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As candidates make up mind to appear in Civil Services Examination, there are lots of queries in minds and almost all aspirants lay siege to various issues like Exam-Plan, Preparation-Plan, books and study-material to choose, picking optional subject, choice of coaching institutes and so many other issues that matters a lot in success.
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Sir, I was thrilled to hear the news last year when the age limit was increased for UPSC from 30 to 32 years. Being a Civil Services aspirant myself, I am planning to appear for the exam in 2016. Also being a family man and aged 30, I am hounded by the lack of clarity for the age limit notification for 2016 (32 and 5 years relaxation for J&K domicile will stay?). I would appreciate if you could please clarify this as it is becoming awfully tough to study with this tension lingering around. Sincerely Yours, Abhay

For this query answer rests in future and right now, nothing can be said about eligibility policy UPSC may adopt while notifying for Civil Services Examination 2016. Prospects for Age relaxation from 30 to 32 next year i.e. for CSE 2016 are doubtful as this relaxation was only for two years; but, we can hope that five years age relaxation for candidates domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir should continue. Even if, this relaxation stays, you will be eligible to appear in CSE 2016. You should not have any apprehensions and you should prepare diligently so that you are able to accomplish task in this attempt.... Read More

I want to know best coaching institute for General Studies in Delhi in Hindi medium. and best Geography coaching in Hindi......want to take Geography as a optional. Thanks

Coaching institute for - General Studies (Hindi Medium) You can consider Drishti - The Vision - Geography (Hindi Medium) Kumar Gaurav (The Council)  ... Read More

Sir, I'm pursuing B.A from IGNOU (2nd year) and preparing for IAS, i'm gonna give my first attempt in 2016. From past few days I have been thinking about my other friends who are doing Engineering, Law, Medical etc (who are not preparing for IAS) are taking training,internship and other extra activities. But I am doing plain B.A. and that too from Distance learning, I also want to make my profile more appealing. So could you suggest me some courses or internship for B.A stream or should i do some certificate course

Looking at your profile, we find that you are quite inquisitive and have been raising lots of questions relating to Civil Services Examination preparation. Hope you are quite serious about your preparation and are not here to emulate what others are doing. Civil Services Examination preparation is quite different and the activities you are talking about do not render much help. Instead of making efforts to improve your profile, you should concentrate your energies on your preparation that will really determine your fate. So, keep preparing… All the best!... Read More


Suggested Book-List Civil Services (Main) Examination Optional Subject Political Science & International Relations General Studies... Read More


UPSC has given liberty to choose any subject from the optional subjects available for Civil Services (Main) Examination. If you have interest and feel you can do justice with Geography, you can always consider it. Geography is one of the most popular optional subject and has good success-rate as well.... 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

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

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

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

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

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