PSIR strategy + notes (journey from 211 to 297 marks)- Vibhor Aggarwal (AIR-71)

Hello everyone !! In this post, I will be talking about my PSIR strategy. I scored very poorly in my first attempt in 2017 (211 marks). I gradually came to realize several of my mistakes and worked to improve upon them. Though, 297 is also not an extra-ordinary score, I am sure my experience will be of some help.

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Topic wise syllabus coverage in Maths optional – Kanishak Kataria (Rank 1)

Hi everyone!

Following on from my previous post I am giving a detailed topic wise syllabus coverage. It will give you some idea as to how should Maths be approached topicwise. It is advisable to read the previous post first before continuing here.

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Mathematics as an optional – Kanishak Kataria (Rank 1)

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I am Kanishak Kataria. I secured Rank 1 in UPSC CSE 2018 with Mathematics optional (361 marks / 500). I have written this post to throw some light on Maths an an optional subject and how it should be covered.

This strategy post will be split into 2 parts

  • Overview of Mathematics as an optional (in this post)
  • Specific topic wise strategy on covering the syllabus (in next post)
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Importance of choosing right optional – Jay Shivani (AIR 81)

Hello everyone,  hope you all are doing well. I am here trying to convey the importance of choosing your optional subject wisely for this examination through my personal experience and journey.

Introducing myself briefly,

I am Jay Shivani. I have secured AIR 81 in CSE 2018. Continue reading “Importance of choosing right optional – Jay Shivani (AIR 81)”

Public Administration Paper 2 Strategy by Yo Yo Choti Singh (AIR 104)

I am sharing my Paper 2 Public Administration strategy. If any doubt you can always ping me on ForumIAS or Telegram or here only.

Books and coaching notes-

1. R Aribam book ( a very crisp and good source. It’s all MOHANTY sir notes but better organized)
2. Arora and Goyal book ( another good book but some topics not much relevant – choose wisely)
3. Selective topic reading of Fadia and Fadia Indian Admin book if you are pure fresher in the subject
4. 2nd ARC original once ( Drinking like juice) + Pawan sir summary of same (to learn linkages)
5. Kiran sir notes of Vajiram / Pawan sir notes ( read anyone – if possible both)

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Choosing History as an optional by Nidhi Siwach(AIR-83)

History is among one of the most hated subjects by students either it is during school days or college or during the competitive examination preparation. History seems to be very boring with vast syllabus, a long list of battles and kings to be memorized with their kingdoms, administration and what not. Continue reading “Choosing History as an optional by Nidhi Siwach(AIR-83)”

Anthropology: booklist, notes and tips to improve marks – Varnit Negi (Rank 13, CSE-2018)

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My intention in this article is to help aspirants with Anthropology optional to improve their marks. This article has four parts: First, booklist and sources. Second, link to my notes. Third, importance of notes making in Anthropology. Finally, tips on how to improve marks beyond 300. Continue reading “Anthropology: booklist, notes and tips to improve marks – Varnit Negi (Rank 13, CSE-2018)”

Public Administration Notes- Sumit Kumar Rai( AIR-54)

This is second part in Pub Ad series.

In this part I am sharing my notes. I recommend all of you to make your own notes (handwritten or typed) as it creates memories during the process. This helps in recalling.

Being a working aspirant, I preferred online notes over pen & Paper notes.( As I can revise them from anywhere). Keep on reading!

Public Administration Strategy- Sumit Kumar Rai( AIR 54)

I have written four mains with Public Administration as an optional. I got 228 marks in 2015, 297 in 2016, 290 in 2017 and 307 in 2018. Public Administration has always been special to me and this is one subject which never ditched me in Mains exam. Keep on reading!