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Who are called IAS toppers in UPSC? Do all the candidates that pass interview and selected for the job (IAS, IPS or IFS) called "IAS Toppers"?

‘IAS Toppers’ is a generic term used for successful candidates in Civil Services Examination as all those who find place in merit-list achieve success after passing through a exam-plan that is demanding as well as exhausting. Technically speaking, 1st rank holder selected for coveted Indian Administrative Service ‘IAS’ should be termed IAS Topper. It is all about motivating future aspirants; all these successful candidates are source of inspiration and their achievement give others hope of success.... Read More


Sir, please confirm that we have to take only one optional subject in mains. I want to ask if I can take Sanskrit as an optional subject in mains. In this regard I further want to know whether for the same I need to have this subject in graduation or in 12th standard.

Yes, you need to pick only ‘ONE’ optional subject from the list of subjects available for Civil Services (Main) Examination. You are at liberty to choose any optional subject that you like and there is no condition attached. if you want to opt for Literature of Sanskrit Language as optional subject, you can.... Read More


Does bad academic record affect interview marks?

No, your past academic performance does not impact your fortunes during interview. Highly experienced members of interview board are well aware of knowledge and intellect that candidate show at Preliminary as well as Main Examination that helps candidate reach this level. So, don’t have any apprehensions; prepare diligently and give your best.... Read More


Sir, I have written Mains exam of 2013 and 2014 with Hindi as medium but not qualified. Now, I think to shift from Hindi to English as medium of exam. My optional is Public Administration. I need your help in this decision as I think I am more comfortable with English and resources are better available in English medium.

For Civil Services Examination preparation, choice of medium of writing examination is really important and you should have taken care of this fact at the beginning of your preparation. However, you still have opportunity to resolve this issue and can make serious attempt with English medium. As such, Public Administration in Hindi medium is not delivering; whereas, it has produced wonderful result with English medium. So, go ahead with your plans and give your best.... Read More


Hi friends dis is venkatesh. I want to write prelims examination...can u give d guidance for me. I am waiting for reply

When you plan to appear in Civil Services Examination, don’t look at Preliminary Examination alone; understand the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of examination. Then, accordingly plan your foray in to Civil Services Examination. Get an idea about the Preliminary Examination preparation at the following link Preliminary Examination... Read More


Sir, if CSAT is qualifying nature then the mark of CSAT will be included or not in Civil Services (Pre) cutoff ?

As it indicates, Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination has been made qualifying that clarifies the stand that the cut-off would depend on candidate’s performance in General Studies Paper I. However, wait for few days, with notification for Civil Services Examination 2015, things would be crystal clear.... Read More


Guide me about preparation IAS exam. I have nothing idea properly.

Civil Services Examination is conducted every year by UPSC for recruiting suitable candidates for top posts like IAS, IFS, IPS and a host of services and posts. Now, notification for Civil Services Examination 2015 is on anvil. Just have a look at some of the links to get an idea about the examination. Civil Services Exam... Read More


Sir is it possible to crack exam in 3 months?

Well, if you are asking about chances of success in Preliminary Examination with about 3 month’s preparation, probably yes. In fact, UPSC gives almost this much of time from notification to Preliminary Examination. But, if you are envisaging success in Civil Services Examination with such a short duration of preparation, it is practically not possible. Civil Services Examination, having a gruelling exam-plan requires long-term planning as you have such as vast syllabus t...... Read More


Sir I am 26 year old a bank clerk was an average student. I have started preparation for CSE with NCERT books. Please tell me how to manage time and suggest me how to improve writing skills in Hindi.

You represent the group of candidates who move towards destination step-by-step. It gives you financial security with a job in hand and as a part of career development, gradually you make attempt to fulfil your ultimate goal with sheer determination and hard work. Agree, while in job, it is difficult to manage preparation for Civil Services Examination but, if you plan a little, you can do it. You have taken a correct step to commence preparation with NCERT Books that will str...... Read More


How many optional subjects should I select for mains exam of civil service paper?

From Civil Services Examination 2013 new pattern for Main Examination came in existence. As per the requirement, only ‘ONE’ optional subject is to be picked from the list of optional subjects available.  ... Read More


Hello Sir, I am a 3rd year B.Tech student from Andhra Pradesh and will be promoted to 4th year in a month. As the prelims is scheduled in august, can I attempt? And is 3-4 months enough for me to prepare and crack the exam with good guidance and planning? I wish to give my 100% in this process. If it is possible, which subject should I start from? Expecting a brief answer from you. Regards

You will be eligible when you complete your B.Tech as UPSC clearly mentions that the candidate must hold a degree from a recognized university. As next month, you will be in 4th year, you need to wait till final year and then, you can plan to appear in Civil Services Examination next year.  ... Read More



Dear Sir, I am working in TCS Lucknow and preparing for CSE as well. I have planned to take Prelims and then a break from job for the period between Pre and Mains. I thought I would enroll myself for Coaching in Delhi. Is this approach right? I am very doubtful as I do not have anyone to guide. Any input would be appreciable. Thanks and regards. Pawan

You need to understand the complete exam-plan before you decide to prepare for Civil Services Examination seriously. Probably, you have not planned it as you are Preparing for Preliminary Examination first; and after Prelims, plan to prepare for Main Examination. You will have less than 4 months’ time for Main Examination after Preliminary Examination and even if you join coaching institute, it would be quite challenging to cover the complete syllabus in limited time. Th...... Read More


Sir, I want to know best guidance for sociology from Hindi medium in Delhi

For Sociology in Hindi Medium (Optional Subject - Main Examination), you can consider Dharmendra Sociology in Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi.... Read More


Hello Sir, I am working as a software profession in an MNC. Is it possible to clear UPSC Pre -2015 by studying for 5 months. I have Vajiram notes that I got from my friend. Will they be sufficient for preparation ?

You may prepare for Preliminary Examination 2015 within almost 5 months’ time but, we sincerely advice that you should look at complete exam-plan as cracking Prelims only is of no use. Moreover, notes from coaching institute can get you some idea but, would not suffice the purpose. This examination is much above ordinary and with help of standard text-books and relevant study-material, you endeavour should be to uplift your preparation that can match exam-standards.... Read More



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