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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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I am running 30 years old on date 10 January 2014, my dob is 10-01-1984. Can I get my 1st attempt (chance) from general category in civil services 2014 according to changed dates? Please tell; I am getting confused.

As per the eligibility conditions, the candidates (General Category) must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August of the year for which notification has come i.e. for Civil Services Examination 2013, those candidates were eligible to appear who were born not earlier than 2nd August 1983. Similarly, considering that there is no change in eligibility conditions for Civil Services Examination 2014 those born before 2nd August 1984 would not be eligible to appear.... Read More

Sir/Ma'am, Can you please give me tentative deadlines I should stick to. Like I started my optional in November; when should I start exclusively for Prelims as I know this year the competition would be higher? And, when to join test series for both?

When you can sense the rising competition, you can easily spot the effectiveness of integrated approach for preparation as you will not have much of time to prepare for Main Examination after Prelims. You have done the right thing by preparing the optional subject first. This will certainly reduce a lot of burden...... Read More

Sir, how can i prepare csat papers?

Commence preparation with some basic books and read at least two newspapers daily. The following articles would get you some insights about the preparation: Also read: IAS Preparation strategy CSE 2014 – Integrated Approach is the need of the hour ... Read More

Hello Sir, My name is Pradeep .I have done my schooling(Till 12th) in Hindi medium but after that I have done B.Sc and MCA in English medium. I am comfortable in Hindi while speaking but more comfortable in English while writing parhaps because I was disconnected from Hindi in writing for a long time. Kindly suggest me which medium should I take while preparing for the CSE. Thank you in advance.

The pattern of examination is such where you need to write a lot and have to express your view and ideas in an effective manner. When you are comfortable while writing in English, you should keep your medium for writing examination English and if you feel you can converse well in Hindi, you can opt for Hindi as medium for Interview (Personality Test).... Read More

Sir, How can i make sure whether Civil Service as a career suits me or not. Thank you sir.

In the beginning, self-evaluation is must. This examination is all about calibre, courage and commitment. It is a big examination involving multi-stage evaluation process that requires diverse sets of skills and proficiencies so, first you need to assess are you ready to face such a fierce appraisal or not. Moreover, with recent changes, the examination has changed and it explores the matching qualities in candidates that ‘Civil Servants’ needs at work. The following article will get you some more insights about the query you have raised. Career in Civil Services: Everyone’s dream... Read More

Sir, i will complete my graduation in 2014 and my date of birth is 2 oct 1994.I want to know in which year i will be eligible to appear in cse 15 or 16.

About the minimum age for appearing in Civil Services Examination, the notification for CSE 2013 says, “A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years on 1st August 2013 i.e. he/she must have been born not later than 1st August 1992.” So, going by this condition, you will be eligible to appear in CSE 2016 only.... Read More


Chemistry is not a very popular optional subject choice and the success-rate is also low. In recent years, only about 100-odd candidates choose Chemistry as optional subject. As far as scoring is concerned, it depends upon the candidate’s performance. In Civil Services Examination, it is difficult to pin-point any subject to be high scorer or low-scorer. Now, in only ‘One’ optional subject regime, it remains to be seen how it delivers. However, if you have strong grip over the subject, we suggest you to have a look at the syllabus and previous years’ question papers to understand the level of examination and current trends. If you feel it is manageable, you can consider it as your optional subject.... Read More

what should my initiatives for preparation of civil services as i am studying btech 1st year

Right now, your aim should be to acquaint with the complete exam-plan and the related details associated with each stage of the examination. The best way to commence preparation is by looking at some of the major constituents of General Studies that are common in Prelims and Main Examination syllabus and picking some basic books (NCERT Books are the best resource) for laying a solid foundation and conceptual clarity.  Also, cultivate newspapers (read at least 2) reading h...... Read More

hello sir,i attempt exam in 2013 but i failed and iam prepared for 2015 iam not writing exam in 2014 because ofpersonal problems iam prepa not preparing well pl tell me it is right decision

This is absolutely your call when you wish to take next attempt. Although, in the last encounter, the outcome was negative and you are skipping CSE 2014 due to some personal reason; still, we suggest staying in touch with the studies. This will help you in taking use of the knowledge and experience you gained in your last attempt. Your last result would clearly specify areas which need greater attention. It is the time to prioritize and take account of needs with care. Courage and perseverance are key words; you have to weigh up the shortcomings and how best you can cover up the gaps if any existed. It is all about having faith in your abilities, strong will to fight back and constructive approach that will help you emerge winner.... Read More

sir when a student enters the final year of his graduation, can he give the prelims on the assumption that if he cracks the exam, he will get his degree by the time the final results are announced? for instance my final year will begin in june 2014 and i will get my degree by may 2015, can i give the prelims 2014 given that i am above 21yrs of age as on may 2014?

No, it is not possible. The notification for CSE 2013 throws some light on this issue. It says, "Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualifie...... Read More

Hello Sir, Due to my age limit I have only this year left to appear for Prelims 2014 so is it better to prepare only in prelims point of view and Mains next year or for Mains asso along with Prelims.Please suggest. My DOB is May 11th,1982 under OBC Category. Thanks

If you look at the schedule of coming CSE 2014, you will understand that you need to commence preparation with Main Examination in mind. If you are really serious about making career in ‘Civil services’ , you should seriously commence preparation by understanding the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of the examination. The following articles would help you in getting some insights about your preparation plans: ... Read More

Sir, Can I choose one centre(city) for prelims and another for mains exam?

As such, for Preliminary Examination there is a large gamut of candidates and examination centres are more. When it comes to Main Examination, only about 14-15 thousand candidates are in the fray. You can opt the choice of your centre again when you fill the Detailed Application Form (DAF) for Main Examination.... Read More

Dear sir ...I completed my optional coaching with pol.scn. as subject And from the starting of this months I am taking classes for g.s. and cset also... I am very confused about my 2014 attempt caz I am not confident about my studies...things are like massed up in my mind unorderly. ... There is a time of 7 months for the this time is enough to manage or prepare each and every prospects. ... How do I plan so that I feel comfort and prepared for the exam... I will b very thankful. ...

First of all remove all apprehensions about preparation and don’t think too much. You have enough time in hand and it is very much within your reach. You have almost 8 months for Prelims and almost a year for Main Examination preparation. Moreover, you have completed Optional Subject preparation which will definitely reduce your burden and also help in General Studies preparation as Political Science & International Relations has a huge syllabus overlap with General ...... Read More

Sir i will be 1st year in 2014, can i give prelims just for trial. I'm reserved category, so there won't be any problem regarding no. of attempts

It is not matter of just trial; you are here to win. Don’t adopt such a feeling otherwise you will not be able to put up serious attempt even after consuming few more attempts. Our suggestion is that you should fill the form for CSE 2014 and continue making preparation and as the exam-date comes near, you can take a call. If you feel that your preparation is good, you can take this attempt otherwise, work hard and take attempt next year. It is all about being confident and confidence comes with hard-work put in the right direction. Take your time and try to accomplish the task in the first attempt itself.... Read More


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