UPSC CIVIL SERVICES IAS EXAM PREPARATION GUIDE

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 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 
  1. Leave Behind Your Valuable Suggestions and Feedback Here
CLEAR YOUR DOUBTS
  1. Doubts Corner
WEEKEND DEBATES
  1. Debate A Challenging Issue On Insights Every Weekend
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  1. FAQs

 

1,188 Responses

  1. Rahul says:

    Sir,

    Are you planning to conduct offline classes for working aspirants during week ends in Bangalore ?

  2. Anshu says:

    sir,

    can u pls upload some of answer script of topper which will giv an idea how to write answer..one more request to giv brief description for Pub Ad…topic wise description and book details as u have done for all GS paper..and many many thanks for ur all effort…

  3. nagaraj says:

    Sir I need information regarding history mains materials by post. What was fee structure and all……… plz

  4. Ranjeet Singh says:

    Sir
    Can u provide me a proper planning for 2015 upsc as i am a fresher.

    Thank you!

  5. m sathish says:

    sir, i dont know which optional subject to choose for civils. could u please send me the detailed information regarding it…

  6. tullu ram says:

    By luck stumbled on this site…its awesome.hats off to you …..superlative quality

  7. tiger man says:

    Good job

  8. Abhishek Yadav says:

    Just now I joined the test series.

  9. pravin says:

    Hindi medium how for upsc

  10. pravin says:

    Sir what strategy for 2015

  11. Ram says:

    today’s test qn paper not recieved yet. what happened?

  12. PLZ READ THE HINDU DAILY AT LEAST FOR TWO HOURS.JOT DOWN ALL IMPOTANT TOPICS,NEWS.ALSO READ FRONTLINE MAGAZINE.YOU SHOULD READ THE MONTHLY MAGAZINE-KNOWLEDGE OF BBC-CUM A TIMES OF INDIA PUBLICATION.YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT ME.
    JAY JYOTI SAMANTA,SDM,DEOGHAR,JHATKHAND
    MY MOBILE NO-09431157619 & 09939709020

  13. parul says:

    sir i am new to idea of preparing for civil services.. i am still having many queries regarding preparation.. can you please tell me from where can i get a list of important current events,either daily or weekly to confirm whether i am making notes of relevant topics and not just wasting my time over irrelevant things.. i’ll be very grateful to you if you’ll spare your time for my query …

    • YOU MUST READ THE HINDU DAILY FOR AT LEAST THREE HOURS.AT THE SAME TIME YOU MUST JOT DOWN ALL IMPORTANT POINTS.PLZ READ EVERY ISSUE OF MAGAZINE THE FRONTLINE DAILY.ALSO READ .ASO READ MAGAZINES LIKE SCIENCE REPORTER,KNOWLEDGE,YOJANA.YOU MUST READ SERIOUSLY.
      WITH REGARDS,
      JAYJYOTISAMANTA,SDM,DEOGHAR,JHARKHAND
      MY CONTACT NO-09431157619 & 09939709020

  14. satyajit chavan says:

    Dear sir
    recently the delhi court is declare give 20 min. extra per hour in pre and main exam in upsc. i m from vusualy impaired catagary plese tell me there is complsary need to take the writter if i not take the writter can i get the extra time pls rply me sir

  15. Abhi says:

    I am an b.tech pass out preparing for 2015 but really confused about what optional to take . As i am doing self preparation so please guide me .m stuck between geography ,political science and anthropology .
    pls help me out how should i decide ?
    In geography I dn like distribution of different resources ,hard to learn .
    In anthro ,its new to me .
    In political science , its jst too lenghty :-(
    pls help to sort out my problem :-(

  16. anwar says:

    Thanks alot for including commerce in daily answer writing challenge……friends with commerce optional please participate…….

  17. sharada says:

    Hello Sir,
    Am preparing for upsc from 2013, I got 201 marks in prelims i dont think i clear pre this time. Started preparing for 2015. Am staying at village and we don’t have library facility and no one is there to discuss or to clear my doubts. So my question is.. Is it necessary to stay with people who are preparing for the exam or may I do self study. People here say to clear the exam one has to stay in delhi, is that true.. Waiting for your reply Sir. Thanks in advance.

  18. Rahul Bariyar says:

    nice efforts…

  19. Naincy Joshi says:

    I need ur contact no and email id to solve queries abt prelims cum mains 2015 test series…….

  20. Mayuresh says:

    Guys any one felt today’s hindu was quite lengthier….???

  21. Vijay says:

    Sir im planning to take anthropology as my optional can u please suggest me books for each topic of the syllabus.all ready I brought muniratnam reddy sir notes but it’s little bit tough to memorise with out basic knowledge. From where can I get anthropology toppers answer sheets. Please help me out sir

  22. pampa says:

    test series

  23. anjana says:

    its very useful

  24. SaiKumar says:

    Good evening sir.

    Sir we have doubt on recent conflicts of Islamic countries with each other internal crisis or war between other negibouring countries. We couldn’t able to understand the articles in the Hindu paper which is flooding with words like Gaza, Syria, hamas, IS etc all related stuff.
    What USA wants first of all from them. Why it warning Syria.

    What is the main crux of all these.?
    It is getting difficult to understand all these. Pls help us.

    Sir if you provide us a good article or making notes with simplified , it would be so heplfull to prepare a decent notes on it.
    Thank you sir.

  25. Vijjay says:

    Insights,

    Sub: New label/menu item for INSIGHTS CURRENT EVENTS.

    Now the sight is well organised. All posts are grouped so that new visitors can also have a glance at Insights. But INSIGHTS CURRENT EVENTS are not accessible all in new-posts label.

    So a separate menu/label for INSIGHTS CURRENT EVENTS is essential for easy access.

    Regards,
    Vijay

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  27. ITTEFAQUE ALAM SYED says:

    is there any one from gaya bihar who is preparing for mains 2014

    if yes kindly connect

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  28. ITTEFAQUE ALAM SYED says:

    all ias aspirants remember only basic is everything
    never ignore it bcz it is not exam but test of your basic knowledge and upsc means
    unlimited preparation solid concentration =UPSC

    READ LESS THINK MORE BCZ U HAVE 3 HOURS AND WRITE 5000 WORDS IT MEANS YOU HAVE 7 MINUTES FOR EACH QUESTIONS

    JUST START AND BEAWARE OF REMOUR PLZ PLZ

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  30. vivek says:

    @Vinay sir,

    Insights Current Events are good. As mentioned by vijjay a separate link to access it is essential. Pls incorporate the link sir.

  31. Yash Thorat says:

    Good questions

  32. anwar says:

    @insights
    Sir you have not posted any questions for commerce today.
    Why?

  33. kirti dalal says:

    sir plz provide the strategy for law optional ….plzzzz sir look into this subject also

  34. reddy says:

    To insights ,
    still 25 september test did not came to my mail ???
    its almost 5 .30 pm sir ..!!

  35. venky says:

    Where can i find previous questions of geography-2014;Answer writing challenge?

  36. could u please send last year insights test paper. I want to get an idea of the TS before enrolling to it. As it is not so wide spread how could I trust to invest such a huge amount of money.
    Do u guys have an office somewhere?

    note: if someone has got question of past insights ts then please mail me at : rahulrnjn8@outlook.com

  37. Kumar Bhaskar Bhushan says:

    Hey I cleared the UP PSC Pre 2014. Mains from Nov 3.
    Thanks to Insights.

  38. preety dubey says:

    Sir, I just wanted to know about the whole payment process for test series 2015 and how long it will take to activate and allow me to get all (first 2 ) previous test and explanations on my email??
    Thank you

    • preety dubey says:

      I’m asking these questions because i read few comments where they have written about some difficulties in enrolling process.

  39. brijesh gour says:

    hey guyzzz !
    i m an aspirant from bhopal M.P , i want to enroll for this test series but, it’s hard to afford. is there anyone who would like to share the test series amount wid me on 50:50 basis ?????
    do reply me intrested people at gourbrijesh52@gmail.com

  40. Anwar says:

    Sir
    Why are you not posting questions regularly for answer writing challenge for aspirants with commerce optional. Are you not getting questions?
    If yes, please tell me how I can contribute questions. I’m from Krishnagiri your neighbouring place.

  41. kirti dalal says:

    sir plz its a request plz write strategy for law subject as optional …..also related to law..plz do reply

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