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Sir, I am in BSc. First year. Please guide me about how to choose a good coaching institute after my graduation.

Your thinking is correct and path you are going to follow is absolutely fine as you wish to join coaching institute after graduation only. One should join coaching institute as close to the first attempt as possible. The simple answer is that you need coaching to advance your groundwork which could match the examiners’ expectations and to get better your level of preparedness so that you can face examination confidently. The link given below in related articles will help you gain some insights about your coaching institute selection.... Read More


hi sir i'm chaithanya I'm a civil service aspirant and starting my coaching from this june actually i was confused about the optional subject.i have completed by graduation in computer science department .Do i have any technical side subjects to opt or else any other technology related subjects ? please clarify this thankyou

It is a common problem Computer Science graduates face when it comes to choice of optional subject as there is no subject that directly match with academics. In such conditions, it is prudent to look at those subjects that have some familiarity or have interest in any particular subject. Looking at the immediate requirements, it is prudent to look at some of the humanities stream subjects that have some syllabus overlap with General Studies syllabus. The following arti...... Read More


sir, i m BAMS doctor though i have hindi as mother togue and up to high school language . But kindly suggest me which language are more preferable. And Medical science as an opt sub is more useful for me or some other opt sub.

As far as picking Medical Science as optional subject is concerned, you can; if you are consider you will be able to do justice with it. In recent years, Medical Science is among the best performing optional subject and many of top rankers like Artika Shukla (AIR 4; CSE 2015) Indu (AIR 30; CSE 2015) and Ravi Mittal (AIR 61; CSE 2015) have achieved brilliant success with Medical Science as optional subject. You have to decide the language you wish to opt for writing examination...... Read More


Hello Sir/Madam, I am preparing for civil services after such a long gap. my dob is 15.06.85 and I have a last chance. Kindly suggest me tips to crack the exam. Don't want to loose the golden chance.

You should make efforts to prepare effectively so that you can match the examiner's expectations. Understand the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of examination. Self-analysis will help you spot your strength and weaknesses; accordingly, prioritize the areas that need immediate attention. As you have limited time to prepare for Civil Services Examination 2016, you should make best use of time available. As you mentioned, you are preparing after...... Read More


Sir, I need complete organised study material to make base to appear in CSE. Does Hindi medium study material (like Drishti IAS etc.) booklets can help in self-study or just waste of money?

As you commence preparation, ‘Study material’ from coaching institutes helps you in basic preparation with self-help. If it is coming from an institute of repute, you can get relevant stuff in crisp format. To start with, these booklets will help and as you advance, you will need additional resource to update your knowledge. You are here not just for participation; you have come with a purpose. This examination is unpredictable and you have to prepare effectively f...... Read More


Dear Sir/Ma'am I have just completed my B.Tech in Electronics & Communication. I want to prepare for IAS. But due to my poor financial condition I am confused that either I should start preparing from right now or firstly I should go for a job. Also, I want to take maths as optional subject. Will it be right ?

It is ‘YOU’ to decide when you wish to appear in Civil Services Examination. If you have conviction and are ready to give your best and back your decision, go ahead and take a plunge. You know, when you are in touch with study, in a flow you manage your Civil Services Examination preparation. Financial conditions play a little role when you show commitment and are focused on your Goal. Mathematics is a good optional subject that many engine...... Read More


Dear sir, I had given my optional subject for CSE as commerce and accountancy. I have graduated in B.Com and I am from CBSE till 12th class commerce group. Now, please tell me the variation in optional preparation from that of my academic exam?? In what way I have to work for this optional? I have got good basics in the optional paper because of my 5 years study..

With your commerce background, you have a solid base, now; you will have to build-up your knowledge that matches the UPSC’s expectations. Have a look at the syllabus and previous years’ question papers to know the requirements and the current trends. See, how effectively you are able to answer previous years' question papers and feel it within your reach or not. Keep always in mind that you have to take your preparation to the level that this examination has. If you feel, you can reach out to some selected candidates with Commerce & Accountancy as optional subject for guidance or may consider joining coaching institutes for support that will help you manage your preparation effectively.... Read More


मैं सिविल सेवा परीक्षा 2018 में शामिल होना चाहता हूँ मैं अभी इतिहास विषय से स्नातक कर रहा हूँ। मेरी उम्र 30 साल है मैं ओबीसी समुदाय से संबंध रखता हूँ। कृप्या अनुभवी दोस्तों से मैं यह जानना चाहता हूँ कि मुख्य परीक्षा में अच्छा स्कोर करने के लिए कौन सा वैकल्पिक विषय का चुनाव करना चाहिए।

सिविल सेवा परीक्षा में शामिल हिन्दी माध्यम के उम्मीदवारों में वैकल्पिक विषय के रूप में इतिहास लोकप्रिय विषय रहा है. इसका सबसे बड़ा कारण है इतिहास की सटीक तैयारी हेतु प्रचुर मात्रा में प...... Read More


Dear Sir, I am willing to appear for the exam next year, however my age on 1st August, 2017 is 34 years and 2 months and i come under OBC non creamy layer. Am i eligible for the exam as per current eligibility criteria?

As per present eligibility criteria, you may be eligible to appear in Civil Services Examination; but, you need to watch out for eligibility criteria pertaining to CSE 2017.... Read More


Sir I am studying in BA first part and I want to prepare for civil services along with my honours papers.should I start preparing from now or firstly I should complete my graduation?

Civil Services Examination is a big examination and requires you to prepare huge syllabus. If you indulge in long-term preparation plan and commence preparation now, by the time you will be eligible to appear in Civil Services Examination, you will have conviction to appear in the examination immediately after graduation. You look at the General Studies papers requirements and keep reading newspapers daily. Self-assessment in the beginning will help you in identifying your strengths and weaknesses. You commence preparation with the subjects you like the most and move on to other areas that are important from exam view-point. Remain calm and keep moving slowly but, steadily.  ... Read More


Sir I am in BA first part and I want to prepare for IAS along with my honours paper.Should I do this,if yes then which coaching should I join.

It is too early to decide about coaching. As such coaching is not a must for Civil Services Examination preparation. Commence preparation with self-help and read some basic books for conceptual clarity. Read newspapers, preferably two papers daily. When you reach in final year of graduation then take a call about seeking support from coaching institute if you require.... Read More


i have finished 12th recently... my aim is to become an I.A.S .. i am going to take a graduation course which i will take as my optional subject.. i am interested on chemistry becoz i like it in 12th.. bt some of them saying that chemistry is not a good option.. it is not a scoring subject.. tell me solution

It is too early to talk about optional subject; first think about General Studies related requirements and commence preparation with the subjects you like and have interest in. You have enough time in hand to decide about optional subject; right now, take little steps and remain involved with study-plan so that there is not much of pressure on you. It is necessary to keep your interest alive as it is a long-term preparation. It is a long journey and as you advance, you will gain lots of insights and while reading different subjects from diverse disciplines, you will be able to take a balance decision about optional subject.... Read More


Sir can you suggest which subject between geography and political science is best with respect to syllabus length and best content available in hindi medium

Both Geography and Political Science & International Relations are good optional subjects and are popular as well. For Hindi medium, lots of books, study material and even coaching is also available. Choosing optional subject on the basis of syllabus length is not the right criteria; you should spend some time to find which subject suits you the best. The related article given below would help you in gaining some insights about optional subject selection.... Read More


Hello Sir/Madam, I am B.Tech software engineer from Bangalore. I want know about which optional subject should I'll choose for IAS. I am preparing by own and also doing self-study so what's should I prefer for best result for me.

As you don’t have any subject that matches your academic background, you will have to find what suits you best. It is an important decision and optional subject selection should be done with proper care and a rational decision will help you in enhanced performance. The related article given below will help in gaining some insights about optional subject selection.  ... Read More


Dear sir, i have just completed my 12th in arts stream and studying in BA (Geography). I want to prepare for UPSC but i have two doubts. 1. I like Geography, Political Science, but which one will be best in terms of marks, syllabus length for UPSC 2. I am a Hindi medium student but also good in English. Now what medium i should choose for writing as I heard there is lack of good study material in Hindi compare to English.

Geography as well as Political Science and International Relations are really good optional subjects. In Hindi medium where candidates have limited choices due to non-availability of reference books and study material, you have chosen such subjects where there are good books, study material as well as quality guidance is available for both the subjects. As far as syllabus length is concerned, it doesn’t matter much as you have to be acquainted with both these as Geograph...... Read More



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