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sir please suggest me the best newspaper and magazines as i am a Hindi medium aspirants.

उम्मीदवारों के लिए राष्ट्रीय एवं अंतर्राष्ट्रीय घटनाक्रम और समसामयिक मुद्दों की सटीक तैयारी के लिए संसाधन की जरूरत उन्हें विभिन्न स्त्रोतों के उचित उपयोग की आपेक्षा रखती है. परन्तु, स...... Read More

I want to know abt pattern(paper style) and complete syllabus for 2014 civil service exam.

The notification for Civil Services Examination 2014 is expected on May 17, 2014 and then only we will know the exact exam-plan and complete information. As on today, we expect that it is going to be on the similar line as that for Civil Services Examination 2013 and no major change is expected in the coming examination. So, you can get some idea about the exam-plan from the 2013 details. Plan of Examination IAS Exam Syllabus... Read More

please suggest book

Preparation for a gruelling exam like Civil Services examination requires meticulous planning and as a part of groundwork, the selection of relevant books and study-material is one of the most important decisions one makes. Some suggestions about choice of books are listed here for your reference: Suggested Book-List... Read More

which ncert books are necessary for ias pre and mains

Almost similar query has been answered recently. Please have a look: iaspassion expert answer... Read More

suggest standard books of history for hindi midium

Suggested Book-List for History (Optional Subject – Main Examination) (in Hindi Medium) Ancient History: NCERT Books, Jha & Srimali, IGNOU Notes Medieval History: Imtiyaz Ahmed, IGNOU Notes Modern History: NCERT Books, Bipin Chandra, B L Grover World History: NCERT Books, D N Jha, Teach Yourself History ... Read More

Sir,I am preparing for civil services with History as optional subject but I am really confused about study materials. Please suggest me some good books for History.

Suggested Book-List for History (Optional Subject – Main Examination) The Wonder That Was IndiaA. L. Basham Ancient History: D N Jha, Upinder Singh & Nayanjot Lahiri, IGNOU Notes, NCERT Books Medieval History: Satish Chandra, IGNOU Notes, NCERT Books Modern History: Bipin Chandra, Sumit Sarkar, NCERT Books World History: Arjun Dev & Indira Arjun Dev, Teach Yourself History, NCERT Books... Read More

sir i am 2nd year and preparing to upsc exam plz send me books list csat

Civil Services Examination Suggested book-list Preliminary Examination Paper I Paper II... Read More

sir, which are the NCERT books i should buy to begin preparation...

You can look at NCERT Books for the subjects that are major constituents in General Studies syllabus (Prelims & Main Examination). If you are starting from the basics, NCERT Books from 6-12th standard can become the part of resource. It depends upon your grip on subject and comfort level. Also read:NCERT BOOKS are a must for CSE preparation; But how to manage such work load?... Read More

what are the good books for preparation for economics module in pre and mains

NCERT Books (A quick read for conceptual clarity about conventional part of syllabus) A good Financial Newspapers – Economic Times/Mint/Business Standard/Business Line Indian Economy Extra Issue Pratiyogita Darpan Economic Survey BOOK-LIST FOR GENERAL STUDIES (for Economy)... Read More

sir i am confused between the two optional for 2014 as i have shortlisted two optional sociology and political science as i read ncerts of both the subjects and equally like both but still not able to decide proper decision please help me regarding this pol science cover most of the syllabus of prelims and mains but i want some genuine reviews/guidance..reply please soon thanking you

Both Sociology and Political Science & International Affairs are very good optional subjects and very popular too among IAS Aspirants. It you look at the number of candidates appearing with these as optional subjects, Sociology scored better on that front. However, after looking at syllabus and some basic books (NCERT Books) you have similar liking for both Sociology and Political Science & International Affairs so, as a next step, you should take a realistic approach by looking at the previous years' question papers of both the subjects and try to understand/solve questions with the little knowledge you have for both to know the comfort level and easy in handling stuff. Hope, this works and you are able to decide what suits you the best.... Read More

I am 2nd year student and i am studying at Greater Noida. I want to know about Anthropology subject for Mains. Can this subject be easier than any other subject??

Anthropology is one of the optional subjects that have shown consistent results and the success-rate is also very good. Although, on face of it Anthropology syllabus looks big, but it has some predictable questions from topics that makes syllabus concise and straightforward questions are being asked in the examination. If you have had interest in biology, it would be quite easy to comprehend. Even a newcomer can understand the subject with one standard book Ember & Ember. Anthropology Syllabus Suggested Book-List... Read More

Mam, I am very confused in choosing optional subject for mains. I was planning to opt for geography but then i realised that i'm not good in keeping stats in mind for long time...So basically i want to opt subject should be more concept oriented. Although i have interests in geography related Agriculture. so plz suggest that Would it be good to take AGRICULTURE as optional.... or could u suggest other conceptual typz subject,which is scoring also

Geography is one of the most popular optional subjects and has been consistently giving good success-rate. It is not that if is all about figures and statistics; its syllabus encapsulate traditional as well as some contemporary characteristics that makes it interesting to prepare. Most of the topics covered are concept based and if you understand these topics, it will generate more interest and would make you inquisitive. A look at the nature of questions asked would reveal th...... Read More

Hi.. i am working in an MNC and my educational qualification is BCA(Bachelor of computer education). Which subject can I choose for IAS as an optional? since I am a computer science student,I don't have any options related with CS so please suggest me an optional subject which can help me...

It is little difficult to choose optional subject from the long list of subjects offered by UPSC for Civil Services (Main) Examination. It becomes more complex when you don’t find a subject that match with your academics. However, with little effort and scrutiny, you can find a subject that suits your interest and can contribute in your success. The following article would get you some insights about optional subject selection:... Read More

I am a science background student and have done my M.Sc in Physics. Which optional between Geography and Sociology will be more suitable for me in CSE 2014 ?

It requires a little effort to zero-in on the optional subject that can deliver. Being a semi-scientific subject, Geography can be considered as optional subject. As such, Geography has been one of the most favourite optional subjects among science background candidates among most of the candidates who made cross-domain shift. Also read: Geography v/s Sociology; which one is better, more scoring?... Read More

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