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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 have decided to appear in 2014 cse exam, my question is that should i focus on my optional subjects or to general studies only as their is rumour that UPSC is going to remove optional subject from next year onward..please give me few suggestion.

In short term, yes, there is a lot of confusion and talks relating to changes at Main Examination level and possibility of removal of Optional Subjects are keeping many candidates in state of perplexity. As you plan to appear in CSE 2014, you have sufficient time to prepare for Civil Service Examination. It is anticipated that some clarity relating to this issue should emerge soon as notification for CSE 2013 is less than 3 months away and hopefully before that UPSC may clear its stand on this issue. Till then, keep preparing for General Studies (Main Examination oriented) and read newspapers daily and cultivate habit of making self-notes and keep on revising these regularly.... Read More

Dear sir i have completed my BE in CSE this year and i want to proceed for IAS but i am not having enough knowledge on how to proceed so i want to know that wether i should prefer postal material or classroom coaching and if postal then which one and if classroom then which coaching.....please reply me soon.....

For Civil Service Examination, it is always classroom coaching that helps you more in comparison to Postal/Correspondence courses. The flavour of the questions asked in Preliminary as well as Main Examination is such that requires clear understanding and conceptual clarity. The Postal/Correspondence courses provide content but, help you to a limited extent. Moreover, for updated information and contemporary developments, you need to make efforts. Whereas, in Cla...... Read More

Sir,i am in defence and my target is mains 2014 with optional history and public admin . since i get very less time for study due to the nature of my job, what should be my strategy specially regarding rumors of the so called 'subject elimination' by 2014. kindly guide me.

As you plan to appear in CSE 2014, you have ample time for preparation and it is hope that soon we will hear something relating to proposed changes at Main Examination level. Till some clarity emerges on this front, the best strategy for preparation would be to continue with General Studies preparation (Main Examination oriented) and focus on current affairs preparation. Daily newspaper reading and making self-notes will help you to stay in touch with the contemporary developments and constant updating of notes will improve your writing-style, knowledge and awareness level.... Read More

hi sir, i m a student and i am from middle class family i asked some people that i want to appear at the upsc exam but all of them suggested me first to join some ssc job and after that prepare for the upsc and now i have mind what to do i have just passed my graduation in 2012 from delhi university. please suggest me . than you

Civil Service Examination is a tough competition and chances of success are very muted as about one thousand candidates ultimately taste the sweetness of success out of more than five lakh applicants. Moreover, it is only top 100 or so lucky ones who achieve the top ranks and get the service of their choice; among rest of the successful candidates, most of them try their luck again to get the most sought after post IAS/IFS. So, the suggestion coming to you is not bad a...... Read More

Sir,Presently iam studying in B.Sc first semester. I want to prepare for the civil service exam so ineed proper plan for the exam and I already started my preparation with ncert books.Iam reading daily news papers. just give me the proper plan for the studies to continue with along my degree.I have selected geography and public administration are my optional subjects.Is there any changes in the main exams pattern in upcoming exams? sir please give me proper plan for the exam.Iam waiting for your reply

Civil Service Examination is a long-term planning and you are adopting the right strategy to commence preparation. NCERT Books and newspaper reading regularly will make a strong foundation with conceptual clarity and as you advance, you will find things interesting and your efforts will surely reflect in your end results. We are hearing about the proposed changes at Main Examination level and the related news flow also indicates soon we should hear something relating to this. B...... Read More

sir i have completed my graduation this year..and i want to do preperation of upsc..with history and public administration as my optional..plz guide me..

As you have completed graduation, probably you are eyeing Civil Service Examination 2013.  Hope you must have commenced your preparation relating to General Studies and Preliminary Examination related requirements. When it comes to selecting optional subjects, it is one of the important decisions and depends on many factors. Without knowing much about your background and other details, it would be difficult to suggest what suits you the best. Coming to subje...... Read More

I am 2nd year mechanical engg. student of nit trichy.. sir I wanted to take mechanical as my main subject.... how is the level of question asked in this subject.. is it unreasonably tough ???? or taking basics as well as going higher level but not beyond much high level ????

Mechanical Engineering is not a very popular optional subject and a lot of candidates make cross domain shift and take some humanities/literature of languages subject. Have a look at the syllabus and previous years’ papers to understand the level of questions, examiner’s expectations and current trends. Check it for yourself; if you feel, it is manageable, you can always go on to pick Mechanical Engineering as one optional subject. After all, we have witnessed performance of candidates like Raveesh Gupta (AIR 16, CSE 2011) who went on to score very high marks in Mechanical Engineering to seal top ranks.... Read More

sir, i am a pharma graduate. i am planning to take coaching for civils. i am in confusion to select one of the optional subject.suggest me from the following - mathematics or law or philosophy?

Looking at the shortlisted subjects and complete exam-plan, we suggest you to look at Political Science & International Relations and Law optional subjects. The reason for recommending the Political Science & International Relations and Law combination is interrelation among the ...... Read More

sir,mains 2013 is delayed by full one month !! without something cooking in the mind of UPSC,it never happened. its previous records of UPSC,whenever it brings change it gives time to aspirants to adapt the change. SO ITS NOT DOUBTFUL BUT 100% CERTAIN THAT MAINS 2013 WILL LOOK DIFFERENT. the only thing is,How it'll look like...?? for this,we have to wait till UPSC announcement regarding this. Now sir,my question is, as per ur experience,what you think,when UPSC will announce regarding it?? i was ready to take coaching for political science...but as i got this news,i put off this plan & only focusing deeply on GS. If there is no change in pattern...(although chances of this is now almost negligible),i will have 5 months to prepare for my optional political science. there is same 21 days schedule of mains 2013,due to this a section of group (mostly coaching institutes) saying there will be no change of pattern. But sir,as i got some inside news,the number of papers which is 9 rt nw will be same...but the different parts of GS paper will be a new full paper in this new pattern. So sir,in this circumstances what is your opinion,how to study for 2013. plz give your valuable advice.

You are not alone who is thinking on these lines. The recent news-flow, ‘insider news’ and rumours relating to propose changes, removal of optional subjects etc has really created confusion and panic among many candidates. But, we will advice that you should not jump over any conclusion merely by looking at schedule of Civil Service Examination 2013 published recently or any related insider news. Don’t put off your study-plans just on expectation of any uncert...... Read More

my first optional subject is History which is fixed and i am confused about my second optional subject so please help me, which one is best from these optional subject-Pol Science or Public Administration?I am a final year student of B.A. SIR suggest me other possible paper with History combination also.

History is an all-time favourite optional subject and is one of the most popular optional subjects in Civil Service Examination. Based on some interrelation, Political Science & International Relations makes a better combination with History. Besides, it renders greater help in G...... Read More

sir i have finalised my optionals sociology & geography.i have a single minded approch towards cse 2013 as i am preparing for only it.please suggest me a rough idea for preparation strategy.

As you are eyeing CSE 2013, you are little late in commencing preparation still, with serious efforts, you can manage your studies in the remaining time. Both Sociology and Geography are very good subjects and a lot of candidates appear in CSE with this combination and many go on to achieve success with high ranks.... Read More

sir thnk u so much 4 last reply niw my last question is that i will take coaching for sociology & gs from vajiram & ravi in oct 2012 & i am fully preparing for cse 2013. but sir if i will take coaching for csat also then it will be too hectic secdule nd i will not get sufficient time for self stuudy.please help me in this regard.

It is better to concentrate on limited things that are manageable easily. General Studies and Sociology coaching classes would take a lot of your time and you will not be able to do justice if you are overload with lot of commitments. It is better to focus your attention towards Main Examination related requirements and for Preliminary...... Read More


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