"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents come alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamt yourself to be."
Maharishi Patanjali Yoga Sutra before 2200 years.
> Start reading NCERT 8th to 12th in all subjects except English, Hindi, Accountancy and Business Studies.
> keep reading newspaper(The Hindu only) . > Magazines you can look upto Yojana and kurukshetra- to update your notes with the latest figures .
Prelims, in the new pattern of UPSC is not very tough. it could be cleared easily through NCERT and reading newspapers only.
* How to prepare GS for Main Examination-
> you need to make up a mindset suitable for an IAS. You have to think like an IAS Officer.
>you need to enlarge your knowledge base and study deeply.
> you need to know more about the real India.
The book list goes like this :
> Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
> Constitution of India (Bare-act) by P M Bakshi(Language will be different that is why Laxmikanth's Indian Polity should be read along with it)
> Indian Economy by Dutt and Sundaram.
> Economic Survey by M/o Finance D/o Economic Affairs that can be downloaded online .
> Approach Paper to 12th Plan by Planning Commission can be downloaded online .
> India's Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra (Pearson Publication) .
> A Brief History of Modern India by Spectrum Publication
> Science and Technology by Spectrum Publication
> Oxford School Atlas - Indian Edition(should be used while reading Geography NCERT)
> Cover up Budget from all the Magazines you come across during the Budget time.
> India's Foreign Policy Since Independence by V P Dutt
> India and the World Dynamics by Pearson Publication.
Solve MCQ 's , more and more .
* how to study it ?
Make a separate register to make notes from the newspaper. As you can see, many questions in mains were asked on women, children, governmental acts and legislations etc. so divide your register in sections after analyzing the question paper of Mains from "2010 - 2012"
you can read any magazine you like but I would suggest you to follow newspapers only and not the magazines as they have a limitation of paper. they cannot include every news which are important for IAS. What they do is they cover the important issues of a month and provide you with some fact-bombing along with a beautifully carved out debate on that issue. The topics which they provide are dealt in a comprehensive manner. But that happens sometimes only. even if they want to include every single detail they simply cannot do it as they have to arrange advertisements as well accommodate for the low cost they charge from you.
If you have your own formula to study for GS then I would suggest you to stick to you own method. What you do is best for you. This article is for those who have no idea on how to approach General Studies paper in Prelims and Mains.