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will format for mains will be changing in 2013..??? news are coming so that it will have one common paper....any ideas??

A million-dollar question. No body can predict what is in store. The only thing you can do is to have a preparation-plan which covers all possible constituents the new format may have. We should be ready to welcome as and when the changes occur. ... Read More

is there any institute offering Psychology subject

Mukul Pathak (Vaji Ram & Ravi) is the best faculty available for Psychology.... Read More

Sir, please tell me whether I can change the optional subject after I clear prelims and before filling the mains application ?

Look for UPSC updates for the same. The Prelims results are round the corner and you will get answer soon. You should be careful when you fill Preliminary Examination form as any such casual decision can pose problems later. You can hope that this time at least, candidates get chance to change the optional subjects for Main Examination.... Read More

literature as optional

The Literature of Languages have become top choice as second optional subject among many candidates. Literature of Hindi, Pali, Tamil, Telugu, Sanaskrit are among the most popular among languages. Comparitively short syllabus, easy to prepare, well structured guidelines and availability of quality study material and guidance make it top of mind. One more advantage is that these can be managed in short span of time available. In CSE 2011, once again Literature of Languages would be in focus. If interested, pick one which you like. All the best!... Read More

sir, i am preparing for CSE 2012 with mechanical engg. and geography as optionals . please suggest the preparation strategy.

Every one is unique and should formulate strategy according to individual needs. However, the following can be used as guideline to prepare strategy for yourself. When you are picking Mechanical Engineering, it is evident that it is your own subject. Right now, focus on your second optional subject Geography and prepare it well in next 3 months. Simultaneously, devote some time for some important topics in Mechanical Engineering to stay in touch. General Studies is tri...... Read More

Sir/Ma'm I am doing Btech now. I want to appear for Upsc In 2013 with my optional as Political Science and Geography. sir how to start from now??

Both are very good subjects and would render help in General Studies preparation as well. You start with NCERT books to develop the feel of the traditional part of the General Studies syllabus. Keep reading news paper regularly as General Studies preparation require long term approach. As you are from Engineering background, keep an eye on economic developments as a lot of importance is being given to economy. As far as Preliminary Examination is concerned, look at the requirements and prepare according to needs. All the best!... Read More

which is the best Optional subject for computer science students??

Looking at latest trends, you can look for any of the humanities subjects which are delivering excellant results. You can look at any of the most popular optional subjects like Public Administration, Geography or Psychology.  ... Read More


Psychology is a very good subject and delivers good results. The success-rate is also good. In CSE 2010, it has produced satisfactory results. Excellant coaching is available and Mukul Pathak (Vaji Ram & Ravi) is the best faculty available. Quality books/study material is also available and proper guidance can help you score good marks in Psychology.... Read More

institute for Philosophy in English medium

Patanjali and Mitra IAS are offering coaching for Philosophy in English Medium.... Read More

Among synergy nd Nias which is better for Pub Admn

Both are good. Each of them have a different style of teaching. NIAS prepares fundamentally strong base to encounter any kind of questions UPSC may ask. It is very comprehensive. Where as Synergy is having the feel of the pulse right now and have exam-oriented approach and a lot of candidates join Synergy. You choose what best suits you.... Read More

Dear Sirs I am mechanical engineer by profession. I have just started my preparation for 2nd optional(Public Administration), 1st being my mechanical. Though i am confident about mech but finding it very difficult to attempt questions in pub ad.(as they require quality writing skills and high efforts). Kindly guide me how to cope up with this situation (same difficulty in writing GS). Although its been 20 days only of my pub ad classes yet i want quick progress. Please guide me.

Just less than 3 weeks ...these are still early days, don't feel disheartened. Public Administration is an interesting subject and once concepts gets clear, you will find it easy to comprehend. You have just started preparing and as mentioned, hope you have joined good coaching institute. The coaching Institute move in such fashion that you will learn to write answers according to requirements.... Read More

what was the cutoff for general category in IAS 2010 ?

It is not officially known. Looking at the marks trend, the cut-off for General Category for post of 'IAS' in CSE 2010 should be anywhere around 1230 marks.... Read More

sir im extc engn.i have started my preparation for 2012 year....currently reading history,geog,polity,eco(till 12th level) it right direction? finding GS-2 studies quite difficult..pls guide me for that ..from where should i start my preparation for GS-2?

The General Studies syllabus has some topics which are traditional and can be prepared with help of NCERT books. For the dynamic portion of syllabus, you need to prepare from different sources. For Paper II, there should not be big problem as you are from Engineering Background. However, start with Maths and Reasoning and pick up other constituents side by side. Remember, as you are eyeing CSE 2012, you should look at the Main Examination related requirements and should prepare at least one optional during July-October period.... Read More

literature subjects are scoring or not

Well, Literature of Languages are scoring and have been producing good results. Shah Faesal (CSE 2009; Rank 1) achieved top ranks with Literature of Urdu Language. See the score of Ajay (CSE 2010; Rank 108) who scored excellant marks with Hindi Literature. Decide it for yourself.  ... Read More

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