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 
  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

 

  • Sachin Singhal

    Hats off insights for doing a ardent task of compilation of GS and S&T questions with answers at such a crucial stage..
    Highly indebted to you..
    It wil be a game changer in mains 2014.

    • http://insightsonindia.com/ insightsonindia

      Thank you.

      • Sachin Singhal

        Its my pleasure sir..
        Sir i have one request. Sir is it possible for you to select important articles from yojana2014 and post it on website as you have done it for 2012 and 2013.?
        Sir it would be of immense for aspirants like me who are writing mains this year..
        Sir i cleared prelims just because of your guidance and wonderful test series.. Thanks a ton for that..

        • http://insightsonindia.com/ insightsonindia

          We would like to do that, but the problem is we have soft copies till March 2014 only. We will do it for them. Luckily if we get other copies, we will compile them too. :-)

          Congrats on your prelims result. You are welcome :-)

          • Sachin Singhal

            Thank you so much..
            Sir will you be compiling Q&A of current events also as you have done it for GS and S&T.?

  • ANKIT PANDEY

    Under personal information of DAF form released today, two new categories have appeared after “Physically challenged” i.e. “physically challenged category” where it is appearing as “Multiple disability” and “percent of disability category” where it is appearing as “less than 40%.” in my DAF form when i fall under “No Category under Physically challenged” which is not correct and not even entered by me during 2014 prelims.These all are filed in grey and cannot be changed.These new columns even do not appeared in Mains 2013 form.

    Kindly advise that whether this is a common error appearing in all person DAF form falling under No Physically challenged category.Also can i mail upsc on this or need to visit to delhi for this purpose only.

    • http://insightsonindia.com/ insightsonindia

      It is a common error. It is seen by all. Some mistake by UPSC. Take a screenshot and fill the application. It’s not something to worry about. Wish you all the best for Mains.

  • Bold Challenge

    This website is really very helpful and the Best. Vajiram & Ravi Institute Ethics material handbooks are complete copy paste from the PDF references given by this Insights. I have seen the word to word, document to document. There is no change at all. I’m aspirant for 2015, I have so much to do answer practice on this site on coming days. Now polishing the basic things, preparing for the war, getting ready for 2015.

  • taxidriver

    sir
    it is a good strategy of giving world history questions from past year questions of history optional..last year 3 questions came from past year questions..glad that u r guiding people with wisdom.i already finished practicing all the relevant questions..feeling good in this section…appreciate u r efforts

  • Anand Doss

    sir,
    do you have the pdf version of current events in monthly version ?

  • First & Last

    Can anyone giude me regarding preparation of human geography.

  • Aim@IAS

    @ insight….would it be possible to start discussion corner here???

    so we can discuss doubts here.

  • Aim@IAS

    anybody please tell..what to read in history??? i felt its too boring :(

  • mustafa

    anybody,please guide about the age limit for ST`s of j&k. am confused..no body replied. I don`t know why?

    • Jaimin Patel

      How old are you Mustafa ?
      I have copied below from the copy of document of notification for UPSC -2014. check out point (b) – i and iii . :) :) :)

      (ii) Age Limits :

      (a) A candidate must have attained the

      age of 21 years and must not have

      attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of

      August, 2014 i.e., he/she must have

      been born not earlier than 2nd August,

      1982 and not later than 1st August, 1993.

      Necessary action to make corresponding

      changes in respective Rules/

      Regulations pertaining to various services

      is being taken separately.

      (b) The upper age limit prescribed above

      will be relaxable :

      (i) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate

      belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a

      Scheduled Tribe.

      (ii) upto a maximum of three years in the

      case of candidates belonging to Other

      Backward Classes who are eligible to

      avail of reservation applicable to such

      candidates.

      (iii) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate

      had ordinarily been domiciled in

      the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the

      period from the 1st January, 1980 to the

      31st day of December, 1989.

  • BRIJESH

    Hello sir,

    i am brijesh preparing for upsc so that i need your guidance how to study for prelim 2915 and tell me which ncert’s i should have to study for basic and other reference book for detail study..

    i am reading post in insight india 4-5 days in week it help me to much to boost my reading level and i know it will also helpfull in near future also to clear upsc 2015….

  • Eti shree

    This sight has become lifeline of our preparation …Apart from following its guidance ,my friends and I keep blessing INSIGHTS and its team for such a wonderful work…all glories to INSIGHTS

  • rajsri

    Good evening sir.i have joined insights test series.I have small doubt regarding the BIOLOGY syllabus for test number 6. Is it the chapters ANIMAL KINGDOM and MORPHOLOGY OF FLOWERING PLANTS?

  • Ashwini Wali

    I wanted to know about venue of tests. Also any contact no of test series for inquiry

  • Rupa

    Dear Vinay Sir,
    Why Political Science is not included in daily answer writing challenges, i join Insight in the month of September this year, then I think Political Sc was included but now I don get email regarding this,

    • Rajat Jain

      Hey this is Rajat Jain from Saharanpur(UP)….preparing for the same….could anyone of you join my preparations as im doing home study and feeling that i am somewhere lacking competitive environment because i can not join any classroom coaching due to external factors…i am already 29 years and gave two attempts in 2006 and 2007 but could not even cleared prelims.This is my third attempt in 2015 with philosophy..Basically MBA from ICFAI Dehradun and left the job in 2011 for this battle..but serious fight with books i had started one month back i.e. from october 2014 onwards..Now coming to the point that i want some serious aspirant to keep track of my preparations and to whom i could make healthy discussions over exam related stuff..Please help me.Its a heartly request.
      Who knows may be i could be of some help for you.
      Anyways please contact me personally at the earliest if feel to do so..
      Mob-09536009522
      Email-rajatjain1303@gmail.com
      Regards,
      Rajat Jain

  • pk

    can anyone pls tell me the recommended book for socio-political philosophy (Philosophy paper 2)???

    Would be a gr8 help

  • Prashant Singh

    Can we place 2 stamps of CRF value Rs 100 each instead of a single stamp. I am finding it difficult to have single CRF stamp value of Rs. 200

    • dg

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  • Nasajupiter

    Which is best coaching or rather say useful coaching for Ias csat and politicial science optional in new delhi??

    • dg

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  • Arif

    Hi Sir,

    i want to face 2015 MAINS exams as im from B.Tech from CSE background could you please guide me how build and prepare myself from the basic in it

  • Ariba Khan

    Hi,
    I wish to join the test series for UPSC 2015. But it appears I am a little bit late as it started in September. Please tell me whether I will get the study material and the tests that I have missed and other details.
    Thank you.

  • SWATHI

    SIR, DO YOU ONLINE COACHING FOR GEOGRAPHY OPTIONAL

    • Rajat

      Hello Swati,
      In 2006 and 2007 i gave two attempts with geography.
      Ensemble gives best of the best!!!!

  • SWATHI

    I MEAN DO YOU PROVIDE ONLINE COACHING FOR OPTIONAL
    GEOGRAPHY

  • ARJUN Sharma

    @insight : Sir I am about to sit in mains for 1st time. I belong to poor background so couldn’t join any test series as they are costly and out of my budget. Plus, Rajinder nagar landlords have looted me completely.I can only write answers but no is there to evaluate them. Plz just have a look at some of my answer. I try to cover maximum points but due to limited word limits. Many a times , don’t explain them much, will it be ok to answer like that ? Will it help me in scoring good marks?

    some of my answers are in today’s post by name of Arjun sharma. Plz help. May god bless ur efforts.

    • http://insightsonindia.com/ insightsonindia

      Sorry for the delayed response. I will leave comments on your answers if you post any today.

      In your answers, mains points should be visible to the examiner – it doesn’t matter whether they are in points or paragraphs. You need to explain depending on the directive word. For example, if it’s ‘analyse’ or ‘discuss’ you need to explain a bit instead of just writing down points.

      • ARJUN Sharma

        Thank you sir, I have written some, kindly look !

  • rishi

    thanku

  • sparsh

    sir, I have subscribed your test series 2015 today morning but till now i haven’t received any previous test. When I will get the mail. My transaction ID is MOJO4b17000C45683595

  • vinendra

    hi

  • Vishal Singh

    Sir I am a law student 2nd year ballb willing to give upsc exam in 2017 so how should I start for basics

  • Prasad

    Hai .this Site is a goldmine for ias aspirants. I wrote mains twice in 2011& 2012 and exhausted my attempts .Iam an OBC & my dob 16-4-1980,will i surely get an attempt for civils 2015, Pls reply

  • Jaimin Patel

    Hello Team Insights, I am really die hard fan of all articles that have been posted on our blog.I have a small request.Whatever hype we have observed for last couple of days on social media and other internet public fora regarding “Reduction of age limit for CSE”,Can you please write something on “ROLE OF MEDIA in Society” ?

  • vijay tripathi

    sir will you please the topics to be prepared in indian agriculture. It is very hard to find any good source of reading the topics like cropping pattern and irrigation. And please tell me how important is current in these topics.

  • Chandu

    sir, I have attempted prelims 2014 by opting for IFOS only. Next year when I attempt for IAS prelims 2015, will it be considered as my 1st attempt for it or I had lost my attempt? Please clarify sir,,

  • Rajat

    Hii

  • Rajat

    Sir thanks

  • MANOJ MANIYAN

    Sir
    when r u going to start next batch for ur offline programme .i would like to joint ur programme(ofcourse if i get admitted).many working people like me hav to inform our seniors about the leave atleast before 1 month so pls update the details ASAP

  • Parth Verma

    Dear Insight,
    I had started my preparation for CSE 2015 few days back an religiously following “Current Event” Section, But Finding it very difficult to segregate them as per GS Syllabus for further revision. It will be kind of you if you segregate them according to GS papers.

    Regards,
    Parth Verma

    P.S.- Should stop reading The Hindu and follow Current Event or use it a supplement.

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