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  1. Is it possible that two candidates secure equal votes in Indian Presidential Election? If yes, then what is the process to resolve this dead-lock?
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[ATTACH=CONFIG]535[/ATTACH]Introduction [TABLE] [TR] [TD]Name[/TD] [TD]Aravind Menon[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Roll number[/TD] [TD]238947[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Rank (CSE 2011)[/TD] [TD]201[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Optional Subjects[/TD] [TD]Public Administration, Malayalam Language[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Medium for Mains Exam[/TD] [TD]English[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Mains Examination Centre[/TD] [TD]Thiruvananthapuram[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Number of Attempts[/TD] [TD]2[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Details of Graduation and Post-Grad.[/TD] [TD]B.Tech in Electronics & Communication from College of Engineering, Trivandrum[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Schooling (Medium)[/TD] [TD]English[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Extracurricular activities, hobbies, achievements etc.[/TD] [TD]Cricket , Photography[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Are you a working professional?[/TD] [TD]No[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]If yes, then did you leave your job or prepared while on the job?[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Did you take Coaching?[/TD] [TD]Prelims: Yes Mains: Yes Interview: Yes[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Did you buy any postal courses?[/TD] [TD]No[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Did you join any Mock test series?[/TD] [TD]Yes[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Did you appear in any other competitive exams?[/TD] [TD]Yes[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]If yes, provide the details:[/TD] [TD]Selected as PO in SBI and ACIO in IB[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Inception Q. When and how did the inspiration and idea of joining civil service come in your mind? My parents are government servants. So I grew up hearing the stories of Indian Administrative Service officers using their power to help the poor people. The idea to join civil services had been in my mind right from my school days and it became a conviction during my graduation . The Choice of Optional Subjects Q7. After a person decides to appear in civil service exam, the first big obstacle is “Choice of optional subjects”. What factors did you consider before selecting your optional? Interest in the subject ( most important) availability of help- study-material , guidance of seniors Electronics was not offered by Union Public Service Commission. That might not be the case with others. Graduation subject is also a good option. Momentum Q. How did you sustain the study-momentum throughout the year, How did you keep yourself busy with the books, continuously? First of all, it was not possible for me to be continuously engaged with studies all round the year. I took breaks in between to spend time with my friends, to watch movies, to visit the beach etc. But I ensured that these breaks were short and I got back to studies w/o affecting my time-plan. When I had planned , I allotted small bits of time for these relaxing activities. My parents and friends were extremely helpful in this regard. Hours On an average, How many hours did you study per day? How many months did it take you to complete the core syllabus of GS and optional subjects? As often said , “The quality of time and not quantity of time matters”. On my good days , I studied 8-10 hours including the time taken to read newspapers. There were days when I read only the newspaper and browsed internet. Since I had started early, I studied leisurely & so I took nearly 10-12 months for completing the core syllabus. I studied GS, Pub ad and malayalam simultaneously. Internet How did you use computer and internet for your exam-preparation? Internet is extremely useful in destroying the barricades of distance. But one must be careful in utilising it. It is very easy to drift from one website to another and lose time in the process. So I used to browse the net when I was bored with the routine studies and came back to planned studies soon after. Gs Current Affairs for Exams — A blog for Indian Administrative Service,Indian Police Service,MBA,Bank PO and other career exams India Current Affairs RealClearWorld: World News, Analysis & Commentary Indian Administrative Service OUR DREAM GS News File List of emerging technologies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia To buy books online compare the prices in diff bookstores using Compare book prices in India. Buy books online from Indian bookstores | IndiaBookStore.net Essay How did you prepare yourself for the essay? I didnt have any special preparation for essay. I simulated 3 tests under exam conditions and got it evaluated which was useful. Which Essay did you write in Mains-2011? Essay regarding smaller states. What were your keypoints in that essay? I sticked to the guidelines given in the essay question- wrote the administrative, economic and developmental issues under separate headings. Besides I gave lots of examples to substantiate my points. How many marks did you get in that essay? 122 Phoenix Q. What had gone wrong in your previous attempts? How did you fix those issues in your 2011’s attempt? This was my 2nd attempt. I didnt qualify mains in 2010 because of lack of adequate preparation. I didnt have writing practise and mock tests last time. This time, I subscribed for a postal test series for GS & Pub Ad and for malayalam I joined a class to get writing practise and mock tests - which eventually turned out to be good decisions. Profile Many aspirants fear the interview, thinking that “my profile is not good because I’ve low marks in SSC/HSC/College, I don’t have any extra-curricular certificates, I don’t have work experience, I graduated from some unknown college, I’m from non-English medium and so on…” So, How important or relevant is the profile of a candidate during interview? No profile is bad. How you present yourself and defend any short-comings in the profile is the key. How do you rate your own profile? I also don’t have any extra-curricular certificates, any work experience, but I consider my profile as a good one. How much portion of your interview centered on your profile? 30-35% (Including home state, school and subsequent qns) Did they ask any uncomfortable questions from your profile? No Backup Q. In case you had not cleared the Union Public Service Commission exam, what was your career/future backup plan? I had been selected as a PO in SBI when the CSE 2011 results were announced. Family and Friends Q. Behind one topper are many people who stood by him/her during those uncertain times when he/she was merely an ‘aspirant’. Would you like to tell the world, who were those people in your case? My parents, my cousin-sister Chithra , my friend and sister-figure Ratna, my friends for life-Ganesh R and Harikrishnan . There are a lot of other friends who helped me in my preparation-directly and indirectly. I use this occasion to thank them all. Your Study plan CSAT (Paper I) General studies [TABLE] [TR] [TD]Topic[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]Source of your preparation[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Current Affairs[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]Hindu, Civil Services Chronicle(CSC)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]History Ancient/Medieval/Modern[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]Only Modern- Spectrum publishers[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Physical Geography[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]School text[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Geography of India[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]NCERT,Geography through Maps, Atlas[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Geography of World[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]NCERT, Atlas, Geography through Maps[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Polity and Governance[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]NCERT, Laxmikanth[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Public Policy[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]Public Admn texts[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Rights issue[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]Public Admn texts[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Environment and Biodiversity[/TD] [TD]Civil service times Spl issue + Chronicle monthly issues[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Economic and social Development[/TD] [TD]TMH – Indian Economy, Eduzone notes, magazines[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Science[/TD] [TD]Arihant GK[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Economy[/TD] [TD]TMH – Indian Economy, Eduzone notes,magazines[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] About the CSAT aptitude [TABLE] [TR] [TD]Syllabus Topic[/TD] [TD]Source of your preparation[/TD] [TD]Remarks, if Any[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Quantitative Aptitude[/TD] [TD]TIME material[/TD] [TD]Borrowed it from CAT students[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Data interpretation[/TD] [TD]Career Launcher material[/TD] [TD] “[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Logical reasoning[/TD] [TD]TIME material[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Reading comprehension[/TD] [TD]Career Launcher material[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Decision Making and Problem solving[/TD] [TD]Didnt find any good ones[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Mains Examination Compulsory Language papers [TABLE] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD]Source of your preparation[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]English[/TD] [TD]Nothing Special except regular reading of The Hindu[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Indian language paper[/TD] [TD]Nothing Special except regular reading of malayalam daily ( my optional was also malayalam)[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] General Studies paper I [TABLE] [TR] [TD]Syllabus Topic[/TD] [TD]Source of your preparation[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]History[/TD] [TD]Spectrum publishers- Modern India[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Culture[/TD] [TD]Spectrum publishers- Indian Culture ( selected reading), Mathrubhumi Year book[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Geography of India[/TD] [TD]NCERT[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Polity[/TD] [TD]NCERT, DD Basu, Pub Ad texts[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Issues of social relevance[/TD] [TD]Wizard social issues, CSC[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Indian economy and planning[/TD] [TD]TMH – Indian Economy, Eduzone notes, magazines[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Public health[/TD] [TD]CSC + Hindu[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Law and order[/TD] [TD]Public Admn topic[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Good governance[/TD] [TD]Public Admn topic[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Environment[/TD] [TD]Civil service times(CST) Spl issue + Chronicle monthly issues +Wiki+ Hindu survey on environment[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] General Studies paper 2 Aspirants would really appreciate if you elaborate more on how you prepared the topics marked with [TABLE] [TR] [TD]Syllabus Topic[/TD] [TD]Source of your preparation[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]India and the World[/TD] [TD]Fundamentals from Wikipedia, Made notes from Hindu, Read imp articles from Frontline, Identified bottlenecks and future prospects for imp countries, indiacurrentaffairs.org[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Indian diaspora[/TD] [TD]Didnt get time- So concentrated on People in news[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]India’s Economic interaction with world[/TD] [TD]Basics from TMH – Indian Economy &Eduzone notes, Current from CSC , Hindu[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]International affairs and institutions[/TD] [TD]Wikipedia, indiacurrentaf fairs.org Realclearworld.com,[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Statistics[/TD] [TD]NCERT , Chronicle – Statistics made simple[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Science & Tech.[/TD] [TD]Wikipedia, S&T book of CST, CSC spl issue and regular issues[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Optional Subject #1 and #2 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Caution : I have only 254 marks this year. Topic-wise previous qn- new vishal (important) Laxmikanth: Public Administration Prasad and Prasad: Administrative Thinkers Mohit Bhattacharya: New Horizons Rumki Basu: Concepts and theories Unique Publications guide -Paper 1 ( For topics not found in Standard texts) Arihant Publications ( model qns and ans) Paper 1 Fadia & Fadia: Administrative Theories and Concepts ( only few topics ) Rajni Goyal and R.K. Arora: Indian Administration DD Basu: Indian Polity Unique Publications guide (Paper 2) ( For topics not found in Standard texts) Arihant Publications ( model qns and ans) Paper 2 Bidyut Chakravarthy : Indian Government & politics ( Unfortunately came to know about this book only after exam) Shubhra Saxena : Super 50 "A concise dictionary of Public Administration" by Vikram Singh Answer-writing practice is very important. Answers must be brief. Add diagrams to break the monotonous nature of the answer ( though I was not very successful in it). Time-limits must be followed. MALAYALAM LITERATURE I had read the following books for Paper I before joining class- Kairaliyude Kadha- M. Krishna Pillai Malayala Sahithya Charithram- Kalaghattangalilude -: Erumeli I also had read all the novels ,short-stories ,biographies in Paper II before joining class. So, I could write answers of previous qns during the course duration and get it evaluated. Answer-writing practice is very very important. For paper II , one also has to read the critical reviews of the works mentioned in syllabus to increase the quality of our answers. Mock tests really helped in finishing the actual exam in time. Interview How did you prepare for the interview? Prepared thoroughly about my background as given in the Mains application form. Formed qns from each word given in it. Read one more english newspaper and gave more importance to the regional news . I gave more attention to the current issues and tried to formulate my own views about them. Frontline was helpful. Attended mock interviews which were very helpful as I got good feedback and could correct my mannerisms. Who was the chairman of you interview board? Smt Alka Sirohi Was your interview on the expected lines of what you had prepared or Did they ask you totally unexpected questions? Any Union Public Service Commission interview will have some unexpected qns. For me , the qns on Much ado about nothing , all human beings are rational ( Plz see transcript given below) etc were unexpected. What was the toughest question you faced during the interview and how did you answer it? My 1st qn( Much ado about nothing) ( Plz see transcript given below) ( I have already posted this in IO) My interview was on April 16th in the afternoon session. There were only 6 boards for our session , so each board had to interview 7 candidates each. As a result , each interview lasted for 20-25 minutes. My interview was no different. I was the third person to be interviewed by the board chaired by Smt Alka Sirohi (CM) . When I was asked by the attender to enter the room, I asked permission to do so from the board . I was granted that and I went in. All the 4 members (M1,M2,M3 & M4) other than the chairman were male members. So didnt had any confusion regarding how to wish. But even before I could wish them , CM asked me to be seated . Anyway , I wished them and took my seat. Everyone was busy doing something and was not giving much attention to me. That informal nature eased my tension . CM started the proceedings by asking me to list out 2-3 things that occurred in the past decade which suited the description “Much ado about nothing” . My mind went blank and even after she explained the question, I was not able to recollect any such events. Later she told me that what she intended was Y2K and WMD. M1 asked me about Chinmayananda Swami of Chinmaya Mission and his contributions to the society(I had my schooling in a Chinmaya Vidyalaya). I mentioned about his Jnana yajnas- spiritual knowledge to common man, opening of schools, social activities of its volunteers etc. then he asked about the essence of gita. Me: man should do his duties(karma) without the expectation of any result as it will lead to disappointment. He was expecting Aham brahmasmi and it was his next Qn. Me: Each soul is part of the universal soul. He was not completely satisfied. Q: Bertrand Russel's statement that all human beings are rational but he is yet to find such a person. Me: most of the people I met were rational. Q: then why world is like this Me: a minority of people may be irrational causing hardships , but since majority are rational world is still existing Q: Current political situation in Arab Spring countries Me: Answered M2 Q : Is there any conflict of interest b/n india and china in indian ocean as both are energy hungry nations. I didnt understand it completely. When he explained it , I thought it was regarding string of pearls and replied accordingly. I told about protecting our economic & security interests while maintaining a good relation with them. He kept on repeating the same Qn and CM intervened and asked M3 to start. M3 Q: Current status of the 'treasure' in SreePadmanabhaswamy temple and how to use it ( I am from kerala) A: need to use modern techniques to open the vault B w/o destroying anything else . It cannot be used for developmental purposes as it is part of our culture and history. Q: in case of bop crisis? Me: in that case it can be used for pledging but has to recovered when situation improves. Q: will a 1991 type crisis recur in india Me: No. diversity of trade, 300bn$ forex etc M4 Asked about the details of the recent SC judgement on RTE which I answered. CM Q: satellites in india and their uses. Me: didnt remember much . Told abt insat, metsat, risat. Q: remote sensing and its uses. Me: replied but not satisfactorily. Q: rocket launching centre? Me: sriharikkota Q: why? Me: earth's rotation aids the launch when it is launched in the easterly direction Q: Any security aspects? Me: in case of failure it will fall in ocean. She smiled and said thank you. I took a few seconds to understand that interview was over. Then I thanked everybody and got out. Marksheet [TABLE] [TR] [TD]ESSAY (PAPER-III)[/TD] [TD]122[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]GENRAL S TU DIES (PAPER-IV )[/TD] [TD]121[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]GENRAL S TU DIES (PAPER-V )[/TD] [TD]124[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]OPTIONAL-I(PU BLIC ADMIN.) (PAPER-V I)[/TD] [TD]104[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]OPTIONAL-I(PU BLIC ADMIN.) (PAPER-V II)[/TD] [TD]150[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]OPTIONAL-II(LIT.OF MALAYALAM LANG) (PAPER-V III)[/TD] [TD]178[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]OPTIONAL-II(LIT.OF MALAYALAM LANG) (PAPER-IX)[/TD] [TD]170[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WRITTEN TOTAL[/TD] [TD]969[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]PERS ONALITY TES T[/TD] [TD]183[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]FINAL TOTAL[/TD] [TD]1152[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Message Q. What is your message to the aspirants? The preparation for this exam will entirely transform you whether you make it or not. The way one views the country,its society,its politics, its problems etc will change. We will start taking a positive and constructive view about things happening around us including in our personal life. So, Enjoy the process and worry about the results only 2-3 days before its declaration. Surely , these are the most enriching days of my life. Yes. I could get inputs from previous toppers which was very helpful.
  3. 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
  4. Introduction [TABLE=width: 661] [TR] [TD]Name[/TD] [TD]B Fouzia Taranum[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Roll number[/TD] [TD]275787[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Rank (CSE 2011)[/TD] [TD]307[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Optional Subjects[/TD] [TD] Public Administration Sociology [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Medium for Mains Exam[/TD] [TD]English[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Mains Examination Centre[/TD] [TD]Bangalore[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Number of Attempts[/TD] [TD]2[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Details of Graduation and Post-Grad. Including college names[/TD] [TD]B.Com – Jyoti Nivas College, Bangalore MBA (Finance) – Christ College, Bangalore PG Diploma – Sustainable Development - Jyoti Nivas College[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Schooling (Medium)[/TD] [TD]Bishop Cotton Girls High School (English)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Extracurricular activities, hobbies, achievements etc.[/TD] [TD] General and Subject Proficiency awards throughout academic life Gold Medal – MBA Bangalore University 5th Rank for B.Com The Dr. Stella Samuel Award for the Most Promising Outgoing Student for the year (School) The Best Prefect Award (School) Vice captain of School and Prefect Valedictorian – B.Com, MBA Event manager of many fests/seminars/conferences First place for the organization structure study project at MICO-BOSCH, Bangalore Hobbies – Reading, Documentaries, Event Management, Craftwork[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Are you a working professional?[/TD] [TD]No[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Did you leave your job or prepared while on the job?[/TD] [TD]Left TCS in 2010 to prepare for CSE full time. (Wasn’t able to manage both due to demands of the job.)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Did you take Coaching?[/TD] [TD]Prelims: Yes – JSS, Bangalore (wonderful library) Mains: No Interview: One mock with Mr. Ravindran, One mock at Hamdard Study Circle, Delhi One mock at Delhi Kannada Sangha (free)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Did you buy any postal courses?[/TD] [TD]Yes – Vajiram&Ravi Mains 2010 – To get an idea about the exam – Didn’t read any of the books except Current Affairs and Economy though[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Did you join any Mock test series?[/TD] [TD]No[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Did you appear in any other competitive exams?[/TD] [TD]Yes, MBA entrance exams 2006[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Questions Inception Q. When and how did the inspiration and idea of joining civil service come in your mind? A. I can’t pinpoint the exact instant. Have always wanted to be able to serve as many people as possible and have wanted to play a role at the policy making level. Indian Administrative Service is the best job which will allow me to do this. Even though I had decided to take up these exams when I was in 12th grade, I started conscious preparation after my post grad. The Choice of Optional Subjects Q. After a person decides to appear in civil service exam, the first big obstacle is “Choice of optional subjects”. What factors did you consider before selecting your optional? A. Interest, familiarity, your grad/post grad subjects, availability of material/guidance, and relevance to the service you want to join, and so on. Have a look at the syllabus of the optional. It helps if you choose optional which you enjoy reading, since we need to read them for 1-2 years. I chose pubad and socio for these reasons. I wish to reiterate that there is no such thing as a scoring subject. Your score depends on how well you are prepared and how you perform at the exam. Momentum Q. People initially prepare with much enthusiasm but then a boredom phase comes. How did you sustain the study-momentum throughout the year? A. Focus on the goal. There are always periods of self-doubt, anxiety, boredom, distraction, depression. It’s normal for all of us to go through them I suppose. Each of us will have our own way of dealing with it. Music, talking to family, friends who believe in you more than you believe in yourself, re-reading your favourite book. Countdowns, knowing that the time to prepare is limited, knowing that if we work sincerely towards the goal something positive will definitely come of it. Your stress busters should not take up too much time though! Serious stuff like family obligations we cannot ignore – take your time on them, get it done with, get back to books with a vengeance to make up for lost time. Hours On an average, How many hours did you study per day? How many months did it take you to complete the core syllabus of GS and optional subjects? A. 8-10 hours a day. Not very consistent but tried to be as much as possible. Went to the library 11 am to 7 pm, 6 days a week so as to get that discipline. Started dedicated preparation from Nov 2011. Till June 12, 2011 prepared for UPSC Preliminary Examination i.e. GS + CSAT. After that concentrated on Optionals. Gave myself 3 weeks to revise GS before the mains. The momentum builds up once the results come out and as the exam nears. From my mistakes, I think the key is consistency and keeping daily, weekly, monthly targets and sticking to them. Days when things are going well tried to maximize study time (14-16 hours). Internet How did you use computer and internet for your exam-preparation? Well, it depends on what you are looking for. When I started preparation, I used to browse and try to gather as much info as possible. We get to learn from topper blogs, other members on IO/social networking sites etc. But that search process has to stop when you get a fair idea. After that it is all about bettering your knowledge on the various topics that you encounter in newspapers and books. For people who do not take coaching, the internet provides you with all your doubt solving. Also, for S&T (my weak area) I used Wikipedia extensively. Government websites are a mine of information. Avoided social networking sites so as to reduce distractions and increase study time. From my mistakes I would like to point out – don’t sit in front of the computer aimlessly. I tended to waste a lot of time. Maintain a list of all the things you need to google/wiki, and try to get that done during an assigned hour as a break between study hours. Essay How did you prepare yourself for the essay? Which Essay did you write in Mains-2011? What were your keypoints in that essay? How many marks did you get in that essay? No exclusive preparation. Smaller states. Wrote in short paragraphs with each para having 2-3 relevant points. Wrote about 1400 words. Balanced essay – looked at benefits and problem areas. Tried to suggest alternatives. Not too much info on all the commissions and politics of state reorganization – have heard that an essay is supposed to be more about assimilation of thoughts and not subject knowledge. 130/200. Phoenix Q. What had gone wrong in your previous attempts? How did you fix those issues in your 2011’s attempt? 2011 was my second attempt technically – but my first serious attempt (with preparation). 2010 was a case study in how not to take up the exam. I didn’t even qualify UPSC Preliminary Examination – had my half baked knowledge about the exam itself to blame. Even though I was ill prepared, the prelim result saddened me. I quit work, got down to understanding the exam and its requirements, gathered books, spoke to seniors who have cleared the exam (no one in my family in the service) – then got down to business of preparation. Told myself, if I give it my all no one can stop me from succeeding. Profile Many aspirants fear the interview, thinking that “my profile is not good because I’ve low marks in SSC/HSC/College, I don’t have any extra-curricular certificates, I don’t have work experience, I graduated from some unknown college, I’m from non-English medium and so on…” So, How important or relevant is the profile of a candidate during interview? Our profile is our past! So many of us take up our grad subjects and colleges without paying heed to our interests and likes. Some of us do not have any source of guidance, some take ill informed decisions, some couldn’t afford to take up certain courses. I think the interview boards understand that. Even if that’s not the case, why bother about things we can’t change. The only thing that should matter to us is that what we can do – perform in the UPSC Preliminary Examination, mains and the 30-40 minutes of interview, to the best of our ability. Be thorough with your home state, details given in DAF, optional and current affairs – for interview. Questions may be from anywhere. Backup Q. In case you had not cleared the Union Public Service Commission exam, what was your career/future backup plan? The corporate world, or further study in the field of policy making/development studies (depending on circumstances.) Family and Friends Q. Behind one topper are many people who stood by him/her during those uncertain times when he/she was merely an ‘aspirant’. Would you like to tell the world, who were those people in your case? Any specific incidence that you would like to share with the readers? I don’t feel like a topper, still I have so many people to thank for their constant support and help making possible whatever little I have achieved. My dad was the major reason for my taking up the exam – his belief in me (my daughter=Supergirl!) was both motivating and daunting, but without it I wouldn’t have made it. My mother and sisters have been winds beneath my sails – not just encouraging me with words and prayers but also the endless supplies of tea/coffee. My family made my dream theirs – they would have been more crushed than me if I wouldn’t have made it - this made me work harder! My friends have always been supportive – and a phone call away even during my anxiety/self doubt attacks at 3 am. I met many fellow aspirants during the course of my prep – seeing others in the same boat as me had a weirdly calming affect – and they have shared so much with me be it notes or snippets of information. Heartfelt thanks to everyone! Your Study plan CSAT (Paper I) General studies [TABLE] [TR] [TD]Topic[/TD] [TD]Source of your preparation[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Current Affairs[/TD] [TD]TOI, The Hindu, ET, Frontline, Wizard (added Indian Express during 3 months before interview)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]History Ancient/Medieval/Modern[/TD] [TD]Anc, Med – Did not prepare Mod – Bipin Chandra, Spectrum, Ncert [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Geography[/TD] [TD]G C Leong, NCERT – 11th and 12th (4 books), Atlas[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Polity and Governance[/TD] [TD]Indian Polity – Laxmikanth[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Public Policy[/TD] [TD]Civil Services Times Special edition + Internet[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Rights issue[/TD] [TD]Internet – made some notes[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Environment and Biodiversity[/TD] [TD]ICSE 10th text, Chronicle spl edition, CST spl edition[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Economic and social Development[/TD] [TD]Newspapers, Eco Survey, Year Book for schemes[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Science[/TD] [TD]Gen Sc – NCERT Std 6-9 S&T – Newspapers, Wikipedia[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Economy[/TD] [TD]PD – selective study, Vaji yellow book, ISC 11th & 12th text by Frank, Wizard spl edition, Internet[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] About the CSAT aptitude TIME and IMS booklets, Mock papers solved as many as I could source Mains Examination Compulsory Language papers [TABLE] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD]Source of your preparation[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]English[/TD] [TD]No prep, went through last 2 years’ Q papers[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Indian language paper[/TD] [TD]Last 5 years papers. Weak in Hindi – read through some grammar from 10th text book, listened to Hindi news for 2 months before mains, did some reading/writing practice.[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] General Studies paper I [TABLE] [TR] [TD]Syllabus Topic[/TD] [TD]Source of your preparation[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]History[/TD] [TD]Spectrum, NCERT[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Culture[/TD] [TD]Did not prepare[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Geography of India[/TD] [TD]G C Leong, NCERT – 11th and 12th (4 books), Atlas[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Polity[/TD] [TD]Indian Polity – Laxmikanth[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Issues of social relevance[/TD] [TD]No separate prep as such Newspapers (+ Socio texts)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Indian economy and planning[/TD] [TD]Newspapers, Wizard[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Public health[/TD] [TD]Internet (Min of Health and Family Welfare website + PIB)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Law and order[/TD] [TD]No separate prep[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Good governance[/TD] [TD]No separate prep[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Environment[/TD] [TD]ICSE 10th text, Chronicle spl edition, CST spl edition[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] General Studies paper 2 [TABLE] [TR] [TD]Syllabus Topic[/TD] [TD]Source of your preparation[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]India and the World[/TD] [TD]Newspapers, World Focus, Frontline[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Indian diaspora[/TD] [TD]Newspapers[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]India’s Economic interaction with world[/TD] [TD]Newspapers + Internet[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]International affairs and institutions[/TD] [TD]Newspapers + Internet[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Statistics[/TD] [TD]Spectrum[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Science & Tech.[/TD] [TD]Newspapers + Internet[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Optional Subject PUBLIC ADMIN A lot of guidance available online – nothing much I can add. Have a look at Anay Dwivedi and Gokul GR’s blogs – 2009 and 2010 toppers. 2011 - Neeraj (Rank 11) and Kshitij (Rank 142) have given a detailed strategy on IO. (Read everyones and try to devise a strategy that works best for you.) I would just like to reiterate the importance of newspapers and polity related current affairs along with extensive use of internet. SOCIOLOGY To be honest, I’m still not as comfortable with the optional as I should be after having given mains 2011 with it and scoring 314. Still have 4 units left in paper 2. Prepared in 3-4 months – after UPSC Preliminary Examination 2011. Self study. Had a few discussions on thinkers and some units in paper 1 with friends who have socio as optional. Papers getting general – I feel Union Public Service Commission doesn’t want scholars in the subject but rather people who can comment coherently (with a sociological perspective) on current happenings. Enjoyed reading it – very relevant subject Used to relate to current events – gave examples in almost all answers Did not segregate ppr 1 & 2... kept trying to find linkages and relevance of all topics everywhere. Lacunae identified in my prep: Did not complete syllabus Read from many sources but did not consolidate well (not satisfied) Made no notes for revision due to lack of time Did not practice answer writing/mock papers – found it difficult to manage time in the mains – in both papers the quality of last 60 marks took a hit due to bad time management. Sources/books/material Paper1 C N Shankar Rao – Intro to socio Crack Indian Administrative Service notes – ppr 1 Haralambos – very very important book acc to me (understood mead thanks to this book!) IGNOU BA Notes – selectively. (Did all units on thinkers thoroughly) Ritzer for Thinkers Upendra Notes – for thinkers and introduction only Collins Dictionary for Sociology Paper 2 C N Shankar Rao – Indian socio Crack Indian Administrative Service notes – ppr 2 IGNOU BA Notes – selectively Nagla for Indian Thinkers Upendra Notes – for movements only Nadeem Hasnain – Tribal India selectively Ram Ahuja – very few topics Year Book for programmes/schemes Spectrum History – for national movement Internet for few topics Online resources Tanvi Sundariyal’s blog/other toppers’ blogs Vision Indian Administrative Service website/blog – read few answers by toppers IGNOU – egyankosh for pdfs on few topics Wikipedia! Marksheet [TABLE] [TR] [TD]SUBJECTS[/TD] [TD]MARKS[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]ESSAY (PAPER-III)[/TD] [TD]130[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]GENRAL STUDIES (PAPER-IV)[/TD] [TD]110[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]GENRAL STUDIES (PAPER-V)[/TD] [TD]115[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]OPTIONAL-I(PUBLIC ADMIN.) (PAPER-VI)[/TD] [TD]167[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]OPTIONAL-I(PUBLIC ADMIN.) (PAPER-VII)[/TD] [TD]143[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]OPTIONAL-II(SOCIOLOGY) (PAPER-VIII)[/TD] [TD]146[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]OPTIONAL-II(SOCIOLOGY) (PAPER-IX)[/TD] [TD]168[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WRITTEN TOTAL[/TD] [TD]979[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]PERSONALITY TEST[/TD] [TD]150[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]FINAL TOTAL[/TD] [TD]1129[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Remark : Recommended. Message Q. What is your message to the aspirants? Believe in yourself and work towards the goal! It’s an achievable dream – don’t underestimate your abilities and don’t paint the goal as something too difficult/out of reach. Luck is something we have no control over, so let’s work hard and smart! The more we work, the luckier we get. Also Union Public Service Commission is constantly evolving – it is very difficult to stay ahead here. But what we can do is stay flexible and adaptive. And Updated! (Think Darwin.) useful in the information gathering stage, and understanding the demands of the exam. Eventually I reduced using IO due to paucity of time. It’s a great place to interact with fellow aspirants and verify any information/clarify doubts.
  5. Hi, Please suggest friends some important topics,Articles for Indian Polity/Constitution
  6. Regulating Act, 1773: End of Dual gov t. Governor of Bengal to be the Governor – General of British territories of India. Establishment of Supreme Court in Calcutta. Pitts Act of 1784: gav e the British Gov ernment a measure of control ov er the company’ s affairs. company became a subordinate department of the State. Act of 1786: Gov ernor General giv en the pow er to ov er-ride the Council and w as made the Commander-in-chief also. Charter Act of 1793: Company giv en monopoly of trade for 20 more years. laid the foundation of gov t. by w ritten law s, interpreted by courts. Charter Act of 1813: Company depriv ed of its trade monopoly in I ndia except in tea and trade w ith China. Charter Act of 1833: End of Company’ s monopoly ev en in tea and trade w ith China. Company w as asked to close its business at the earliest. Gov ernor General of Bengal to be Gov ernor General of I ndia (1st Gov ernor General of I ndia w as Lord William Bentinck). Charter Act of 1853: The A ct renew ed the powers of the Company and allow ed it to retain the possession of Indian territories in trust of the British crow n. Recruitment to Civ il Serv ices w as based on open annual competition examination (excluding I ndians). Government of India Act, 1858: Rule of Company in I ndia ended and that of the Crow n began. A post of Secretary of State (a member of the British cabinet) for India created. He w as to exercise the powers of the Crow n. Secretary of State governed India through the Governor General.
  7. Hi All, I am discontinuing Civil Services Preparation. If anybody in Bangalore needs following study material at heavily discounted prices they can contact me. I have following books: 1. TMH General Studies for Prelim 2013 - Paper I 2. Indian Polity - M. Laxmikanth 3. Old question papers for General Studies, Geography, Psychology Printed material of Vajiram General Studies - Prelim(Paper 1) & Mains 2012 - Bought them at 1200 Xeroxed class notes of Vajiram General Studies - Prelim & Mains 2012 - Bought them at 650 Printed material for Geography (Mains) -Neetu Singh (Direction's) - Bought them at 950 Xeroxed class notes for Geography (Mains) -Neetu Singh (Direction's) - Bought them at 950 Thanks, Archana
  8. I want to know how are the books by the author 'AVASTHI & AVASTHI'. One of my friend recommend books by them. any other suggestion??
  9. Hi frnds..! ,Looking at the present pattern of GS mains ie lots of emphasis is being given on indian polity and bilateral relations , How advantageous would to take Political science and international relation as one of the optionals..? P.S- i am a student of engineering background, geography in my another optional. thanks alot..! sambhav
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[ATTACH=CONFIG]535[/ATTACH]Introduction [TABLE] [TR] [TD]Name[/TD] [TD]Aravind Menon[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Roll number[/TD] [TD]238947[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Rank (CSE 2011)[/TD] [TD]201[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Optional Subjects[/TD] [TD]Public Administration, Malayalam Language[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Medium for Mains Exam[/TD] [TD]English[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Mains Examination Centre[/TD] [TD]Thiruvananthapuram[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Number of Attempts[/TD] [TD]2[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Details of Graduation and Post-Grad.[/TD] [TD]B.Tech in Electronics & Communication from College of Engineering, Trivandrum[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Schooling (Medium)[/TD] [TD]English[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Extracurricular activities, hobbies, achievements etc.[/TD] [TD]Cricket , Photography[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Are you a working professional?[/TD] [TD]No[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]If yes, then did you leave your job or prepared while on the job?[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Did you take Coaching?[/TD] [TD]Prelims: Yes Mains: Yes Interview: Yes[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Did you buy any postal courses?[/TD] [TD]No[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Did you join any Mock test series?[/TD] [TD]Yes[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Did you appear in any other competitive exams?[/TD] [TD]Yes[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]If yes, provide the details:[/TD] [TD]Selected as PO in SBI and ACIO in IB[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Inception Q. When and how did the inspiration and idea of joining civil service come in your mind? My parents are government servants. So I grew up hearing the stories of Indian Administrative Service officers using their power to help the poor people. The idea to join civil services had been in my mind right from my school days and it became a conviction during my graduation . The Choice of Optional Subjects Q7. After a person decides to appear in civil service exam, the first big obstacle is “Choice of optional subjects”. What factors did you consider before selecting your optional? Interest in the subject ( most important) availability of help- study-material , guidance of seniors Electronics was not offered by Union Public Service Commission. That might not be the case with others. Graduation subject is also a good option. Momentum Q. How did you sustain the study-momentum throughout the year, How did you keep yourself busy with the books, continuously? First of all, it was not possible for me to be continuously engaged with studies all round the year. I took breaks in between to spend time with my friends, to watch movies, to visit the beach etc. But I ensured that these breaks were short and I got back to studies w/o affecting my time-plan. When I had planned , I allotted small bits of time for these relaxing activities. My parents and friends were extremely helpful in this regard. Hours On an average, How many hours did you study per day? How many months did it take you to complete the core syllabus of GS and optional subjects? As often said , “The quality of time and not quantity of time matters”. On my good days , I studied 8-10 hours including the time taken to read newspapers. There were days when I read only the newspaper and browsed internet. Since I had started early, I studied leisurely & so I took nearly 10-12 months for completing the core syllabus. I studied GS, Pub ad and malayalam simultaneously. Internet How did you use computer and internet for your exam-preparation? Internet is extremely useful in destroying the barricades of distance. But one must be careful in utilising it. It is very easy to drift from one website to another and lose time in the process. So I used to browse the net when I was bored with the routine studies and came back to planned studies soon after. Gs Current Affairs for Exams — A blog for Indian Administrative Service,Indian Police Service,MBA,Bank PO and other career exams India Current Affairs RealClearWorld: World News, Analysis & Commentary Indian Administrative Service OUR DREAM GS News File List of emerging technologies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia To buy books online compare the prices in diff bookstores using Compare book prices in India. Buy books online from Indian bookstores | IndiaBookStore.net Essay How did you prepare yourself for the essay? I didnt have any special preparation for essay. I simulated 3 tests under exam conditions and got it evaluated which was useful. Which Essay did you write in Mains-2011? Essay regarding smaller states. What were your keypoints in that essay? I sticked to the guidelines given in the essay question- wrote the administrative, economic and developmental issues under separate headings. Besides I gave lots of examples to substantiate my points. How many marks did you get in that essay? 122 Phoenix Q. What had gone wrong in your previous attempts? How did you fix those issues in your 2011’s attempt? This was my 2nd attempt. I didnt qualify mains in 2010 because of lack of adequate preparation. I didnt have writing practise and mock tests last time. This time, I subscribed for a postal test series for GS & Pub Ad and for malayalam I joined a class to get writing practise and mock tests - which eventually turned out to be good decisions. Profile Many aspirants fear the interview, thinking that “my profile is not good because I’ve low marks in SSC/HSC/College, I don’t have any extra-curricular certificates, I don’t have work experience, I graduated from some unknown college, I’m from non-English medium and so on…” So, How important or relevant is the profile of a candidate during interview? No profile is bad. How you present yourself and defend any short-comings in the profile is the key. How do you rate your own profile? I also don’t have any extra-curricular certificates, any work experience, but I consider my profile as a good one. How much portion of your interview centered on your profile? 30-35% (Including home state, school and subsequent qns) Did they ask any uncomfortable questions from your profile? No Backup Q. In case you had not cleared the Union Public Service Commission exam, what was your career/future backup plan? I had been selected as a PO in SBI when the CSE 2011 results were announced. Family and Friends Q. Behind one topper are many people who stood by him/her during those uncertain times when he/she was merely an ‘aspirant’. Would you like to tell the world, who were those people in your case? My parents, my cousin-sister Chithra , my friend and sister-figure Ratna, my friends for life-Ganesh R and Harikrishnan . There are a lot of other friends who helped me in my preparation-directly and indirectly. I use this occasion to thank them all. Your Study plan CSAT (Paper I) General studies [TABLE] [TR] [TD]Topic[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]Source of your preparation[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Current Affairs[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]Hindu, Civil Services Chronicle(CSC)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]History Ancient/Medieval/Modern[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]Only Modern- Spectrum publishers[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Physical Geography[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]School text[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Geography of India[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]NCERT,Geography through Maps, Atlas[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Geography of World[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]NCERT, Atlas, Geography through Maps[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Polity and Governance[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]NCERT, Laxmikanth[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Public Policy[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]Public Admn texts[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Rights issue[/TD] [TD=colspan: 2]Public Admn texts[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Environment and Biodiversity[/TD] [TD]Civil service times Spl issue + Chronicle monthly issues[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Economic and social Development[/TD] [TD]TMH – Indian Economy, Eduzone notes, magazines[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Science[/TD] [TD]Arihant GK[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Economy[/TD] [TD]TMH – Indian Economy, Eduzone notes,magazines[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] About the CSAT aptitude [TABLE] [TR] [TD]Syllabus Topic[/TD] [TD]Source of your preparation[/TD] [TD]Remarks, if Any[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Quantitative Aptitude[/TD] [TD]TIME material[/TD] [TD]Borrowed it from CAT students[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Data interpretation[/TD] [TD]Career Launcher material[/TD] [TD] “[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Logical reasoning[/TD] [TD]TIME material[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Reading comprehension[/TD] [TD]Career Launcher material[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Decision Making and Problem solving[/TD] [TD]Didnt find any good ones[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Mains Examination Compulsory Language papers [TABLE] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD]Source of your preparation[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]English[/TD] [TD]Nothing Special except regular reading of The Hindu[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Indian language paper[/TD] [TD]Nothing Special except regular reading of malayalam daily ( my optional was also malayalam)[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] General Studies paper I [TABLE] [TR] [TD]Syllabus Topic[/TD] [TD]Source of your preparation[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]History[/TD] [TD]Spectrum publishers- Modern India[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Culture[/TD] [TD]Spectrum publishers- Indian Culture ( selected reading), Mathrubhumi Year book[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Geography of India[/TD] [TD]NCERT[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Polity[/TD] [TD]NCERT, DD Basu, Pub Ad texts[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Issues of social relevance[/TD] [TD]Wizard social issues, CSC[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Indian economy and planning[/TD] [TD]TMH – Indian Economy, Eduzone notes, magazines[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Public health[/TD] [TD]CSC + Hindu[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Law and order[/TD] [TD]Public Admn topic[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Good governance[/TD] [TD]Public Admn topic[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Environment[/TD] [TD]Civil service times(CST) Spl issue + Chronicle monthly issues +Wiki+ Hindu survey on environment[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] General Studies paper 2 Aspirants would really appreciate if you elaborate more on how you prepared the topics marked with [TABLE] [TR] [TD]Syllabus Topic[/TD] [TD]Source of your preparation[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]India and the World[/TD] [TD]Fundamentals from Wikipedia, Made notes from Hindu, Read imp articles from Frontline, Identified bottlenecks and future prospects for imp countries, indiacurrentaffairs.org[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Indian diaspora[/TD] [TD]Didnt get time- So concentrated on People in news[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]India’s Economic interaction with world[/TD] [TD]Basics from TMH – Indian Economy &Eduzone notes, Current from CSC , Hindu[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]International affairs and institutions[/TD] [TD]Wikipedia, indiacurrentaf fairs.org Realclearworld.com,[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Statistics[/TD] [TD]NCERT , Chronicle – Statistics made simple[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Science & Tech.[/TD] [TD]Wikipedia, S&T book of CST, CSC spl issue and regular issues[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Optional Subject #1 and #2 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Caution : I have only 254 marks this year. Topic-wise previous qn- new vishal (important) Laxmikanth: Public Administration Prasad and Prasad: Administrative Thinkers Mohit Bhattacharya: New Horizons Rumki Basu: Concepts and theories Unique Publications guide -Paper 1 ( For topics not found in Standard texts) Arihant Publications ( model qns and ans) Paper 1 Fadia & Fadia: Administrative Theories and Concepts ( only few topics ) Rajni Goyal and R.K. Arora: Indian Administration DD Basu: Indian Polity Unique Publications guide (Paper 2) ( For topics not found in Standard texts) Arihant Publications ( model qns and ans) Paper 2 Bidyut Chakravarthy : Indian Government & politics ( Unfortunately came to know about this book only after exam) Shubhra Saxena : Super 50 "A concise dictionary of Public Administration" by Vikram Singh Answer-writing practice is very important. Answers must be brief. Add diagrams to break the monotonous nature of the answer ( though I was not very successful in it). Time-limits must be followed. MALAYALAM LITERATURE I had read the following books for Paper I before joining class- Kairaliyude Kadha- M. Krishna Pillai Malayala Sahithya Charithram- Kalaghattangalilude -: Erumeli I also had read all the novels ,short-stories ,biographies in Paper II before joining class. So, I could write answers of previous qns during the course duration and get it evaluated. Answer-writing practice is very very important. For paper II , one also has to read the critical reviews of the works mentioned in syllabus to increase the quality of our answers. Mock tests really helped in finishing the actual exam in time. Interview How did you prepare for the interview? Prepared thoroughly about my background as given in the Mains application form. Formed qns from each word given in it. Read one more english newspaper and gave more importance to the regional news . I gave more attention to the current issues and tried to formulate my own views about them. Frontline was helpful. Attended mock interviews which were very helpful as I got good feedback and could correct my mannerisms. Who was the chairman of you interview board? Smt Alka Sirohi Was your interview on the expected lines of what you had prepared or Did they ask you totally unexpected questions? Any Union Public Service Commission interview will have some unexpected qns. For me , the qns on Much ado about nothing , all human beings are rational ( Plz see transcript given below) etc were unexpected. What was the toughest question you faced during the interview and how did you answer it? My 1st qn( Much ado about nothing) ( Plz see transcript given below) ( I have already posted this in IO) My interview was on April 16th in the afternoon session. There were only 6 boards for our session , so each board had to interview 7 candidates each. As a result , each interview lasted for 20-25 minutes. My interview was no different. I was the third person to be interviewed by the board chaired by Smt Alka Sirohi (CM) . When I was asked by the attender to enter the room, I asked permission to do so from the board . I was granted that and I went in. All the 4 members (M1,M2,M3 & M4) other than the chairman were male members. So didnt had any confusion regarding how to wish. But even before I could wish them , CM asked me to be seated . Anyway , I wished them and took my seat. Everyone was busy doing something and was not giving much attention to me. That informal nature eased my tension . CM started the proceedings by asking me to list out 2-3 things that occurred in the past decade which suited the description “Much ado about nothing” . My mind went blank and even after she explained the question, I was not able to recollect any such events. Later she told me that what she intended was Y2K and WMD. M1 asked me about Chinmayananda Swami of Chinmaya Mission and his contributions to the society(I had my schooling in a Chinmaya Vidyalaya). I mentioned about his Jnana yajnas- spiritual knowledge to common man, opening of schools, social activities of its volunteers etc. then he asked about the essence of gita. Me: man should do his duties(karma) without the expectation of any result as it will lead to disappointment. He was expecting Aham brahmasmi and it was his next Qn. Me: Each soul is part of the universal soul. He was not completely satisfied. Q: Bertrand Russel's statement that all human beings are rational but he is yet to find such a person. Me: most of the people I met were rational. Q: then why world is like this Me: a minority of people may be irrational causing hardships , but since majority are rational world is still existing Q: Current political situation in Arab Spring countries Me: Answered M2 Q : Is there any conflict of interest b/n india and china in indian ocean as both are energy hungry nations. I didnt understand it completely. When he explained it , I thought it was regarding string of pearls and replied accordingly. I told about protecting our economic & security interests while maintaining a good relation with them. He kept on repeating the same Qn and CM intervened and asked M3 to start. M3 Q: Current status of the 'treasure' in SreePadmanabhaswamy temple and how to use it ( I am from kerala) A: need to use modern techniques to open the vault B w/o destroying anything else . It cannot be used for developmental purposes as it is part of our culture and history. Q: in case of bop crisis? Me: in that case it can be used for pledging but has to recovered when situation improves. Q: will a 1991 type crisis recur in india Me: No. diversity of trade, 300bn$ forex etc M4 Asked about the details of the recent SC judgement on RTE which I answered. CM Q: satellites in india and their uses. Me: didnt remember much . Told abt insat, metsat, risat. Q: remote sensing and its uses. Me: replied but not satisfactorily. Q: rocket launching centre? Me: sriharikkota Q: why? Me: earth's rotation aids the launch when it is launched in the easterly direction Q: Any security aspects? Me: in case of failure it will fall in ocean. She smiled and said thank you. I took a few seconds to understand that interview was over. Then I thanked everybody and got out. Marksheet [TABLE] [TR] [TD]ESSAY (PAPER-III)[/TD] [TD]122[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]GENRAL S TU DIES (PAPER-IV )[/TD] [TD]121[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]GENRAL S TU DIES (PAPER-V )[/TD] [TD]124[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]OPTIONAL-I(PU BLIC ADMIN.) (PAPER-V I)[/TD] [TD]104[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]OPTIONAL-I(PU BLIC ADMIN.) (PAPER-V II)[/TD] [TD]150[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]OPTIONAL-II(LIT.OF MALAYALAM LANG) (PAPER-V III)[/TD] [TD]178[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]OPTIONAL-II(LIT.OF MALAYALAM LANG) (PAPER-IX)[/TD] [TD]170[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WRITTEN TOTAL[/TD] [TD]969[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]PERS ONALITY TES T[/TD] [TD]183[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]FINAL TOTAL[/TD] [TD]1152[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Message Q. What is your message to the aspirants? The preparation for this exam will entirely transform you whether you make it or not. The way one views the country,its society,its politics, its problems etc will change. We will start taking a positive and constructive view about things happening around us including in our personal life. So, Enjoy the process and worry about the results only 2-3 days before its declaration. Surely , these are the most enriching days of my life. Yes. I could get inputs from previous toppers which was very helpful.
  11. Guys, I am currently doing Third Year Engineering from Pune University(Comp Engg.) I was always interested in the Civil Services right from my junior college days. I will be graduating in 2014 July. SO guys tellme when shall I start preparing for Pre ? Many people tell me that Delhi is a good place to take coachings. Should I come to Delhi as soon as I graduate ? Currently, I am concentrating on GS. I am going through Indian Polity,Indian Economy and General Science as well as I have subscribed to Manorama and Pratiyogita Darpan as well. Please guide me. Sameer Kulkarni
  12. pls help me 2 for polity books
  13. Note: This discussion is valid for all aspirants preparing for Civil Services Exams in 2013(Starting with Mains in October 2013). This may or may not hold true for Mains exams in 2012. Hello All, I have heard a lot of rumors around change in format of UPSC CSE Mains Exams. The article below suggests that a new high powered committee was formed to suggest changes in the pattern of second stage, popular as “Mains” examination. UPSC chairman D P Agrawal said and I quote "Consistent with the need for selecting right kind of person from huge pool consisting of multiple languages, culture and communities, the commission has now constituted a high power panel to suggest possible changes in the pattern of CS (main) examination". More details here: Changes likely in UPSC main exam from 2013 - Times Of India Possibly they will come back with their suggestions by mid 2012 and possible timelines for implementation is by Mains 2013. (Prelims already changed from Prelims 2011). So what is in store for us? Introduction of compulsory papers for all in Mains Exams, with possible subjects as, follows: Paper 1: CURRENT EVENTS OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE Paper 2: INDIAN CULTURE & HISTORY Paper 3: GEOGRAPHY OF INDIA Paper 4: INDIAN ECONOMY Paper 5: GENERAL SCIENCE Paper 6: INDIAN POLITY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Paper 7: ESSAY Paper 7: INDIAN LANGUAGE (Qualifying) PERSONAL INTERVIEW The factors which makes this change inevitable: > To Bring Rationality:- The candidates should be tested for their suitability as a Civil Servant and not as a source of information. Thus, only those subjects need to be tested which will give a fair idea of their Administrative Skills. > To Bring Equity:- Since all the candidates will write the same papers, their answers will be evaluated on the same standards. This will bring people from all backgrounds to the same platform. > To Remove Redundancies:- The pattern of testing of candidates in their graduation subjects has no use. Their subject-wise academic knowledge can be easily checked from their degree mark sheets. > To Bring simplicity:- The current system is somewhat complex with varying level of difficulties and evaluations. Some of the subjects become favorites of candidates because of their high success rates. These factors consume a lot of energies of the aspirants. This will be done away with. > Increasing court cases against UPSC pending in various Indian courts, especially around raw Vs scaled marks and the flawed way in which it is done. The same is not scientific and/or transparent. What is my personal view on this topic? I seriously hope that the new changes(as going around) is implemented and the students are spared the horror of having to tax their head thinking which optional to choose and will also help and bring a level playing field for all. I hope it would also do away with the draconian system of 'scaling' !! So what should be our strategy or rather what is my strategy? > Study Public Administration in Detail. UPSC would definitely want pupils to have strong understanding of functioning of "Indian Polity" and the structure below it. > Concentrate on GS Preparation with more than required focus on individual topics of GS viz; Indian Economy, Geography, History et. al. > Continue with daily General Knowledge studies, magazine study etc Please Note: This strategy is much suited for individuals with Public Admin as one of the optional(as is the status of Mains Exams yet). People should accordingly adjust/tweak their individual study strategy. Owning to controversial/sticky nature of this topic and the uprising in 'Social Media Issues', I must mention the disclaimer as under. Disclaimer: Information provided on this thread is generic, searched on Google website (internet driven) and discussional in nature and does not constitute, career and/or UPSC civil services exam advice. This information is used by you at your own discretion. I am not liable for any harm caused by the use or dissemination of this information. While all reasonable care has been taken in providing this information, unless expressly stated, it should not be construed as being specific to your career objectives, level of preparation in and/or "stage of" civil services exams or particular needs. Please note that respective disclaimers of entities ("Google" and "UPSC") as used above, will cumulatively hold true, along with this disclaimer.
  14. Hi, Plz help me to find out which Books/Units/Chapters of IGNOU is helpfull for GS main. i want a detailed ans, which Books/Units/Chapters will help in which part? For example: Units/Chapters of BA political scince (Book code) and Units/Chapters of MA political scince (Book code) is for Constitution of India and Indian Polity. Thx!!! in advance
  15. Which article(14, 19, 21, 32) of the constitution cannot be or removed even by an amendment of the constitution?
  16. Hi All,plz tell me which one is better : D.D.Basu or P.M.Bakshi?also tell me only one out of these books is sufficient or both are required?
  17. Hello All, I am new to this forum and need some guidance related to CES preparation. My background: I am Btech(Comp Sc.) + MBA (Mark + IT). Currently: I am working as an IT Consultant for a major bank in UK. Current Location: United Kingdom I am planning to take CES exams next year and need some guidance w.r.t preparation. 1. As you see, I am not in India and that adds to my problem. I read somewhere that taking study material from some institute and studying on your own would not add much value. Though I plan to return to India by end of this year, but I think by then it would be too late. How do you suggest I start from preparation staying here in UK? My work is very strenuous and I spend almost 12 hrs in office. In such circumstances, preparation becomes even more difficult. 2. If I have to get study material and read it on my own, which institute you suggest me to refer? Someone said Vajiram & Ravi has best material for GS. For next 3-4 months, I am only concentrating on Prelims. I plan to go through GS in detail and then find my interest in any two optional subjects for Mains. Though I have 2-3 subjects in my mind(based on my past edu. exp), but I still want to go through GS book in detail before zeroing in on choice of subjects. I solicit help from all like minded and experienced people in this forum. P.S: Is there any way I can download books online? Books like Indian Polity - Laxmikant etc are only available paperback. I plan to ask someone to get those books for me when they come to UK next, but any suggestion on ebooks, something which I can read on kindle or iPad? Regards C
  18. Dear Friends, I have not cleared this year, and have decided to give up on the UPSC.I would like to sell my old books(there are many). Here is the list please mail me cs.aspiring at gmail if you are interested.This is not spam, i would really like to get rid of my books(very depressing seeing them around) 1. Administrative thinkers - Prasad & Prasad new edition 2. Pub Ad theory and practice - Sharma and sharma 3. Essentials of Organizational behavior - Stephen Robbins (new) 4. Indian Administration - Maheshwari 5. New Horizons of Public Admin - Mohit B 6. Indian Government and Politics - Fadia and Fadia 7. Pub Ad - Administrative theories and concepts - Fadia and Fadia. 8. Our Parliament - Subhas Kashyap 9. Public administration and Public affairs - Nicholas henry 10. Administrative reforms - Dubbhashi 11. Local Government in India - Maheshwari 12.Public Admin - Awasti and Maheshwari 13. Public administration - Laxmikanth - latest edition (5th Edition) 14. 2008-2009 IJPA journals ( some good articles) 15. Indian Administration - Fadia and Fadia - latest edition 16. Indian Public administration - Arora and Goyal 17. Public policy - RK Sapru 18. Public admin - IJPA journals 19. Public Personnel admin - SL goel and Shalini Rajneesh Sociology 1. Sociology - T B Bottomore 2. Capitalism and Modern Social Theory - Anthony Giddens. 3. Sociology - Anthony Giddens (new) 4. Sociology A systematic introduction - Harry M Johnson 5. Sociology - Jawahar publications ( IGNOU BA in a book format) 6. Society in India - Ram Ahuja 7. Social Problems in India - Ram Ahuja 8. Contemporary india - Neera Chandoke 9. Social Change and Development in india - Class 12 10 Introducing Sociology - Class 11 11. Understanding society - Class 11 12. Principles of population studies - Bhende and Kanithkar 13. Indian Society and Culture (Continuation and change) - Nadeem Hasnain 14. Social movements in India - Ghanshyam Shah 15. Social change in modern india - MN Srinivas 16. Rural Sociology - Doshi and Jain. 17. Indian sociological thought - Nagla. 18. Tribal india - Nadeem Hasnain 19. Modernization of indian tradition - Yogendra Singh. 20. Social Stratification and Social Change in india - Y.Singh GS. 1. Indian Economy - Uma Kapila ( new edition) 2. Indian constitution at work - Political science 3. Understanding the foreign policy of india 4, NCERT - Fundamentals of Human Geography 12 5.NCERT - India Physical Envt - Class 11 6. NCERT - Science - Class 10 7. Fundamentals of Physical geog - class 11 8. Understanding Economic development - Class 10 9. Indian Economic development - class 11 10. Science and tech - civil service times. 11. Indian Economy - Dutt and Sundaram - latest edition 12. India a Comprehensive Geography - Khullar 13. Geography through maps - for map questions 14 World Geography for general studies - ALS 15. Wizard Indian polity and constitution. 16. A Brief History of Modern India - Spectrum
  19. Hi! I am Manu Bhat and I have just finished with my 2nd year of engineering. I have acquainted myself with the little nuances of preparation and have just bought Bipan Chandra's and Indian Polity from Flipkart and started preparations. I hope to have a great time ahead with this community of shared interests
  20. Hi all, I just wanted to discuss what would be the most scoring areas to concentrate on this last week before the exam. I am going through the march issue of chronicle that has a very good current affairs round up + the economics special issue of chronicle. Along with that I am also reading the entire history and geography ncert text books. Totally chucking general science+aptitude as I am from an engineering background. Just the current affairs portion of them I am planning to look into. Which is the best material to revise Indian Polity now. Would starting Laxmikanth be a good option ? Hoping for nice and helpful responses warm regards, gk
  21. Hello All, I have recently [as recent as 2 weeks back ] decided to take Civil Services Exams (hereafter CSE) in 2013. I always wanted to take civil services exams, but due to one or other reasons, things got procrastinated. Typical me! Duh! It all started one day when I interacted with one of my close friend who got through CSE (Mains). It was very inspiring to talk to him and understand his plans for future. That interaction left a deep impact on me. Guileless as I was, since then I had been day dreaming, about becoming IAS/IPS officers, roaming in 'laal-batti gaddi' and impress family and friends etc. Balderdash?? In midst of all this dreaming, there were other things doing rounds in my mind - my current financial commitments. Since I am from a middle class family and with an existing House Loan (> 30K p.m. and currently in its 4th year) and younger sister's impending marriage (which has certain fixed costs apart from variable component) ... how would things sustain post getting through CSE, and as a civil servant, when I would definitely get way less than what I make now. Though it is very premature for me to think about all this, but will be a valid question at some point in future and I need to be prepared for it. Let's see how generous banks are to me then!! Nonetheless, in midst of all these confusions one fine day, I had a 'Newton's Apple Falling Moment' and I I don't know how, but I was able to collect enough strength and the right level of motivation to decide that civil services with GOI is where I belong - power, responsibility and high job satisfaction. My parents and little sister were very supportive of this decision. Unmarried and with around 7.5 yrs of IT work experience, I have another 3 yrs to go(thanks to my reserved category), before my candidature render ineligible. Working people have their own challenges. I reach office by 9-9:30am and reach back home around 8pm. By the time I had little rest and done with dinner it is already 10-10:30pm. By then my eyes weighs down and the body draws me to bed like two unlike magnetic poles do when coming in close contact. In all this, do you think I would be left with stamina, mindset, energy and motivation to read-understand-analyse (synchronously) and make notes on how "McGregor took forward Follet's ideas in the context of complex organizations”?? Are you f**king kidding me? Spare me the horror!! *zzzZZZZZZ* So the only time I get during weekdays is early morning (5am - 8am max) after which I have to go to office. Working in office hours will be completely erratic as we are not sure of when we would get free/or get occupied. This destroys the grasping tempo and hence is completely non-value adding. You can read online newspaper or do related *light weight* parsing of study material. In today's competitive environment with cut-throat competition in almost everything, peer promotions or appraisals are not an exception. So, if you plan to prepare for civil services exams (with a hope to get through), you will have to put in your best foot forward and work extremely hard (with smart inputs from time to time). This shift in goal-post for the time period you decide to concentrate on CSE, affects your ability to do good & work hard in your office stuff. Your manager will be the first one to pick Vajiram/DD Basu vibes, which one naively exuberates in random schmooze in office. I don’t know about others but my manager is little weird and If I am late someday, he gives me this "try to come early or I shall have your balls for my door knob" look! :| WTF?? So, as you slowly get deeper into the preparation, you gradually run risk of moving to the bottom 10% in the forced performance bell curve of your organization (pathetic I must say). This would ensure you get a tiny performance linked bonus and your chances of getting promotion, difficult. So in order to gain something (civil services in this case), which is uncertain, you risk losing things which are certain viz; good performance --> good appraisal --> good bonus + promotion. I am not saying all working professional preparing for CSE, would face this fate, but majority of work ex guys find it difficult to maintain the balance between office and CSE work. So what is the way out? I spent the last few days scanning internet for information on CSE and I must admit I am I am f**king clueless & scared, contemplating where to start from and what to study. Of what I have gathered after going through several sites and forums that proper planning, smarter study, intelligent guess w.r.t syllabus, using IT to best use etc can make the difference, even for working professionals. But I think it is easier said than done. But let me not lose hope and big my best shot. A high level view of what I intend to do would be to: 1. Scan the course of IAS and find out what to study, how much to study and then estimate the effort involved. 2. Go a little deeper into the CSE syllabus of each subject and find out if studying them in depth (for Mains) is feasible. Narrow down the list of subjects and then look into last few years question paper for the subjects and see the type of questions asked. Based on these and few other factors finalise the core mains optional. 3. Once activity 1 & 2 are complete, come up a detailed CSE Study Project Plan with milestones. E.g. NCERT Book Study Complete, Indian Polity – Laxmikanth Complete etc. Keep buffer time in between. 4. In all this, continue with the usual daily work of newspaper/journal reading and other daily activities that needs to be done. Since, I intend to take CSE next year; I am in no hurry to jump to study. I first need to organize myself and hence I intend to spend the next 1-2 weeks working on all this, before I start the work. I hope I get the necessary courage!
  22. Dear Friends, I have not cleared this year, and have decided to give up on the UPSC.I would like to sell my old books(there are many). Here is the list please mail me cs.aspiring at gmail if you are interested.This is not spam, i would really like to get rid of my books(very depressing seeing them around) 1. Administrative thinkers - Prasad & Prasad new edition 2. Pub Ad theory and practice - Sharma and sharma 3. Essentials of Organizational behavior - Stephen Robbins (new) 4. Indian Administration - Maheshwari 5. New Horizons of Public Admin - Mohit B 6. Indian Government and Politics - Fadia and Fadia 7. Pub Ad - Administrative theories and concepts - Fadia and Fadia. 8. Our Parliament - Subhas Kashyap 9. Public administration and Public affairs - Nicholas henry 10. Administrative reforms - Dubbhashi 11. Local Government in India - Maheshwari 12.Public Admin - Awasti and Maheshwari 13. Public administration - Laxmikanth - latest edition (5th Edition) 14. 2008-2009 IJPA journals ( some good articles) 15. Indian Administration - Fadia and Fadia - latest edition 16. Indian Public administration - Arora and Goyal 17. Public policy - RK Sapru 18. Public admin - IJPA journals 19. Public Personnel admin - SL goel and Shalini Rajneesh Sociology 1. Sociology - T B Bottomore 2. Capitalism and Modern Social Theory - Anthony Giddens. 3. Sociology - Anthony Giddens (new) 4. Sociology A systematic introduction - Harry M Johnson 5. Sociology - Jawahar publications ( IGNOU BA in a book format) 6. Society in India - Ram Ahuja 7. Social Problems in India - Ram Ahuja 8. Contemporary india - Neera Chandoke 9. Social Change and Development in india - Class 12 10 Introducing Sociology - Class 11 11. Understanding society - Class 11 12. Principles of population studies - Bhende and Kanithkar 13. Indian Society and Culture (Continuation and change) - Nadeem Hasnain 14. Social movements in India - Ghanshyam Shah 15. Social change in modern india - MN Srinivas 16. Rural Sociology - Doshi and Jain. 17. Indian sociological thought - Nagla. 18. Tribal india - Nadeem Hasnain 19. Modernization of indian tradition - Yogendra Singh. 20. Social Stratification and Social Change in india - Y.Singh GS. 1. Indian Economy - Uma Kapila ( new edition) 2. Indian constitution at work - Political science 3. Understanding the foreign policy of india 4, NCERT - Fundamentals of Human Geography 12 5.NCERT - India Physical Envt - Class 11 6. NCERT - Science - Class 10 7. Fundamentals of Physical geog - class 11 8. Understanding Economic development - Class 10 9. Indian Economic development - class 11 10. Science and tech - civil service times. 11. Indian Economy - Dutt and Sundaram - latest edition 12. India a Comprehensive Geography - Khullar 13. Geography through maps - for map questions 14 World Geography for general studies - ALS 15. Wizard Indian polity and constitution. 16. A Brief History of Modern India - Spectrum
  23. Hello All, I am a newcomer to civil services exam preparation and need your guidance. I have read it in almost all civil services forum that one should start his study with NCERT books. People have suggested to go through NCERT books from class 8-12. Now obvious question(s) would be: 1. Which subjects to study from class 8-12 NCERT Books? 2. What to study? Whole Book or selected chapters ? :-O That goes true for other books as well like Indian Polity - Laxmi etc . Are we supposed to read whole book ?? I came across a site which gives you download link for all NCERT books. (Download) NCERT BOOKS PDF Copy ( Updated Direct Links) | UPSCPORTAL.COM - Online Community for UPSC, IAS, CSAT, PSC, Civil Services Aspirants. I will go mad if I have to study everything in this link. Can some 'godly soul' please help me? Cheers
  24. Dear Friends, I have not cleared this year, and have decided to give up on the UPSC.I would like to sell my old books(there are many). Here is the list please mail me cs.aspiring at gmail if you are interested.This is not spam, i would really like to get rid of my books(very depressing seeing them around) 1. Administrative thinkers - Prasad & Prasad new edition 2. Pub Ad theory and practice - Sharma and sharma 3. Essentials of Organizational behavior - Stephen Robbins (new) 4. Indian Administration - Maheshwari 5. New Horizons of Public Admin - Mohit B 6. Indian Government and Politics - Fadia and Fadia 7. Pub Ad - Administrative theories and concepts - Fadia and Fadia. 8. Our Parliament - Subhas Kashyap 9. Public administration and Public affairs - Nicholas henry 10. Administrative reforms - Dubbhashi 11. Local Government in India - Maheshwari 12.Public Admin - Awasti and Maheshwari 13. Public administration - Laxmikanth - latest edition (5th Edition) 14. 2008-2009 IJPA journals ( some good articles) 15. Indian Administration - Fadia and Fadia - latest edition 16. Indian Public administration - Arora and Goyal 17. Public policy - RK Sapru 18. Public admin - IJPA journals 19. Public Personnel admin - SL goel and Shalini Rajneesh Sociology 1. Sociology - T B Bottomore 2. Capitalism and Modern Social Theory - Anthony Giddens. 3. Sociology - Anthony Giddens (new) 4. Sociology A systematic introduction - Harry M Johnson 5. Sociology - Jawahar publications ( IGNOU BA in a book format) 6. Society in India - Ram Ahuja 7. Social Problems in India - Ram Ahuja 8. Contemporary india - Neera Chandoke 9. Social Change and Development in india - Class 12 10 Introducing Sociology - Class 11 11. Understanding society - Class 11 12. Principles of population studies - Bhende and Kanithkar 13. Indian Society and Culture (Continuation and change) - Nadeem Hasnain 14. Social movements in India - Ghanshyam Shah 15. Social change in modern india - MN Srinivas 16. Rural Sociology - Doshi and Jain. 17. Indian sociological thought - Nagla. 18. Tribal india - Nadeem Hasnain 19. Modernization of indian tradition - Yogendra Singh. 20. Social Stratification and Social Change in india - Y.Singh GS. 1. Indian Economy - Uma Kapila ( new edition) 2. Indian constitution at work - Political science 3. Understanding the foreign policy of india 4, NCERT - Fundamentals of Human Geography 12 5.NCERT - India Physical Envt - Class 11 6. NCERT - Science - Class 10 7. Fundamentals of Physical geog - class 11 8. Understanding Economic development - Class 10 9. Indian Economic development - class 11 10. Science and tech - civil service times. 11. Indian Economy - Dutt and Sundaram - latest edition 12. India a Comprehensive Geography - Khullar 13. Geography through maps - for map questions 14 World Geography for general studies - ALS 15. Wizard Indian polity and constitution. 16. A Brief History of Modern India - Spectrum
  25. To those who've never cleared prelims before, This post is not to scare you but to shake you up before it is too late to make amendments. Don't be living in a fantasy world of what you'd do after becoming an IAS/IPS/IFS: ^Damn right but It all means nothing if you can't crack the Prelims. In fact for a serious player, nothing can be more insulting and humiliating than failing in prelims. So Time for a reality check. From 1st February to 20th May 2012= About 100 days to go before the CSAT 2012 Prelims. So let me ask you a question: How much have you prepared? The word 'prepared' means = you have impeccable command over the said topic, you've ruminated and digested that topic entirely. You'll only need a cursory browsing of book or self-notes in last 4-5 days before Prelims. That is called ‘prepared’. If you've read NCERT, GS Manual or any book for only SINGLE Time =does not equal to 'prepared'. In fact it is equals to nothing, because In UPSC Prelims-questions, you either know the answer, or you don't know the answer. Speculation and Guesswork based on single reading=digging your own grave through negative marking. So, How many topics are yet to be covered? What are your strong areas and weak areas? You've to do an honest Self-assessment; you're the best judge of your own caliber, and then make a Strategy for the next 100 days/ 3 months, which must be: Straight-forward, Plausible, and Quantifiable. THE 100 DAYS STRATEGY: PLAUSIBLE AND QUANTIFIABLE. PLAUSIBLE Wrong!! You haven't counted the mood swings, the hours wasted in friend/relatives' weddings, cricket matches, movies, family outings, facebook , twitter etc. (If you're employed) Not to mention the hours spent in job assignments, unproductive chatter with colleagues, the daily-commuting between office & home and the fatigue associated with it + family responsibilities if any. 16-18 hours per day, sounds good only in topper-interviews, in real life it is hard to sustain the attention and energy in studies after 6-7 hours on daily basis for a normal person, afterwards it's just eyes moving across the book-pages, nothing actually penetrating inside the mind. You will be able to pump 10-12-16-18 hours only when you're neck deep in trouble and stress: when there is only one month or just 20 days left before the exam, you cannot sustain 16-18 hours study, continuously for 100 days. Except in Bollywood /Hollywood underdog-movies, where players with Desi-jugaad training can win against players with intense scientific training, e.g Rocky 4, which is not the case in real life. Assuming that you can do productive study of 7 hours a day then, 100 days times 7 hours= 700 hours. Sounds good? Divide it by 12 (topics of CSAT syllabus)*= Only 58 hours available for each topic! *12 Topics = 7 Topics of GS + 5 Topics of Aptitude, according to the OFFICIAL Syllabus by UPSC for the previous CSAT 2011. GENERAL STUDIES (PRELIMS) HAS GOT TOTAL 7 TOPICS Current events of national and international importance. History of India and 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. Economic and Social Development -Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialisation General Science. We are not even counting the 'sub-topics' i.e. Science = Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer etc otherwise it'd cross century before Sachin and then you'd be left with just 7 hours a day. Which essentially means you've got only ONE DAY For Each Topic : for everything reading, revision and practice. APTITUDE PAPER HAS GOT TOTAL 5 MAIN-TOPICS Comprehension-Interpersonal skills including communication skills; Logical reasoning and analytical ability Decision-making and problem-solving General mental ability Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.)(Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level) English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level) Again, not counting the subtopics such as Logical reasoning= Circular arrangement, Venn diagrams etc Secondly, the strategy must be QUANTIFIABLE Wrong! Geography is not just one topic, it is made up of several: Physical, Human, Current, Indian and World geography. If you haven't been doing reading and revision diligently, there is hard chance of covering 'entire' Geography or even memorizing 15% of it. From this day on, it's going to be trade-off between one topic or another. You put too much hours in one topic, you’ll have to compensate it by compromising with another topic because the time will be in short-supply. Just admit it, you cannot do proper-justice to each and every topic. So, Plan must be quantifiable and not abstract. Always check the cost:benefit ratio. = Hours invested in a particular topic vs probability of getting 1,2,5,7 or 10 questions from it vs the probability of you actually recalling that answer in the exam hall. Geography: Physical: Full / partial / ignore. Indian Geography: Full / partial / ignore. World : Full/ partial / ignore... and so on (and if you tick *partial* then what is to be prepared and what is to be skipped?: that alone would require deliberation for some hours, and partial preparation=luck.) REACHING THE PRIME For a champion boxer or tennis-player, even if he is in ‘shape’, he still has to do intense training in the weeks before tournament, for that mental conditioning- that feeling of reaching the peak, being in your prime state. In military, there are separate companies: some ‘combat-ready’, others just for routine patrolling and sentry duties. All soldiers have gone through same training; perhaps same years in service, but those Combat ready troopers are in a different level of physical and mental state altogether. You’ve to get ‘combat-ready’. That feeling of “Yes I’m anxious, but I can do it, come what may, but I'm ready for them.” When you read the books, complete the syllabus = you’re just ‘getting in shape’, but you haven’t reached your prime yet. 20-30 days before the exam, you’d have to put 10-12-16-18 hours a day for intense revision and practice to reach the prime. Almost everyone: newbies and seasoned players alike go through a period of intense anxiety, stress and self-doubt in the days before any competitive exam. But those who’ve been preparing diligently, also start having that feeling of reaching the prime. What I’m trying to say is: When you decide to skip the attempt just 1 week before the exam, then all the time and energy invested in reaching the prime, is wasted. Next year next attempt you have to go through same effort all over again to reach your prime second time. Because UPSC syllabus is designed in such a way, hardly 15% of topics can stay in long term memory and a prelim that requires precise command and knowledge of topics. So for Those who’re still in a limbo about their preparation level, about whether to appear in 2012’s prelims or not, now is the right time to decide whether to attempt or to skip. No point in wasting the effort to reach the prime. Remember only you can judge your caliber. Whether you should appear or not, only you can decide so Don't do something because others said so, don't pick careers because others said so. If you plan to appear for 2012 then from this day on, don't give a single thought about quitting. THE FLOODS From next month, every major publication house (Wizard, Chronicle, PD, CST, Spectrum) even Coaches such as Daulat Khan etc will come up with their special booklets for current-affairs, size ranging anything between 150 to 550 pages depending on who is their target-audience. i.e. 150 pages Book for non-serious unprepared candidates who is looking for short-cuts and quick-fixes. 550 pages Book for sincere but amateur player, who think that GS is made up of only current affairs questions and he can mug up entire current-affairs book and the 50,000 facts and data given in it, by investing all of his remaining months AND that UPSC is going to ask atleast 15 questions from it and that he’ll be able to recall all the mugged up data inside the examhall without any mistake. In any case: The probability of UPSC asking even 2 direct-questions from such readymade- books = Probability of Team India winning a test-match on foreign pitch. THE CLAIMS AND ADVERTISEMENTS Certain Publication houses make big (and often false) claims on the cover of their GS books, study material and magazines example For a stressed candidate it's like finding a panacea, he invests his money and rest of the months in such things. Stops reading or revising whatever he has prepared so far. He too is heading for #EPICFAIL. Mind it: If you read something for single time- it means nothing in UPSC prelims. (Frequent) Revision is NECESSARY. Shopping for more and more readymade books as prelims approaches= waste of time and money, unless you’ve the time to do second or third revision of the same book. You must have faith in whatever books you've read so far, whatever notes you've made so far. If you haven't made any handmade-notes at all for frequent revision, be ready for the unbearable stress, panic and anxiety in the last week and night before the exam as you fumble through the books, while (trying to do) revision. So where is the 100 Days-strategy in this article? Preparing for Civil-Services especially General studies, is like Kung-fu, everyone has to develop his own style. There are no cut and dried methods to get you through this. Everyone has different mental makeup and capacity to study, so everyone has to adopt a different tailor-made strategy according to his own caliber and limits. Noone can babysit you or spoonfeed you here. You can only get directions from others, you've to ride the tiger on your own. Here, Strategy doesn't mean a simple recommended booklist, it is all about how you prepare the topics and train yourself for a competitive-exam. Always remember, for UPSC you don't have to finish the books, you've to finish the topics. REAL NIGHTMARE: Not YET Your fate will be sealed the day you walk out of exam hall in that Sunday evening of 20th May 2012, But that's just the beginning. Another Bigger Nightmare awaits: it's called Mains. Total number of days between May 21st, 2012 and October 5th, 2012 is about 130 days or 4 months and 10 days between Prelims and Mains. In this time, You're supposed to cover two optional subjects, each having length of a 2 years post-graduation course syllabus + the infinite General studies syllabus + an Essay. Not to mention the days wasted in speculating the cut-off and result dates. Not like you're gonna start mains preparation from Night of 20th May 2012. Not to mention the days wasted in deliberating about how to prepare everything, which books to buy which ones to ignore and so on. In short, work hard and don't underestimate the competition, There are no consolation prices here.