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I am a Mechanical Engineering currently working in Chennai. I want to take Political Science & International Relations. Will it work better than Public Administration?

In our opinion, if you like Political Science & International Relations, you should go ahead and pick it as your optional subject. Political Science & International Relations is one of the most popular subjects but, in Civil Services Examination Public Administration has attracted maximum number of candidates in recent years. However, the following article would get you some insights about selecting one among these two: Political Science & International Relations vs Public Administration... Read More


How much percentage is required in graduation for CSE exam ?

There is no such condition; any candidate having a graduate degree from recognized institution is eligible to appear in Civil Services Examination. It has been observed that even the candidates with average performance in academics have produced wonderful results; so, you should not think too much about such issues and aim to take up preparation without delay.... Read More


Sir, which institute is best for general studies and for Polity & International Relation as optional subject?

If you wish to choose big name, you can consider Vaji Ram & Ravi for both General Studies and Political Science & International Relations. But, if you wish to look beyond, you can trust a relatively smaller name Nirvana IAS Academy that has made its presence felt in recent years. In a batch of limited students, you can get personal attention and a zealous environment would encourage you to work hard.... Read More


Sir, I am a B.Tech Electrical final year student. What is the best method to choose optional subject for CSE?

With new format for Civil services (Main) Examination in place, UPSC has made the things simple as now, candidate needs to pick only ‘One’ optional subject. In such a scenario, it would be prudent to consider your own subject or any subject that is part of your academics. Look at the syllabus and previous years’ papers and judge if it is manageable. As has been witnessed in the past, majority of engineering/medical background candidates were making cross-doma...... Read More


I did MCA then which optional subject should I choose?

For computer background candidates it is a tricky situation as there is no optional subject that match with their academics. In such a situation, you familiarity and interest with any subject that you have read in past, come into play. The following article would give you some clues that can help you make the final choice: Choosing optional subject... Read More


Has the relaxation of the Upper Age limit come in effect? News report confirm the news, however no notification seems to be provided in the UPSC website.

As the decision about the additional attempts and relaxation in age is put on DoPT website after Central Government approved this; it is just a matter of time when UPSC announce. This is clearly mentioned that these relaxations are slated to come in effect from this year's examination only. UPSC can take its own time or may include these in notification for Civil Services Examination 2014 that is expected on May 17, 2014.  ... Read More


Sir, I want to know about exam pattern of PCS (Pre) ? Means which subject occurs how many questions?

Be it UPSC or state PCS, these is no thumb rule for number of question from a particular constituent in any question paper. This is discretion of the examiner; to add surprise element and to make it unpredictable each time there is a variation in number of questions from particular topic/subject. This is the reason it is recommended that you should prepare complete syllabus and it could be hazardous to pick and choose topics/subjects while preparation.... Read More


While reading the Blogs different Ads appears and I can’t read. Please suggest what to do?

We have taken care while placing Ad Banners on pages; at present these are the only source for revenue. However, if any particular page/Ad banners obstruct content, please let us know; we will get it rectified.... Read More


Is it possible that I select Hindi as writing language for essay paper and English for all other papers in UPSC mains?

No, you don’t have such liberty for facing Civil Services (Main) Examination papers. You have to write all your Main Examination papers in the same medium (language) you choose to write examination.... Read More


Sir, I am serving in Indian Airforce since 2010. I want to prepare for IAS. I am PG holder with Geography. Please guide me regarding how to preparing and geography is best for me.

You should always listen to the inner voice and should explore the possible ways to achieve what you wish for. Yes, it is time to make the leap; you are capable and with determination and hard-work, you can accomplish the task in style. Since you are in job, it would be little difficult to deal with time; but, if you plan it well, you can handle the Civil Services Examination preparation eff...... Read More


Could you please give a list of Success-ratio of various optional subjects in Civil Service Examination 2012?

The only authentic figure available in public domain about success-rate of optional subjects relates to Civil Services Examination 2011. For CSE 2012 data, you will have to wait for some time as UPSC Annual Report usually comes little late. Useful read: Performance of Optional Subjects in Civil Services (Main) Examination 2011... Read More


Which coaching institute is best for IAS preparation for Hindi medium student for optional subject History?

In Delhi, Manikant Singh (The Study), Hemant Jha (Hemant Jha Classes) and Rajnish Raj (Sihanta IAS) are established names in History (Optional Subject – Main Examination).... Read More


Kindly tell me books for CSE Pre 2014

Suggested List of Books Preliminary Examination Paper 1 Paper 2... Read More


Sir, I am a last year engineering student. Firstly, I was completely decided about UPSC and IAS but because of time limitation I decided to MPSC but, still I am confused. Please tell me which NCERT books I should refer? Or can I use Maharashtra boards books...please tell me about books n notes.

As you are completing your engineering degree, you have enough time to prepare and you should not show such haste in appearing for any examination – be it IAS or MPSC. You should plan to take first attempt when you feel that your preparation matches with the standard of examination. There is no hurry; take your time and prepare effectively with complete exam-plan in mind. If you are able to do it this year, it is fine or you may keep CSE 2015 as your target. Commence preparation with UPSC syllabus in mind and your comprehensive study-plan would help you in handling and state PCS. So, show the courage and begin your journey to the dream career!... Read More


Hello sir, due to age barrier I am not eligible until 2016 and I am done with my graduation, I have got 2 years to prepare, so how should I use these years?

You should continue to prepare and take preparation to the level that this examination entails. Aim to have such preparation that you should be able to accomplish the task in first attempt itself. As such the Civil Services Examination syllabus is vast and involves constituents from diverse disciplines that require long, systematic study-plan. You should understand the complete exam-plan and...... Read More



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