IAS Main Exam


IAS Exam: Mastering Mains (Written) Examination

On Sunday 21st April 2013  

Not everyone is fortunate to appear in Civil Services (Main) Examination; you have to earn it by clearing the first hurdle –Preliminary Examination. Considering the tough competition one face at first stage, the opportunity to appear in Main Examination is big and should not be underestimated. With new format for Main Examination in place, you require a well-planned strategy to tackle it confidently.


Last Update Thursday 19th March 2015

19-03-2015
Tips to tackle Civil Services (Main) Examination in new format

On Wednesday 3rd April 2013  

After a long gap there is some calm and encouraging atmosphere for Civil Services Examination aspirants as for past many years, expectations of change for pattern were keeping rumour mills running and dilemma about the proposed changes kept them quite anxious.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Qualifying Papers On Indian Languages And English

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  These two Qualifying papers are back after some amendments as notified by UPSC on 26th March 2013. The syllabus for English and Indian Language is as follows:
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
Can we have a single source with which General Studies preparation can be done?

On Saturday 18th January 2014  

When candidates commence preparation, the first question that strikes their mind is about the books and study-material and the search begins for a single source for preparation that can serve the purpose.


Last Update Tuesday 5th July 2016

05-07-2016
General Studies Preparation: Your observation, analyzing and interpretation skills are at test

On Tuesday 17th March 2015  

No doubt right now your eyes should be glued to Preliminary Examination but looking beyond immediate objectives, the right step is to look at Mains cum Prelims preparation.


Last Update Monday 4th July 2016

04-07-2016
Understand the value of all Papers of General Studies

On Thursday 28th November 2013  In the new-format for Main Examination with the changes in domain of General Studies, it gets the might it deserved. While framing the new syllabus, UPSC has gone a step ahead and come out with highly structured syllabus defining it in detail. Some of the topics in General Studies syllabus are new; but, major portion is facets that are newly re-defined. Yes, GS Paper IV is new addition.
Last Update Sunday 29th December 2013

29-12-2013
General Studies has got the maximum influence!

On Thursday 7th March 2013  With 4 papers and 1000 marks assigned to General Studies in new format of Civil Services (Main) Examination, it has the maximum weightage in total written examination marks.
Last Update Thursday 7th March 2013

07-03-2013
Should you overlook Optional subject preparation?

On Monday 9th December 2013  Although, the pattern for Main Examination has changed but, optional subject still has important role to play. Now, Main Examination 2013 has been conducted with new format, again Optional Subject's significance is being felt and it would come back on radar of the serious candidates.
Last Update Wednesday 1st January 2014

01-01-2014
Introduction of English Comprehension and English Précis

On Thursday 7th March 2013  

As per the modifications in the exam-plan, UPSC has removed this Paper from the new format for Main Examination.


Last Update Thursday 19th March 2015

19-03-2015
Main Examination 2013: Are you ready to change your preparation style?

On Wednesday 5th June 2013  

As the Preliminary Examination 2013 got over, the sprint started for evaluating the performance and knowing the expected cut-off. But, serious candidates understand the importance of time and would have commenced preparation for coming Main Examination.


Last Update Thursday 19th March 2015

19-03-2015
Mains Examination: Set sight on excellent performance

On Sunday 23rd December 2012  

Be it Preliminary, Main Examination or Interview, many candidates look out for cut-off to make own strategy while preparing for Civil Service Examination.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Main Examination 2012: Focus on your immediate goal

On Tuesday 11th September 2012  

As only few days are left before examination begins, all of you appearing in Main Examination 2012 would be through with preparation.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
With my optional subjects can I be sure of my performance?

On Sunday 12th August 2012  

Civil Service Examination is all about making the right choices and when you have decided to opt for particular pair of subjects, we are sure you must have solid reason to back your choice.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Main Examination 2012: Limited time for preparation

On Saturday 14th July 2012  

Soon the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2012 result will be out and some of you will get chance to advance to next level – Main Examination which is a real test of your knowledge and awareness.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Mains 2012: Identify the challenges you are going to face

On Sunday 27th May 2012  

Although it may take around 8-10 weeks time to know where you stand when your Prelims 2012 result comes but, if you aim to crack Civil Services Examination, you have to have determination to become successful.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
After Prelims, there is no time for showing contentment

On Wednesday 23rd May 2012  

Civil Services Examination preparation is a long term plan and the candidates who understand the importance of time don’t stop at Prelims to wait for result, they move on and shift focus on the next level – Main Examination


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Main Examination: Question Paper's pattern transformed; 60 marks questions out of vogue

On Thursday 19th January 2012  

UPSC has been always in inventive mode and this particular change is going to have long lasting impact and a lot of smart play that used to come in to play, would go away.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
You ought to look beyond a few most-popular optional subjects

On Saturday 11th June 2011  

Every subject is good and produces result and candidates score good marks. Your aim should be to produce extra-ordinary results, for which you have to decide what suits you best and that may not always be what everyone else is doing.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Optional Subject combinations that help many succeed

On Saturday 11th June 2011  

Look at the past many years’ data relating to performance of optional subjects in Civil Services Examination, you will find that humanities subjects have been ruling this examination.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Optional Subjects: which one to pick

On Saturday 11th June 2011  

Candidates from diverse background appear in Civil Services Examination and take different subjects as it is left to you to choose with which set of subjects you want to appear in examination.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Few tips for last minute preparation just before Mains (Written) Examination

On Sunday 17th January 2010  

Lay hands on any updated information you get on any relevant topic and have a look on contemporary developments as well.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Mains Examination: Evaluate your Preparation

On Sunday 17th January 2010  

It is going be handy while wring papers as you have to skilfully write answers and have to manage all this in given time. Many aspirants find it difficult to handle the pressure, if have not practiced well.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Mains (Written) Exam: Understand the level of examination

On Sunday 17th January 2010  

An outstanding performance is bound to give you an edge over others. Mains Examination has severe competition as non-serious and average aspirants are almost filtered out through Prelims.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Pick a pair of subjects which lend a hand in your success

On Saturday 11th June 2011  

This is the first time the candidates are preparing optional subjects for Mains Examination alone. As per the new design, you need to choose 2 optional subjects for Main Examination only.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Mastering Mains (Written) Examination

On Friday 1st January 2010  

Don’t underestimate the opportunity you get to appear in Mains (Written) after clearing the Preliminary Examination. An outstanding performance is bound to give you an edge over others. Mains Examination has severe competition as non-serious and average aspirants are almost filtered out through Prelims.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Main Examination 2012: preparation needs perfect synergy to reap exceptional effect

On Sunday 5th August 2012  

Preparations for Civil Service (Main) Examination 2012 are reaching at an intense stage. You are required to focus on your immediate requirements with an eye on the most important resource - ‘Time’.


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Main Examination: Can you afford to miss the target?

On Wednesday 13th July 2011  By learning the skills and abilities required to succeed in Civil Services Examination, you’ll win respect and get the career advancement that you want.
Last Update Wednesday 13th July 2011

13-07-2011
Main Examination: How to absorb information flow?

On Saturday 7th November 2009  This examination is both challenging and demanding for the candidates as it requires them to demonstrate their commitment towards their ultimate goal.
Last Update Saturday 7th November 2009

07-11-2009