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A lot of passionate youngsters like you are eyeing career in 'Civil Services' and wish to contribute in Nation's development. As it is said that it is the choices you make during preparation, reflects in your final results. Plan your preparation and seriously prepare for the exam. For choice of optional subjects, you can refer to the following article. The right way to choosing optional subjects for Mains Examination ... Read More

Hello Sir I am B.E . I.T Engineer Passing 2009 and working as Telemedicine Facility Manager in Raigad Mubai i wan to prapare for Upsc exam please Guide me I am thinking about upsc 2013 is there necessary to join coaching classes for preparation for the UPSC Exams

It is the right way of looking at Civil Services Examination. You have enough time to prepare for the exam as you are planning to take shot in CSE 2013. Only a few days are left when new-look Preliminary Examination is going to be staged on June 12. This will give you a lot of insights and you can plan preparation accordingly. You can start with traditional portion of General Studies syllabus with NCERT books and focus on Main Exam related requirements. Pick optional subjects ...... Read More

I have one more year of graduation , can anyone please suggest what I have to prepare in this year to achieve my goal easier ?

You should care for the General Studies related requirements from Main Examination focus. You can zero in on Optional Subjects and devote some time to understand and relate these to your academic preparation. You should be regular with news paper reading to be in touch with the latest developments. Above all, improve reading habits and work on writing skills.... Read More

Hi Sir Can you please tell me good institutes for sociology, political science and general studies? Also, which institutes correspondence material is good for the above subjects? Is the study material given by Cracking IAS in chennai is good?

There are many good institutes in Delhi for General Studies, Sociology and Political Science & International Relations. You can think of Vaji Ram & Ravi, ALS, Upendra IAS (Sociology) or the other name you mentioned.    ... Read More

Sir, Please guide about geography institute in Delhi. Which one is better: ALS or Ensemble? Also, in Public Administration, which one among Mohanty Sir, Pawan Kumar Sir and NIAS will be best? Thanks and Regards.

ALS is known for Geography and has good results to back. Ensemble has tied up with India Can and is coming up with new set-up. You can even think of Alok Ranjan IAS. For Public Adminastration, all these names are good. NIAS is an established name where Mr. Bhawani Singh has worked hard but, Mr. Mohanty is craze right now. Mr. Pawan is also in limelight with recent results.... Read More

Sir I am currently working as a Civil Engineer. I am very much confused about choosing optionals. My interests are History and Geography. But I also want to take Psychology and Pub Ad bcoz of its part as a Civil servant. Please guide me in this regard

All four subjects you have listed are really good and are among the most popular optional subjects. A lot of Engineers usually prefer Geography & Public Administration as optional subjects. Both subjects are producing wonderful results also. But, before you decide you should devote some time in finding the right combination. As all these subjects are new to you, we suggest that you should see the syllabus and past years' question papers so that you can understand the subject requirements and exeminer's expectations. each subject has its own demands so, analyse which one suits you better.... Read More

Hi, I'm preparing for state public service commission and this is my first attempt. could you please guide me for the same??

For State Public Service Commission, the requirements differ from state to state. Recently, some states like Himachal Pradesh have adopted UPSC like Aptitude Test pattern. In most of the state PSC requirements are similar to UPSC but special emphasis is given to the state related information. In some, syllabus is little condensed so be clear about the requirements and plan your strategies accordingly. As this is your first attempt, be careful about the examination standard and understand the level of questions being asked. If you are preparing for UPSC as well, things would be much easier for State PSC exams. All the best!... Read More

I want to take coaching for aptitude test of CS. Their is no institute for preperation . Is it good to take a Coaching of Bank PO In place of Aptitude test?

Well, this pattern of examination is new and within short span, there are a few institutes who have come up with Prelims coaching. We hope you are not talking about CSE 2011 for which examination is round the corner. If it is so, then you can lay hands on any good quality coaching institute be it a Bank PO coaching institute because they will help you in getting prepared in some constituents of syllabus like Comprehension, English Comprehension, Numeracy, Data Interpretation and Reas...... Read More

Iam Abhinaya,a first year student of electrical and electronics ambition is to become an IAS officer.I will be completing my course in the year 2014.With reference to the revised pattern,can you please guide me about my preparation?

This is the right time to start thinking seriously about CSE. You can chalk out your strategies relating to the emerging scenario and soon after June 12, the day Preliminary Examination is going to be staged, you will have the picture clear cut in front of you. You can start with basic requirements of General Studies with NCERT books. You should concentrate on linguistic skills and mathematical skills as these are integral part of Paper II in Prelims. As you have sufficient ti...... Read More

IS hindi litrature and political science a best combination?

Both Hindi Literature and Political Science and International Relations are good subjects. Advantage with any Literature of Language subject is that these have limited syllabus and are manageable in short span of time. Literature of Languages can be a good choice as second optional. You can keep other subject as Political Science and International Relations if you feel comfortable and as long as you can meet the subject demands.  ... Read More

i want select History and political science as my optional subject with hindi medium. Are they more scoring in hindi f not than please suggest me another good optional for hindi medium. And please also give me the list of reference books.

The recent result of Hindi Medium in CSE 2010 is not that encouraging to take a clue from. However, both History and Political Science & International Relations are good subjects and if you can do justice with your choice, you can always think about them. We hope that you are thinking of CSE 2012 and have some time to explore the right combination of subjects. Don’t jump over the final conclusion and see what suits you the most. For choosing the right set of optional subjects, read the following article. The right way to Choosing optional subjects for Mains Examination    ... Read More

I have done my graduation in BA political science hons. now i want to do a course from Madurai kamaraj university , i want to take either MA political science or Bachelor Of General Law a 2 years program. i want to know that is it good to take bachelor of general law in distance , will it help me in IAS exam or should i continue in MA in political science. Please Guide me.

As far as academic studies are concerned, whatever you do it would add to your knowledge. PG in Political Science would certainly help you here. When you are thinking about Civil Services Examination, you should look at the examination related requirements and start preparation. Civil Services Examination is no child's play and requires 2-3 years serious effort. While you continue with your post-graduation, simultaneously you should prepare for Civil Services Examiantion.... Read More

I am a law graduate from five years B.B.A.LL.B. course. I wished to know about feasibility of Law as an optional for Mains exams. please guide me on this point. Regards Ashwin

Law is a high scoring subject and has very good success-rate as an optional subject in Civil Services (Main) Examination. Among CSE 2009 toppers, Sreevidya P I got 14th Rank with Law as one of the optional subjects. Nidhi Srivastava (AIR 27), Ashutosh Salil (AIR 54), Sanjay Kumar Khatri (AIR 67), Siddharth Malik (AIR 71) are some other toppers who have been recommended for selection with Law as one of the optional subject. In CSE 2008, 365 candidates appeared in Civil S...... Read More

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