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Monday, April 26, 2010

CIVIL SERVICES APTITUDE TEST: 10 INITIAL STEPS TO BE TAKEN:-

CIVIL SERVICES APTITUDE TEST: 10 INITIAL STEPS TO BE TAKEN:-

By Dr. Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya,I.A.S.
Rank 5, CSE 2008.

1. Whatever the test will be, one thing is for sure … The importance of Current Events will not decrease. In my opinion, its significance will increase. So it makes sense to go through 2 National Dailies everyday for 2-3 hours & jot down important news items. You can go through …
• The Hindu
• The Times of India
• The Economic Times (If possible)

2. You should make your mathematics, reasoning & mental ability side strong .For this you can begin with :-
• Quick math for Bank PO Exam by M Tyra
• Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning by R S Agarwal
• Simple Aptitude & Mental ability books for Bank PO & NOT for CAT of IIMs will be helpful. CSAT will be a much simplified version of CAT.

3. Prepare one optional very well & General Studies. These two things you must be very strong. As the pattern of Prelims & Mains is not clear at this point.

4. Common books to be read in the initial days which will be important always :-
• Modern India by Bipan Chandra NCERT
• India Year Book
• Manorama Year Book
• NCERT 11th & 12th standard books on History, Geography & Economics
• General Science book of CBSE or NCERT 9th & 10th standard
• TMH General Studies Guide (Especially General Knowledge & General Mental Ability area will be helpful.)
• Our Constitution by Subhash Kashyap
• Our Parliament by Subhash Kashyap ( Optional )

5. Listen to All India Radio bulletins from 2 PM to 2.30 PM & 9 PM to 9.30 PM very well. Also listen to ND TV news bulletins & programmes like Big Fight, We The People, BBC World so that your General Knowledge expands.

6. Lucent’s General Knowledge will also help in this aspect.

7. Any Guide book on RBI Grade B will also shed light on the situation based question & questions testing your decision making ability.

8. Solve the Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning questions that come out in magazines like General Knowledge Today, Pratiyogita Darpan etc.

9. Read some basic economic book like :-
• Indian Economy : Problems & Prospects by Uma Kapila OR
• Indian Economy by Dutta, Sundharam ( Tougher & better )

10. Develop the skill to solve mathematical & reasoning problems faster. It comes with practice. So the sooner you start practicing, the better your chances of clearing CSAT in 2011 will be …

ALL WILL BE WELL … & DON’T WORRY TOO MUCH …

39 comments:

  1. should we concentrate much on Math n reasoning?

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  2. Hi Saumya,

    not much.But 20-30 % emphasis should be put on maths,reasoning,quantitative aptitude etc.Focus on EASY maths questions & NOT on DIFFICULT numericals & aptitude questions.Rest 70-80 % on current affairs & traditional areas which are favourite hunting grounds for UPSC ...

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  3. I will write in 2012. Henceforth, in 2012 will there be any changes in mains pattern also?

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  4. sir pls write about the paper which ;ll replace optional in 2011 onwards.write also initial readings.

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  5. i shall be appearing for upsc in 2012.sir i m a b.tech student. but prefer to opt an art subject for mains. what subject should i choose? what should be my area of thrust as of now if i m beginning to study?

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  6. hello i m pranita,i m taking subject sociology and odiya literature,plz suggest me where can i get the best materials for odiya literature if u know.my id awazsworld@gmail.com

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  7. good evening sir, my self narinder sandhu from himachal. i m confused about CSAT . i want to know that how can i prepare for that. i want to know about csat. there is another problem that there no any source of study for that in our village. i m not able to go in city to know more about them. plz sir it is humble requsete to u, plz help me out for the preparation of csat. and suggest me where can i get the study material for CSAT exam. my email id is- narinderkaur4@gmail.com,

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  8. thanks sir, for this guidance......... :)

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  9. Hello Sir,

    I am residing in a very remote place, so i can only depend on the blogs for getting my queries cleared.

    My query is regarding GS preparation. For economics, i have already begun with the NCERT book.

    My query is regarding the book dutt sundaram. Is this book very important to read from cover to cover or selective studies only. If selective studies, which all topics have to be read from this book, as this book is quite bulky. And there are several other books to finish.


    Plz help me sir. . .

    Mayuresh.

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  11. Before UPSC announces dont make any assumption.. No one here is D P Agarwal. Please guys do some self contemplation and dont follow blind advices.. I wonder how can some one give such blatantly blind pseudo advices yet be not part of the algha committee :)

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  12. hello sir,
    actually i want to write upsc in 2012,
    now i m preparing only for gs not for
    optional because i m apprehensive about
    that upsc mains pattern will change from
    2012...sir please provide your guidance
    whether i start my preparation with optionals
    or not...

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  13. Hi all,

    I will answer one by one.

    Sulbha,as per UPSC,2011 mains will be the same as before.A Committee is looking into 2012 Mains.They may suggest some changes.They may not,also.

    Akanksha,arts subjects which are scoring are Psychology,Geography,Pub Ad,Sociology etc.But plz check your interest in these subjects,see their syllabus,last 2-3 years questions,1-2 basic books & then decide which Optionals to take.Now you should focus on NCERT Books,Hindu & 2-3 basic books in the optional of your choice.

    Vaidehi,i don't have much idea about Odiya Litt.Still,u can search State Library in Bhubaneswar,Vani Vihar Library or Ravenshaw Library after consulting the Head of Dept,Odiya Litt Dept in these Universities.It may help.

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  14. Hi Monu, i have suggested a "tentative" reading list for CSAT.You can go through some of them.

    Mayuresh,Dutta Sundharam is very bulky.I also tried to read it full.But did not succeed.Better to go for Uma Kapila,as it is concise,less bulky,prescribed text in Delhi University,& some questions come directly from it.It is also a basic,fundamental book & a good one.Supplement it with Eco Survey & Hindu Economics Analysis news items.

    Hi Prince,i will update soon on the topic "HOW TO STUDY PSYCHOLOGY FROM THE TEXT-BOOKS ?" & suggest some finer details about how to get maximum from these books.Please give me some time.

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  15. Hi Bharath,

    Arey yaar,I am just suggesting some reading materials as many aspirants asked me about it.Some basic reading "may help somebody".You may be knowing "EVERYTHING".
    I am "just suggesting".You may read.You may not read.

    YE KISI ZAMINDARI KI BEKARI NAHIN HAI,KE MARZI NA MARZI KARNA HI PADE !!!

    Regards,
    Bijay Ketan

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  16. Hi Deepak,

    You can focus now more on Basic Texts of GS & one optional.But 70-80 % focus on GS.Read the NCERT books,Hindu,Bipan Chandra,Uma Kapila,D D Basu etc.They help in making a solid BASE.Sometimes when you get bored by reading ONLY GS,u can switch to one optional (20-30% of ur time) till you become sure how many optionals are being kept for 2012 Mains,if at all.So,in the interregnum,you can make your GS & Current Events from Hindu very strong.

    All the best for 2012.

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  17. Hi sir as prince asked i too need of tips in preparing psychology paper and some books..

    my id:sivaprakash90@gmail.com

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  18. hi,sir !
    i am in final year B.tech, i want to prepare for UPSC, so tell me how to i prepar for CAST, pri, & also send me some book name that helfull for CAST! & plez tell me for mains i can choose CHEMISTRY As my optional paper or not ?, i like chemistry very much,and also suggest me chemistry is easy or not? is it scoring or not? if yes then plz send me some book name for CHEMISRY........also
    plz send me details on my E-MAIL, gopaljee.s@hotmail.com
    thank's sir....
    i am waiting for your suggetion eagerly....
    gopal jee mishra!

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  19. HELLO SIR.I M PRIYANKA JAIN.I M A B.E.(IT)FIRST YEAR STUDENT.I WANT OT KNOW THE BASIC STEPS FOR IAS PREPA.MY Ist YEAR IS A LITTLE HECTIC,AS OUR COLG IS VERY MUCH CONCERNED ABOUT THE ATTENDENCE & RESULTS.SO I M UNABLE TO JOIN ANY COUCHING 4 IAS 4 NOW.SO I WANTED TO KNOW THE BOOKS I SHOULD REFER IN MY INITIAL PREPA.AS I DONT WANT TO TAKE A LTO OF PRESSURE AT ONCE,SO KINDLY PLZ REFER ME SOME BOOKS WHICH WILL HELP ME TO CLEAR MY BASI CONCEPTS.
    U CAN PLZ SEND ME UR DETAIL ON MY EMAIL-jpriyanka65@yahoo.in
    I M EAGERLY WAITING FOR UR ANS....

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  20. Hello Sir,I m Shilpi,B.Tech(C.S) final year student.I want to write IAS 2012 with Geography and Sociology optionals and preparing from now.
    Please suggest me the list of books for optionals on my email: panigrahi.shilpi@yahoo.com
    thanking you sir.
    m eagerly waiting for ur suggestion...

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  21. Hello Sir,i m Siddharth,B.Tech(electrical) 2nd year.I want to write ias exam and start my preparation as soon as possible for priliminary during my college days. Please suggest me some tips for pre exam or books or which magzine to study . how much to time study for preliminary per day mini.during college days
    thank you sir
    i m eagerly waiting for your suggestions
    my email :hotandcoolsid.jorwaal@gmail.com

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  22. hello sir
    im preparing for 2012
    im confused about mains pattern, and give me tips for 2012 prelims preparation also..im from hindi medium and having only 1 attempt left so plz keep it in mind while suggesting me ...plz help me sir
    im really very tense..

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  23. hello sir
    im an civil service aspirant... i need ur help... im from hindi medium and having only i attemp left...im really confused about 2012 strategy... and 2012 mains pattern ...plz help me and suggest me...

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  24. sir,im appearing for 2012 prelims and this is my 3rd attempt.I couldn't clear pre in my last attempt. can u please help me in my prep.

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  25. Please suggest if this IAS General Studies Prelim Online Course would be sufficient for the practice. Anyone else who took this course. They claim to be one of the top selling courses.

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  26. Good afternoon sir. sir i am a b.tech student 2nd year. i want to start preparation for IAS. what should i do ?

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