ASK AN EXPERT
Acube banner image
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.
Instead of keeping it up to you, toss these to experts and throw it open to get it resolved.
You will find that you are not alone; there are many facing similar problems/issues that need to be resolved at the earliest so that these don’t impact your preparation.
Come out and discuss openly about all the questions that surround your mind so that you can get a piece of advice and what other candidates like you feel and what their opinion is about the same.

If your question is not in the list ! Ask Now!

General Studies  Plan of Examination  IAS Toppers  Coaching Institute  Optional Subject  Books & Study Material  Preparation Tips 

Hello Sir, please let me what is the age limit to appear for Prelims 2014 under OBS category,thanks.

As per the eligibility conditions for appearing in Civil Services Examination, “A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years. The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.” To get the clear-cut information about it, wait for CSE 2014 notification that is expected in May 2014. CIVIL SERVICES (PRELIMINARY) EXAM, 2014 to be held on August 24, 2014 ... Read More


Sir in the next 3 or 4 years ie 2017 onwards do you think that the scheme will change again and upsc will completely remove optionals from the layout ie only gs interview and essay will remain

No guesses. It is difficult to predict anything right now. As such the pattern for Prelims (2011) and Main Examination (2013) has just been changed so, it is too early to expect some major changes in Civil Services Examination plan. Now, General Studies has might and you can always give priority to GS preparation. Only one optional can always be prepared a year before the examination so, instead of thinking about change concentrate on preparation. ... Read More


do we have take an optional subjects in prelims ?? in mains do we have to take 2 optional subject or just one ?? can i take philosophy and english literature in mains as subjects ??

No, from CSE 2011, optional subject has been scraped from Preliminary Examination and now only two compulsory papers – Paper I (General Studies) and Paper II (Aptitude Test) are part of Prelims. Again, for Main Examination now you need to pick only one optional subject of your choice. Main Exam (Written) For optional subject selection, the following article can get you some insights: pick ‘One’ optional subject that suits you the best?... Read More


SIR, I am an MBA (marketing) I want to prepare for IAS with Management paper. What strategy should I follow with this new pattern.

In recent years, the craze for Management as optional subject has commenced and a lot of candidates have achieved success with Management even some of them with high ranks. In the new format for Main Examination where you need only one optional subject, choice of Management as optional subject is a strategic decision.  ... Read More


sir i am a b.tech(computer science) and want to prepare for the civil services ....i am having a major doubt about selecting the optional . i mean i want to choose between sociology and pub. admin . ....... just want to know which one is scoring and has advantage over other.since i am alien to both the subjects equally i want some guidance

For a beginner, it is a difficult decision and we sincerely hope that you have narrowed your choice to Public Administration and Sociology after due considerations. Both Public Administration and Sociology are very good optional subjects and have delivered excellent results and high scores. Even in new format, both these render some support in General Studies preparation due to some syllabus overlap. Public Administration is an evolving subject and highly dynamic in n...... Read More


Sir,I'm doing B.Sc (Mathematics) and want to prepare for CSAT and can't afford coaching,would you guide me for my preparation for pre-2015

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination is quite easier than what you are thinking. Have a look at the recent years’ question papers and you will realize that difficulty level is easy to moderate. As such, you don’t require coaching for Preliminary Examination if you are ready to prepare according to syllabus with strong determination and commitment. The following articles would help you in getting some insights about preparation. ... Read More


sir i am a commerce graduate and i have chosen commerce and accounting as my optional subject. i am planning to write 2014 exam. shall i have to choose two optional subject or one.

In the new environment, you need only one optional subject for Main Examination. Commerce & Accountancy is a very good optional subject and you should stick to it as being familiar with the subject would help you in managing preparation in limited time and you will be able to devote more time to the important element – General Studies.... Read More


can we eligible for ias if we do graduation from distance

A degree from any recognized University is required; it does not matter whether it is full time, part time or even, distance education.... Read More



Dear sir , i would like to why IAS pre. is more hard to crack than IAS Mains .... ??? how to make plan to crack in 1 st go.

It is difficult to say that Preliminary Examination is hard to crack or Main Examination is more difficult. Different candidates would have different opinion on this. But, looking at the tough competition at Preliminary Examination level, one should be serious as without crossing this first hurdle, you cannot advance to next level. Moreover, the syllabus for Preliminary Examination and recent question papers gives a feel that comparatively easier papers makes things mor...... Read More


i want to give upsc exam in 2014,my qualifaication is BE entc,when should i start for study,& which coaching class best for upsc exam?

For Civil Services Examination 2014, you should commence your preparation right now. You should draw a comprehensive plan for preparation covering all aspects and should start with General Studies (Paper I, II, III & IV). Try to cover most of the syllabus in next 4-5 months then take up optional subjects from October onwards and aim to finish it by January 2014. If you wish to join coaching institute, plan it around October month. For General Studies any goo...... Read More


Dear sir, during these days there are many things happening around UPSC. Sir plz clarify what is the current status of notification? i mean as we saw loksabha put a stay on new notification of UPSC,so what is the current pattern and syllabus of UPSC? there are many things circulating in the environment, like old pattern will prevail, within few days a new notification with small changes will come etc....etc Sir as a fresher i m too much confused,i m still not filled the form and waiting for some confirm news. its too much frustrating sir,its breaking momentum of freshers like me. Sir please,help me in this regard.

The clarity would emerge soon on this. But, you should not delay in applying for Preliminary Examination. Don't get upset. Keep preparing. As such clarification has come and soon some modifications should be notified by UPSC. The following article will help in getting some insights about the alterations that are being contemplated: Some modifications in the new scheme for Civil Services (Main) Examination 2013; divisive English Paper goes... Read More




i want to start seriously my prelims preparation. can u guide me in this aspect ?

Preliminary Examination has importance and significance as you get eligibility to appear in second stage of examination and the competition is stiff at this stage which makes it challenging to prepare. The following articles will help you in understanding Preliminary Examination requirements: Prelims 2013: time for action Preliminary Examination Paper I Preliminary Examination Paper II... Read More


 

Quick Tags

IAS Exam
Budding Civil Servants Zone
UPSC Results
IAS Toppers Strategy/Tips
Hindi & Vernacular Languages Candidates
IAS, Nothing out there compares!
IAS Champions: Influential voice to be heard
Toppers - PCS (UP, MP, Rajsthan, Bihar, Jharkhand)
RAS Toppers - Rajasthan PCS Exam
Judicial Services Toppers
Myths & Wrong Notions
Toppers Calling
News related to CSE
Beginners' Mindset
Current Affairs & Contemporary Issues - Hot Topics

Most Viewed Artciles

Hope is the biggest motivator; Be honest with yourself and Work Hard for Success; says Ankita Choudhary (AIR 14; CSE 2018)
Civil Services Examination 2011 Final Result (Merit-List)
Marks secured by Top 25 in Civil Services Examination 2021
Believe in Self and Constant Support from Family and Friends worked for me; says Vishakha Yadav (AIR 6; CSE 2019)
Marks secured by Top 25 in Civil Services Examination 2019
Push Yourself to Perform at Your Best; says Jeydev C S (AIR 5; CSE 2019)
Philosophy v/s Sociology; which one is better, more scoring?
Marks Secured By Top 25 In Civil Services Examination 2021
If your strategy is correct, medium of writing examination does not matter; says Priyanka Niranjan (AIR 20, CSE 2012) Success with Hindi
Focus on Your Goals, Instead of Your Fears; says Chandrajyoti Singh (AIR 28; CSE 2019)
CLOSE [X] Ask your question

NOTE: Our expert will answer your question and it will be published on website after answering by experts.