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For civil services examination for will be my first attempt....i have been suggested by some seniors to join vajeeram and ravi for "general studies" however on the internet i found out that ALS is better than VAJIRAM AND RAVI for general studies?? PLEASE SUGGEST WHICH ONE IS BETTER And for geaography which is better..ENSEMBLE OR ALS????

Both are really good. It depends on you which one you choose. Your purpose is to understand the examination related requirements. Don't get confused with such decisions. Moreover, GS Preparation is observation based and you have lot of other things to take care of in addition to just choosing coaching institute.... Read More

respected sir, i have done engineering in electronics from a private college,and want to prepare for civil services kindly tel me what set of optional subjects i should take and coaching institute,study material and books required for that..

If you wish to appear in CSE 2012, you need to take decision relating to choice of optional subjects as early as possible. In changing scenerio, you need to prepare at least one optional during July-October period. You can think of any two subject from Public Administration, Geography, Sociology or may be Philosophy. First, you decide about the subjects then think of coaching institutes and books.... Read More

Can I opt for subjects for mains examination other than which I have filled in prelims form????

Nothing can be said. You will have to wait for clarity about change in optional subjects till Main Examination form is out.... Read More

I want to ask the approx time allotted to each topic for Geo & Pub ad, so that all the topics will be covered in time.

It varies from person to person as it depends upon your familiarity with the subject and level of preparedness. Beside, what kind of interest you develop in these subjects would determine how much time you are taking for each topic of the syllabus. In the beginning, your strategy should be to fix a time-line for the whole syllabus to be completed with in 3-4 months. Both Geography and Public Administration are having a large portion of syllabus which are dynamic in nature; for these you will have to adopt open approach. ... Read More

sir i want to know about main exam many papers are there in main exam.

Have a look at the following link: Mastering Mains (Written) Examination... Read More

Which is best I.A.S. Coaching institute in delhi for general studies.

The list is long and it should be your personal decision. You can pick anyone from Vaji Ram & Ravi, ALS, Sriram's or may be KSG. Among medium sized coaching institutes, Nirvana IAS can be considered. Make sure that you are reaching the right people who render relevant guidance.... Read More

Sir I am confused between Sociology and Public Administration.I just want to know whether public administration requires technical understanding and remembering the facts. I have mechanical Engineering as my second subject.And which coaching institute is the best for both subjects individually in delhi.

Both Public Administration and Sociology are very good subjects. Nothing technical is there in Public Administration; it is a subject which requires conceptual clarity and understanding. For Public Administration, you can consider Synergy (Mr. mohanty); NIAS (Mr. Bhawani Singh) and Sriram's (Pawan Kumar) For Sociology, you can think of Vajiram & Ravi (Mr. Mahapatra), Upendra IAS (Mr. Upendra Gaur) and ALS (Ranjana Sabarwal)... Read More

i want to take economics and public administration as mains subjects plz tell what is the toughness level and scoring in these two subjects(i have done btech in computer science and currently i am doing MBA)

Looking at your education background, Public Administration is a good choice. But, Economics may be considered to be replaced by Geography/Philosophy or Sociology. Have a look at the syllabus and past year's papers of each subject to understand the examiner's expectations. Choosing the right set of subjects is crucial and you should devote some time to decide what suits you the best.... Read More

Sir I have selected Geography as one of my optionals.My plan is to take History as another optional bcoz of my interest.Bcoz of its vast syllabus i am thinking of psychology or pub ad.Please kindly guide me in this regard

We would recommend to continue preparing History if you have interest and devoted some time preparing it. If you are yet to start preparation, among the given choices, you can pick Public Administration, if you wish to leave History. Look at CSE 2010 result, Geography-Public Administration combination is proven and the most popular subject combination as on date. ... Read More

please advise me to select whether anthropology or geography as my second optional(my first optional is public administration). i am new to both subjects and i am computer background student. i completed my b tech this June and i am planning to appear cse in 2012. please suggest me regarding both subjects and strategy of geography and anthropology.

As you plan to appear in CSE 2012, you need to finalize your optional subjects now so that you can prepare both your optional subjects by the end of the year. Geography is one of the most popular optional subjects and a common choice as second optional among engineering background candidates. The result trend is also good. Anthropology is a subject which is making a comeback. Look at the recent data, you will find that the success-rate of Anthropology is impressive. It...... Read More

I have take Anthropology as one of my optional paper. I have never studied it before but i am very keen to learn . I want to know from where to start & from which book . Which book should i start first then after & so on. Just guide me according to syllabus prescribed in civil services.

As you have shown willngness to pick Anthropology, you must have come across the syllabus and past year's paper and would have understood the subject requirements. Anthropology is a subject which is picked up by the candidates from diverse background. If you don't have prior knowledge, still you can think of Anthropology. if you require, good study material and proper guidance is also available for Anthropology. You can start with the book 'Ember & Ember: Anthropology' that gives the whole glimpse of the subject. The list of books according to syllabus are given at the following link List of Books  ... Read More

i have completed my graduation with political science as hon. subject and history and sociology as subsidiary subjects . Can i choose 1st and 2nd optionals from these subjects or is their any restriction related to 2nd optional?

These all are good subjects and the performance of these in Civil Services Examination is evident. There is no restriction in picking combination from these. You can safely go ahead and pick any two optional subjects from Political Science & International Relations, History or Sociology.... Read More


Civil Services Examination is all about making planned effort. You can refer to the following article to understand the exam related requirements. Civil Services Examination: Plans & Strategies for Preparation ... Read More

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