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Last Minute Tips To Crack IAS Prelims

(UPSC Prelims)
Last Minute Preparation Tips

Before appearing in IAS Prelims, the last days preparation becomes more crucial. Aspirant have to pull himself together and speed up to win. If you are ready for the marathon of Prelims then consider few last minute tips for IAS Prelims exam.

Preparation Planning in less than a month: Study Management is the key factor of your study and even more important when you have shortage of time. We know that Syllabus is huge and one cannot revise the entire syllabus just before the competition. Most importantly you must go through important topics from exam oriented approach in both Paper I (General Studies) & Paper II (Aptitude Test).

General Studies Study Kit for IAS Prelims - 2017

Dear Aspirants,

We are very pleased to announce that we are launching our study kits for IAS 2017 exam. Yes, of course you can think that what is new in this but you rest assured that we will deliver, what we will commit.

As you all know that UPSC is not an easy exam to clear, for this it takes some dedication and potential to clear. And in the process of preparation students need quality study material and guidance, Therefore we have come up with a study kit of its own league.

You can rely fully on this study kit, as it will cover 100% syllabus of the exam. All you need to purchase this, go through it and digest it and the result will be in front of you to see. This study kit will help you out in your preparation on every step including right guidance by our experts.

The Package Includes


This study kit will cover all sections of the syllabus (UPSC Preliminary Examination).

  • About Civil Services Examination

  • General Strategy for Freshers

  • Strategy for optional selection & medium of exam

  • Role of coaching & frequently asked questions

  • Motivational article to crack IAS

  • Exam notification & Eligibility criteria

  • Scheme of Civil Services Examination

  • Strategy & Road map for Civil Services Preliminary

  • Examination Syllabus of Paper I & II

  • Suggested Readings

  • Topic wise strategy for each sections (Paper 1 & 2)

How to fill DAF for UPSC Exam

UPSC

 Guidelines to Fill Detailed Application Form

Qualified Candidates in written part of the Examinations/Preliminary Examinations are required to fill the Online DAF
Aspirants are advised to read properly Rules of the Examinations before proceeding, which include conditions of eligibility etc. as published by UPSC (DAF) for Examinations.

How to choose important topics from a newspaper for IAS

Strategy to read newspapers for IAS exam preparation


The HinduIn our previous articles we have already discussed the importance and approach of reading newspapers for the civil services examination. We all know that it is a required task and in this article we will learn that how to read newspapers to get the best out of it. Preferably one should finish the newspaper in 2 hours including making notes and current affairs.

Top Mistakes to avoid while preparing for IAS Prelims

Top five mistakes to avoid while preparing for civil services prelims exam

5 Mistakes to avoid in IAS PreMany students work very hard for the IAS prelims exam, but they unable to qualify because of flaws in the preparation process. Candidates are advised to make sure that you do not make these mistakes. Below we are listing 5 mistakes to avoid:

नये छात्र आईएएस परीक्षा की तैयारी कैसे करें। (Prepare IAS Exam During Graduation)

आईएएस परीक्षा की तैयारी कैसे करें।

Process, Pattern and Strategy to crack IAS Preयह तो हम सभी जानते हैं कि संघ लोक सेवा आयोग (यू०पी०एस०सी०) सिविल सेवा परीक्षा आयोजित कराता है, और यह देश की एक कठिन व प्रतिष्ठित परीक्षा है। फिर भी लाखों युवा छात्र देश के कोने-कोने से इस परीक्षा की तैयारी करते हैं और एक आई०ए०एस० अफसर बनने का सपना देखते हैं। यदि हम इस परीक्षा की प्रक्रिया व प्रकृति को देखें तो हम पायेंगे कि इस परीक्षा में सफलता पाने के लिये हमें चाहिये कि हम एक सटीक रणनीति और व्यवस्था के साथ तैयारी करें। सामान्यत: एक अभ्यर्थी यदि इस परीक्षा की तैयारी स्नातक स्तर से ही शुरू कर दें तो यह भी संभव है कि इस सेवा में जाने की संभावना कई गुना बढ़ जाती है, और अभ्यार्थी सफलता पूर्वक इस प्रतिष्ठित सेवा में अपना भविष्य निर्धारित कर सकते हैं ।

How to prepare Economics for IAS

Strategy for Preparing Economics

(Part - 1)

This is the basic introduction of Economics like what are the sources of economics, relative books, newspapers, magazines and what are the topics to be covered and the basic general approach etc. Economics is literally the toughest nut to crack for majority of IAS aspirants in both IAS Prelims and Mains. Many aspirants search for a ultimate book for this but that does not exist in economics and you need multiple sources to prepare, because it is a huge course. Few phases are analytical and technical including the use of mathematics, graphs, equations, numbers etc (but these are hard theory of economics and we usually don't delve into that with that much of details.) You have to emphasis a lot on concepts and current affairs and very less on actual facts.

How to write answers in civil services mains

Answer Writing Strategy for Mains Exam

In this article we will discuss and learn with various terminologies which are used in questions by UPSC especially in the Mains examination like Discuss, Elaborate, and Enumerate etc.

Before we move into the topic we would like to suggest aspirants that "Do not leave your answer sheet blank even if you don't know the exact meaning of the world or exactly what question is asking, you should write something". Even if you don't know about the terminologies like what is mean by 'elaboration' than also you should write something in the answer. Because there is a very high overlap between various terms like discuss, analyze, expand or substantiate etc. More or less, there is a very high overlap so, answer will not be very different, and the same content remains.

How to prepare Law optional for IAS

Strategy for Law (Optional) Paper

Mentor says that the only reason you should take any optional is your interest in that and without interest, you won't be able to prepare for the same.

Role of Coaching


It can be of immense help if you don't have basic understanding and approach for the optional you have opted. You should relied with coaching notes and strategy because it can streamline your preparation. It provides you writing skills and study management to save your time from studying too much and what all is not required for the preparation. With the guidance of teachers you will be able to do smart work and crack the exam without undue hustle and pressure.

How to prepare Psychology optional for IAS

Strategy for Psychology (Optional) Paper

In this article we will share some Psychology optional tips for civil services examination. First of all, How to decide whether you choose Psychology as an optional or not.

What are the Pros?


This is very interesting subject to study and interest should be the prime criteria for choosing any optional, If you do not have the interest in the optional you would not be able to prepare. It has been fairly scoring over the last 4-5 years comparatively to the other popular optional papers.

Direct application of lot of concepts in Paper I and Paper II reduces the amount of mugging required. Techniques learnt while reading topics like memory, intelligence, motivation etc. can be applied in your UPSC preparation. From stress management to effective parenting, the subject has lots to offer for implementation in everyday life too.

How to prepare Modern Indian History for IAS

Modern Indian History for Civil Services Examination

Dealing with Modern History


Before starting your preparation for General Studies, aspirants are advised to review the syllabus for the same.

Official Syllabus for the Prelims

  • History of India and Indian National Movements

Official Syllabus for Mains

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
  • The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important key contributions and people from India.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawl of national boundaries, colonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc and their forms and effect on the society.

How to prepare Medieval Indian History for IAS

Medieval Indian History for Civil Services Examination

Official Syllabus


  • Mains: General Studies - I (Paper 2)

Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present - significant event, personalities, issues. The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributions/contributors from different parts of the country. Post-independence consolidation and reorganisation within the country.

History of the Word will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, re-drawal  of national boundaries, colonisation, decolonisation, political philosophers like communism, capitalism, socialism etc. - their forms and effect in on the society.

How to prepare Ancient Indian History for IAS

Ancient Indian History for Civil Services Examination

Dealing with Ancient Indian History


Review official syllabus first and you will see the influence of various topics in exam point of view. History of India and Indian National Movements, Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

Important Topics: Art and Culture - Hindu Philosophy (BUDDHISM)

Art and Culture

( BUDDHISM)

Indian Philosophy


It is dealing with Upnishads, Later Vedic Period, developing and evolving over 2 millennias. There are two types of Schools first is Orthodox (astika) or non-orthodox (nastika), if Veda is an infallible source of knowledge or not.

Six orthodox schools: Nyaya, Veisesika, Samkhya, Yoga, Purva mimansa and Vedanta (also called as Uttar mimansa). The Heterodox are Jain, Buddhist and materialist (Cārvāka).

Then various schools have perished, but some have survived are: Jainism, Buddhism, Shavia and Advaita (part of Vedanta only), while Samkhya and Ajivika did not survived. "Philosopher" is dārśanika, familiar with the systems of philosophyor darśanas. 

So, why these religious movements started to begin with Jainism and Buddhism. There are so many religions and why they were needed. This is the question UPSC asked.

Religious Movements: Superiority of the Brahamins and Vedic rituals became very complicated. Most of literature was written in Sanskrit and it was language of elites and out of understanding of common people. Caste system became extremely rigid, no changes of profession was allowed. Animal killing was prevailing during rituals, they were source of livelihood.

Important Topics: Art and Culture - Hindu Philosophy (Jainism and Cārvāka)

Art and Culture

( Jainism and Cārvāka)

Indian Philosophy


It is dealing with Upnishads, Later Vedic Period, developing and evolving over 2 millennia's. There are two types of Schools first is Orthodox (astika) or non-orthodox (nastika), if Veda is an infallible source of knowledge or not.

Six orthodox schools: Nyaya, Veisesika, Samkhya, Yoga, Purva mimansa and Vedanta (also called as Uttar mimansa). The Heterodox are Jain, Buddhist and materialist (Cārvāka).

Then various schools have perished, but some have survived are: Jainism, Buddhism, Shavia and Advaita (part of Vedanta only), while Samkhya and Ajivika did not survived. "Philosopher" is dārśanika, familiar with the systems of philosophyor darśanas. 

Religious Movements: Superiority of the Brahamins and Vedic rituals became very complicated. Most of literature was written in Sanskrit and it was language of elites and out of understanding of common people. Caste system became extremely rigid, no changes of profession was allowed. Animal killing was prevailing during rituals, they were source of livelihood.

So, people started agitating and they wanted different religions for themselves.

How to choose optional subjects for civil services exam

Selecting Right Optional Subject for Civil Services Exam

Through this article, I would like to interact with Civil Services Aspirants about the strategy for the IAS examination.

Friends, the foremost important thing is the duration of preparing this examination, Ideally the time to start the preparation is 10-12 months before the exam.
Selecting optional subject is most important part of the civil services examination which most of the candidates ignore. Generally, "A college student asks whether I should start preparing when I am studying in college itself."

Actually; I would suggest them that "Have Civil Services in back of your mind and just start preparing from Daily important news from various news papers like The Hindu, Indian Express, Economic Times, related magazines like Yojana, Kurukshetra, Frontline for in-depth analysis of current issues and events in India & World,  and think about selecting your Optional Subject". Optional subjects are those which you have to study for couple of years during your preparation for this exam. So, if you don't like the optional subjects, or if you have selected the subject only for scoring purpose, you won't be comfortable in studying them.

How to prepare Reading Comprehension for CSAT

IAS Prelims Paper 2: Strategy for Reading Comprehension

Reading ComprehensionIt has introduced three years ago. It replaced the having optional subjects in prelim. Why? because people used to mug up answers for their optional subjects by using notes from the coaching institutes and other resources. This also left poor students, who can't afford coaching in a disadvantageous state. So, the UPSC decided to introduce this paper pattern in 2011.

How to prepare Public Administration optional for IAS

Strategy for Public Administration (Optional) Paper

Public Administration is very tricky optional to score well in UPSC exam. In this article we will find out that how we can be able to score good marks with this subject.

Facts about Public Administration

The most important thing in this optional is Conceptual Clarity. Unfortunately most of us rely completely on coaching notes and end up having only superficial knowledge which is very dangerous in present setup of UPSC exam and especially in Public Administration. All of us write answers in Public Administration and feel that we have written it well but the problem is most of us interpret questions differently and end up writing different answers. The correct interpretation of question will only happen if your concepts are clear.

In the last two years, UPSC has deliberately increased the difficulty level of question paper as they are more interested in those students who have conceptual clarity and ability to write those concepts in a simple manner. For that, you need to study some basic books so that you develop good understanding of the subject. Books are vary from person to person and there are many books on Public Administration, all of them are equally good but whichever book you are studying, study it well, study it multiple times.

How to prepare Geography optional for IAS

Strategy for Geography (Optional) Paper

Topper says that the only principle or reason you should take optional is the INTEREST in that particular subject. Because without any interest, there won't be any enthusiasm and without enthusiasm you won't be motivated to study in long run, so choose optional wisely.

How to write answer for Geography optional?

Answers should be crisp, concise and to the point. Follow researched answer writing order "Introduction, Main Body & Conclusion". Underline the important word/phrase, and make a thumb rule that one diagram for every 10 marks or with 3-4 paragraph questions answers. Draw diagrams with pencil and label in black pen (you must write number and name of the diagram with black pen).

Pre Guidance Programme

Study Kit for IAS (Pre) CSAT Paper-1 (General Studies)

General Studies Kit for IAS Preliminary

Dear Aspirants,

UPSC exam is not an easy nut to crack. As it is a well known fact that Union Public Service Commission conducts civil Services Examination every year in three stages. This exam is not only a skill test, neither it has thousands of vacancies like SSC, Banking, Railway, and other One day Competitive exams. This examination is a mission, thus only those aspirants can achieve this next to impossible task, who has acute desire to achieve their goal.

Interview Preparation tips by UPSC Toppers (Presentation and Opinion Building)

Interview Preparation tips by UPSC Toppers

Preparing for an interview can be very tough, as the elements of surprise and arbitrariness is there!

How Interview can be a game changer?


Personality Test or Interview carries 275 marks out of a total of 2025 marks, where as the mains exams are of 750 marks. Scoring the 70%  of these 275 marks are in your hands and you can easily score them , where as from those 750 marks from mains even scoring 40% is tough. So, even if you were not so strong in the mains examination you can makeup for it in the interview for some extent.

Presenting Yourself Matters


It is a test of your personality, not your knowledge. How you will present yourself will matter. It might happen that you answer 100/100 questions correctly and still you get a low score, just because of your presentation. In other hand some person who got 99/100 wrong and still got good marks, because he was very good in presentation and board loved him. So, your presentation is the only thing that will matter along with your knowledge. Also no one can tell you that "How to present yourself in a better manner". For this you have to take points like:

Important Topics: Major Acts, Conventions, protocols and Bodies

Conventions, Acts, Bodies, Treaties and Protocols

What is a Convention?

Convention is basically a guideline or framework in which the parties decide the basic guidelines (outer skeleton) without delving into the painstaking details. A convention begins as an international meeting of representatives from many nations that results in general agreement about procedures or actions they will take on specific topics.

  • A protocol to the convention is where the parties set specific aims or legal obligations.

  • While a Convention encourages the parties to meet the goals, a Protocol commits them to do so.

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

It is applicable specifically for those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification  particularly in Africa. To combat desertification and mitigate (decline or decrease) the effects of drought through national action programs.

It incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangement. So basically it is based on principles of participation, partnership and decentralisation and addresses arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas known as dry land where some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and people can found.

At present, 13 million hectare land becomes unproductive via desertification with a potential of producing 20 million tons of foodgrain, affecting some 1.5 billion people worldwide. It is the first and only internationally legally binding framework set up to address the problem of desertification.

How to read Yojana magazine

Read Yojana Magazine in one day for UPSC

There are certain myths about Yojana magazine among aspirants that do not buy Yojana and throw away. Please DO NOT throw Yojana away. Because there are only 12 Yojana's per year and you can keep all of them together and still if you want to throw them away then you can download Yojana from www.yojana.gov.in (free of cost). So, read it with The Hindu July to July for Civil Services Prelims examination, and similarly for Civil Services Main exam preparation read it from November to November.

DO NOT subscribe to any other magazine like Kurukshetra, any other Economic and Political Weekly, CST/Chronicle/WF/SAP etc. Please note that these all are good magazines but we do not have that much time to read them all.

How to read The Hindu Newspaper

How to read The Hindu Newspaper

The HinduThe importance of reading newspaper for the Civil Services it has increased tremendously. Out of the many newspapers available in the market from the Hindustan Times to the Indian Express but The Hindu covers entire news very well from the national perspectives, international perspectives, science & technology and other issues in very holistic manner.

General Studies Planner: Civil Services Prelims

Preparation Plan for General Studies (Civil Services Prelims)

In this article we will discuss about a Plan to prepare General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary examination with the very simple flowchart, all the resources, and from where we can read it successfully. We have provided a flowchart below which showing each subject that how we can cover it very nicely.

For example: For a specific subject which NCERT books you need for it? Which magazines you must read for it? What standard text books to read and overall the newspapers for it.

How to prepare Anthropology optional for IAS

Strategy for Anthropology (Optional) Paper

Those candidates who have read Biology as a subject in graduation or those who are doctors can certainly consider Anthropology as an optional subject. PG in zoology or biology background from universities like DU can help you to became easy to understand very important and marks fetching portion of Anthropology called as Physical / Biological Anthropology.

If you have interest in reading and learning about tribal issues. The issues pertaining to Indian society (as Anthropology is close to Sociology but more scientific in approach). A good understanding of Anthropology helps in Essay paper.

How to prepare Economics optional for IAS

Strategy for Economics (Optional) Paper

In this article we will talk about Economics optional. Aspirant will get a detailed discussion and useful tips in order to evaluate the study approach for this subject in civil services main examination.

Method of studying Economics


There are multiple sources of preparation in a subject like Economics.

Stage - 1

Concentrate on understanding and concepts of whatever you are reading whether it be theorems or some models. We might forget the things 2 days after we have read it, Don't worry it is normal because you are not able to understand even the half the questions which have been asked in previous years. You don't have the clue of how to write answers in the exam, don't worry. Just ensure you finish the syllabus once appropriately.