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i am 25% hearing disabled i doesnt come under disabled cateogray,,, may i go for civil services,, plz reply sir,,, currently i am using hearing aid

There is some reservation for Physically Disabled Categories. Even, Hearing impairment is listed in the notification; respective functional classification and physical requirements are clearly mentioned for various posts and services. For more clarity, please check the notification about the details. Though, as you mentioned, you don’t fall in Physically Disabled Category; if you have passion, you should make all efforts to convert your dream into reality. Civil Services Examination assesses your accumulated knowledge and general awareness; even if you have some limitations, you should make an attempt. All the best!... Read More


I have completed my MBBS in 2008. i have completed my MD in Community Medicine/PSM in May 2013. I am interested in becoming a civil servant. To be frank its my desire and only goal to join civil services. but i am confused about optional subjects. at the same time right now i am completing my 1 year bond after PG at District Hospital. So i am not able to draft a genuine and strong study plan for Civil Services 2015. so kindly guide me sir, Thanks

First of all, you should not think too much about optional subject choice as you have enough time in hand to decide what suits you the best. Commence your preparation with some basic books (NCERT Books) for laying a solid foundation. Also start reading newspapers, at least two, daily and make self-notes. The following articles would also help you in gaining some insights about the query you have raised: ... Read More



please suggest best coaching Pre-cum-Mains History, Geography and Polity in Mukherjee Nagar (Delhi)

If you are looking for most popular teachers for each segment, you can consider Manikant Singh (The Study) for History, Alok Ranjan (Digmani Education) for Geography and Rajesh Mishra (Saraswati) for Polity. All these are in Mukherjee Nagar; but, not all offers module-wise coaching and all these are most important constituents of General Studies syllabus. So, it would be nice if you join General Studies coaching in institute like Alternative Learning Systems (ALS), Dhyeya IAS or may be Discovery IAS.... Read More


I am post-graduate student. I want to know I am in 1st year of course MA (Hindi) and my final degree will be obtained in 2015. Am I eligible for taking Hindi as optional subject in main exam?

Yes, you can take Literature of Hindi Language as optional subject as there is no condition for picking any subject of your choice from the list of optional subjects available. Although, UPSC had announced some restrictions in CSE 2013 notification but, later some modifications were made in scheme of Civil Services Examination 2013 and all such conditions were removed. Some modifications in the new scheme for Civil Services Examination 2013... Read More


Hello sir i am Aditya from Cuttack, Odisha. I would like to appear IAS in 2015/2016. and i like to start preparation from now, so tell me some preparation tips.

It is right time to commence preparation as the task you have taken in hand is big. Understand the complete exam-plan, related requirements at each stage of the examination to understand the requirements. Make a beginning, as you advance, you will get to know the nature of this examination and importance of conceptual clarity with basics and the leatest developments. The following article would get you some insights about the preparation plan: IAS Preparation Tips... Read More


Hello Sir, My name is Pradeep .I have done my schooling(Till 12th) in Hindi medium but after that I have done B.Sc and MCA in English medium. I am comfortable in Hindi while speaking but more comfortable in English while writing parhaps because I was disconnected from Hindi in writing for a long time. Kindly suggest me which medium should I take while preparing for the CSE. Thank you in advance.

The pattern of examination is such where you need to write a lot and have to express your view and ideas in an effective manner. When you are comfortable while writing in English, you should keep your medium for writing examination English and if you feel you can converse well in Hindi, you can opt for Hindi as medium for Interview (Personality Test).... Read More


Prelim paper is in bilingual or monolingual which medium is opted?

The question papers for Preliminary Examination are set both in Hindi and English. However, questions related to English Language Comprehension skills are tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation.... Read More


Between anthropology and Public Administration, which subject is better optional subject for Mains?

As such, there is no comparison among the two. Both Anthropology and Public Administration are diverse disciplines and have different needs. Public Administration is a very good subject and a lot of candidates find it interesting. As every subject has, Public Administration also has specific demands and it is highly dynamic in nature. From Civil Services Examination angle, Public Administration became the most popular optional subject as it has been perceived ...... Read More


Sir i live in Bhopal(m.p), and preparing for IAS. Many of my friends always give my suggestions about making friend circle for effective studies for UPSC. There is a central library which is 13-15km far from my house..So i want to know should i join it for making frnd circle. Would it be worth. But personally i think it would help me much,because i like studying in my home only where i can get coffee or little entertainment.. What do u suggest sir?

Be practical. After having a look at the query you have raised now and even in past, it seems you are too much worried about unnecessary things that have minimal influence on your preparation and performance.   No doubt, the process of writing examination like this for the first time is really difficult. But, commence preparation with self-self and gradually, you will make friends; you need not to go 13-14 kms just for sake of making friends or for a change. Bhopal i...... Read More


What is the future of Commerce & Accountancy as optional subject. Is it a safe choice or should i take any other optional subject?

Commerce & Accountancy is a good optional subject and is first choice of commerce background candidates. In recent years, a lot of CAs and other commerce background professional have turned their attention towards ‘Civil Services’ as a career destination and have made their presence felt with Commerce & Accountancy as optional subject. Now, in only ‘One’ optional subject regime, it is strategic if you take your own subject; this will help in bet...... Read More


Sir, How can i make sure whether Civil Service as a career suits me or not. Thank you sir.

In the beginning, self-evaluation is must. This examination is all about calibre, courage and commitment. It is a big examination involving multi-stage evaluation process that requires diverse sets of skills and proficiencies so, first you need to assess are you ready to face such a fierce appraisal or not. Moreover, with recent changes, the examination has changed and it explores the matching qualities in candidates that ‘Civil Servants’ needs at work. The following article will get you some more insights about the query you have raised. Career in Civil Services: Everyone’s dream... Read More


Sir i am a B.Pharm 3rd year student and wanted to know that which subjects i can choose for mains? As there are no subjects related to my field. Also how to start my preparation for prelims?

It is wrong to look at this examination stage-wise; understand the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of the examination. Adopt an integrated approach for preparation so that you can cover the complete syllabus effectively. You should start with some basic books like NCERT books for laying a solid foundation and move gradually forward with standard text-books. Read: ... Read More


Sir I know that NCERT books are a must but do we have to start our preparation with them. Can't we first do the standard books required for each subject and then do the NCERTs?

Yes, NCERT Books are some basic books meant for laying a solid foundation. As you commence your preparation with NCERT Books, you develop basic understanding and conceptual clarity about the subjects. As you move on gradually to standard text-books, it helps not only in comprehending the advanced stuff in a better, uncomplicated way; but, also makes it easier to recognize interrelationship among the topics and across the disciplines that makes you proficient in handling twisted questions and applications as well. Also read: NCERT Books are must for CSE preparation; but, how to manage such work load?... Read More


Sir, i will complete my graduation in 2014 and my date of birth is 2 oct 1994.I want to know in which year i will be eligible to appear in cse 15 or 16.

About the minimum age for appearing in Civil Services Examination, the notification for CSE 2013 says, “A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years on 1st August 2013 i.e. he/she must have been born not later than 1st August 1992.” So, going by this condition, you will be eligible to appear in CSE 2016 only.... Read More



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