Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Congratulations!!

Congratulations to those who have cleared Prelims. From now on, you can ask questions pertaining to this year mains in this post. I will try my best to write the outstanding post on essay soon.

For people who havrn't made it this year, do not be disheartened. Work harder and smarter this time. All the best!!!

113 comments:

  1. Shubhra Mam,
    I couldn't clear PT the 2nd time (Pub.Ad.). I'm losing my confidence whether I'll be able to cross this barrier. usually ppl clear it the 2nd time.Plz guide.

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  2. @Dreamz
    Please do not be disheartened.
    It's not about the number of attempts.
    It is about putting in requisite amount of hard work and determination. There are many people who do not qualify Pre even after 4 attempts.

    Instead of being disheartened, start analysing as to what went wrong and start fixing it.

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  3. Thanx a lot 4 d encouraging words mam !!

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  4. hello shubra mam!!
    i've read abot u in so many places that i found my self in same boat as u were in two year back.i am a doctor in aiims with the age of 27-28 yrs.The thing is i too wanna serve bigger mass in a more worth-it way than serving the small crowd of the hospital.
    so my inquiry is that...since i hv left only two attempt(of 10 nd 11) for this IAS exam....nd i dont wanna take my option "medical science"...so wd u mind to share ur personal experiences and strategy between the time "when this worm of IAS was taking birth in ur mind to becoming a officially claimed socio-philic creature??
    one more thing."shd i do the job in between preparation or not??

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  5. My hearty congrats to all of you.My first PT going to be in next year.

    @dreamz
    Be confident ,sure u will make it this time.all the best

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  6. @Manish
    I can reply to your question, but under a separate post, "General Queries". This post is specifically for Prelims cleared ppl who are appearing for Mains this year.

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  7. Shubhra Mam,
    I cleared Prelims by self study. I have difficulity in GS paper 2 in " India's economic interaction with world"
    Should I join some crash course for that as I have not attended coaching so far.
    Please suggest me material for self study.
    Also for Pub Ad I am looking forward to your classes.
    Thanks in advance.

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  8. @Alok
    Congratulations

    For economics, If you can get notes of any good coaching inst for GS-economics, first do that. After that, try to go through all WTO negotiations, India's new initiatives in Foreign trade, recession and so on. You can consult Pratiyogita Darpan(eco), Internet, any current affairs magazine for these.

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  9. Hi Subhra Ma'm!

    How are you? This is harish. Your student at samkalp, nicknamed as oracle!
    I cleared prelims with Geo as 1st optional in my 1st attemt... I started preparing Pub Ad after the prelims.
    I want to prepare Pub Ad for mains asap..
    For Paper 1, i am planning to read Pr&Pr,SP Naidu,selected chapters of N.Henry.
    For Paper 2, Arora and Goel+IIPA Journals+Internet.
    I am planning to finish the above task in 1.5 months with synoptic notes.Now, I am done with the concepts of Paper 1 but yet to make notes!

    Please, give your views regarding this. Should i read any other books like Fad&Fad,S&S? If possible pls give me your notes. I am restricting myself to few books due to the paucity of time.. BTW you were classes were excellent!

    Harish
    ynharish@gmail.com

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  10. hi shubra,

    I finished my btech this yr and cleared prelims with physics optional....i strated preparing for my secnd optional (pub ad) from 1st june and would be able to finish it by 15th augst...just the basic books....1.awasthi maheshwari 2. prasd n prasad (thinkers) 2. rajni arora goyal 4. dd basu (did during gs prep) 5. used mohit bhattachrya and SRM for refernce
    ...but i m feeling confident atleast i would be able to attempt all the questions
    but i m now confused how to make use of 2 months i have...i have a descent GS for that also i followed basic books.. 1. modern histry (ncert and bipin chndra) 2. Geogrpahy (ncert + chronicle spl edition) 3. polity (dd basu) 4. currnt affairs (hindu + chronicle)
    ..physics no problem done whole course bfore pre except few topics in paper 2)

    how shud i proceed now???
    shud i work on GS paper 2 ( note i nevr preprd eco but good at bilaterl relations world affairs etc thnx to hindu)
    shud i concentrate on physics 2 (topics i left)
    shud i go for more writing practise in pub ad?

    but the good thing is this is my first attmpt and i m going with the mindset of noting to loose
    help!

    Aman Mathur

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  11. Hello Shubhra Ma'm ,

    I gave the PT this year and failed. I was pretty confident that I would get through as my scores when I counted were 77 correct(after deducting the negative ones) in Pub Ad and 61 correct (after deducting the negative)in GS. I was told that I would get through but I guess there was some mistake the way I counted my marks.

    Now I am completely out of focus, where to start from . I am again planning to appear in 2010. I am aiming for higher marks in Pub Ad, but I have started to become scared of GS :-0. Please let me know what must I do for GS especially economy and international relation. Which magazines are good ?

    Bharat

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  12. Hello Shubhra Ma'am,

    I gave the prelims this time. My scores (when I counted on my own) for Pub: 192(after negative) and GS(61). But I failed, so I understood that these are very low scores. My other optional is Sociology.

    I went through most of your blog and understood that I must refer to Ignou material for basics. I was studying Fadia&Fadia for my Prelims for 2009.

    For 2010- I want to increase my Pub Ad score to about 220-230. Will that help in getting through. Could you please tell me a good book which will help me achieve it ? Also for GS I want to touch 70. Could you please tell me what are good books for economics and International relations as I don not have knowledge of even the basics. I read the NCERT 11th and 12 for Economics,but as I understand that did not suffice. I will start following the newspaper , but for the events (economic and diplomatic) that had already happened, what is a good source to gain information on them ?

    Thanks in advance. I would be having many questions in my preparation :-) Hoping to see suggestions from you.

    Bharat

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  13. Hello Shubhra Ma'am,

    I gave the prelims this time. My scores (when I counted on my own) for Pub: 192(after negative) and GS(61). But I failed, so I understood that these are very low scores. My other optional is Sociology.

    I went through most of your blog and understood that I must refer to Ignou material for basics. I was studying Fadia&Fadia for my Prelims for 2009.

    For 2010- I want to increase my Pub Ad score to about 220-230. Will that help in getting through. Could you please tell me a good book which will help me achieve it ? Also for GS I want to touch 70. Could you please tell me what are good books for economics and International relations as I don not have knowledge of even the basics. I read the NCERT 11th and 12 for Economics,but as I understand that did not suffice. I will start following the newspaper , but for the events (economic and diplomatic) that had already happened, what is a good source to gain information on them ?

    Thanks in advance. I would be having many questions in my preparation :-) Hoping to see suggestions from you.

    Bharat

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  14. @Harish
    Well done! Congratulations!
    These books will suffice. Just remember the past year questions, specially the last 2 year questions. The questions have turned very general and open ended. Try to keep current perspective always in mind.

    And please do not ignore GS, specially since now the pattern of paper has changed to much lengthier paper as compared to 2007. work on writing fast.

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  15. @Bharat
    IGNOU notes only for mains.
    For prelims I have given sources in a separate post.

    For GS-economics, you should consult pratiyogita Darpan eco spl. That wud help you a lot. Also consult a current affairs magazine for being updated.

    And remember, do not be disheartened. Success is just around the corner.

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  16. Aman,

    congratulations!

    Try to do a bit of everything. As you have less time, focus on the areas which are not yet done, GS paper 2 is a good idea. Also try to do physics paper 2. Try to write a few answers instead of a hwole test series on any subject as that will take a lot of time and will give less returns. Right now your agenda should be to finish max syllabus and some writing practice.


    All the very best!!!

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  17. Hello Shubhra Ma,m
    First I want to congratulate your all around performance in IAS exams. and make all the DPTians proud.
    I passed from the same institute in 2004. Now I am in job. I want to prepare for CSE and planned to take it in the next year.Tell me some basics books in pub.ad. as I dont have any background of this subject. Do I need to quit my job for preparing.
    please suggest

    Thanks
    Pravesh Rathore

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  18. I have given the sources of Pub Ad in a separate post. If you have all attempt sin hand, you dont need to leave ur job.

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  19. Hello Ma'am,
    thanks
    plz guide how shld one answer ambiguous questions like ""In certain discources,there is a refleced basic distrust against bureucracy as an instrument of development"Do you think bureucrac is more appropriate for regulatory adm. than for development adm.?" (Pub ad Mains 2008)

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  20. You need to start with what development requires, why bureaucracy is not suitable for development adm(its criticisms, its nature), then conclude with what all changes are required to convert bureaucracy to developmental bureaucracy.

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  21. Hello Shubhra,

    First of all Congratulations for ur success. And I wish u to play an inspiring role being an IAS officer in our India.

    And ur this attempt to share ur views and the way u have been motivating the Civils aspirants is incredible...I would say, u r actually contributing for the society.

    From some of ur previous posts, i can say that u are a gem in 'person' and an equal in being answering the questions, either they r complements ot it is a criticism..Keep it up.

    @ this post
    Congratulations to all those who have cleared the prilims'09, and all the best to u all to be the best in ur areas.

    Those, who have not cleared, nothing to worry. U only have the best chance to do it next time..

    Shubra,
    Keep inspiring and guiding... I wish u all the best, not only to be the best in ur profession, but also to go happily with ur personal life.. Take Care.

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  22. Mam,
    Can you tell the source of compulsary hindi and English?

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  23. Hello Shubra ji...
    Can you tell me plz. 'Who can help me in Geography for mains,,As i have cleared prelims this time."
    And please tell me "Without doing coaching can I not find under 50 Ranks".

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  24. Hi Pals,

    Congrats to all who cleared the Prelims and All de Best to others for their next attempt.

    @Alok
    Congrats. It will be useful to others if you list out all..all the Gs & Pub Ad resources you followed to clear the prelims in a single comment in this post.

    ~Vinodh Kumar

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  25. hi shubhra,

    thnx for your suggestions...few more querries:
    1. for handling questions involving social issues etc. (in GS papr 1 or pub ad) my initial guess is it would be better if we mention current govt. policies etc. or shud we give only our perspective?...if yes then whatz the best source for current govt. policies or in general for current adminstration as a whole wud india 2009 help?
    2. after completing basic books in pub ad...i feel something is missing..may be as you told in some previous posts that if questions are vague then we should end it with current scenario...but i m confused how to prepare for that....

    jai hind!

    aman

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  26. one more thing how importnt is reading economic survey or its summary?...n how to do that?

    aman

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  27. Thanks ma'am ,
    Sometimes we know everythig but dont know how to present it.Your reply is a great help.

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  28. mam,
    i know this post is meant for winners, but im posting my query as losser of prelims, that i want to know,wat shud be ones approach for gs and pub.ad as first optinal,mam........
    market full of books so many mouths blabring suggesting you so many books mam, frankly speaking im fed up with ppl giving me suggesstins for unnecessary books and further confusing me,plz............i know u dont endorse any mag ,but mam cosidering 2009-prelims gs paper content suggust me few good mags as well as the annual books which come specially for prelims mam if you donn wanna write those mags...name on post plz......mam e-mail me @kanishkashukla1@yahoo.com
    thanking you
    kanishka.

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  29. @Kanishka
    First remove this word from your vocabulary "Loser".

    Now for Pub ad, I hv given sources in a many posts earlier. Go thru them.
    For Gs also I hv given sources in a separate post.

    I am not aware of the pattern of 2009 paper, if I see it I cud probably suggest something.

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  30. @A man
    econmic survey has to be studied for data and facts only. If you can get that in the gist, nothing like it.

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  31. thnx for your suggestions...few more querries:
    1. for handling questions involving social issues etc. (in GS papr 1 or pub ad) my initial guess is it would be better if we mention current govt. policies etc. or shud we give only our perspective?...if yes then whatz the best source for current govt. policies or in general for current adminstration as a whole wud india 2009 help?
    2. after completing basic books in pub ad...i feel something is missing..may be as you told in some previous posts that if questions are vague then we should end it with current scenario...but i m confused how to prepare for that....

    jai hind!

    aman

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  32. 1. for handling questions involving social issues etc. (in GS papr 1 or pub ad) my initial guess is it would be better if we mention current govt. policies etc. or shud we give only our perspective?...if yes then whatz the best source for current govt. policies or in general for current adminstration as a whole wud india 2009 help?


    A. you will need to give the current scenario of the topic under question. also the past and current govt schemes, ur pespective is also imp but it has to be in line with general thinking pattern. For eg you can't say that Child labour is good for children.



    2. after completing basic books in pub ad...i feel something is missing..may be as you told in some previous posts that if questions are vague then we should end it with current scenario...but i m confused how to prepare for that....
    A. try reading IIPA journals. You will get a better idea of current context. also, u can start answering the static and theoretical portion of pub ad like theories and adm behaviour.

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  33. @Vijay
    Yes you can get under 50 rank w/o coaching. If coaching were the key, everyone from coaching classes uwd have made it in one attempt or another.

    Sorry cant help in geography.

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  34. Considering the fact that GS-II is lenghty;should statistics be attempted first; sources for stat preperation;how scoring is it.

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  35. well..i attempted stats in middle of the paper. Do not give total of stats more than 30-40 mins.

    Practice it well before exam.
    Source-ncert stats, buy one solved stats book from any book shop.

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  36. mam,
    i will write my Prelims in 2010,just started my preparations, i am doing job but getting enough time to study also. here i am worried about prelims its so important and not easy to crack, then what should be my strategy here? shall i prepare well prelims first and later i should go for Mains ? if not so then please advise me that which subjects can be studied along with prelims well without having any problem for prelims?
    Thanks
    Pratap

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  37. Ma'm
    1. . quoting ( not verbatim ) from pg 152 DD Basu, Intro to CoI..

    ... India has preferred daily system of assessment of responsibility than to Periodic assessment which is a practice in USA...
    What do we mean by it?

    Article 86 (2)of CoI
    (2) The President may send messages to either House of Parliament, whether with respect to a Bill then pending in Parliament or otherwise, and a House to which any message is so sent shall with all convenient despatch consider any matter required by the message to be taken
    into consideration.
    What is the meaning of all convenient despatch in this clause?
    Preparing from home mam. Pl help.

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  38. mam what is the good source for majot govt. policies...india 2009?

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  39. Thanks for starting such a nice blog.
    I am in state govt.job and appeared in previous mains.My score in Psychology is Paper-I--91 and Paper-II--161.I am appearing in this mains also.In last year Psychology Paper-I my marks are less as I hadn't covered the new syllabus even once and the questions from old syllabus are tougher for me.I want to improve on this.I had taken coaching from Pathak Sir and for concepts which are in his notes (of year 2005) I have no problem but the questions in last year paper-I make me feel I don't what Psychology is.
    Regarding my preparation standard I had read only Pathak Sir notes and no other book whether NCERT or Baron.
    I am appearing in Haryana Civil Sevices Exam(Mains) also which are from 22nd to 29 August 2009.
    Please help me regarding this.I had bought Ciccarelli's book also but slightly anxious whether this is the right time to start a new book?
    Is it possible to read only selected chapters from books and complete my deficiency? Could you suggest me some selected chapters or topics from Psychology books.
    My other optional is Public Administration.

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  40. Hi Ma'am ,
    disturbing you once again,i like to know further tha in question like " do you agree...","Do you think....","Whether you support.....",one should bgin with "i agree",i support.." in the introduction
    or
    Let the answer provide arguments and let reader infer from it that writer is in suppot/oppose(without explictly saying it)
    or
    conclude in the conclusion as " thus I agree...","Thus I support.... ".

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  41. 1. . quoting ( not verbatim ) from pg 152 DD Basu, Intro to CoI..

    ... India has preferred daily system of assessment of responsibility than to Periodic assessment which is a practice in USA...
    What do we mean by it?


    A. If it pertains to executive responsibility to legislature(which most probably it looks like), it means that in India, the executive is always acocuntable to the legislature. A no confidence motion can remove the executive any day. But in a presidential system the executive is not accountable in this sense. He doesn't have to look for the approval of legislature to stay in office.

    If this topic is anything diff, you will have to give me the exact details, as right now I do not have nay books with me, so I can't chek this page in DD basu.
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    Article 86 (2)of CoI
    (2) The President may send messages to either House of Parliament, whether with respect to a Bill then pending in Parliament or otherwise, and a House to which any message is so sent shall with all convenient despatch consider any matter required by the message to be taken
    into consideration.
    What is the meaning of all convenient despatch in this clause?


    A. I think it means as soon as it is convenient, or as soon as possible. What you need to understand is that if prez sends mesgs to the parliament, those will be considered at the earliest.

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  42. @chandrakant
    Let the answer provide arguments and let reader infer from it that writer is in suppot/oppose(without explictly saying it)

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  43. @firstone
    You need to study NCERTs and a standard textbook along with pathak sir's notes. That's what he says in the class as well.

    Also, please also get the notes for new syllabus, there are many topics added in the new syllabus.

    I can't advise any short cut. as I am not aware of that.

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  44. @Pratap
    Please prepare for pre and mains together

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  45. @Dhakad Banna
    India Year Book or govt websites

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  46. @Vinod Kumar
    My GS sources were
    1.NCERT modern India
    2.Geography from Wizard prelims special
    3 The Hindu
    4.Frontline
    5.competition wizard
    6. wizard CA special before prelims
    7. Indian Polity-laxmikanth
    8.previous year's papers
    9.NCERT macroeconomics

    I have not prepered throughly as I have time constraints so you should follow some other sources for Economics, science etc.

    I cleared prelims with Mathematics so I can not give sources for pub ad.

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  47. Mam, Is it possible for you to give some sample answers for pub ad. So we can know exactly what has to be written in examination.
    Also if it possible to upload your notes after returning India then please do it. If possible then give your notes to one person so that we all can get it xeroxed. I hope I am not asking too much.

    Thanks for all your efforts.

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  48. I don't have any answers with me. I will think of something.

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  49. Thank you madam, i will do.
    Pratap

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  50. Hi Shubhra, I am IITB Btech student and doing a job in Pune right now. I have cleared my prelims this year with Mathematics as first optional.
    I have taken Pub Ad as 2nd optional and want your valuable suggestions on following :

    1) Would it be good idea to leave the job now?

    2) Since,I don't have gr8 expectations from this year's mains, I also plan to join V&R for GS and Mohanty for Pub Ad for next year's preparations. So can you tell if it is a good idea to join coaching classes in general as they have been suggested by some of my seniors?

    3) I have also heard some criticism about quality of coaching classes in Delhi and am more confused now as the career might go for a toss, if coaching does not deliver as per expectations. I don't want to depend wholly on them but I expect them to make things look simpler and clearer.

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  51. @Abhishek,

    For this year mains, you can take leave and prepare.

    For Pub Ad, Synergy/ Mohanty is a waste of money and times.
    For GS, Vajiram is good in Polity, Econmics only. Rest of the stuff when I was a student there, was nopt good. So make your decison based on all the info.

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  52. Hi Shubra,

    As I told u I have covered basic books for Pub ad mains but most of them tells the story upto 1995, i couldnt get any good source of various constitiutional amndmnts, commitees ,reforms etc. of this decade.
    Can u tell me a good source for this?

    Aman

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  53. IIPA journals.
    P M Bakshi- Constitution
    Internet
    Yojana
    Newspapers
    India Year Book

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  54. Hi Shubhra Mam
    I am IITR 2007 ECE passout. I started prep for CSE in Oct 2008 and joined V&R for GS. I have cleared pre with physics as first optional and now studying Psycho at V&R. Now I have dropped physics and opting for Pub Ad. Can u advise me how i shud go for this yr mains like shud i just leave the other optional and concentrate on GS and psycho only so that i have a idea about my strengths and weaknesses or shud i study some imp topics in Pub Ad and appear. Can u suggest me some material that i can do in this period as reading so many books may not be possible right now. i was thinking of studying Mohanty notes if time permits.

    Thanks!

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  55. Do not just focus on one optional only.
    Rather selct imp topics of both Physics and Pub ad and try to cover them. I don't think Mohanty notes will help.

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  56. @Harish
    congrats...

    how did u prepare for ur geo prelims paper?
    Which all books did u follow?

    I am preparing to write prelims in 2010.

    please help me out.

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  57. Since the time is too tight to cover the entire syllabus, I am thinking that selective study in Pub Ad might be a good idea. What do you think? If yes, What are the topics that we can leave in entirety?

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  58. My following questions are with addition to last question, where I queried abt leaving some selective topics fully in PubAd:

    1. I want to give one example of "Leadership" from Administrative behavior. Last question from this question was asked in 1990. So, would it be wise to leave it all together?

    2. Two 60 markers have been asked on "morale" in last 5-6 years. I didn't find its mention in any of the books or IGNOU materials. These kind of things discourages to leave topics.

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  59. i m doing job outside delhi and i m willing to choose pub ad as my first optional but due to my location i think i can't go for coaching though i can get some time out for my studies.
    so i know u hav said dat exam can be cleared without coaching but i wanna how difficult it is gonna be. i mean what is it that coaching makes easy and people need it for
    actually i hav never done any coaching in my life.
    so can u tell me in vich areas i will hav to work hard to be competitive enough to b an ias officer.

    Also should i mention the reference of iipa jounrnals when i m using dem in my answer bcoz somebody told me so

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  60. @Abhishek
    1. Leadership can come in applied context, splly what kind of leadership is emerging these days in light of LPG, participatory management and so on.
    2. Sharma Sadana

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  61. @Abhishek

    I can't advise you as to which topics to leave.

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  62. i m doing job outside delhi
    and i hav taken pub ad as my first optional
    but due to my location i dont think i ll b able to take coaching
    i know u always say dat self study is d best
    but i wanna know how hard it will b preparing without coaching
    i mean in which areas i ll hav to work hard specifically

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  63. I did self study only. So do not worry.
    You dont need to mention refernce of IIPA journals

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  64. mam,
    please guide me on answer writing style...i mean presentation....and format..i am a third timer with physics and history...is it 100% must to cover the entire syllabus for the optionals....with regards

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  65. Give me a couple of days for answer writing tips.

    Well, you should be aware of all the aspects of any subject, often the questions have interlinked topics. Try to have an overall idea about everything and prepare certain imp topics the best.

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  66. hello mam

    congrats on ur success.mam i cleared ICSpre2009,(through self study)
    n my optionals are commerce n pub add,

    as from commerce back ground i need ur guidance in pub add to clear the mains,
    n mam cant afford to come to delhi to attend ur valuable class in ALS.
    so madam can u plz MAIL me ur

    - material on imp 20 - 25 topics.(so i could get an detail overview abt the them)

    - framwork of most imp topics for 2009.

    my MAIL id is lakshay.sharma85@gmail.com

    mam i dont want to loose this chance at any cost,and i have a full confidence on my hard work.
    plz mam provide me an input i shall be thankful to u .

    regards
    lakshay

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  67. Hi,

    I have nt yet recieved any communication from upsc. I have cleared the prelims. Upsc sites says " In case any of these candidates does not receive a communication in this regard from the Commission by 21.08.2009 he/she should immediately contact the Commission". could you please tell me whats the normal procedure after prelims and what shd i do if i dont recieve any communication from upsc by 21st?.is it possible to get the mains form copy from the upsc office counter? Thanks for your help...Best Regards

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  68. Yes, you can collect the mains form frm UPSC if you don't recv it till 21st.

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  69. where can i see my pre score?

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  70. i couldn't make it this year

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  71. Hello Shubra, I am Naveen, need your help through this blog, for aspirants who have economics as optional. If you know someone who can provide brief light on the paper that would suffice.

    As syllabus has completely changed as well as the approach. Though that is the case with each optionals, still matter more here!

    So if you can do this I am really grateful.

    Thanks,
    Naveen

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  72. Ruby,
    The score of prelims is not avl. to anyone.

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  73. Mam....m in gr88 trouble....plzz do help me....

    i hve cleared my prelims dis year.......i was in final year of my engineering...when i applied for civil service exam last year in dec.....i got flunked in one subject in my last sem........i hve already gave d xam of dat subject last month...i.e in july 2009..........but the result of it may come in october...n so as my degree....but as of interview stage m sure i'll get d degree before my interview stage........can i write for mains dis time.....do dey need d degree enclosure document along wid mains form....coz in mains form dey hve asked for d proof for d qualifying xam........plzz help.....

    wot to do now, :( ...cn i attach my last semester marksheet along wid mains form...n mention dere dat i'll get my degree before interview stage for sure....plz help mam :(

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  74. I have no idea. You can ask UPSC

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  75. can u suggest any books for public administration in hindi midium.i have cleared my pt but now confusing about books for pub.

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  76. I feel that may be I used the wrong post for my query.If that has offended you then my sincere apologies. You have been a very able guide and I have great respect for you. I was just inqusitive about some the crucial topics for this year

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  77. It's Ok Shivanu.
    I can't predict topics. sorry.

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  78. hello mam

    will u pls suggest me the selected topics to be done from mohit bhattacharya(new horizons)for paper 1?m readin ignou notes n prasad n prasad..from whr should i cover the remaining topics?

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  79. I read the whole of Mohit Bhattacharya.

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  80. Hi Shubhra mam,

    My query is regarding answer writing for pubAd.

    You have suggested, one powerful point a para for long answers. Should it be the point of analysis or some example or theorists view with name. Also should I underline the whole sentence of analysis, or just terms and scholar's name.

    I am inclined towards analysis, but Mohanty's test evaluators prefer terms and names. What did you do?

    Thanks!

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  81. hi shubra

    i have read bipin chandra (modern india) twice and have compiled notes (synoptic) now looking at the questions trend in history and the time left ( i can give maximum 6-7 days for histry) what do you suggest the best way to revise history...
    a.) read bipin chndra again this time mains oriented
    b.)read synoptics notes n prepare answers frm previous papers
    c.) look for other comprehend source may be 90-100 pgs of spectrum
    any thoughts?

    Aman

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  82. You have suggested, one powerful point a para for long answers. Should it be the point of analysis or some example or theorists view with name. Also should I underline the whole sentence of analysis, or just terms and scholar's name.

    A. It would depend on the demand of the question. Be flexible about it.

    Do not underline entire sentences. Only the important stuff.

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    I am inclined towards analysis, but Mohanty's test evaluators prefer terms and names. What did you do?

    A. Analysis holds more value...but you can't ignore the theretical dimensions of the answer.

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    I have read bipin chandra (modern india) twice and have compiled notes (synoptic) now looking at the questions trend in history and the time left ( i can give maximum 6-7 days for histry) what do you suggest the best way to revise history...
    a.) read bipin chndra again this time mains oriented

    b.)read synoptics notes n prepare answers frm previous papers
    c.) look for other comprehend source may be 90-100 pgs of spectrum
    any thoughts?

    A. Revise your notes. And try writing a couple of answers.

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  83. Respected Madam,
    I would be appearing for mains with Pub Adm. During my preparation I had written few answers. Now with few days left, should this time be devoted to ansmwer writing or learning the notes that I have prepared. I dont know wheather this happens with every one, but I tend to forget things very often. That is why I want to spent this time learning.

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  84. hi shubhra,

    b4 prelims for gs paper2 i didnt do a lot...the prblm was lack of avlblty of concrete material and ofcourse time...my status of prep is:

    indian eco. : done from vajiran handwritten notes
    world orgnizatons: spectrum (50% covered)
    stats: can handle them easily
    international relations, bilateral issues etc.: will read from this yr ALS notes (left a week for it)
    S&T : dont know from where to study

    theonly confidence i have is i m reading hindu n monthly magzines continsly (for IR and bilateral) and m from an engineering backgrnd (so can handle s&t)
    Can u plz suggest me the strategy for gs paper 2 to maximize the o/p?

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  85. @Dhakad Banna
    practice stats well. Also s&t needs to be mastered. rest of the stuff is more or less dynamic.

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  86. @Lalit
    focus more on revising notes. you wont hv any content with u in the exam if u dont do that

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  87. hello madam...

    first of all...many many congratulations to you...

    i want to know one one thing.. that what should be the way of making notes? how notes can made in an effective way?

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  88. plz go thru the rest of the blog first

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  89. hello ma'm,
    i'm appearing mains this oct.
    cud u suggest imp topics for psy?

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  90. hi shubra
    i have some querries..
    1. i have started giving pub ad , GS mocks but the problem is dont know how to evaluate them....actually i have no idea how marking is done...my basic question is if i write the answer in a way which contains almost all the important points related to the topic along with a decent conclusion...i.e. simple answer ( may be bookish language as if mohit bahttacharya himself is writing :P) with nothing fundoo....then how much a person can expect ?...i know its vague but if u can understnd my point plz answer.

    2. word limit....what is it for 60 marks answer...u see for 20 marks a person writes 200 words then unitary method says for 60 write 600 words...but i was able to write somewhere between 350-400....again nothing fundoo just the basic stuffs + tried to give it some present relevance like talking about NREGA RTI NRHM....any suggestions?
    whatz the basic thing that differentiate a 60 marks and a 20 marks answer?

    3.whatz the standard length of an essay...in terms of word limit?

    regards
    aman

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  91. @dhakad
    1. yes..simple and will suffice
    2.no word limit for 6 marker...avg words- 500-650
    3.no word limit.... avg limit - 1000-1500 words

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  92. i am studying b-tech.i was detained in 3-2 semester due to shortage of attendence.am i eligible for civil services

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  93. hearty congrats mam. i reside in mumbai and can't afford to go to delhi.mam this year i am preparing for pre exam and my subject is public adm.kindly advise books i should go through as this is my first attempt and i have no idea about this exam and also advise books for GS also.reply soon mam.take care .

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  94. Hello Mam..I cleared the pre without any coaching while working in a sftwr comp in Noida but not getting much confidence specially in some portion of GS and regarding thoughts in Essay...
    Please guide me mam.

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  95. I am appearing in the mains for the first time.Can we take extra copy(sheet),after main copy is finished.And plz also tell me the number of pages in the main copy

    RAVI

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  96. hi..my question is for 20 marks answer we are supposed to write 200 words thus logically for 60 it should be around 600 thus summing it all it makes 3000 words in 3 hrs...which is proving a daunting task for me when i gave mock tests...today i waz nt able to attend one 30 marks question due to paucity of time.....where is the problem....what best shud i do...to atleast attempt all...by reducing 60 markers length or the prblm is with my writing speed and evrone else in this world can write 3000 words in 3 hrs comfortably !

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  97. @dhakad banna
    do not be disheartened. But yes, on an avg 3000 words is the usual trend. Try writing a little faster.

    @Krest
    Yes you can take suppl. sheets.

    @jhonny
    call up upsc to find out

    @lajwanti
    all given in this blog in separate posts

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  98. hi shubra,

    i have finished with this year mains which i gave along with my final year of graduation so didnt prepare well though i done better than what i expected..now i want to prepare wholly specially pub ad...whatz your suggestion how to start with it...actually in my last attempt i covered all the basic books like awasthi,mb,prasad,rajni goyal and in fact i was able to attempt all the questions :)...but i know there is a serious lack of quality answers especially in the paper 2...do u suggest classroom coaching or any coaching classes notes or reading iipa journals or just first revise the basics again
    regards

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  99. Now you must focus on improving the quality of your answers by taking help of IIPA journals, internet, IGNOU notes.

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  100. hi shubhra, by reading all this about u n this blog i hve really got inspired. n wants to give this xmas bt there r certain queries like i m 26 yrs old nw wanna give n clear xmas as early as possible ..so while choosing options couldnt able to fix it i like psychology bt in my area
    (Pune) there is not so good sources so can i get mukul pathak sirs notes n other like hw to manage the checking model test papers frm pathak sir..? i am married n working nw dont know hw to manage all this...can u help me... pls try to reply...


    Pallavi

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  101. Good afternoon shubra mam

    i had studied geography in als few months back and bout the book written by u on pub administration coz its precise. needed precise book as this is my first and last chance as was not able to leave job earlier. i have done well in pre and i want guidance in following things

    1. i dont hav much time so thinking of not attending classes of mohanty sir for pub adm and getting voice recording of classes and hand written notes from a friend. would it work? as i heard that any ways he does not comples syllabus on time n i hav less time

    2. i saw u recommending IGNOU notes for quality answers. i though believe tht readin 1 thing 10 times is better than readin 10 things 1 time. i hav decided to read mohanty notes n ur written precise bub ad. how should i go for managing frutfully class notes, ur book and ignou notes

    Regards
    harminder pal

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  103. hi shubhra ma'm ......madem can u plz tell my genuine coaching in new delhi for preperation for civil services.

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  104. Arindam bhattacharjeeNovember 20, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Mam my name is arindam.i am doing msc in zoology.i read those magazines that you have suggested to read.my problem is after reading a topic a understand them.but on the very after month a cant memorize them proporly.pleas give me your kind suggestion

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  105. Mam, I Am an Engg Graduate (ECE), 2010 batch, it has been my Deep interest to write UPSC exam ang gt through , mam i am working in an Electronics Company (Sony India), because of financial Crunch i can not leave my job as i have to cater the need of my parents and younger, M not that much privileged to pay the huge fees for coaching, I do self study ,
    Mam I just wants ur guidance in Pub admin, or suggest me any Coaching which is good and valuable n worth my money, I am actually a beginner's level now. Mam please suggest me how to start n where to join or is it possible to clear IAS widout coaching?
    Waiting for ur valluable answer
    thank you mam.
    May god Keep u happy n healthy always
    Ashish Kumar Upadhyay

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