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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).

How to choose optional subjects for civil services exam

Selecting Right Optional Subject for Civil Services Exam 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.

सिविल सेवा परीक्षा के लिए उपयोगी हिंदी समाचार पत्र।

The Hindu Newspaper

Best Hindi Newspapers for IAS Exam

यह अर्टिकल सभी आईएएस उम्मीदवारों के लिए उपयोगी होगा जो कि हिंदी माध्यम में सिविल सेवाओं की परीक्षा मे भाग लेंगे। इस पोस्ट में हम आपको आईएएस / आईपीएस / आईआरएस / आईएफएस-यूपीएससी सिविल सर्विस परीक्षा की तैयारी के लिए सर्वश्रेष्ठ हिंदी समाचार पत्रों के बारे में बतायेंगे और ये हिंदी अखबार आपको आपकी आईएएस परीक्षा की तैयारी अवश्य में मदद करेंगे।

तथ्य यह है कि हिंदी माध्यम के उम्मीदवारों के लिए आपको शायद ही कोई हिंदी अखबार मिलेगा जो द हिंदू अखबार के मानक और गुणवत्ता से मेल खा सकता है। हालांकि, इसका मतलब यह नहीं है कि आप आईएएस में अंग्रेजी माध्यम के उम्मीदवारों से पीछे कहीं हैं। यह कह कर हमारा सिर्फ़ यह मतलब है कि बाजार में ऐसा कोई अख़बार नहीं है जो आपको ’द हिंदु’ जैसी सभी जगहों से जुडी सभी महत्वपूर्ण खबर देगा। आईएएस परीक्षा तैयार करने के लिए आपको दो से अधिक हिंदी अखबारों को पढ़ना होगा। इसलिए मौजूदा मामलों की बात करते समय यह हिंदी माध्यम के छात्रों के लिए थोड़ा थकाऊ है। सभी हिंदी समाचार पत्रों में सबसे सनसनीखेज सुर्खियां आसानी मिलेंगी लेकिन यदि हम यूपीएससी के मापदण्डों की बात करें तो यह बिल्कुल अलग है।

यूपीएससी में आपसे सीधे सवाल नहीं पूंछे जाते बल्कि वे आपसे कुछ भी पूंछ सकते हैं, और इसलिये आप अख़बार की सारी खबरें पढ़ने का पढ़ने का जोखिम नहीं उठा सकते हैं। यूपीएससी की परीक्षा के दृष्टिकोण से हिंदी अखबारों में संबंधित अध्ययन सामग्री का बहुत सीमित स्थान है और वह इसलिए है क्योंकि वे केवल उन समाचारों को प्रकाशित करते हैं जो उनके लिये उपयोगी अथवा संबंधित प्राप्त होते हैं। यही कारण है कि विभिन्न स्रोतों से समाचार एकत्रित करने काम आपका है और हम आपको बताएंगे कि कैसे।

नीचे कुछ अच्छे सूचीबद्ध हिंदी समाचार पत्र हैं जिन्हें आपको आईएएस तैयारी के लिए पढ़ना चाहिए। ये हिंदी अखबार सामान्य अध्ययन Prelims Paper- 1 and Main Paper 2 & 3 की तैयारी में आपकी मदद करेंगे।

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 World History for IAS

World History for Civil Services Examination

Mug up  the official syllabus first. World History does not come in Prelims, It only comes in Mains. As you can see that here we have divided whole syllabus in the different four part. (Remember we are concern about World History in this Article).

  • Modern Indian History
  • Medieval Indian History
  • Ancient Indian History (Culture, Art, Architecture, Society and Literature)
  • World History (in Mains Exam only)

What type of questions asked?

  • Related to implications of key events of world history at global level - like world wars, financial crisis of 1929 etc.
  • Evolution of key political ideologies and their impact on global politics - socialism, communism, democracy etc, differences between them, their evolution.
  • Related to key events which changed geo-political environment of world - unification of Germany, unification of Italy (role of key individuals in these events).

Indian Polity: Constitution of India (Fundamental Rights) Part - 1

Indian Polity: Constitution of India


Basics of the Fundamental Rights

It covered in the Part III of the Indian Constitution (Under article 12 to article 35). It has largely been incorporated from Bills of Rights of USA constitution and also called as Magna Carta of Indian Constitution because it is Justiciable or Enforceable in a court of law. This is the elaborated fundamental rights description in entire world.

They do not do any discrimination among the citizens of India on the base of  colour, religion, sex etc. It holds the equality of all individuals, the dignity of the individual, the larger public interest and unity of the nation. It promotes ideal of political democracy and prevent the establishment of an authoritarian despotic rule in the country, and protect the liberties and freedoms of the people against the invasion by the State.

It also aim at establishing 'a government of laws and not of men'. Rule of law has three components i.e. Supremacy, Classes to same law and Impartial and powerful judiciary.

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.

Most Common Questions About UPSC Exam

Most Common Doubts Regarding UPSC Exam

When is the Examination Notice Issued?

  • UPSC Examination Notices encapsulate the Rules of Examinations notified by the Government. Examination Notices of all the 14 Examinations are uploaded on the Commission’s website around 3 months before the date of examination. Examination Notices for direct recruitment examinations are also published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar. The tentative dates of notification of Examinations for a year are also made available on UPSC’s website in July of the previous year.

What is UPSC’s annual calendar?

  • UPSC publishes an Annual Calendar of all the Structured Examinations conducted by it at least 6 months in advance. The date of issue of Examination Notice is also mentioned in the Annual Calendar.

How to apply for Examinations conducted by UPSC?

  • Candidates can apply online for UPSC conducted Examinations by accessing the online portal hosted on the UPSC’s website.

How much time is given to the candidates for applying online?

  • A candidate gets 3 weeks to 1 month time to apply online and can fill up the online application by following the instructions provided on the website for filling up online applications.

What happens if a candidate submits multiple online applications?

  • While a candidate should avoid submitting more than one online application, in case of doing so, the data provided in the last application that is successfully submitted online is accepted by the Commission. All previous applications are ignored.

When should I apply if I choose to pay by Bank Challan?

  • The closing date of submission of online application is clearly mentioned in the Examination Notice. Candidates who make payments through Bank Challan are required to submit online application at least a day
    before the notified closing date so that they can make the payment required, if any, on time.

Who can be exempted from payment of Examination fee?

  • For all the examinations conducted by the Commission, Female candidates, candidates with Disabilities and candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories are exempted from payment of Examination fee.

What is ‘Fictitious Payment’?

  • Those payments mentioned by the candidates in their online application, which are not authenticated by the State Bank of India, i.e. the designated bank managing the entire payment module (including managing the payment gateway), are called fictitious payments.

How does the Commission resolve fictitious payments made by me?

  • The applicants, whose payments are marked fictitious, are intimated through e-mail to submit physical proof of payment to the Commission. These applicants are required to submit the proof within 10 days, from the date of such communication, either by hand or by speed post to the Commission. In case, no response is received from the applicants, their applications are summarily rejected and no further correspondence is entertained in this regard.

यूपीएससी: आईएएस सामान्य अध्ययन सिलेबस (परीक्षा पाठ्यक्रम)

भारतीय प्रशासनिक सेवा
(यूपीएससी आईएएस सिलेबस)

सामान्य अध्ययन प्रारंभिक परीक्षा (Prelims Exam)

विषयों की सूची:

  • राष्ट्रीय और अंतर्रराष्ट्रीय महत्व की सामयिक घटनाएं.
  • भारत का इतिहास और भारतीय राष्ट्रीय आन्दोलन.
  • भारत एवं विश्व भूगोल – भारत एवं विश्व का प्राकृतिक, सामाजिक, आर्थिक भूगोल
  • भारतीय राज्यतन्त्र और शासन – संविधान, राजनैतिक प्रणाली, पंचायती राज, लोक नीति, अधिकारों संबंधी मुद्दे, आदि।
  • आर्थिक और सामाजिक विकास – सतत वकास, गरीबी, समावेशन, जनसांख्यिकी, सामाजिक क्षेत्र में की गई पहल आदि।
  • पर्यावरणीय पारिस्थितिकी जैव-विविधता और मौसम परिवर्तन संबंधी सामान्य मुद्दे, जिनके लिए विषयगत विशेषज्ञता आवश्यक नहीं है।
  • एवं सामान्य विज्ञान

मौलिक अधिकार क्या हैं | Lecture on Fundamental Rights in Hindi

मौलिक अधिकारों का अर्थ

मौलिक अधिकार उन अधिकारों को कहा जाता है जो व्यक्ति के जीवन के लिये मौलिक होने के कारण संविधान द्वारा नागरिकों को प्रदान किये जाते हैं और जिनमें राज्य द्वार हस्तक्षेप नही किया जा सकता। ये ऐसे अधिकार हैं जो व्यक्ति के व्यक्तित्व के पूर्ण विकास के लिये आवश्यक हैं और जिनके बिना मनुष्य अपना पूर्ण विकास नही कर सकता। ये अधिकार कई करणों से मौलिक हैं:-

A Brief introduction to Civil Services Exam

About Civil Services Exam

  • Eligibility Criteria: The candidate should be 21 years of age and should have graduated in any discipline from a recognized university. Students in their final year of graduation can also apply.

  • Applying for the Exam: The candidate should log on to and follow the instructions given on the website.

  • E-Admit Card: Candidates have to download the e-admit card from the website The admit cards can be downloaded three weeks before the examination.

मास्टर स्ट्रैटेजी : सामान्य अध्ययन - पेपर - १ (सिविल सेवा प्रारंभिक परीक्षा)

सिविल सेवा प्रारंभिक परीक्षा : ट्रेण्ड एनालिसिस

Master Strategy for IAS Pre Exam

संघ लोक सेवा द्वारा आयोजित सिविल सेवा परीक्षा में सफलता प्राप्त करने के लिये मास्टर स्ट्रैटेजी के माध्यम से विद्यार्थी के विभिन्न प्रश्नों का हल दिया जयेगा। जैसे अध्ययन सामग्री का चुनाव कैसे किया जाए, कोचिंग इन्स्टीट्यूट में जाना चाहिये अथवा नहीं, अध्ययन कैसे करना चाहिये, कितनी देर पढना चाहिये, नोट्स बनाने चाहिये अथवा नही इत्यादि सवाल जो कि तैयारी कर रहे प्रत्येक व्यक्ति के मन में घूमते रहते हैं। विद्यार्थीयों को चाहिये की वे भ्रमित न होकर शान्त मन से अध्ययन करें।

How to prepare Current Affairs

Current Affairs

Current Events/Affairs has become a very prominent component and its role in Civil services examination. In exams many questions are asked from this section, so prepare thoroughly. Because your efforts will be useful for you in all stages of the competition and make it a part of your daily routine.

Current Events

Make an aerial view of Newspaper by making Political Administrative, Socio-Cultural, Economic, Technical, Geographical News. Set the Newspapers in their dates sequence from Sunday to Sunday. On Sunday start reading the newspapers in reverse direction i.e., from 20th of January to 12th of january in order to filter important & exam oriented  news within that time frame.

How to score good marks in civil services exam

Useful Tips: Successful Scoring in IAS Exam

Today I want to share some of the strategies that might help you to score well in civil services exam. When you enter this UPSC examination and decided that this is your goal. First, lot of us will think that this is very hard! But with hard work, which is intelligently done, you can clear this exam very easily.

As you know that this exam is conducted in three stages. First come the prelims exam which is written by more than 5 lakhs people from across the country. So this exam is very exhaustive and it is mainly a screening exam.

Understanding the Exam process and preparation

So, basically if you see in this exam, every question you have got has four options and you have to select the right option. So more than choosing the right option in this stage, mainly consist of eliminating the wrong answers. So in this way you will be able to get a clear picture. Since UPSC has introduced negative marking, it is better to leave the completely unknown questions and mainly concentrate first on the questions that you know thoroughly, then the questions which you are having some basic guidelines. So this is the basic technique that we have to follow in the Prelims exam.

Other than that "How to prepare for the prelims exam". This is a exhaustive study level exam. Before preparing exhaustively, I will recommend that you study the basic books first thoroughly and then you can go for other books. So what happens is once you read the basic notes thoroughly, you get the basic understanding of the subject. And when you read the other books, you will get the added information.

How to prepare Science & Technology for IAS Exam

Science & Technology for Civil Services Prelims and Mains Examination

Importance in Exam Point of View

Science and Technology in years have grown in relevance and has groomed a great width in its dynamics in the civil services examination. The role that general science plays in day to day life and hence with the development of the system has been marked majorly in both the pattern of UPSC Civil services exams that is prelims and mains. Thus, science and technology and general science have developed as a core prospect in the success story of the aspirants.

How to crack civil services exam in first attempt

How to Clear IAS in 1 Year

The First Attempt

The first attempt of the candidate is a very crucial one and that is the attempt in which we can give the attempt with the full fire. So you should not waste this opportunity for just a sake of writing the Preliminary examination. Many can clear the Preliminary exam in just sake of writing but you can not be done with the Mains examination. Let us explain that what advantage you have in first attempt is the thought about the civil services examination and how you approach to the preparation is desired by whom you approach to get the advice. Whether it is the successful candidates or those who are at to succeed. Successful candidates can give you the positive approach, they would have had some fallbacks and how they rectified them. They will help you to focus in preparation with a positive way.

But if you go for some candidates who have not succeeded, they might give you some negative thoughts about the examination that you have to study too much to cover the vast areas of study and course etc.

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.

प्रांरभिक परीक्षा सामान्य अध्ययन प्रश्नपत्र के लिए अचूक रणनीति

प्रांरभिक परीक्षा - सामान्य अध्ययन

रणनीति निर्धारण

Samanya Adhyayanइस सेवा में भविष्य बनाने के लक्ष्य को प्राप्त करने के लिये आपमें मेहनत, एकाग्रता, आत्मविश्वास व कुशल प्रबंधन का होना अनिवार्य है। युवा अभ्यर्थी एक प्रमुख बात का ध्यान रखें कि यह सिविल सर्विस सिर्फ एक उज्ज्वल भविष्य की ही बात नहीं है, बल्कि यह एक अत्यंत महत्वपूर्ण ज़िम्मेदारी की सेवा भी हैं और इसमें सेवा के लोकतांत्रिक मूल्यों को बनाए रखने व जनहित में काम करने की आवश्यकता होगी। सिविल सर्विस परीक्षा एस० एस० सी०, बैंकिग, रेलवे व अन्य प्रतियोगी परीक्षाओं की तरह एक सामान्य परीक्षा नहीं है, "यह एक मिशन है"।

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 ।

मास्टर स्ट्रैटेजी : प्रारंभिक परीक्षा सामान्य अध्ययन - पेपर - 1 (पर्यावरण, पारिस्थितिकी एवं जैव विविधिता)

सिविल सेवा प्रारंभिक परीक्षा की तैयारी कैसे करें?

मास्टर स्ट्रैटेजी: पर्यावरण, पारिस्थितिकी एवं जैव विविधिता

नवीन पाठ़्यक्रम के अंतर्गत पर्यावरण, पारिस्थितिक समबंधित मुद़्दों को अलग खण्ड के रूप में सम्मिलित किया गया है। पहले यह भूगोल खण्ड के अन्तर्गत शामिल था। यह अत्यंत महत्वपूर्ण खण्ड है, वर्ष २०११ में इस खण्ड से २० प्रश्न पूंछे गये थे तथा वर्ष २०१२ में भी २० प्रश्न इसी खण्ड से आये थे। वर्तमान में भी पर्यावरण, पारिस्थितिकी एवं जैव विविधिता खण्ड का महत्व  लगातार प्रश्नों के बढ्ते क्रम को देखने से स्पष्ट हो जाता है।

इस खण्ड में पूंछे जाने वाले प्रश्न ऐसे होते है जिनके बारे में हम प्राय: पढते या सुनते रहते हैं। उदाहरण के लिये - ग्लोबल वार्मिंग, अम्लीय वर्षा या फ़िर ओजोन परत के क्षरण जैसे विषयों से जुडे होते हैं। इस प्रकार यह खण्ड व्यवहारिक एवं विश्लेषणात्मक प्रकृति के प्रश्नों से परिपूर्ण होते हैं। इस खण्ड से पशु-पक्षियों, पेड-पौधों की विलुप्त होती प्रजातियों, नई खोजी गई प्रजाति अथवा किसी विशिष्ट कारण से चर्चा में रही प्रजाति के विषय में प्रश्न पूंछे जाते हैं।

प्रारंभिक परीक्षा : सामान्य अध्ययन (राज्यव्यवस्था) - संविधान का परिचय व वर्णन


राज्यव्यवस्था : भारत का संविधान

संविधान उन प्रावधानों का संग्रह है, जिसके आधार पर किसी देश का शासन चलाया जाता है।

राज्यव्यवस्था (Polity)

राज्यव्यवस्था संविधान का अनुप्रयोग है जब संविधान को किसी देश में लागू किया जाता है तो संविधान को लागू करने के क्रम में जो कानून सरकार के निर्णय और संस्थायें उभर कर सामने आती हैं उन्हे सामूहिक रूप से राज्यव्यवस्था कहते हैं।

How to fill DAF for UPSC Exam


 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.

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:

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.
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