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which ncert books are necessary for ias pre and mains

Almost similar query has been answered recently. Please have a look: iaspassion expert answer... Read More


suggest standard books of history for hindi midium

Suggested Book-List for History (Optional Subject – Main Examination) (in Hindi Medium) Ancient History: NCERT Books, Jha & Srimali, IGNOU Notes Medieval History: Imtiyaz Ahmed, IGNOU Notes Modern History: NCERT Books, Bipin Chandra, B L Grover World History: NCERT Books, D N Jha, Teach Yourself History ... Read More


I am appearing for CSE 14 exam and have a average academic record.I have done b tech and will be completing my MBA in April 14.I am a bit concerned about my profile for interview. Sir I want to ask that how to build profile for CSE interviews.

No need to be concerned about your profile. With B Tech and MBA Degree in hand, you should not be worried at all about Civil Services Examination Personality Test (Interview). An average academic record does not impact the outcome; Interview board comprises a group of highly experienced and knowledgeable persons and their aim is to evaluate your personality; originality in particular. So, concentrate on studies; keep preparing for an excellent show in Main Examination.... Read More


sir, I m bhanu doing a job in a bank as a assistant. I want to became an IAS officer. I want to prepare for that & face the exam in 2014. I can't leave my job because my family financial condition is poor. so please suggest me how can I prepare for this exam.

For working people like you it is bit difficult to manage but, if you are really serious about career advancement and wish to become IAS Officer, you will have to work hard. No need to leave job but, you will have to make sure that you are making the best use of time available after office hours and on week-ends. Make a weekly preparation-plan based on time available on each working day and on weekends. Look this complete exam as single unit and start preparation with Main Exa...... Read More


Sir, my studies are only based on ncert books, should I go for other additional study material for preparation.

It is nice to commence preparation based on NCERT Books but, it will not suffice the purpose. NCERT Books help in laying a solid foundation that helps in conceptual clarity and better understanding as your advance with your study-plan. Have a look at the topics covered in syllabus and always rely upon standard text-books. Try to understand the nature of questions being asked from previous years’ question papers and take your preparation level that matches with the exam-standards. Don’t forget to update the information with the latest and contemporary developments as most of the coverage is dynamic in nature. Daily newspaper reading and internet as resource are going to be quite effective while preparing for examination like CSE.... Read More


Sir, i am from engg background. I want to take up history and geography as optionals. Pls suggest good institutes for these subjects?

First of all we would like to remind you that new format for Main Examination has only ‘One’ optional subject; so, you have to pick only one subject. As has been observed, among Engineering background candidates, Geography has been quite favourite as optional subject. Being a semi-scientific subject and multi-dimensional in nature, it requires analytical bent of mind. It has a flavour of traditional as well as dynamic coverage in the syllabus. It is interesting and...... Read More


Thank you for Your replys n Tips..:-)

It gives a feeling of great satisfaction if we are able to help you. All the best! Keep preparing!... Read More


Psychology or philosophy which subject is better for ias

Both Psychology and Philosophy are among most popular optional subjects and are picked up by many candidates in Civil Services (Main) Examination. be it Psychology or Philosophy, have a look at the syllabus and past year’s papers to know the requirements, trends and make an realistic estimation based on your knowledge level, the amount of efforts you need to make to uplift your preparation level that matches examiner’s expectations. ... Read More


hello sir,i attempt exam in 2013 but i failed and iam prepared for 2015 iam not writing exam in 2014 because ofpersonal problems iam prepa not preparing well pl tell me it is right decision

This is absolutely your call when you wish to take next attempt. Although, in the last encounter, the outcome was negative and you are skipping CSE 2014 due to some personal reason; still, we suggest staying in touch with the studies. This will help you in taking use of the knowledge and experience you gained in your last attempt. Your last result would clearly specify areas which need greater attention. It is the time to prioritize and take account of needs with care. Courage and perseverance are key words; you have to weigh up the shortcomings and how best you can cover up the gaps if any existed. It is all about having faith in your abilities, strong will to fight back and constructive approach that will help you emerge winner.... Read More


Sir! I have completed +2 with pcm and doing graduation with political science. Is political science a option as ias optional subject?

Yes, Political Science & International Relations is one of the popular choices among optional subjects available. It has huge overlap with General Studies syllabus and in the newer situation where only one optional subject is to be picked, it would be strategic if decide in favour of Political Science & International Relations as your optional subject.... Read More


Sir everyone says that to be successful in civil services you must have a group of friends with whom you can discuss about different topics while preparing. I don't have that kind of group because i have not joined any coaching, i'm preparing by myself with some guidance by my senior who have cleared the mains. As i have still 3 years left for my graduation to complete,i think i will have that group as the goes on.. what do u say?

It is not necessary to join coaching institute to make friends, you can find friends in your colony, your college and even in your city through social networking sites. You are fortunate you have some seniors guiding you; what else you need. Company of those who have cleared Main Examination would prove to be of great help as they will be able to share real-world experience. You have enough time, just open up. By the time you will indulge in serious preparation, probab...... Read More



Dear sir/madam i am a govt employee in ranchi and preparing for cse in hindi medium.Without takin coaching which subject should i choose among history/pub ad/geography. Please suggest books for the subject in hindi medium.

The best way is to look at the syllabus and previous years’ question papers to judge your comfort level. Undoubtedly for Hindi medium, History is the best choice among the optional subjects shortlisted. It has relevant books and study-material in abundance and we feel that History is one subject that has better resource in Hindi medium than in English. Geography is also a very good subject in Hindi medium but, i...... Read More


Hi Sir, I'm a software Engineer in Bangalore, my trade was Computer Science Engineering in my graduation. I am aspirant of being IAS, and really looking forward for preparation and able to give 100% devotion to it. I want to know what subject I should choose for starting my preparation. I would appreciate any help from your side.

For candidates like you, this is really tough selection as none of the optional subject available match with the Computer Science background. Our suggestion is that you should commence preparation with General Studies (Main Examination oriented) and as you advance, you will get to know about a lot of subjects as major constituents and may be you start liking any subject that can be picked up as optional subject. You can also get some insights from the following article about optional subject selection: Optional Subject Selection: pick ‘One’ optional subject that suits you the best? ... Read More


sir when a student enters the final year of his graduation, can he give the prelims on the assumption that if he cracks the exam, he will get his degree by the time the final results are announced? for instance my final year will begin in june 2014 and i will get my degree by may 2015, can i give the prelims 2014 given that i am above 21yrs of age as on may 2014?

No, it is not possible. The notification for CSE 2013 throws some light on this issue. It says, "Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualifie...... Read More



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