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Sir I am Simardeep and I m 23 hrs old I want to know about syllabus of IAS and books for it's preparation pls ALS guide me whether prelims and mains have same o diffrent syllabus and what are the best recommended books for it
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i want old ias question papers,books for reference and model question papers of all main and prelims and pls guide how to prepare for ias exams

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following friend New IAS Prelims Syllabus for 2011 CSAT

After months of anticipation the syllabus for the changed Prelims from 2011 IAS Exams also called the CSAT 2011 is finally out. Following is the draft of the page on UPSC where the syllabus is available.

UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
PRESS NOTE
Subject: Changes in syllabus and pattern of the Preliminary Examination from
2011 in the scheme of Civil Services Examination
• As per the decision of Government of India, there shall be change in the syllabus and
pattern of the Preliminary Examination from 2011 in the scheme of the Civil Services
Examination.
• The Preliminary Examination shall now comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200
marks each and of two hours duration each. Detailed below is the new syllabus and
pattern of the Preliminary Examination, which is brought to the notice of the
prospective candidates intending to appear at the Civil Services Examination (CSE) in
2011 onwards:
Paper I - (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
• Current events of national and international importance
• History of India and Indian National Movement
• Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography
of India and the World.
• Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System,
Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
• Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development,
Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
• General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate
Change - that do not require subject specialization
• General Science.
Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
• Comprehension
• Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
• Logical reasoning and analytical ability
• Decision making and problem solving
• General mental ability
• Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude
etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data
sufficiency etc. -Class X level)
• English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
• Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level
(last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from
English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question
paper.
• The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.
• A set of sample questions for both Papers would be put on the UPSC website
http://www.upsc.gov.in in due course for reference of the prospective candidates.
• The prospective candidates are advised to note that no changes are being introduced
at this stage in the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Personality Test in the
scheme of Civil Services Examination (CSE).
Analysis of the changes in IAS Exams Syllabus:
Sample papers will be provided by UPSC which is good as candidates will not be heading towards a blind alley.

Both papers will be of 2 hours duration which means time management will be crucial factor in scoring.
Roting is out as no more optional paper. Wide study of all topics mentioned is required.
Mental ability, logical reasoning has gained added importance so expect more questions from these topics.
English comprehension is a factor now. Candidates from non-English background will need to vastly improve their English reading and comprehension skills as it is mentioned that no Hindi or other language translation of the passages will be provided in the exam.
Syllabus is more clearly defined now especially concerning Economics, Geography and Climate Change which is again good for the candidates.
Role of coaching classes will decrease somewhat as analytical questions relating to decision making cannot be "taught" but require common sense and presence of mind.
Expect some situational questions as this blog has consistently advocated.
Inter-personal and communication skills will also be tested. So candidates will do well to start improving the same.

If you have any query regarding the new syllabus. Just leave a comment and I will be glad to discuss it.
For complete, in-depth analysis of the changed IAS syllabus refer my Hub on the new syllabus for IAS prelims, which describes in detail the benefits, disadvantages of the changed syllabus including what has not changed and the strategy to be adopted.
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New IAS Prelims Syllabus for 2011 CSAT

After months of anticipation the syllabus for the changed Prelims from 2011 IAS Exams also called the CSAT 2011 is finally out. Following is the draft of the page on UPSC where the syllabus is available.

UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
PRESS NOTE
Subject: Changes in syllabus and pattern of the Preliminary Examination from
2011 in the scheme of Civil Services Examination
• As per the decision of Government of India, there shall be change in the syllabus and
pattern of the Preliminary Examination from 2011 in the scheme of the Civil Services
Examination.
• The Preliminary Examination shall now comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200
marks each and of two hours duration each. Detailed below is the new syllabus and
pattern of the Preliminary Examination, which is brought to the notice of the
prospective candidates intending to appear at the Civil Services Examination (CSE) in
2011 onwards:
Paper I - (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
• Current events of national and international importance
• History of India and Indian National Movement
• Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography
of India and the World.
• Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System,
Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
• Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development,
Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
• General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate
Change - that do not require subject specialization
• General Science.
Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
• Comprehension
• Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
• Logical reasoning and analytical ability
• Decision making and problem solving
• General mental ability
• Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude
etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data
sufficiency etc. -Class X level)
• English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
• Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level
(last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from
English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question
paper.
• The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.
• A set of sample questions for both Papers would be put on the UPSC website
http://www.upsc.gov.in in due course for reference of the prospective candidates.
• The prospective candidates are advised to note that no changes are being introduced
at this stage in the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Personality Test in the
scheme of Civil Services Examination (CSE).
Analysis of the changes in IAS Exams Syllabus:
Sample papers will be provided by UPSC which is good as candidates will not be heading towards a blind alley.

Both papers will be of 2 hours duration which means time management will be crucial factor in scoring.
Roting is out as no more optional paper. Wide study of all topics mentioned is required.
Mental ability, logical reasoning has gained added importance so expect more questions from these topics.
English comprehension is a factor now. Candidates from non-English background will need to vastly improve their English reading and comprehension skills as it is mentioned that no Hindi or other language translation of the passages will be provided in the exam.
Syllabus is more clearly defined now especially concerning Economics, Geography and Climate Change which is again good for the candidates.
Role of coaching classes will decrease somewhat as analytical questions relating to decision making cannot be "taught" but require common sense and presence of mind.
Expect some situational questions as this blog has consistently advocated.
Inter-personal and communication skills will also be tested. So candidates will do well to start improving the same.

If you have any query regarding the new syllabus. Just leave a comment and I will be glad to discuss it.
For complete, in-depth analysis of the changed IAS syllabus refer my Hub on the new syllabus for IAS prelims, which describes in detail the benefits, disadvantages of the changed syllabus including what has not changed and the strategy to be adopted.
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The civil services IAS interview conducted by the UPSC is not just another interview. Many people consider it THE interview to clear. Scoring well in the IAS interview requires a combination of knowledge, smartness, alertness, and other qualities that are detailed in this complete guide to the IAS inetrview.
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IAS interview requires the right approach

The civil services IAS interview conducted by the UPSC is not just another interview. Many people consider it THE interview to clear. Scoring well in the IAS interview requires a combination of knowledge, smartness, alertness, and other qualities that are detailed in this complete guide to the IAS inetrview.
What is expected of a candidate in the IAS interview?

Constructive thoughts

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Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
• Comprehension
• Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
• Logical reasoning and analytical ability
• Decision making and problem solving
• General mental ability
• Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude
etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data
sufficiency etc. -Class X level)
• English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
• Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level
(last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from
English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question
paper.
• The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.
• A set of sample questions for both Papers would be put on the UPSC website
http://www.upsc.gov.in in due course for reference of the prospective candidates.
• The prospective candidates are advised to note that no changes are being introduced
at this stage in the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Personality Test in the
scheme of Civil Services Examination (CSE).
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IAS Preliminary Exam is all set to change from 2011 onwards as the new syllabus has been published and is available on my Civil Services blog. So what are the changes in the civil services prelims from 2011? Many.

1. No more optional papers. Optional paper in CIvil Services Prelims has been replaced by compulsory paper. So now there will be two compulsory papers common to all candidates.

2. Each paper will be of 200 marks and two hours duration each.

3. First paper is the same as present General Studies paper.

4. Second paper will comprise questions on mental ability, logical reasoning, English comprehension, decision making, interpersonal skills and communication skills, general comprehension.
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What has not changed in the new IAS syllabus

Some things which many candidates for the IAS exam were fearing have fortunately remained untouched. Here is a short list.

Age limit remains 30 yrs. Older candidates can heave a sigh of relief.
Number of attempts have not been reduced. So those on the 3rd and 4th attempts can rejoice.
IAS mains exam pattern has not been changed from 2011 but will be changed after a few years most probably.
The name of the exam. This is the biggest joke. Everyone rooting for CSAT and all those who started web sites on this title might be cursing themselves now.
General Studies paper or Paper 1 is more or less the same. Only thing is that mental ability has now been included in Paper 2 instead
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What has not changed in the new IAS syllabus

Some things which many candidates for the IAS exam were fearing have fortunately remained untouched. Here is a short list.

Age limit remains 30 yrs. Older candidates can heave a sigh of relief.
Number of attempts have not been reduced. So those on the 3rd and 4th attempts can rejoice.
IAS mains exam pattern has not been changed from 2011 but will be changed after a few years most probably.
The name of the exam. This is the biggest joke. Everyone rooting for CSAT and all those who started web sites on this title might be cursing themselves now.
General Studies paper or Paper 1 is more or less the same. Only thing is that mental ability has now been included in Paper 2 instead
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friend u have not mentioned your stream still i may give u a general outline of the ias exam.the first stage is the objective prelims in which there are 2 papers consisting of questions from history,geography,science and tech,biology,gk,arithmetic,english comprehension,logical reasoning,etc.so u have to prepare a lot then the second stage consists of 9 papers.all subjective.1 of essay,2 of english and hindi,2 for general studies and 2 each of the 2 optional subjects that u choose from a list.then the third stage is the interview.
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I want get the syllabus and ten years question papers? How can I get it ?
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Standars recommended books & list of optional subjects. i will be greatful to u. Thank u
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i only want to know about the books for preperation of preliminary exam for paper 1... like for history for geography etc.
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sir my name is k.santosh kumar ia m styduing bsc 1 year.sir my aim is to become an ias officer.sir,please suggest what i first improve
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is there optional subjects for main examination of civils ?and which class of ncert books should be read?
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sir/mam
this year i will be 29 but to become IAS officer is my childhood dream and I want to do it now am I still eligible to appear for the exam in 2012
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sir,i am ramkishore want to study ias .what should be taken after inter as a mec student
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sir what should be taken after inter[MEC]
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what will be the prospres date for the csat exam date in year 2011-12..those who having phd. or m.b.a. degree,dud the get any advantage in i.a.s. exam..with the work experience of 4-5 years in private sector..??
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sir which i have to study for puublic administration and geography
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I am willing to write UPSC. So please guide me for that.I donot know anything about UPSC syllabus,what should I prepare and from where can I get the
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plz tell me about the subjects for upsc exams..................... and also suggest me which subject should i choose as i am a student of IT engineering.
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sir , i want to know the syllabus for mbbs or bds students for ias examination
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sir, please tell me the syllabus for ias exam for mbbbs or bds students
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i want old ias question papers,books for reference and model question papers of all main and prelims and pls guide how to prepare for ias exams

thank u
i want old ias question papers,books for reference and model question papers of all main and prelims and pls guide how to prepare for ias exams
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Books prefered for i.a.s prelims nd mains sir.
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What kind of questions can we expect in thr Interpersonal skills ans communication skills section?
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which are the books and refferance for upsc exam
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plz tell me which books are preferrable for its preparation
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hello sir,i m an engg. student so how to know which two subject i have to select.pls reply me......
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this year i will be 29 but to become IAS officer is my childhood dream and I want to do it now am I still eligible to appear for the exam in 2012
Dear Sir,
Yes you are eligible for Civil Servise Exam 2012 Or IAS because the maximum age limit for IAS is-
1)30 years for General Category
2)35 Years of SC/ST s
3)33 years for OBCs
So please check yourself on the basis of above categories,
For more information please visit www.upsc.gov.in,
Best of luck.
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what will be the prospres date for the csat exam date in year 2011-12..those who having phd. or m.b.a. degree,dud the get any advantage in i.a.s. exam..with the work experience of 4-5 years in private sector..??
Dear aspirant,
The probable date of CSAT(Civil Service Aptitude Test) is 20th may 2012 on Sunday.
Sorry to say that there is no special treatment to PhD or MBA in Civil servise Exam or IAS Because the minimum Qualification is prescribed as Graduation and there is no maximum qualification, but it will benefit you in knowledge aspects.
For more information please visit www.ujpse.gov.in.
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what will be the prospres date for the csat exam date in year 2011-12..those who having phd. or m.b.a. degree,dud the get any advantage in i.a.s. exam..with the work experience of 4-5 years in private sector..??
Dear aspirant,
The probable date of CSAT(Civil Service Aptitude Test) is 20th may 2012 on Sunday.
Sorry to say that there is no special treatment to PhD or MBA in Civil servise Exam or IAS Because the minimum Qualification is prescribed as Graduation and there is no maximum qualification, but it will benefit you in knowledge aspects.
For more information please visit www.upse.gov.in.
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Hi, I have a Question?
this is the first time i am applying for CSP 2012. I believe we have very short time for preparation.I am working for private organization, so i can't spend lot of time for practice. Could you please suggest me how to start and on what topics i need to concentrate. I'd like to take coaching as well.
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hi, please suggest me is b.tech with cs helps me in ias preparation...
suggest me the engineering branch which helps most in civil service...
i have quite interest in mathematics...
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hi!!

books preferred for IAS EXAM Pre and mains

the books required to prepare for civil services pre and mains are given in the attachment below:::

  • observe the pattern carefully.................
  • choose the right combination of subjects...
  • for optional subject do the subject of your interest
  • Eligibility criteria is given in the attachment below..........

hope this helped...............


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hiii....!!!

--> Books preferred for IAS EXAM Pre and mains the books required to prepare for civil services pre and mains are given in the attachment below:-

* observe the pattern carefully.
* choose the right combination of subjects.
* for optional subject do the subject of your interest.

please check this also.

thanks...all the best...!!
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Hiii..........!!!!!

->Paper II- (200 marks) Duration:-
* Two hours

Comprehension
Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Decision making and problem solving
General mental ability
Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude
etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data
sufficiency etc. -Class X level)
English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level
(last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from
English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question
paper.
The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.
A set of sample questions for both Papers would be put on the UPSC website
http://www.upsc.gov.in in due course for reference of the prospective candidates.
The prospective candidates are advised to note that no changes are being introduced
at this stage in the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Personality Test in the
scheme of Civil Services Examination (CSE).


please check this out:-
thanks....!!!
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hi dear !!

books preferred for IAS EXAM Pre and mains

the books required to prepare for civil services pre and mains are given in the attachment below:::

  • observe the pattern carefully.................
  • choose the right combination of subjects...
[LIST]
for optional subject do the subject of your interest

Eligibility criteria is given in the attachment below........
hope this helped...............


with regards
thnks
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You can use the following books as reference:-

1. India's Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra
2. Spectrum's books on Economy
3. Manorama Year Book
4. The Hindu newspaper
5. Our Constitution by Subhash Kashyap
6. NCERT Text Books for Class XI and XII
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Name of the books for history ba
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Sir I have done my graduation in open university.So I request to tell that the How i start my preparation for Ias? And what is the minimum time of day to give for study?
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sir plz tell me about d books which cover maximum
syllabus of HAS exams
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Syllabus for IAS exam and books to be referred for prelims and mains


IAS Syllabus

Scheme of Civil Services Examination

Part A - Preliminary Examination

The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of objective type (multiple-choice questions) carrying a maximum of 450 marks. The Question Papers (Test Booklets) are set in English & Hindi

Part B - Main Examination

The Main examination comprises of nine papers, all of them of a descriptive type conducted within a span of 20 days. It is designed to test not only the academic talent of the aspirant but also his ability to coordinate and present his knowledge in a clear and cogent manner.

List Of Optional Subjects Syllabus

General Studies

Agriculture

Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

Botany

Chemistry

Civil Engineering

Commerce

Economics

Electrical Engineering

Geography

Geology

Indian History

Law

Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering

Medical Science

Philosophy

Physics

Political Science

Psychology

Public Administration

Sociology

Statistics

Zoology

IAS Books and reference

History

IAS Papers : Mostly Suggested books for History Exam

By contributor | February 10, 2008

1. What is History E.H. Carr
2. Historian’s Craft Marc Block
3. The Past and the present Lawrence Stone

Ancient India:

1. Ancient India (NCERT) Prof. R.S. Sharma
2. The Wonder That was India A.L. Basham
3. Ancient India - An Introductory Outline D.N. Jha
4. History of India, Vol. I Romila Thapar
5. Aspects of Political Ideas and Institutions in Ancient India R.S. Sharma (only Conclusion)
6. Material culture & Social Formation in Ancient India R.S. Sharma
7. Indian Feudalism R.S. Sharma
8. Ashoka & Decline of the Maurya Romila Thapar
9. A History of South India K.A. Nilkantha Sastri
10. Ancient India and Indian Archaeology Archaeological Survey of India

Medieval India:

1. Medieval India (NCERT) Satish Chandra
2. Medieval India (Macmillan) Satish Chandra
3.The Wonder That was India (Vol.2) S.A.A. Rizvi
4.The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556-1707 Irfan Habib
5.The Mughal Empire J.F. Richards
6.Urban Dynamics H.C. Verma
7.The Marathas Gordon

Modern India:

1.Modern India (NCERT) Bipan Chandra
2.Modern India (Macmillan) Sumit Sarkar
3.Anatomy of the Raj (PPH) Suhash Chakravarty
4.The Raj Syndrome (Penguins) Suhash Chakravarty
5.VAID’s Fundamentals of History Series
a.Administrative History Pravin Kumar
b.Constitutional History Pravin Kumar
c.Social History Pravin Kumar
d.Freedom Struggle Pravin Kumar
6.Peasant Movements in India D.N. Dhanagare
7.India’s Struggle for Independence Bipan Chandra and others
8.Gandhi B.R. Nanda
9.Gandhi Judith Brown
10. Freedom Struggle (NbT) Bipan Chandra & others

World History:

1.The story of Civilization, Vol. 2 (NCERT) Arjun Dev
2.Contemporary World History (NCERT) Arjun Dev & others
3.The Mainstream of Civilization Strayer, Gatzke & Harbison
4.Western Civilizations Burns & others
5.Industry & Empire E.J. Hobsbawm
6.Age of Revolution E.J. Hobsbawm
7.Age of Capital E.J. Hobsbawm
8.Age of Empires E.J. Hobsbawm
9.Social basis of Democracy & Dictatorship B.J. Moore
10.Europe Since Napoleon David Thompson
11.Europe Since 1815 W.C. Craig
12.Europe Since 1870 James Joll.

Geography

IAS Papers : Mostly Suggested books for Geography Exam

Books for Geography Preliminary Exam :

1. 6th to 12th NCERT Books for Geography.
2. Certificate of Physical Geography - Goh Cheng Leong.
3. Physical Geography -Savindra Singh
4.Physical Geography - Made simple series - Rupa Publications
5. Economic & Commercial Geography - Made Simple Series - Rupa Publications.
6. Human and Economic Geography - Leong & Norgan
7. Human Geography - Majid Hussain.
8. Geographical thoughts - Majid Hussain.
9. Field Work - 11 th NCERT.
10. Cartography - R.L. Singh
11. Geography of India - Gopal Singh
12. Economic & Commercial Geography of India - C.B. Memoria
13. Orient longman - Atlas.
14. TTK - Atlas
15. Dictionary of Geography - Penguin
16. Spectrum guide for Geography.
17. Siddhartha - Preliminary Question Bank.
18. Geography Guide - Narmadeshwar Prasad.

Books for Geography Main Exam :

For Paper - I

1. Physical geography - Savinder Singh
2. The Earth’s dynamic surface - K. Sidhartha
3. Physical geography - Strahler & Strahler
4. Climatology - D.S. Lal
5. Physical geography made simple - Rupa
6. Oceanography - Sharma & Vital
7. Biogeography - Savinder Singh
8. Evolution of geographical thoughts - Majid Hussain and Adhikari
9. Economic geography - K. Sidhartha
10. Economic and social geography made simple - Rupa
11. Urban geography - K. Sidhartha
12. Human geography - Majid Hussain
13. Geography of population - R.C. Chandra
14. Regional Planning in India - hand & Puri
15. Political geography - Dixit

For Paper - II

1. Physical environment - NCERT
2. NCERT Class XII
3. India: Physical aspects - K Sidhartha
4. Geography of India - Mamoria
5. Agricultural geography - Majid Hussain
6. Agricultural problems in India - Sadhu and Singh
7. Economic & Commercial geography of India - Mamoria
8. India’s urbanisation and urban systems - R. Ramachandran
9. Regional planning in India - Chand and Puri
10. Political geography - Dixit
11. India: political aspects - K. Sidhartha

Other Books :

Physical Geography

1. NCERT Vol -1
2. Physical Geography - Bunnett
3. Certificate physical and human geography - Goh, Cheng Leong
4. Physical Geography made simple

Human and Economic Geography

1. Human and Economic Geography - NCERT
2. Economic Geography, Economic and Social Geography made simple
3. Penguim masters studies on geography
4. The Cultural Landscape - Rubeistein

Indian Geography

1. Indian geography - Rammorthy Gopalakrishnan
2. Physical geography of India - S.M. Mathur
3. General geography - NCERT
4. Mineral of India

NBT (Wadia)

a. Resources and regional development - NCERT
b. Catography - R.L. Singh
c. World regional geography - Fellnan
d. Work book - K. Siddhartha and S. Mukherjee
e. Question Bank - Surendra Singh, 1000
f. Geography quiz - Muthiah

General Studies

1. History – Ancient, Medieval & Modern History – NCERT (10-12)
2. Modern History – Spectrum
3. Economics – Collins Economics Dictionary, Current Year Economic Survey
4. Geography – NCERT (6-12th), Certificate Physical Geography by Gocheng Leong, Indian Geography by Khullar
5. Mental Ability – R.S.Agarwal
6. Polity – Lakshmikanth
7. Current Affairs – Hindu, Magazines
8. General Knowledge – India Year Book, Manorama Year Book
9. Statistics – Spectrum Guide
10. Science & Technology

Public Administration

1. Public Administration – Avasthi Maheswari
2. New Horizons of Public Administration – Mohit Bhattacharya
3. Administrative thinkers – Prasad & Prasad
4. Indian Public Administration ; Institutions Issues – Ramesh K. Arora
5. Public Administration – Lakshmikanth
6. Public Administration & Public Affairs – Nicholas Henry
7. Public Administration Concepts & Theories – Rumki Basu
8. Organizational Behaviors – Stephen Robin
9. Public Administration – Sadana & Sharma
10. Journals of Indian Institute of Public Administration
11. Comparative Public Administration – Mohit Bhattacharya
12. Financial Administration – M.K.Thavaraj
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Which books should be read for the compulsory english paper(IAS mains exam) and compulsory hindi paper(IAS mains exam).And what is the syllabus for Hindi and English compulsory paper.
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what type of books for class 9 student who want to do civil service
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Hi dear,

following friend New IAS Prelims Syllabus for 2011 CSAT

After months of anticipation the syllabus for the changed Prelims from 2011 IAS Exams also called the CSAT 2011 is finally out. Following is the draft of the page on UPSC where the syllabus is available.

UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
PRESS NOTE
Subject: Changes in syllabus and pattern of the Preliminary Examination from
2011 in the scheme of Civil Services Examination
• As per the decision of Government of India, there shall be change in the syllabus and
pattern of the Preliminary Examination from 2011 in the scheme of the Civil Services
Examination.
• The Preliminary Examination shall now comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200
marks each and of two hours duration each. Detailed below is the new syllabus and
pattern of the Preliminary Examination, which is brought to the notice of the
prospective candidates intending to appear at the Civil Services Examination (CSE) in
2011 onwards:
Paper I - (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
• Current events of national and international importance
• History of India and Indian National Movement
• Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic geography
of India and the World.
• Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System,
Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
• Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development,
Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
• General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate
Change - that do not require subject specialization
• General Science.
Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
• Comprehension
• Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
• Logical reasoning and analytical ability
• Decision making and problem solving
• General mental ability
• Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude
etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data
sufficiency etc. -Class X level)
• English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
• Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level
(last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from
English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question
paper.
• The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.
• A set of sample questions for both Papers would be put on the UPSC website
http://www.upsc.gov.in in due course for reference of the prospective candidates.
• The prospective candidates are advised to note that no changes are being introduced
at this stage in the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Personality Test in the
scheme of Civil Services Examination (CSE).
Analysis of the changes in IAS Exams Syllabus:
Sample papers will be provided by UPSC which is good as candidates will not be heading towards a blind alley.

Both papers will be of 2 hours duration which means time management will be crucial factor in scoring.
Roting is out as no more optional paper. Wide study of all topics mentioned is required.
Mental ability, logical reasoning has gained added importance so expect more questions from these topics.
English comprehension is a factor now. Candidates from non-English background will need to vastly improve their English reading and comprehension skills as it is mentioned that no Hindi or other language translation of the passages will be provided in the exam.
Syllabus is more clearly defined now especially concerning Economics, Geography and Climate Change which is again good for the candidates.
Role of coaching classes will decrease somewhat as analytical questions relating to decision making cannot be "taught" but require common sense and presence of mind.
Expect some situational questions as this blog has consistently advocated.
Inter-personal and communication skills will also be tested. So candidates will do well to start improving the same.

If you have any query regarding the new syllabus. Just leave a comment and I will be glad to discuss it.
For complete, in-depth analysis of the changed IAS syllabus refer my Hub on the new syllabus for IAS prelims, which describes in detail the benefits, disadvantages of the changed syllabus including what has not changed and the strategy to be adopted.
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