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Sir, Presently I am doing final year B.Tech in mechanical engineering at NIT Warangal. Can I opt for Mechanical engineering as my CSE optional if at all I am planning to give attempt with 1 year preparation after B.Tech. Or Should I prefer Geography or Public Administration to score high?

Yes, you can think of keeping Mechanical Engineering as optional subject provided you have grip over the subject and understand the UPSC requirements. We suggest you should have a look at the syllabus and previous years’ question papers to understand the requirements and the examiners’ expectations.   As this is your own subject, you will be able to judge where you stand and how much effort is needed to match the exam-standards. If not convinced with Mech...... Read More

सर मैं बीए तीसरे वर्ष का छात्र हुँ. हिन्दी माध्यम से हूँ. क्या मैं इस वर्ष परीक्षा में बैठ सकता हूँ. क्या बगैर कोंचिग के सफलता प्राप्त करना संभव है

यदि आपने तृतीय वर्ष की परीक्षा दी है और परिणाम प्रतीक्षित है तो आप सिविल सेवा (प्रारम्भिक) परीक्षा 2014 में बैठ सकते हैं. सिविल सेवा परीक्षा 2014 की अधिसूचना में यह स्पष्ट है कि यदि कोई भी उम्म...... Read More

सर मैं engineering graduate हूँ. क्या मैं हिन्दी सहित्य को . subject ले सकता हूँ.

बिलकुल. मुख्य परीक्षा के नये प्रारुप में आपको केवल एक वैकल्पिक विषय का चुनाव करना है और उपलब्ध विषयों में से कोई भी विषय आप चुन सकते हैं. हिन्दी भाषा का साहित्य एक अच्छा वैकल्पिक विष...... Read More

sir ias ki tyari ke liye starting konsi books reading se karu and m philosphy and history subject se paper dunga so top books name and writter ke b are m bataye hindi medium

I am fresher in civil service examination and planned to appear in CSE-2015I am fresher in civil service examination and planned to appear in CSE-2015I am fresher in civil service examination and planned to appear in CSE-2015I am fresher in civil service examination and planned to appear in CSE-2015I am fresher in civil service examination and planned to appear in CSE-2015I am fresher in civil service examination and planned to appear in CSE-2015... Read More


Civil Services Examination is really big and requires long-term preparation involving many constituents from diverse disciplines. So, right now, the best strategy is to keep reading NCERT books and strengthen your basics. Besides, cultivate newspaper reading as this will help you in gaining awareness and knowledge base and will keep you abreast with the latest. It is too early to commence serious preparation for Civil Services Examination after 12th standard. ... Read More

I am working in a IT company and I have a less time for preparation so please suggest me a best one book for Pre Exam and a book of good writer on Sociology.

For working candidates, it is little tricky to get time for preparation, hence you need to plan your engagements effectively. The Exam-Plan is such that you can’t afford to look at this examination stage-wise. So, you need to adopt an integrated approach for preparation, particularly for those constituents that are common in both Preliminary as well as Main Examination. Besides, no single book can cover the vast syllabus that encompasses the constituents from diverse dis...... Read More

I am studying B.Sc. (Hons) Forestry in 3rd year. How can I prepare for CSAT & which optional subjects are beneficial for me?

For CSAT, being a science student, you should not face much problem as you will be able prepare well with help of your accumulated knowledge. However, you need to read and revise the books and a lot of practice solving questions is going to be of great help. Suggested Book-List Optional subject selection is very important and you need to give little time to find which...... Read More

I am a student of Forestry. So, can I prepare for IAS or IFS? If IFS, how can I start its preparation for Preliminary Exam.

From Civil Services Examination 2013, UPSC has started conducting Preliminary Examination common for Civil services as well as Indian Forest Services Examination. You can apply for both Civil Services (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Services (Main) Examination if you wish to. Since Preliminary Examination is common, you need to prepare as per UPSC requirements. We suggest while commencing preparation, you should not look at Preliminary Examination alone as there w...... Read More

I am fresher in civil service examination and planned to appear in CSE-2015 as I am a graduate with Hindi medium. Is any hope left for Hindi medium candidate according to CSE result 2013? or should I change the medium.

It is examination that evaluates your awareness, accumulated knowledge and personality that is suitable for the job in question. In the beginning, you should not think too much about it and should concentrate on exam related requirements. It is really tricky situation in front of Hindi medium candidates and in past few years, result of Hindi medium candidates has been going down. Recent developments suggest re-look into the new Preliminary Examination pattern that incl...... Read More

Sir i am graduate In Electronic sand Communication Engineering. Is it possible to take Oriya Literature as optional subject.

You have liberty to choose any optional subject from the optional subjects available. It is quite common among candidates particularly among Engineers to pick some other subject that they feel comfortable with. You can choose Literature of Oriya Language as optional subject if you wish so.... Read More

Which of these optional is the best in success rate - Pub Ad, Sociology and Psychology ?? Which one can fetch highest marks for an Engineering graduate ? Does Sociology and Psychology need special Answer writing skills for getting good marks ?

As per the most reliable data available from UPSC Annual Report for Civil Services Examination 2011, Psychology (10.5%) had the best success-rate among these three optional subjects. Next, come Sociology (8.2%) and Public Administration (7.9%) is not far behind. For Engineering graduations, none of these offer anything special that can help score well. It is always aptitude that matters the most while selecting the most suitabl...... Read More

I have just completed by 12th with PCB. I want to pursue IAS as my Career. Which subject should I do my B.Sc. from, to benefit me the most during my IAS preparations? BTW I want to do B.Sc. in Biological domain but I am confused about which particular subject- Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry? (PS: Earlier I prepared for MBBS entrance examinations, so I have thorough knowledge of Biology)

For graduation, you can think about any one among Botany or Zoology as these figures in the list of optional subjects available for Civil Services (Main) Examination. But, if you are serious about making career in ‘Civil Services’ then, you should understand the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of the examination. Right now, concentrate on your graduation and side by side, keep looking at CS...... Read More

I am working in a Public Sector Bank. So, I have less time to prepare. Can you suggest me which optional is best for me that have similarities with the General Studies paper. I am from engineering background.

The rules of the game have changed and earlier picking one optional subject that used to render some help in General studies played strategic role. But, with one optional subject now and magnitude of General Studies going up, you need to recognize the background that calls for an absolutely fresh approach while selecting optional subject. We suggest, you should indulge in serious preparation...... Read More

Dear Sir/Madam, In CAST-2014 Notification is a mandatory for private job person to get undertaking from his/her firm and send direct application to UPSC. How is it possible; it is against job integrity? So, guide me in case where undertaking cannot provide and advice on options. Thanks in advance for same.

If you are in Private Job, you can apply for civil Services Examination 2013 direct on the official UPSC website Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the abovementioned website. Regarding the undertaking, the notification says, “Persons already in Government Service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as workcharged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public Enterprises are however, required to submit an undertaking that they have informed in writing to their Head of Office/Department that they have applied for the Examination.”... Read More

Sir, I'm in 4th year I opted to appear in CSE in 2016. Is preparing 1 year by self-study and after graduation going to coaching institute is good idea. If yes; then, please suggest me some plan of action and steps which I would take as a beginner and from where I would study. Suggest me some relevant sources.

You are following a correct approach by commencing preparation with self-help. This will help you in finding your strengths and weaknesses that in turn will help in prioritizing while formulating preparation-strategies. First and the foremost thing are to understand the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of the examination. Read the complete syllabus for preliminary Examination and Main Examination. ...... Read More

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