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hai sir/madam.. this is vijay from hyderabad...right now iam doing job..can i prepare simultaneously for civils while doing job..how much time i have to spare it..if not? the 6 months time for prelims and then after mains...is this time enough for me to crack? please help me out..guide me for planned preparation..i cannot afford to go to coaching institute, but i have passion to crack the exam in my first attempt thank you

Coaching is not necessary for Civil Services Examination. If you have passion, no one can stop you if you understand the exam related requirements and prepare diligently. Although you are a little late to start; still, you have enough time in hand as this time Preliminary Examination is slated to be held in 24th August and Main Examination would commence from 14th December 2014. As you are in job, you will have to organize yourself and would have to reall...... Read More


Sir I want to start preparation for upsc

Have a look at the exam-pattern, understand the complete exam-plan, its significance and related requirements at each stage of the examination. Make a proper plan for preparation. Figure out the common constituents in General Studies (Preliminary as well as Main Examination) and strategically plan to cover the whole syllabus. Make a beginning, slowly your preparation will pick up momentum and you will keep on getting a lot of insights about it. All the best! Useful Read: Details about Civil Services Examination 2013... Read More


Dear Sir, I know the limitation of age criteria. I have confusion that if I would be able to attempt UPSC 2014 year. As my DOB 13-Jan-1982.

As you plan to appear in CSE 2014, if you are a general category candidate, it is too late. The notification for CSE 2014 is yet to come but, looking at the eligibility conditions for CSE 2013, the following details would reveal the facts. As per the eligibility conditions for appearing in Civil Services Examination 2013, “A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August, 2013, i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1983 and not later than 1st August, 1992.”... Read More


Sir my english r nt so gud to read the hindu 4 current affairs so wt i do?? Nd wt do i do 4 stong vocabulary

This is a practical problem many Hindi/vernacular language candidates face. The Hindu newspaper is one of the most popular resource for Civil Services examination preparation and available only in English. As such, it is expected that the Civil Services examination aspirants should have workable knowledge of English so that they can take advantage of reading newspapers and some standard text-books. Moreover, you have to be prepared to face Eng...... Read More



Which are the suitable books for preparation at home for :- General studies CSAT Geography Psychology

Suggested Book-List General studies Preliminary Examination Main Examination ...... Read More


can i take mechanical engineering+maths as an optional?

The format for Main Examination has been changed and accordingly, now, you need to take only one optional subject. So, decide what suits you the best among these optional subjects - Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics.... Read More


i think i m well fitted as required....i have no great prior knowledge of general studies like history ,geography etc...whether i should start prep.?

Most of candidates when commence preparation for civil Services Examination face similar situation as the exam-plan and syllabus incorporate topics from diverse disciplines. In the beginning, you should rely upon NCERT books for basic understanding and conceptual clarity. These would be easy to understand and once a solid foundation is laid, you can advance with your study-plan.... Read More


sir can you suggest good book for world history for GS apart from NCERT textbooks

You should realize that there are n-number of topics from different spheres of disciplines and getting a book for each one of them is not going to serve the purpose. NCERT Textbooks are a good resource besides, you can look at selective study from authors like ... Read More


books for csat

Book List Preliminary Examination Paper 1 Paper 2... Read More


Which are the recommended books for geography as optinal subject ????

Suggested Book-List Optional Subject-Main Examination Geography... Read More


sir B. L. FADIYA , mohit bhattacharya's book nd admin. thinker by prasad nd prasad . is this sufficient for PUB. ADMIN. SUBJECT

All these books listed here are good and would make you familiar with the subject –Public Administration. But, a look at the syllabus gives a feel that all that is not covered in these books and you need to look beyond. As such, you are required to update your knowledge as this subject is highly dynamic in nature.... Read More


please suggest best books for public administration paper 1 &2 for CS-mains

Suggested Book-List Civil Services (Main) Examination (Optional Subject) PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION... Read More





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