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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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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

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

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

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

My 12 science is complete I will be IAS after graduation than which type of preparation I have to do???

There is a long way to go and the extent of syllabus is vast and wide. There is a long gap by when you will be eligible to appear in Civil Services Examination. Don’t take too much of pressure as chances are while preparing, your interest may fizzle out by the time you are to face examination in reality. Adopt a slow but, consistent approach for preparation and break the syllabus in sm...... Read More

I am a BA LLB graduate. Can you please suggest me suitable optional subject having adequate study material resources.

You are a Law graduate so, Law as optional subject is a natural choice. It has books and study-material in abundance. At the same time, we have some well-known coaching institutes as well impacting coaching for Law (optional subject). In recent years, a lot of candidates have shown brilliant performance with Law...... Read More

Dear Sir, I am Satish from Kolkata. Working as a Networking Engineer in Kolkata. My childhood aim is to become an IAS Officer. My date of birth is 17/07/1987. I am planning to give exam in 2015. Please suggest me how to prepare. As I have less time for preparation. Please suggest me any good institute in Kolkata.

As you wish to appear in CSE 2015, you have enough time to prepare for Civil Services Examination. Being in job makes preparation little tricky as you get limited time for study; but, the end result is such that keeps you motivated and inspire to put in the best efforts. Right now, we suggest you to understand the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage. This will help in better planning and self-analysis would help you in prioritizing your study-plan as per your nee...... Read More

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