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I am S. Sarath Ramakrishnan a B.E Electronics and Communication Engineering graduate, and passed out this year in 2011. I am place in TCS but my goal is to prepare for IAS Examination. I have the following doubts : 1. Am I right in joining an IAS Coaching centre? 2. My parents are asking me to work for 2 years, since I have a job offer at hand, and then prepare for IAS examination. 3. If at all I am joining an IAS coaching centre which one should it be? At Chennai or at Delhi? I do not mind

If age permits, you can think of taking examination in 2013. In any case you have to get ready for Civil Services Exam which is not a short duration preparation. For one year, self-study can be a better option and you can continue with your job till then. Next year, you will have some base and then you may think about joining coaching institute. But, before deciding which institute to join, in Delhi or Chennai; you need to finalize your optional subjects. As per the la...... Read More

is thre any possibilities about change in pattern for mains exam?

Nothing can be said at this stage about the changes in Mains Examination pattern and Syllabus. The intention of UPSC is to change the pattern for second stage of examination – Mains (Written) as well. The process is under consideration as mentioned in media reports quoting UPSC Chairman. In our opinion, it is not going to be changed in haste. First, UPSC would like to see the impact of changes introduced at Prelims level. If successful, then may consider moving ahead wit...... Read More

Hi I am appearing for the next year Prelims. But I will be appearing in Hindi. Where can I find books/preparation material for General Studies in Hindi and Aptitude Test?How much Maths is required? What is the minimum marks required for Prelims exam?

As you are planning to appear in Examination next year, you will get a lot of time to prepare effectively. You will come to know the pattern of Paper which is going to be held on June 12. Medium should not be problem and it is ok if you have opted for Hindi medium. Utilize this time to prepare optional subjects right now as you will require these for Mains Examination. For Prelims Maths you require 10+2 Level preparation and you can easily learn during coming months.... Read More


For Philosophy (English & Hindi Medium), you can think of Patanjali IAS. Contact No. 011-9811583851. Drishti-The Vision is also offering Philosophy in Hindi Medium. Contact No. 011-27604128 Recently, Vaji Ram & Ravi has also started Philosophy (English Medium) in 2010. Contact No. 011-25734058... Read More


There are many places where you get coaching for Sociology. 1. Upendra Gaur; Contact No. 011-26109740 2. Ranjana Sabharwal; Contact No. 011-26861313... Read More

Sir, i have done my schooling in hindi medium so i am much comfortable in it however i can also study in english also . I have here and seen the results that very few guys of hindi medium are selected in CS Exams. Should i choose English as my medium? Please suggest me .

No doubt, in Civil Services Examination, the dominance to English Medium candidates is visible but, scene is not as bad as you think about chances of success for Hindi Medium candidates. It is absolutely you call for the choice of medium Hindi or English. If you can understand the syllabus, learn the required study material and are capable of reproducing the appropriate answers in English, you can think of English medium. If any doubts, go for Hindi Medium. Don't worry...... Read More

sir m a second year student of chemical engineering ...i m confuse in selecting my subject as m interested in chemistry i m surly going to take one subject as a chemistry....but m confused for second subject either geography or public administration ...plz sir help me

Both Public Administration and Geography are very good subjects and a lot of Engineering background candidates like you prefer these as Optional Subjects. It is upto you to decide finally as the momentum for both subjects is good as in past many years these have delivered some wonderful results. Pick up syllabus of both and try to read some basic books. Both the subjects are different in nature and have specific demands. As you are still in second year, you have e...... Read More

sir,i am a first year student of iit roorkee of material science engineering.....i have much intrest in physics ...can i opt is as one of the optional...plz guide me about the choosing second optional among public administration,history,geography,sociology,and chemistry,and plz also suggest some coaching institute for the correspondence course of gs ...

Yes, you can always think of taking Physics as one optional. Among other subjects listed, we would suggest you to think about either Public Administration or Geography as your second choice. You are in first year so this is not the time to join any coaching for General Studies right now. Pick up some good books for each constituent of General Studies and start preparing. In end, we would like to remind you that you come from the same institution from where CSE 2009 topper Shubhra Saxena came. So, prepare well to be among the toppers ... All the best!... Read More

hello sir/mam, I have doubt how much pre academic record and job experience matter. I am 28.and no job experience but i believe in myself that i can prepare. will i face problem during interview.

This examination is for optimists who have faith in their abilities and are ready to put in sincere efforts. Now, with some new changes, Civil Services Examination 2011 notification is out. Going by the past results, it is evident that graduates with average academic records were able to make it to Civil services. So, don’t think too much and no past experience is desirable here for this exam. If you prepare well and move confidently toward your exam requirements, interview would not be such a big problem. Concentrate on Prelims and Mains (Written) requirements right now, as you move forward, you will gain a lot of confidence. All the best !... Read More

Which is the best book/magazine for GK and Current affairs?

Well, it is difficult to pinpoint which is best book for GK & Current Affairs - it depends on your requirements. You can look for Upkar - General Knowledge, Current Affairs books as these are updated and relevant to competitive examinations. Pratiyogita Darpan is undoubtedly the best available magazine.... Read More

Hi, which institute is best among vajiram, ALS and Rau's for public administration, geography and general studies.

Well, all names you have shortlisted are good. Still, we would like to share some viewpoint candidates have about the institutes. ... Read More

Hi, will mains syllabus going to change in next 2-3 years? please inform....

Can't say. Right now, only the Priliminary Examination has seen some major changes in the pattern and the details have been out in public domain. For more details look at UPSC announcements time to time.... Read More


No way. Many fresh graduates make it to service in style. Interview Board clearly understands that you have talent and capability to reach this stage after clearing Prelims and Mains (Written) Examination. They look for the qualities that match the requirement for the post in question. Don't think too much and keep preparing. All the best!... Read More

hello sir,im dental graduate and jst started preparing plz guide me how to prapare for csat.

It is nice to see youngsters like you have have professional qualification are eyeing career in Civil Services. You can get a lot of idea about the changes in the link on Still, if you need some more detail, please mention specific requirements, We would be glad to answer those.... Read More

sir i has done m.b.b.s ........i was confused with these optionals....wheather to take anthropology or sociology as optional......i wolud like to take public administration as my second optional...plse give me suggestion

Many a medicos choose Anthropology as one of the optional subjects and deliver good results. Of late, the Anthropology has staged a comeback and number of candidates opting for it is on rise. Look at CSE 2009 result, Iva Sahai Rank 3 had Anthropology as one optional. Even, the success rate for Anthropology is very good. In CSC 2008, 345 candidates appeared in Mains examination and out of them&...... Read More

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