—11th – Themes in World History (Focus on –Industrial Revolution)
—12th – Themes in Indian History I, Themes in Indian History II, Themes in Indian History III
Modern Spectrum RAJIV AHIR for prelims, GROVER
MAINS : BIPAN CHANDRA Part 1 and Part 2 ....India before Gandhi and India After Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha could be done.
Geography – Must Read NCERT Books
—6th – The Earth : Our Habitat
—7th – Our Environment
—8th – Resources & Development
—9th – Contemporary India 1
—10th – Contemporary India II
—11th – Fundamentals of Physical Geography, —11th – India – Physical Environment
—12th – Fundamentals of Human Geography, —12th – India – People & Economy
for prelims Geography ...one can do GC Leong ISC certified Physical geography ...and a good ATLAS of Penguin publications should be referred
for Mains NCERT will be suffice.
Economics – Must Read NCERT Books
—9th – Economics
—10th – Understanding Economic Development
—11th – Indian Economic Development
—12th – Introductory Microeconomics
—12th – Introductory Macroeconomics, —Class XII – Supplementary reading material in Economics – Introductory Macroeconomics
Economics prelim i recommend SRIRAM IAS notes along with Ramesh Singh of Tata Mcgraw Hill publications
Eco Mains ..having hold on newspaper is very important ...i would recommending following Economic Times or Business Standard or Mint (selective reading)
Mains , emphasis must be given on current science events lke achievements of ISRO , inventions by BARC,DRDO and various Indian institutes...apart from this 'major' international inventions and discoveries must also be tracked
for ethics one may begin with LEXICON , emphasis has to be given on thinkers foreign and Indian thinkers .....their teachings must be reflected in the answers and case studies to earn more marks !
Science Reporter etc.
Q.Which is preferable books or electronic media
Ans.UPSC demands up to date knowledge and so every topic must be covered from 360° so books can give us a good start but internet is indispensable.
Q.Which is graduation can give advantage to a candidate
Ans.Any graduation can be chosen based on the candidates choice but Arts is preferable if his aim is to go for UPSC. As a backup he can choose UGC NET/SET and join as a professor
Q.What was your schedule
Wakeup: 7 am
Start studying: 9 am to 1pm
Sports: 5:00 - 5:30 pm
Studying: 5:30 - 10:00pm
Sleep: 11:00pm - 7:00am
This was for 6 days a week.
Q.How did you divide between mains and prelims preparation
Ans. I continued both till March and after March focused on only prelims till prelims got over.
Q.Are coaching classes necessary
Ans. Coaching institutes can show you the road but only self study can help you cross the finish line.
Q.Any points to remember during interview and medical tests
Ans. For the interview read the DAF very carefully and go through schemes and important projects of your home state as these are very important. The panel usually asks situation based questions a lot. And if you have to criticise the government then take a balanced approach. For the medical tests go on an empty stomach, no permanent tattoos are allowed and make sure your vision is good as color blindness might make you ineligible for IPS.
How to use upscfever.com for preparation
Every year the UPSC CSE prelims is held in August. The exam
is the most competitive exam of India. Nearly 11 lakh
candidates register for it but less than half actually
appear. Around 1 lakh serious candidates are there and out
of these 15000 - 16000 are selected for the mains
examination. Vacancies are around 1300. To be assured of
being selected a candidate has to score around 120+ in
prelims Paper I and qualify paper II.
Preparation for the examination must cover current affairs
of past three years and host of other topics. A candidate
must have the habit of reading relevant articles of
newspapers like Times of India, Indian express.
The list of subjects needed for prelim Paper I are given
below. Ideally a candidate must begin with history and
polity. Both are easiest subjects of the lot. Science is
usually more about current affairs and less from textbooks
but as it has the smallest syllabus it should be next.
Economy from textbooks as well as Economic survey is enough
for the exam as questions are very easy.
The toughest part is MCQ's of geography, environment and
culture. Regarding environment, current affairs of
international treaties as well as very tough questions can
be asked. Culture is tough to predict and so thorough
coverage not possible but certain basic topics can be
covered which overlap with History.
Start History , polity around August.
Science and economy by mid September.
Geography and environment by November. Keep an eye out
for government schemes and International summits like
SAARC, BRICS etc.
Economic survey is released with the budget in February
and India yearbook in January. They have to be read.
Culture by March.
UPSC CSE has the following subjects for preparation:
Preparation for mains can start after prelims is over
without waiting for the result. Optional subject like Public
administration has two papers. first one needs reading
textbooks but second paper is 80% on current affairs.