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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, regarding optional paper 2 (literature) should we hold a graduate degree for Indian language ?

No, anyone who is eligible to appear in Civil Services Examination can opt for any of the optional subject available. Such restrictions had come in CSE 2013 notification but, later with some modifications all such conditions were removed. If you wish, you can pick any ‘ONE’ optional subject that you like from the available optional subjects.   Also read: ... Read More

I am thinking of appearing in CSE 2014 when I should join coaching for pre

You are still thinking about appearing in Civil Services Examination 2014; by now, you should have commenced the preparation for an effective coverage of the syllabus. Moreover, looking at only Preliminary Examination requirements is not enough, you have to look at the complete exam-plan as single unit and prepare for Main Examination simultaneously with Preliminary Examination. Your question doesn’t make it clear that you are a fresher or what is your level of preparedn...... Read More

Sir, i am interested to write civil service exam, but how can i make my own ideas and opinions on current affairs.(which sources and websites) thank you sir.

The current trends require you to cover current affairs and issues related to contemporary developments effectively. The following article will help you in getting some insights about the same: Current Affairs resource for IAS preparation: Newspapers & Magazines... Read More

sir, my name is appala ramesh, i am pursuing mba 2nd year in andhra university. which is in Andhra pradesh. Sir I want to appear civils 2015 examination.can you please guide me which books are useful to crack civils examination both prelims and mains, i want to take public administration as a optional subject, please help me regarding which study material is the best of all institutions which are in hyderabad

This is the time when you should slowly and gradually indulge in Civil Services Examination preparation. Take actions in small goals and adopt a systematic approach for preparation for General Studies and optional subject. Right now, self-study is the best way for preparation and we suggest consulting standard text-books for your preparation instead of coaching class material. For your reference, suggested book-list is given for Preliminary as well as Main Examination and your...... Read More

Sir I am doing and this is my last year. what should the strategy for for the civil services exam. I am confused with opting optional paper. i am good in my field should i opt commerce as my optional paper ? Another problem is that I have been from Hindi medium upto 12th standard.I am confident attempting my optional paper as commerce in english language but not confident in general studies papers. How can i solve this problem ?

Well, this is right time to be serious about Civil Services Examination preparation and without delay you should commence preparation with General Studies syllabus (Main Examination oriented). If you are confident with your own subject, it is in your benefit as you can pick Commerce & Accountancy as optional subject and organize it with lesser effort and can devote more time with General Studies preparation. Your other concern, the medium of writing examination iscrucial a...... Read More

sir please suggest me the best newspaper and magazines as i am a Hindi medium aspirants.

उम्मीदवारों के लिए राष्ट्रीय एवं अंतर्राष्ट्रीय घटनाक्रम और समसामयिक मुद्दों की सटीक तैयारी के लिए संसाधन की जरूरत उन्हें विभिन्न स्त्रोतों के उचित उपयोग की आपेक्षा रखती है. परन्तु, स...... Read More

I want to know abt pattern(paper style) and complete syllabus for 2014 civil service exam.

The notification for Civil Services Examination 2014 is expected on May 17, 2014 and then only we will know the exact exam-plan and complete information. As on today, we expect that it is going to be on the similar line as that for Civil Services Examination 2013 and no major change is expected in the coming examination. So, you can get some idea about the exam-plan from the 2013 details. Plan of Examination IAS Exam Syllabus... Read More

Thank u very much sir..........another think that i want to ask is would it be a better idea to go for internship in NGO for 2 months after completing my MBA in April 14 before prelims..........or should I completely focus on preparation for CSE 14?????

Well, you need to concentrate on your immediate requirements. Civil Services Examination is big and you have so many tasks to perform; so, you need to focus all your energies towards the Civil Services Examinations preparation. As such, only Preliminary Examination is not the target, you have to look at Main Examination related requirements simultaneously with Preliminary Examinations preparation. Adopt an integrated approach for preparation so that you are able to add...... Read More


Chemistry is not a very popular optional subject choice and the success-rate is also low. In recent years, only about 100-odd candidates choose Chemistry as optional subject. As far as scoring is concerned, it depends upon the candidate’s performance. In Civil Services Examination, it is difficult to pin-point any subject to be high scorer or low-scorer. Now, in only ‘One’ optional subject regime, it remains to be seen how it delivers. However, if you have strong grip over the subject, we suggest you to have a look at the syllabus and previous years’ question papers to understand the level of examination and current trends. If you feel it is manageable, you can consider it as your optional subject.... Read More

sir , currently i m in 2nd year of computer science branch.I m planning to fight the IAS exam after my graduation completes.please guide me in the context 1.what is exam pattern 2.syllabus 3.coaching is necessary? If yes then please suggest some. should i start from now itself.means from where to start

It is always effective if you clear all doubts before you begin serious preparation for examination like this. You should gather as much information as you can so that you are clear about the goal, efforts required and how to go about it. As desired, please find below the answer to your queries point-wise: 1. Civil Services Exam Pattern ... Read More

what should my initiatives for preparation of civil services as i am studying btech 1st year

Right now, your aim should be to acquaint with the complete exam-plan and the related details associated with each stage of the examination. The best way to commence preparation is by looking at some of the major constituents of General Studies that are common in Prelims and Main Examination syllabus and picking some basic books (NCERT Books are the best resource) for laying a solid foundation and conceptual clarity.  Also, cultivate newspapers (read at least 2) reading h...... Read More

i'm looking for the way to get into IAS exam 2014 help me where and when?

The notification for Civil Services Examination 2014 is scheduled to come on May 17, 2014 and the first stage Preliminary Examination is going to be staged on August 24. Around that time, you should keep a watch on official web-site of Union Public Service Commission and the Employment News for the notification. Civil Services Examination 2014... Read More

please suggest book

Preparation for a gruelling exam like Civil Services examination requires meticulous planning and as a part of groundwork, the selection of relevant books and study-material is one of the most important decisions one makes. Some suggestions about choice of books are listed here for your reference: Suggested Book-List... Read More

I am in final year and my age 21 will be in Feb and just I am studying since last 4 month and i am giving 18 hour par day so can i easy face 2014 exam

Just take it easy. 18 hours a day at this stage for Civil Services Examination preparation is too much. It is always better to put in limited hours of quality time for preparation instead of devoting long-hours of study. Agreed, it is a preparation-plan that involves coverage of a vast syllabus but that doesn’t mean that you overstretch; it is really unfair to ignore your health. As you are preparing for last 4 months, take an estimation of the ground you have covered an...... Read More

Sir please tell me now how many papers comes in pre exams and what all comes in general studies preparation

Have a look at the following links to understand the exam-plan and syllabus for Preliminary as well as Main Examination Civil Services Examination 2013 – Plan of Examination Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam Syllabus Civil Services (Main) Exam Syllabus... Read More

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