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Some useful information relating to Civil Services Examination conducted every year by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) that will prove to be helpful while formulating your preparation strategy.

CIVIL SERVICES (PRELIMINARY) EXAMINATION 2015 to be held on August 23, 2015

On Wednesday 10th September 2014  

The calendar for Civil Services Examination 2015 is out. Candidates planning to appear in Civil Services Examination 2015 are clear about the schedule for next year as the Preliminary Examination 2015 would be held on August 23, 2015.

Last Update Sunday 5th April 2015

Civil Services Examination - Plan of Examination

On Sunday 17th February 2019  

The notification for Civil Services Examination outlines the plan of examination for Preliminary as well as Main Examination.

It would be prudent if you understand the UPSC's intent and accordingly prepare effectively looking at the coming exam-plan.

Last Update Sunday 21st April 2019

Civil Services Examination Syllabus

On Sunday 17th February 2019  

As per the scheme of Civil Services Examination, the syllabus for both Preliminary Examination as well as Main Examination are given below.

Last Update Sunday 17th February 2019

Civil Services (Main) Examination Previous Years' Question Papers 2013-2018

On Tuesday 28th April 2015  

Listed here are Civil Services (Main) Examination Previous few Years' Question Papers for your quick reference.

Last Update Friday 8th February 2019

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination Previous Years' Question Papers (2009-2018)

On Tuesday 28th April 2015  

Listed here are Civil services (Preliminary) Examination Previous Years' Question Papers for your quick reference

Last Update Sunday 3rd June 2018

Suggested Book-List for Preliminary and Main Examination

On Sunday 17th February 2019  

A list of some useful books for Preliminary Examination Paper I and II is given for your consideration.

For Main Examination, a list of some useful books for General Studies and some of the Optional Subjects are suggested that you may look at for IAS Exam preparation.

Last Update Sunday 17th February 2019

IAS Preparation Tips: Explore, Understand and Integrate these in your strategies

On Tuesday 7th August 2018  

Civil Services Examination is in a league of its own. It is getting more creative and innovative; thus requires a fresh approach and effective strategies to emerge successful.

Sticking to the syllabus, you feel that the level of preparation is good, but certain distinct trends have been emerging in the examination where expectations are much above the routine as some evolving issues, contemporary problems and inter-related issues with topics gives you a feel that there exist gaps between the examiner’s expectation and your preparation.

Last Update Sunday 23rd December 2018

Civil Services Examination: Plans & Strategies for beginners

On Sunday 15th March 2015  

Enough has been said and discussed regarding the ‘Civil Services Examination’. Still, among beginners there is uncertainty that in which manner they should start and plan for this long journey. Similarly, others preparing for next or may be last attempt, search is on for some useful insights that can enliven the prospects.

Last Update Sunday 18th October 2015

Marks comparison between Tina Dabi (AIR 1; English Medium) & Anuradha Pal (AIR 62; Hindi Medium)

On Tuesday 21st June 2016  

Some attempts have been made to create some confusion among Hindi medium candidates that UPSC doesn’t award Hindi medium candidates good marks and there is some bias UPSC show towards Hindi medium candidates.

Fact is evident from comparison of marks between Tina Dabi (AIR 1; CSE 2015) and Anuradha Pal (AIR 62; CSE 2015) top ranker with Hindi medium that Hindi medium candidates also put up decent show and are suitably rewarded for their efforts.

Last Update Tuesday 7th March 2017

Sluggish show by Hindi medium candidates continues even in Civil Services Examination 2015

On Sunday 12th June 2016  

The trend that gathered pace with Civil Services Examination 2011 after new-look Preliminary Examination came into force where saga of Hindi medium candidates receded dramatically in Preliminary Examination.

Now, five years have passed and with a glance at final results of CSE 2015, there is nothing constructive and the awful performance by Hindi Medium Candidates continues.

It is manifested in the figures extracted from latest UPSC Annual Reports that inadequate representation of Candidates with Hindi Medium continues even in Civil Services (Main) Examination 2014.

Last Update Sunday 10th July 2016

Highest Rank in Civil Services Examination 2015 with Hindi medium

On Tuesday 7th June 2016  

A large number of candidates prepare for Civil Services Examination with vernacular languages and among these, Hindi medium is next to English only that candidates keep as medium of writing examination. But, in recent years, the Hindi medium result has not been great and even this year CSE 2015, there are only two Candidates among top 100 ranks (62nd Anuradha Pal and 99th Rank Gaurav Singh Sogarwal).

Last Update Wednesday 6th July 2016


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