understand which areas of the syllabus require help. You should ...... Read More



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