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How To Prepare For UPSC 2024 – Free PDF Download

 UPSC Civil Services Exam

  • Why government job?
  • Why Civil Services?
  • Why IAS? Why IPS?
  • Ask yourself these questions.
  • Write down your answer or reason on a paper.
  • Now you are ready to begin the preparation

Exam Pattern

  1. Preliminary stage (Objective Type)
  • Paper I – General Studies  (200 marks) Duration : Two hours
  • Paper II –  CSAT (200 marks) Duration : Two hours
  • Paper-II will be a qualifying paper
  • Minimum qualifying marks are 33%.
  1. Mains (Written and Interview)
  • Written/Subjective
  • 7 + 2 =  9 Papers

Qualifying Papers –  (25%)

  • Paper A: (One Indian Language) – 300 Marks
  • Paper B: English – 300 Marks

Interview  – 275 marks

 

Tentative schedule of CSE 2024*

  1. Preliminary exam –  June 2024
  2. Mains exam –   September/October 2024
  3. Interview –   January/February 2025

    Your dream comes true sometime in April 2025!

  • Preparation  Approach for 2024
  1. In Class 12th
  2. College going student
  3. Working Aspirant

The Beginning

  • Do a little research on your own about booklist, pattern and rigors of the exam.
  • Watch toppers’ interviews on StudyIQ.
  • Make a conducive environment for studying
  • Get the books/resources and let the fun begin!

Optional Selection

  • Anthropology? Sociology? History? Public Adm.? Literature?
  • Factors to be taken into consideration –
  1. Background /graduation
  2. Interest
  3. Availability of material nearby  you/online
  4. Guidance by seniors in that subject
  5. Select an Optional by January 2023

Benefits of early Optional selection

  • Learn at better pace
  • Read all the suggested ‘books’ and not just notes.
  • More time to revise
  • Optional syllabus of most subjects is static (less CA)

SYLLABUS

Paper I – (200 marks) Duration : Two hours

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  •  Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science

Paper II- (200 marks) Duration : Two hours

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level),
  • Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.  – Class X level)
  •       Books – TMH , RS Agarwal, Arihant

For Current Affairs

Current events of national and international importance.

  • THE HINDU
  • Yojana magazine
  • India Year Book**
  • Any one monthly current affairs magazines/videos
  • UPSC IQ  – Monthly magazine by StudyIQ

Strategy for Current Affairs

  • Focus more on Polity related CA
  • Science and tech, Defence
  • Art and Culture
  • IR
  • Newspaper – start making a habit of reading editorials

English medium

  • The Hindu – vast coverage of international news
  • The Indian Express – in depth coverage of national issues

Hindi medium

  • Navbharat times
  • Dainik Bhaskar
  1. Vocabulary
  2. Current affairs
  3. Structuring essays – Editorials

BOOKLIST for PRELIMS 

History

History of India and Indian National Movement.

  • Old NCERT for Ancient class 11
  • NCERT 11,12 (New)
  • Class 6-8 NCERTS  for Medieval(Themes of World History)
  • TN board books 6-12 class
  • Spectrum – A brief history of Modern India
  • Bipin Chandra’s India’s Struggle for Independence

Geography

Indian and World Geography -Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.

  • NCERT 6-10 – all world geography topics
  • NCERT – 11,12
  • G C Leong – Physical Geography
  • Geography of India by Majid Husssain
  • Oxford Atlas – While reading news –> make/add to notes
  • Maps

Polity

Indian Polity and Governance-

  • NCERT 11,12
  • Laxmikanth – Indian Polity

Economy

Economic and Social Development — Sustainable Development, Poverty, lnclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.

  • NCERT 11,12
  • Indian Economy – by Ramesh Singh (for reference)
  • Sanjiv Verma’s – The Indian Economy (for basic understanding)
  • Any good Coaching class notes**
  • Latest Economic Survey Summary/Study IQ Videos

Environment

General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization

  • Biology NCERT 12 (Only Environment chapters)
  • Shankar IAS
  • DR Khullar
  • Dr.Ravi Agrahari’s book

General Science

  • NCERTs 6-10
  • Science Reporter
  • Book by Dr.Ravi Agrahari
  • Stress will be on Current affairs

BOOKLIST for MAINS

**Books/sources mentioned in prelims booklist are not mentioned again

GS 1- General Studies-I : Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society

  • Nitin Singhania for Art  and  Culture
  • CCRT website/news articles
  • World History- Norman Lowe** / Study IQ world History series
  • Post-Independence-
  •      NCERT 12 (Politics In India after Independence);
  •      9,10 (India and Contemporary World); India Since Independence

**If you have a lot of time then  –

  • India after Gandhi by RC GUHA (Summary on my Telegram channel)
  • Society – NCERT 12 (Indian Society)

GS 2 – General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations

  • Polity – DD Basu
  • Governance book  by Laxmikanth
  • Study IQ smart course for Governance
  • Yojana magazine
  • 2nd ARC report (summary)
  • IR – 12TH  NCERT
  • (Contemporary world politics  + News analysis)

GS 3 – General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

  • Science Reporter magazine
  • News  about new developments in science, Nobel prize
  • Data/rankings from various reports
  • StudyIQ videos
  • Disaster management – IGNOU notes
  • Internal Security  –  Book by Ashok kumar

GS 4 – General Studies IV:

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

  1. Lexicon by Chronicle
  2. Book by G.Subba Rao
  3. Case studies

Essay

Practice key topics beforehand like

  • Social issues,
  • Pollution,
  • Women empowerment
  • Energy related issues
  • Digital India
  • 4th Industrial revolution
  1. Optional paper 1
  2. Optional paper 2
  3. English  – Practice previous papers
  4. Language – Practice previous papers

Time Table

3 year Timetable

Notes

Make your own notes always

  • Benefits of making Notes –
  1. Concise – easy to carry
  2. Easier to revise
  3. Things you write down will stick in your memory better
  • Do not make notes of Current affairs*

Practice

  • Knowledge gained by reading is put to test in a limited period of time.
  • So practice in a simulated environment – time / environment
  • Join any test series (online/offline) – evaluate which topics are you weak in.
  • Mains – answer writing – multiple platforms available (UPSCIQ)

Other Sources

  • RSTV – Desh Deshantar/topic specific debates
  • Down to earth magazine
  • Livemint , BBC and AIR audio news
  • PIB updates
  • Study IQ videos for Current affairs/ Daily MCQ series
  • Social media accounts of various Ministries,UN organizations for info on different reports/new policies

 Daily routine 2021

  • 1 hours for newspaper and Current affairs
  • +
  • 2 GS subjects for 1.5 hours each
  • Or
  •  1 GS subject for 3 hours

 Daily routine 2022

  • 1.5 hours for newspaper and Current affairs
  • +
  • 2 GS subjects for 1.5 hours each every
  • Or
  •  1 GS subject for 3.5 hours

 Daily routine 2023

  • 1.5 hours for newspaper and Current affairs
  • +
  • 2 GS subjects for 2 hours each every
  • Or
  •  1 GS subject for 4 hours

How to Avoid Burnout!

  • Today, the human brain is exposed to tonnes of information – almost drowned in the digital stream of information.
  • It is easy to feel as if the day is getting wasted doing too many things.
  • Fix a time for digital devices

Maintain a schedule

  1. SLEEP for 7 hours
  2. Eat Healthy
  3. Exercise for minimum 30 min everyday
  4. MEDITATE

SACRIFICE

  • For 3 year , AVOID UNNCECESSARY 
  1. CALLS
  2. TRIPS
  3. FRIENDS
  4. RELATIVES

 

 

 

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