Friday, July 10, 2009

Posts to follow shortly

Hi all,

Please give suggestions as to what else you need my help for.
I would be writing about the following topics shortly whenever I get time.

-Starting preparation
-Essay writing
-Making Notes
-sustaining motivation and morale
-newspaper readingips
-interview tips

thanks.

105 comments:

  1. Ma'am
    Could you also post some tips regarding newspaper reading - as in what to follow & leave out.

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  2. Hi Shubhra,
    Let me start of by saying that your inputs have been fabalous,I would like one sample long answer definetly to be put up. For starters we would be able to benchmark with "the best" in the country and ofcourse consequently as you have blasted a whole slew of "coaching serving" myths this could be the final bastion.I would vouch for Pub Ad as Psychology might still have a Mukul Pathak but Pub Ad has been a field were every Tarun, Deepak and Hari have had a field day. So plz one answer to banta hai boss!!!

    regards,

    Shivanu

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  3. mam,
    can you suggest from where i can get syllabus for regional lang. and english(compulsory paper in mains),and if you could suggest a good series to refer previous year Q.paper for these sujects.
    thank you
    kanishka shukla

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  4. maam i've few questions -

    1)does it helps to prepare from all previous 10 years questions for mains and prelims?
    2)are some questions repeated in mains and prelims ?did u practiced previous years' papers before the exam(main or prelims)?
    3)should one follow 'those' huge books for GS prelims ?
    4)apart from reading ncert and other books for conceptual understanding for mains in initial stage..how should one prepare especially for prelims 3-4 months before exam....does the thorough reading of those books will get us through ,for eg. for psychology if i read NCERT,Ciccarelli,Baron and pathak sir's notes..will it be enough or one has to read something extra for prelims ? that was for optionals,what in the case of GS for prelims ?

    5)how did you evaluated your answers of pub ad(as no one was there to help you)

    6)how frequently you practiced mock tests in 3-hour time frame and did you revised everyday what you learned a day before or you revised weekly/monthly)

    maam you answers will be of immense importance and help to me
    i hope everybody gain from this..

    thank you very much for your unstinting support

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  5. Hi Shubhra,

    please post few tips to score high in essay writting.... also how the preparation should be for essay??

    Thanks...

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  6. Hi maam!
    I am a final yr engg student @ bangalore. IAS has been my aimbition since childhood. I have taken que from ur blog ans started off with studying NCERTs. However i feel i am not on right track. If u could elobrate on how you started off preparing for IAS,it would be great. coz for any victory a firm foundation needs to be made. Thanx for all de wonderful posts so far

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  7. Shubhra Mam
    You are a very good teacher and mentor for guidance in civil services examinations.You have covered almost all of my queries regarding prepration of this examination. I am looking forward for your classes at ALS.I am eagerly waiting for posts on topics notes making and newspaper reading.

    Regards
    Alok

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  8. Hello Shubhra ma'am.....
    It's so magnanimous of you to take out time for us....can't thank you enough...

    Please add to this list a post on newspaper reading and making notes...

    Thanks...

    Shaveta

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  9. shaveta,
    those are already there.

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  10. Dear Shubhra,
    Congratulations for your marvelous achievements. Thank you for taking time to help other aspirants.
    I am doing my bachelors from USA. I want to come back to India and do public service as a civil servant. As the committee does not entertain questions from the aspirant can you give me some idea if i am eligible for the civil services examination or not. I am an India citizen. I am just confused about my bachelors degree which i am pursuing from USA rather than India.

    With your permission, my other questions are as follows.
    1.How to start the preparations? In the beginning one is bombarded with information, can you suggest some thing that beginner should do in order to train himself or herself for future hard work and to get used to it.
    2.What to read in News papers and magazine? Does one need to read full news paper and magazine? How much time should one ideally spend reading it? Should i make notes from newspapers and magazine?

    Thank You so much.

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  11. Dear Madam,
    If possible can you pleas write about English literature as mains optional.
    Thanks,
    Sudhir.

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  12. Sudhir, I don't think that a degree from abroad should matter. But still call up people in UPSC, Min of personnel to confirm this.

    Rest answers will follow.

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  13. @Sudhir

    Kindly go through the rest of the blog before posting questions.

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  14. @kanishka

    you can get prev years questions at any book shop where you get books for prep. Get a grammar book for that language and your job is done.

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  15. Reverred Ma'am;

    First of all, Congratulation for your success and Thanks for your writings in the blog in order to help the aspirants...

    Since, one of your optionals was "Psychology", I request you to throw a light on the mode of the preperation of Psychology... How should one start especially one who is not from that background??

    one question which I always wonder that People use to take the subjects which they never studied in the graduation, most of them take the papers like psychology, Pub admn, pali etc to score the marks only ..Doesn't it have a negative impact on the interview board???

    I am studying law and the people are often suggesting me to take "Psychology" as an optional...

    so, I would be highly obliged if You could give some suggestions as to how one should start preperation for Psychology..

    You have posted wonderful tips for the preperation of Public Administration.. Kindly post the same for Psychology (for mains especially)

    Thanking You in anticipation
    Rahul.

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  16. I have posted tips for psychology in a separate post.

    No, it doesn't have any adverse effect if you take optionals other than your graduation subject.
    And Public adm and psychology are not taken because they are scoring. Pub ad is relevant to the future job as well as the whole exam process.

    Every subject is scoring equally. UPSC makes sure of that. So please remove the notion that people take these subjects becuase they are "SCORING".

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  17. mam first of all congartulations 4 ur succecss
    m very much inspired frm u, m in final year of engg. mam i want to knw frm where you did ur perparation for this xam?frm which coaching

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  18. n mam how much tym is required for preparing this xam? m juss the begineer

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  19. Mam I would like to to know about :

    1. how to make notes.

    2. sustaining morale during the one and half year struggle.

    3. oulinte for a prefecct timetable( i knw each mind works its own way ) but i would like a rough guideline from you .

    thank you mam

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  20. Madam, i am preparing UPSC 2009-2010 in HINDI Medium with Goegraphy and Public Admin so please take care of HINDI medium aspirants also. i am getting a lot of guidance from your blogs and i cleared many doubts in few minutes for which i had been searching since January this year very hardly, Thank you very very much Mam,but some materials, good books,Magazines like Wizard, Hindu news paper, frontline magazine, are not availabe in HINDI Medium, is there any substitue for good English books in HINDI ?. Which materials, books are good for Public Admin, Geography( Pre and Mains ) and GS for the Hindi medium Aspirants ?
    i would be very grateful for your precious time on this.
    Thanks
    Pratap

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  21. Thanks a ton for your reply...

    But, still have some doubt... you said,"Public admn is relevent to the future as well as the whole exam process"...A student who studies Public admn for a period of three months from the books like Maheswari, Mohit bhattacharya;would they become able to stand on the position that would help him/her to administer the public in general after becoming a civil servent????

    with no offence Ma'am I believe that the civil service examination examines the capacity to mug up the things to a large extent...I might be completely wrong in my opinion...so, Ma'am i seek your opinion on this point...

    Regards
    Rahul

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  22. Thanks a ton for your reply...

    But, still have some doubt... you said,"Public admn is relevent to the future as well as the whole exam process"...A student who studies Public admn for a period of three months from the books like Maheswari, Mohit bhattacharya;would they become able to stand on the position that would help him/her to administer the public in general after becoming a civil servent????

    with no offence Ma'am I believe that the civil service examination examines the capacity to mug up the things to a large extent...I might be completely wrong in my opinion...so, Ma'am i seek your opinion on this point...

    Regards
    Rahul

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  23. hi Di ,

    how's life ?

    1. It is very difficult to keep myself motivated through the process of preparation . Kindly give some tips so as to we all cud keep our morale high during this process.

    2. I also need some tips for starting preparation . I 'm nt able to prepare accodring to time table . I shall feel thankful if u cud guide me abt. time management with respect of preparation of all subjects . However , I hav got 3 yrs leave frm my office , but I killed 5 months in collecting study material etc.. now Im feeling bad as I lost valuable time & still not able to start the preparation .

    With personal regards ,

    _anil

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  24. hello Subhra,

    We are still eagerly waiting for your tips and inputs regarding the preparation for cracking GS-Prelims. :)

    Thanks,
    harsha.s

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  25. Hey Shubhra
    Beware of plagiarizers
    http://hafeez-nawaz-khan.blogspot.com/

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  26. maam will you be able to answer my questions afore asked ?if you can't answer all..please reply to some of them ?
    thank you

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  27. ma'am, i would like to get the following inputs about PSYCHOLOGY OPTIONAL for MAINS from you.

    1. you have advised the aspirants [in the post on psychology] to get the model answers to be evaluated by someone competent. for aspirants who are not into any coaching,

    1.a. can u please briefly explain the various details/aspects to be found in the answers?
    what,in your experience, are the details/aspects expected by the evaluators in an answer?

    1.b. do the questions from DIFFERENT TOPICS [like personality, learning, memory] topics require DIFFERENT APPROACHES while answering?
    can you, if possible, detailedly explain the various details/aspects to be ensured in the answers for questions from EACH TOPIC.

    2. few years back [2005], there was a question about "top down and bottom up processing in recognition" in the short notes type question. there was no material abt this topic in MP notes. there were just a few lines in baron.

    2.a. so in case of such short notes questions [about which an aspirant might have insufficient information ] what would be your suggestion about answering?
    2.b in case u faced such a question in ur mains, could u plz tell us how u handled the question on lesser known topic?

    i am asking this query because every year UPSC seems to be surprising students with such less familiar/unknown topics in the short notes questions section.

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  28. Respected Mam
    I have opted for mathematics(I) and PubAd(II).I'm starting preparation just now.I have planned to join DIAS(neariit gate) for maths,vajiram for gs and Mr. mohanty of synergy for pub ad based on inputs from people studying there as i'm based in Faridabad
    can you please allay my fears abt these insti's and teachers?
    also if i don't join any coaching(as i'm short on funds)and rely solely on self study for preparation is that possible. I have just completed engg. and also decided not to join the company i got placed in to pursue this dream. can i rely totally on self study and books?

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  29. Madam
    Tips on essay writing would be useful.
    A sample essay would be great.

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  30. 2. few years back [2005], there was a question about "top down and bottom up processing in recognition" in the short notes type question. there was no material abt this topic in MP notes. there were just a few lines in baron.

    This topic was well explained in MP notes. I think you ddnt get the right notes.

    Please post psychology questions in Psychology post. If there is a specific topic on which you want my input,then comment here.

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  31. Beware of plagiarizers
    http://hafeez-nawaz-khan.blogspot.com/


    I went thru this blog. It's actually funny. But it's ok. It's not as if I were deriving any monetary or other benefit from my blog.

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  32. @Vikas
    Plz post questions in a separate post.

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  33. @Pratap

    I will try my best but am not very conversant with Hindi medium sources.
    ******************************************
    with no offence Ma'am I believe that the civil service examination examines the capacity to mug up the things to a large extent...I might be completely wrong in my opinion...so, Ma'am i seek your opinion on this point...


    This is just an opinion that you have assumed.
    Finish 1 or 2 yrs preparation with Pub ad and then you will know. Trust me this exam is not a mugging exam. If you keep mugging you will have a v low probability of clearing this exam.

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  34. It's funny...

    Almost mirrored (also coincidently from iit roorkee)

    http://hafeez-nawaz-khan.blogspot.com/2009/07/pub-ad-mains-and-prelims-tips.html?showComment=1247426100223#c6099536329809939786

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  35. no coincidence.
    This guy is a fake. He hasn't been selected this year.

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  36. Madam,

    Congratulations for your great success in the exam.

    I have recently passed out with a degree in Computer Engineering from DCE and working.

    I have Physics as my first optional not sure about second but likely to choose psychology.

    Do have any suggestions for second optional which can be done well in less time as i am working.I can go for full time preparations(Leaving job) only after gaining some experience in the industry as I want to be on the safe side (CSE is highly uncertain as I know).

    I request you to write about strategies for working professionals as you were working in IT industry for 4 years.

    Thanks a lot for your help to aspirants.

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  37. can i rely totally on self study and books?

    Yes you can

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  38. @akhil

    quite comprehensive a comment I must say. But looks good. You can try doing it this way. But also get a good unit-wise test series to solve.

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  39. Hello Madam,
    Thanks for your effort to give us your valuable time!!!!
    I want to know about news paper to read and what part of news paper should be given preference and must read??

    Thanks once again!!!!

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  40. Thank you ma'am.... looking forward to work with you in the near future..

    Akhil Rana
    Roorkee.

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  41. Good afternoon MAM

    I m also wanted to know how to prepare notes

    It really bugging me from last two years because lack of notes i m unable to make revision whatever i cover in previous month and when question paper come i thought i read it somewher but unable to answer that question.... i miss my 2 pre attemp because of that.......whenever i thought i make notes i come across with various books but what to write in notes is really mysterious task for me as each deal 1 unique aspect of each topic and conceptual play important in this exam....what can i do mam public adminsitration and sociology is my subject..... and how to prepare GS notes as no specificed sylabus is mention there...please solve this delimma
    Thanks mam

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  42. Hi Shubra..This s Priya..

    First of all my hearty congratulations to you..
    I am planning to take up the UPSC exam and am confused about the selection of the optionals.. Could you please help me in this regard.. It would be of great help for me..

    You had selected pub ad as 1 of yo optional right? which one was your other optional..

    Will be waiting for your response..

    Once again i would like to congratulate you on your success.

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  43. Oh i just now read that one of your other optional s was psychology.

    I ve decided to take up geography and pub ad.. is this combination of optional s very difficult or is manageable.. i require your suggestion regarding this ma'am

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  44. @Priya
    all optionals are manageable. ppl get thru with all optionals.

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  46. Good Morning Mam
    I m finding indian economy as mystery i am daily read newspaper but whenevr i see questions in mains paper i dont how to answer indian economy question...what can i do to improve indian economy and science and technology part of second paper

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  47. I hv already answered these questions.

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  48. And kindly post questions in relevant posts. It will make your job much easier when looking for answers to your questions.

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  49. Hi Shubra,

    Any tips of Hindi language and Economics

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  50. mam , I hv doubt regarding what should be the difference in the orientation of answers if the questions are framed as comment ,elucidate ,explain,discuss,critically examine ,justify etc.
    Should we take one side in `comment` type answers or do we need to write a balanced answer explaining both sides?

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  51. hello maam
    i m going to start my btech in mechanical engg. from NIT allahabad and have taken mechanical engg as one optional.please suggest an optional which might be a little easier to deal with.some people have suggested political science .is it true that most of the questions in GSmains are from political science .

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  52. Respected Madam,
    Its nice to see a blog written by a person who is already through this process.
    The honesty and boldness expressed in your views are much-much appreciated.
    Its so ridiculous that peoples scared you.
    I pray that your goodness remain same after joining the service so that peoples can say that look @ her SHE cant affected by the system.
    Help the needy persons just you helped today.
    My blessings for your coming life as an IAS.

    -Ravindra

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  53. One more thing i want to say about myself, you already showing regret about that.
    One of my friend told me that you taught in Noida in some coaching institute and he also attending the same batch. He praised your style of teaching and the way you handle the queries of students.
    Then he told that he had your mobile no and i asked that can he give me that?
    He cant give me but now i feel regret about that because peoples misuse that kind of information.

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  54. HIII, Mam
    heartiest congratulation for your selection. you get a opperchunity from god for serving the nation & its dear peoples. so don;t care any one. just do whetever u like. i hope you serve the nation well and help poor and needy people of my country.i will also follow you after few years.

    with best wishes

    Vinay shrivastava
    Bhopal

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  55. Dear Ma'am

    Thanx for your earlier replies..

    You have posted several tips to prepare for the civil service examination especially keeping in mind the duration of preperation as one year... A large chunk of the aspirants prepare or at least think to prepare for the exam with their graduation or when they pursue any professional courses...I would be highly obliged if you will give some suggestions as how to prepare for the civil service while pursuing the current studies..

    There is a strong perception among the people that one needs to devote at least one year for its coaching at Mukherjee Nagar?? Ma'am do u agree with this??? If one starts to prepare before three years how difficult will it to clear in the current year... Because, the students like us always confuse between the competitive exams and the placement from the respective college...The question which we always face that whether I should first avail the placement from the college and then should prepare during the job or should I concentrate on the civil service... so, A suggestion from your side would be highly commendable...

    I would be highle obliged if you could provide any details regarding the preperation of "LAW".. or the link of anyone's blog who might be providing the details about the preperation of LAW...

    Regards
    RAHUL...

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  56. Hi Ma'am,

    What % of questions are expected from the geograhy & science and technology part of GS both in pre & mains.

    Incase we run short of time what constituents of GS should be devoted lesser time?

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  57. Mam , how to prepare for statistics for GS mains?

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  58. @amit
    already answered

    @akhil
    Pls find the answers to such questions from questions papers.It should be an easy job for you.

    @rahul
    Please have a backup in your hand . This exam is a copetitive exam and if you have a backup it helps.

    Spending 1 year in Mukherjee nagar not reqd.
    I can't advise anything for law.

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  59. @daydreamer
    already answered

    @yaduveer
    sorry, can't help
    **********************************************
    i m going to start my btech in mechanical engg. from NIT allahabad and have taken mechanical engg as one optional.please suggest an optional which might be a little easier to deal with.some people have suggested political science .is it true that most of the questions in GSmains are from political science .

    Yes, GS has a substantial component of Pol Sc.

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  60. helo mam
    i m a BAMS final year student in BHU i dont know too much about the CSE but i want to start preparation from now so what steps i take or from which point i start preparation.i have decided to take geography and public administration as optional so help me how i start.

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  61. Mam,
    Pls give us tips for interviw
    1) how to prepare?
    2) kinds of questions asked
    3) expectations form interview board
    4) handling tricky and out of blue questions
    5) notion of some boards stingy while giving marks or tough boards
    Thank you

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  62. Hi Shubhra Ji,

    Congratulations on your success in CS.I would like to thank you for doing such a commendable job for helping CS aspirants.
    I am an MBA graduate and has left my job recently for Civil services.I would be obliged if you can tell me whether coaching is essential for preparations or not.Because of some financial constraints I am not in a possible state to take coaching.But everybody in my circle says its essential.One cannot do successfully without it.

    Please help me.

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  63. Maa'm

    Can you please tell what strategy is to be adopted for GS (prelims).What books and study material should be studied to clear it.

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  64. Hi Shubhra,

    I visited your blog for the first time today. really the content which you are putting in is worth admiring.

    My site www.gktoday.in is devoted to civil services aspirants as well as other exams of India and it has got a good response. So the first thing I would request you to please visit the blog.
    I also invite you to share some of ideas, views and suggestions with my readers. I invite you to write as a guest author.

    About GKToday: Its a daily e-magazine for exams. I put a daily quiz, two fortnightly megaquizzes and current affairs updates as well as fact sheets for exam preparation .

    best regards
    suresh

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  65. Hi Mam..
    I m sidhartha..hv jst completed my mba..got a job bt ws more inclined towards civil services so left it..i live in varanasi..i want to take pub ad in prelims..i was wondering whether its imperative to do coaching for civil services or one can do without it..??nd what more wud i hv to do if i do not opt for coaching..???
    thanx..

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  66. hello mam..currently i m taking coaching for geo at Ensemble.....from oct i m thinking of joining pre cum mains batch of gs and pub ad...for pub ad synergy and for gs vajiram...mam is it fyn???

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  67. Hi Shubhra,

    Congratulations on ur success!..

    May i suggest that if its possible to record ur classes that you will be taking at ALS and upload here or youtube? It will be of great help for outstation students.

    I am waiting for you suggestions on "motivation". I do find it difficult at times to motivate myself after a break coz doubts come back in the mind making it diffiuclt to restart the prepartaions.

    Also, request you to help me with S&T section for mains..source, what type of topics are relevant, and how to present (like in facts form or more generic form with application suggestions)?

    this blog is great. we could also have a section where fellow aspirants can interact with eachother. This will help in carrying the moment of prepartion.

    Thanks
    Best Regards,
    Pramod

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  68. mam i want to know just a brief outline about how to proceed daily regarding schdules thats all i wana know and how to plan abt it now that prelims is just months away..i would want as we enginneers call it a schedule!

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  69. Dear Shubhra,

    Do guide us how to take care of our health, while maintaining a tight schedule.In my eagerness to work hard, I tend to overlook its significance.

    Regards,
    Twinkle

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  70. mam write the posts fast if u can.i a m waiting for long now
    thanks

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  71. hi shubhra...can you suggest 1 thng??
    i have opted pub admin n sociology 4 upsc xam....
    i wnt 2 enroll maself 4 MA..
    wich subjct shud i chose 4 MA ?? pubadmin r sociology??
    tell e future scope point of view rathr dan IAS...reply!

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  72. @suman
    i hv answered this question hundreds of times on this blog. But still I will ans it for you again.

    NO.

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  73. @navreet

    no idea abt career prospects after MA.

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  74. mam write the posts fast if u can.i a m waiting for long now

    Monu, please ba patient. I will take some time to write these. I am here on a vacation. But I still try to take out time for you guys. You will have to wait for some time. Whenever I feel free enough, I will write these posts.

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  75. Do guide us how to take care of our health, while maintaining a tight schedule.In my eagerness to work hard, I tend to overlook its significance.

    I had the same problem. I never knew the solution to this. all I can advise, eat healthy food, do not eat chat pakoras, juice from dirty shops. during exams just eat khichri, pumpkin, green veggies( i mean simple food)

    wear woolen clothes in winter. I think all the stuff our parents told us when we were children would suffice.

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  76. @abc and sidddhartha

    why don't you go thru the other posts before asking questions. Plz dont join these classes. They are not good. No coaching is reqd. Self study will suffice.

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  77. Hi Shubhra. The most unmanageable task is to read newspaper.A article on "what to read from a newspaper" will be helpful from exam point of view and will save lot of time. Thanks in advance!

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  78. HI Mam,
    I have two queries:
    -> ESSAY: DIscussing Essay to understand what& how to prepare for essay's.
    - Scoring patter ranging from 100-140; Here what kind of writing and knowlege one should possess that one finally end up getting good marks in this range.. SOURCES/ magzines etc to prepare
    - How to escalate score in essay from 110 to 140 + ie TIPS
    - WHether it should be done simultaneously or atthe end sa when one is comfortable with prpearing optionals and mains and gs etc..
    - A begineer how one should be going to take its prepration whether to undersatnd newspaper contents on opinions or what..

    I have queries bt i wish if u could guide us upon your opinion.I know all have diff opinins regarding prep but i guess essay is one of the most imp paper too..so i need ur help n inputs for it..

    ***** Abut attending your seminar********8
    I was waiting for august to come since i have heard abut ur seminar,i have religiously been folowing ur blog and was feeling that attending those 10days workshop would be best start that i oculd get but unfortunately im not thanking my stars that i have to miss them as im to join a firm now and just cant take holidays or coming late to office..
    I want to know what all is discussed in the class,mam plz let me know what shuld i do..i hope to hear that u will be taking these again or suggesting me few things of happenings in there..i just couldnt afford to miss them but now what to do im in trouble please help me..
    thanks..
    abhi..

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  79. Oh!!
    I relaly apologise you have already mentioned above that you would be taking "Essay" writing skilles ahead..so no worries i can wait and you could include my queries there....
    Then plz suggest me an alternative that i could attend your interactions towards the subject as wont be able to attend it..

    thanks,
    abhi..

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  80. I Just love ur blog..it has everything as i have same optionals.I got the answer myself after reading rest of the thread.
    Regarding Als workshops guys missing it,u have plans abut it and would come in near september..i simply loving it the fact that u have taken every care abut each query personally to perfection to get it solved.
    Kudo's to you..Truely majestic angel u r..

    plz keep updating about/for the "Forced to Miss Pubad seminar" guys

    thanks..

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  81. Hi Shubra,

    Hope you are doing good.

    My query is related to Post IAS selection.

    After getting selected in IAS:
    1. Which institute conducts the training for IAS selected candidates
    2. What is the duration of the training and when it starts.
    3. How is a particular cadre allotted to an IAS


    Will be great if you can repond to this questions.


    Thanks

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  82. After getting selected in IAS:
    1. Which institute conducts the training for IAS selected candidates
    A.Lal Bahadur Shashtri national academy of administration at Mussourie


    2. What is the duration of the training and when it starts.
    A. The total training is 24 months,4 months foundation course with other services, 5 months IAS specific trng at mussourie+bharat darshan, 12 months in distt under distt collector, then 2nd phase of 3 months at mussourie.

    3. How is a particular cadre allotted to an IAS
    A. The policy has changed this year. It is done in the same manner as branches are allocated in engg college. you have to fill a form specifying your preference for cadres for both IAS and IPS at the time of interview.

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  83. Hi Shubhra ,

    This is Shefali.I belong to Kanpur.I would be taking the prelims in 2010. I am currently taking classes for Psychology with MP and have taken classes for PubAd simultaneously.I do not intend to take GS classes and was wondering if I would be making a mistake by going away to my hometown and preparing. I do intend to come back after the Prelims so that some sort of guidance as far as answer writing is concerned, is available. Though it is a matter of personal choice, but was wondering if I am not taking all factors into consideration while taking the decision to go away.

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  84. You are making a good decision. Dont worry.

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  85. Hello Ma'm,

    Very Thanks for helping young aspirants!

    I need your help in deciding about a second optional. I am not able chose between pub ad and geography, as syllabus of geography is too vast but many say you have to do selective study in geography.Please help me as i am too much confused about these two. Is pub ad more scoring than geography, i will be thankful to you. my second optional is Physics.

    Regards,
    Abhishek

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  86. I have no idea about Geography.
    Pub ad is a good choice as far as GS, Essay and Interview are concerned.

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  87. john,
    Mam,i am reading the hindu newspaper online.does online edition carry all relevent articles?

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  88. yes, e-paper is the same.

    Also you can subscribe to editorials of Hindu in Google reader, so that you can refer them at ur pleasure.

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  89. I spend a lot of time reading newspaper and magazines that I don't get time to read any books.
    I'm in 3rd year of graduation(B.Tech).

    Please suggest me any tips so that I can save time in reading newspaper. Is it necessary to read all the articles in the Editorial(The Hindu) with a dictionary. But I don't understand some articles at all.
    please help me.

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  90. which dictionary? for editorials?

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  91. hello mam. Heartly congratulations to u. Just wanted to know that is Tata Mcgraw Hill, Manorama Year Book, NCERT buks and newspapers are enough to prepare for Prelims GS?? Can u suggest some effective material for prelims GS maam?

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  92. Plz go thru the entire blog and posts. You will get ur answers

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  93. which buks u went through during ur prelims for GS??

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  94. i searched all d posts but didnt found them .. the one which u have post is for Pub.ad prelims and mains not the GS prelims and mains.. plz one more time suggest sum gud material for prelims and mains GS!! its d matter of my and everyones career maam!! its my humble request to u maam!!

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  95. The sources I have suggested are for prelims also.

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  96. hello madam,
    your attempt to get points on pub ad and socio is remarkable effort!

    was wondering if that can be the case for geography and law as well.

    regards
    Gaurav Garg

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  97. Mam please post your tips on starting preparation,newspaper reading. I need to start well mam. Plz mam.

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  98. Shubhra,

    Would like to thank you a zillion times for the blog! Its such a fabulous initiative, and whats more laudatory is your unstinting commitment @ replying to almost every single comment!

    Anyway, just needed some help on a few other topics
    1) Essays preparation - I guess its coming
    2) GS Prelims preparation tips
    3) Any sources you might know for UPSC Compulsory Hindi Q Papers? (Second Language Paper)
    4)Economics & Management study material, by any chance? - My optionals
    Some Qs outside the purview of Exam preparation, but nevertheless,vital I guess
    1)Career of an IAS Officer - More on Job Roles, Postings, Day-to-day life, Monetary benefits etc... Lot of us are attracted by the "glamour", but personally I would also want to be really sure what I am getting into...
    2)Other careers & Roles you play - IPS,IFS,IRS etc...

    Thanks in advance,

    Kailash.N

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  100. good evening ma'am
    I have taken pub ad as my optional for prelims of kas exam....i am a fresher.
    Its turning really havoc for me to remember the sayings of different authors ,,theories ,dates and all...can you please suggest some tips to remember and strategy to study this..I have just two months left for my exam...hope i will get some help from here.

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  101. Good evening ma'am
    I have taken pub ad for my prelims in kas....its turning really havoc for me to remember the sayings of different authors,,theories ,,dates....i am using book laxmikant....can you please suggest some tips and strategy to remember it....i hope i will get some help from here


    regards

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