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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 want to take Public Administration as optional subject in Mains....whether I have to start its preparation right now or I can start it after Prelims?

Ideally, if you are appearing in Civil Services Examination 2014, you should have completed optional subject preparation by now. If you have not done that, you should immediately concentrate on your optional subject Public Administration along with Prelims preparation as after Preliminary Examination on 24th August, you will not get enough time to prepare for it as you will have limited time in hand (Main Examination starts in December 2014). That is the reason adopting 'Integrated Approach' for preparation is recommented. 'Integrated Approach' - need of the hour... Read More

As I am interested in IAS the best option for career after doing computer science engineering?

It is up to you to decide which the best career as per your interest and aptitude is. Being a new-age career, there are a lot of options open after Computer Science degree that provide money as well as superior prospects. ‘Civil Services’ is a complete package of dignity, prestige and job security. If you wish to contribute in nation’s growth and have passion to serve the masses, you have chosen the right career. So, go ahead and give your best to achieve the post you are fascinated with – Indian Administrative Service (IAS).... Read More

Sir, I am in B.Sc. 1 so do I need to read current affair magazines from now or should I only concentrate on NCERTs?

You need to understand the importance of NCERTs that help you in putting up a solid foundation. These books give you conceptual clarity and benefit you as you advance with your study-plan. So, in the beginning, you are on right track but NCERTs alone don't suffice the purpose.  Current affairs and contemporary developments prepared over a long period of time help in developing information level and general awareness and as the exam-trends indicate, this will give you greater comf...... Read More

Sir I have been preparing for IAS since August 2013...and I am studying for all the famous books.. Till now I have done all the books at least 2-3 times, because I was studying sincerely. But I will give exam in 2016, I am pursuing my graduation. Now what should I do next, start practicing answer writing, again go through all the books and keep doing that or buy some coaching notes or something else. I have decided to take geography as an optional, so, I will take for it in 2015 that would take at least 6 months. So, I have one and half years left and I want to make them worth, what do you suggest?

Civil Services Examination preparation is a long drawn affair and sincerity shown in preparation would certainly reflect in your end result. But, don’t get confused; rely on standard text-books only as no coaching institute material can replace these as resource. As you still have two more years in between, you should stay in touch with what you have read and keep on topping up information with current developments. Do not overload yourself instead of reading books time ...... Read More


Yes, you can; there should not be any confusion. You can pick Telugu as Indian Language compulsory paper and Literature of Telugu Language as optional subject.... Read More

Which website is there for History test?

Instead of searching any website for preparing History as constituent of General Studies or may be as optional subject, it would be prudent if you prepare from standard text-books. You may find it little troublesome but, looking at the requirements, you have to rely on books rather than search text in piece-meals on internet.... Read More

Hi, sir I am K.A.Ramesh, pursuing MBA 2nd year, in Andhra university, I completed my schooling in Andhra Pradesh through SCERT syllabus, I want to appear 2015 Civil Services Examination, I would like to ask you which books I need to read to crack civils on both Prelims and Mains examination, I want to take Public Administration as an optional subject, I have read some 12th NCERT books which are out and out different subjects from SCERT books, would you please suggest me ,which books I need to prepare?

We would like to make it clear that NCERT Books are recommended for laying a solid foundation for preparation and conceptual clarity so that as you advance, you are able to understand and relate things in a better way. For Civil Services Examination preparation NCERT Books are a must but, these alone doesn’t suffice the purpose. You will have to move to standard text-books for preparation so that you are able to face this examination confidently. For reference: Suggested Book List... Read More

Sir, I cleared 12th class in arts and now, I am doing BA. Can I take part in IAS exam? Is it compulsory to clear 12class in science? Plz give example who are IAS and cleared 12class in arts.

There is no such compulsion; you need a degree in any discipline to be eligible to appear in Civil Services Examination. There is no scope for any kind of apprehensions about streams at school level and there is no force about science stream at +2 levels. There are numerous candidates with arts background who have made to Civil Services even with top ranks. So, you should not think too much about it. All you need is to understand the exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of examination and commence preparation slowly with some basic books and make newspaper reading a habit.... Read More

How to read newspaper for preparation means which news are most important as per the exam ?

The recent trends indicate the importance of being abreast with the latest is of huge assistance in tackling the questions being asked both in Preliminary as well as Main Examination. So, keeping in mind the UPSC’s drift towards the current affairs and contemporary developments, you need to take newspapers reading seriously. The following article is targeted towards the query you have raised: How to make best use of Newspapers from CSE preparation standpoint?... Read More

Sir, presently I am working in Bank of India and I have also started recently preparing for civil services. I belong to state of Tripura and I don’t have any guidance over here. Plzz guide me sir it will be very helpful. Thank you.

No need to worry about the preparation, you need to understand the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of the examination. This exercise will help you in correctly assessing the task in hand and amount of hard work you need to put in to match the standard this examination has. Make a beginning with some basic and standard text-books and as you move forward, you will keep on getting a lot many insights about the preparation plan that will make your journey simpler...... Read More

As sir I am reading first paper from Arihant GS(P) complete package (all subject in one book) so this is better or I should change my book ?

With books available on General Studies, you can cover the traditional portion of the syllabus but, it alone would not be effective. You need to rely upon some standard text-books to cover the complete syllabus and with help of newspapers; you can update the information level that is prerequisite for facing exam like this. Moreover, you should not limit your preparation to Preliminary Examination only as the exam-plan for Civil Services Examination 2014 does not leave much tim...... Read More

sir can you plz upload the different levels that needs to be undertaken for clearing the ias exam...

This is a correct strategy to understand the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of the examination before you begin preparation. This will help you in making a strategy for tackling the complete examination in an effective manner. You can understand the different stages of the examination from the article given below: CSE 2013: Plan of Examination...... Read More

Sir I don't know how many attempt I have used. plz help me sir I belong to schedule tribe.

As per the UPSC notification for Civil Services Examination there is no restriction on number of attempts. It says, “Restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in case of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates who are otherwise eligible.” ... Read More

Hello sir, I am a first year engineering student, from where should I start ? Shall I take coaching from 2nd year?

Right now, you should work on clearing basic concepts with help of NCERT Books and should start reading newspapers daily. Maintain a slow and steady preparation and when you reach the final year, you should become serious with Civil Services Examination preparation and it should peak after you complete your graduation. The effectiveness of the guidance you get from coaching institute would be more if you plan to join coaching as near as possible to the examination. So, after c...... Read More

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