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Preliminary Examination – is it a bumpy ride?

On Saturday 15th June 2019  

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination is proving to be a road-block for many; don’t agree, ask any aspirant just appeared in the Preliminary Examination.

Simple and straightforward nature of the new-look Prelims makes it tougher as more and more candidates get chance to score.

Stiffer competition, lesser number of vacancies and past few years’ cut-off emulating a sine wave and all this makes scene more challenging leaving aspirants confused about the success-plan for Preliminary Examination.

Last Update Saturday 15th June 2019

Road-map to success in Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2019

On Sunday 17th February 2019  

As the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for June 2, 2019, it is time for action. All of you aspiring for Civil Services Examination 2019 would be focusing on your study-material and would leave no stone unturned to make your preparation effective.

Remember, success in Prelims only will get you chance for the next step – Main Examination.

Last Update Sunday 17th February 2019

Some Most Important Aspects Pertaining to Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2019

On Sunday 17th February 2019  

For all those planning to appear in Civil Services Examination 2019, the first stage Preliminary Examination is the first target and your aim is to crack Prelims so that your journey towards dream destination – IAS continues.

June 2, 2019 is the D-day and all your preparations are expected to be on target and you would be ready to face Prelims confidently.

Last Update Sunday 17th February 2019

Civil Services Aptitude Tests: What demands the changes throw?

On Sunday 17th February 2019  

The Aptitude Tests are designed in such a way which attempt to measure whether the candidate has the specific abilities and intellectual capabilities required for the job.

Last Update Sunday 17th February 2019

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination Syllabus

On Sunday 17th February 2019  

Syllabus for Preliminary Examination Paper 1 (General Studies) and Paper 2 (Aptitude Test) is given here for your quick reference.

Preliminary Examination Paper I is more significant as your result is based on it. 

Preliminary Examination Paper II has been made qualifying from 2015 onwards.

Last Update Sunday 17th February 2019

Few tips for last minute preparation just before Preliminary Examination

On Tuesday 2nd August 2016  

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2016 is round the corner. For an outstanding performance you have prepared yourself and would be feeling confident to face it on August 7 2016.

Here are few tips that may prove to be useful.

Last Update Tuesday 2nd August 2016

Preliminary Examination: How much time will it take to prepare?

On Sunday 15th March 2015  

The first and most significant stage of the examination, Preliminary Examination is nothing but screening test to shortlist serious and focused aspirants for second stage Mains Examination. In the beginning, some candidates look first at Preliminary examination and wish to know the minimum time required for an effective preparation.

Last Update Sunday 3rd July 2016

Preliminary Examination- Average Marks required to get through first stage of Examination

On Sunday 3rd July 2016  

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

When we talk about Cut-Off for Preliminary Examination, benchmark for you is the cut-off for Civil Services Examination 2015 that is 107.34

Last Update Sunday 3rd July 2016

Few points for tackling Preliminary Examination 2020 confidently

On Tuesday 29th May 2018  

A large number of candidates are going to face Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020 conducted every year by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) that is scheduled to be staged on May 31, 2020.

We sincerely hope that all of you are indulged in serious preparation to face it confidently. Here are some tips that will be useful in while attempting question papers in examination hall.

Last Update Thursday 2nd April 2020

In a nutshell, understand the nature of questions being asked in Preliminary Examination

On Friday 5th April 2019  

In an attempt to understand the questions, one needs to recognize it clearly as most of the questions being asked in Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination are tricky and twisted.

You need to understand question which requires careful reading of question paper.

Last Update Tuesday 30th April 2019

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2019 Preparation Tips: Understand the level of examination

On Wednesday 30th May 2018  

On the face of it, Preliminary Examination papers look easy to moderate but, this step alone has made it more challenging and most of the candidates are finding it difficult to crack it.

Last Update Sunday 17th February 2019

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2019: what are your priorities in next few days?

On Sunday 17th February 2019  

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2019 is scheduled for 2nd June 2019. As you have limited days in hand, you have to be careful about it.

By now, you must have covered the syllabus and would be moving according to the plan with revision.

Last Update Sunday 17th February 2019

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs): Rationale behind adopting such pattern in Preliminary Examination

On Sunday 17th February 2019  

In Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, Objective Type, Multiple Choice Questions are asked.

These questions check aspirant’s knowledge, their ability to recall facts and figures, verify their skills to evaluate given information or to make sure aspirant’s capacity to apply accumulated knowledge to the given situation.

Last Update Saturday 22nd June 2019

Learning Effective Examination Techniques for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination

On Friday 5th April 2019  

With a clear understanding of requirements and an effective preparation for facing Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, you need some tips to score better for effectively approaching the aptitude-based timed tests.

While preparing along with covering syllabus you should learn few techniques thus making things more productive.

With focus and practice, you can get away without worrying much about the ‘Negative Marking’.

Last Update Tuesday 30th April 2019

Evaluate your Preliminary Examination Preparedness with Mock-tests

On Sunday 17th February 2019  

Handling Preliminary Examination, an objective type tests is an art and a competition of this level requires preparation that matches the exam-standards.

Besides, it is prudent to learn some examination techniques to face it confidently.

You can try out some Mock-Tests to evaluate your preparedness and plug the loopholes if you spot any.

Last Update Friday 27th March 2020

Few points for tackling Preliminary Examination 2019 confidently

On Sunday 31st July 2016  

A large number of candidates are going to face Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2019 that is scheduled to be staged on June 2, 2019.

We sincerely hope that all of you are indulged in serious preparation to face it confidently. Here are some tips that will be useful in while attempting question papers in examination hall.

Last Update Tuesday 15th January 2019

Will I succeed in Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2018 ?

On Thursday 31st May 2018  

The D-day is near and as you approach the Prelims, sometimes it strikes the mind that “Am I ready to face it?”

It is stiff competition; but, you have prepared it well. Have faith in the groundwork you have done and trust your abilities.

If you aspire to be among toppers, your confidence increases if you cross the first hurdle – Prelims in your first encounter.

Go ahead and take Prelims with full confidence.

Last Update Thursday 31st May 2018

Preliminary Examination: Respond to the emerging needs with correct approach

On Wednesday 6th May 2015  

With the recent change in Prelims as well as Main Examination pattern, the examination conditions have changed. All old beliefs and subject-dominated behaviours are out of vogue. And this is damaging more to candidates who still prepare for Civil Services Examination with traditional approach.

Last Update Wednesday 6th May 2015

Aiming success in Civil Services Exam - Preliminary Examination is the first target

On Sunday 15th March 2015  

Now, the notification for Civil Services Examination comes in May and the first stage of the exam, Preliminary Examination is staged in the month of August. Crossing the first hurdle is a big challenge as the competition is getting stiffer and by keeping it simple and straight, the cut-off is rising each passing year.

Last Update Monday 23rd March 2015

Preliminary Examination 2013 – search for the cut-off continues?

On Thursday 30th May 2013  Search for cut-off continues as candidates are eager to know how much score is enough to crack the Preliminary Examination 2013. You should keep in mind that Civil Services Examination preparation is full of uncertainties and instead of wasting time on calculating expected scores and cut-off, continue your preparation that requires greater attention this time as the pattern for Main Examination has just been transformed.
Last Update Thursday 30th May 2013

Prelims 2013: time for action

On Saturday 8th December 2012  The first stage of the Civil Service Examination 2013– the Preliminary Examination is going to be staged on May 26, 2013 by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The notification for the same has been released on March 5, 2013.
Last Update Saturday 8th December 2012

Is removal of optional subject in Preliminary Examination good?

On Friday 22nd June 2012  Many candidates are still debating about the changes introduced at Preliminary Examination stage. Talking realistically, there is no point in looking back and as there is no alternative, you should focus on the present scheme of examination.
Last Update Friday 22nd June 2012

Preliminary Examination 2012: an obsession

On Friday 4th May 2012  For some serious candidates, this examination is worship and those who dedicate themselves fully, emerge successful in their first attempt itself.
Last Update Friday 4th May 2012

Preliminary Examination 2012: be ready to face Multiple Choice Questions

On Friday 4th May 2012  To provide you with the timely and relevant strategies, this deals with immediate requirements for a wide gamut of candidates who are appearing in Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2012.
Last Update Friday 4th May 2012

Civil Services Examination: huge craze for the examination

On Thursday 26th January 2012  To plan the strategy for Civil Services Examination, candidates look for information and details regarding the examination. To help you plan better, we bring the latest facts relating to Civil Services Examination from the 61st Annual Report of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which relates to the Civil Services examination details held during year 2010-11.
Last Update Thursday 26th January 2012

New Look Preliminary Examination: Have things become difficult

On Friday 30th December 2011  If you read the notification carefully, even the UPSC clearly mention that nature and standard of questions will be such which that “a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study.
Last Update Friday 30th December 2011


On Sunday 25th December 2011  For the beginners, some basic information relating to Preliminary Examination so that you can have a feel about the scheme of the examination.
Last Update Sunday 25th December 2011

Preparation approach for Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam 2012

On Tuesday 20th December 2011  Candidates should take lesson from Prelims 2011 result when a lot of candidates you were just concentrating on Preliminary Examination, cleared Prelims and got ticket to next level Main Examination which was not at all easy to handle with in short period after prelims result.
Last Update Tuesday 20th December 2011

How many correct answers needed while attempting Prelims?

On Sunday 11th December 2011  Many candidates look out for cut-off and number of correct answers required in Preliminary Examination.
Last Update Sunday 11th December 2011

New-Look Preliminary Examination: What toppers feel about the incoming pattern?

On Wednesday 8th June 2011  For last 23 years, I have been bringing a lot of insights and exploring the strategies that emerge from experiences of the successful candidates. This year again, I am out to meet CSE toppers and you can benefit from their experiences which they share. The following tips are part of my article which talks about the views and preparation plan of few IAS 2010 toppers who were indulged in serious preparation for next attempt before knowing about their result on May 11, 2011.
Last Update Wednesday 8th June 2011

The scene is turning optimistic out there!

On Wednesday 4th May 2011  Although, this year scene is little different and the changes introduced from CSE 2011 at Prelims level have made things unsure and a lot of reservations attached to the coming pattern has left many previous candidates worried.
Last Update Wednesday 4th May 2011

UPSC adopts a diverse approach

On Friday 7th January 2011  In a constant endeavour, UPSC had been looking for introducing changes, how so ever small these may be, to find candidates with original ideas, intellectual capabilities and openness to adopt new learning.
Last Update Friday 7th January 2011

Value the worth of information available

On Friday 7th January 2011  With limited information available about the changes, the scene is clear and now you need to do something to figure out your requirements relating to new pattern of Preliminary Examination.
Last Update Friday 7th January 2011

CSAT: straight path to career development

On Friday 7th January 2011  The change is welcome step as the Civil Services Examination particularly Preliminary Examination, now, falls in line with other one-day examinations and would certainly boost the morale of the young generation.
Last Update Friday 7th January 2011

Civil Services Examination: The basic premise has not changed

On Friday 7th January 2011  The changes in pattern and framework of the syllabus for Preliminary Examination have witnessed widespread reaction. However, Aptitude Tests are designed to determine whether a candidate’s ability and talent suits the post applied for i.e. Civil Services.
Last Update Friday 7th January 2011

Suggested BOOK-LIST FOR Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam PAPER I & II

On Wednesday 18th March 2015  

Suggested Book-List for important constituents for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination: PAPER I (General Studies) and PAPER II (Aptitude Test)

Last Update Wednesday 25th March 2015

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2018: What should be your focus right now?

On Thursday 31st May 2018  

An outstanding Performance is expected from you.

How effectively you face the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2018 question papers in examination hall will determine your fate and only time will tell the outcome.

What is more important is that the outcome will define you are headed on the right track or not.


Last Update Thursday 31st May 2018

IAS Prelims Syllabus: Move towards Specific

On Monday 23rd March 2015  

The framework for syllabus clearly indicates richness and complexity that requires a move in the strategy for Preliminary Examination for effective preparation.

Last Update Friday 24th April 2015

Nature of questions asked in Preliminary Examination and how to handle it effectively

On Tuesday 20th December 2011  The standard of questions asked is of the level which can gauge the intellect of the candidate and are designed in creative and innovative manner.
Last Update Tuesday 20th December 2011

Improve intelligence relating to new necessities for Prelims 2011

On Thursday 5th May 2011  The changes introduced at Prelims level aims to test the problem solving, analytical, logical reasoning and decision-making skills of the candidates.
Last Update Thursday 5th May 2011

Everything is important, pay equal attention to each constituent

On Tuesday 12th April 2011  Success in Civil Services Examination is all about planning and what to read, how much to read and what to leave.
Last Update Tuesday 12th April 2011

CSAT – a tall order!

On Friday 7th January 2011  Objective type questions are not new to candidates but due to introduction of CSAT, the early reaction of the candidates is indicating that they are feeling stressful to encounter these aptitude tests for the first time as part of a selection process.
Last Update Friday 7th January 2011

Is guidance from coaching institutes must at the Prelims level?

On Friday 27th December 2013  The confusion about the changed Preliminary Examination pattern just got over; but soon, the aspirants are surrounded by some jugglery in Preliminary examination related data from some coaching institutes displaying the impact of coaching in Prelims results particularly in Paper II (Aptitude Test).
Last Update Tuesday 14th January 2014

Future trends and outlook on coaching: is it must for Civil Services Examination?

On Tuesday 12th April 2011  Those who need support in areas which require help would certainly be going for coaching as the candidates
Last Update Tuesday 12th April 2011

Something you must know about CSAT

On Friday 7th January 2011  An expert committee was set up by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to develop the curricula for these proposed new courses.
Last Update Friday 7th January 2011

UPSC adopts a fresh Approach

On Friday 7th January 2011  The government has remodelled the Civil Services Examination with an idea of making the Civil Services jobs more attractive and making it a new economy job.
Last Update Friday 7th January 2011


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