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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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Is average performance in graduation create any bad impression on interview board. Are they selecting only toppers for IAS post?

Not at all. It is an open competitive examination and you should focus on effective preparation as only relative performance matters in determining your fate. All such delusions are groundless and your past academic performances in no way affect your chance in Civil Services examination. You should understand it clearly that you reach interview stage after clearing Preliminary as well as Main Examination and your knowledge and intellect is evaluated that is enough to satisfy the experienced Interview Board members. On previous occasions, numerous candidates with an average performance at graduation level have produced outstanding results and their academic performance nowhere came in their way.... Read More

I am doing job in Defence force & unable to find the way where to start? Please suggest.

We understand the problems working candidates face as scarcity of time makes preparation for Civil Services Examination really challenging. Still, you need to find ways and means to fulfil your aspirations and with planning, you can cover it effectively. Before you start, we suggest you to look at the exam-plan and understand related requirements at each stage of the examination. This will h...... Read More


It is too early to think about coaching institutes and relevant books as you have enough time to prepare for Civil Services Examination. It is a big examination and requires systematic approach in preparation as it involves study-plan that has participations from various disciplines and lots of intricacies. You should go slowly and aim should be to keep your dream alive. If you will stress y...... Read More

please tell me about that in which stream i should do graduation as i am from maths side in class 12 and waiting for board result and i want to prepare for civil services.tell me i should do graduation in engineering or arts side

You should choose your subjects as per your aptitude and interest. Candidates both from engineering as well as humanities background make it to Civil Services every year.  ... Read More

Sir, I am a Defence employee. Want to prepare for Civil Services, guide me as I am confuse selecting optional subject and medium.

In the beginning of the preparation, the real dilemmas that crops up in mind of most of the candidates are such issues only. Medium of writing examination is really important as the conceptual clarity of the subjects and while answering your writing skills and expressions matters a lot. Read: Medium of writing examination In new format for Main Examination, you are to pick only &ls...... Read More

Sir, I am doing MBBS internship. I want to take my career in Civil Services. So, plz suggest what would be my optional subject of choice. I am from Hindi background before MBBS; so, can I choose Hindi medium without scaring rumour about Hindi?

Don’t think too much about performance of Hindi medium candidates in recent years’ as this is just a transition phase and most of the Hindi medium candidates find it difficult to cross the first hurdle – Preliminary Examination. Read: Dismal performance by Hindi Medium Candidates persists even in Civil Services Examination 2012... Read More

Sir, do you have any similar site for Bihar Public Service Commission?

No, but soon going to cover the State Public Service Commission related info here.  ... Read More

Has the relaxation of the Upper Age limit come in effect? News report confirm the news, however no notification seems to be provided in the UPSC website.

As the decision about the additional attempts and relaxation in age is put on DoPT website after Central Government approved this; it is just a matter of time when UPSC announce. This is clearly mentioned that these relaxations are slated to come in effect from this year's examination only. UPSC can take its own time or may include these in notification for Civil Services Examination 2014 that is expected on May 17, 2014.  ... Read More

While reading the Blogs different Ads appears and I can’t read. Please suggest what to do?

We have taken care while placing Ad Banners on pages; at present these are the only source for revenue. However, if any particular page/Ad banners obstruct content, please let us know; we will get it rectified.... Read More

Is it possible that I select Hindi as writing language for essay paper and English for all other papers in UPSC mains?

No, you don’t have such liberty for facing Civil Services (Main) Examination papers. You have to write all your Main Examination papers in the same medium (language) you choose to write examination.... Read More

Sir, I am serving in Indian Airforce since 2010. I want to prepare for IAS. I am PG holder with Geography. Please guide me regarding how to preparing and geography is best for me.

You should always listen to the inner voice and should explore the possible ways to achieve what you wish for. Yes, it is time to make the leap; you are capable and with determination and hard-work, you can accomplish the task in style. Since you are in job, it would be little difficult to deal with time; but, if you plan it well, you can handle the Civil Services Examination preparation eff...... Read More

Sir, I am a last year engineering student. Firstly, I was completely decided about UPSC and IAS but because of time limitation I decided to MPSC but, still I am confused. Please tell me which NCERT books I should refer? Or can I use Maharashtra boards books...please tell me about books n notes.

As you are completing your engineering degree, you have enough time to prepare and you should not show such haste in appearing for any examination – be it IAS or MPSC. You should plan to take first attempt when you feel that your preparation matches with the standard of examination. There is no hurry; take your time and prepare effectively with complete exam-plan in mind. If you are able to do it this year, it is fine or you may keep CSE 2015 as your target. Commence preparation with UPSC syllabus in mind and your comprehensive study-plan would help you in handling and state PCS. So, show the courage and begin your journey to the dream career!... Read More

Hello sir, due to age barrier I am not eligible until 2016 and I am done with my graduation, I have got 2 years to prepare, so how should I use these years?

You should continue to prepare and take preparation to the level that this examination entails. Aim to have such preparation that you should be able to accomplish the task in first attempt itself. As such the Civil Services Examination syllabus is vast and involves constituents from diverse disciplines that require long, systematic study-plan. You should understand the complete exam-plan and...... Read More

Sir, I am an engineering graduate in Electrical Engineering with 76%. I am currently working with an organisation and want to prepare for the civil services. Should I opt for electrical engineering as my optional or should go for other subjects. What other subjects could suit an engineering background student? Is coaching really necessary for preparation? Waiting for your reply. Thank You.

Coaching is not essential for Civil Services Examination preparation; if you can understand the requirements, you can prepare with self-help. Electrical Engineering has produced many top rankers that include names like Mutyala Raju Revu (AIR 1, CSE-2006), Supreet Singh Gulati (AIR 2, CSE-2007), Prakash Rajpurohit (AIR 2, CSE-2009) and Prince Dhawan... Read More

Sir, I am post-graduate in Textile Engineering. I want to know from where to start & what should be the best suitable strategy to start with job?

For working candidates, it is little complex but, if you plan it well, you can manage it. To formulate an effective strategy, you need to be clear about the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of the examination. When you look at the syllabus (Preliminary & Main Examination) you will notice some of the constituents you are acquainted with and some that are new to you. In the beginning, it is better to undergo self-evaluation process so that you can id...... Read More

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