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Essay Writing Tips For Ias Exam Age

Civil Services IAS Exam is one of the most coveted examinations in the country conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The examination has three stages i.e. Preliminary, Mains and Personality Test. The preliminary stage of IAS Exam has two papers consist of General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II (CSAT) and second stage consist of 9 papers in total.

The common thing required at every stage of IAS Exam is that an IAS aspirant must have the depth and concrete analytical ability regarding various subjects and issues to crack the IAS Exam. An IAS aspirant must possess decision-making ability which affects the mass of the country. First of all, an IAS aspirant must have the knowledge of various aspects like Historical, Geographical, Political, Economic, Environmental etc. of India which can be developed only through studying authentic sources of study material.

Here, we have provided a complete study material for IAS Prelims Exam 2018 including IAS Exam Syllabus, tips and strategy, IAS Topper's videos and IAS/PCS' inspirational stories. The given study materials of IAS Prelims Exam are simultaneously important for IAS Mains Exam including PCS Exams of various states in the country. The study material of the various subjects have been developed by keeping in a view of the basic requirements of the IAS Exam and special focus has been given to the current affairs section because of the changing focus of UPSC in the last few years.

UPSC IAS Exam 2018 Latest Official Notifications

The IAS aspirants must go through the UPSC IAS notifications published by UPSC itself because it provides more calrity regarding the vacancies and furthere any developments regarding the number of posts, eligibility criteria, syllabus, examination fees etc. We are continuously providing UPSC's notifications as it published by UPSC so that, the UPSC IAS aspirants be informed of any such updates.

UPSC Civil Services (IAS) 2018 Exam: Online Application to Continue till 06 March

IAS Exam Eligibility and Pattern

UPSC IAS Syllabus is the guiding force behind the IAS preparation. It is the IAS Syllabus which carves out the scope of IAS preparation and hence chalks out the right path and strategy for the IAS preparation. IAS syllabus needs to be fully covered to ensure the selection in the IAS Exam. It is also important to decipher the pattern of IAS Exam. However, it is very difficult to find out any specific pattern of asking questions in UPSC IAS Exam but even we can analyse it after studying the previous year question papers of UPSC IAS Exam along with the UPSC Syllabus for IAS Exam. For an IAS aspirant, it is also important to understand the IAS selection process. Here, we have provided list of articles which can help IAS aspirants to find a way during IAS preparation.

IAS Exam Eligibility Criteria

IAS Exam 2018: How to get selected in IAS Exam

IAS Selection Process

IAS Syllabus for Prelims Exam 2018: General Studies Paper I

UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Syllabus is one of the essential components of UPSC IAS Exam. A better understanding of UPSC Civil Services (IAS)syllabus must be a priority for IAS aspirants at the beginning of IAS preparation. A better strategy for IAS Exam can be made out only after the understanding of UPSC Syllabus. UPSC Civil Services (IAS) syllabus is so vast and it has been designed in a manner so that the IAS aspirant’s expertise and proficiency in various subjects can easily be assessed.  The main objective of the syllabus is to test the mental ability of IAS aspirants and their preparedness to deal with the issues arising out in a society or in a country as a whole. For this, an IAS aspirant must have a clear and coherent understanding of various issues which affects the masses in the country. Time to time, we provide better guidelines and every possible solution for the IAS aspirants so that they can find no difficulty while preparing for IAS Exam. For the beginners, our strategy and continued guidance will help them a lot to find a better way to crack the IAS Exam.

Sl. No

Subject-wise Division

Detailed Syllabus

1

History

History of India and Indian Freedom Struggle

Ancient History of India

Medieval History of India

Modern History 1857 to 1947

Indian National Movement

2

Geography

Geography of India and

Concept of Physical Geography

Physical Geography

Human Geography

Economic Geography

World Geography

3

Polity

Indian Polity and Governance issues

Union Executives

State Executives

Federalism in India

Judicial System

Panchayati Raj

4

Economy

Indian Economy and Social Development

Basic Principles of Indian Economy

Social Schemes of Government

Social Development through Economic Empowerment

Sustainable Development

Demographics

5

Environment and Ecology

Principles of Environment and Ecology

General Principles

Climate Change and

Climate Summits and Conferences

6

General Science

Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Technology

General Principles

Latest Science and Technological Development

7

Current Events

It covers all the events of National and International Importance

Current Affairs

Current Affairs with all Dimensions

Complete Syllabus for IAS Prelims and IAS Mains

IAS Exam Study Materials

Preparation of IAS Exam does not depend only on the number of hours spend on doing study per day but it majorly depends on the sincere way of studying qualitative study materials for IAS Exam. First of all, an IAS aspirant should read authentic sources of study materials for IAS Exam. Second, an IAS aspirant should read precise and useful study materials in terms of UPSC syllabus for IAS Exam otherwise it will be a waste of their precious time and energy. Here, we have provided study materials for IAS Exam such as MCQs based on the NCERT for IAS Exam, most important topics for IAS Mains Exam, most important government policies and current affairs quizzes for IAS Exam. Such questions have been created from the available authentic sources of study material for IAS Exam. The practice of such questions will help IAS aspirants to improve the understanding of the important topics which may be asked in the upcoming IAS Exam.

IAS Prelims Subject-Wise Quizzes for IAS Exam 2018

Best Books for IAS suggested by IAS Toppers

Most Important Topics for IAS Prelims Exam 2018

Most Important Government Policies for IAS Exam

General Studies Important Topics for IAS Mains Exam

Current Affairs Quizzes

Current Affairs Quiz 2017 for IAS Prelims Exam 2018

Current Affairs Quiz 2016 for IAS Prelims Exam 2018

Economic Survey 2017-18: Analysis and Questions

Here, we have provided the chapter-wise analysis of the whole Economic Survey 2017-18 and hence the multiple choice questions based on such chapters. It has been found that the UPSC ask questions based on the topics covered under the Economic Survey every year but the IAS aspirants find it more difficult and exhaustive to study. So, we have done an analysis of every chapter of Economic Survey that can immensely help an IAS aspirant to find it easier to study and more effective for IAS preparation. We have also suggested probable questions in every topic; can be asked in IAS Mains Exam 2018.

Economic Survey Analysis for IAS

Economic Survey 2017-18 Analysis: Prices and Inflation

Economic Survey 2017-18 Analysis: Agricluture and Food Managament

Economic Survey 2017-18 Analysis: Sustainable Development, Energy and Climate Change

Economic Survey 2017-18 Analysis: Industry and Infrastructure

Economic Survey 201718 Analysis: Climate, Climate Change, and Agriculture Part 1

Economic Survey 201718 Analysis: Climate, Climate Change, and Agriculture Part 2

Economic Survey Questions for IAS

Economic Survey 2017-18 Questions: Prices and Inflation

Economic Survey 2017-18 Questions: Agriculture and Food Management

Economic Survey 2017-18 Questions: Climate, Climate Change, and Agriculture

The Hindu Editorial Crux

We are continuously providing the editorial analysis of articles published in The Hindu newspaper which is considered as one of the important sources of current affairs section for the IAS Exam. The IAS aspirants need to study The Hindu newspaper on a daily basis, but that could be more exhaustive and much time taking process. For the convenience of IAS aspirants, we are providing articles based The Hindu editorial which will be more elaborate and enriched of relevant content in terms of IAS Exam regarding the topics. So, it is worth to study the analytical article provided by us will help IAS aspirants to understand the various dimensions of the topic and hence it will them to prepare for the various papers of IAS Mains Exam. Usually, based on such topics, questions are asked in the IAS Mains Essay paper and in the IAS Mains General Studies Papers 1, 2 and 3.

National Anti-Profiteering Authority

Role of Governments in flood mitigation

Smart Cities Mission in India

The Conservation of Sunderbans

GM Mustard Crop Approval and Other Issues

India and Turkey Relations

Aadhaar and the Right to Privacy

National Health Policy 2017 : Analysis

Inspirational Stories of IAS/IPS

In present times where a significant well off youngsters cash their precious time in self-indulgence, there is an existing underprivileged group of students who with their strong willpower are breaking all stereotypes to reach new heights in their career. One of many living examples is the successful civil services aspirants coming from varied backgrounds as low as being a son/daughter of a rickshaw puller or a street vendors. Here are the some stories we picked can inspire the IAS aspirants preparing for IAS Exam:

India's First Woman IFS Officer: C. B. Muthamma

Best IAS/IPS Officers of India: Ubagarampillai Sagayam

Brave IPS Officers of India

Stories of IAS Officers from a humble background

Tips and Strategy for IAS Exam

IAS aspirants need proper guidance and mentorship from the IAS toppers or from the experts of IAS Exam. A proper guidance makes the way an easy and more convenient for the IAS aspirants to be on the right path of IAS preparation and it also saves precious time of IAS aspirants. During IAS preparation, it is very important to study proper and useful study material for IAS Exam. There may be a lot of books and study materials available for IAS Exam but reading all the books or study materials would be a waste of time and efforts. So, proper strategy and guidance regarding the selection of study material for IAS Exam needed. So, the IAS Exam experts and the IAS toppers can give better suggestions and guidance which can be more effective for IAS Exam. Here, we have provided tips and strategy for various phases of IAS Exam.

For IAS Prelims CSAT

IAS Prelims Exam - GS Tips and Strategy and Suggested Books for IAS

IAS Selection Procedure

UPSC IAS Topper's Videos

IAS aspirants can learn a lot from the toppers of Civil Services IAS Exam. The guidance and mentorship provided by IAS toppers can be fruitful for the IAS aspirants preparing for IAS Exam. The IAS toppers suggest best way to handle the pressure of covering the vast UPSC Syllabus. Every year, we are trying to make interview videos of IAS Toppers of respective year and our prime motive is to provide better guidelines and strategy of IAS toppers which can be fruitful any way for future IAS aspirants. Here is list of video articles of IAS toppers suggesting an exclusive strategy for every phase of IAS Exam.

UPSC IAS Toppers 2017

Arif Ahsan Rank 74 shares his journey of Success in IAS

Suhail Qasim Mir Rank 125 strategy for IAS Prelims Part 2

Arif Ahsan Rank 74 shares Tips and Strategy for IAS Mains Exam

Suhail Qasim Mir Rank 125 shares his strategy for IAS Prelims Exam Part 1

Nitish Kumar Rank 23 shares his journey of success in IAS Exam

Arif Ahsan Rank 74 shares Tips and Strategy for IAS Prelims Exam

Suhail Qasim Mir Rank 125 shares his journey of Success in IAS Exam

Anuj Malik Rank 16 shares her journey of becoming IAS

Saumya Pandey Rank 4 shares her Journey of becoming IAS

Saumya Pandey Rank 4 shares Tips for IAS Prelims Exam

Saumya Pandey Rank 4 shares Tips for IAS Mains Exam

Nitish Kumar Rank 23 shares Tips and Strategy for IAS Prelims Exam

Juhi Rai Rank 155 shares Tips for IAS Interview

Juhi Rai Rank 155 shares Tips for IAS Mains Essay Writing

Juhi Rai Rank 155 shares Tips for IAS Mains Exam

Juhi Rai Rank 155 shares Tips for IAS Prelims Exam

Bilal Bhat Rank 10 Tips for IAS Prelims Exam

Bilal Bhat Rank 10 Tips for IAS Mains Exam

Bilal Bhat Rank 10 Tips for IAS Interview Preparation

Anuj Malik Rank 16 Tips for IAS Prelims Exam

Anuj Malik Rank 16 Tips for IAS Mains Exam

Anuj Malik Rank 16 Tips for IAS Interview

Nitish Kumar Singh Rank 23 Tips for IAS Mains Exam

UPSC IAS Toppers 2016

Jasmeet Singh Sandhu Rank 3 Tips for IAS Prelims Exam

Siddharth Jain Rank 13 Tips for IAS Preparation

Siddharth Jain Rank 13 Tips for IAS Prelims

Siddharth Jain Rank 13 Tips for IAS Mains

Siddharth Jain Rank 13 Tips for IAS Mains Essay Writing Exam

Nitin Sangwan Rank 28 Tips for IAS Prelims

Nitin Sangwan Rank 28- How to start IAS Preparation

Previous Year Question Papers of IAS Exam and Answer Keys

The best way to understand the pattern of UPSC IAS Exam is to analyse the previous year questions papers of IAS Exam. The IAS aspirants should go through the question papers of last few years by which they can explore the pattern of asking questions in various phases of IAS Exam. Here, we have provided question papers of IAS Prelims Exam as well as of IAS Mains Exam of the last few years. Answer keys are also available for IAS Prelims Exam questions papers so that the IAS aspirants conveniently can check their level of IAS preparation. So, check out the question papers.

IAS Prelims Exam

IAS Prelims Exam 2017 General Studies Paper I

IAS Prelims Exam 2017 General Studies Paper II (CSAT)

IAS Prelims Exam 2016 General Studies Paper I

IAS Prelims Exam 2016 General Studies Paper II (CSAT)

IAS Prelims Exam 2015 General Studies Paper I

IAS Mains Exam

IAS Mains Exam 2017: Sociology Optional Paper 2

IAS Mains Exam 2017: Sociology Optional Paper 1

IAS Mains Exam 2017: Economics Optional Paper 2

IAS Mains Exam 2017: Economics Optional Paper 1

IAS Mains Exam 2017: Public Administration Optional Paper 2

IAS Mains Exam 2017: Public Administration Optional Paper 1

IAS Mains Exam 2017: Geography Optional Paper 2

IAS Mains Exam 2017: Geography Optional Paper 1

IAS Mains Exam 2017: Political Science and International Relations Optional Paper 2

IAS Mains Exam 2017: Political Science and International Relations Optional Paper 1

IAS Mains Exam 2017: History Optional Paper 2

IAS Mains Exam 2017: History Optional Paper 1

IAS Mains Exam 2017: General Studies 4 Paper V

IAS Mains Exam 2017: General Studies 3 Paper IV

IAS Mains Exam 2017: General Studies 2 Paper III

IAS Mains Exam 2017: General Studies 1 Paper II

IAS Mains Exam 2017: Essay Paper

IAS Mains GS Paper I Question Papers

IAS Mains GS Paper II Question Papers

IAS Mains GS Paper III Question Papers

IAS Mains GS Paper IV Question Papers

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IAS PREPARATION TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

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Some Myths About UPSC IAS Exam Preparation – Truths

 

 

1) They say IAS is the mother of all exams. Is it?

Wrong. This is just  another exam. The mother of all exams is Life. You can afford to fail in IAS, but not in Life. So, take IAS preparation as a phase in Life, not as your Life.

2) They say IAS is not for faint-hearted. Is it?

If you think you are faint-hearted, better start preparing for IAS soon – it makes you stone-hearted.

3) One topper in an interview said that she studied 20 hours every day for 365 days. Is this true?

May be she suffered from insomnia. Even now she will be working 20 hours a day as an officer. On a serious note, good sleep is very necessary to prepare well for this exam.  It keeps you in good health. Don’t study beyond 14 hours unless you suffer from Insomnia.

4) Now you are saying 14 Hours! Are you mad?

Calm down. If you have left your job, as a punishment you should devote these many hours. Didn’t you work 12 hours for your company? Anyway, every day at least 8 hours of  planned study is required. If you can study more than that, it is well and good. But please ensure that you also get 6-8 hours of sound sleep.

5) My English is very poor. They say I am out of the race. Am I?

No. You are still part of the race. Now you have figured out the problem – that your English is poor. Work on it. All you need is basic English. Moreover, you can write this exam and give the interview in your mother-tongue. Buy a basic  Grammar book – read it, listen to English news on TV and radio, try to write something in English, everyday (don’t worry if it is very bad, keep trying) Necessity should push you to learn. Push yourself. Win the race.

6) I  am worried. I can’t go to Delhi because of some personal reasons. They say it is Mecca for IAS aspirants. 

Can’t go to Delhi? Wow. That’s great. These days you can study from home itself. IAS preparation is neither religion nor life to seek enlightenment in a far away concrete desert. Do your duty sincerely, if pleased, almighty UPSC will call you to its shrine, if pleased with your personality, it will give you a pass to Heaven – the IAS. Why go there uninvited?

7) So how can I study from my home?

These days you can buy books from online. Every topper has studied the same set of books as lakhs of aspirants do every year. The difference is that toppers plan their studies and execute those plans well. They practice writing. They take tests. They are confident. And they also have some luck.

8) Oh! So luck is needed for this exam.

Ya, only if you think you are unlucky. Anyway, let me modify a famous quote for you – Success is one percent luck and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Don’t let that 99% thing slip from your hand. Toil sincerely, and you will be rewarded with that 1 percent luck.

9) It was my last attempt. I failed in Prelims. Now I want to kill myself. Help me.

To kill you? First, kill your ego, not yourself. You took a journey but couldn’t reach the destination. It doesn’t mean the end of your life or the end of the road – start a new phase in your Life from where you are now. What matters in the end is how well you lived your Life, not how many successes you achieved. If the King has painful piles in his anus, what is the use of diamond studded golden throne?

10) Lakhs of aspirants give this exam and only few get into IAS. I am scared.

Though lakhs of aspirants apply and write this exam, the real competition is between only 2000-3000 serious aspirants. Those who study systematically and consistently, get into service. If you do the same, you will be one among them. Don’t have fears even before you start. You must enter the race and work hard to win it.

Remember this: “I never did a day’s work in all my Life. It was all fun” (Edison). Make the process fun, enjoy reading, love what you do and do everything to please your heart. Not the society.

11) They say there is corruption in recruiting IAS officers. Is it true?

This allegation is utterly false. The whole examination is so opaque that you have to trust it blindly (Oxymoron). There may be lacunae in the way examination is held, or there may be loopholes in how an UPSC member is appointed, but there is never corruption involved in the recruitment of civil service officers. The steel produced is pure. You can trust it. (it gets corroded later, that is a different story though)

12) Those veterans laugh when I tell them I am preparing for IAS. Instead, they insist I should say that I am preparing for civil services. What is the difference?

When you say you are preparing for civil services, you are not sure about getting into IAS/IPS. When you say you are preparing for IAS, you are confident that you want only IAS and you know how to get it. Choose the one suits you best. Not the veterans’.

13) I am getting headache while making notes. There are so many books to refer and I want my notes to be the best. What to do?

Note this. Leo Tolstoy writes in Anna Karenina “If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” Also  someone said, “Perfection is the child of time“. When you scout too many sources to make that perfect notes, you end up both loosing invaluable time and discontented. Managing time during the preparation is the most important aspect of this examination. Read one or two books for a topic. Re-read the same book even if some coaching institution or a publication house releases new notes/book in the market that has become famous.

14) They say IAS is the best job on Earth! Is it?

Well, I thought becoming the President of US was the best thing on Earth. Anyway, the above statement is wrong. Ask Durga Shakti Nagpal.

15) At least in India it is the best job. Right?

Yes. If you want to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of poor, IAS is the best job. But you have to swim in the ocean infested by so many sharks.  You should know how to swim, be fearless and armed with  ammunition. There is a silver lining though. The ammunition is personal integrity and The People – if you do a good work, help the poor man on the streets and in the huts, people will love you. Sharks love votes. And the ocean will be safe for you.

16) Some say this exam is like a vast ocean and questions are asked from  outside the syllabus, even from extraterritorial sources. Is it?

No. Again wrong. UPSC strictly adheres to the syllabus. Though sometimes it seems like questions are asked from outside of the syllabus, they are actually in some ways related to it. For example, if there is a question like this, ‘Opportunity on Mars‘, one should not get bedazzled why UPSC is asking questions from ET source and start answering like, ‘If  Nuclear war takes place and the Earth is destroyed, the opportunities on Mars are immense for the Humankind…...’

Opportunity is the name of a Robot that was sent to mars in 2003. Awareness on ‘Robotics‘ and ‘Space‘ is part of the UPSC syllabus (Paper-IV).

17) I have a disease. I keep buying all the magazines and coaching material. Is there any cure for this?

If you are rich, donate some money to this site.  Jokes apart, yes there is a cure. You know very well that you don’t read all the magazine and materials you buy. When you buy more and don’t use them, it only worsens your situation. The sight of those books frightens you. The cure is simple: first understand why you are buying so many books.

You buy them to buy yourself momentary satisfaction, that you are doing right thing in your preparation. No, wrong. Always finish reading what you have now. If something is really missing from the book you have, then go for a new one.

When you become aware that you are not going to read all the books you buy, you will stop buying them.

 

 

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