Essay Strategy- Nivedita S Balaraddiyavar (AIR 303, CSE 2018)

Hello guys,

I am sharing below article on behalf of Nivedita S Balaraddiyavar (AIR 303). She has got one of the highest marks in essay this year (148).

This is what the UPSC expects in an essay. Continue reading “Essay Strategy- Nivedita S Balaraddiyavar (AIR 303, CSE 2018)”

Mains Test Series Copies and Some Mains specific notes – Shreyans Kumat (AIR 4)

Hi everyone,

Prelims and Mains have many similarities in terms of the syllabus. Sources for overlapping portions remained the same for me. I have already mentioned them in Prelims approach. But there are few areas which are specific to Mains. In this article, I am adding those aspects of the Mains exams in GS 1 and GS 4 which are not covered in Prelims.

Given that the cost-benefit out of some of such portions is very low, I am adding my full notes. This might help you devote more time in the note making of frequently asked areas. Also, I am attaching links to my General Studies test series copies.

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GS-2: IR Notes of Ankur Kaushik (AIR 37)

Hi friends,

I am posting this on behalf of Ankur Kaushik. Ankur has one of highest score in GS-2 (124). His IR notes maybe helpful to you.

About Ankur Kaushik: Ankur is NSIT 2015 pass out in computer science engineering, IRTS from CSE 16 and AIR 37 in CSE 18, a budding poet and author (Check his book: Of Lilies and Graves

Public Administration: How to use Administrative thinkers in Answers -by Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR 54)

Hello guys.

Hope your prep is going good. Many have been asking about linkages and how to use thinkers in answer. I am attempting to address your query here. [ Join this TG group, here I share strategy and materials related with Pub Ad mostly, apart from some GS guidelines: ]

The most important part of pub ad syllabus is Administrative thinkers & Administrative behaviour in my opinion. So, ensure that all key ideas of every single thinker is on your finger tips. whatever sources you are referring to cover thinkers: be it Aribam, P&P or your classroom coaching notes, ensure that you summarise all thinkers in 4-5 key ideas and be ready to use in your answers. Keep on reading!

Useful Resources for CSE- Rank 10- Tanmay

From starting the preparation to various stages of the exam be it prelims, mains or interview as well as other relevant queries related to CSE, I have compiled all my answers here on quora

Answers to FAQs related to UPSC CSE (Shubham Gupta- AIR 6)

Here I have tried to make a compilation of all the questions that have been asked to me over the past two months or so, ranging from my own journey to certain philosophical aspects related to the exam and life before and after that. I feel these are certainly important so that a right approach and frame of mind is attained during the process. However, it doesn’t include the subject wise strategy for the exam; I will be coming up with that shortly.

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Anthropology Sample Notes by Shreyans Kumat (AIR 4)

I am adding some sample notes for your reference in each of the major sections of Anthropology

I. Socio-Cultural Anthropology
Neo-Evolutionary School
Culture Personality School

II. Physical Anthropology
Aging, Somatotype, and Race

III. Archaeological Anthropology

IV. Indian Anthropology
Racial Classification and Sanskritization
Noted Indian Anthropologists

V. Tribal India
Tribal India

Hope they help you in some way or the other.
All the best. Do well.

Anthropology: 5 step approach of Shreyans Kumat (AIR 4)

After finalizing Anthropology as my optional for Civil Services examination, I tried to cover different aspects in order to complete its preparation before Mains 2018.

Following are the five steps:

  1. Going through basic books and coaching classes to create a basic understanding of the subject
  2. Tried to create exhaustive question bank by combining syllabus and previous year question papers
  3. Creating notes in the form of Question-Answers using Basic books, Coaching Notes, Websites, IGNOU Material, etc.
  4. Repeated revisions and Daily Answer Writing Practice (between Prelims and Mains) to improve timing and presentation
  5. Full test practice to ensure proper section selection in the final exam

Keep on reading!

General Studies Mains Notes and Test Copies – Sumit Kumar (AIR 53)

In this post, I am sharing my General Studies (GS) Mains notes of different subjects as well as GS Mains Test copies which I gave in Lukmaan IAS Test Series. GS Mains Notes were prepared during preparation of dynamic portion of these subjects. These notes provide compilation of those issues which are important for Mains Exam.

The issues have been discussed holistically (end-to-end coverage) giving wide range of analysis starting from definitions or Why in News (related to current affairs) to Causes, Implications / Consequences, Lacunae, Govt. Provisions, SC Judgements, Way Ahead. Continue reading “General Studies Mains Notes and Test Copies – Sumit Kumar (AIR 53)”

How do I understand the UPSC CSE syllabus- Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR54)

This post has been written keeping first timer in mind or those who want to try CSE exam in coming years. This will help in clarifying how to see UPSC CSE syllabus and how to prepare various topics. First thing first, Keep a print out of syllabus or its PDF copy. Read,re-read and try to get a bird’s eye view of the syllabus. Structure it in the form of broad categorisation. This will help in deciding your priorities on what to focus, what to cover, how much time to devote to a particular topic, issue, discussion etc. Continue reading “How do I understand the UPSC CSE syllabus- Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR54)”