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Reading Between the Lines: PREPARING FOR THE CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION Designed, Written and Compiled by Nikhil Pavan Kalyan, IAS Contributions by: Ravi Shankar Shukla, IAS Shena Aggarwal, IAS Vibhu Goel, IAS Ajay Singh Tomer, IAS Ramachandran R, IAS K Thavaseelan, IAS Anupam Saha, IAS Harshika Singh, IAS Bhuvnesh Pratap Singh, IAS Rukmani Riar, IAS Nitesh Patil, IAS Suhas Sivanna, IAS Prince Dhawan, IAS Surabhi Malik, IAS Mangeh Kumar, IAS Dr. Piyush Singla, IAS Rajanvir Singh Kapur, IAS
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PREPARING FOR THE CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION Reading Between the Lines | 2 CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ........................................................................................................... 4 PREFACE ....................................................................................................................................... 6 BEFORE YOU START ................................................................................................................. 8 HOW TO USE THIS DOCUMENT ......................................................................................... 10 KNOW YOUR EXAMINATION .............................................................................................. 11 Plan of Examination ........................................................................................................................ 11 PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION .............................................................................................................. 12 MAIN (WRITTEN) EXAMINATION ....................................................................................................... 14 PERSONALITY TEST (INTERVIEW) ..................................................................................................... 21 RAMBLINGS ON THE NEW PATTERN ................................................................................................ 21 INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CANDIDATES FOR FILLING ONLINE APPLICATIONS ................ 22 FILLING THE APPLICATION FORMS ................................................................................................... 23 NEW COMERS TO THE PREPARATION: WELCOME ABOARD .................................. 25 Preparation in Hindi or other regional medium ............................................................................ 28 Working Aspirants ...................................................................................................................................... 30 Time management ...................................................................................................................................... 31 SMART WORK: PLANNING YOUR PREPARATION ....................................................... 32 GENERAL SUGGESTIONS ..................................................... 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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS .................................................................................... 38 PRELIMINARY ......................................................................................................................... 45 Paper I: General Studies ................................................................................................................ 45 Paper II: CSAT .................................................................................................................................... 52 Aspirants who couldn’t clear Preliminary Exam .................................................................. 55 MAINS ......................................................................................................................................... 57 Paper II: General Studies I ............................................................................................................ 57 Paper III: General Studies II ......................................................................................................... 59 Paper IV: General Studies III ........................................................................................................ 62 Paper V: General Studies IV ......................................................................................................... 64 Aspirants who couldn’t clear Main (written) Examination .............................................. 66 ESSAY ......................................................................................................................................... 68 WEB LINKS ............................................................................................................................... 74 ENGLISH AND INDIAN LANGUAGES ................................................................................. 80 OPTIONAL SUBJECTS ............................................................................................................ 82 Anthropology .................................................................................................................................... 84 Economics ........................................................................................................................................... 86 Geography .......................................................................................................................................... 87 Law ........................................................................................................................................................ 90 History ................................................................................................................................................. 92 Management ...................................................................................................................................... 93
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PREPARING FOR THE CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION Reading Between the Lines | 3 Electrical Engineering .................................................................................................................... 94 Medicine .............................................................................................................................................. 97 Mathematics ...................................................................................................................................... 98 Philosophy ........................................................................................................................................ 100 Psychology ....................................................................................................................................... 102 Political Science .............................................................................................................................. 107 Public Administration .................................................................................................................. 108 Sociology ........................................................................................................................................... 111 INTERVIEW ............................................................................................................................ 116 Failing to find your name in the merit list ............................................................................ 122 WHAT LIES AHEAD .............................................................................................................. 124
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PREPARING FOR THE CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION Reading Between the Lines | 4 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I was an aspirant for the civil services examination, just like any one of you reading this document, and had to search for all sorts of guidance and support to help my preparation. I did get a great deal of guidance from seniors and friends, young and old, for which I owe even a greater deal of debt. At the same time, I also looked out for any documents or material that could help me understand the expectations of the exam and to be well prepared. I was lucky to find a document online “How to Crack Civil Services Examination ”, that helped me immensely. I found exactly what I was looking for! Ever since, I was forwarding this document to all those aspirants who are looking for guidance and information. It was carefully drafted, thanks to the great efforts of the senior batches of the civil services who made the document. It’s been more than sev en years since this document was drafted. The pattern of Prelims has changed in 2011 (with the inclusion of CSAT paper and deletion of the optional paper)
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