Wednesday, 9 September 2015

IAS PRELIMS -How to prepare?

 Hi friends ,

This is the pattern for prelims exam.
PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION : Time duration: 2 hours per paper.


Note :
  • There is also negative marking ie 0.33 for every wrong answer.
  • Paper 2 is a qualifying paper .One has to get a minimum score of 66/200.(Applicable from 2015)
  • Hence ,only Paper 1 marks count for the cutoff from 2015.
Before you start your preparation ,be sure to have checked these two blogs -

1 .What were the cutoffs for Prelims ,Mains and Final in 2013 &2014 ?
2 . Prelims Syllabus

What books should i read?

I shall list down the basic NCERTs and reference books that one has to study,for preparation.

Reference Books/Source
Current events of national and international importance.
The Hindu
History of India and Indian National Movement.
(Focus on art ,literature,architecture,culture and socio-economic political conditions of all these periods )
(Focus on socio religious reform movements ,Great Revolt of 1857 and the Indian National Movement)
Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
Indian Polity -Laxmikant
(Dont forget to solve the previous year questions at the back of the book )
The Hindu
Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
Economic Survey (in brief)
The Hindu
General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialisation General Science.
The Hindu

If you are a first timer ,

  1. Remember to check the past question papers before preparation ,and even during preparation.Find the papers attached below -

GS Paper 1 -2015
GS Paper 1 -2014

      2.  Solving the previous year question papers will not only give you confidence ,but help you understand how questions are asked in UPSC and what to read .

      3.  Take up tests at regular intervals ,to monitor your progress.

Stay tuned !
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  1. Hi sir,
    I am in final year B.Tech Civil Engineering and an IAS aspirant. Sir what should I do from now onwards for the preparation and which subject should I choose as optional subject. Please help and guide me sir. I will be more than happy if you become my mentor SIR. My email id id Thank You Sir

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  4. Hi sir.I am a final year student from electronics and communication engineering.IM very much interested in cracking the upsc exams.sir please help me for this n guide me too.hope u oblige my request.Thank you sir.My email Id is aralekattikruthi

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