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As candidates make up mind to appear in Civil Services Examination, there are lots of queries in minds and almost all aspirants lay siege to various issues like Exam-Plan, Preparation-Plan, books and study-material to choose, picking optional subject, choice of coaching institutes and so many other issues that matters a lot in success.
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Sir, I am an engineering graduate in Electrical Engineering with 76%. I am currently working with an organisation and want to prepare for the civil services. Should I opt for electrical engineering as my optional or should go for other subjects. What other subjects could suit an engineering background student? Is coaching really necessary for preparation? Waiting for your reply. Thank You.

Coaching is not essential for Civil Services Examination preparation; if you can understand the requirements, you can prepare with self-help. Electrical Engineering has produced many top rankers that include names like Mutyala Raju Revu (AIR 1, CSE-2006), Supreet Singh Gulati (AIR 2, CSE-2007), Prakash Rajpurohit (AIR 2, CSE-2009) and Prince Dhawan... Read More

Sir, I am post-graduate in Textile Engineering. I want to know from where to start & what should be the best suitable strategy to start with job?

For working candidates, it is little complex but, if you plan it well, you can manage it. To formulate an effective strategy, you need to be clear about the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of the examination. When you look at the syllabus (Preliminary & Main Examination) you will notice some of the constituents you are acquainted with and some that are new to you. In the beginning, it is better to undergo self-evaluation process so that you can id...... Read More

Sir, I want to take Public Administration as optional subject in Mains....whether I have to start its preparation right now or I can start it after Prelims?

Ideally, if you are appearing in Civil Services Examination 2014, you should have completed optional subject preparation by now. If you have not done that, you should immediately concentrate on your optional subject Public Administration along with Prelims preparation as after Preliminary Examination on 24th August, you will not get enough time to prepare for it as you will have limited time in hand (Main Examination starts in December 2014). That is the reason adopting 'Integrated Approach' for preparation is recommented. 'Integrated Approach' - need of the hour... Read More

Kindly tell me the Best Coaching institute for Mathematics optional for IAS exam in Delhi.

You can think of K Venkanna (Institute of Mathematical Sciences - IMS) in New Delhi for Mathematics (Optional subject – Civil Services (Main) Examination).... Read More

Where is the best coaching for IAS preparation in Delhi or Allahabad in Hindi medium? Optional subject is Public Administration.

Both Delhi and Allahabad are big centres as a large number of Hindi medium candidates are captivated with Civil Services Examination preparation. For General Studies, you can consider Dhyeya IAS. They have classes both in Delhi as well as in Allahabad. For Public Administration in Delhi, you can make a choice between Atul Lohia (Prabha IAS) and Abhay Kumar (Synergy). ... Read More

As I am interested in IAS the best option for career after doing computer science engineering?

It is up to you to decide which the best career as per your interest and aptitude is. Being a new-age career, there are a lot of options open after Computer Science degree that provide money as well as superior prospects. ‘Civil Services’ is a complete package of dignity, prestige and job security. If you wish to contribute in nation’s growth and have passion to serve the masses, you have chosen the right career. So, go ahead and give your best to achieve the post you are fascinated with – Indian Administrative Service (IAS).... Read More

sir ... presently I m working in union bank of india . I hv done my with hindi medium. I want to choose commerce as optional subject with hindi medium.. is it fruitful for me or I shd take some art subject like history.......

Sir, presently I am working in Union Bank of India. I have done my M.Com with Hindi medium. I want to choose Commerce as optional subject with Hindi medium. Is it fruitful for me or I should take some art subject like History? Commerce and Accountancy is a very good subject but, in Hindi medium it is not that popular. With master’s degree, it should not pose big problem for you to prepare. As such in new environment, it is prudent to pick your own subjec...... Read More

Can I choose Public Administration and History as an optional subject?? Is it valid combination?

Be informed that in new format for Civil Services (Main) Examination that came into effect from CSE 2013, now you need to pick only ‘One’ optional subject. So, you decide which among these two suits you the best among Public Administration and History! Also read: Only 'ONE' Optional Subject... Read More

Sir, I am in B.Sc. 1 so do I need to read current affair magazines from now or should I only concentrate on NCERTs?

You need to understand the importance of NCERTs that help you in putting up a solid foundation. These books give you conceptual clarity and benefit you as you advance with your study-plan. So, in the beginning, you are on right track but NCERTs alone don't suffice the purpose.  Current affairs and contemporary developments prepared over a long period of time help in developing information level and general awareness and as the exam-trends indicate, this will give you greater comf...... Read More

Sir I have been preparing for IAS since August 2013...and I am studying for all the famous books.. Till now I have done all the books at least 2-3 times, because I was studying sincerely. But I will give exam in 2016, I am pursuing my graduation. Now what should I do next, start practicing answer writing, again go through all the books and keep doing that or buy some coaching notes or something else. I have decided to take geography as an optional, so, I will take for it in 2015 that would take at least 6 months. So, I have one and half years left and I want to make them worth, what do you suggest?

Civil Services Examination preparation is a long drawn affair and sincerity shown in preparation would certainly reflect in your end result. But, don’t get confused; rely on standard text-books only as no coaching institute material can replace these as resource. As you still have two more years in between, you should stay in touch with what you have read and keep on topping up information with current developments. Do not overload yourself instead of reading books time ...... Read More


Yes, you can; there should not be any confusion. You can pick Telugu as Indian Language compulsory paper and Literature of Telugu Language as optional subject.... Read More

Which website is there for History test?

Instead of searching any website for preparing History as constituent of General Studies or may be as optional subject, it would be prudent if you prepare from standard text-books. You may find it little troublesome but, looking at the requirements, you have to rely on books rather than search text in piece-meals on internet.... Read More

Hi, sir I am K.A.Ramesh, pursuing MBA 2nd year, in Andhra university, I completed my schooling in Andhra Pradesh through SCERT syllabus, I want to appear 2015 Civil Services Examination, I would like to ask you which books I need to read to crack civils on both Prelims and Mains examination, I want to take Public Administration as an optional subject, I have read some 12th NCERT books which are out and out different subjects from SCERT books, would you please suggest me ,which books I need to prepare?

We would like to make it clear that NCERT Books are recommended for laying a solid foundation for preparation and conceptual clarity so that as you advance, you are able to understand and relate things in a better way. For Civil Services Examination preparation NCERT Books are a must but, these alone doesn’t suffice the purpose. You will have to move to standard text-books for preparation so that you are able to face this examination confidently. For reference: Suggested Book List... Read More

Sir, I cleared 12th class in arts and now, I am doing BA. Can I take part in IAS exam? Is it compulsory to clear 12class in science? Plz give example who are IAS and cleared 12class in arts.

There is no such compulsion; you need a degree in any discipline to be eligible to appear in Civil Services Examination. There is no scope for any kind of apprehensions about streams at school level and there is no force about science stream at +2 levels. There are numerous candidates with arts background who have made to Civil Services even with top ranks. So, you should not think too much about it. All you need is to understand the exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of examination and commence preparation slowly with some basic books and make newspaper reading a habit.... Read More

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