UPSC Civil Services Preparation



Preparing for UPSC Civil Services ?  Don’t miss these Guidelines for UPSC CSE Preparation

UPSC Civil Services Preparation: Here are the very basic do’ and don’ts along with detailed preparation tips for tackling and appearing for the UPSC CSE exams. From syllabus discussion, to time management, various posts officered, the type of questions and answers, subject details, job oriented aspirants, making notes for Civil Service exam, combination between working hard and studying smart, selection of subjects ranging from Science and Technology to Literature and Arts, writing essays to preparing for interviews have all been discussed in these articles in comprehensive manner. Through these articles the aspiring Students can overcome creation apprehension s and difficulties of preparing for the UPSC Civil Services exams.


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UPSC guide for beginners – Preparation for ‘The Preparation’

With the broad expanse of topics covered by the syllabus- be it of General Studies or Optional- extensive and concentrated study for 10-11 months is a must before you attempt the examination. But even before the preparation, there are some things that you must keep in mind so as to keep your preparation focused and success oriented. Read Full article


Art of Making Notes for Civil Service Exam – Part 1

The very basic must Do’s and Don’ts of notes making are: Only write down the main points of the lecture, there is no point of transcribing a book or a lecture, word for word, rather extract and record the crux of it. The trick to successful note-taking is learning how to separate the important from the unimportant. Read Full article


Tabling Time for UPSC Civil Services Success – Tips on Time Management

A time table becomes important. A goal without a properly timed plan is not a goal but merely a wish. With an ever expanding and extensive syllabus to cover, managing time in an effective manner becomes a key factor for cracking the UPSC CS examination. Read Full article


Studying Smart to crack the UPSC Civil Service Exam

Only hard work won’t give result through the constantly changing pattern of the civil service exam. It is the changing strategy along with changing the style of preparation that will get better results. The combination between working hard and studying smart is what will be discussed in this article.  Read Full article


Key To Score High in UPSC Civil Services Exam

In this article  we want to share with you some of the easiest, most practical and result yielding strategies for successful scoring in IAS exam. But before we proceed any further with that, allow us to draw your attention to a fundamental aspect that an overwhelming proportion of IAS aspirants miss out on and eventually end up paying the price for! We are talking about self confidence. Read Full article


Prepare for Civil Service Exam while doing Graduation

If you happen to be one of those lucky people who have, from the very beginning, known that IAS is your life goal, this methodology will work best for you. In this series of three articles, discussing the various schemes of preparation including for those in job and for those who are dropping out to prepare. Here we have comprehensively discussed the pros and cons of the graduation-strategy.  Read Full article


How to Crack the Civil Service Exam while on Job

The best part about this strategy is that you have a fallback option and you are not desperate to crack this exam, being determined and being desperate are two different things. You will have to manage time better than any other category of student as you have responsibilities in your work area as well and you will have to supplement doing those with the rigorous preparation of UPSC. Read Full article

Revision for Civil Service Exam – The Doorway to Success

With the wide expanse of syllabus to be covered, the fear of ‘not covering every topic’ often worries us– and most aspirants end up reading lots and lots of stuff until the last day before the exam. Revision’s main objective is to improve your confidence levels by many folds. Read Full article

Study Tips for UPSC Civil Service Exam-part II GS paper 3,4

With the amount of syllabus to be covered and the pattern of Mains exam where you’ll have to improve speed through giving more and more time to improve your writing skills and practicing with time limits, compilation of succinct and precise notes will help aspirants a lot. In the second part of this 2 part series, we will focus on the must cover topics for GS Paper 3 and 4. Read Full article


IAS and PCS Exam Preparation – Similar Services, Different Exams

Owing to this fast changing and unpredictable style of questioning along with intense competition in every possible dimension, it is of utter prudence that one has a backup option in the guise of State Civil Services exam. With similar job profile, largely overlapping syllabus and similar ‘three-step exam’ pattern, the Provincial Civil Service (PCS) becomes a winsome alternative. However, there are certain differences between the two services. Read Full article


UPSC Civil Service Optionals – you just cannot brush aside these subjects

 In this article, we’ll deliberate upon the relevance of subjects of arts stream. With an excellent grounding in multi-disciplinary subjects, wide exposure to subjects such as Economics, Anthropology, Philosophy and Management gives them an edge in dealing with the General studies examination. Moreover, as the optional subject overlaps with that of papers of GS, time and effort both are saved.  Read Full article


Civil Service Exam Optional Subjects – Science, not popular, but scoring

Selection of your optional subject is a task that has to be done after an in depth analysis and with utmost care. We, at SuccessCDs, intend to ensure that only the best assemblage of nemesis’s made available to you in our articles, hence we bring to you a series of three articles, focused intently upon the selection of optional subject, ranging from Science and Technology to Literature and Arts. Read Full article


Civil Services Optionals – Literature has immense scoring potentialities

In this article we will explore the subjects belonging to the stream of literature which, though underrated, have immense scoring potentialities. If one is fairly interested in literature, one can go for language optionals notwithstanding his/her graduation major. Apart from the advantage of availability of ample reading material, study of literature optional can be supplemented through the analysis/criticism provided on websites such as Sparknotes, Cliffnotes, Wikipedia etc. Read Full article


UPSC Civil Services Exam – Qualifying Papers English, Hindi

Apart from the compulsory papers- whose marks will add up to form the final list- there are some qualifying papers which will have to be cleared with a certain margin or percentage slab in order to be considered for the checking of the compulsory papers. These are involved in both levels of Civil Service Examination- CSAT in Preliminary Exam and Language Papers in Mains.  Read Full article


Ancient History, preparation strategy for UPSC CSE

Ancient History starts from the earliest time to the middle of 8th Century AD. For understanding about the evolutionary process of history, starting from this phase is a must and hence, it has been added in the syllabus of UPSC CSE Preliminary exam as well as in Mains.  Though on an average, around 4-5 questions are asked from Ancient History but if you add up the part of culture to it, the total number of questions reaches to 8-10. Read Full article


Principles of Ethical Governance – GS PAPER IV for UPSC CSE Preparation

UPSC, while introducing a new GS Paper stated that, “this paper will include questions to test the candidate’s’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society.”  Read Full article


Study Science and Technology for UPSC Civil Services Exam Preparation

The best strategy for the preparation of this paper is to take in purview the previous years’ questions from the Science & Technology section and understand the topics that are most appropriate with regard to the syllabus. For instance, aspects of technologies like Biotechnology and Space Technology deserves extra attention for Prelims and Mains. Read Full article


Indian Polity Civil Services Exams GS Paper II Preparation Tips

In both- Preliminary and Mains exam, a heavy portion is covered by polity. The Preliminary paper of 2016 and 2017 were full of questions related to polity and in Mains exam, a specific paper is allocated to the subject owing to its importance. Usually, the course can be broken down into few broad topics, i.e., the Constitution, individual’s rights, duties and responsibilities to structure, power, functions and responsibilities of various institutions of administration.  Read Full article


20 Important Essay Topics for UPSC Civil Service Exam 2018 Preparation

UPSC through its essay paper, consisting of eight topics divided  in two parts with maximum marks  being 250, and time duration of 3 hours, checks the coherence in the writing of the candidate, the construct of ideas in his/her mind and the way one can systematically put them on paper. The topics range from contemporary social issues to ethical-philosophical enquiries. A list of some of the very important topics for essays for this year has been prepared. Read Full article


UPSC Personality Test – What we need to know

UPSC Interview is not like all the other typical interview that one has to go through to get into any institution. It is one of a kind in the sense that it not only check your knowledge, which has already been tested and assured of in all levels of the examinations that but also your aptitude for the services.  Read Full article


UPSC Mains – How to Answer English Compulsory Language Paper

Owing to the diverse workplace in the UPSC civil service exam, it is difficult to find a link that is common to all the exam-takers. Here comes the role of English. It works as a medium that connects all those in service and those to be administered. However, owing to the regional, linguistic and cultural  diversity, not everyone has equally good command over the language, hence, the reason for qualifying nature of the compulsory English Language paper. Read Full article

Other Services beyond IAS – IFS, IRS, IIS

Considered to be one of the most prestigious jobs in India, getting in Indian Administrative Services is the dream of millions of people but apart from it there are numerous other positions whose selections are made based on CSE rankings. In this article we will look into the job specifications of IFS, IRS and IIS. Read Full article


UPSC IES ISS Examination- Services other than CSE through Competitive Exams

While Civil Service Examination remains synonymous to prestige, reverence and social standing, there are other much easier  examinations with limited competition, owing to specific eligibility criteria, with job description same as that of a bureaucrat. Read Full article