Sunday, June 23, 2013

GS Preparation strategy

For Prelims GS -

> 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.


  1. Hey,
    This is really nice information provided..
    i wanted to take IAS general studies course online in which i could also get ias video related to the course please guide me if anybody has studied Csat online .
    i have heard of but to do not know much about it so before enrolling in this course i wanted to know more about ias online coaching centers so anybody aware of one can guide me..

  2. Thankyou for the above information. It was very helpful .
    It is for all those who are preparing for the IAS exams. I was preparing for IAS Exam and was looking for regular coaching but was unable to find. Then i opted for the online course for IAS general studies and it was beyond my expectations. It is both time and cost effective. So got myself enrolled at : IAS General Studies and CSAT Prelims Online Video Coaching Course
    Check it guys!! it's a must and a great Online Coaching course for IAS preparation.
    hope it was helpful!! thanks


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