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Hello Sir, Is world history not included in the syllabus of Prelims examination ?

When you are preparing for Civil Services Examination, you should look at the complete exam-plan and should not prepare stage-wise. It is prudent to adopt an integrated approach for preparation and while preparing common constituents listed in General Studies syllabus for Preliminary as well as Main Examination should be prepared simultaneously.... Read More

Hello, I am Anirudh Sharma, i just have completed B.TECH(Electrical&Electronics), unfortunately do feel able to write 2015 IAS Exams. As i know General study papers are first step. so i wanted to perceive that How shall i prepare for GS subjects,effectively? Please! suggest a smart strategy for the same. Thanks

As you are planning to appear in Civil Services Examination 2015, you need to be serious about preparation. As the Exam-Plan is, you need to look at the Preliminary as well as Main Examination related requirement simultaneously. General Studies is the most important section and is common in both Prelims and Main Examination where it matters a lot. You need to go through the complete syllabus, and understand the common constituents present in General Studies syllabus in Prelims...... Read More


UPSC gives you complete liberty to choose any optional subject you feel comfortable with. In case, you are planning to take Geography as optional subject in Civil Services (Main) Examination, there is no reason to have any kind of apprehensions. Geography is one of the most popular optional subject and semi-scientific in nature. Lots of candidates make cross-domain shift while picking optional subject and give outstanding performance; so, you are no exception who is thinking about it. Go ahead and prepare diligently so that you are able to do justice with your choice.... Read More

Hello sir, I am last year engineering student (Electrical) but I want to take Public Administration instead of Electrical Engineering subject. I have a problem, which is I have never studied/learnt this subject (Public Administration) what should I do? Please suggest.. Thanks

It is quite common that most of the engineering background candidates make cross-domain shift and prefer a safer bet and some of the subjects from humanities or literature of languages comes on their radar. Public Administration is a very good subject; but, we would suggest you to reconsider if it is a random choice. If you have never been in touch with it, how Public Administration has got preference over other optional subjects available? In recent years, despite being most ...... Read More

I want to join a CSAT exclusive test series in Old Rajinder Nagar. Which according to you is the best one?

I want to join a CSAT exclusive test series in Old Rajinder Nagar. Which according to you is the best one? Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination is aptitude based test and it is practice that makes you perform better despite having excellent preparation. If you wish to join test series for Preliminary examination, you can join any coaching institute of repute. Perceiving which one is best is difficult; you can pick any one available in Central Delhi. You can choose from Vaji Ram & Ravi, Khan Study Group, Alternative Learning System or may be new kid on the block GS Score.... Read More

Sir, I am B.Tech 4th year student. I want to become an IAS. Today I have only one thing PASSION for IAS. Please sir, guide me how I start my preparation?

It is true that only people passionate about success in Civil services Examination make it to final List.But, being optimistic along is not going to help. Your sincere efforts in right direction will guide you to your destination. There is no short-cut and only focused hard work helps you succeed. Being in final year, this is the appropriate time to commence preparation for Civil Services Examination so that you can seriously look at it as soon as you become eligible to appear...... Read More

Hi Sir/Madam, I have done my graduation through correspondence and planning to write the CSE 2015.The UPSC website says I am eligible to write the exam. Could you please clarify the same and how shall I start preparing for it.

You have clearly understood UPSC requirements and Graduation through correspondence does not impact your chance. You should prepare for coming Civil Services Examination 2015 and concentrate on immediate requirements. You are little late to start as you need at least one year time to prepare effectively. Now, as you start only a few months before Preliminary Examination you will find it tough; but, still you have enough time to prepare and with hard-work in right direction, yo...... Read More

Hello sir, I am preparing for 2015 along with job. Can you please suggest me any online portal or website where I can evaluate /discuss topics over there during office time??

This space is really hot and there are many website that are providing such content/discussion threads. Google the topic you need to discuss and you may land at the desired place. Soon, you will have two new portals from group catering to this demand. Hopefully, these should be live by this month end.... Read More

I want to know best coaching institute in Delhi for Civil Services preparation.

There are many well-known coaching institutes rendering quality coaching for Civil Services Examination preparation. You may pick any one from Vaji Ram & Ravi, Alternative Learning Systems, KSG, Dhyeya IAS, Drishti…  ... Read More

Sir, I am doing Economics Hons from University of Delhi. I am confused between Public Administration (totally a new subject) and Economics (low cut-offs) for my Mains optional paper. Please suggest and advice.

As per new Main Examination pattern you need to take only one optional subject and there is no reason why you should get confused with optional subject choice. You should go for your own subject –Economics instead of trying hands with a new subject. Moreover, the recent result trends for Public Administration are also depressing. You are in Delhi and with a lot of awareness around; you can pick all relevant books and study material. Besides, you have quite a few good coaching institutes in case you need guidance. Economics is a very good optional subject and producing excellent results as well. So, build on this and prepare effectively. All the best!... Read More

We all know that syllabus is so huge and wide but what should be the strategy for covering whole syllabus and also for revising it. Most importantly how to revise all topics again?

You have to plan your preparation strategy and self-assessment is the first step you need to take. This will help you know your strength and weaknesses. Now, prioritize your preparation-plan accordingly and plan to cover the complete syllabus slowly and steadily. Maintaining consistency in preparation is must. Initially, start reading those subjects that you understand, have aptitude and prior familiarity. This will build genuine interest and gradually, you can move to other s...... Read More

Sir I have asked this question to many people but none gave satisfied answer to me. So, please answer me which books are necessary for IAS preparation for Prelims & Mains (for G.S.) & how should make notes from those books. I am from Hindi Medium. Please sir help me, clear my confusion.

This examination requires a wide range of books and study-material to cover the syllabus for each paper at Preliminary as well as Main Examination level. Instead of picking guides, you should depend on NCERT books (6-12th Standard) for basic understanding and clearing concepts.All these are available in Hindi as well. Besides, you should depend on standard text-books for all major constituents listed in General Studies syllabus. You can find all most all popular boo...... Read More

Sir, can I clear IAS Exam by cramming the answer?

It seems you have no familiarity with this examination really and are unaware of UPSC requirements. Civil Services Examination is in a class of its own. The exam-plan is such that at each level of examination, you are tested with different set of evaluation method that cramming will not at all help. This examination requires knowledge and awareness covering wide range of diverse disciplines and conceptual clarity is must. We suggest have a look at the previous years’ question papers to understand the creative and innovative approach UPSC adopts and accordingly change your style of preparation.... Read More

I have skipped 3 months Hindu newspaper. How do I keep pace with past newspapers along with November issues.

For any Civil Services Examination aspirants’, keeping abreast with the latest is must. Reading newspapers like Hindu get you current news and developments that help you build knowledge and awareness. In case you have missed Newspaper for few months, you need to update these with current affairs magazines and update your knowledge. If you wish to track specific news or contemporary development that you may have missed, you can do it with e-papers as well.... Read More

Hello sir, Do I need to go for coaching?

Coaching is not must for facing Civil Services Examination. It you understand the requirements and are able to get relevant study material, you can always do with self-help. The following article will get you some insights about the query you have raised. Should I join Coaching Institute for preparation... Read More

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