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

 

  • 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?

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