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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

CSAT : READINGS

Friends, as you are all aware, UPSC has recently announced the new Syllabus for CSAT. Many candidates are in a confused state of mind. I am suggesting here a Tentative Book List to start with. I will update it as and when I receive inputs from my Batchmates. Here the edge will be with people who are smart in English Language, Quick Mathematics & Reasoning Skills & Good Grounding in Current Events & General Knowledge. Both papers are of equal weightage, so EQUAL ATTENTION must be given. Practice of simple maths, verbal & non-verbal reasoning of Bank PO Standard will help as Social Science students are generally poor in these things (me included). Don’t go for CAT standard as they will not help & that kind of brain is not needed in Civil Services. The Approach for CSAT will be different & it will depend on HOW MUCH INTEREST YOU CAN GENERATE TO REPETEDLY PRACTISE PAPER 2 sample questions. Read the text books in both papers & only then solve MCQs. Don’t jump on the MCQs the moment you see them. Basic ground rules must be known before you start practising …
Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) 2011 would consist Paper I and Paper II. Applicants having full knowledge of the English will have better chance to succeed in CSAT 2011.
Paper 1
Pattern:
Total Marks: 200
Duration: 2 Hours
Syllabus:-
• Current events of national and international importance >>>>
1. THE HINDU
2. WIZARD CURRENT EVENTS FOR PRELIMS
3. VAJIRAM CURRENT EVENTS BOOKLETS (OPTIONAL,IF YOU HAVE TIME)

• History of India and Indian national movement
1. SPECTRUM MODERN INDIA
2. MEDIEVAL & ANCIENT – NCERT or WIZARD BOOKLETS (In 20-25 pages)

• Indian and World Geography- physical, social, economic geography of India and the world >>>> NCERT 11TH & 12TH 4 BOOKS
1. FUNDAMENTAL OF PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
2. INDIA PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
3. FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
4. INDIA – PEOPLE & ECONOMY

• Indian Polity and governance – constitution, political system, panchayati raj, public policy, Rights issues, etc. >>>>> NCERT POLITICAL SCIENCE BOOKS 11TH & 12TH
1. INDIAN CONSTITUTION AT WORK (IMPORTANT)
2. OUR CONSTITUTION By SUBHASH KASHYAP or D D BASU (BETTER)
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD NCERT TEXTBOOKS FROM NCERT WEBSITE. http://www.ncert.nic.in/index1.html

• Economic and social development – sustainable development, poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives etc.
1. NCERT INDIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (CLASS XI)
2. ECONOMIC SURVEY 2010-11
3. UMA KAPILA (OPTIONAL)

• General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate change-that donot require subject specialization >>>>>
1. YOJANA (will help)
2. THE HINDU (articles on these topics)
3. INDIA YEAR BOOK 2011 & MANORAMA YEAR BOOK 2011 (OCCASSIONAL READING)

• General science
1. NCERT 9TH,10TH
2. TATA McGRAW HILL GUIDE (SCIENCE,MENTAL ABILITY & GENERAL KNOWLEDGE SECTIONS)


Paper 2
Pattern:
Total Marks: 200
Duration : 2 Hours
This paper holds the key as many will not be comfortable with the pattern of questions & the surprise elements. Still, we can hope that UPSC will ask simple questions this year, at least. Be prepared for it. Plan a nice strategy to deal this paper. Read thoroughly all BASIC TEXT BOOKS & then solve MCQs. Be meticulous as you were with the optional paper in earlier Preliminary.

Syllabus :-

• Comprehension
1. Comprehension 1, 2 and 3 Student Books (with Keys) by D'Arcy Adrian-Vallance, Lewis Lansford
Pearson Longman Publication (May be helpful. Not needed for those whose command over English is good.)
See the link for download: - http://www.ebook3000.com/Comprehension-1--2-and-3-Student-Books--with-Keys-_82408.html
2. You can also search Scribd for books on Comprehension & other subjects like Decision Making & Problem Solving.

• Interpersonal skills including communication skills
1. The Seven Challenges Workbook A Guide to Cooperative Communication Skills for Success at Home and at Work by Dennis Rivers. DOWNLOAD LINK - http://www.newconversations.net/communication_skills_workbook_summary_and_toc.htm
THE QUESTIONS MAY NOT COME DIRECTLY FROM THIS BOOK. BUT IT WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA ABOUT WHAT TO READ & SOME THEMES & ISSUES IN COMMUNICATION.
2. YOU CAN ALSO READ “COMMUNICATION” CHAPTER FROM BOOKS LIKE ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR by STEPHEN P. ROBBINS, ESSENTIALS OF MANAGEMENT by KOONTZ & WEIRICH TO GET SOME THEORETICAL CONCEPTS. THEY WILL HELP & QUESTIONS MAY COME FROM THEM.

• Logical reasoning and analytical ability
1. VERBAL & NON-VERBAL REASONING by R S AGARWAL
2. ANALYTICAL REASONING by R S AGARWAL

• Decision making and problem solving
1. SEARCH “PROBLEM SOLVING”, “TECHNIQUES OF PROBLEM SOLVING”, “DECISION MAKING”, “TECHNIQUES OF DECISION MAKING” ETC IN GOOGLE & WIKIPEDIA & READ SOME 30-50 PAGES ON THEM.YOU CAN ALSO READ CHAPTERS LIKE DECISION MAKING FROM ROBBINS,KOONTZ WEIRICH TO HAVE THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE.
THEY MAY ASK: -

What is the technique of Problem Solving in which we solve the problem in a model of the system before applying it to the real system?
Ans: - Abstraction (Source: - Wikipedia)

2. VERBAL & NON-VERBAL REASONING by R S AGARWAL
3. ANALYTICAL REASONING by R S AGARWAL

• General mental ability
1. GENERAL MENTAL ABILITY SECTION OF TATA McGRAW HILL GUIDE
2. FOCUS SHOULD BE ON PROBABILITY, PERMUTATIONS & COMBINATIONS & OTHER AREAS WHICH HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY ASKED BY UPSC IN PRELIMINARY EXAM LAST 3 YEARS 2008,09 & 10.
3. VERBAL & NON-VERBAL REASONING by R S AGARWAL or ANALYTICAL REASONING by R S AGARWAL

• Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc. (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. –Class X level)
1. Quantitative Aptitude by R S Agarwal(MUST BE READ THOROUGHLY)
2. QUICKER MATHS (MAGICAL BOOK SERIES) by M. Tyra(SHOULD BE READ THOROUGHLY)

• English language comprehension skills (Class X level)
READ ANY TWO BOOKS.OCCASSIONAL READING OF 1-2 CHAPTERS IN FREE TIME WILL HELP.
1. A Practical English Grammar (Thomson & Martinet )
2. A University Grammar of English by Quirk and Greenbaum (Better.But don't know whether it is available with Sood or Jawahar Book Depo.,Ber Sarai)
3. High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren and Martin

YOU NEED NOT READ ALL THESE BOOKS IN DETAIL. BUT, SOME BASIC STUDY OF THESE TEXTS WILL CERTAINLY HELP IN INCREASING YOUR CONFIDENCE LEVEL TO HANDLE PAPER 2 IN CSAT.YOU CAN READ LIKE THIS :-
ONE CHAPTER FROM THOMSON & MARTINET
ONE CHAPTER FROM QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE BY R S AGARWAL
COMMUNICATIONS CHAPTER FROM ROBBINS
ONE CHAPTER FROM M TYRA
& THEN SOLVE ALL MCQS FROM THE CHAPTERS U HAVE READ.

THE IDEA IS TO GAIN EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE IN A SPAN OF 6-8 MONTHS.DON'T GO TOO DEEP.JUST 1 CM DEEP,BUT 1O KM WIDE ...IN PAPER 2 REMEMBER SOME FORMULAE,WRITE THEM DOWN IN XEROX PAPERS & PASTE NEAR UR STUDY TABLE SO THAT U CAN REVISE THEM MANY TIMES ...

BON VOYAGE!

Monday, May 3, 2010

INTERVIEW PREPARATION FOR IAS : PART II :-

THE MOTHER OF ALL INTERVIEWS : PART II :-


16. PREPARE YOUR STATE & DISTRICT THOROUGHLY.FOR THIS TAKE HELP FROM YOUR STATE GOVT WEBSITE, ITS SOCIAL WELFARE, INDUSTRIES DEPT, STATISTICS ABOUT YOUR STATE, DISTRICT, TOURISM SECTOR, SOCIAL SECTOR SCHEMES IN YOUR STATE, DISTRICT ETC.


17. YOUR PREPARATION FOR INTERVIEW SHOULD START FROM JANUARY 1 ONWARDS SO THAT YOU GET 3 MONTHS TIME TO PREPARE.

18. READ SOME LATEST GOOD NOVELS OR NON-FICTION BOOKS.


19. REGULARLY LISTEN TO ALL INDIA RADIO NEWS AND DISCUSSIONS AT 2-2.30 PM & 9-10 PM.

20. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ALL DISCUSSIONS IN ALL INDIA RADIO & BBC DOCUMENTARIES FROM INTERNET & LISTEN TO THEM AGAIN & AGAIN.AFTER LISTENING TO ONE DISCUSSION 2 TIMES TRY TO SPEAK 2-3 MINUTES ON THE SAME TOPIC & TRY TO EMULATE THE WAY THE GUESTS SPOKE IN THAT TALK.THIS IS A GOOD WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SPOKEN ENGLISH & EXPRESSIVE POWER.


21. ANSWER EXACTLY WHAT THEY HAVE ASKED.DON’T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH.DON’T SAY SOMETHING WHICH THEY HAVE NOT ASKED.BE PRECISE & TO THE POINT.SPEAK THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT FIRST & THEN TELL OTHER POINTS IN THE ORDER OF THEIR IMPORTANCE.

22. WHEN ONE VIEW BASED QUESTION IS ASKED TAKE 5-10 SECONDS & THEN ANSWER ELABORATELY FOR 2-3 MINUTES.IF THEY STOP YOU INBETWEEN,THEN STOP & LISTEN TO WHAT THEY ARE SAYING.BE A GOOD LISTENER.


23. UNLESS YOUR STAND IS PROVED WRONG, STICK TO YOUR STAND.DON’T CHANGE YOUR VIEW JUST BECAUSE THEY COUNTER-QUESTIONED YOU.

24. WHEN THEY LAUGH OR SAY THAT YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS TOPIC … REMAIN COOL, STICK TO YOUR POINT.THEY ARE JUST TESTING YOUR CONFIDENCE LEVEL & SEEING HOW YOU REACT TO SUCH A SITUATION.


25. THEY ARE BASICALLY TESTING YOUR ATTITUDE, CONFIDENCE LEVEL, CHARACTER AND PERSONALITY.SO GIVE MORE EMPHASIS TO VIEW-BASED QUESTIONS.

26. MOREOVER, HELD YOUR HEAD HIGH & BE CONFIDENT THROUGHOUT THE INTERVIEW.

27. WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER THEN CONFIDENTLY SAY : “SORRY SIR,I DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION”.THERE IS NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF OR FEEL EMBARASSED …

28. IF YOU WANT COACHING THEN GO FOR SAMKALP & VAJIRAM & RAVI. BUT FOR INTERVIEW PREPARATION 2-3 LIKE-MINDED & EQUALLY MOTIVATED FRIENDS CAN DO WONDERS.THEY CAN POINT OUT YOUR WEAKNESSES & CAN ASK YOU VARIETY OF QUESTIONS ... SO GROUP DISCUSSION WITH FRIENDS IS BETTER.IF YOU ARE GIVING INTERVIEW FOR THE FIRST TIME,THEN TAKE HELP OF COACHING.

29. THAY CAN ASK MANY INNOVATIVE QUESTIONS LIKE PROMINENT PERSONALITIES BORN ON YOUR DATE OF BIRTH,HOW YOU RESEMBLE THEM ETC. SO BE PREPARED FOR SURPRISES.BUT TACKLE THEM WITH FULL CONFIDENCE ...

30. YOUR GRADUATION SUBJECT & YOUR OPTIONALS.REFRESH YOUR MEMORY.JUST BROWSE THROUGH IMPORTANT TERMS WHICH A LAYMAN CAN ASK YOU ABOUT THESE SUBJECTS.FOR EX,IF YOUR SUBJECT IS PSYCHOLOGY THEY MAY ASK : WHAT IS PSYCHOANALYSIS ? CAN YOU PERFORM PSYCHOANALYSIS ON SONIA GANDHI ? SHE SEEMS MYSTERIOUS.WAS FREUD AN ECCENTRIC GENIUS ? HOW CAN PSYCHOLOGY HELP YOU IN YOUR CARRER AS AN ADMINISTRATOR ? PSYCHOLOGY IS "DEFINITELY" NOT A SCIENCE ... WHAT IS YOUR VIEW ON IT ? TELL US ABOUT DIFFERENT BRANCHES OF PSYCHOLOGY & WHICH BRANCH YOU LIKE THE MOST & WHY ?YOU GRADUATED IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING(SAY) BUT YOU TOOK PSYCHOLOGY & PUB AD AS OPTIONALS ... WHY ? ETC.

THE QUESTIONS THAT CAN BE GENERATED ARE ENDLESS.THE MORE YOU THINK BEFORE-HAND THE BETTER PREPARED YOU ARE ... AS "FORTUNE FAVOURS THE PREPARED MIND".

BELIEVE THAT "LUCK IS JUST ANOTHER NAME FOR PURE HARDWORK ...

I THINK THIS GIVES ENOUGH INDICATION.IF ANY SPECIFIC QUERIES U CAN ASK …

ALL THE BEST ...

ESSAY PREPARATION : PART II

HOW TO GET 140 MARKS IN ESSAY IN CSE? :- PART II

• Now I will turn to SHORT-TERM PREPARATION which everybody wants:-

2. SHORT-TERM PREPARATION:-

• For this you need 4-6 months in hand. Plz read:-

1. The Hindu articles & analysis (At least read some 500-1000 Articles from Hindu & in one FILE keep the best 100-150 Articles & Revise them.)
2. The Times of India Editorials (Sunday Edition. The SUNDAY TIMES & “NOT” the DELHI TIMES!!! )
3. The Oxford Book of Essays edited by John Gross( Read some good Essays) (Selective reading)
4. The Penguin Book of Essays(Read some good Essays) (Selective reading)
5. The Book of Essays by Spectrum & quotations given at the back. Remember 200-300 good Quotations which you can use in any Essay & use them liberally.
6. Oxford Book of Twentieth Century Quotations
7. Oxford or Rupa Book of Quotations
8. Competition Success Review Book of Essays (2 Vols for Juniors & 2 Vols for Seniors). CSR publishes GOOD Essays in Essay Competitions. So you can pick points from them …
9. Read sometimes The Economic Times Editorials (Left hand side only. The 3rd editorial on the left lower corner helps in Essay. Also “The Debate” (for, against & neutral) that comes in Tuesday )
10. Make 2-3 diaries full by QUOTATIONS, DIFFICULT WORDS & their meaning, Who said what etc.

• Try to write in simple, effective & in an expressive manner. Every sentence of your essay must have a FORCE which should shake the examiner …If you have mastery over FLOWERY language, then go for it. Or else write in a simple, straightforward & concise manner.
• I write in a flowery language with LOTS OF QUOTATIONS & difficult words.

Hope this detailed guideline on Essay helps …

Monday, April 26, 2010

HOW TO GET 140 MARKS IN ESSAY IN CSE ?

HOW TO GET 140 MARKS IN ESSAY IN CSE? :- PART I

Hi, I have got 140 in Essay in 2006 Mains & also 140 in 2008 Mains. Many candidates are confused about How to PREPARE ESSAY … So writing this piece …

Essay preparation for Civil Services Exam can be of two types:-

1. LONG-TERM PREPARATION
2. SHORT-TERM PREPARATION

I will first write about long-term preparation. It can be done by those aspirants who have 1 yr or 2 yr or 3 years in their hands i.e. before Mains exam …

1. LONG-TERM PREPARATION
(The Path Less Trodden):-

• These things should be done when you are doing your GRADUATION these days or u have enough time say 10 months at least to go for Extra-Curricular reading :-

• For long-term preparation be regular with any two national newspapers. I would recommend THE HINDU & THE TIMES OF INDIA. The Hindu gives you simple & effective writing style while TOI gives u stylish English & increases your vocabulary. Both are needed to write a good Essay.

• Read 2-3 hours everyday. Specially focus on the Editorials & other Analytical & Critical articles. Say in Hindu focus on Magazine, Book Review, Literary Review, Business Review, Open Page, 2 page OP-ED Page etc & in The Times of India focus on its Editorial Page. Whenever you encounter a DIFFICULT PHRASE, EDIOM, PART OF SPEECH etc just see the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary or Chambers Dictionary & in a Diary note down that word, its meaning, its usage in sentence etc. This MUST be done within 1-2 minutes. Don’t keep it pending.

• Or else one word is lost from your vocabulary. By doing this your VOCABULARY will increase & you will know HOW TO USE THAT WORD IN A DIFFERENT CONTEXT. This is a gradual & continuous process and it will take 12-18 months to make your vocabulary very strong & have command over the language & expressive power.

• In addition to newspapers read as many articles from GOOD MAGAZINES as possible. The following magazines can be referred to.
a. FRONTLINE ( Must )
b. THE ECONOMIC & POLITICAL WEEKLY ( Must )
c. MAINSTREAM (Optional)
d. WORLD FOCUS (Optional)
e. THE ECONOMIST (Optional)
f. TIME or LIFE ( If you have access to a good library)

• I am not saying that you should try to finish all these magazines in one month. But try to read as many HIGH QUALITY ARTICLES as possible. This will increase the RANGE & VARIETY of your thinking & will make you knowledgeable about the happenings around the world & different streams of thought. (For Example: - What is “Stream of Consciousness”? What is “Theatre of Absurd”? What is “Objective Correlative” in T S Eliot’s poems? What is The Revival Movement? Etc)

• Jot down POWERFUL & EFFECTIVE sentences that you come across in a Diary. Any Quotations or Important Sentences said by Intellectuals like Amartya Sen, Manmohan Singh, Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, Bertrand Russell, Arundhati Roy etc should be noted down.

• Revise your Diary in free time many times so that you can remember these quotations, important words, sentences etc & use them at relevant places in your Essay in Mains Exam.

• Apart from these things read a lot of NOVELS, POEMS, PLAYS, SHORT STORIES etc

• I am giving a list of some of the books that I read. You can pick up some of them …

1. R K NARAYAN’S NOVELS (SWAMI & FRIENDS,THE ENGLISH TEACHER,THE GUIDE,THE DARK ROOM,THE BACHELOR OF ARTS,WAITING FOR MAHATMA,THE PAINTER OF SIGNS etc)
2. WAITING FOR GODOT ----- by SAMUEL BECKETT
3. T S ELIOT ----- SELECTED POEMS
4. THE GOLDEN TREASURY
5. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ( MACBETH,KING LEAR,TEMPEST … ETC)
6. ENGLISH AUGUST ------ by UPAMANYU CHATTERJEE
7. GEORGE ORWELL ----- THE ANIMAL FARM,1984
8. BERTRAND RUSSELL ----- SCEPTICAL ESSAYS, PHILOSOPHICAL ESSAYS, HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY
9. THE DISCOVERY OF INDIA --- JAWAHARLAL NEHRU
10. THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS ---- ARUNDHATI ROY
11. MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN ---- SALMAN RUSHDIE
12. PLAYS OF HAROLD PINTER or at least know about his works.
13. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE ---- by GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
14. NOVELS OF CHARLES DICKENS like GREAT EXPECTATIONS, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, HARD TIMES etc
15. Search TOP 100 NOVELS OF ALL TIME in Google & read some 5-10 novels of any author “WHOM YOU LIKE” …


The basic idea is to make yourself “well-read” & with a COMMAND over ENGLISH … For this READ SOME GOOD QUALITY novels or poems mentioned above or after searching Google (For ex. Best 100 Poems of Twentieth Century, Best 100 Plays of All Time etc. )

CIVIL SERVICES APTITUDE TEST: 10 INITIAL STEPS TO BE TAKEN:-

CIVIL SERVICES APTITUDE TEST: 10 INITIAL STEPS TO BE TAKEN:-

By Dr. Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya,I.A.S.
Rank 5, CSE 2008.

1. Whatever the test will be, one thing is for sure … The importance of Current Events will not decrease. In my opinion, its significance will increase. So it makes sense to go through 2 National Dailies everyday for 2-3 hours & jot down important news items. You can go through …
• The Hindu
• The Times of India
• The Economic Times (If possible)

2. You should make your mathematics, reasoning & mental ability side strong .For this you can begin with :-
• Quick math for Bank PO Exam by M Tyra
• Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning by R S Agarwal
• Simple Aptitude & Mental ability books for Bank PO & NOT for CAT of IIMs will be helpful. CSAT will be a much simplified version of CAT.

3. Prepare one optional very well & General Studies. These two things you must be very strong. As the pattern of Prelims & Mains is not clear at this point.

4. Common books to be read in the initial days which will be important always :-
• Modern India by Bipan Chandra NCERT
• India Year Book
• Manorama Year Book
• NCERT 11th & 12th standard books on History, Geography & Economics
• General Science book of CBSE or NCERT 9th & 10th standard
• TMH General Studies Guide (Especially General Knowledge & General Mental Ability area will be helpful.)
• Our Constitution by Subhash Kashyap
• Our Parliament by Subhash Kashyap ( Optional )

5. Listen to All India Radio bulletins from 2 PM to 2.30 PM & 9 PM to 9.30 PM very well. Also listen to ND TV news bulletins & programmes like Big Fight, We The People, BBC World so that your General Knowledge expands.

6. Lucent’s General Knowledge will also help in this aspect.

7. Any Guide book on RBI Grade B will also shed light on the situation based question & questions testing your decision making ability.

8. Solve the Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning questions that come out in magazines like General Knowledge Today, Pratiyogita Darpan etc.

9. Read some basic economic book like :-
• Indian Economy : Problems & Prospects by Uma Kapila OR
• Indian Economy by Dutta, Sundharam ( Tougher & better )

10. Develop the skill to solve mathematical & reasoning problems faster. It comes with practice. So the sooner you start practicing, the better your chances of clearing CSAT in 2011 will be …

ALL WILL BE WELL … & DON’T WORRY TOO MUCH …

Sunday, March 21, 2010

BOOK LIST FOR GENERAL STUDIES: PRELIMS:-

BOOK LIST FOR GENERAL STUDIES: PRELIMS:-


1. THE HINDU: - READ IT THOROUGHLY & EXTENSIVELY.6-8 MONTHS BEFORE PRELIMS i.e. SEPTEMBER TO APRIL 10. READ 2-3 HRS OR IF POSSIBLE 4 HOURS DAILY.JOT DOWN ALL IMPORTANT POINTS IN YOUR NOTE BOOK.LIKE WHAT IS THE CAPITAL OF HAITI? WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF SCO, NATO, AND APEC? WHERE IS THE HEADQUARTERS OF MERCOSUR, OPEC? LIKE THIS YOU HAVE TO JOT DOWN 20000 TO 40000 FACTS FROM THE HINDU.THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO CLEAR PRELIMS AS 50 FACTUAL QUESTIONS WILL COME FROM THE HINDU & IF YOU ARE THOROUGH THEN YOU CAN EASILY SCORE 70-80 NET IN GENERAL STUDIES … SO NEVER NEGLECT THE HINDU.NEVER READ IT CASUALLY.READ IT “LIKE A TEXTBOOK” …

2. A BRIEF HISTORY OF MODERN INDIA :- SPECTRUM.GIVE MORE EMPHASIS ON MODERN INDIA THAN ON MEDIEVAL OR ANCIENT INDIA


3. FOR MEDIEVAL & ANCIENT INDIA READ WIZARD SPECIAL ISSUE 20-30 PAGES SPECIAL.TAKE SHORT-CUT.JUST MUG UP SOME FACTS IN ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL INDIA.SOME 2000-3000 FACTS …


4. D D BASU,HELPFUL FOR THEORETICAL ASPECT.IF YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT,READ CLASS NOTE OF VAJIRAM & RAVI DICTATED BY MR RAVINDRAN.BUT READ “ANY ONE”.EVEN TWO READINGS OF VAJIRAM NOTE WILL HELP A LOT … FOR ARTICLES READ P M BAKSHI.FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS INDIA YEAR BOOK & ALL OTHER LATEST AMENDMENTS FROM NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES.


5. ECONOMICS :- THE ECONOMIC SURVEY ( ALL BOXES,CHAPTER 1,10 & CHAPTER ON FINANCE ARE IMPORTANT),VAJIRAM CLASS NOTE “OR”
INDIAN ECONOMY: PROBLEMS & PROSPECTS BY UMA KAPILA “OR” NCERT 11TH CLASS ECONOMICS BOOK INDIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

READ ANY ONE PLUS THE ECONOMIC SURVEY.
READ THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES & THE BUSINESS LINE STRICTLY FROM ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE DURING FEB 20-MARCH 15.BUDGET PERIOD

6. FOR GENERAL MENTAL ABILITY, GENERAL KNOWLEDGE & GENERAL SCIENCE GO THROUGH TATA MACGRAW HILL GENERAL STUDIES GUIDE.TAKE SHORT-CUT.FOR MENTAL ABILITY YOU CAN ALSO MUG UP SOME FORMULA IN PERMUTATION & COMBINATION, PROBABILITY ETC FROM VAJIRAM & RAVI CLASS NOTE.

7. MANORAMA YEAR BOOK: - READ INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, INDIA, WORLD SECTION WHAT HAPPENED IN WHICH MONTH DATE WISE, QUIZ, AWARDS, BOOKS & AUTHORS ETC.BE INQUISITIVE & REMEMBER RELEVANT FACTS FROM PRELIMS POINT OF VIEW.


8. INDIA YEAR BOOK :- IMPORTANT SECTIONS ARE :- DIARY OF EVENTS,FINANCE,AGRICULTURE,INDUSTRY,INDIA & THE WORLD,OUR POLITY,LAND & PEOPLE,BASIC ECONOMIC DATA.LAST 20-30 PAGES WHERE IT IS GIVEN WHO WAS THE FIRST BHARAT RATNA ?WHO WAS THE FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT OF INDIA ? ALL CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ETC.

9. TO SUPPLEMENT CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION YOU CAN READ WIZARD SPECIAL ISSUE FOR CURRENT AFFAIRS “OR” VAJIRAM BOOKLETS FOR CURRENT AFFAIRS. READ “ANY ONE”.


10. FOR GEOGRAPHY READ NCERT BOOKS INDIA LAND & PEOPLE, INDIA PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY. OXFORD ATLAS.GOH CHENG LEONG CERTIFICATE PHYSICAL & HUMAN GEOGRAPHY ( SELECTED CHAPTERS).WHILE READING THE HINDU LOCATE IN OXFORD OR MACMILLAN ATLAS IMPORTANT RIVERS,NATIONAL PARKS,BORDERS OF COUNTRIES,CAPITALS,LAKES,MOUNTAIN RANGES ETC. YOU MUST EXPLORE THE ATLAS WITH HIGH CURIOSITY SO THAT YOUR VISUAL KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE PHYSICAL & HUMAN ASPECTS OF THE WORLD INCREASES GRADUALLY.

11. ABOVEALL, KEEP YOUR EYES, EARS OPEN TO ANY SOURCE OF INFORMATION COMING FROM ANY SOURCE & FROM ANY DIRECTION.


KEEP THE FLAME BURNING …

Thursday, March 11, 2010

IN THE HINDU ... May 4th, 2009 : The Most Memorable Day Of My Life ...

Civil Services results out; top three ranks go to women:-

NEW DELHI: Perhaps for the first time in the past 25 years, the top three ranks for the Civil Services main examination – the results of which were declared on Monday -- have been secured by women candidates.
Young Shubhra Saxena has topped the examination, followed by Sharandeep Kaur Brar and Kiran Kaushal, who achieved the second and third positions respectively.
Varinder Kumar Sharma, who secured an all-India fourth rank, is the topper among the male candidates. Varinder, who is a differently abled candidate, has cracked the prestigious exam in his first attempt.
The top 25 candidates include 15 males and 10 females. Of the first ten positions, four have been secured by Delhi-based candidates and all of them have preferred the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) over the other services.
Speaking to The Hindu at her residence on Monday evening, Shubhra Saxena said: “It is God’s grace that everything has worked out perfect for me. You can just pray for such an achievement; you never expect it. It has still not sunk in…..”
With subdued celebrations at her suburban Indirapuram home in Ghaziabad nextdoor to Delhi, Shubhra sought to underplay her huge achievement.
“I am no special. Last year I attempted, but could not make it to the final list. It was very painful. I believe if I can do it, then anyone can. Keep believing in yourself and keep working hard,” she said.
The 30-year-old, who is married, said she decided to join the Civil Services because she realised she wasn’t in a “position to make a substantial contribution to society while working in the IT industry”.
Shubhra has done her schooling from Jharkhand, studied B.Tech. at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee. Her husband is also from the same institute.
“There are a lot of problems that our country is facing. I chose the IAS because it gives you a multitude of options. Rural development is my first choice,” said the topper who was born in Bareilly.
P. S. Ravindran, director of Vajiram and Ravi institute for civil services examination, noted that after 2003 this is the first time that the first rank has been achieved by a candidate in her second attempt. Interestingly, Shubhra and four other candidates to have made it to the top ten ranks have been trained by this institute.
Kiran Kaushal, the third ranker, is the first person to have taken the examination in the Hindi medium and reached this high a rank.

Vijay Ketan Upadhyay, who secured the fifth rank overall in his third attempt, said: “I was expecting something within the first 200 ranks, but the fifth position is really unbelievable! In fact, I had already started preparing for the UPSC preliminary examination for this year as I was desperate to clear it in my last attempt…..”
Vijay has studied Veterinary Science at the Orissa Veterinary College.


An MBBS graduate from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, Yash Garg has achieved the sixth all-India rank. Hailing from Sonepat in Haryana, Yash was clear that he wanted to join the IAS since he dreamt of becoming a good administrator.
“While working as a doctor in the hospital, I realised I was only impacting an individual patient. Through the IAS, I can impact a larger section of people,” said Yash, who is currently working at Delhi’s Lok Nayak Jayarakash Narayan Hospital.
Just like Shubhra, Delhi-based Surya Pal Gangwar, who has achieved the eighth position, is also from Bareilly and went on to do his B.Tech. from IIT Roorkee.
“This is my fifth attempt. I was confident it would be something good, but did not imagine it would be this good!” he quipped.
For someone who is married and has a child, Surya said it was “good time management” that helped him achieve his goal.
A graduate of Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhiite Aditi Singh secured the 12th rank. “My father and husband are IAS officers. I always dreamt of becoming one. Focus and perseverance are the two key things needed while preparing for the Civil Services,” she added.

MY UPSC MARKS :-

Rank-5 CSE 2008 :-
Roll No. : 006731
Name : BIJAY KETAN UPADHYAYA
Civil Services(Main) Examination 2008
Subject MaximumMarks MarksObtained
Essay(Paper III) 200 140
General Studies (Paper-IV) 300 163
General Studies(Paper-V) 300 152
Optional I,Psychology Paper-VI 300 191
Paper-VII 300 190
Optional II, Public Administration Paper-VIII 300 184
Paper-IX 300 134
Penalty Marks 0
Written Total 2000 1154
Interview Marks 300 183
Final Total 2300 1337
Remarks : Recommended.

SOME OF THE ARTICLES IN NET ON ME ...

IN THE INDIAN EXPRESS :-

BALASORE: Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya has made the district and State proud by securing fifth rank in the UPSC examination results of which were declared yesterday. He is the only one from Orissa to find a place in the top ten list and tops the list of male general candidates.

Bijay, a veterinary graduate, took the examination with Public Administration and Psychology as optional subjects.

‘‘The result came as a surprise to me. Though I was sure of clearing the test, I never expected such a high rank,’’ an overwhelmed Bijay told from New Delhi where he had been preparing for the examination for last four years.

He, however, tasted success in his third attempt. ‘‘Finally hard work and consistency brought colours to my life. Despite two unsuccessful attempts I never lost patience. Rather my determination became stronger and this is, I feel, is key to my success,’’ he said. He exuded confidence of getting Orissa cadre.

He credited the success to his parents saying without their support, he would not have reached the position. He also gave credit to his senior Satyasai Rath, an Income Tax commissioner, from whom he got the inspiration.

Bijay said he achieved success as he was determined to be an IAS after completing graduation from the Orissa College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry in 2005.

‘‘What is Gotipua dance?’’ was the second question put to Bijay during the viva voce followed by three questions on Orissa’s pattachitra, significance of Raghurajpur village and revival of Gotipua and Odissi dances by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. He was taking coaching in two Delhi-based institutions - Vajiram and Ravi IAS Institute and Sriram’s IAS.

His mantra for success is determination, patience, continuous motivation and hard work. Born to Rabinarayan Upadhyaya, reader in English, Oupada College here, and Naliniprava, Bijay’s passed with first class throughout his career.

‘‘We are extremely happy. Our son is a bright student and by securing the fifth position he has brought laurels to the district. He held our name high,’’ said his parents.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A tête-à-tête with Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya, Rank 5 in Civil Services Examination 2008

The Bijay I know
By Ayaskant Das

The mobile phone just does not stop ringing. Eager journalists, relatives and friends call up to congratulate Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya, the unassuming simple guy from Soro in Balasore district of Orissa, who secured the fifth rank in the Civil Services Examination of 2008. He takes all calls, responds to every text message and replies to all emails with a patience and diligence that is very much the characteristic of a rational bureaucrat in the making. As he settles down to a sumptuous dinner after three days of hectic activity since the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) declared the final results on May 4, 2009, he reflects on his four years of hard work in New Delhi, which catapulted him to the most coveted job in the country, the Indian Administrative Services (IAS), with a rank that most candidates would be proud of.

Bijay came to Delhi in May 2005 and settled in 55/1 of Old Rajinder Nagar, the middle-class locality of New Delhi that is better known for the umpteen institutes offering coaching for civil services. He made his room, his hermitage and shared it with the writer of this piece for the next three years. All around him aspiring candidates crumbled like ninepins but his determination was like the Sphinx. In May 2005 itself, he joined the Vajiram and Ravi coaching institute, for coaching in General Studies and Psychology, while he joined Sriram’s IAS, another nearby coaching institute, for studying Public Administration. For the next three years, he regularly put in more than ten hours of study everyday and mastered those books for his optional papers that many a candidate dare not touch: Ferrel Heady in Public Administration, for example. A student of Veterinary Science from the Orissa University of Agriculture Technology, he was very well read: Edward Said, T. S. Eliot, Noam Chomsky, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Samuel Beckett; he had touched upon a variety of writers on a wide range of subjects. Often, he would make particular mention of English, August, a novel by the bureaucrat-writer Upamanyu Chatterjee and how the protagonist of the novel, Agastya Sen, a District Collector, had fired his imagination to be a District Collector himself.

Among journalists, he is a big fan of Jug Suraiya, the columnist of the Times of India, whose articles he read regularly. Eminent journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is his other favourite journalist, and he regularly listened to him over the All India Radio, which he claims helped him broaden his knowledge. Entertainment was kept at bay for the struggling years and I remember accompanying him to a nearby multiplex on a maximum of four occasions during four years. But even then he would ensure putting in an hour or two of study, no matter how late at night he returned after the movie. Occasionally, he would watch the cartoon programme Tom and Jerry on television, which he said helped him “destress” and increase his “creativity”.

One has to see him to know how simple and humble he is. In food too, he was not choosy and would occasionally indulge in a brick of ice cream from the neighbourhood Mother Diary. He had no other focus in life than the Civil Services. He stuck to his routine even when we other friends went about partying and revelling.“Ultimately, my confidence in myself, the hard work I put in, the support of my parents and the guidance of my senior Satyasai Rath, an Indian Revenue Service officer, has paid off”, he said on his secret mantra of success.

He had cleared the prelims of the 2007 Orissa Service Public Examination (OPSC) but the submission of the form for the main examinations got delayed. “It was a blessing in disguise. OPSC would have diverted my attention”, he says. “Even my not clearing the prelims in my first attempt of UPSC and my being unable to make it to the final list in my second attempt by 40 odd marks were blessings in disguise. God arranges for the best”, he adds. “I had a good exposure to English literature since my childhood as my father is a reader in English and that has helped me being inspirational in life”.

Bijay was so organised in his daily tasks that he could locate every item in his room even in pitch dark. All his friends were of the strong opinion that he would make it in the Civil Services, but he says: “I never dreamt of getting such a high rank and was expecting a rank somewhere near 200. I was very confident in the interview board, the Chairman of which was Prasanta Kumar Mishra. Lot more confident than what I was in the board of Roy Paul, in my second attempt. Extensive study brought about this confidence in me. ”

On Orissa being a backward state, he says: “The people of Orissa need to develop strong entrepreneurial skills to compete with others. Otherwise they are very talented. I became a civil servant with the inspiration of Satyasai Rath and Roopa Mishra, the topper of IAS 2004. I hope many other students from my state do even better”. His younger brother, Ajay Ketan Upadhyaya, a software engineer with Citibank in Singapore, when contacted over the phone said: “Bijay was very ambitious since very early in life and that is the single most important point that brought him success.”

As Bijay polished his long, much-deserved lazy dinner, I asked him jocularly if success would get to his head and he would taper into mediocrity to which he replied with his characteristic humility: “Just wait and watch. This is just the beginning.” It is a wish that Bijay remains the same guy as ever and guides Orissa on the path of prosperity.(The writer, Ayaskant Das, is an Editor with Macmillan India Limited. He is based in New Delhi and can be contacted at ayaskantdas77@gmail.com)

My e mail id is :- bijay_ias@rediffmail.com

Monday, March 8, 2010

INTERVIEW PREPARATION FOR IAS : KEEP THESE THINGS IN MIND ... PART I

FOR INTERVIEW PREPARATION FOR IAS PLEASE KEEP THESE THINGS IN MIND:- PART I

1. BE THOROUGH WITH YOUR MAINS FORM. GENERATE MANY QUESTIONS FROM IT AND THINK UNIQUE ANSWERS TO THEM. ASK YOUR FRIENDS TO HAVE A LOOK AT YOUR MAINS FORM & ASK YOU WHATEVER COMES TO THEIR MIND. GIVE LOGICAL, RATIONAL & REALISTIC ANSWER. ASK THEIR VIEWS. GET FEEDBACK ABOUT YOUR EXPRESSION, BODY LANGUAGE ETC.

2. GIVE UTMOST RESPECT TO THE BOARD MEMBERS.BE VERY COURTEOUS TO THE LADY MEMBERS. WISH THEM FIRST WHILE ENTERING & LEAVING.BEHAVE GENTLEMANLY & IN A FORMAL WAY.TREAT THEM AS COLLEAGUES OF YOUR PARENTS WHO ARE LEARNED & EXPERIENCED.YOU MUST RESPECT THEIR EXPERIENCE & ERUDITE WISDOM.


3. LISTEN PATIENTLY TO EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE ASKING.TAKE A PAUSE FOR 3-5 SECONDS.THINK OVER IT WELL.ONLY THEN ANSWER.IF IT IS OBJECTIVE TAKE 1-2 SECONDS PAUSE.IF SUBJECTIVE 3-5 SECONDS PAUSE.IF VERY COMPLICATED & LONG QUESTION & YOU THINK YOU MAY NEED TO THINK FOR 6-10 SECONDS,THEN ASK THEIR PERMISSION :- LIKE “MAY I PONDER OVER THIS ISSUE FOR A FEW MOMENTS ? SIR”

4. DO NOT LIE.WHATEVER MAY BE THE SITUATION & HOWSOEVER SMART YOU MAY BE.BE TRUTHFUL TILL THE END.


5. ALWAYS MAINTAIN EYE-CONTACT WITH THE BOARD MEMBERS.NEVER LOOK DOWN.WHEN ANSWERING LOOK INTO THEIR EYES.SO THAT THEY CAN READ YOUR MIND.WHEN ONE MEMBER ASKS YOU A QUESTION,LOOK AT HIM MOST OF THE TIME.BUT IN BETWEEN FOR SOME SECONDS LOOK AT OTHER BOARD MEMBERS TOO.BUT DON’T MOVE YOUR HEAD LIKE A FAN.JUST TAKE THEM WITH YOU WHILE PRESENTING YOUR VIEWS.THIS CAN BE DONE BY EYE-CONTACT & FACIAL EXPRESSIONS …

6. ALWAYS SMILE.WHEN OPPORTUNITY PRESENTS ITSELF NEVER FORGET TO SMILE.IT TELLS THE BOARD MEMBERS THAT “THE CANDIDATE HAS HIGH LEVEL OF SELF-CONFIDENCE “.


7. BUT SUPPOSE A MEMBER ASKS YOU A VERY SERIOUS QUESTION THEN DON’T SMILE.GIVE A SERIOUS ANSWER.WHEN THEY SMILE, YOU SMILE.WHEN THEY LAUGH, YOU SMILE.

8. BE POLITE & SOBER. DON’T ARGUE UNNECESSARILY.


9. HOLD POSITIVE VIEWS REGARDING THE EFFORTS OF GOVT OF INDIA & YOUR STATE GOVT.DON’T CRITICIZE GOVT POLICIES TOO MUCH.

10. WHEN YOU PRESENT YOUR VIEWS ON A TOPIC BE BALANCED, DON’T TAKE EXTREME VIEWPOINTS.SEE BOTH SIDES OF A COIN.


11. FOR CURRENT AFFAIRS UPDATE READ : THE HINDU EDITORIALS & OTHER ARTICLES THOROUGHLY,FRONTLINE ARTICLES THOROUGHLY,THE ECONOMIC & POLITICAL WEEKLY(IF POSSIBLE)

12. PREPARE YOUR HOBBY SECTION WELL.SEARCH INTERNET ON YOUR HOBBY & READ RELEVENT ARTICLES & INFORMATION.


13. IF YOU ARE EARLIER IN ANY SERVICE, TRY TO KNOW EVERY DETAIL OF THAT SERVICE & WHY YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE SERVICE TO IAS?

14. WHY YOU WANT TO JOIN IAS? GIVE A VERY ORIGINAL & CONVINCING REPLY TO THIS QUESTION WHICH MUST BE DIFFERENT THAN RUN-OF-THE-MILL ANSWERS …


15. THINK WHAT YOU WILL SAY WHEN ASKED ABOUT YOUR PREFERENCE OF SERVICES … FOR EX. WHY HAVE YOU GIVEN IPS AT 4TH POSITION & INCOME TAX AT 2ND? WHY IFS AT 5TH POSITION? ETC.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

HOW TO CLEAR PRELIMS IN 75-90 DAYS ?

HOW TO CLEAR PRELIMS IN 75-90 DAYS? :-

The Preliminary Exam (PT) is a rejection process. You must be VERY STRONG in your optional & STRONG in Current Affairs to clear this exam. To be thorough in your optional read 6-10 standard text books word by word & write down in point format the facts which you think are difficult to remember. I had Public Administration as my 1st optional & the book list has been given in my blog.

For General Studies read The Hindu thoroughly. Jot down the factual points in a separate note on Current Affairs & General Knowledge. If you think that you can’t do that at this stage then go for ANY ONE SOURCE for Current Affairs … either Wizard Current Affairs Special for Prelims OR Vajiram & Ravi Booklets for Prelims. Read any one but read it thoroughly & revise it 10 days before the PT test.

For Modern India read Spectrum "A Brief History of Modern India". It is factual & well-suited for PT exam. For Ancient & Medieval India take Short-Cut. As only 2-3 questions come in PT read the Indian History Specials that come in Wizard Monthly.20-25 pages of mugging of "who wrote which book",The Delhi Sultanate,Chronologically arrange Rulers etc of Ancient & Medieval India will do. Don’t read NCERT books for them as Cost-Benefit Ratio will be less.

For Polity read "EITHER" Vajiram & Ravi class note dictated by Mr Ravindran Sir or D D Basu. The later takes time. So Vajiram Note will do. At least read it 2 times.

For General Knowledge, General Science & General Mental Ability you can go through the TMH General Studies Guide. Don’t read other sections in this guide as it will duplicate things. The above mentioned sections have been covered well in this guide & you will have to labour less for it. If you have more time you can read Vajiram Class Note on GMA & try to mug up some formulas in Permutation & Combination & Probability.They will come handy in GMA as UPSC is asking 15-20 GMA questions in PT.

The important point to be kept in mind is that: - FOR EACH SECTION OF GENERAL STUDIES READ “A SINGLE AUTHORITATIVE SOURCE” rather than reading 3-4 sources and confusing yourself in the process.

For Indian Economy the Economic Survey (especially Chapter 1, 10 & the chapter on Finance & all BOX ITEMS) & Indian Economic Development (NCERT 11th standard) should be read. Be attentive to all economic news & facts that appear in Hindu Business page & Business Review.10 days of reading of The Economic Times from Feb 25 to March 10 (Budget Time & Eco Survey Analysis time) will make things easier for you. If you don’t get the meaning of any economic terminology please refer Collins Economic Dictionary. It is very simple & lucid.

For Geography read NCERT 11th & 12th standard text books (important ones being India Physical Geography & India Land & People).Apart from this read casually some chapters from Certificate Physical & Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong & be well conversant with ATLAS & Maps. Frequently see maps & Atlas (Oxford or Macmillan) while reading The Hindu & try to locate the important landmarks (like lakes,mountains,rivers,Tropic of Cancer passing through which countries, the borders of countries touching which other countries & oceans, Capitals,National Parks of India & other countries etc).

DEVOTE 4-5 HOURS EVERYDAY FOR GENERAL STUDIES & 6-7 HOURS FOR OPTIONAL.60-70% EMPHASIS SHOULD BE LAID ON OPTIONAL & REST 30-40% ON GENERAL STUDIES.BUT IF YOU ARE “VERY WEAK” IN GENERAL STUDIES THEN MAKE IT 50 % EMPHASIS ON GS & 50 % EMPHASIS ON OPTIONAL.

In India Year book focus on the following chapters :- Finance, Diary of Events,Agriculture,Industry,Commerce,Basic Economic Data, India & The World, Land & People, Our Polity & Glossary of General Knowledge given in the end etc. Also browse through the IMPORTANT CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS given in India Year Book.

In Manorama Year Book focus on The India & World Panorama ( where day to day happenings have been given date-wise & month-wise),International Organizations, Awards, Books & Authors, Quiz etc. Suppose if you get a fact from it just ask your mind if this fact is going to come in Prelims, What is its probability? & if YOU think that it MAY come try to remember the fact by writing it down in your Current Affairs Note.

For this read LAST 5 YEARS UPSC GS PT QUESTIONS well so that you can READ THE EXAMINER'S MIND i.e. WHAT HE IS GOING TO ASK THIS YEAR IN CURRENT AFFAIRS & GENERAL KNOWLEDGE ...

If you have taken coaching from any Reputed Institute in Delhi (for ex. Vajiram & Ravi) then just revise their class notes.

Regularly & Attentively listen to Mid-Day News & 9 O Clock News in All India Radio. Coincide them with your lunch & Dinner timings so that you can save time & your Current Affairs & General Knowledge can be built up gradually.

Sometimes UPSC asks factual questions from Hindu Editorials. So if time permits read some editorials on Social Sector Schemes like NREGA,Bharat Nirman,NRHM,JnNURM etc. This is being done to test who are reading the Editorials & who are leaving them & just focusing on factual parts of The Hindu Newspaper. If you are THROUGH with THE HINDU 50 % of General Studies is done.

Suppose you get A NEW FACT on General Knowledge or Current Affairs from your friend or say Times of India just make it a point to write it down in your Current Affairs note after you return to your room. This enhances Memory & makes you confident during the exam. The more confident you are the better your chance to clear PT as NEGATIVE MARKING is there.

MOST IMPORTANTLY HAVE FAITH ON YOURSELF,NEVER DOUBT YOUR ABILITY & POTENTIAL,DO HARD WORK & HAVE FAITH ON GOD.UNLESS YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF YOUR SELF-DOUBT WILL INCREASE.SO BE CONFIDENT FROM DAY ONE & KEEP MOTIVATION LEVEL & CURIOSITY LEVEL HIGH.

ALL THE BEST FOR THE COMING PRELIMINARY EXAM ON 23RD MAY, 2010.

I will soon put a blog regarding details of PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION preparation for PRELIMS.

Till then, happy reading ….

Sunday, August 16, 2009

BOOKS FOR GENERAL STUDIES : MAINS

1. INDIA'S STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE by BIPAN CHANDRA (Read it 2-3 times and make condensed note,say,1 chapter in 2 pages.)

2. NCERT GEOGRAPHY XI,XII STANDARD (Read especially India : Land and People and India Physical Geography well )

3. D D BASU AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA or VAJIRAM RAVINDRAN SIR'S CLASS NOTE ( Any one will do.But read 2 times at least )

4. WIZARD SOCIAL ISSUES + VAJIRAM SOCIAL ISSUES CLASS NOTES

5. THE HINDU EDITORIALS ( Only the 2 small editorials in the left hand column will do but keep 150-200 important editorials in one folder and revise them. 1 important small editorial per day )

6. WIZARD CURRENT AFFAIRS FOR MAINS

7. VAJIRAM CLASS NOTES ( Polity,Economics,Social Issues,Stats,Science & Tech,Current Affairs are good )

8. ECONOMIC SURVEY ( All box items,Chapter 1,3 & 10 are most important.So read them first.)

9. INDIAN ECONOMY by UMA KAPILA ( Read selected chapters like current hot topics in Indian Economy which you can get from Hindu.Read those chapters only )

10. Spectrum Statistics and Science and Technology

11. MAGICAL 2 MARKERS, UP 2 THE MARK & CST 2 MARKERS

12. SPECTRUM CULTURE OF INDIA AND PERSONALITIES ( Occasionally refer )

13. COLLINS ECONOMICS DICTIONARY ( For Eco 2 markers )

14. VAJIRAM YELLOW BOOK ( For reference purpose only.Its current national and international affairs part is good.)

15. Wizard Monthly magazine.Occasional reading of some issues.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

BOOK LIST : PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FOR MAINS

1. NEW HORIZONS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION by MOHIT BHATTACHARYA(2-3 READINGS FOR CONCEPTUAL CLARITY.MAKE NOTE OF SOME IMPORTANT CHAPTERS)

2. ADMINISTRATIVE THINKERS by PRASAD & PRASAD

3. INDIAN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION by GOYAL & ARORA

4. IJPA ARTICLES XEROX ( GIVEN BY VAJIRAM AND RAVI)(READ 40-50 SELECTED ARTICLES OUT OF 100)

5. COMPARATIVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION by FERREL HEADY ( CH 1,2.MAKE NOTES FROM CH 1)

6. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION & PUBLIC AFFAIRS by NICHOLAS HENRY ( CH 2,3,4,5,8 & 10.MAKE NOTES OUT OF CH 2,8 & 10)

7. RESTRUCTURING PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION by MOHIT BHATTACHARYA

8. SOCIAL THEORY AND DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTARTION by MOHIT BHATTACHARYA

9. IGNOU PUBLIC POLICY(SELECTED CHAPTERS WHICH ARE IN SYLLABUS)(GRADUATION LEVEL)

10. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION by AVASTHY & MAHESHWARI (Optional)

11. INDIAN ADMINISTRATION by AVASTHY & AVASTHY (Optional)

12. NEW SYLLABUS PRINTED MATERIAL OF SYNERGY AND SEARCH INTERNET FOR NEW TOPICS LIKE ANTI-DEVELOPMENT THESIS,CONSTITUTIONALISM,POLICE REFORMS,DISASTER MANAGEMENT etc.

13. MOTIVATION 2 CHAPTERS AND LEADERSHIP 2 CHAPTERS FROM ROBBINS.

BOOK LIST : PSYCHOLOGY MAINS

1. MUKUL PATHAK SIR'S CLASS NOTE ( FOR BOTH PAPERS)(2-3 READINGS FOR BASIC UNDERSTANDING)

2. MUKUL PATHAK SIR'S PRINTED MATERIAL ( FOR PAPER 2 ONLY.READ VERY LESS FOR PAPER 1 AS IT IS TOO BULKY)

3. ANY ONE OF THE THREE.MORGAN KING or BARON or CICCARELLI.The last one is good.Read it 2-3 times and make personal note of each chapter.Baron is also good and continue with it if you are familiar with it or have read it once.

4. SYSTEMS AND THEORIES OF PSYCHOLOGY By KRAWIEC & CHAPLIN ( If u have less time then read Perception 2 chapters,Personality,Thinking and Language,Quantitative Psychology)(If you have enough time in your hand then read the whole book word by word and 2-3 times and make note of each chapter)
EXCELLENT BOOK.READ IT WELL IF YOU WANT A SCORE OF 370-400.

5. THEORIES OF PERSONALITY By HALL & LINDZEY ( Last chapter and Introduction & Current Status and Evaluation of each theorist ).

6. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY By BARON & BYRNE ( Attitude chapter,Summary of each chapter,all terminologies and definations and all pictographic representations)(Write them down in note format).(It is helpful in Paper 2 if you can apply the concepts & terminologies).

7. ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY AND MODERN LIFE By CARSON & BUTCHER ( Therapies chapter,Summary of each chapter and all pictographic representations)(Write them down in note format)

8. NCERT PSYCHOLOGY XI,XII.(For Indian aspect)(more helpful in paper 2)(Optional)

9. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN PSYCHOLOGY & ANY PSYCHOLOGY RELATED NEWS FROM THE HINDU.

10. JOT DOWN 200-300 TERMINOLOGIES FROM THESE TEXT BOOKS AND APPLY THEM IN MAINS WHEREVER YOU THINK THEM TO BE APPROPRIATE AND RELEVANT.


10.APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY By SMARAK SWAIN (Optional).

BOOK LIST : PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FOR PRELIMS

1. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION By LAXMIKANTH 5TH EDITION.(3-4 READINGS AND REMEMBER WORD BY WORD)

2. NEW HORIZONS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION By MOHIT BHATTACHARYA(FOR CONCEPTUAL CLARITY)

3. ADMINISTRATIVE THINKERS By PRASAD AND PRASAD

4. INDIAN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION By GOYAL & ARORA (INDEPTH STUDY AND REMEMBER WELL)

5. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA By D D BASU

6. THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA By P M BAKSHI(BE THOROUGH WITH THE ARTICLES AND THEIR PROVISIONS).

7. FACT FILE (VOL 1 & 2) PUBLISHED By SYNERGY COACHING INSTITUTE + RECENTLY ADDED FACTS IN LAXMIKANTH 5TH EDITION i.e.ADDED SECTION IN THE END.

8. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS By NICHOLAS HENRY ( CH 2,3,4,5,8 & 10)(Optional)

9. ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR By STEPHEN ROBBINS 13TH EDITION ( CH ON MOTIVATION(2 CH),LEADERSHIP(2 CH),DECISION MAKING,COMMUNICATION,ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE)(Optional)

10. MANAGEMENT By KOONTZ,WEIHRICH ( SAME CH AS ABOVE)(Optional)

11. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN PUB AD FROM THE HINDU,ECONOMIC SURVEY ( FINANCE AND SOCIAL SECTOR CH),INDIA YEAR BOOK (FINANCE,SOCIAL WELFARE CH).

12. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION By AVASTHY & MAHESHWARI(SELECTED CHAPTERS & Optional FOR UNDERSTANDING CONCEPTS)

13. Model Test Papers By VAJIRAM & RAVI,SYNERGY,BRAIN TREE(Practise them as many as you can after reading the above mentioned text books).

14. PRACTISE LAST 10 YEARS UPSC QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Happy Reading ...

Friday, July 10, 2009

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR SUCCESS IN CSE

THESE ARE THE PRE-REQUISITES FOR GETTING INTO IAS. SO THE SOONER YOU DEVELOP THEM AND INCULCATE THEM IN YOUR PERSONALITY & STUDY PLAN, THE BETTER:

1. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. HAVE FAITH ON YOUR OWN ABILITY THAT YOU CAN EXCEL AGAINST ALL ODDS.

2. BE PREPARED FOR SEVERE HARD WORK FOR TWO YEARS.BE CONSISTENT IN YOUR STUDIES.8-10 HOURS EVERYDAY.

3. DEVELOP WRITING SKILL,VOCABULARY,GK AND CURRENT AFFAIRS BASE RIGHT FROM GRADUATION.ONCE INTO SERIOUS PREPARATION MODE IT IS VERY HARD TO DEVELOP THEM.SO BE AN EARLY BIRD.

4. NEVER LOSE HOPE.TILL THE LAST DROP OF YOUR BLOOD HAVE FAITH THAT YOU WILL EMERGE VICTORIOUS.AND ONE DAY LADY LUCK WILL SMILE ON YOU.

5. HAVE FAITH ON GOD.YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN ONLY HE CAN HELP.NOBODY AND NOTHING CAN HELP YOU AT THAT POINT.

6. HAVE FAITH ON UPSC & ITS EXAM PROCESS.IT IS FAIR.STUDY THE MIND OF UPSC AND THAT OF THE EXAMINER.WHAT HE WANTS FROM YOU ?

7. BE OPTIMISTIC.DEVELOP NOTE MAKING HABBIT WHILE YOU ARE READING SOMETHING.

8. ALWAYS READ COMPLEX/STANDARD /BASIC BOOK ON A TOPIC.ALWAYS CHOOSE THE LESS TRAVERSED PATH.DONT FOLLOW THE HERD.

9. BE SIMPLE,HONEST AND STRAIGHTFORWARD.

10. DONT SHOW OFF.DONT PUT A MASK.DONT SHOW TO OTHERS THAT I AM PREPARING FOR IAS AND STUDYING VERY HARD.BE NATURAL.DO YOUR HOMEWORK SILENTLY.

11. REMEMBER THAT LUCK IS JUST ANOTHER NAME FOR PURE HARDWORK.

GOD IS SEEING ... ALL THE BEST ...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

IAS Preparation : My Study Plan : For IAS Aspirants

Trying this new medium to reach out to IAS aspirants.In days to come I will post some finer details of my preparation plan.I got Rank 5 in CSE 2008 and will join IAS in Sept 2009.Now a little free.So blogging ...