IAS (Civil services examination)has three steps : 1.Preliminary (Objective type):- 2 papers – General studies & CSAT (CSAT paper -2 is qualifying paper & you must get 66 marks only out of 200 & Merit will be determined on the basis of marks obtained in General studies) 2. Mains (Essay type or conventional type): 9 papers (Indian language, English, Essay, G.S 1, G.S. 2, G.S. 3 , G.S.4, Optional paper 1 & Optional paper 2) [ Indian language & English are qualifying papers & rest of the papers will be counted in merit ] 3. Interview
IMPORTANT BOOKS FOR PRELIMS PREPARATION:• CSAT has been qualifying from 2016. So from then UPSC is framing questions from many sources • Now don't focus much on Previous year papers • You may look previous year question papers of CAPF of 1 year back, as sometimes they may ask 1 question on Environment portion.And don't expect more than 1 question. • Also look at 5 year previous year papers of Civil Services.From this also you will get just 1 question only. • History : Spectrum for Modern History, Krishna Reddy For Ancient & Medieval History & Nitin Singhania for Indian Culture After this you may look at NCERT Class 6th to 12th, NIOS, TAMIL NADU CLASS 11 & 12th. But the above books are more important. If you have read above books then 90% of History Prelims questions you may solve easily • GEOGRAPHY : Spectrum of Geography, Shankar environment,Oxford Atlas . Also search International Organisations & read About us section from their website. • ECONOMICS : India Year Book- for government Schemes, Economics section like Export of commodities- Import of commodities.Yojana & Kurukshetra from January 2019 to April 2019 for Prelims. Along with this you must look at S. Ramesh too. • POLITICAL SCIENCE :Laxmikant Indian Polity • CURRENT AFFAIRS : You may read from The Hindu website. The Hindu-Editorial columns, Life Style Section, Science & Technology(Sunday),International, Front page, National Column are very important. Mostly History questions & Environment questions are coming from these sections. You must prepare from January 2018 to May 2019. • SCIENCE : Spectrum's Development in Sciencen & Technology or Ravi P. Agrahari's Science & Technology Now you will ask We have not mentioned NCERT BOOKS of all the subjects.NCERT Books are imp. But Since 2016 UPSC is asking questions Mostly from Optional Sources. You must read NCERT BOOKS for basic understanding. As 1-2 questions you may get from NCERT BOOKS TOO. IF YOU DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME IN READING ALL THE ABOVE BOOKS, then you must adopt following two strategies : 1. • YOU MUST LOOK AT IAS- PRELIMS -FRAMED QUESTIONS SECTION:- ON DAILY BASIS WE ARE FRAMING QUESTIONS FROM RELIABLE SOURCES WHICH YOU MUST READ BEFORE PRELIMS EXAMINATION. SINCE PAST YEARS MANY QUESTIONS ARE REPEATING FROM OUR INITIATIVE LINK : IAS-PRELIMS- FRAMED QUESTIONS 2.•THE HINDU CURRENT AFFAIRS COMPILATIONS: Our team is making sincere efforts in making Compilations from The Hindu Newspaper thoroughly & We are Providing The Hindu newspaper Compilations on Monthly basis through Mail Assistance Programme.