pinkal

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  1. Hi friends!!! I would like to suggest a very simple way to make your entry to PRE. hope it will help you. I have followed it and was able to make it in Pre for 2nd time first of all , As paper 2 has now become qualifying and its marks are not to be added to the score of pre, it's the paper-1 which will decide your selection in Pre not paper 2. for paper-2 what you need is only a little bit practice to score 33% marks to qualify it. my point is : focus on Paper 1. you have to score 110+ (a little bit tough). also GS (Paper1) is core of UPSC mains(GS Paper 1,2 and 3) & Interview. give your 100% for it.. Read THe Hindu regularly for Current Affairs... you must be updated about current affairs for Pre, mains and Interview... BUT DON'T make a mistake of ignoring it and preparing CURRENT AFFAIR from monthly CURRENT AFFAIR UPDATE MAGAZINES. you will regret it. if u read LUCENT, Pratiyogita darpan etc it means you are not serious about upsc. if u read regular news paper you don't need to read any magazine. some special editions of Cronical/CST on Biodiversity, S&T, Indian Art & Culture may be useful. Frontline or World Focus(Dec Special issue) for IR and foreign policy of India(for mains) are useful. otherwise though it seems as magazines provide summarized news, effective data, all-in-one material on any topics, but in actual sense, they are waste of time for upsc. Really... you may not answer a single question either in PRE or mains based on any magazine. believe me . you may ask why its so. answer is quite simple: UPSC asks comprehensive questions. its requires conceptual and basic understanding of topics in PRE and broad Knowledge(with relvente information) for mains. you don't need data but only relevant information.you don't need to know everything but must understand diverse perspective (multidimensional approach) of any given topic. Only book you should follow for Govt. Scheme/policy and some useful,information/data... its India Yearbook(published by Govt of India).. in PRE and mains, some question are asked based on Govt schemes, policies, Bill and acts. Don't give too much attention on Budget, Elections, scams or Political News or even Editorials. They will kill your time. while reading News paper, stay focused on core issues: Poverty, Growth, Development, Govt schemes, Bills, Reforms, International Developments etc. about reading NCERT: they are must for basics.. a point to start with. but all of them are not required. only NCERT of class XI-XII are sufficient. no need to read 6-10 standard NCERT. FOR ENVIRONMENT Highest number of questions are being asked in PRE for last 3 years from the topic Environment, Ecology and Biodiversity. therefore its the most important topic for PRE. the only comprehensive book to be read is ENVIRONMENT by SANKAR IAS ACADEMY(available at book stalls for Rs 350) FOR ARTS AND CULTURE: Indian Arts and Culture has also become favorite topic of UPSC. I found ART & CULTURE by Centre for CULTURAL RESOURCES AND TRAINING(CCRT) quite useful. photocopy available at Mukharji Nagar(Delhi) book stalls. FOR POLITY AND ECONOMICS: I would suggest you to grab SRIRAM IAS or VAJIRAM & RAVI material of POLITY & ECONOMY(only 2 books, their photocopies costs Rs. 200-300). if you can get their photocopies from Mukharji Nagar(Delhi),they are excellent and more than sufficent. they are too simple & Basic. no need to read anything else for polity & Economics. in case you can't get photocopy of these materials ... you may also buy 1. INDIAN POLITY by LAXMIKANT 2. Indian Economics by Ramesh Singh... these are equally good and simple for Polity and economy... Economics: do't read NCERT-Economics (not very useful for upsc bcz its "Indian Economy" you need for exam not the subject "Economics" ) or Dutt & Sund(too much facts and data) or Pratiyogita Darpan (throw it into dustbin)... nor you need to remember any fact,data or stats.. just learn basics.. what does terms like GDP, FISCAL DEFICIT, FOREX, FII/FDI, ECB, CAD, INFLATION, SLR,CRR, MSF, BANK RATE, REPO/REVERSE REPO RATE, exactly mean... relation between them ... factors affecting these terms... very very basic things... understand the basic concepts of Economy... please refer to previous year pre-papers ... they have asked only basics.... never mug up data of BUDGET or GDP or INFLATION.... even you may simply ignore the Budget at all. Indian Polity: I strongly suggest you to first read NCERT(all new) 1. Democratic Politics-II (class X) 2. Indian Constitution at Work (class XI) 3. Contemporary World Politics(class XII) 4. Politics in India since Independence (class XII) though they are not directly asked in PRE but very-very useful for understanding basics and writing mains(GS Paper I and II).... again don't need to learn article no. ...nor remember exact lines... remembering Article no. of FRs and DPSPs would be sufficient... Rights, Power, Selection process of President, SC, EC are very important... Emergency, Federal Structure, Panchayati Raj are important topics.... again try to understand them... what are their relationship, limitations, checks & balance etc..... HISTORY for Ancient & Modern History read NCERT(old one, only class XI-XII, get their photocopy) 1. ANCIENT INDIA(CLASS XI) 2. MODERN INDIA(CLASS XII) very-very-very important for pre!!. Medieval History is not important for Pre. leave it for mains. GEOGRAPHY for Geography, refer to NCERT. only class XI-XII new one 1. Fundamentals of Physical Geography(Class XI) 2. India Physical Environment (Class XI) 3. Fundamentals of Human Geography (Class XII) 4. India People and Economy (Class XII) no other NCERT book is required. now some talk about Mains. for any OPTIONAL SUBJECT or GS TOPIC refer to IGNOU notes. its the ultimate source for answering upsc questions. actually you will find many of upsc mains questions directly answered in IGNOU notes. INTERNATIONAL RELATION(IR) For GS Paper II: buy this year's Dec special issue(available from Jan 2015) of World Focus and read it line by line for India's foreign Policy and International Relation. then follow recent development in International Relation from Jan,2015 by news paper(Hindu). would be sufficient for IR(GS Paper II) ETHICS,INTEGRITY & APTITUDE For GS PAPER IV: buy LEXICON by Chronicle. and best of Luck!!! its the last thing you may need. but with hard work and determination you really don't need it.
  2. about reading NCERT. they are a must for basics.. a starting point. but all of them are not required. only NCERT of class XI-XII are sufficent. no need to read 6-10 standard NCERT. for Indian economy... do't read NCERT-Economics (not very useful for upsc bcz its "Indian Economy" you need for exam not the subject "Economics"). Indian Economics by Ramesh Singh(TMH) is simple and basic book for beginers. for polity... I strongly suggest you to read NCERT(all new) 1. Democratic Politics-II (class X) 2. Indian Constitution at Work (class XI) 3. Contemporary World Politics(class XII) 4.Politics in India since Independence (class XII) then you may read Indian Polity by Laxmikant(TMH), a simple and basic book. for Ancient & Modern History read NCERT(old one, only class XI-XII, get their photocopy)... very-very-very important for pre!!. Medieval History is not important for Pre. read it for mains. for Geography, refer to NCERT of only class XI-XII new no other NCERT book is required. hope it would help you and save your precious time.
  3. I absolutely outdated for UPSC, highly not recommended for new pattern .... you should go for Ramesh Singh(TMH)
  4. try these links global politics by Andrew Heywood. click here to download Essentials of Comparative politics" by Patrick H O'Neil. click here to download or alternative link.
  5. a must read 1. an introduction to political theory by O P Gauba other Important books to cover syllabus: 1. Global Politics by Andrew Heywood 2. essentials of comparative politics by O’ Neil 3. INDIAN POLITICAL THOUGHT by V.R.MEHTA 4. Western Pol Thought from IGNOU material. this topic is most complex. need special attention. refer to IGNOU notes of BA and MA for all other topics of syllabus.
  6. here at Mrunal.org you can download free NCERT pdf books.
  7. wait for some time... it would be available after approved by IO moderators. wait for some time... it would be available after approved by IO moderators.
  8. Hi Everyone!! I have uploaded some important political science ebooks pdf. hope it would help you all. enjoy friends. 1.Global Politics by Andrew Heywood 2.Essentials of Comparative politics by Neil 3. Political Ideologies-An Introduction by Andrew Heywood
  9. IGNOU provides study materials for its BA and MA courses. these materials are very useful for UPSC mains for optional subjects. now after pattern change, IGNOU notes are also useful for GS papers I,II and III. you may download soft copies of IGNOU material at IGNOUS site(currently under mantainance). you may download some of them from following page of Mrunal.org .
  10. File Name: Political Ideologies File Submitter: pinkal File Submitted: 24 Feb 2014 File Category: Study Material its a soft copy of "Political Ideologies-An Introduction" by Andrew Heywood Click here to download this file
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    its a soft copy of "Political Ideologies-An Introduction" by Andrew Heywood
  12. Hi Madhan, best of luck for mains result. for contemporary world politics I am confused between: 1. Essentials of comparative politics by O’ Neil or 2. Comparative Politics-Ronald Chilcote please suggest me which one is better. also I couldn't find both of them at Mukharji Nagar(Delhi). can you tell me where I can get them. I can't read through their soft copices. need printed book.
  13. Hello everyone books I have followed so for during last one year. Written mains for 2nd time(without completing whole syllabus): I started with NCERT(new): 1. Democratic Politics-II (class X) 2. Indian Constitution at Work (class XI) 3. Contemporary World Politics (class XII) 4. Politics in India since Independence (class XII) then completed reading 1. O P Gauba, 2. V R Mehta- Indian Pol. Thought 3. Mukherjee-Ramaswamy - Wester Pol Thought but found it too lengthy. left it... then read only IGNOU material for it. now I have just started reading (after 2 months of main's break ... lol) 1. IGNOU for Indian Political Thought 2. Global Politics- Heywood. and World Focus + Hindu sadly I am too lazy. can't read whole IGNOU material I read only Western & Indian Pol Thought from it .can any one suggest which other IGNOU note I must read.
  14. I think in previous post I have made clear in Bold letters about which is new one and which is old, also that no need to read any NCERT before 10th standard.why are you so confused. its Ancient of class XI and Modern History of Class XII(both old one) you should read. you may skip Medieval for mains. friend, first thing NCERT Economics is a book for Economics subject. in upsc you need to know general economics. its same as upsc Science(S&T) is different from NCERT Science books. though reading NECRT Science inhances your science knowledge thus helping any way for upsc, they are not recommanded. why?? because you have to stay focused. you have no time to kill. you don't need to be Economist to answer upsc questions. what you need is General Economics. a day to day Economics: what is Inflation? why RBI hiked rates? what is its impact on inflation? what is CAD, fical Defict? etc. ....... see its everyday Economics. most of things you already know. you don't need to know how to calculate GDP or Inflation but simply what they means.... no calculation and no HOW? but WHAT? and WHY?... that's why no NCERT. its deals with details of Economics.... about how? and you must be focused on latest Economic satituation only. Economic History of India is not so important for upsc any way. if you have plenty of time go for it. because more 'knowledge' is always good for upsc.
  15. one golden rule : you should choose the optionals which you find interesting, it must attract you. scoring/non-scoring subjects are a myth. also changing optional is not a problem at any time. many people change their optional while filling DAF(mains form) after qualifying pre.