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Sir, i am doing basic maths from ncerts 7th to 10th? Will that be sufficient to strenghten basics?

Yes, for Mathematics (Prelims Paper II) NCERT Books are really helpful in understanding and would prove to be worthy. Practice a lot; slowly you will pick up pace and accuracy.... Read More



I am Mohit sharma healing from Haryana; I did my B.Tech in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. But, I have not as much smart knowledge as IAS requires. So, instead of EE subject, please suggest which subject should I select? I am in deep confusion.....

In the beginning, most of the candidates are in similar situation and look for answers of such questions. Being an Engineer, while taking up this task, knowledge may not pose problem; but, yes, smart work and a sound preparation strategy is needed to crack this examination. If you are not comfortable with your own subject (Electrical & Electronics Engineering), you will have to do little exercise to figure out a suitable optional subject that can help you ...... Read More


Dear Sir, I have opted for Sanskrit literature as an optional . kindly suggested me any good coaching in delhi and good books

You can consider Panini Classis (Kailash Bihari) in Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi for preparing Literature of sanskrit Language.  ... Read More


Sir, I want your 5minutes of time and ur advice I'm in 2nd year B.A and preparing for UPSC. After searching, exploring, consulting I have finally selected GEOGRAPHY as optional. I have done all the test on myself that I really want this subject, i.e. going through all the basic books of 3 shortlisted subjects and found this one most interesting and effective. I will give my first attempt in 2016. So, I wanted to ask that shall I join coaching this year (batches are starting from Nov-Dec) so that I would have sufficient time to revise and test OR in 2015 i.e. 7-8 months before the Prelims in which I am going to appear? Because, I think there might be possibility of removal of optional.

As of now, there is no sign of removal of optional subject from Main Examination. Don’t think too much about the possibilities of frequent changes as such apprehensions would hamper your preparation-plans. So, preparing optional subject now or later is completely your own choice and it should be a well-thought of decision. Geography is a very good optional subject and has been among top performing optional subjects. We suggest that you should commence preparation right n...... Read More


Sir/mam, I am an Engineering student I want to take Law as my optional subject. I am interested in it, So please tell me the books for preparation of this subject (bottom to top) please tell me soon each books for this subject in Hindi Medium, as well as in English medium.. Reply me soon please Sir, I am on wait for your response

Being a non-Law graduate, we recommend you to consider Law as optional subject if you are able to understand the subject and related requirements or can get proper guidance. However, some of the books suggested are available in Hindi also but, Law in Hindi medium is not that popular optional subject in CSE. To begin with, we suggest following books for preparing Law as optional subject in Civil Services (Main) Examination. The Constitution of India&nbs...... Read More


Sir, I am B.Sc. final year student and I am 18 year old. Please guide how I should start my preparation for civil service examination. What study material should I use? I am Hindi medium student

Being in Final Year, this is the perfect time to commence preparation for Civil Services Examination. You have to understand the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of examination. Begin with NCERT Books for conceptual clarity and as you advance, basic understanding would keep interest alive and help you in having grip over what you read. Cultivate daily newspaper reading habit and make self-notes. With continuous effort, you will develop writing-skills a...... Read More



Dear Sir, This is Satish Kumar Panda from Kolkata. I came to know that age limit in IAS exam is going to be decrease. My Date of Birth is 17/07/1987. I am preparing for the exam. I want to give on 2015. Please tell me is there any changes in age limit or not.

Till the time you don’t hear from UPSC or Government about lowering upper age-limit, you should not get worried. The notification for CSE 2014 says, “A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2014 i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1982 and not later than 1st August, 1993.” As similar circumstances prevail next year for CSE 2015 also; accordingly, you should prepare for CSE 2015 without getting anxious about age-limit. As you have enough time to prepare and even have attempts, you should seriously indulge in preparation and aim to crack it in first attempt.... Read More


I am B.Tech. 3rd year student. I want to start preparation for Indian Civil Services. Please guide me as how to start. I am opting History as Optional Subject.

Before you begin preparation, the first step should be knowing this examination completely and all it necessitate at each stage of the examination. The next stage is self-assessment that will help you measure where you stand and how much effort is needed to reach the level, this examination entails. This exercise would also figure out your strengths and weaknesses thus you will be able to plan your strategy better and will be able to prioritize the areas that need greater effort. ...... Read More


Hi, sir. 1) I started my civils 2015 preparation in my last year of B.Tech and completed most part of NCERT and one book Indian Struggle for Independence and got habituated to THE HINDU, CSC, YOJANA, KURUKSHETRA, but at the end of my final year I stopped my preparation due to my placement reasons and now I am working in an MNC. I want to restart my preparation can you suggest me how to go forward. 2) How to start my preparation for Public Administration? Means either I should go syllabus wise or any special strategy.

You should look at the positive aspects out of the situation you are in – you have a decent job in hand and it is time to take next step – career advancement. Now, once again you have to carry on your journey towards your dream destination – IAS. You have done enough ground work and to be in touch, once again a quick recapitulate of basics with NCERT Books would lay a solid foundation. Continue reading newspapers and magazines to stay in touch with the latest...... Read More


Sir, I am doing B.Tech from NITW. I did my school education in Hindi medium. I am not deciding that in which medium I prepare for Civil Services Exam, please suggest me.

Once you have made up your mind, you should not think too much about the medium as content is always important and medium of writing examination should be that with which you can express yourself well. If you are comfortable with English, it is fine; otherwise, don’t hesitate to pick Hindi medium. Yes, the recent show from Hindi medium candidates doesn’t paint a rosy picture; but, if you prepare well, you can produce positive results. Moreover, with reasonably good English, you can take advantage of books, study-material and even English newspapers that many Hindi medium candidates feel deprived of.... Read More


Sir I am preparing for CSAT 2015. I have decided to opt for geography as my optional subject. Can you please suggest me the books required to prepare for geography?

Be clear that you are planning to appear in Civil Services Examination 2015 as CSAT...Aptitude Test is only one of the two compulsory papers in Preliminary Examination. For Main Examination, Geography is a good choice as optional subject and we sincerely hope that you would have chosen it with care and have valid reasons to support your choice. Suggested Book List Geography (Optional Subject)... Read More


I am following Class 9 to 12 N.C.E.R.T books for History for both Prelims and Mains. So, the question is that it would be sufficient for me to follow these books or I have to follow Bipan Chandra "India struggle for freedom" also. Please suggest me. Thanks & Regards Goutam Kumar

NCERT books are meant for conceptual clarity and help you build base for extensive study you need to undertake to effectively cover relevant topics given in syllabus. Books such as ‘India’s Struggle for Independence’ and ‘History of Modern India’ should be an integral part of your resource.... Read More


I did my schooling in CBSE medium. Marks are as below 10th 89.2% 12th 73% I did B.Tech from UPTU and passed out in 2012 batch Marks 76% (Branch-IT) After that I joined IT MNC and working in it from last 18 months. I want to prepare for CSE but unable to understand what to take in optional subject. I have read several articles on internet regarding this unable to understand what suits me. Please help me in this.

In the present set-up, Optional Subject selection is not that difficult. But, for candidates like you, it is little tricky as there is no optional subject available that directly match with your academics. However, Optional Subject selection is not that challenging once you commence serious preparation. The syllabus for General Studies at both Prelims as well as Main Examination involve many themes from diverse disciplines that gives you a feel about subject that may be picked...... Read More



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