UPSC CIVIL SERVICES IAS EXAM PREPARATION GUIDE

 

 INTRODUCTION
ABOUT FACING THE UPSC PERSONALITY TEST
MYTHS AND LIES ABOUT IAS PREPARATION
  1. Myths and Lies About IAS – Busted
LATEST  ARTICLES
  1. RECENT POSTS
  2. IMPORTANT ARTICLES
PREPARING FOR IAS -2014? MUST READ LINKS
  1. Insights Secure – 2014  - 
  2. Secure – 2014 – New Initiative on Current Events
  3. Science and Technology, Environment, Biodiversity
MOTIVATION
  1. Wake Up Before It’s Too Late
  2. How to Keep Your Motivation High?
  3. Motivational Articles
QUESTIONS FROM INSIGHTS IN MAINS 2013
  1. Questions From Insights That Appeared in Mains-2013 GS Paper-2
  2. Questions From Insights That Appeared in Mains-2013 GS Paper-3
UPSC CIVIL SERVICES SYLLABUS, QUESTION PAPERS AND PATTERN
  1. Mains New Pattern –  Simplified!
  2. UPSC Previous Year Question Papers
  3. Complete Syllabus Of All Subjects
  4. GS All Papers’ Detailed Syllabus
REFERENCE BOOKS LIST
  1. Flipkart – High Discount Books
  2. Reference Books For UPSC Civil Services Prelims
  3. Reference Books For UPSC Civil Services Mains
  4. Reference Books For UPSC Civil Services Mains- Optional Subjects
  5. Must Read Books (written by eminent officers) For an IAS Aspirant
HOW TO PREPARE MAINS GENERAL STUDIES PAPERS
  1. How To Choose Optional Subject For Mains? 
  2. Important Instructions For Essay Writing 
  3. Essay Strategy
  4. How To Prepare For Mains General Studies Paper-I
  5. How to Prepare For Mains General Studies paper – II
  6. How to Prepare For Mains General Studies Paper- III
  7. How to Prepare For Mains General Studies Paper – IV 
ETHICS AND APTITUDE  CASE STUDIES
  1. Case Studies – Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
STRATEGY FOR OPTIONAL SUBJECTS
  1. Strategy For Sociology 
  2. Strategy For Public Administration – by IAS Topper
  3. Strategy For Economics – by IAS Topper
  4. Strategy For Mathematics – by IAS Topper
ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGES
  1. Rationale Behind Daily Answer Writing Challenge
  2. Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – General Studies
  3. Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Science and Technology
  4. Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge-Public Administration
  5. Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge-Psychology
  6. Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge-Geography
  7. Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge-Sociology
  8. Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – History
  9. Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Management
  10. Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Philosophy
  11. Insights  Secure – 2014 
WRITING IMPROVEMENT
  1. How to Write Good Answers in Mains - Important Tips
  2. Tips For Improving Answer Writing Skills
  3. For Better Comprehension & Vocabulary
READING & COMPREHENSION IMPROVEMENT
  1. Increasing Reading and Comprehension Speed
STUDY MATERIALS
  1. Download Model Question Paper-cum-Answer-book For GS Paper – II
  2. Syllabus Related Articles From Yojana Magazines – 2012
  3. Syllabus Related Articles From Yojana Magazines – 2013
  4. Collection of ‘Do You Know’ Coloumns From Yojana Magazines
  5. Download Yojana and Kurukshetra Magazines 
  6. Free Graphic E-Book On Indian Art and Culture
  7. Complete Study Material On Indian Art and Culture
  8. Free study Material For Environment, Biodiversity – Mains
  9. The Economic Times – ET in the Classroom
MISCELLANEOUS
  1. How To Prepare For The UPSC Civil Services Exam – From Prelims To The Personality Test
FEEDBACK 
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CLEAR YOUR DOUBTS
  1. Doubts Corner
WEEKEND DEBATES
  1. Debate A Challenging Issue On Insights Every Weekend
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  1. FAQs

 

1,090 Responses

  1. mohit kriahali says:

    Insights Sir,

    I have asked this question in doubt corner section also but did not get satisfactory response so asking it here again.

    Sir I am a working professional in IT industry aiming for CSE-2015. I came across notification on your CSE-2015 prelims test series. I am willing to join that but before that i have few questions.
    As part of my preparation i have been following The Hindu newspaper for last 3 months and i have completed NCERT 6th to 10th standard. Is it right time to join this test series? Or do you look for certain minimum level of preparation on candidate’s part before joining this test series?
    Currently i am able to devote 4 hours a day to my preparation on weekdays and 8 hours each on staturday and sunday. Do you think that much time is enough to prepare for next year’s prelims with the help of test series and guidance provided here on this site?

    Thanks,
    Mohit

    • INSIGHTS says:

      Dear Mohit,

      This test series will be such that you will be given targets to finish a set of chapters before every test. This will help both freshers and veterans. We will design tests in such a way that they cover all NCERT books comprehensively and then move to standard text books. But this year’s trend has shown that depending alone on books is not a good idea, hence in each test, current events and important questions from ecology, science and environment will be included.

      It is your wish to subscribe any time. Thank you for your interest.

  2. krishnamohanreddypilli says:

    How can I subscribe to test series?

  3. Anand2004 says:

    hello sir,
    i missed my first attemp by 15 marks, second attempt by 1 mark, third attempt by 2 marks and probably this too since i am getting very low marks. i am feeling quite dejected by these consecutive prelims failure but nonethless i want to try again(5 attempts left). however situation is forcing me to go for job and i am going to get only 2 hrs a day. now, i am all depending on your website and no coaching. so please give me the daily task for the next 360 days so that i can clear both prelims and mains for sure. i am willing to do anything to finish the task but please ensure that i can make it next time. guide me….

    • INSIGHTS says:

      You should join a job. All these years whatever you have read will come to your use in next attempt. You should ensure that you don’t lose touch with preparation and new trends. You are willing to work hard. All initiatives on the website help you keep busy. Follow them.

      For Prelims 2015 you can join test series (any test series that is good).

  4. KK says:

    Please Upload the Strategy for 2015 exam preparation..

  5. catabre says:

    Does the site has login option. SO that i dont have to fill the details every time i comment.
    if its dere why the link is not on the home page :(

  6. Ashok says:

    Sir, are you going to conduct offline classes for Pre also in bangalore.? If possible please start Offline classes in bangalore. .

  7. satyajit chavan says:

    sir plese help me i m prepare for 2015 how prepare for pre ?exam and how i use the we r test series program

  8. Ravinder says:

    Sir your test series for CSE 2015 will include both paper I and paper II or only paper I .

    Awaiting reply.

    Thanx

  9. Harshita says:

    Sir,
    Are the applications for the offline program closed?
    I am not able to submit my form :(

  10. vivek says:

    Sir your website is lot valuable for civils preparation. I have a small doubt regarding next year civils pattern how it could be, i asked many of teachers and friends they all saying dont think about future or past. kindly can you tell if csat will be modified because either way it is important for preparation. i have attempted this year but not confident. waiting eagerly for your answer pls also give possible speculations sir

    • INSIGHTS says:

      You still have to prepare for both the papers even if they are modified (or Modi-fied). Don’t worry for something that is 11 months away. Start practising from now itself. Biggest mistake aspirants make is that they start practising when exam is nearing. Be prepared early. All the best.

      • vivek says:

        Thank you sir for your advice i shall start my mains preparation with selected days for prelims. One last question if change occurs what are the possibilites.

  11. gaurav singh says:

    sir are u starting any test series for mains?

  12. yaseen says:

    Hello sir, I’m self preparing. Attempted CSAT 2014. According to online key ans.. Im getting only 26 correct ans out f 100 Questions in CSAT 1.. as i belongs to OBC.. can I able to go for Mains? .. plz suggest me.. what should I to do..this z my 1st attempt.

  13. What a great initiative !!!

  14. kumar says:

    Recently want past few news sources which claim the number of attempts and age bar eligibility are getting reduced. Please comment.

  15. ashu says:

    sir I am getting 220 is there any chance of clearing pre

  16. Yuvaraj S says:

    When onwards the test series for 2015 will start?

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