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

 

1,019 Responses

  1. helpme says:

    Sir,
    l am very serious contender of CS exam. But half way through my preparation found that i am infected with HEPATITIS B chronic, that means virus can not get rid off my body anymore. But even doctor told there is no danger to my life since they have medication to lower the viral load.

    So my worry is will this be cause for my medical rejection after appearing in merit?
    Please do comment as i quit my job for this exam preparation,have already taken lots of risk.

    • INSIGHTS says:

      @HelpMe

      Don’t worry. Prepare well for this exam and at the same time take care of your health regularly. I checked UPSC notification, there is nothing about Hepatitis. If you are in good health during the medical examination, you will be eligible for all posts (even with little viral load). UPSC is flexible in this matter.

      Don’t let these thoughts affect your exams now. Be relaxed and give the exam :-) Wish you all the best!

  2. Priyanka G P says:

    Looking for more information about the institute

  3. Rakesh says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am indebted to you in so many ways and I cannot describe my gratitude to you guys in guiding people like me from remote places to this royal path. You are doing an amazing work, I admire you all.
    I am going to give my pre next year and I am thinking about preparation now. I have read about the materials now and I think a test series is important as well. I heard about your test series and I think it will be the only option for people like us.
    I am sorry if I am asking an oft-repeated question, what can I do for getting that test series? I am sorry too if I seem naïve, as I clicked the link there in test series it said it is unavailable. So when would it start again? How can I get the tests? What shall I do?
    Again I wish you sir all the very best in all your endeavours, you guys are our beacon lights
    Thanks a lot  and keep guiding us

  4. Deepender Singh says:

    Nice work.

  5. Deepender Singh says:

    Good job

  6. seher says:

    sir
    i posted answers for today’s secure mains ques twice by writing in comment box. . . .no of comments are increasing but my answer is not visible . . . why so??

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