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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. How to Keep Your Motivation High?
  2. 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 AND PATTERN

  1. Mains New Pattern –  Simplified!
  2. Complete Syllabus Of All Subjects
  3. 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. How To Prepare For Mains General Studies Paper-I
  4. How to Prepare For Mains General Studies paper – II
  5. How to Prepare For Mains General Studies Paper- III
  6. 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 Public Administration – by IAS Topper
  2. Strategy For Economics – by IAS Topper
  3. 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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793 responses to “PREPARATION GUIDE

  1. varsha

    hello insights…nd all d friends here…
    i m prraparing for upsc alone at my place in nagpur….felt that i could help discussing current issues n d like frm examination point of view with u all or anybody interested…i cant get a group here…so just thought of putting this idea ahead…i hav given interview twice…just wanted to b in touch with like minded people….my email id is barfilabhalu@gmail.com…anybody interested can tell me…n we l plan sumthin….:-)

    • vijay

      Am intersted but plz dnt mind i wuld like 2 get a gist of hw u wanna plan things b4 i join the group.hope u understand. i gave my interview once. my mail id is vijayphoenix7@gmail.com

      • HELLO…THIS IS PRERNA AGRAWAL . I AM ALSO PREPARING SELF FOR IAS-2014. IT WILL BE MY 1ST ATTEMPT. NEED A GROUP TO ENHANCE MUTUAL LEARNING. IF ANYONE INTERSTED, KINDLY MAIL ME AT- prernaagrawal39@gmail.com

        • ITTEFAQUE ALAM SYED

          i am also self prepare and i salute your decision to study self but whats about mutual learning ?
          remember IAS EXAM IS BASICS OF BASIC AND NEVER BECOME HI FUNDA USER
          YOU MAY JOIN WITH ME AS A SELF STUDY GROUP
          AND YOU ARE SELF MOTIVATOR BECAUSE YOUR NAME IS ALSO PRERNA
          KEEP STUDY LIMIT IS SKY…….

          9931324829

        • Husensab Panavale

          Hello Prerana I am also preparing for IAS & if there is any advice or information about exam u can share with me. This is my first attempt my optional is history thank you

    • rahul

      yes I wanna join your group.. at now time I m fresher preparation self and also studying psychology and its my optional subject… for better preparation plz suggest me.

    • shiridinadh

      count me in…

    • Raj

      Hi Varsha, i m Raj from Nagpur itself, i was in mains this year but couldnt qualify for interview, if u need any help u can contact me, instead i need ur help more
      email: rajkale1710@hotmail.com

  2. Sir pls i got to know about your site really late ! n i want to join your test series as i have missed most of them . Please help me out in this regard !

    • You can join now also. Please see the test series page above for payment options.

      • dileep1611@gmail.com

        Sir, I would like to know the details of ncert textbooks that you have mentioned as necessary for the prelims and test series. Please let ne know the ncert books details . Thankyou…

      • krishnendu

        Sir please upload yojona of the monthos on 2013 and 2014.It helps me a lot /waiting for ur reply

  3. sameer

    u r doing a great service….thnx a lot

  4. deepti

    hello sir
    following your website from last 3 months..wan thank you for this great service..sir your daily current affairs portion is really helpful,esp.articles from different newspapers besides hindu.please do include more articles if possible because we could not follow many newspapers.

  5. sid

    Hello sir,
    I am in a big dilemma, as m reading artics from 8newspapers and and other small updates from gktoday site… And currently reading bipinchandra for post indipendence along with my optional sociology.. And dnt gt time to read your current affairs or ans ur to d posted questns… Plz guide me…. Whether should i stick to my current practices or just follow the Insights posts or should find sm othr means…. Please help…
    Eagerly waiting for your reply…thanks

    • 8 newspapers?? Follow only two – the Hindu and any one business newspaper.. preferably business standard.

      Try to answer secure 2014 everyday. Please go through its details above. It will help you immensely in improving your approach to current events and answer writing practice. :-)

      • sid

        Thanks…. Actually in those newspapers i only read selected articles.. So that i cn have a broader and deep view of things going around…

      • Sarang Tarare

        Hello Sir,
        I would like to know till what date the public admin and gs mains writing challenge would continue.
        And what should be our strategy regarding prelims?

        Regrads

  6. Pulkit

    sir,
    do the CGPA we get in our degree(i m pursuing engg) really matter in UPSC conducted exams? or merely passing it,is just enough?

  7. vipin yadav

    Dear Sir… i have not received Bonus Test 7th. please send me

  8. swarnamugi

    sir,my optional is agriculture..will you help me by posting daily answer writing questions for agriculture.

  9. Rinku Beura

    1st attempt, Didn’t clear! Unbelievable for me!
    This time-would surely make it :-)

    All the best to everyone.

  10. Vicky

    Hello friends!!!! I am preparing for ias alone at my home. I believe in self study …. yet feeling of a group for discussion current affairs . Anybody interested pls email me at loveuvicky01@gmail.com

  11. sagar

    hai insights….i have a doubt please clarify me…the point is i have attemptd prelims last year with my details wrong like date of birth…since i want to apply for upcoming prelims …what should i place at no. of attempts coloumn as i applied earlir obe wromg…pls rply me

  12. Hi people,
    Count me in :)
    Self Preparing from my hometown bhopal

    Abhinav
    7773035350

  13. ITTEFAQUE ALAM SYED

    dear ias paspirants friend remember one thing very clearly that
    IAS EXAM is about India Past Present and Future
    and you know impossible means i m possible
    have passion and keep continue your smart and focussed study

    9931324829

  14. Saba Alam

    Thank you very much Sir for giving links to Business Standards like The Hindu in Secure 2014 section.

    • ITTEFAQUE ALAM SYED

      as being a community of ias i want to advise mr saba that before go to business standard or other hi funda economic newspaper you must have basic command on indian economy and then study newspaper because if you complete basics of economics then it will be plesure for you to understand standard level of economics
      remeber
      IAS Exam is BASICS OF BASIC…..

      9931324829

  15. Rupesh

    i don’t know how to appreciate your work….Hats-off INSIGHTS…

    • Nikhil Ghadage

      Dear Rupesh,
      I am very keen to know how is your preparation going…your previous coomment promted me to ask this

  16. ITTEFAQUE ALAM SYED

    like festival of holi there are various colour of prepartion of IAS
    Enjoy colourful preapration and cheered your life ……

    HAPPY HOLI TO INSIGHTS TEAM AND ALL IAS ASPIRANTS

    9931324829

  17. Veno

    Dear Sir,

    Could you give us an idea of how to  go through Yojana n kurukshetra articles, particularly kurukshetra which is only helping my insomnia these days :-) 
    

    It would b a great help to tell us what articles to read on them at the end of 2 or 3 months

    Thank you :-)

  18. Nikhil Ghadage

    thanks for creating such beautyful,motivational environment.Hi I am Nikhil,new to this.believe in self study.1st attempt, eagerly waiting…want to know…how we consolidate our study after intial phase of 3, 4 months…?

  19. ITTEFAQUE ALAM SYED

    all the best of luck for whom they are in line for UPSC Interview for IAS BATCH 2013
    my heartly wishes are with them
    go and show your talent
    and say to honourable UPSC MEMBERS that
    I AM READY FOR SO CALLED ………….WAR

    AGAIN HEARTLY BEST OF LUCK

    9931324829

  20. sheodutt

    sir,mention plz enviornment ecology,biodiversity and climate change book for pt in hindi medium

  21. Hemant

    sir,i wanna know in GS paper 1 you given very important pdf notes about indian culture and heritage. But i am bit worried bcoz ,is this sufficient for prelim and mains.? can you suggest any standard reference book?

  22. I don’t think any of the losers visiting this site will ever crack upsc cuz if they had even a little potential, they wouldn’t waste their time on internet….. And the biggest loser of them all are the persons who created this site …… Dude, get some life !!! And for all those suckers, who follow this site regularly, ” KEEP DREAMING ” LOL !!!

    • gk

      Nilmani or whatever your name is let me elaborate for you..

      First things first. Are you a civil service aspirant ? If so, leaving aside the preparation and back breaking, what you require the most as a servant of a state is “humility” and a sense of respect for other’s views even if they are flawed as per your judgments. Thats why it is called “service”.

      Now I am not going to go into the merits and good things about this site as clearly you have already formed your opinion and shouted it out in the most humiliating way possible. There is no point advicing in the ears of a raging bull. But, mark my words here, mark my words. I am a regular user and a great admirer of the work done by people running this website. I am going to clear this exam and when I do so I will have used this website as a major source of my inspiration, motivation and material for the preparation. I shall share my roll number when I clear prelims and name when I do the mains and the interview. It might seem to you that this is arrogance and folly, but that is how winning is done. At least I am not using arrogance as a weapon to demotivate and hurt people who are trying something worthwhile in their lives. But mark my words here.

      I don’t know what mental state you were in while you wrote this comment or whether you are truly out of your mind. I cannot get down to your level of abuses and language because of the very simple reason that I am not like you. That is why I never argued with your observations above. But I will end my words with this:

      ” Don’t ever argue with a fool. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with his experience”. I live by this.

      Byebye and good luck in your endeavors in life,
      And, please learn to inculcate some humility which you truly lack.

      • ratan

        brother that was an awesome reply….but you dont need to reply to these idiots….nilmani needs help ..lets all pray for his good health….get well soon brother.

      • ravinder singh

        aplaud :)
        cricitical situation handled with beautiful words :)

    • Amman Shah

      Just wanted to remind nilmani this site is free,and also at a time where nobody cares for other’s these people are providing real help to most of the visitors…so if u can’t appreciate plz don’t demoralise people from doing the good work….

  23. anupam kumar tripathi

    hi friends, i am preparing for the IAS exam 2014…Right now, i am trying to complete the GS mains syllabus along with the prelims..but i am getting myself overburdened with the study materials…i have to complete atleast 3/4th of the mains syllabus before prelims exam….pls give me valuable suggestion so that i can get my target in time…

    • Hey read basic books as Laxmikant for polity and Economics by Ramesh Singh and Sanjiv Verma.With these 3 concept for GS 2 n 3 will be clear.

      Enroll for Insights test series and hence this will be your 2nd read and in depth .this also covers year book and history by Bipin Chandra.hence preparing for half of GS1 and year book helps in 2nd and 3d papers.
      With this for prelims before auguast one can be prepared with basic history,GS2 and GS-3.
      Writting daiy answer writting challenge certainly helps.With these one can get understanding of concept.Mains prep should go along with prelims prep.
      Then coming to NCERT.Go with history and geography from 6th onwards.Then later reading India since independence and art n culture and geography one book will suffice.
      Read current events daily by Hindu,BS and also GKtoday.
      Hope this helps.Even I am in same queue.Not sure of my prep since have started preparing only since 2 months.But anyways if you go ahead with concrete plan you can finish everything till exam.These suggestions are just advice.
      But according to me until one is not completely prepared,should not go for exam. Need others view also on this stand…

  24. sanjubaba

    this guy needs a “jadu ki jhapki”…internet can single handly can help 2 crack this exam nilu..wikipedia ka nam 2 suna hi hoga..may b grapes r sour 4 u

  25. Manoj Chaturvedi

    This is a very good portal for preparing comptative exams

  26. Manoj Chaturvedi

    This is a very good portal for preparing competitive exams and for general students.

  27. swathi

    Dear sir,
    you are really doing a great job and I’m one among the persons getting immense benefits from your site.it is very sad that recently only I’ve got to know about this site.but from that day i started practising for the writing challenge questions.i want to write for all questions but you are updating many qns in secure’14 :( today it is 9! how can i follow up u sir?should i write for all the qns or should i constrict with a few by spending 2 hrs a day?pls guide me sir

  28. ravi

    sr topic vice material mains ke lie hindi me mil jaenge sr pls ? pls reply

  29. Gaurav

    If we are reading Ncert do we need to study nios notes also?
    What is the difference among them??
    Please help as it is getting very confusing.

  30. Gaurav

    While Reading Economics NCERT OF 12th standard, I came across numerous graphs and equations.
    How to approach these textbook for Pre purpose. Can i skip 12 Eco ncert as they are providing lot of technical detail

  31. sachin

    just thanks……………………………………..

  32. sir please upload current updates about ongoing interviews

  33. aryan

    Sir pls update daily current events for pre exam 2014

  34. Zahida

    amizing stuff

  35. n.shrekannth

    plz update current affairs sir

  36. Phoenix

    I’ve not received test 8. What to do?

  37. Aditya Neb

    friends
    I want to prepare by myself due to financial crunchs. I wana get benefitted from group participation. I will contribute up to my strength.

  38. sneha

    I want to join test series now…is it possible ?

  39. Dhaakad Chhora

    Hi Insights,
    I am looking for your Monthly Current Events analysis for the months of Dec 2013, Jan, Feb and March 2014. But cant find them on your website. Have you stopped that initiative. If yes can you please start it again, as it is of great help for aspirants like me who benefit by the assimilation of all major events in a single file.

    Regards

  40. Parvinder singh

    Nyc …

  41. ashok kumar p

    friends I have cleared capf written examination, three years back i have gone under surgery for left hemithyroidectomy. currently i have no problem with my medical condition.will this be a problem in medical test. please respond.

  42. Amman Shah

    Hello insightsonindia thanks 4 ur sincere attempt to help the IAS aspirants ,I am very thankful to u.

  43. vamsi

    Hi Insights,
    I am looking for your daily current events for the months of March/april 2014. But cant find them on your website. Have you stopped that initiative. If yes can you please start it again, as it is of great help for aspirants like me who benefit by the assimilation of all major events in a single file.

    Regards

  44. panda

    @insightsonindia can u re post the facebook link of bio diversity PY material

  45. abhishek jogawat

    Hi insights… kindly suggest me I am confused. There are rumors that this year UPSC is going to change syllabus for mains 2014 where there will be no optional subjects. I have started a new optional subject afresh than the last year’s subject. what should I do. whether to continue with new optional subject or wait for notification.

    • preetam

      wait for the notification… if your optional is Geography then continue…

      • INSIGHTS

        stop rumor bombing on this blog. i have also heard optionals may be removed. but if it does not then you are doomed. you cant prepare optional in sept – nov. Got it. do ask. keep calm and study hard.

  46. Ankita

    it is true that UPSC is going to remove optional frm 2014, so pl. wait for notification 17th May…till then focus only on GS….

  47. deepak

    which ncert helpful is good for building strong concept new or old

  48. swapnil pawar

    Thanks… very usefull website for compitative Exam ..

  49. SAMKALP IAS ACADEMY-NEW DELHI

    INTENSIVE SUMMER RESIDENTIAL CAMP
    FOR CIVIL SERVICE ASPIRANTS

    Date: May 18th to June 7th 2014(21 Days)
    Venue: Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya,
    Periyanaickenpalayam, Coimbatore-641 020

    Samkalp, a New Delhi based nonprofit NGO which has guided more than three thousand civil service aspirants successfully is organizing a 21 Day Intensive Summer Residential Camp in alliance with Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya Academy for Competitive Examinations(RMV ACE) from May 18th to June 7th 2014 in Vidyalaya Campus. Experienced faculty members of Samkalp will handle classes during the camp. A total of 160 hours evenly spread over to 21 days i.e., from 18th May to June 7th (timing 8.30 am to 6.30 pm) would be devoted exclusively to the four papers of General Studies(Mains-IAS, IPS, etc.). RMV and Samkalp, both being service oriented institutions and committed to human excellence have come forward to provide this rare opportunity and first of its kind in South India especially in Coimbatore.

  50. can anybody tell me which book should i prefer for gs mains paper 1 for history and geography?

  51. leopkm

    @INSIGHTS, sir could you please upload DISTANCE LEARNING MODULE ON VALUES IN ADMINISTRATION by DOPT. I checked in dopt website but it is removed from there. A lecturer told me that reading that document would be more than enough for answering questions from GS PAPER 4 and that document is prepared in collaboration with UNDP. It would be of great help to all the aspirants if that document is made available. Please do consider this request sir..

    Thank you.

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