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  1. Hi Friends, I have seen that Andrew Heywood books are most recommended books for Pol Sci. preparation but because of their high price , many of us settle for other books. So I am sharing few of his books here. 1. Political Theory : An Introduction - 3rd Edition 2. Global Politics : 2011 Edition hope these books helps in your preparation. # I think sharing of books is allowed but If Moderator considers this as an act of piracy then i will remove these books #
  2. How to subscribe to Yojana, Kurukshetra, Chronicle, Wizard For success in UPSC civil service IAS IPS exam, it Is necessary to refer to certain magazines. Many friends have difficulties in finding out how to subscribe to them. So I’m posting the subscription address , price etc Magazines by Govt. Yojana (for Govt. schemes / policies on poverty removal, energy, education etc) Kurukshetra (for rural Development , women,SC/ST empowerment – must for those with Public Administration optional) How to subscribe? you've to send Money order (100/- per year for each magazine) to following address Business Manager, Publication Division , Ministry of I&B, East block-IV level -VII R.K.Puram, New Delhi - 11003 in the MO, specify your address and which magazine you want to subscribe along with the language in which you want to read it. e.g. Yojana (English) etc. they've got a website but like all Govt. website- it lacks any customer support lol here it is yojana.gov.in once your money reaches there, it'll automatically start coming with in 15 days. Both of these magazines are not available generally in regular bookstore / market except in government run libraries, Hence its essential that you subscribe to them. Because they’re important from Essay + Mains General studies (and Public Administration) point of view. Competitive magazines for civil service exam. There are many, like Chronicle , Wizard, Civil Service Times, Pratiyogita Darpan, Competition success review etc. Here I post the methods to subscribe to two of them. You don’t have to buy all of them, just keep one and stick with it. Civil Service Chronicle. same procedure as above but MO of 550 /- for 1 year. do specify- which medium. because they too run in both Hindi/ English address Chronicle Publication Pvt Ltd. A-26, Sector 2 Noida (UP)-201301 phone-0120-2440265-66 once they get your money, they'll mail you the invoice via post and then start sending the magazines. generally it comes on 17th of Each month. they've got a website too, but haven't updated it since 2006, so not mentioning it. they also offer to send you magazine via courier if you’re living in a big city / State capital (but you’ll have to pay Rs.100/- for it) BUT its not required as even in the normal post – it comes regularly. Competition Wizard Its subscription procedure is a little cumbersome, since they don’t accept Money order but only DD (Demand Drafts) For 1 years individual subscription you’ve to send them DD of Rs. 400/- So actually its costlier than 400 Rs : count the 30 Rs. Of DD charged by Bank+ Postal Stamp on envelope. Favoring ‘Competition Wizard’, payable @ Delhi. Address Competition Wizard, B-19, ALS House, Dr. Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi-110009. Ph- 27653714 I think Wizard comes only in English medium. To Subscribe or to Buy from bookstand? Advantage of Subscribing 1. Bookstand price of these magazines are mostly 50 – 60 Rs. (depending on whether it’s a Prelim Special issue or not.), so for 1 year it’d be about 50% more the amount than subscription price. So you’re saving lot money by subscribing. 2. You don’t have to waste time in going to Bookstand every month. = more money saved in petrol lol, environment is saved from pollution, global warming, climate change, .. you can write an essay on it. Advantage of buying from Bookstand 1. You’ve choice, because if you subscribe then you’ve to stick with one and same magazine, for the year, despite its fluctuating quality. But when you are buying from bookstand , you can chose the best for that month. E.g. some months Chronicle makes better issue, and some months Wizard published better issue. related previous articles. Tips : How to prepare General studies for 2010 Prelims:Mrunal [My Tips] Preparing current affairs & Essay from Newspaper:Mrunal Why & How to make Notes for UPSC Civil Service IAS,IPS Exam- Study Tips:Mrunal My Sure shot Strategy for Success in Public Administration Prelim 2010:Mrunal
  3. Hi to all, Please suggest how to study G.S for prelims if one have to start from scratch as we have now limited time, what should we study or what are the useful books that offer good content for study. Also, suggest some coaching institute in delhi that offer weekend classes for G.S. Thanks Rajesh Kumar Gupta
  4. Hello, Please suggest some book for Geography of India for Mains. I am looking for book similar to as D.D.Basu is for Polity.
  5. Starting my preparations for political science mains. But, Could any serious aspirant tell me some good standard books for COMPARATIVE POLITICS, i.e. paper-2a(1st sub-topic in paper-2). If possible, list out the strategy for paper-2a. Thanks.
  6. I have read 11th & 12th NCERT books & now I am looking to buy one standard book. I have read previous posts pertaining to this matter. Many members recommend DD Basu. Some say that DD Basu is not exam oriented .
  7. Background I graduated in June 2011 with an integrated master's degree in economics from IIT Madras. When did I start my preparation? I started preparing for CSE May 2010 onwards. So it was around that time that I started looking into Econ seriously from CSE point of view. Coaching: Despite having a degree in Economics I didnt feel that I was prepared enough score good marks in Econ in CSE. Hence I joined Prof Lalwani at Axiom Indian Administrative Service Academy, New Delhi for Econ coaching. Attending his classes brought a lot of conceptual clarity that I didnt have earlier. So at the end I can say that joining his coaching was a very good decision indeed and I owe a large part of my success to him. Strategy for Paper 1: Books referred Micro - Microeconomics by Koutsoyiannis; Microeconomics by Pyndick and Rubinfeld Macro - Macroeconomics by Richard Froyen Monetary Economics - Macroeconomics by Richard Froyen and Prof Lalwani's notes Public Finance - Didnt follow any specific text. Relied on the things I had learnt during my graduation and Prof. Lalwani's Notes International Economics - Salvatore; Krugman and Obstfeld Growth and Development - Growth and Development by AP Thirlwall; Economic Development by Todaro and Smith Strategy: I tried to use only the standard texts recommended at good universities around the world. I think this is very essential to get the concepts right. I havnt seen the traditionally recommended books for CSE Econ like Jhingan, Gupta etc; so cannot comment whether those books should be used or not. But my advice would be, read good standard and universally appreciated text as far as possible. (But I must also add here that I was used to reading all the text I have mentioned in 'books referred' right from my undergraduate days. So I had a bias towards reading these texts.) I finished the syllabus once before UPSC Preliminary Examination. But as I have said above I wasnt very confident about my preparation. Hence I took at coaching from Prof Lalwani. I used to revise class notes almost everyday and devoted a lot of time to understanding each concept that I thought was important. Answer Writing: Writing practice is very essential for Economics because one has to train oneself to speak in the language of graphs. I feel that it is important that as far as possible things are explained through a graph in paper 1. Making good and accurate graphs requires a lot of practice. So I devoted a lot of time in mastering drawing the graphs. Once a graph is drawn the answer automatically flows as an explanation of the graph. I used to write answers frequently and give it to Prof Lalwani to review it critically. In my CSE paper, I tried to include at least one graph in every answer except where it was absolutely impossible to do so. Strategy for Paper 2 Books referred: There are no standard texts I referred for paper 2 preparation. One has to read a lot about the happenings in the economy through various sources. Some of the sources I referred to are: Indian Economy Since Independence by Uma Kapila Oxford Handbook on Indian Economy Class notes of Prof. Lalwani Relevant articles in Economic and Political Weekly including articles from the archive relating to some important issues like the poverty debate Opinion articles on Indian Economy from sources like Economic Times, Live Mint and Business Line Economic Survey Budget speech and budget documents RBI's handbook on statistics for various data Speeches of RBI governor and deputy governors available on RBI's website I had tried reading Indian Economy by Dutt & Sundaram initially. I feel that it is an eminently unreadable book. It is very poorly edited and the data are not updated even in the latest editions. It is very poor source of preparation if you are aiming at getting high marks in paper 2. But I admit that at times some topics may not be found elsewhere other than this book. So you may have to go through the frustration of reading some part of this book. I never referred to Mishra & Puri's Indian Economy, so cannot comment about that book. Strategy: The strategy for paper 2 was to first read up on each topic mentioned in the syllabus from different sources (mostly web sources). Then I prepared notes on each of these topics and did a critical analysis of each of these topics so that I understand them better. I supplemented my understanding with research papers in EPW and editorials in newspapers. I had done all this before writing UPSC Preliminary Examination. After UPSC Preliminary Examination I devoted most of my time to understanding paper 1 better. For paper 2 I read Lalwani sir's notes. Answer Writing: Never did any answer writing preparation for paper 2 because it is mostly about expressing one's opinions on issues and I was confident about being able to do that well. My advice to aspirants with Econ as an option: 1. Try to read from good text 2. Answer writing practice an absolute must for paper 1. I cannot emphasize this fact more. The more you practice, the better you will score. 3. For paper 2 do not stick to any one text. Try to read up as different sources till you are able to critically analyse the issue from different angles. My final marks in Econ CSE 2011: Paper 1 - 170 Paper 2 - 209 Total: 379
  8. Dear Aspirants of West Bengal, This state has immense potential to produce officers of very high quality. As you all are aware, One of this state's guy is currently the primo-supremo of our country i.e. 'Pranab da'...so y can't we eh?? I request all the aspirants of Bengal to come forward and discuss what and how much problems are being faced by them in the preperation for UPSC. How do they Collect books, where do they study, what is their approach, why do they lose interest and then lets all dicuss the possibilities of improving. We will meet up every month and discuss issues which we are unable to discuss otherwise. All other state people are also invited to talk. Hope to see a fruitful discussion and may this thread never end:D. Regards, Aditya:p
  9. Hello, Please suggest me good geography books to be referred to while starting from the simplest level. Most of the books cover only a particular section so does that mean i wil have to study separate books for evry topic. I am totally confused as to from which corner i should start from. Regards Nidhi
  10. I am a civil engineer and one of my optional is civil engineering .. So if anybody is preparing for civil engineering do let me know... and also please share the books and strategy for preparing ... Thnx..
  11. I need old year questions from polity section , both for mains & prelims... can anyone post some link or name of some books to refer ?
  12. how to prepare ethics, integrity and aptitude...I.e gs paper...and also recommend the books related to it...plz reply soon...shubha...
  13. difference between civil service neutrality and civil service activism and also plz recommend the books related to study chapter 8 of paper 2 I.e civil services..plz reply soon
  14. I know this question has been asked a hazaar times on this forum and i have read all of those threads but still i am confused. The thing is that when it comes to public administration i am rank beginner, like a toddler let out in the Akhaada to fight the giants. I have absolutely no knowledge about PA and i have no idea where to start. There are so many books mentioned in the forum- fadia, maheshwari, prasad, henry, laxmikanth etc etc and each of them seems very essential to the subject. And all this has left me totally dazzled I wanted to ask if you could recommend one book for each paper (I & II) to start with. I know, i know one book is not enough. I just want to know where to begin with ? Something that gives me a feel of the syllabus, at least most of it. I will layer it late on with all the other wonderful books everyone has suggested but right now, what to start with to get some conceptual idea of the subject. So in a nutshell - could you please suggest one book for paper I and one for paper II which will help me get my feet wet. P.S: Thank you and apologies in advance if you are rolling you eyes and looking heavenwards at the sheer repetitiveness of the question.
  15. how to prepare gs paper ethics, integrity and aptitude.I want to know the strategy and also plz recommend books
  16. Hi guys am Kiran and have set target for Civils 2014. Thinking of finishing all the core subjects first, so started reading indian polity by m laxmikanth, want to finish it as early as possible and move on to others. I dont have basics in economy so going to study NCERT class VI to 12th economy subjects and then Indian Economy by Ramesh singh. Aspirants from Bangalore can keep in touch with me so that we can share our prep strategies and if possible can meet and share our books n material...Pls aspirants frm bnglr reply
  17. Respected seniors, Please mention some good books on History which are required to cover the entire syllabus. Thanks in advance.
  18. how to prepare for ethics ..... any idea what type of questions will be asked ....and what books should i use for it?
  19. hi,i am preparing for CSE 2014 can anyone plz suggest me the best books to be read for CSAT?
  20. hi sanjeev .. thanks v much for extending your help .. this is a query on pub ad paper 2 - indian administration .. how would you suggest one prepares for it, for the mains? could you share with us your experience, on some of the following .. ? a) the books that you followed any coaching centre you may have attended c) journals and magazines that enabled you to keep updated on the recent issues in indian administration d) your approach to answering the paper in the exam warm regards schubho
  21. 1. Micro: H L Ahuja 2. Macro: Jhingan, Shapiro 3. International trade: Mannur 4. Public Finance: H L Bhatia 5. Money/Banking: S B Gupta 6. Growth and Development: Jhingan, Todaro 7. Indian Economics : Misra and Puri 8. Economic Survey List is not exaustive but good for the start.